Ruth Smith, 80, of Blossburg, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in Wellsboro, Pa. following a brief illness. In keeping with Ruth’s wishes all services will be private. Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, in Blossburg is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society in Mrs. Smith’s loving memory. Share condolences at www.pepperfuneralhomes.com
Herbert Walter Smouther, age 90, of Casar, NC, passed into God’s care on July 21, 2019.
Herb was born in Canton, Pennsylvania on October 23, 1928. He was predeceased by his mother, Laura Smouther, favorite aunt, Lillian Ward and brother, Roger Smouther both of Canton; his first wife of 35 years Winnifred (Seeley) Smouther of Elmira; and a son Stephen Herbert Smouther of Columbus, Ohio. Herb is survived by his second wife, Marilyn (Fortenberry) Smouther of Casar, NC; a son Gordon W. Smouther and daughter-in-law Linda L. Smouther of Trenton, NJ; a grandson, Bryan Smouther of Melbourne, FL; a granddaughter, Bethany Jackson of Granite Bay, CA; two great grandsons; and Anne (Seeley) Smouther, wife of Roger.
Herb was a graduate of Canton High School in 1946 where he was class president and a member of the varsity baseball, football and PA state champion basketball team. Following his marriage to Winnifred Seeley, he worked for a short while at the Swayze Box Company in Canton and then moved to Elmira, NY where he was employed by Ward La France Firetruck Company in the Sales Department. While in Elmira, he was an active coach of youth baseball, basketball and soccer in Southport. Herb and Winnifred moved to Cape Coral, FL in 1980 where Winnifred passed away two years later. Herb kept in close touch with his teammates from the various athletic teams. They met most years in Canton and attended the annual high school alumni dinner.
Marilyn and Herb were married in December, 1983 and after short periods in Florida and Columbia, SC, they settled in the Casar, NC area. Herb and Marilyn were well known in the area for Mom’s Cookies which were widely distributed to local convenience stores
Funeral services will be held on July 25 under the direction of Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home, 846 E. Stagecoach Trail, Falston, NC. Interment will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, NY on Monday July 29 where there will be a brief gravesite service beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Donations in remembrance of Herb can be made to the Huntington Disease Society at www.Indiana.hdsa.org
May 15, 1927 – July 16, 2019
The most beautiful hands belong to old farmers.
My grandfather's hands were so veined, so knotted,
It was like shaking hands with a block of yellow pine.
His fingers were crooked, as light is by massive things.
Those leather hands swung leather harness
Gracefully as nets, and schooled the shark muscles
That stroked under the gray waves of his immense Belgians.
The surgeon's fingers riffle quick as gamblers'.
Rip. Stitch. Next.
Farmers' thick paws move slowly about their caring.
Export of ash trees, milk, and children is a long term trade.
Hands that have wrestled the four seasons
Earnestly, as with angels, know earth so well
Death is only homecoming.
The most beautiful hands belong to old farmers,
Old sidehill farmers like my grandfather. Like me.
- “Bradford County Handsong,” by Ron Saxton
Ronald L. Saxton passed away in his home in West Grove, PA at the age of 92. Born in Granville Summit, PA, Ron came of age during the Great Depression. His parents, Luther (1900-1988) and Florence Irene (1900-1984), taught school throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, then settled in Canton, PA. Ron was raised on the family dairy farm and helped with the chores. He graduated valedictorian of his high school class.
Stacey R. Stone, 33 of Gillett, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
Stacey Ranae, “Sisserbug” as known by family, was born Oct. 19, 1985 in Sayre, a daughter of Kenneth E. and Cherryl J. (Heasley) Stone of Gillett.
Stacey was a graduate of Troy Area High School, class of 2004. Most recently she was employed in Customer Service at the Elmira location of the Dollar General Store. Stacey loved looking pretty and was very particular about her hair and makeup. At times she was a private person and other times a social butterfly, being quite
the jokester. Stacey could not only take a good teasing but also give it back. She loved her family and will be lovingly remembered for her beautiful smile, wonderful hugs and nervous giggle.
Quentin F. Summers, Jr, Age 70, of Troy, Pa. passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019 at home with his family at his side. Quentin was born December 6, 1948 in Elmira, NY son of the late Quentin F. & Elizabeth M. (MacKinster) Summers, Sr. He was a graduate of SRU high school. He and the former Emily B. Eisenhower were married July 10, 1971 and would have celebrated 48 years together. He was formerly employed by Growmark Agricultural Supply in Towanda. Quentin was an avid runner, running in many 5K, 10K and marathons in New York and Pennsylvania. He also enjoyed biking, riding snowmobiles, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his loving wife Emily B. Summers of Troy, a son, Nathan Summers of Troy, a daughter Chanda Summers of Longwood, FL, two sisters, Quenta M. Butters of Bentley Creek, Della A. Perry of Osage City, KS, several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Quentin was predeceased by his parents and two sisters Dorna Coe and Roberta DuVall.
Jay “Jake” Spencer, 90, of Franklindale, Pa., passed away May 31, 2019 at the Bradford County Manor.
A memorial service to honor Jake’s life will be held July 19, from 4-8 p.m. at the Bridge Street VFW, 3057 Bridge Street Hill Road, Towanda, Pa 18848. Arrangements were under the direction of Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility in Canton, Pa. Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.pepperfuneralhome.com
Jay “Jake” Perry Spencer, 90, extremely well-known resident of Franklin Township, Pa. passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Bradford County Manor.
Jake, as he was known to by everyone, was born May 31, 1928 in Granville Summit, Pa. to the late Miles and Madeline (Bunyan) Spencer. He attended Towanda High School and upon leaving school, at an early age, entered in the U.S. Navy for six years proudly serving during WWII on a refueling ship. Following his honorable discharge, Jake had many vocations throughout his life time. He was a local truck driver and dairy farmer in his earlier years, operated a local lime spreading business and sold race horses throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Chicago and Kentucky. He was a distinguished auctioneer for both Spencer Auctions locally and Martin Auctioneers in New Holland, Pa., where he auctioned household and farm items as well as real estate. Jake was a former president of the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association, a member of the Towanda VFW, Kellogg Mt. Rod and Gun Club, Odd Fellows and the “Old Bastards Club” both of Towanda. He once ran for Bradford County Commissioner with the campaign slogan " Make no mistake vote for Jake” and nearly won. Jake had a gift for being a story teller, mostly always true. When his health permitted, he could often be found at the local restaurant or coffee shops, knowing everyone there. Jake will always hold a very special place in many hearts. He was a kind, caring man and will be missed greatly by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
William A. “Bill” Spencer Jr., 74, of Granville Summit, Pa. passed away Apr. 17, 2019 at Guthrie Towanda Skilled Nursing Unit.
William Allison was born July 18, 1944, in Elmira, N.Y., to the late William A. and Mildred (Cole) Spencer. On May 3, 1963 he married the love of his life Connie Ayres in Canton, Pa. They shared nearly 56 wonderful years together and raised three children. Bill was a truck driver for the H. Rockwell Feed Mill in Canton for over 50 years, retiring in 2015. He also owned and operated, along with his wife Connie, the family’s dairy farm in Granville Township, Pa. for 25 years.
Bill loved the outdoors. Most recently, he took great pleasure in farming and haying with his son, his Hereford beef cattle, cutting wood, and was an avid collector of woodstoves. He was fan of football’s Washington Redskins and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Bill was a member of the Canton Bike Club traveling various places, some quite a distance. He was also a member of the Troy Vet’s Club, the Wheel Inn of Roaring Branch and was a life member of Canton’s Innes Hose Fire Department. He also attended Victory Church in Troy, Pa.
Bill’s family and their well-being was of the utmost importance. He loved spending all the time he could with his family especially his grandchildren, which he loved dearly, and truly enjoyed supporting their sporting events that they were involved in.
Chenango Forks, N.Y. and Tampa, Fla. - Beverly A. Seiber (born June 27, 1936). Our beloved mother was taken to Heaven on Saturday, Apr. 20, 2019. Beverly is survived by her two children, David E. Seiber, and Kimberley A. Hayes, three grandchildren, Danielle (Eric Janowsky, Ashley (Jason) Motell, and Cody (Samantha Seiber, five great-grandchildren, Clara Janowsky, Tristyn Motell, Lochlan Motell, Nora Janowsky, and Archer Motell, several nieces and nephews, and her sister and mother in law, Charlotte and Harold Carter of Rome, Pa. She was predeceased by her parents, Earl and Margaret Brenchley, husband Robert L. Seiber, and sister, Barbara E. Gurney.
Beverly retired as a para-educator from Hillsborough County School System in Tampa, Fla., with 26 years of faithful service. Before her move to Florida in 1978, Beverly worked in Chenango Forks School District for six years, and enjoyed her time there very much.
On the afternoon of Sunday, Apr. 14, 2019 Destiny Suzanne Scott of Troy passed away quietly following a courageous battle with Huntingdon's Disease. She was 32 years of age, and is survived by her mother, Jill Ayres, stepfather Stephen Ayres, sisters Melinda Scott, Casey Hall and niece Myra Hall, of Troy, sister Kristen Knudsen of Green's Landing, Godparents Kathy and Harry Johnson, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins step-siblings, Soul Sister Mindy Chilson and her daughter Emilee Chilson. In keeping with the family's wishes there will be no public services (www.morseandkleesefuneralhome.com).
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