Elinor Ufer Thomson
Elinor Thomson, 90, of Montross, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Mrs. Thomson was born in Madison, South Dakota on February 7, 1927 to Herman and Neva Bunday Ufer. Her family moved to Passaic, NJ in 1942, next door to Alexander Thomson. She graduated from Passaic High School in 1944.
In June 1949, she married Al, after he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy…and then the adventure began. Over the next 30 years, they moved 14 times, during which time Elinor supported Al’s Naval career, which included three ship commands and 3 years at the American Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, while raising two children, Alan and Linda.
She was active in the Navy Wives Clubs, mentor to wardroom wives and an advocate for the life of a Navy wife. She became an accomplished hostess, and loved to entertain guests from family gatherings to formal Navy diplomatic functions.
Wherever the Navy sent them, she made the house their home and ran all the household chores when Al was gone to sea.
She loved to play the electronic organ, primarily for her own enjoyment. While not necessarily a sun worshipper, she always enjoyed a day at the beach and ocean.
When she moved to the Northern Neck in 1989, she had time to continue with all her varied interests and then some. She established and led the water exercise group at the GH/CP clubhouse. She danced with the Rappahannock Waves Square Dance group, where she and Al served as President. She also served a term as president of the Westmoreland Garden Club. She was a member of the Red Hatters, the Bushfield Golf Club, the Northern Neck Music Club and both the GH/CP Bridge Club and Bird Club.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, CAPT Alexander D. Thomson, USN (Ret.), one son, CAPT Alan Douglas Thomson, USN (Ret.) and his wife Judy Hall of Manassas, VA, one daughter, Linda Susan Thomson of Alexandria, VA, two grandchildren Aaron Daniel Thomson of Chantilly, VA and Gregory Alan Thomson and his wife Allison Mathis of Rockville, MD.
Mrs. Thomson was preceded in death by a brother, Verne G. Simpson.
Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon on Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Welch Funeral Home, Montross. The family will receive friends 2 hours prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will follow at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial service for Elinor will be Monday, January 15th.at Welch Funeral Home, Montross, Va. at noon. Visitation will be from 10:00 until noon. Reception will be after the service at the Cabin Point/Glebe Harbor Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fountain Fund in memory of Elinor Thomson c/o The Orchard, Business Office, 20 Delfae Drive, Warsaw, VA 22572. (Checks payable to “The Orchard”)
John Calvin Portman
Sandy Springs resident, John C. Portman, Jr., died December 29, 2017 at the age of 93. Born in Walhalla, SC in 1924, he spent most of his life in metro Atlanta, where he became a world-renowned architect and developer. At the age of 15, John Portman convinced high school administrators to allow him to combine his college preparatory studies with the technical study of architecture, and consequently, began his lifelong love affair with architecture.
During World War II, Portman served in the U.S. Navy and was awarded a fleet appointment to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. When the war ended prior to his attendance, he opted to return to Atlanta to pursue architecture. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1950, and after a three-year apprenticeship with the firm Stevens & Wilkinson, Portman opened his own firm in 1953. In 1956, he partnered with H. Griffith Edwards to form Edwards & Portman Architects. When Edwards retired in 1968, the firm became John Portman & Associates.
Recognized throughout the world for his innovative design, Portman did not always follow traditional paths. Open to trying new concepts, he pioneered the role of architect as developer to allow greater freedom in the implementation of his design concepts. His keen business sense and entrepreneurial spirit enabled him to develop many profitable projects. His understanding of people and their response to space translated into enhanced environments and award-winning architecture that brought about positive socio-economic impact on the cities in which his projects were built a list that includes Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Detroit, Beijing, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Brussels and others. Portman's impact was perhaps greatest on his hometown of Atlanta, where the multi-block Peachtree Center complex attests to his commitment to the downtown business district and includes many of his landmark projects. Peachtree Center began in 1961 with the opening of the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. The Portman-owned-and-operated Mart has since grown to become AmericasMart, the world's largest contiguous wholesale marketplace.
By stimulating trade and tourism, Portman provided the catalyst that established Atlanta as one of the nation's premiere convention cities. He designed and developed four downtown hotels, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown, that anchor the city's convention district. From the opening of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in 1967, with its 22-story atrium, Portman made architectural history and won international acclaim. Offering the antithesis to the confining environment of once-typical urban hotels, guestroom floors rise around a soaring, sky-lit atrium with glass observation elevators providing an experiential journey up to a revolving rooftop restaurant.
Portman's international work began with the design and development of the Brussels International Trade Mart in 1975, and then shifted to the Far East. The Regent Singapore was Portman's first international hotel, followed by Singapore's Marina Square, a complex with three hotels, a major retail mall and an office building. Portman was one of the first American architects to become actively involved when China opened its doors to the West. Portman's pioneer project, Shanghai Centre, a large, mixed-use complex that opened in 1980, has been described by China Daily as "one of the five architectural stars in mainland China." Portman's love of art is evident in all that he did. He supported the arts, he collected, and he, himself, was an accomplished painter and sculptor. The people of Atlanta will continue to enjoy his contributions, from the magnificent bronze lions by Olivier Strebelle that he commissioned for Peachtree Center Avenue, to Paul Manship's towering Ballet Olympia on Peachtree Street. Portman's own art played a prominent role in many of his projects such as the Hotel Indigo in downtown Atlanta, India's Park Hyatt Hyderabad, San Francisco's Embarcadero Center and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, among others.
Portman was continually recognized for his social accomplishments and civic initiatives as well as for his architecture. In 1962, his restaurants within the Mart were among the first integrated restaurants in Atlanta. The Hyatt Regency Atlanta, when it opened in 1967, also served all. The Westin Peachtree Plaza was the first major facility in Atlanta to offer a kosher kitchen. The Georgia Institute of Technology, his alma mater, presented him their highest honor, the Exceptional Achievement Award in 1986. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Harvard Graduate School of Design and the College of Design at Georgia Tech have both named chairs in his honor. John Portman transformed a two-man architectural practice into an international organization of companies that span the fields of architecture, real estate development and trade marts, but considered his family to be his greatest success.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his beloved wife of 73 years, Joan Newton (Jan) Portman; his children Michael Wayne (Jody) Portman, John Calvin (Jack) Portman, III, Jeffrey Lin Portman and his wife Lisa, Jana Lee Portman Simmons and her husband Jed, and Jarel Penn Portman and his wife Traylor; his siblings Glenda Portman Dodrill, Anne Portman Davis, Joy Portman Roberts and her husband Phil; nineteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his parents John C. Portman, Sr. and Edna Rochester Portman; his siblings Mabel Portman Creel and Phyllis Portman Tippet; his son Jae Phillip Portman and Jae's wife Barbara Portman.
A public service is planned for Friday, January 5, 2018 at 12:30 pm in the atrium of AmericasMart Building 3 at the corner of John Portman Boulevard (Historic Harris Street) and Ted Turner Drive (Historic Spring Street).
Portman generously, and often anonymously, supported many important causes throughout his life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Rd. NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322. Condolences may be sent in care of Jana Portman Simmons, Portman Holdings, 303 Peachtree Center Avenue, NE, Suite 575, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec. 31, 2017
Robert Eugene Sivinski
It is with great sadness that the family of Robert E. Sivinski, oldest son of the late Michael and Catherine Sivinski born April 6, 1926, announces his passing on Sunday, January 07, 2018, at the age of 91 years. Bob was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, entered the Navy in 1944 aspiring to become a naval aviator. He received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy, entering in June 1945 with the Class of 1949. Bob participated in many sports earning Ns in 150- pound football and lacrosse. He graduated June 3, 1949 receiving a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy. Bob received his dolphins and served in submarines until he resigned his commission as a lieutenant July 1, 1954.
Bob entered civilian life as an Engineer and worked for 3M. He was an avid sportsman, who loved hunting, fishing and bowling and was a charter fisherman in his retirement. Throughout his life he was active in the Catholic Church and held the position of a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.
Bob will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Marie and his seven children, Joseph (Cindy), Mary Ann (Vince) Chiodo, Laura Rose (Steve) Csanady, Jim (Tonya), Teresa (Steve) Jenkins, Bob and Tony. Bob will also be fondly remembered by his twenty-one grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. Bob was predeceased by his brothers Jim and Michael Sivinski, and his sister Carol.
The Viewing will be on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:00 at the Currie Funeral Home at 116 East Church St. In Kilmarnock, VA and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated in memory of Bob directly following the viewing at 11:00 a.m., at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 154 East Church St., Kilmarnock, VA, with Rev. Michael T. Orlowsky presiding. Interment will follow in the family plot at St. Francis de Sales Cemetery with a reception at the St. Francis de Sales Church Hall.
Memorial donations in memory of Bob are to be to Pro-Life (http://www.nrlc.org/donate/), the Little Sister of the Poor http://littlesistersofthepoor.org/ or the retired priests and seminarians foundation (https://catholicfoundation.org.au/how-we-help/care-for-retired-priests/).
Obituarydata.com Posted: 18 Jan 2018
John Shuler McKinney Benson Sr.
John S. Benson, Sr., 90 of El Dorado passed away Friday, January 12, 2018, in Little Rock, AR. He was born on February 20, 1927, to Ralph N. and Carrie S. Benson in El Dorado, AR. He attended El Dorado public schools and graduated from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA. He was appointed and graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1949. After graduation he served active duty in the Korean War on a minesweeper. John became a lieutenant before resigning his commission in the Navy 20 June 1950.
John returned to El Dorado and in 1950, started a long career at Ritchie Grocer Company. He became President and Chairman of the Board before retiring in 2013, after 63 years of service to the company.
As an active member of the community he served on several civic organizations. He served as President of the El Dorado Boys Club, Chairman of the Union District of the De Soto Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, President of the Rotary Club, Director and Vice President of the Union County American Red Cross, Chairman of the Auditorium Commission, Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Justice of the Peace.
His favorite pastime activities included duck hunting, music, reading, travel, snow skiing, tennis, horses and his "farm" where he spent many hours raising ducks, geese and swans. He always had a work project going and those who ventured down to the farm, whether family or friends, were soon put to work.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church since 1927.
Preceding him in death are his parents; three sisters, Mary Eleanor Buckley, Helen Lee Cox, Caroline Calder; and a son, Ralph Lee Benson.
Survivors are: three sons, John Schuler McKinney Benson, Jr. (Andrea), Stone Schuler Benson, and William Lee Benson, of El Dorado; three grandchildren, John Schuler McKinney Benson III (Celeste) of Columbia, SC, Mary Eleanor Gathright (Clint) of El Dorado, and William Garrett Benson of Little Rock; and two great grandchildren, Eleanor Kathryn Larson and Isaac Shackleford Larson of El Dorado; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Young's Funeral Directors. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church with Mike Dumas officiating. A private family interment will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, January 17, 2018 under the direction of Young's.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington D.C., 20090-6011.
An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.
Posted: 18 Jan 2018
William Doddridge McFarlane Jr.
Captain William D. “Bill” McFarlane USNR (Ret) died on January 4, 2018 in West Palm Beach, FL after a struggle with leukemia. He would have been 90 in February. Bill graduated from high school at 16 in his home town, Graham Texas, and entered Texas A&M University (being too young at the time to enter the Naval Academy). The following year he arrived in Annapolis and entered with the Class of 1949. At the Academy Bill was drawn to Musical Club Shows and developed latent talent to become an accomplished tap dancer, vocalist and raconteur.
After graduation Bill reported to Pensacola where he earned his Navy wings in June, 1950. He married Catharine Norman on June 30, of that year; they had two sons, William Doddridge McFarlane, III and Robert Norman McFarlane. His naval career included several overseas deployments, first to the Korean conflict in 1953 aboard USS Kearsarge (CV-33) where he flew more than 40 missions in the Grumman F9F Panther over North Korea. In 1958, his wife Catharine died after a prolonged battle with cancer in her spinal cord. Later in his career Bill deployed twice to the Mediterranean aboard the aircraft carriers USS Saratoga (CV-60) and USS Essex (CV- 9) supporting Cold War NATO requirements flying Douglas A-4 attack aircraft. In February 1960, Bill married Laurie Brown in Gibraltar, Spain. Their daughter Catharine Elizabeth McFarlane was born in August, 1961. Their marriage ended in divorce.
Leaving active duty in 1964, Bill remained in the reserves and commanded an A-4 squadron at NAS Floyd Bennett Field, concurrently working as a test pilot for Grumman aircraft. In 1967, he married
Suzanne Sayre of Long Island, NY; their marriage also ended in divorce.
He later attained a law degree from University of Florida in Gainsville, FL and practiced law in West Palm Beach, Florida until his retirement in 1974. He spent his final years enjoying golf and gathering with his large extended family and could be counted upon to be present for family events from weddings and birthdays to athletic competitions wherever they occurred – coast to coast. Children of the McFarlane clan were always thrilled to receive his birthday gifts of crisp new dollar bills in the amounts of their age.
Bill is survived by: his son William and daughter Catharine; his siblings Mary Pitcock, Barbara Staton and Robert McFarlane; children William III and Catharine Emmens; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, as well as a loving extended family.
A memorial service is being planned April 14th at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD with internment immediately following the service. The family will receive attendees at a luncheon still being planned. Details will be provided later.
Posted: 5 Feb 2018
Donald Joseph Loudon
CAPT Donald J. Loudon, USNR (Ret) passed away peacefully at his residence in Morgan Hill, CA, on January 27, 2018. He was born the third of seven children to Roy Virgil and Nellie Veronica (née Dailey) Loudon on June 8, 1926, in Grant, Nebraska. The family moved to Hastings, Nebraska and eventually to Lincoln, Nebraska. Donald loved singing and dancing as well as playing the trumpet.
The advent of WW II changed everything. After graduating from high school, Donald enlisted in the Navy. He received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy and was sent to the Naval Academy Preparatory School, at USNTC Bainbridge, MD to prepare for the entrance exams, entering in June 1945. He was selected as First Battalion Commander for the Fall set, leading over 600 men in parades and into football games. He graduated with the Class of 1949 in June, receiving a BS degree and being commissioned as an ensign in the Navy.
After serving during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Lieutenant, Donald resigned his regular commission remaining in the Naval Reserves eventually earning the rank of Captain. Donald served on both large and small ships and was part of the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he received FBI atomic energy clearance. He received a letter of commendation from his commander for outstanding performance of duty aboard the USS Duncan during the Korean War.
Donald attended Stanford University Business School, receiving his MBA in 1957. Donald moved to San Francisco, where he worked for Scudder Stevens and Clark as an investment counselor until retiring in 1976.
Donald spent much of his retirement cruising the world, often with his sisters and brother as well as nieces and nephews. Family members remember of Donald dancing on cruises and insisting that everyone join in singing family songs. One of his favorite songs was “Love Changes Everything”. He will also be remembered for his famous jokes at family reunions.
Education was very important to Donald as he graduated #1 in his junior high class, #1 in his high school class (he was chosen to be the senior class speaker), top third of the Naval Academy graduating class, and #1 in his business school class. Even more important to Donald was his love of family. Donald was generous with his time and his money. He was always ready to help if someone was in need, or to encourage them to go after their dreams.
In lieu of flowers please pay it forward and contribute to anyone you know of who might need help with their dreams.
Services will be March 3, 2018 2pm, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA.
Posted: 7 FEB 2018
William Cole Dotson
Captain William C. Dotson, USN (Ret.), 92, peacefully passed away on February 2, 2018, at his home in Pittsboro, NC. Bill was born and raised in Hodgenville, KY, the oldest of three siblings. Growing up during the Great Depression, he worked hard to help his family make ends meet, but he never lost his affection for Hodgenville, his grandparents' farm, and the people who always knew him as "Billy Cole." The values of thrift, work and self-reliance he developed there defined him throughout his life.
Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated in 1949. Bill had a long, distinguished naval career, holding command positions both at-sea and ashore. He commanded the submarine USS Medregal (SS-480) and the research surface vessel USS Observation Island (EAG-154). He earned decorations for his leadership on the Observation Island, his supervision of the Vietnamese refugee program after the fall of Saigon, his management of the preparation for and ensuing recovery from Typhoon Pamela in the Marianas Islands, and for his command of the Naval Sea Support Center, Atlantic, in Norfolk, VA. Significant decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
Early in his naval career, Bill taught NROTC in Louisville, KY where he met his wife Katherine in 1955. They were married the following year and were lifelong companions, having four sons and traveling the world with the Navy until they settled in Virginia Beach, VA in 1976, where he retired from the Navy.
Captain Dotson continued to support the Navy's mission in the private sector, applying his expertise to a variety of logistical and training projects. In his leisure time, he was an active Rotary Club member and bridge player and helped Katherine with her participation in weekend art festivals. Committed to the value of higher education, Bill took deep satisfaction in supporting the educational goals of his family and helped them earn undergraduate and graduate degrees.
In 2011, Bill and Katherine relocated to North Carolina to be near their family. Bill delighted in the company of his children and six grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Katherine, he is survived by his sons, Mike, Jeff, Doug and Greg, their loving spouses, Patti, Maura, and Janine, and his grandchildren, Marli, Reed, Dahlia, Skyler, Julian and Bryce.
Services for Captain Dotson will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Larue County Herald News, Feb. 14, 2018 Posted: 15 Feb 2018
Clyde Luther Scott
Clyde L. Scott passed away January 30, 2018 after a long battle with dementia. He was 93 years old. Clyde was born August 29, 1924 in Dixie, Louisiana, the third of ten children to Luther and Callie Scott. His dad, an oil field worker, moved the family to Smackover,AR where Clyde attended school. Along with his brothers, Tracy and Benny, Clyde first gained notoriety on the football field as a Smackover Buckaroo. As a Buckaroo he also ran track where he set high school state records in the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard low hurdles, the 110 high hurdles and the javelin. Congressman Oren Harris appointed him to the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of '46. Clyde played football for the Midshipmen in 1944 and 1945 and was named a second team All-American in 1945. (Navy at the time was ranked number two in the country.) Many touchdowns and a famous race to the end zone against the Army great, Glenn Davis, added to the growing legend that led to the name, Clyde Smackover Scott. He ran track at the Naval Academy where he set academy records in the 100-yard dash, 220 low hurdles, 110 high hurdles and the javelin. In 1944 and 1945, he was the academy's undefeated light heavyweight boxing champion. After Naval Academy football practice one day in 1945, he had the good fortune to meet Leslie Hampton from Lake Village, AR. the reigning Miss Arkansas. She stopped for a tour of the academy on her way to competing in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. The upperclassman scheduled to be her escort asked Clyde to fill in that fateful day. They met, fell in love and subsequently decided they wanted to marry.
With the war having ended, Clyde made the decision to resign from the Academy in order to marry his Arkansas beauty. That summer, after being visited by coaches from around the country, including Bear Bryant at Kentucky and Johnny Vaught at Ole Miss, he was recruited to come to the University of Arkansas by Coach John Barnhill. The fact that his bride-to-be was attending the U. of A. and a soon to be mother-in-law, who only wanted her daughter married to a Razorback, may have influenced that decision.
At the University of Arkansas, Clyde was named All Southwest Conference 1946, 1947 and 1948, Second Team All American in 1946 and First Team All American in 1948. His jersey number "12" was retired by the University of Arkansas shortly after his graduation. Clyde still wanted to play baseball but Coach Barnhill would not allow it because it interfered with spring practice. He did, however, permit his star to run track where Clyde set school and SWC records in the 100-yard dash, the 220 low hurdles, the 110 high hurdles, the 440-yard relay and the javelin. The two times he ran the 100-yard dash in college, he tied the world record held by the great Jesse Owens. In the 1948 NCAA Finals he again tied a world record competing and winning in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 13.7. That summer he made the U.S. Olympic team in the 110 high hurdles and went to the 1948 London Olympics where he won the silver medal in a very close finish. Clyde always wanted to try out for the 1952 Olympics in the decathlon but his status as a professional football player made him ineligible. As a tribute to his athletic greatness and overall respect for the man, then President Bill Clinton took Clyde and Leslie to the Atlanta Olympics where Clyde finally made his Olympic return. Clyde was selected in the first round of the 1949 NFL draft as the first pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played three seasons with the Eagles and one season with the Detroit Lions. As a professional football player Clyde was on two world championship teams one with the Eagles in 1949 and one with the Lions in 1952. Clyde battled injuries throughout his pro career and was forced to retire after the 1952 season. He received many awards when his playing days ended. While his selection to the National Football Hall of Fame was an outstanding honor, Clyde treasured the recognition he received from his beloved State of Arkansas – a few notables being the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame and the National Football Hall of Fame. In a statewide poll conducted by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in 2000, he was selected as a member of the University of Arkansas All-Century Team and was voted the Arkansas Athlete of the Century. Clyde spent his business career in Little Rock working in the insurance industry as an executive, most notably for Jack Stephens at Union Life. He retired in 1995 and spent much of the rest of his life doing what he loved best hunting ducks, catching crappie and playing golf and cards with his buddies at Pleasant Valley Country Club. Throughout his life, Clyde dealt with his fame with grace and a humble spirit. He was special. While many are remembered for their achievements, Clyde is remembered for being a good and great man who excelled both on and off the field and was much loved and respected by his family, his friends and his many fans.
Clyde is survived by his wife of 72 years, Leslie, his two children, Marsha Scott of Fayetteville and Steve Scott (Shirley) of Maumelle; his three grandchildren, Robert, Lily and Caroline Scott and his two step grandchildren, Caleb LeFevre and Chris LeFevre (Gabby), both of Little Rock. He is also survived by his brother, Ben Scott of Independence, Missouri, and sisters, Marci Porter of Ft. Smith and Carol Maxwell (Don) of Utopia, TX.
Clyde and Leslie were active members of Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. The family would like to thank all of his wonderful caregivers, especially Tim Vinyard, Curtis Harris and Sam Bones who were with him throughout his long illness. Also special thanks to Tina Wright as well as Arkansas Hospice. We will be forever grateful to his doctor, Lee Archer, who provided outstanding medical care and became a close friend to Clyde and the family. We would also like to thank all of his loyal fans throughout the state, especially his number one fan and friend, Bud Whetstone.
There will be a visitation, Friday, February 2 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held the next day at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, at 1:00 P.M. with a reception to follow at the church. Memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, Pay it Forward Scott Family Scholarship in Bentonville, AR, and doctorswithoutborders.org. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200. Clyde's online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com . Upcoming Events Funeral Service Feb 03 1:00 PM Second Presbyterian Church 600 Pleasant Valley Drive Little Rock, AR, US, 72212
Obituarydata.com Posted: 15 Feb 2018
Carolyn Marie English
Carolyn Marie English, devoted wife, loving mother, caring friend and trusted confidant passed away at the age of 88 on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and all their children by her side. Carolyn was born on May 9, 1929 to Paul Gerhardt Mueller and Della Marie Schafer in Orange, NJ. She spent most of her life in South Orange and Maplewood, NJ. She met the man of her dreams, Jack Lee English, and married him in August of 1950. For 67 wonderful years they laughed, explored and served those around them, as they raised their treasured family which not only consisted of the four children but always and forever a beloved dog. Truly man’s best friend - - their best friend.
Carolyn was known for her infectious smile, never ending spunk, unconditional love, a listening ear and a heart that wanted to heal the emotional aches and pains of all those with whom she came in contact. She was born with a gardening trowel in one hand and a water bucket in the other and the fruits of her gardens were freely given to all. No one could ever give her anything without her giving them something in return. She made life magical!! Holidays were always very special, and she felt she had to share them in some way with neighbors and friends, to bring them a little extra joy and sunshine.
Her greatest gift was her love for the Savior and she truly found every means to be an instrument in His hands. The words “Love One Another” rang true throughout her life. Music was the heart and soul of her life and she cultivated that talent to sing His praises as it was her form of the Healer’s art. She had roles in over 50 NJ State Operas. She was a member of the actors’ guild SAG-AFTRA. However, her greatest roles were that of being a wife and a mother.
Carolyn loved to be a part of her community, both civically in her role as a Republican Party delegate and as an inspiration to those music students who she taught in her home. She enjoyed working as a substitute teacher in the Maplewood school system and cherished these last 20+ years at Millburn High School. The students kept her young and up-to-date on technology and the things in the world of teenagers today. In return, she motivated them to strive to reach their full potential and was not afraid to tell them how to live good and upstanding lives along with teaching the subject of the day. She, along with Jack, faithfully supported the students by attending their sporting, theatrical, musical and cultural events.
She was a hero to many, a friend to all and a pillar of strength to those who felt weak. Carolyn will be sorely missed but not forgotten. Her legacy lives on through her husband Jack and her four children, Wendy Christine Peterson (John); Carl Arthur (Rebecca); Richard Scott (Maralyn); and Lori-Lee Neuberger (Todd); her 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Posted: 19 Feb 2018
Robert Raymond Reiss
Robert Raymond Reiss passed away on February 14, 2018 surrounded by family at The Home of The Good Sheppard in Saratoga Springs, NY. Bob was born on November 24, 1926 in Lake Placid, NY and to Julian and Daisy Margaret Reiss. He began his education at St. Bernard's School in Saranac Lake, NY and remained through 8th grade. He then attended La Salle Military Academy on Long Island where he became the second Commander of Cadet Brigade and graduated in 1944. In 1945 he earned an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland where he was a member of the water polo team and pursued a degree in engineering. He graduated in 1949 with a BS degree and was commissioned an ensign in the Supply Corps.
He attended the Naval Supply Corps School in Bayonne, NJ. On completion of his studies he was assigned to the USS Hobson, a destroyer mine sweeper at the Naval Mine Base in Charleston SC as a Supply and Disbursement Officer. During his service, on July 28, 1951 he married his long time sweetheart Joan Kathryn Tuomey of New York City. They had 66 amazing years of marriage. In 1952 he was reassigned to the U. S. Naval Clothing Factory in Brooklyn NY. In 1954 he was granted a compassionate discharge due to his father's failing health requiring him to return to Lake Placid to attend his father Julian's various businesses.
Upon returning home, Bob became Secretary of his father's business Northland Auto Supply Inc. Eventually he became the President and developed the business with the NAPA franchise into the additional stores in Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, Ticonderoga, Warrensburg, and Port Henry. After his father passed Bob became the General Manager and President of Santa's Workshop Inc. in Wilmington NY where he conceived the Christmas Previews Family Weekend Packages. His creative spirit also brought the Wings of Fame Production Company from California to produce theatrical high-quality entertainment to the theme park experience.
Over the years he employed and impacted the lives of so many people in the area. Not only was he a highly accomplished business man, but he developed a strong community around him. He donated his time and talents to many organizations. As a board member of the Sisters of Mercy he was instrumental in bringing Uihlein Mercy Center, a nursing home, to Lake Placid. He also served on the board of Placid Memorial Hospital and for 10 years he served on the Finance Committee and Development Committee of St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake, and the St. Agnes Church and School Finance Committee for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He had numerous achievement awards for all his volunteer work.
Bob was a creative, enthusiastic family man who enjoyed playing tennis and squash. His passion was always sailing. At just 12 years old, he was a crew member on the family's yacht, The Capris, when it won the 1938 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Havana, Cuba sailing race. He shared this sailing passion with his family every summer on Lake Champlain which provided many happy memories for his loved ones. One of his great joys was playing the role of Jack Jingle at Santa's Workshop where he was known as, "the biggest kid in the park."
Bob Reiss is survived by his wife, Joan Reiss; son Robert Reiss, Jr., and wife Eleanor Reiss; grandson Andrew Reiss. Son Andrew Reiss, and his wife Sarah Reiss, grandchildren Jacob and Cierra Reiss. Daughter Kathryn Reiss, granddaughter Chelsea Abrams and her husband Brian Abrams, great granddaughter Ivy Abrams and grandson Joel Silver. Bob is predeceased by his brother Thomas Reiss and grandson Robert Raymond Reiss III. All arrangements are being handled through M. B. Clark, Inc. Funeral Home, Lake Placid, NY. Calling hours are Tuesday February 20, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm with an American Legion Prayer Service to follow at 8:00 pm at the Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid, Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 11:00 am. Burial will be scheduled in May. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, 185 Old Military Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946 or to St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 470, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory, upload a photograph, , or leave condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.
Ernest Duke Sanders
CAPT Ernest D. Sanders, USN (Ret) of North Carrollton, MS passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, at North Carrollton United Methodist Church, with burial following in Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton. Rev. Ed Temple, assisted by Rev. Ed Saunders, officiated the services. Pallbearers were William Temple, McLin Sanders, Max Sanders, Pate Shackelford, Johnny Summerville, Buzz Handwerker, Bill Gillespie, James Cain and Jerry Beckwith. A visitation was held Wednesday, March 7, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Lee Funeral Home.
CAPT Sanders was born in North Carrollton on August 16, 1925, to Wilton and Annie Laurie Sanders. He graduated from J.Z. George High School as valedictorian in 1942. He attended Mississippi State University before being accepted into the V-12 program at Georgia Tech. While at Georgia Tech, he received an appointment to the Naval Academy and graduated with the class of 1949.
Upon graduation, he was assigned to the USS Saipan (CVL48) and then the USS Missouri (BB63) for deployment to Korea. After 2 years on the Missouri, he requested submarine duty; and after completing submarine school in New London, CT, he was assigned to the USS Sea Dog (SS401). Following this, he served 2 years of shore duty with the Reserve Fleet at the submarine base in New London, where he met his future wife of 56 years, Cheerie Hoover. CAPT Sanders’ next duty was the U. S. Postgraduate School in Monterrey, CA, where he graduated with a MS degree in Electrical Engineering. He then became an Engineering Duty Officer - first at San Francisco Naval Shipyard as Assistant Repair Superintendent for submarines, and later as Quality Assurance Officer with the Supervisor of Shipbuilding at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, MS. His next duty station was with the ASW Systems Project Office (PM4) in Washington, DC. From there, he was assigned to the Naval Ship Engineering Center in Hyattsville, MD, from which he retired in August of 1974.
During his 26 years of active service, CAPT Sanders received the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, The United Nations Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. After retiring from the Navy, he returned to his hometown of North Carrollton, where he spent the next 33 years as a high school math and physics teacher. He taught at Kirk Academy in Grenada from 1980 through 2009, where he was selected as STAR teacher nine times and 2007 Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Private School Association.
CAPT Sanders was a faithful member of the North Carrollton United Methodist Church, where he had served as Chairman of the Administrative Committee and a member of the trustees. He was currently serving as Sunday School teacher and as church treasurer.
CAPT Sanders is survived by two daughters, Anne Sanders Turnage (Jeff) of Columbus and Edee Sanders Temple (Ed) of Batesville; one son, Edward Sanders (Krista) of Madison; brother, Wilton Sanders Jr. of Black Hawk; and four grandchildren, William Temple (Laura) of Huntsville, Alabama, and McLin Sanders, Sydney Sanders, and Max Sanders of Madison. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cheerie Sanders, and his parents. Memorials may be made to the North Carrollton United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 21, North Carrollton, MS 38947. An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at www.ofhwinona.com.
The Commercial Dispatch on March 7, 2018
Lee McComas Ramsey
CDR Lee M. Ramsey, son of Cecil Zeddy and Felicia Ramsey, went to be with the Lord March 9, 2018. Lee was born in Oakland Maryland on February 13, 1925. He spent his childhood on a farm with 12 siblings, two of whom survive him, Sherwood Ramsey and Beryl Benda, both living in Baltimore, MD. He married his wife of 53 years, Virginia Carn of Savannah, GA, on New Year's Day, 1948. Together they parented 9 children, 7 girls and 2 boys. He was a kind soul who never knew a stranger. Whether it was a bite to eat, a place to lay your head or a ride to work or school, he was always there to help. He lived very fruitful 93 years.
He enlisted in the Navy in July of 1942 at the age of 18. In May 1943 he was assigned to the USS Philadelphia VCS-8. Serving as an aviation radio man and an aerial gunner, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism in Italy in 1944. In 1945 he received a fleet appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, graduating in1949. Lee spent two additional years on a destroyer before attending flight school in 1951 in Pensacola, Florida, to become a pilot. After assignments with Patrol Squadrons 21 and 23 in Europe, he and family returned to the US in 1960, then the Naval Academy in 1962 where he served as an instructor of thermodynamics. While in Annapolis in October of 1964 he invented and patented a snow making machine for his children.
In 1965 he attended George Washington University in Washington DC, where he received his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He published a book, "The Humidity and Dew Point of High Pressure Air". He was promoted to Commander and served two tours of duty in Viet Nam. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal for service as executive officer of the US Naval Air Facility at Cam Ranh Bay in 1968 and 1969. He was subsequently assigned to the US Naval Station in Pearl Harbor, HI. After 30 years of service Commander Ramsey retired from the Navy in June 1971.
After retiring from the Navy, he was accepted to the University Of South Carolina School of Law and received his Juris Doctor. He moved to Tallahassee Florida where he built a solar home which was featured on the cover of Better Homes magazine.
In addition to his 2 siblings; surviving are his daughters, Deborah Adams (Mark; son Mark), Valerie M Baldwin(Phillip; son Paul, daughters Erica and Jessica), Johannah Stephens Gulka (daughter Natalie, sons Miles and Roy), Felicia Bellamy(Mark; son Bryan, daughter Brislan), Belinda Ramsey, CDR Cynthia Ramsey USN, Heather Decker(John; son John, daughters Maddox, Alexandra, and Sophie) and sons, Cecil Zeddy (Jeannie; daughter Brandi) and Lee M Ramsey Jr. (son Hudson, daughter Willow). In addition, there are18 great grandchildren.
CDR Lee M Ramsey will have a military ceremony on March 19 at 1 pm at the Jacksonville National Cemetery located at 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32218. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (www.NMCRS.org).
Please sign the family's online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com
Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. (904) 284-4000
Northwest Florida Daily News Mar. 14, 2018
William Jobse Sawtelle
CDR William J. Sawtelle, USN (Ret) 91, passed away on March 21, 2018. He was born on June 22, 1926 in Madison, WI to the late Rolfe and Mabel Ruth Sawtelle. Bill will always be loved and remembered by his: wife and best friend Karen; sisters Ronna Duckwitz and Sally Patti of Madison, WI; daughter Cherie Lower (Bob Lower) of Alloway, NJ and son Steve (Natalie Pien) of Leesburg, VA; grandchildren Lisa Pietrowski and Micah Warren (Stacey) of NJ, Renee of Montreal, Canada, and Elise of Blacksburg, VA; and his great grandchildren Mary Pietrowski and Jace Warren of NJ.
Bill entered the Navy V-12 program at Lawrence College in 1944, received a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945, becoming a member of the Class of 1949. He graduated with a BS degree and was commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy. He spent his early years in destroyers before earning a Master of Nuclear Physics from MIT in 1955. He became an EDO and enjoyed a successful 22-year career in the U.S. Navy, retiring August 1, 1969. After retiring, he taught academics at Apprentice Schools NorShipCo and Newport News Shipbuilding.
Outside the classroom and in retirement, Bill was engaged in a great variety of activities. Bill travelled widely with his wife Karen. He enjoyed furniture woodworking projects and building many different types of clocks including grandfather clocks; he was a past member of National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He also enjoyed the outdoors, regularly hunting and fishing in nature. Bill was an avid, gourmet chef, dabbled in photography, and planted many productive vegetable gardens.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 24 at 4:00 pm at Baker-Foster Funeral Home, 5685 Lee Farm Lane, Suffolk, VA 23435. Burial of his cremains is being scheduled.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Suffolk Humane Society, 412 Kings Fork Rd., Suffolk, VA 23434. Condolences can be registered online at RWBakerFH.com
The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 23, 2018 Posted: 26 Mar 2018
DONALD BRITTON BOSLEY
LCDR Donald B. Bosley USN (Ret), aged 91, sailed off into the dawn’s early light on March 13, after a long and courageous fight against cancer.
He is mourned with much love and respect by his family and many friends.
We specially thank the wonderful, caring and competent staff at The William Childs Hospice House, Malabar, for their support during this sad time. In lieu of flowers, if you so wish, you may send a memorial donation to Bright Star, a program to help grieving children, run by Hospice Health First. Tel: 321-434-7622. www.HFhospice.org
A Gathering of family and friends will be held in the near future, to honor Don: WW2 veteran, naval engineer (nuclear power) and circumnavigator in his sailboat Sunchaser – a man of integrity and achievement.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember him.
Beach Funeral Home, 1689 South Patrick Dr., Indian Harbour Beach. Tel: 321-777-4640 will organize a private cremation, with later burial at Arlington National Cemetery.
CDR Milton “Mickey” Gussow, USN (Ret), 93, of Boynton Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on March 27, 2018. Born September 19, 1924 in Newark, New Jersey to Israel and Masha Gussow, he received his B.S. degree with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949 and a M.S. degree in systems engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957. He retired in 1967 after 25 years of active service. Mickey served as a Senior Vice President for Product Development and Education at McGraw-Hill and authored three books on basic electric circuits, which remain in publication.
Mickey, employed at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for 28 years, was a senior special assistant in the Naval Warfare Analysis Department. He retired in 2002 and received the Admiral John A. Sides Award for exceptional leadership and dedication on behalf of the industry and the Navy. For over 20 years, Mickey continued to teach as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, American University and The Johns Hopkins University where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics and electrical engineering.
Once fully retired, he devoted his academic pursuits in exploring and publishing papers about American Jewish demographics and Jewish Naval Commanders. All told, he published over 100 papers during his academic and retirement years. Mickey was a passionate tennis player and competed from his days at the Naval Academy until his late 80s.
Mickey’s wife of 63 years, Libbie Kaye Gussow, predeceased him as did his sister, Florence Drucks (Connie). He is survived by his brother Stanley Gussow (Harriett) of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, daughters Myra Hamilton (Edward) of West Chester, Pennsylvania and Susan Vengrove (Marc) of Allentown, Pennsylvania, grandchildren Laura and Jeffrey Hamilton, Nicole Vengrove Soffer (Matthew), and Sara Vengrove, and great-grandchildren, Caleb and Carmel Soffer as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Services and interment, held in Olney, Maryland at Judean Memorial Gardens, were officiated by Rabbi Matthew Soffer, Mickey’s grandson-in-law.
Contributions can be made to the Uriah P. Levy Center & Jewish Chapel at the United States Naval Academy (fojcusna.org), 326 First Street-Suite 22, Annapolis, MD 21403 or a charity of one’s choice.
Walter Albert Schriefer
Commander Walter A. Schriefer, USN (Ret), of Virginia Beach, Virginia went to his eternal home on April 27, 2018. Walter was born July 22, 1925, in Chicago, son of Walter and Paula Schriefer. He lived life to glorify God! A sinner saved by grace.
He enlisted in the U. S. Navy V5/V12 program in 1943. He completed the "90-day wonder school,” followed by an appointment to the USNA. Upon graduation in 1949 he served briefly on the USS Wright (CVL-49) before reporting for flight training.
He was designated a naval aviator in April 1951 and he married Ellen Ruth Montgomery of Corpus Christi, Texas on December 16, 1951.
Tours of duty included Monterey; San Diego; Barbers Point; Midway; Lima, Peru; and Dam Neck, Final tour was XO of NAS Guantanamo Bay.
Following retirement, CDR Schriefer taught math at Booker T. Washington, Norfolk and at the engineering department at TCC, Virginia Beach until 1990.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years. They were blessed with 5 sons and 2 daughters; Martin, Ruth (deceased in 1958), Walter, Janet, Frederick, Herbert, William, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild. Walter and Ruth enjoyed traveling the country to visit their children and many national parks.
Join us to celebrate Walt's life at Prince of Peace Lutheran 424 Kings Grant Rd, VB VA on Friday, May 11th at 6pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations made be made to St. Jude Children's @ STJUDE.ORG or Wycliffe Bible Translators @ WYCLIFFE.ORG . Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Condolences may be offered to the family at: www.hollomon-brown.com
Posted: 23 May 2018
Ruth Zapp Lide
Ruth Zapp Lide, 92, passed away May 22, 2018 in Greensboro, NC.
A private Ceremony of Inurnment for the family will be held at the Christ United Methodist Church Columbarium on Tuesday, May 29 at 1:30pm with a Celebration of Life service following at 2:00pm in the sanctuary.
Ruth was born May 30, 1925 in Newark, NJ. Her parents were Edmund L Zapp and Augusta Rose Zapp. She graduated from Palmyra, N.J. high school and from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She worked as a medical librarian for Hoffman- LaRoch Pharmaceuticals until her marriage.
Ruth married Theodore (Ted) E Lide, Jr of Greenville, S.C. on June 4, 1949, the day after his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. This marriage lasted a wonderful 69 years. They both loved to travel and had many great trips to all parts of the world.
Ted resigned from the Navy in 1954 and they settled in Madison, N.C. for the next 25 years. There, Ruth was active in her church holding positions as teacher and a member of many church groups, served on the Madison Library Board, worked with the Cub Scouts and the Girl Scouts, and a member of the Junior and Senior Service Leagues. She was especially proud of her work with the Western Rockingham County Clothing Closet which provided clothing for needy families.
In 1984, the family moved to Greensboro. Here she was active in Christ United Methodist Church serving on several committees, Chairman of The “Reach Out” for shut-ins and Circle Chairman of Circle One. She was a member of the Greensboro Lecture League. Ruth also helped her husband in their travel agency.
She is survived by her husband and three loving children; Theodore E Lide, III in Matthews, NC, Meredith Lide Schoonmaker and husband Grant of Charlotte, NC, and Michael E Lide and wife Tammy of Jamestown, NC. Six grandchildren; Michelle Lide Moore (Brandon), Stephanie Lide Dye (Derek), Grant Schoonmaker, III, Megan Schoonmaker, Nathan Lide, and Sarah Lide. One Great-grandchild, Greyson Dye. Her sister-in-law, Cynthia Zapp, brother-in-law DeVane Lide, and many nieces and nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Edmund L Zapp of Quakertown, PA.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Christ Church Hunger Fund or the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, 410 N Holden Rd Greensboro, NC 27410.
Posted: 27 May 2018