Sanford L. 'Sparky' Walker
Sanford L. "Sparky' Walker, died February 27, 2004 at his home in Yuma.
He was born April 5, 1920 in Attalta, Alabama, the son of Sanford L. and Eunice Walker. After his father's death, his mother moved him and his brothers, Rudy and Bill, to Yuma where she married W.J. Anderson Sr., in 1930.
Walker graduated from Yuma Union High School and served in the Arizona National Guard, then the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific and aboard a destroyer that was sent to the occupation of Japan, during World War II.
Walker married Marion Dumont June 9, 1940, and the couple celebrated their 62nd anniversary in 2003.
In Yuma Walker had worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad, Sanguinetti's and Imperial Hardware. He had his own floor covering business before he moved to Twin Falls and Burley, Idaho in 1958.
In 1985 both he and his wife retired and moved back to Yuma, where they have remained.
Walker's nickname of "Sparky" came from his days of playing fiddle in various clubs and restaurants in Yuma.
He was an avid fisherman, and in later years became a silversmith, specializing in jewelry.
Walker was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Rudy.
Surviving are his wife, Marion, their sons, S.L. "Sam" Walker III of Yuma, Arthur D., Tommy (Jeanie) of Puyallup, Washington; Curtis, of San Diego, Russell L. (Karen) of Bonney Lake, Wash., and daughter, Donna (Bob) Boxall, Boise, Idaho. He is also survived by his brother, Bill Walker,half-sister Deanie Anderson Holbrook and stepbrother, W.J. Anderson, Jr., all of Yuma; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, plus several nephews and nieces also survive.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Kammann Mortuary. A military honor ceremony will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to one's favorite charity are suggested.
Kammann Mortuary is in charge of cremation.
John C. (Jack) McBride, Jr.
John C. (Jack) McBride, Jr., 55, of Peoria, Arizona, died on February 22, 2004. He and his son, Ryan J. McBride, age 15, were killed in an accident on Interstate #10 in Buckeye, Arizona. Jack was a Green Beret in Vietnam, 5th Special Forces and formerly was with the U.S. Border Patrol and a Special Agent in Phoenix with the I.N.S. for 28 years.
Jack leaves two daughters and two sons; John Patrick McBride of Texas, Brendan Carl (Sophia) McBride of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Marianne (Matthew) Wood of Jackson, New Jersey, and Teresa (Scott) Yeatman of Jacksonville, North Carolina; mother and father, Zoa N. and John C. McBride, Sr. of Yuma; brother, Wayne McBride of Connecticut; eight grandchildren; stepbrother and sisters, Thomas A. Nobles of New York, Beverly and Raymond Lockhart of Queensbury, New York, Judith and John Miller of Fort Johnson, New York, and Marsha and Marvin Begor of Vermontville, New York.
Graveside services took place on Friday, February 27, 2004 at 2:00pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road. Memorials may be sent to the 100 Club, 5151 N. 19th Ave. Suite #204, Phoenix, AZ 85015.
Christine M. Morse
Christine M. Morse, 82, passed away in her home on Sunday, February 29, 2004. She was born January 18, 1922 in Slaton, Texas. Christine was a long time member of First Baptist Church, now Grace Bible Ministries, and she retired cafeteria manager of Carver School District #1.
She is survived by two daughters, Deborah (Daniel) Watson of Las Vegas, Nevada and Pamela (Henry) Fernandez of Yuma; granddaughters, Kandle (Aaron) Rutledge of Salinas, California, and Corey Watson of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandsons, Gabriel Fernandez of Yuma, and Michael (Abby) Watson of Las Vegas, Nevada; and sisters Mildred (Lawrence) Cooper of Freonia, Texas, Billye Jo McKown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Joyce (Don) Andrews of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Christine was preceded in death by her husband, Harold W. Morse.
Services will take place at Johnson Mortuary Chapel, March 3, 2004 at 3:00 p.m., Pastor Rick Seltzer officiating. Final resting place will be at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Honor Mausoleum. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Yuma, 1824 S. 8th Ave., Yuma, 85364.
Miguel Angel Juarez, Jr.
Miguel Angel Juarez, Jr., 16, passed away on Friday, February 27, 2004. He was born on October 16, 1987 in San Luis, Mexico. Miguel was a student of Cibola High School.
Miguel is survived by his parents, Miguel Angel Juarez and Maria G. Juarez, and five sisters, Alma A. Garcia, Ana C. Juarez, Diana Juarez, Noelia Juarez, and Guadalupe Juarez.
A wake and rosary will take place at Johnson Mortuary, Tuesday, March 2, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the rosary taking place at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday March 3, 2004 at 9:00 a.m. with Father Bernardo officiating. Final resting place will be at Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
A great mother, grandmother and friend. Born March 27, 1931 in Eden, Arizona. She was a hard worker and loved her family.
She is survived by her brothers; Dean Kight, J.B. Kight; sister, Fay Son Rodney Stultz and daughter, Gaile Williams; grandsons, Reb Williams and Clint M. Williams; great grandchildren, Anthony Williams, Skylar Stultz and Zachary Stultz.
Pallbearers will be Clint M. Williams, Reb Williams, Bill Williams, Rodney Stultz, Doug Alcorn and John Roscoe.
Services were held at Johnson Mortuary, Monday, March 1, 2004 at 11:30 a.m.
We love you and we will miss you every day.