DEATHS: May 31, 2001

May 31, 2001


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Thomas "Woody" Wilson, 87, of Brawley, who died Tuesday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Wilson was born Nov. 17, 1913, in Brawley and until his death was the last survivor of a family of 15. He attended elementary school in Westmorland and Brawley Union High School.

After his schooling, he began working in the hay fields and was employed by a railroad company during World War II. He also was a mechanic for Ballard Studebaker for 15 years in Brawley and worked for the Brawley Ice Plant. He worked as plumber and weighmaster at Holly Sugar for 21 years, retiring in 1985.


After his retirement, Mr. Wilson worked as a caretaker for Tri-County Duck Club near the Salton Sea.

Mr. Wilson was an avid hunter and fisherman who also collected rocks and other items in the desert.

He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanora Hefti Wilson of Brawley; son and daughter-in-law, Garland and Carol Wilson of Salt Lake City, Utah; stepson and his wife, Donald and Ramona Hefti of Laguna Niguel; sister-in-law, Lola Wilson of Holtville; and 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Brawley.


Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Haven of Rest Cemetery in Julian for former Brawley resident Willis Harold Slaughter, 87, of Julian, who died Saturday in his home.

Mr. Slaughter was born July 26, 1913, in Brawley.

In 1931 he graduated from Brawley Union High School, where he picked up the nickname of "Turk" and where he played football and boxed.

He attended junior college in Brawley and helped his dad haul ironwood, worked in the lettuce sheds and disked fields.

Mr. Slaughter married Lillis Mae Cox on Aug. 25, 1939. He worked for Bank of America and did bookkeeping for George Jones of Brawley. The Slaughters moved to San Diego and moved to Julian in 1944.

In Julian, Mr. Slaughter and his wife operated a barber and beauty shop. He also cut hair at Holberg's in Borrego Springs.

They purchased a lot in Julian and operated the Shell gas station there for many years.

He also had worked for his brother, Ralph Slaughter, in a saw mill on Volcan Mountain.

He also had worked in construction as a foreman on many large jobs in the San Diego area. He later worked for operating engineers and retired from Asphalt Inc.

After his retirement, he started operating The Julian Cider Mill. He ran the business with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters.

He helped lead the reconstruction of the Julian Baptist Church, where he was a trustee.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lillie Mae of Julian; son and daughter-in-law, Fred Leroy and Susan Slaughter of Julian; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Suzette Ross Prange of Prescott, Ariz., Sandra and Rick Moretti of Santa Ysabel and Stacy and Randy Peyakov of Julian; great-grandchildren, Rowlynda Moretti and Logan and Casey Peyakov; and sister, Sharlene "Dot" Dillion of Lakewood.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Mr. Slaughter's longtime charity of "Thru the Bible Radio," P.O. Box 7100 Pasadena, CA 91109, or the Shelter Valley Community Church for a youth scholarship fund, P.O. Box 421 Julian, CA 92036.

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