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W. Jack Fleming

  • Jack Fleming[Bremerton, WA] - Jack Fleming, 79.

    Jack Fleming of Bremerton, Sept. 6, 1929 to Feb. 20, 2009.

    Veteran.

    Bremerton resident W. Jack Fleming, 79, died February 20th at his home.

    He was born September 6. 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    He grew up in San Francisco, California, enlisting in the US Navy in 1947. He met Beverly Paulson at Perl's Dance Pavilion, marrying her December 13, 1952. He loved her faithfully until her death on April 4th, 1997.

    Jack is survived by his brother Ralph of Tiburon CA. His dear companion Peggy Anderson, three sons, Jim of Bothell WA, Jeff of Port Orchard WA, Clayton of Woodinville WA; daughters-in-law Gayle, Dorrie and Kathy; grandchildren, Courtney, Ian, Alec, Taylor, Nicole, Kendall and Michael. Cousin Della and nephew Ralph Jr.

    There will be a Memorial at the Elks Lodge 1181, 4131 Pine Rd, Bremerton, WA, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 28.


Robert A. Mattox

  • Robert Mattox A former resident of Albany, OH, Alamo, TX and Washington D.C. died Sunday, March 29, 2009 at Walter Reed Hospital after a short illness. Robert was born at Middleport, OH. He retired as A CPO in the U.S. Navy after 20 years service which took him to Damneck, VA, Long Beach, CA and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Bob and his wife Betty raised turkeys on his farm near Albany, OH for 20 years where they were members of the Temple United Methodist Church. In 1983 Bob and Betty retired to a life of travel and relaxation, visiting friends and family and attending ship's reunions.

    Bob was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, The Navy Memorial Assoc. (Lone Sailor) and ship's reunion associations for the U.S.S. Mullany, U.S.S. Mansfield, U.S.S. New York, U.S.S. Albany and U.S.S. Worcestor.

    Surviving: brother Dale of Lancaster, PA; 10 nieces and nephews and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Idella and Elmer Mattox, his wife Betty, sister Hyde, brothers Gilbert, Edward, Herman and Walter. The family suggests donations to the Armed Forces Retirement Home Resident's Fund, Washington, D.C. or church or charity of your choice.


Clifford Nelson Arnett

  • Cliff Arnett CLIFFORD NELSON ARNETT JAN 3, 1944 - AUG 12, 2009 Clifford Arnett, our beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away August 12, 2009 following a two year battle with Leukemia. He was surrounded by family who loved him dearly and is now in Heaven where he feels no hurt, and no more pain. Clifford, known by many as ''Double-Clutch'', was born in Patterson, California. After serving in the Navy he eventually settled in Salida, CA, and recently retired after being self-employed in Real Estate Management. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Patti Arnett; daughters Staci and Sandi; son Wesley Nelson; grandchildren Connor, Benjamin and Emily; brothers Charles, Junior, Stanley Jr., Kenneth, Jerry and Don; sisters Dorthy, Geraldine and LouAnne. He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Fennie, brother Wayne and sister Pauline. A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 16th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM with a Chapel service at 12:00 PM, both at Lakewood Funeral Home, 900 Santa Fe, Hughson, CA.

    You can pay your online respects here:
    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/modestobee/obituary.aspx?n=clifford-nelson-arnett&pid=131338934


    Remembrance from shipmate John Armstrong: I served with Cliff (Amigo) Arnett down in the Forward Fireroom onboard the USS Mansfield (DD-728). I remember him as a sailor who worked and played hard. I'm so happy we was able to re-establish contact at the ship's reunion. Fair Winds and Following Seas shipmate.


Edward Trenz

  • Edward Trenz, 92, of 142 Holly Cres, Grandy, died Nov. 23, 2009 at Outer Banks Hospital. Mr. Trenz, a native of North Bergen, N.J., was the son of the late John B. Trenz and Olga Andregg Trenz. He was a chief machinist mate in the U.S. Navy retiring after twenty-two years and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres during WW II and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 288, the Fleet Reserve Association of Elizabeth City, and VFW Post 15034. Mr. Trenz is survived by his wife, Grace Waterfield Trenz; and her grandson, Anthony Fentress of the residence; a daughter, Kathryne T. Christian of Alexandria, Va.; a son, Mahlon Trenz and wife, Mary Jane, of Nokesville, Va.; a brother, George B. Trenz and wife, Marie of Santa Rosa, Calif.; four grandchildren, Deborah Whiteley, Ian Martinez-Christian, Corey Christian, and Andrew Christian; and two great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Austin and Nathan Austin. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Shirley Mae Trenz; and a sister, Lillian Trenz. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Twiford's Memorial Chapel with the Chaplain Glenn McCranie officiating and military honors being rendered by the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post 6060. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at Colonial Grove Memorial Park Cemetery, Virginia Beach, Va. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m at the residence.

    Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , 404 Jessup Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

    Twiford's Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, is in charge of arrangements. You may express condolences to the Trenz family by visiting http://www.twifordfh.com.

    Published in The Daily Advance on November 26, 2009


Ernest Thomas

  • Ernest Thomas Ernest Thomas, 84, a lifelong resident of Wise County, Va., passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at the Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

    Born in Dunbar, Va., he was of the Christian Faith, a World War II Veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy, was a member of the VFW Post No. 9600 in Pound, Va., and DAV Chapter No. 56 of Wise, Va., a retired coal miner from Westmoreland Coal Co. after 44 years of service, a member of the UMWA Local 8017, a member of the Hoge Masonic Lodge No. 8 A.F. & A.M. in Wise, Va., recently receiving his 50 year pin and was a former resident of the Laurels in Wise.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Stella Thomas; brothers, William Thomas, Buren Thomas; a sister, Mildred Couch; and a son-in-law, Robert Kirtz. Surviving are a daughter, Linda Danko and husband Dan of Kingsport, Tenn.; two sons, Mike Thomas of Gate City, Va., and Ernest "Jimmy" Thomas Jr. of Wise, Va.; the mother of his children, Jewell Brooks of Kingsport, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Robert Kirtz and wife Emily, Thomas Kirtz and wife Marcie, Jennifer McDavid and husband Brian, Michael Thomas and wife Karrie, Courtney Carter, Melanie Holbrook, Adam Holbrook and Austin Hess; 13 great-grandchildren, Paige Kirtz, Zachary Kirtz, Sullevan Kirtz, Blake McDavid, Logan McDavid, Jackson McDavid, Cole Thomas, Brit Thomas, Drew Carter, Maggie Carter, Clay Carter, Brady Carter and Malea Holbrook; a sister, Jean Smith of Canton, Ohio; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

    Funeral services for Ernest Thomas will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2010, at the Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel in Wise, Va., with Rev. Jeff Sams officiating. The Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. till time of services at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sturgill Funeral Home in Wise, Va. Burial and graveside committal services with Military Rites being conducted by the Pound VFW Post 9600 will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6, 2010, in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens Big Stone Gap, Va. Family and friends will meet at 10:10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home to go to the cemetery in procession. In Lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank of Wise County P.O. Box 2977 Wise, VA 24293. Sturgill Funeral Home 1621 Norton Road SW Wise, VA 24293 is in charge of arrangements.

    Guestbook can be viewed here.


William H. Barnes III

  • Wm Barnes Capt. Wm. H. Barnes III, USNR (Ret.) of Annapolis and formerly of New Rochelle, N.Y. passed away March 8th at the Mandrin Hospice House in Harwood of congestive heart failure at the age of 86.

    Capt. Barnes, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William. H. Barnes, Jr. married the former Fay Anderson in 1949 and they shared over 60 wonderful years together. Bill graduated from the Iona Preparatory School, New Rochelle, N.Y. in 1941. He enlisted in the Naval Reserves and later received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. At the Academy, Bill played Varsity tennis, was Brigade commander of the 6th battalion, chairman of the Hop committee and class secretary. Bill graduated from the Academy in 1948. After graduation Bill stayed at the Academy as an instructor in marine engineering. He later served on the USS Bairoko (CVE-115) and the USS Mansfield (DD-728).

    When the then Ensign Barnes served on the Mansfield the ship was the lead ship of the famed "Sitting Ducks" which led the Battle of Inchon, Korea, Sept. 1950. The commanding officer wrote in Barnes fitness report "his performance as Machine Gun Control Officer was outstanding during the assault on the Inchon-Seoul Korea 13-23 September 1950 when under direct fire from enemy coast defense guns." After Korea Bill attended submarine school in New London, CT and qualified in submarines while serving on the USS Barb (SS-220) and later the USS Trumpetfish (SS-425). Bill resigned from the Navy and went on to receive his masters degree in 1958 at Georgetown University where he also coached the Varsity tennis team.

    Leaving the Navy in 1955 Lt. Barnes then served in the Naval Reserve and later commanded Submarine Division 5-7 out of Baltimore. Under Billís command they were awarded the Nimitz trophy in 1968 as the number one submarine reserve division in the country. Bill was selected for promotion to the grade of Captain in the USNR in 1969. Bill retired from the Naval Reserves January, 1984.

    Bill spent 30 years at the U.S. Navy Engineering Experimental Station later named the David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development center in Annapolis. Bill was appointed head of the newly established Ship Acoustic Trials Group at the Annapolis Division of DTNSRDC which engaged primarily in acoustic research in nuclear submarines at sea. Bill received numerous achievement awards and peer recognition during his tenure at the Center.

    Following his retirement from DTNSRDC, Bill worked as a consultant for Vector Research and Radix Corporation.

    Bill loved music and dancing with his wife Fay especially jitterbugging to big band music. He loved people, had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. An avid tennis player, Bill played in numerous tournaments and enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren the game of tennis.

    He was predeceased by brothers, Richard J. Barnes, Capt. James P. Barnes, USN (Ret.), Michael P. Barnes and one sister, Jacqueline Barnes Fairchild.

    Besides his wife Bill is survived by three daughters, Kathleen Barnes Davies, Cynthia Barnes Powell, Jamie Barnes Greenberg and six grandchildren.

    Visitation will be held March 11 from 5 to 7 at the Taylor Funeral Home, Annapolis.

    A memorial mass will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel on March 12 at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment will follow immediately at the USNA Columbarium.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401 or the National MS Society, Maryland Chapter, 11403 Cronhill Dr., Suite E, Owings Mills, MD 21117.


Jack Bateman

  • Jack Bateman It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Jack Joe Bateman, the morning of March 25, 2010. Born June 3, 1933 to Della and Van Bateman in Oklahoma City, OK, Jack was half Irish and half Native American (Cherokee). He later joined the US Navy, which brought him west. He eventually made his home in Parker, AZ and retired to Salome, AZ with his wife, Yvonne in 1999.

    Jack was a patriotic American who served in the Navy from 1951 to 1959. Jack was recipient of several Navy medals including 2 Korean Service medals, a National Defense Service Medal, China Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and a United Nations Service Medal. Jack was a lifetime member of the VFW and served as Post Commander 2 years and Quartermaster for 1 year. He proudly flew his American flag at his home in Salome.

    Jack often spoke of his time and work on the Central Arizona Project as well as his affiliation with the Carpenter's Union. He was a proud card-carrying member of the NRA. Jack may have been known best as "Jackson" bar tending at many bars and restaurants in town and along the river, where everyone knew his name. Left to cherish Jack's love and memory are his wife of 22 years, Yvonne Bateman; children, Christina (Bush) & Leo Jimenez and Wyly (Bush) & Chris Wallace and grandchildren Leonardo, Steven, Emily (Jimenez), Maxx (Wallace) and great-grandson Jaden (Jimenez). He is also survived by his eldest sister: Helen Baker (OK); his nieces Karen Warren (AZ), Linda McMahill (OK), Pat Brodie (TX) and nephews Van Bateman (AZ), Lynn Baker (OK), Wesley Haggard (OK) and many others.

    A celebration of Jack's life and service to our country will be held Saturday, April 10th at 1:00PM at Parker Funeral Home, including VFW and American Legion Ceremonies. All are welcomed.

    To view or sign the online guestbook please go here.


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