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Jessie B. Smith

April 12, 2001

Memorial services will be at noon Friday in Seventh-day Adventist Church in El Centro for Jessie B. Smith, 71, of Calexico, who died Tuesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. The Rev. Marvin Fehrenbach will officiate.

Burial will be private in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Smith was born Oct. 11, 1929, in Claremore, Okla. He moved with his family at a young age to Eloy, Ariz., where he was raised and attended schools.

He joined the U.S. Army on Feb. 11, 1948, and served in the 1st Calvary and 8th Regiment in heavy weapons infantry. During his tour of duty, Mr. Smith visited Italy, Japan and Korea. He served during the Korean War and was wounded in action. He received the Purple Heart and was then medically retired on June 30, 1951.

Mr. Smith later moved to the Imperial Valley, settling in Calexico in the late 1950s. He owned and operated Ability Refrigeration, which later was renamed J.S. Refrigeration & Appliance Parts, for 40 years.


He was a member and past commander of American Legion Post 25.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jess Andrew Smith in December 1996; brothers, Olin Smith in 1977 and Howard Smith in 1979; and sister, Marie McIntosh in 1998.

Survivors include his wife, Tranquilina M. Smith of Calexico; children, Janine Donoho of Port Orchard, Wash., James H. Smith of Brawley, Tanya Lee Milan of Imperial, Jose de la Torre of Elkhart, Ind., Maria Enriqueta de la Torre de Zermeno and Armando and Juan de la Torre, all of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and Jessie Armando Smith of Calexico; brothers, Hulon Monroe "Tio" Smith of El Centro and Douglas Wylie Smith of San Bernardino; 25 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in Paramount Mortuary in Los Angeles for Narciso "Chicho" Castro Jr., 24, of Los Angeles, who died April 2 in his home. Rosary was said at 7 p.m. Mass was celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in San Emidius Catholic Church in South Gate.

Burial was in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bell Gardens.

Mr. Castro was born June 11, 1976, in Los Angeles. He lived in the Imperial Valley for two years and moved back to the Los Angeles area in 1984. He married Carmen Ochoa in Las Vegas on June 28, 1999.

Survivors include his wife, Carmen Castro of Los Angeles; daughters, Alexis Marie, Desiree Yadira and Linda Veronica Castro, all Los Angeles; son, Narciso Castro III of Los Angeles; parents, Narciso Sr. and Patsy Castro of Brawley; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gloria and Alex Chavez and Patsy and Conrad Sanchez, all of Brawley; and brothers, Robert Gutierrez of Hemet, Manuel Gutierrez of Brawley and Fortino Castro of Yuma.


Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Daniel F. McCarthy, 80, of Calexico, who died April 4 in El Centro Regional Medical Center. The Rev. Barry Vinyard of Imperial Valley Catholic Chaplaincy will officiate.

Burial will be in Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma.

Mr. McCarthy was born April 16, 1920, in New York City. He lived in the Imperial Valley for more than 27 years and was a self-employed pharmacist for 40 years.

Survivors include his wife, Esthela McCarthy of Calexico; brother, Robert McCarthy of New York; sister, Helen Longo of Alameda; children, Steve Crawford of Tucson, Robert, Veronica and Phyllis McCarthy and Helen Brunner, all of San Diego, and Ronald and Vilma McCarthy, both of Puerto Rico; and grandsons, Rex and Ryan Brunner, both of San Diego.

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