William David Collins Jr.
William David Collins, Jr., born April 6, 1927 in Amarillo Texas, the eldest of seven children of William D. Collins and Florence Kelly Collins, passed away on February 1, 2017 at home in St. Helena, CA. He is survived by his wife Kathy, children Dave (Chris), Kitty, Hank (Nicky), Kelly, Peter (Sue), Mike (Karen), Kathleen (Leo) and grandchildren Davy, Katie (Tom), DeeDee, Erica, Sofia, Ryan, Christopher, Oran, Maja, Gabriel (Kyrie), Dominic, Mariah, Teresa, Isaac, Peter and great-grandchildren Connor, Clara, Rebecca.
Raised in Denver, Colorado, he graduated from Regis Jesuit High School in 1944 and then attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, graduating in 1949 with a degree in electrical engineering. He married Helene Hoeffer in 1949 and served on the USS Buck (Asst. Gunnery Officer), USS Mt. McKinley (Group Electronics Officer) and the LST 819 (Executive Officer). He attended Submarine School and served as a Lieutenant on USS Menhaden, USS Mingo and USS Besugo. He served as Staff Engineer and Superintendent, Submarine Overhaul at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard and managed control system development for the Regulus, the first US submarine-launched missile.
Bill resigned from the Navy in 1957 as his wife was gravely ill. They settled with their five children in Los Altos Hills. He founded an engineering firm, Collins & Hyde in Santa Clara, which was later called Collins Electronics. He represented some of Silicon Valley's early computer pioneers. Following Helene's death in 1959, he married Kathleen Kelly, with whom he had two children (Mike and Kathleen). Bill and Kathy raised their seven children on Byrd Lane in Los Altos Hills.
In 1967 they purchased a vineyard in St. Helena and he learned all he could about grape-growing from local growers and UC Davis. He named the rock-strewn ranch, "Collins Holystone Vineyard," a nod to "Holystone," a sandstone block used to scrub the teak decks of ships. Bill became an expert in 'holystoning' during his plebe summer at Annapolis, working on the decks of the battleship USS Washington.
After founding Conn Creek Winery in 1973 and developing a successful brand, they sold it in 1986, retaining the Collins Holystone Vineyards.
Bill's passion, after his family and faith, were his vineyards and a love of history. He sponsored the Collins Chair in the Naval Academy's History Honors Program; he enjoyed reviewing submissions and meeting the prize finalists.
Bill was a modest man of vision with a large presence, who cared deeply about his community and the welfare of vineyard workers. A founder of Napa Valley Family Homes, he served on the Board of Directors from 1990 until 1996, raising seed money among Napa Valley's vintners and growers for low income housing projects. A member of the Napa Valley Grape Growers, he was one of the early proponents of the Grape Crush Report. As Secretary-Treasurer of the Napa Valley Vintners and one of the founders of the Napa Valley Wine Auction, he was instrumental in expanding their support to include Ole Health. A wine journalist once described Collins as an 'endearing curmudgeon,' and he enjoyed that title.
Services will be held on February 11 at St. Helena Catholic Church at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow. Donations are suggested to Ole Health (1141 Pear Tree Lane, Napa, CA 94558, Foundation@olehealth.org). Memories may be sent to email@example.com.
San Francisco Chronicle Feb. 7 to 9, 2017 Posted: 7 February 2017
William Edward Wynne
CAPT William E Wynne, CEC, U. S. Navy (Ret) passed away at 91 at home Sunday 12 February 2017 surrounded by his family. Friends and family are welcome to visit at Bradley, Brough & Dangler Funeral Home at 299 Morris Ave, Summit, NJ on Friday February 17th between the hours of 2- 4 pm and 7 - 9 pm. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 18th at 11 am at the Central Presbyterian Church at 70 Maple Street, Summit NJ. A reception at the church will follow. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
William was born and grew up in Passaic, NJ, the son of Michael and Rita Wynne. He volunteered to join the U.S. Navy in 1943 at age 17. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949 with a degree in electrical engineering. In 1950 he began 66 years of marriage with his beloved wife Emma Marie Heuer (Mickey Wynne). Following their marriage, he completed graduate work in civil engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1951.
During his 33 years on active duty he was a Company Commander with ACB-ONE in Korea, AOICC for a catapult and arresting gear test facility at Lakehurst NJ, Project Officer for the Pressurized Water Reactor and Surface Ship Reactors for the Naval Reactor Office in Pittsburgh, served as AOICC in Vietnam, Executive Officer of the Construction Battalion Center at Davisville, RI, was OICC Thailand and was Commanding Officer of the Public Works Center at Pearl Harbor. He retired with the rank of Captain in 1976. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star with Combat V.
After retirement from the Navy he began a second career with Ebasco Services and Raytheon Engineers. He was the project manager for the Tokamak Fusion test reactor. He also worked on projects at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Tennessee Valley Authority facilities and multiple department of engineer facilities. In addition, he managed U.S Embassy security upgrades globally. He was responsible for Department of Energy Security Regulations. He continued to work for Raytheon until September 11, 2001.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Emma Marie (Mickey) Wynne, son Michael Wynne, and his wife Louise, daughter Melissa Wynne and her husband David Foster, daughter Alison Wynne and her husband John Nerges, and son William Wynne, Jr and his wife Grace Ellen. He is also survived by his four grandchildren Michael Jr and Brian Wynne, Matthew and Caroline Foster. He is survived by his sister Eileen Kellner.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society (nmcrs.org) and the USO.
obituarydata.com Posted: 23 February 2017
Charles Richard Johnson
Charles R. Johnson “Dick” (Age 91) passed away in his home in Silver Spring, MD on March 1, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Ann (Whitcomb) Johnson; son, Richard D. Johnson, of Baltimore, MD, sister, Rosalie (Johnson) McGrath, children Kathy Pitman, Judy Blood, Robert Hessler, Peggy Moore, and five grandchildren. Dick was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Helen (Horvath) Johnson in 1991.
Dick was born in New York City, NY, a graduate of Blair High School (‘42), attended the US Naval Academy, Georgetown University, and served in the US Navy. Dick was a transportation executive for 50 years in the Baltimore/Washington area, having worked for truck lines Time-DC, Transcon, and ANR Advance before retiring to Sarasota, FL in 2000. After retirement, Dick was instrumental in working with elected officials in Sarasota to attract the Baltimore Orioles to their current spring training location.
A private internment was held March 9 at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium, MD. A memorial service was held March 10 in the Interfaith Chapel in Leisure World, 3680 S Leisure World Blvd, Silver Spring, MD 20906, followed by a reception. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Hospice (www.holycrosshealth.org/hospice).
obituarydata.com Posted: 10 April 2017
ROBERT LUTHER SMITH
Dr. Robert L. Smith, CDR U. S. Navy (Ret) was born on February 18, 1927 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania and died on March 13, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Canda; three daughters Kimberley Smith-Kidd, Valerie S. Eudy, and Alexandra S. Edwards; five grandchildren Carter Schildknecht, Cecily Kidd, Lt. Claire Eudy, Alex Kidd and Chris Kidd; and three great grandchildren.
Bob graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1949 and served in the Submarine Service. He served a command tour of the USS Grouper. After retiring, Bob attended George Washington University, graduating with his MS in Administration in 1975 and a DBA in 1984. He taught at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore; he also formed his own consulting firm. Bob was active in Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Alexandria Scottish Rite, the Huguenot Lodge in Pennsylvania, and Alexandria Kiwanis where he served a term as president. He also worked on the committee for the USS Alexandria. He enjoyed golf, photography, reading and spending time with family.
A private memorial service will be held at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church with interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia or the INOVA Alexandria Hospital Foundation.
The Washington Post on Mar. 22, 2017 Posted: 28 March 2017
Raymond Wright Hargrove Jr.
Mr. Raymond Wright Hargrove, Jr., 92, husband of the late Loyce Hargrove, of Murrah Road, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Trinity Hospital.
His memorial service was held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Grace United Methodist Church with Rev. James D. Dennis, Jr. officiating. A Private inurnment at Pineview Memorial Park will follow at a later date.
Mr. Hargrove served in the Navy during WWII. He attended the U. S. Naval Academy and was a graduate of the University of Georgia. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and remained committed all his life. He was a loyal member of Grace United Methodist Church. Mr. Hargrove had a lifelong passion for music and was a member of the Glee Club at Annapolis and at UGA and of the Grace United Methodist Choir. He retired as a bookkeeper from Koger and Walters Oil Company. He was a devoted husband to his late wife and was committed to his family, and especially loved interacting with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his son, David Hargrove (Martha); a daughter-in-law Polly M. Hargrove; three grandchildren Travis Hargrove (Heather), Ashley Bean (Uriah), and Chris Hargrove; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Rick Hargrove; a grandson Michael Hargrove; and a brother Richard Hargrove.
Memorials may be made to the Michael Hargrove Scholarship Fund, the Landscape Maintenance Fund, or the Choir Fund of Grace United Methodist.
Please visit the online register at www.rowlandfuneralhome.com.
The Augusta Chronicle on Mar. 22, 2017Posted: 28 March 2017
Edward Wheatley Page
LCDR Edward W. Page, USNR (Ret.), of Jacksonville, FL, peacefully passed away on 26 October 2016 with his family by his side. He was 90 years old. “Ed” was born in Baltimore, MD, on 13 March 1926 and was raised in Great Neck, NY. He graduated in 1949 from the United States Naval Academy, where he was known for his great sense of humor and athletic talent in wrestling, football, and lacrosse. As a Midshipman, he dated Jane Lawrence of Manhattan, NY, and they married on 26 June 1950.
Ed was stationed in Key West, FL, then the Naval Submarine Base, New London in Groton, CT. He resigned his commission in 1952 and returned to civilian life in Massachusetts.
Ed was a well-respected and accomplished engineer in the plastics industry and was instrumental in designing the original plastic milk container.
On 9 June 1988, Jane, his soul mate and co-captain in life, passed away after 38 years of marriage. Ed then retired and started the dream he and Jane had—to live on a sailboat and sail the Caribbean seas. For the next 16 years, he sailed his 45' Irvin, BABYCAKES, which had been his affectionate name for Jane. Ed had a legendary reputation as a sailor, especially for his navigation skills. He had many adventures, including a transatlantic crossing with four other sailors in a 35' sailboat.
In addition to Jane, Ed was predeceased by his parents, Helen (Wheatley) and Edward Lewis Page; and his brother, Robert Page ’47. He is survived by five children; Gary Page (Clements, CA), Pennie Page (Farmington, MN), Leslie Wright (Humarock, MA), Jody Olson (Jacksonville, FL) and Tracy Camp (Mission Viejo, CA); nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
A private family memorial service will be held in Humarock, MA, this summer as Ed joins his best friend and loving wife, Jane.
The Page Family
Gerald Albert McNeely
Gerald A. McNeely, 92, returned home to his Lord and Savior on March 12, 2017. He was born December 14, 1924 in Louisville to the late Clifton Coleman and Estelle Lawrence McNeely. He was preceded in death by brother, William McNeely and sister, Dorothy Schmitt.
Gerald served in the US Army (paratroops) in WWII and then attended US Naval Academy in Annapolis before being called to Christian ministry. He graduated from Georgetown College in Kentucky and later received his Master's degrees in Divinity, Theology and Religious Education and a Doctorate of Education degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville KY. He served as pastor to three churches in Kentucky: Ewing Baptist Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church (Dry Ridge), and First Baptist Church of Carlisle. He then served as a missionary to Spain with the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention for 33 years. In Spain he was professor, vice president and president of the Spanish Baptist Theological Seminary in Barcelona and later Madrid. He also founded the Alcobendas Baptist Church in Madrid. Upon retirement, Gerald worked with the Long Run Baptist Association in Louisville as Director of Mission Development. He was brilliant, funny, strong, courageous, and most of all devoted to June Hall McNeely, his wife and partner in ministry for almost 70 years. Since meeting in college they shared a life-long passion for missions education and ministries to women and children through Woman's Missionary Union and Sunday School programs. They have been active members of St. Matthews Baptist Church in Louisville. Gerald enjoyed playing piano and researching genealogy, and he played on a competitive tennis team even until last October.
He is survived by his wife June, daughters Linda Hoffman (Rusty) and Marsha Smith (David) and grandchildren Lisa Hoffman (Rob Shrader), Matthew Hoffman (Meg), Joel Smith (Joie) and Nathan Smith (Alicia), and nine great grandchildren Mariah, Caroline, Elijah, Lydia, Shane, James, Talia, Samuel and Jordan.
A celebration of life was held at St. Matthews Baptist Church on Saturday, March 18 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the REIMAGINE campaign at St. Matthews Baptist Church or the WMU Heritage Fund (www.kywmu.org).
Courier-Journal from March 15-17, 2017
Jean Eaton died peacefully in her Lake Oswego, OR, home March 10, 2017, surrounded by loving family. Jean Muzzey was born April 30, 1927, and raised by her parents, Norman and Marion, in Medford, MA. She had one older brother, Norman. She follows her parents and Norman in death.
Jean married William "Bill" T. Eaton, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, in 1949, in Winchester, MA.. Their marriage was a happy 56 years long.
Jean was on the move with her family during her husband’s Navy career until they settled in Saratoga and then Monte Sereno, CA, where she raised her children, was a substitute teacher, owned and ran a retail store, and was a wonderful, tireless home-maker, mother and friend to all.
Jean and Bill moved to Bandon, OR in 1981 when they retired. During the next 24 years, Jean was active with her grandchildren, volunteer work with the Lionesses, the Chamber of Commerce, and St. John’s Episcopal Church, while maintaining an active schedule of travel and social life until Bill’s death in 2005. Jean soon after joined her daughter, Libby, and her family in Lake Oswego. She lived contentedly and independently in her own cozy cottage by the lake for the next 10-plus years in what would become her final home.
The World, Coos Bay, OR 25 March 2017
Frank Orlando Roland
Frank O. Roland Jr, 90, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Veteran's State Home in Floresville, Texas, where he had resided for the past 3 years. Frank was born on October 29, 1926 to Frank and Mary Roland in Greenville, Alabama, where he was raised. Mr. Roland was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Roland, and his parents Frank and Mary Roland. Survivors include his sons Steve Roland and wife Cindy Roland, Mike Roland and his wife Debbie Roland; five grandchildren, Tori Laine Roland, Beau William Roland, Shay Lynn Roland, Clayton Tucker Roland, and Courtney Faye Roland. He is also fondly remembered by his brother Dr. Bob Roland and his wife Flora of Alabama, and their children Mary Lynn and Celia.
Frank was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, graduating with the Class of 1949. He received a BS degree and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Lieutenant Roland served as a pilot on bombing missions in Korea, while stationed in Okinawa. That is where he met his wife, Susie Inlow Roland. They married in 1953 and lived their wonderful life together in San Antonio and Rockport, Texas. Oh, how he loved to fish!
Frank will best be known for his 20 years in Rockport by his service to others. In 1992 he started a ministry for home-bound individuals through the First Baptist Church. At one time there was a least 50 people he would keep track of: making phone calls; transporting to Corpus for medical appointments; and making pharmacy and grocery store runs among his many good deeds. He was recognized for his service by KRIS Channel 6 in Corpus as a recipient of the Jefferson Volunteer Award in 2003.
Many thanks to the nursing staff at the Frank Tejada VA Home. He was well loved while there. He will be missed by many.
A Memorial Service for Frank O. Roland Jr. will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Rockport, Texas. Johnny Melton, his former Sunday School teacher, will lead the service.
Obituarydata.com Posted: 12 May 2017
Donald Asa Smith
CAPT Donald A. Smith, U, S. Navy (Ret), of Manhattan Beach, CA, passed away on the morning of April 26, 2017 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA, surrounded by the love of family, friends, and a kind hospital staff. Don was born April 24, 1925 in Franklin, Indiana to Ruth and John Smith. He grew up in Roswell, NM and attended New Mexico Military Institute during high school. Five days after graduating in 1943 he was inducted into the Army where he spent two years in the Infantry. Don received an appointment to the US Naval Academy in June 1945 swapping his Army khakis for Navy blue. He was one of the few entering wearing an Army good conduct medal. Graduating with the Class of 1949 with distinction, he received a BS degree and was commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy. Don married Dorothy Armstrong, with whom he raised two sons and a daughter. He later earned his Masters Degree from Boston University in Political Science/International Relations.
During his 24 year naval career Don was a line officer serving on surface ships, and was one of 20 classmates selected for early promotion to commander. His sea duty tours included service during the Korean War, the Lebanon crisis in 1958, and the Vietnam War. His last tour of duty was as the Commanding Officer of the Long Beach Naval Station. Don retired from the Navy in 1973.
Following his Navy career, he worked with Hughes Aircraft Space and Communications Group as the Director of Administration and Operations for 15 years.
During retirement, Don kept a busy pace and pursued his bike-riding passion. He organized and led wonderful bike tours through North American Parks and he toured Europe, Scandinavia and China. Don also held leadership roles with SHAWL (Support for Harbor Area Women's Lives) and was President of the South Bay Orchid Society. He was very active at Hope United Methodist Church, where he participated in the Chorus, the Finance Committee and Community Service projects.
Five years after his wife Dorothy passed away in 2003, Don married Betty Person. Don and Betty shared many wonderful times enjoying family and friends, travelling, participating in church activities and choir and taking walks together.
Don is known for his steadfastness, stamina, quick wit and friendly smile, his generosity, intelligence and leadership. He is survived by his loving wife Betty, sons Donald and Douglas, daughter Carolyn, and grandchildren Daniel, Graham, Ariel and Luke as well as Betty's sons Kevin, Ken and Brent, daughter in law Suzanne and grandchildren, Amanda, Blake, Ben, Emily, Elizabeth, Brian and Juliana. He was a wonderful father to many in our extended family.
We are very grateful for his time with us, thank God for his long and healthy life, but miss him dearly. The celebration of his life will be held on May 20 at 10am at Hope United Methodist Church, 3405 Artesia Blvd, Torrance.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either:
SHAWL (Support for Harbor Area Women's Lives)
Attention: Laurie Whalen-Martinez
PO Box 948
San Pedro, Ca 90733-0948
Hope United Methodist Church
3405 Artesia Blvd
Torrance, Ca 90504
Published in The Beach Reporter on May 11, 2017 Posted: 12 June 2017
Robert Edward Brady
CAPT Robert E Brady, USN (Retired), passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Thursday June 1, 2017 in Annapolis at age 90. Born August 15, 1926 in Minersville, PA to Edward and Katherine Brady, he was the oldest of four sons. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the Navy and received a congressional appointment from Pennsylvania to the Naval Academy entering in 1945 and graduating with the Class of 1949, receiving a BS degree and being commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy. He later attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and received a Master degree from George Washington University.
In 1945, Bob married the late Helen Jean Berkeihiser and they were happily married for 61 years. They traveled together to numerous duty stations throughout the country where they met countless friends and enjoyed the challenges and opportunities of Navy life. He served 24 years in the US Navy during which he commanded three ships and was a veteran of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He led a life full of accomplishment and adventures. His Navy career took him to numerous countries in Europe and the western Pacific. As Commanding Officer, his ships participated in the naval blockade during the Cuban missile crisis and served in combat on the gun-line during the Vietnam War. His last duty station was as Director of Admissions at the U.S. Naval Academy.
After retiring from the Navy in June 8, 1973, CAPT Brady worked 19 years for the State of Maryland's Budget and Review Division, retiring as its director in 1992.
A man of many interests, he flew and taught others to fly private airplanes, built and flew radio controlled aircraft, built and refinished furniture, loved golf, bridge and bowling, studied astronomy, raised orchids, traveled to numerous national parks, white water rafted, skied, sailed on numerous cruises, and visited the Pope in the Vatican.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and May Brady, his daughter Patricia Brady, his three grandchildren Matthew, Sarah, and Kaitlyn, and younger brothers, Joseph and Frank Brady. He will be remembered as the rock of his family whose strength, humor, wisdom, guidance, and love will be forever in our hearts.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 16 at 11:00 at Friendship Hall in the Ginger Cove Community, followed immediately by a reception. A private inurnment will be at the Naval Academy Columbarium in Annapolis.
The Brady family extends deep gratitude to the nurses, therapists, and staff at Ginger Cove for their kindness and loving care. Memorials may be made in Robert's name to the Ginger Cove Foundation.
The Family Posted: 5 June 2017
Catharine Kinnear Train
Catharine Kinnear Train, 86, passed away peacefully of natural causes on June 3rd 2017. She is survived by: her husband, Admiral Harry D. Train II USN (Ret) of Norfolk, VA; her loving daughters Louise, Catharine, Elizabeth, and Cecilia; her four grandchildren Matthew (Pete) Peters, Spencer Peters, Charles Linde of Washington DC and Catharine Linde of Philadelphia, PA; her nephews George Newstedt and his wife Stephanie of Winston-Salem, NC, Stephen Newstedt and his wife Jane of Washington DC and longtime family friends Matthew Stewart of Norfolk, VA and Phillip Kusiak of Jamestown, NC.
Catharine was educated at Holy Cross Academy in Silver Spring, MD and Sweet Briar College in VA.
Harry and Catharine married July 8th, 1950 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Chevy Chase, DC. Their wonderful relationship continued for 67 years.
Catharine was a strong and loyal navy spouse and always mentored and ensured the wellbeing of her fellow navy wives wherever she happened to be. Her four-legged family members were always appreciative of her efforts to ensure they would follow wherever she went. She strongly believed in Navy Family Life and was a lifelong advocate for its strength.
Catharine's passions were reading, education and literacy. She believed literacy and reading skills begin at home. Her family is very proud of her many years of commitment to literacy in Norfolk. She was a member of the Board of the Public Library and a major Friend of the Norfolk Public Library. During the 1980s she served as CEO of the business she and Harry started, Strategic Research and Management Service, Inc.
Catharine had a fine green thumb. She spent quality time at the Fred Hewitt Foundation for Norfolk Gardens supporting the tutoring of future young gardeners for Hampton Roads.
She was a member of the US Navy Ships Sponsors Society, having christened the USS Fletcher (DD-992) in July 1980.
She will be buried at the U. S. Naval Academy Cemetery. A Burial Mass for her will be held at the Naval Academy Chapel at 10:30 AM on June 15th followed by a private graveside burial. Her family will hold a Memorial Ceremony for her at the Town Point Club in Norfolk, VA at 11 am on June 22nd.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in her memory to Friends of the Norfolk Public Library. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hdoliver.com .
Published in The Virginian Pilot on June 9, 2017
James Waters Matheney
James W. Matheney, age 91, of Austin, TX died peacefully at his home Thursday, April 13, 2017 surrounded by his children. He was born November 15, 1925 in Wyoming to Harriett Waters and Matthew Pierce Matheney. Jim grew up in El Dorado, AK and graduated from El Dorado High School before attending Hendrix College. Joining other young men at that time, he enlisted in the Navy to serve his country during WWII. During training he was selected to attend the U. S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in 1944-45 to compete for a Secretary of the Navy appointment to the Naval Academy. Jim was one of 200 to win an appointment of about 600 candidates. He entered the Naval Academy in June 1945, as a member of the Class of 1949. He graduated June 3, 1949, receiving a BS degree and being commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy.
Jim served in the Navy from 1949-1954 where, among other honors, he was the oldest man to complete the rigorous UDT training, a precursor to the Navy SEALS. He resigned as a lieutenant junior grade June 1, 1954.
Jim returned home to El Dorado where he met and fell in love with his wife of 51 years, Barbara Ann Barton. Jim opened the El Dorado branch of Schneider, Burnet and Hickman, a securities firm, and worked in the securities business until his death.
Preceding him in death are his parents, his wife Barbara, and a brother, Matthew Pierce Matheney, Jr. He is survived by a son, James Waters Matheney, Jr. wife Sandy, of Hot Springs, AK, a daughter, Diana Balch of Caldwell, TX and a son, Clark Matheney of Austin, TX, his brother's wife Betty Clippard Matheney and children Susan, Matt and Kendall, brother-in-law Thomas Barton and wife Anne. "Boompa" also leaves nine grandchildren: Monte, Richard, Leslie, Amanda, Dustin, Sarah, Thomas, James, and Mary Hollis; ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Jim enjoyed a good meal, great conversation, dancing, hunting - especially ducks in Arkansas, golf and bridge. He didn't enjoy riding as a passenger and insisted on driving, car or golf cart, until the end. He was a one of a kind and will be missed by all.
A special thanks is extended from the family to the doctors, nurses and all the staff at Seton Central Hospital.
A celebration of his life was held Wednesday, April 19th Austin Country Club.
Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com.
Kelly James Davis, Jr.
Captain Kelly James Davis, Jr., USMC (Ret), age 78, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2004. Kelly was preceded in death by his wife, Edna S. Davis and his daughter of 1 day, Amy Jo Davis. He is survived by his sons, Rocky and Kelly J. Davis, III; daughter, Mary Beth Percy; best friend, Jerry Pradines and 5 grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2004 in Woodlawn Chapel of Roses with Bishop Robert Spain and Rev. Kay Harvey officiating. Interment followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Visitation with the family will be 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Friday and 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Arrangements are under the direction of Woodlawn Funeral Home in Nashville, TN.
Kelly was born January 1, 1925 in Nashville, TN. He received a congressional appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy entering in 1945 and graduating with the Class of 1949 earning a BS degree and being one of 55 graduates commissioned as second lieutenants in the U. S. Maine Corps.
Kelly was injured by a power lawn mower and medically retired from the marines 1 September 1958. He and his wife life in Nashville, TN until their deaths.
Posted: 29 June 2017
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Wallace Jerome Thomas
W. Jerome Thomas, “Jerry,” died June 7, 2017 in Sacramento, CA, his home of 45 years. He leaves two children, Jeff and Sally (Jim) Stevens and two grandchildren, Matthew and Tyler whom he adored. He was predeceased by his son Steven Thomas and wife Jacqueline. He also leaves behind beloved neighbors that were like family to him, as well as many friends.
Jerry was born to Clarence “Tommy” and Nellie Thomas March, 1927 in Miller, SD. He grew up on the plains of South Dakota during the Great Depression and was a member of the “Greatest Generation.” Following graduation from Madison High School, he received an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy and was graduated with the Class of 1949 earning a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy.
Jerry served 5 years in the Navy, including two deployments aboard BOXER in the Sea of Japan during the Korean War. In March 1953 he married his wife Jacqueline and they shared 60 years before her passing in 2013. He resigned his commission June 1, 1954 and settled in the Bay Area working and raising his young family. At night he attended law school at University of San Francisco graduating in 1959.
After 2 years of private law practice, Jerry went to work as a lawyer and administrator for the Department of Real Estate for the State of California. He served as Acting Commissioner during the administration of George Deukmejian and his last 14 years as Chief Counsel for DRE. He retired in 1985.
During retirement, Jerry served as a volunteer – or “gofer” as he liked to be called it – at Kaiser Hospital. He became a California Master Gardener enjoying great pleasure with his 70 rose bushes which provided a constant stream of rosebuds for neighbors and friends. Jerry was everything that you would expect when you think of the Greatest Generation. His Commitment to hard work was legendary, his integrity was unimpeachable and his love of his family, friends and neighbors was unmatched. He was our rock and we will miss him greatly.
A special thanks to the exceptional and loving staff of Sunrise of Carmichael who doted on Jerry for the last year of his life. They loved him and he loved them.
Jerry was a self-proclaimed “simple man” and asked for no services or flowers. Instead a donation to Sacramento loaves and Fishes in memory of Steven Thomas would be lovely.
Sacramento Bee Posted: 2 July 2017