June 30, 2015

Bruce Richards 1923 – 2011: Our Neighbor

2011 Bruce Richards obit

I know it’s all part of the cycle of life when friends and neighbors pass away, but it’s still sad to lose them.  Bruce and Elfie had lived in our neighborhood for 30+ years when we moved here in 1992.  They raised their kids here and by the time we met them they were a fixture on our street.  They were always happy to see us and welcomed us into their home for coffee and a bit of conversation.

Jim and I always loved to reminisce with Elfie about her life in Germany before she came to the United States in the 1950’s.  We lived in Otterberg, Germany from 1970 to 1972, so we were able to share in Elfie’s love of her homeland.

Jim would talk with Bruce about his days as a pipefitter at the shipyard.  We’ll always remember the good times and they will always be in our thoughts. Now they are together and hopefully having a high old time in heaven.

Leslie Hoyle Yates Obituary – Ten Mile, TN 1955 – 2011

RIP tree and stone

 Leslie Hoyle Yates

19 August 1955 – 15 November 2011

Leslie Hoyle Yates age 56 of Ten Mile passed away Tuesday November 15, 2011 at his home. He was a member of Ponders Old Time Gospel Church, a carpenter by trade and pillar of the community. He loved the outdoors. Preceded in death by father William O. Yates and brother Harless Yates.
Survivors include:
Wife of 34 years Ann Cappiello Yates of Ten Mile;
Daughter Marsha Ann Hicks of Harriman;
Son James Beason of MI;
5 grandchildren;
Mother Isabea Hall Yates of Kingston;
Brothers Tooter Yates and wife Sue of Ponders Gap;
Bill Yates and wife Jacki of Sweetwater;
Pat Yates and wife Robin of Spring City
and Casey Yates of Loudon;
Sister Gloria Plemons of McMin County;
Mother in law Jane Cappiello;
Brothers-in-law Frank and Michael Cappiello and lots of special friends.

The body will lie in state from 3pm Thursday November 17, 2011 until funeral time 1pm Friday at the Ponders Old Time Gospel Church with Rev. Henry Anderson, Pat Yates and Rev. Bill Yates officiating.  Burial will follow at Kelsay Cemetery. (FindAGrave)

Otrib Will Alert You If I Die

How will you know if one of your online friends passes away? Recently, I found myself in an awkward position on Facebook when I wished one of my friends a Happy Birthday and found out she had died just a few days before.  Of course, there was no way for me to know because she probably didn’t know about the Facebook application Final Wishes from Otrib.

I signed up for my free account on Otrib today and I’ve also added the Final Wishes tab to my page.  I’m not planning on going to the great beyond any time soon, but if I do I’ve designated my son as my online account heir and he will be able to go through and close all my accounts and send a real time notice to everyone.

This application seems like a very, very good idea to me. I was asked to write about it as a BzzAgent, but I am recommending it as a friend too.  This service is free and can save you time, money and make things easier for everyone.

Daniel W. Ranslow Obituary 1981

Daniel Ranslow obit

I’m not going to hide it, I’m blatantly trying to get some of our family members interested in visiting this blog.  I doubt that any of them will find it tiresome though, because this is their family and I am sharing documentation and history with them.

Visitors, as usual, please click on the image until you get it full-sized. :)