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posticon Mordecai J. "Mark" Jaffe

Obituaries | Saturday, October 13, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Mordecai J. "Mark" Jaffe, 74, an accomplished plant physiologist who most recently worked as Associate at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, died Oct. 14, 2007 of pulmonary embolism.

During his three-decade teaching career at Ohio University and Wake Forest University Mark was an innovative teacher and dedicated research scientist. He published more than 100 research papers that crossed into the fields of biophysics, forestry, neurology and anthropology but was best known for his work with pea tendrils. In 1972, he developed the field of thigmomorphogenesis - - how the sense of touch affects plant growth, structure and development.

Mark was born in New York City on July 7, 1933. He was the only son of Deborah Sherry and Herman Jaffe. He graduated from George Washington High School in 1951 and was drafted into the Army and drove a half-track on the German/Czech border. He then earned a bachelors degree at City College of New York and a doctorate in vegetable crops at Cornell University in 1964.

During his graduate studies, Mark met Amy Cooke, a fellow graduate student. They married on Nov. 5, 1961, at Anabel Taylor Hall at Cornell. He continued his studies at Yale University as a post-doctoral research fellow. He studied with Dr. Arthur Galston and began his work with pea tendrils. Mark became a professor at Ohio University in 1967 -- a position he kept until 1980. In the mid-70's, he took sabbaticals at The Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot, Israel, the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France, and at Boyce Thompson.

The family moved to Winston Salem, NC, in 1980 when Mark accepted the Charles H. Babcock Professor of Botany endowed chair at Wake Forest University. During that period, he returned to Israel three times to teach at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture, as Permanent Visiting Professor. He also worked with NASA, studying how gravity affects plant growth in space.

In 1998 he retired from Wake Forest, but not from research. He moved to Lansing with Amy and set up a laboratory in an apartment above his garage and dubbed it the "Jaffe Institute for the Absorption of Jaffe Funds". They shortened it to "Jifajaf", where he continued his plant research. Mark kept regular lunch dates with Carl Leopold and Randy Wayne at Cornell to discuss their most recent research, which revolved around contractile roots and how a species of paramecium sensed the edge of the water droplet in which it swam.

"He found more joy in the search for the answer than in knowing the answer," Wayne said. "Mark loved every aspect of the search -- the initial crazy observation, designing equipment, doing the experiment itself and interpreting the results to discover the underlying unity of nature."

He read voraciously -- everything from calculus textbooks to Herodotus. He photographed lake birds, helped Amy complete crossword puzzles and enjoyed cracking jokes. He shunned honorifics and never boasted of his accomplishments. Throughout his life, Mark valued family above all else. For example, when Amy wore a cast on her thumb for three months, Mark fixed dinners. He also drove to her weekly storytelling job and turned the book pages for her. He was proud to call himself "Associate Storyteller and Page Turner".

A memorial service in his honor was held Oct. 17 at Anabel Taylor Hall. He was buried at Greensprings Natural Cemetery in Newfield, NY.

In addition to Amy, Mark is survived by daughter Jennifer (Carter) Lane, sons Benjamin (Salome) and Samuel (Myung Oak), and six grandchildren: Ivan, Anna, Naomi and Cai Jaffe and Dorothy and Sarah Lane.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in his name be sent to the Southern Poverty Law Center, American Friends of Magen David Adom or Doctors without Borders.
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posticon Anne Wuerker

Obituaries | Thursday, October 11, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Anne Wuerker (nee Knettles) on October 12, 2007 of Westlake Village, California. Beloved wife of Ralph Wuerker; sister of Mary Johnson and the late Ruth Quigley; loving mother of James McCarrick, Michael McCarrick (Tondelayo), Ruth McCarrick-Walmsley (Terence), Margaret McCarrick (Sassan), Chris McCarrick (Lisbet), and Jennifer McCarrick.

She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Anne recently retired as a professor of the UCLA Graduate School of Nursing. She enjoyed gardening, birdwatching, backpacking in the high Sierras, and traveling with friends and family. In recent years she and her husband devoted much of their time to working with a medical clinic in Cherident, Haiti.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a graveside service on October 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lansing, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to www.haitihealthcare.org. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lansing Funeral Home, 32 Auburn Rd., Lansing, NY 14882.
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posticon Ronald F. "Bucky" Hulbert 1937 ~ 2007

Obituaries | Saturday, October 06, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Ronald F. "Bucky" Hulbert, 70, of Locke, NY, passed away on Friday, September 7, 2007, at his home.

He was born in West Danby, NY, on May 24, 1937, the son of the late Frederick and Gladys (Marshall) Hulbert. Bucky was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the US Army, and was a longtime auto body repair man for Cutting and later for Pritchard. From hunting and fishing, to just simply mowing the yard, Bucky loved the outdoors, and was always ready to pitch a game of horseshoes.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Lois (Ayers) Hulbert; his step sons and spouses, Ronald and April Robbins, Martin Robbins, Shane and Tonya Robbins; step daughter-in-law, Rita Robbins; step grandchildren, Justin Yonce, Carrie, Amanda, Dylan Robbins, Cody Robbins, Jacob Robbins; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Roy Casterline, Carol and Robert Bradley, Marlene and Jim Bower, Joy and William Lewis; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Dorothy Hulbert; sister-in-law, Ceanne Hulbert; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bucky was predeceased by his brothers, William, Joseph; and sisters, Sara and Ellen.

In keeping with his request, there will be no services scheduled. Arrangements are with Lansing Funeral Home.

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posticon Helen L. Rounds 1928-2007

Obituaries | Saturday, September 29, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Helen L. Rounds, 79, of Lansing, NY, passed away on Sunday morning, September 30, 2007, at Groton Nursing Facility. She was predeceased by her husband, Arlyn Rounds; and her six brothers, Arlo, Andy, George, Lee, Bob and Gene. Helen is survived by her children, William Rounds, Philip and Lauretta Rounds, Cindy and Jack Stull; her grandchildren, Valerie Sweazey, Jeremy Rounds, Jessica Rounds, Heather Rounds, Christian Rounds, Crystal and Ted Brown, Amberly Rounds, Tessa Rounds, Luke Rounds, Matthew Stull, Heather Stull, Brent Stull; five great- grandchildren; sister-in-law, Audrey Palmer; many nieces and nephews; with a special thank you to nephew Mike Rounds for his care and support.

Helen was born in Enfield, NY, on February 11, 1928, the daughter of the late William and Ella (Gibbs) Palmer. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church for many years, and was an Avon Representative for 42 years in the Lansing area. Helen loved socializing, making new friends, and always enjoyed the company of others.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Lansing United Methodist Church, 32 Brickyard Rd., Lansing, NY, on Thursday, October 4, 2007, at 6:00 p.m., with Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Haytes Cemetery, Ithaca.
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posticon John Wade "Jack" Ettinger, Sr.

Obituaries | Monday, August 27, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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John Wade "Jack" Ettinger, Sr., 71, of Lansing, NY died Saturday, August 25 after a short illness.

A native of Skaneateles, NY, and a 1954 graduate of the Manlius Military Academy, Ettinger served in the U.S. Army in the late 1950's, stationed in Germany.

Music was a big part of Jacks life  He was the drum major while a student at St. Lawrence University and later played locally in bands, primarily as a renowned Dixieland drummer.  He was a member of various drum and bugle corps outfits, and was also a huge lover of country music.

After a career in sales with his family's business, Highway Materials, he was the President and owner of University Sand & Gravel, a local construction industry leader through the 60's and 70's.

A member of Lansing Fire Station #5, Jack served over 35 years in the Lansing Volunteer Fire Department. He long held a position as Commissioner. He served as president of the Finger Lakes Kennel club, and, with Wife Nora, raised champion Bernese Mountain Dogs and Tibetan Spaniels.

Jack was an avid patron of athletics for Lansing High School, Lemoyne College, Canisius College, Clarkson University and Cornell University, where his children competed on various teams. He was a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees.

He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Nora Ettinger, along with five children - Jessica Ettinger Gottesman of New York City, John Wade Ettinger, Jr. of Nashville, TN, Kevin Riggs of Malone, NY, William Kerry of Lansing, NY, and Maxwell Kerry of Grand Rapids, MI. He is survived by three grandchildren - Jackson Wade Ettinger, Zachary John Gottesman and Joshua George Gottesman. He is survived by daughters-in-law Jill Ettinger and Courtney Stevens-Kerry, and son-in-law Dr. Eric Gottesman. He is also survived by brother Joseph Ettinger of Moravia, NY and sister Susan Ettinger of Ithaca, NY.  He was preceeded in death by Son Keith Riggs.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that a contribution be made to the Lansing Volunteer Fire Department, 80 Ridge Road, Lansing, NY, 14882

A memorial service will be held on September 17, 2007 at the Lansing Funeral Home.

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posticon Rob Cutting Dies Water Skiing

Obituaries | Thursday, August 16, 2007 | By Staff Print
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Robert Cutting, of Lansing, passed away while water skiing off of Portland Point with his family Tuesday, August 14, 2007.  Cutting fell forward into the water, and was pulled out unconscious by his family, who called the authorities.  Cutting owned Honda of Ithaca, and was active in the Lansing Community, most recently serving on the Lansing Sewer Committee.
"I would like to make mention that we lost Rob Cutting, a valuable member of our community last night," said Deputy Town Supervisor Bud Shattuck at the Town Council meeting Wednesday.  "It is a sad personal thing for me, and I think it is for many people.  I wanted to mention that people in the Town certainly think about that as a government. I hope you have a chance to reflect on yourself and developments here in the community, as sometimes our lives are cut short."

Funeral arrangements had not been set at the time of this writing.  He was 49.

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posticon Evelyn M. Smith

Obituaries | Monday, July 30, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Evelyn M. Smith, 81, of Locke, NY, passed away early Sunday morning July 29, 2007 at the Groton Nursing Facility.  She is survived by her husband of 59 loving years, John Smith; her four daughters and sons-on-law, Elaine and James Larison, Philomath, OR, Patricia and Fred Howe, N. Syracuse, NY, Teresa and Michael Marcum, Eden, UT, Alexis and Shane Eason, Calexton, GA; her son, James Smith, Trumansburg, NY; her nine grandchildren and spouses, John and Ellie Larison, Ted Larison, Aaron and Susanne Howe, Monica and Todd Canterino, Lauren and Scott Cohen, Jessica Marcum, Alex Marcum, Zach Marcum, Tim Davis; her two great granddaughters, Ava and Carmen Canterino; and expecting great grandbaby Larison.  

Evelyn is also survived by her sister, Helen Matejka; her two brothers and sisters-in-law, Phillip and Joan Argetsinger, Danny and Carole Argetsinger; several nieces, nephews, and their families; and many friends.  She was predeceased by her parents, Phillip and Pauline (Niemi) Argetsinger; and her brother-in-law, Ira Matejka.

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posticon Luther "Wiley" Sutphin

Obituaries | Tuesday, July 17, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Luther "Wiley" Sutphin, age 90, former longtime resident and retired Lansing Town Highway Dept. employee, died July 18, 2007 in Tiger, GA. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2007, at Lansing Funeral Home, 32 Auburn Road, Lansing, where a Memorial Tribute will follow at 7 p.m. on Friday.
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posticon Joyce M.

Obituaries | Sunday, June 03, 2007 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageITHACA – Joyce M. “NANA” (nee:Brewer) Mount, age 57 of Ithaca, a retired medical secretary at Ithaca High School, passed peacefully on Friday morning at her residence after a lengthy illness. Ms. Mount was born June 2, 1949 in Ithaca, a daughter of Lillian Brewer and the late Lewis Brewer.

A graduate from Interlaken Central High, she was a medical secretary for Tompkins County Health Department and later she worked for Ithaca High School. She enjoyed vacationing in Maine, traveling to different craft show where she sold some of the crafts that she created, and spend time with her grandchildren. A pet lover, she had a dog, Quincy and her 3 cats, Jake, Annie, and Sara Lee. She was also an avid gardener.

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posticon Andrew J. Geiger

Obituaries | Thursday, April 26, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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LANSING - Andrew J. Geiger, age 75, of 75 Drake Road, died at 4:23 a.m. on Thursday, at the Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca.

Andrew was born on September 4, 1931 in Whitney Township, MI, a son of the late George and Teresa Geiger. He moved to Venice Center as a young boy, and spent his entire lifetime in the area. Andrew worked for the Village of Cayuga Heights Public Works Department, retiring in 1998 with 43 years of service. Andrew was a family man, making them his priority above all else, and his loving nature will be forever cherished.

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posticon J. Wilbur "Willie" Boles

Obituaries | Thursday, April 26, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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J. Wilbur "Willie" Boles, 66, of Lansing, NY, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY. He was predeceased by his father,Raymond Boles; and nephew, Randy Boles. Willie is survived by his mother, RoseSutphin, Lansing; his children, Danny and Julie Boles, Lansing, Lisa and DanQuigley, Lansing, Tommy Boles, Ithaca, Vicki and Tom Sill, Lansing; the motherof his children, Donna Doty; his eight grandchildren, Chelsea and Sierra Boles,Kevin Kelsey and Cole Quigley, Darren Corey and Nathan Sill; his brothers andsister-in-law, Stubby Boles, King Ferry, Walter Boles, Dryden, Jimmy and CarolBoles, Lansing; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Sissy and Newell Fenner,Lansing, Kathy and Albert Elser, Genoa, Mary Boles and Opie James, Lansing;many nieces, nephews and their families.

Willie was born in Lansing on May 5, 1940. He was a 1959 graduate of King Ferry Central Schools where he was Captain of the Varsity basketball team. After graduation, he attended Riech Auctioneer School and began working as a prominent auctioneer in the area. Willie worked for several sale barns including Apulia, Moravia, Owego and Empire Livestock in Dryden, also operating Willie's Auction Service throughout his entire career. He was an active member of the Lansing, King Ferry community and was always supportive of many civic organizations including 4-H, donating his time for countless benefits and charity auctions.

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posticon Louis Steve

Obituaries | Monday, April 23, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Louis Steve, 96, of Groton, NY and formerly of Trumansburg, NY, passed away on Monday April 23, 2007, at the Groton Nursing Facility where he had been residing. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Jeannette (Cook) Steve; his son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Barbara Steve, Seal Beach, CA, his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and William Scott, Freeville, NY; his grandchildren, William and Amy Scott, Austin, TX, Laurie and Jerry Lawrence, Groton, NY, Michael and Amy Scott, Ithaca, NY; his great grandchildren, Matthew Bower, Mitchell Bower, Melissa Lawrence, Jeremy and Rachel Lawrence, Kristen Scott, Justin Scott, Michaela Scott, Vanessa Scott; and his great great grandson Trent Lawrence. Louis was born in Ithaca, NY on November 5, 1910, the son of the late Frank and Maria (Loretti) Steve.

He was a tool and die maker by trade and had a wide array of other interests. He could accomplish anything he tried, with perfection, always eager for the next new challenge. Louis had a gift of gardening which he shared through his beautiful flower gardens, tomato plants, and breathtaking roses. He was especially an avid New York Yankee fan. Throughout all of his life’s accomplishments, he always put his family first.

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posticon Gertrude M. Sherman

Obituaries | Sunday, March 18, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Gertrude M. Sherman, 92, formerly of Sayre, PA, passed away at Groton Nursing Facility, Groton, NY, where she had been residing. She was predeceased by her husband, George “Art” Sherman; and her brother, Paul Wolcott.

Gertrude is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Diane Kone, Lansing, NY; her grandchildren, Theresa Jedrysik, Toni Shea, Amy Phanhthalath, Jeremy Kone; eight great grandchildren; her sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Bill Wall, Sheshequin, PA; sister-in-law, Mary Wolcott; and many nieces and nephews. Gertrude was born in Sayre, PA on May 6, 1914, the daughter of the late Earl and Grace (Morley) Wolcott. She was a lifelong resident of the Valley, working at Blue Swan Mills in Sayre, and later retiring from Robert Packer Hospital as switchboard operator.

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posticon Marjorie S. Judway

Obituaries | Wednesday, February 28, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Marjorie S. Judway, 96, passed away on February 21, 2007. Born April 24, 1910, in London, England, the only child of Cecil William and Maud Montague Southby. In 1911, the English economy was struggling and one day a gentleman walked by watching her father paint. As he left, he said “young man, would you like to come to America and work for me at Cornell University?” Stunned, thrilled, after discussing it with his wife, they started to pack and got passage on the “unsinkable” ship, the Titanic, for her maiden voyage on April 15, 1912.

When he told her mother, she told him “I can’t go, I just read in the Almanac there is to be a ‘disaster at sea’ in mid-April.” Those three words turned her father’s world upside-down, but he did contact the Cunard office, getting passage on the sister ship, the Olympic, sailing three weeks early, arriving April 1, 1912 in New York City and not going through Ellis Island.


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posticon Leroy Smiley Sr.

Obituaries | Monday, February 26, 2007 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA – Leroy Smiley Sr., age 64, of Ithaca, went home to glory and to united with loved-ones on February 23, 2007 unexpectedly. He was born August 6, 1941 in Daphne, AL, the son of the late Millie and Commie Smiley Sr. Prior to his illness, he retired from Seal Right Inc. of Fulton after 25 years of service.

Mr. Smiley leaves behind to mourn his passing two daughters, Theresa Watson and Samantha Grover; three sons, Leroy Smiley Jr., Vernell Smiley, and Charles Smiley; two brothers, Aaron Smiley and Commie C. Smiley Jr.; four sisters, Betty Barron, Odester Ellerbee, Leler Steward, and Millie Smiley; an uncle, George (Erma) Smiley; an aunt, Estelle Benson; five grandchildren. He is predeceased by two sisters, Roxie Smiley and Julia Collins; one brother, John Smiley, who went home to glory on January 19, 2007. He also leaves behind to mourn, five special friends, Mike and Patty, Frenchie, Johnnie, Muff and a very special friend, Wanda Watkins.

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posticon Marjorie (Southby) Judway

Obituaries | Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | By Lansing Funeral Home Print
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Marjorie (Southby) Judway, 96, of Ithaca, NY, passed away on Wednesday February 21, 2007, at her home.

A memorial graveside service will be announced at a later date, and held in East Lawn Cemetery, Ithaca


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posticon Marion McNally

Obituaries | Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Marion McNally, of 1942 Slaterville Rd., Ithaca, NY, passed away on Wednesday February 21, 2007, at Hospicare Residence, Ithaca.

In keeping with her wishes there will be no services. Those wishing are asked to kindly consider a memorial contribution to Hospicare, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, NY 114850.


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posticon Carmella Ann Paolillo

Obituaries | Friday, February 09, 2007 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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Carmella Ann Paolillo grew up in New York City, the place of her birth. As the oldest female child in a very large family, Carmella played an important role in the nurturing of her siblings. In 1932 she married Dominick J. Paolillo Sr. and together they raised three sons. In 1951 the family moved from NYC to a dairy farm on the Treadwell-Delhi Stage. Carmella’s husband died in1986 and Carmella continued to live among her friends in the Delhi area until 1998, when it was necessary for her to enter an assisted-living unit. In 1999 she moved to Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home in Ithaca where she received loving care until her death on Thursday, February 8, 2007.

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posticon Lester Feagin

Obituaries | Wednesday, January 31, 2007 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ITHACA - Mr. Lester Feagin passed away January 30th 2007 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, New York. He was born in Andalusia, Alabama July 23, 1948 to the late Mr. Jeramiah Feagin and Mary Feagin.

He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife, Mrs. Elaine Feagin; a daughter, Mrs. Leslie (Arthur) Williams of Ithaca, New York; two grandchildren, Alyssea Williams and Thomas-Jerome Williams of Ithaca, New York; a mother, Mary Feagin of Andalusia, Alabama; three sisters, Mrs. Joanetta (Walter) LaCount of San Antonio, Texas; Mrs. Teresa (Atanasio) Serrato of Andalusia, Alabama; Mrs. Deatra (Calvin) Woods of Andalusia, Alabama; three brothers, Mr. Tony Feagin of Andalusia, Alabama; Mr. Gregory Feagin of Andalusia, Alabama; Mr. Michael Feagin of Andalusia, Alabama; three brother-in-laws, Mr. Willie Mitchell and Simon Mitchell, both of East Orange, New Jersey; Mr. Melvin (Marilou) Mitchell of Dryden, New York; two sister-in-laws, Mrs. Cecilia (Francis) Dunham of Trumansburg, New York; Anna Thomas of Ithaca, New York; four aunts, Mrs. Jocie Sconiers and Mrs. Alberta Jones, both of Andalusia, Alabama; Mrs. Corrine (Robert) Artis of Buffalo, New York; Mrs. Erie Nell of Bloomfield, Connecticut; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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posticon John D. Smiley

Obituaries | Tuesday, January 30, 2007 | By Herson Funeral Home Print
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ImageJohn D. Smiley, 54, went home to Glory and to be reunited with loved ones on January 26, 2007 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Daphne, Alabama on January 14, 1953 to Millie and Commie Smiley Sr. Prior to his illness, he was employed as a truck driver by Prime Paving and a driver for the Friendship Baptist Church. He was known to the community as “Smiley” and will be sorely missed.

He leaves behind to mourn his passing three daughters, Trenell (Patrick) Fisher, Mary Fisher, and Shaleigha Fisher; Brothers: Leroy, Aaron, and Commie Jr.; sisters: Bette Barron, Odester Ellerbee, Leler (Daniel) Steward, and Millie Smiley: Uncle George (Emma) Smiley, Aunt Estelle Benson, Mother-in-law Mae Alice Fisher, 6 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. He is pre-deceased by both parents, Commie and Millie Smiley; wife, Barbara Ann, two sisters, Roxie Smiley, Julia Collins and father-in-law, Dalton Fisher.

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