Obituary, Clapp, Jr., Rollin Lee

Clapp, Jr., Rollin Lee
Aug 14, 2017
GIBSONVILLE Rollin Lee Clapp, Jr. was a self- taught man of many talents with a wonderful sense of humor and a spontaneous personality. He loved life and kept it interesting and fun. He was 92 when he died on August 11, 2017, at the North Carolina State Veterans’ Home in Salisbury. A graveside service with military honors will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 16 at Lakeview Memorial Park with Reverend Jack Glen Flintom officiating. Rollin was one of nine children born in Guilford County to the late Rollin Lee and Lily Mae Ward Clapp Sr. He served in the US Navy during WWII aboard USS LST-10 and USS Franklin CV-13 stationed primarily in Naples and Sicily. He married Jewel Owen Clapp who preceded him in death in 1984. Rollin possessed a grand sense of adventure and didn’t hesitate to explore something new. Being the self reliant man that he was he became quite competent in many fields. He taught himself to fly an airplane, build a house, play guitar and piano, paint, and farm. The latter was his favorite and first, he started raising pigs and then moved on to cows and always had a crop growing. He also loved to hunt and fish. Rollin and Jewel loved to dance and he could hardly listen to music without wanting to dance. He had a strong faith in God and was raised in Buffalo Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his sister and her husband, Nancy and Garland Coble of Greensboro; nieces, Jill Bittle, Suzanne Hicks, Melaney Jack, Reena Strickland, and Tammy Coble; nephew, Rev. Jack Glenn Flintom; cousins, Tom Isley, John, David, and Marvin Clapp; and special friend, Ardree Parrish. His siblings Harold, Rachel, Rebecca, Henrietta, Ada Marie and two infant siblings preceded Rollin in death. Rollin’s family is especially grateful to CNAs Linda Bumgarner and Karen Quinonez for their loving care, friend Dr. Kenneth Karb and his two bird dogs for their visits that always cheered Rollin up, neighbor and friends L.Q. and Carolyn Tickle and Reena’s husband, Tommy Oakley who were a constant source of strength for Rollin and Nancy through his illness. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Peacehaven Farm, 1458 NC-61, Whitsett, NC 27377 or Habitat for Humanity, 603-B N. Elm Street Greensboro, NC 27401. Online condolences may be offered at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel is assisting the family.

Obituary, Austin Scandiber

Austin Scandiber

Austin Scandiber, 92, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away Wednesday.

He was born April 3, 1925, in Saint Clair, and resided for most of his life in Orwigsburg.

World War II Navy veteran, Austin served on the aircraft carrier USS Franklin CV13.

He was also a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he was the quarterback for the football team and earned his master’s degree. Throughout his life, Austin was an educator. He spent more than 30 years teaching, coaching and being the principal of Blue Mountain Area High School. After retiring from education, Austin spent 13 years as the mayor of Orwigsburg. He was also a member of the American Legion.

Austin is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ann Machusky Scandiber; daughters, Cynthia Ann Wishire, Sandra Scandiber and Kathy Crow. He also leaves behind two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Austin’s remains will be inured at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at a later date. Online condolences may be left at

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16151 Lancaster Hwy Charlotte, NC 28277

Published in Republican & Herald on Aug. 25, 2017

USS Franklin Reunion 2018, New Orleans La.



May 31st thru June 3rd 2018

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315 Julia Street New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 525-1993

The room rate is $140 for a room with a king bed and sleeper sofa and $150 for a room with 2 queens and a sleeper sofa.  If there are more than two adults, there is an additional charge of $20 per adult per night.  This charge is waived for children under 18.  The room rate above includes breakfast and a nightly reception with cocktails and appetizers.

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Obituary, Thomas James “Tommy” Despain

Thomas James “Tommy” Despain

Corpus Christi, TX

Thomas James “Tommy” Despain, 90, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away un-expectantly at his residence Wednesday, April 26th. He was born May 23rd. 1926 in Roxton, Texas.

Tommy graduated Salutatorian from Roxton High School, whereupon he immediately joined the U.S. Navy. He served in World War II aboard the Carrier USS Franklin, and was honorably discharged in November of 1945.

Thomas worked as a lineman and electrician prior to joining the Corpus Christi Police Department in 1950. Over his 35-year career at CCPD, Tommy progressed through the ranks from Patrolman to Commander, the rank at which he retired in 1985. He served in numerous positions including Chief of Detectives, and Commander of Special Services. He attended several law enforcement training programs hosted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas A&M University, and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

When the Corpus Christi Police Department established the rank of Commander in 1968, Tommy was in the first class of officers who reached that level, and he was the last surviving member.

Thomas was a member of the Corpus Christi Police Officer’s Association. Upon his retirement from CCPD, Tommy joined the Nueces County Sheriff’s Department where he served as Deputy.

Tommy was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Joann Eaton Despain.

He leaves behind two sons, Roger (Mary Kay) of Tike Island, Texas and Reagan (Lisa) of Olive Branch, Mississippi; five grandchildren, Sean (Leah) De Spain, John De Spain, James De Spain, Alex DeSpain and Alina DeSpain; and a great granddaughter, Charlie DeSpain.

Visitation will be from 5 P.M. until 7 P.M. Monday May 1st, and services will be conducted at 9:30 A.M. Tuesday, May 2nd, both at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

Graveside services and burial will follow at 11A.M. at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to St. Michaels Police Officers Memorial Fund.

Funeral services entrusted to Sawyer-George Funeral Home, Inc., 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410. (361) 242-3205. Please visit our web site at
Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times on Apr. 30, 2017

Obituary, Philip Richard Black

WEST LIBERTY – Philip Richard Black, 89, of West Liberty passed away at 7:55 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Green Hills Care Center in West Liberty, Ohio. He was born in West Mansfield, Ohio on June 18, 1927 to the late Hobson and Esther (Fry) Black. He was also preceded in death by an infant son; a sister, Marge Pickett; and two brothers, Robert and Herbert.
On March 12, 1949 Phil married his wife of 68 years, Betty Jo Rotroff, and she survives, along with their two daughters, Rebecca Jo (Ken) Curtis and Melinda Jo (Lon) Peters, three grandsons, Matthew (Julie) Curtis, Ryan (Natalie) Peters, and Adam (Rebecca) Peters, five great-grandchildren, Andrew Curtis, Audrey Peters, Vienna Peters, Aiden Peters, and Lilly Peters, and two sisters, Mary Eirich and Rachel Cool.
A U.S. Navy WWII veteran, Phil served on the U.S.S. Franklin. He was the owner of Black’s Garage and Philip R. Black Real Estate and Insurance Agency in West Liberty. He was a former West Liberty mayor, a member of the American Legion, Mad River Lodge #161 F&AM, West Liberty Business Men’s Association, Logan County Board of Realtors, and the United Church of Christ where he served as a deacon emeritus. Phil also served on the committee that developed and built Green Hills. He enjoyed woodworking, furniture making, and antiques.
The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 101 Zanesfield Road, West Liberty. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 26, at the United Church of Christ, 212 Newell Street, West Liberty with Pastor Rose Michael officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty, Ohio with military rites performed by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contribution may be made, in Phil’s memory, to Macochee Joint Ambulance District, 113 E. Newell Street, West Liberty, Ohio 43357, United Church of Christ, 212 Newell Street, P.O. Box 427, West Liberty, Ohio 43357, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the EICHHOLTZ DARING & SANFORD FUNERAL HOME in West Liberty and online condolences may be expressed to the family at


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Obituary, Robert Leo Spriggs

Robert Leo Spriggs Friday, March 28, 1924 – Thursday, March 9, 2017
Morgantown, WV, formerly of Carpendale–

Robert Leo Spriggs, 92, of Morgantown, formerly of Carpendale, WV, died Thursday, March 9, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Born March 28, 1924 in Cumberland, MD, he was the son of the late William Percy Spriggs and Jessie May (Young) Spriggs.

He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Margaret (Sharps) Spriggs, and a brother, William Spriggs.

Mr. Spriggs was a graduate of Ridgeley High School, where he played on the football team. He enlisted in the service immediately upon graduation.

He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Franklin aircraft carrier and the U.S.S. Albemarle. During his time in the service, Mr. Spriggs was promoted to Electrician’s Mate 1st. Class. Serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, he was in 17 battles. U.S.S. Franklin CV-13 was attacked by Japanese bombers on March 19, 1945, resulting in the death of 914 sailors. Mr. Spriggs helped 12 of his fellow crewmen escape the explosions by rapelling down from the bridge of the ship using knotted microphone cables. Immediately, Mr. Spriggs re-boarded by climbing up the antenna of the badly listing ship, and remained to save the ship. The crew of 704 survivors brought the ship back to Brooklyn Shipyard, making it the most decorated ship of WWII.

Mr. Spriggs began his career working steam engines with the Western Maryland Railroad. He retired as a foreman with the Chessie System.

Bob was one of the founders of Carpendale, WV and he had served as a councilman. Never one to be idle, he installed electrical wiring in the Town Hall as well as many of the water and sewer lines in Carpendale.

He belonged to Centre Street United Methodist Church for 66 years. A life member of Gold Star Post #6452, V.F.W., he was an active member. He was a member of the Franklin 704 Club and of the Ridgeley High School Old Farts Club.

In 2016, he was honored by the West Virginia Legislature with an official Legislative Citation. He received a standing ovation in recognition of his service.

Mr. Spriggs’ hobbies included fishing, camping, and watching John Wayne movies. He took pride in making things with his hands, and had an extensive workshop in his basement.

The family would like to thank Nurse Courtney, Nurse Tabitha, and the staff of the Hospice of West Virginia Caring. They would also like to thank the staff of Mon General Hospital, the VA, Wedgewood Family Practice, Care Partners, and Interim HealthCare.

Survivors include his daughter, Sharon Spriggs Stratton, Morgantown; his son, Gary W. Spriggs and wife Tina, Grass Valley, CA; two granddaughters, Molly L. Stratton and Laurie Osborne; and, three great, grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene Street, Cumberland, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 5-8 PM.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11 AM in the funeral home, with Rev. Ann Atkins, officiating.

Interment will be in M.S.V.C. Rocky Gap, where military honors will be accorded by Post #13 Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centre Street United Methodist Church, 217 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, MD 21502. Tax deductible donations may also be made to an organization which helps veterans re-acclimate to civilian life, Operation Welcome Home, 452 Mylan Park Lane, Morgantown, WV 26501.

Obituary, John McKinney

McKinney April 1, 1926 – November 21, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY John Richard McKinney, 90, of OKC, passed away on Nov. 21, 2016. John was born on April 1, 1926 in Coalgate, OK to George and Jessie McKinney. John served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1945. He retired from Tinker Air Force Base after 33 years and 9 months of service as an aircraft mechanic foreman/unit chief. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Velma McKinney; children, Laura and Merle Kitchen, Jan and Bruce Brady, Johnny and Cindy McKinney, Donna and Kent Birch, Alex and Gwen McKinney, Paula and Charles Seegel, Brenda and Ronnie Morgan, Granger and Rhonda McKinney, Clay and Angela McKinney, Shane and Stephanie McKinney; 32 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. Funeral Services are 2:00PM, Friday, November 25, 2016, at Southgate Baptist Church, 740 SW 4th St., Moore, OK. Interment will follow to Sunny Lane Cemetery in Del City, OK. Services are under the direction of John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore, OK.

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 23, 2016– See more at:

Obituary, John S. Hall

John S. Hall

San Angelo

John Samuel Hall was born in Huntsville, Alabama on January 4, 1927. He passed away in his home surrounded by his family on March 4, 2017. He fought a hard battle with Alzheimers for 10 years. His wife Mary Lou was by his side, caring for him with dignity and compassion. Most Friday nights they would eat dinner at Henry’s Restaurant sitting at their special table. He was drafted out of high school and he chose the US Marine Corp where he served aboard the USS Franklin during WWII. After returning to high school and graduating he entered the US Air Force where he served 22 years. During that time he served in the Korean War. He was a humble man and a proud American serving his country.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lou Hall. John and Mary Lou have 6 children. Sam Hall of Richardson, Texas, Susan Neighbors of San Angelo, Texas, John and Paula Hall of San Angelo, Texas, Ron and Wanda Hall of Opelika, Alabama, Wayne and Beverly Hall of Odessa, Texas and Kathy and John Wyatt of San Angelo, Texas. Grandchildren are Jeff Neighbors, Janet & Bryan Abernathy, Aaron Hall, Katie & Seth Summerlin, Daniel & Kim Hall, Tammy Hall, Christina & Lamar Lynn, Chad & Amanda Hall, Chase & Anna Hall, Clint & Noelle Hall, Jake Wyatt, Clay & Jill Wyatt, Wes & Stephanie Wyatt, and Boone & Juanita Wyatt. Great-grandchildren are Kaden Abernathy, Mary-Kate Abernathy, Everly Abernathy, Pippa Abernathy, Jackson Summerlin, Ryan Summerlin, Adelaide Summerlin, Olive Summerlin, Lily Lynn, Madison Hall, Reece Hall, Harper Hall, Grace Hall, Adalyn Hall, Taylor Wyatt, Peyton Wyatt, Jersey Wyatt and Kenadie Wyatt.

John was preceded in death by his son-in-law Phil Neighbors.

Visitation will be Friday, March 10, 2017, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Harper Funeral Home. Graveside service is in Lawnhaven Cemetery Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 10 a.m. officiated by Taylor Sandlin.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of San Angelo.

Family and friends can sign the online register book at
Published in GoSanAngelo from Mar. 6 to Mar. 9, 2017
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