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Beverly Ann Melvin

July 12, 2001

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church of Brawley for Beverly Ann Melvin, 72, of Brawley, who died Tuesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. The Rev. James Rozmus will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mrs. Melvin was born Oct. 17, 1928, in Columbia, S.C. She was raised in Durham, N.C., and graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature from Duke University.

Mrs. Melvin moved to the Imperial Valley from the Imperial Beach area in 1967. She was an elementary school teacher for the Calipatria Unified School District for 23 years.

She was a longtime and very active member in the First Baptist Church, where she volunteered numerous hours.

Survivors include her son, Ken Melvin of East Bend, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Maggie Melvin of Brawley; daughter, Pat Melvin of Riverside; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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WILLARD F. COLBURN

Funeral services were at 10 today in La Verne Cemetery for Willard F. Colburn, 81, of La Verne, who died Monday in his home.

Mr. Colburn was born Feb. 25, 1920, in Fargo, N.D. He moved to Long Beach in 1923, lived in Pomona for six years and resided in La Verne until 1940 when he moved to San Diego.

In 1944, Mr. Colburn returned to La Verne and worked as a correctional officer for the California Institute for Men in Chino for 31 years.

Mr. Colburn was a frequent visitor to the Imperial Valley, residing at Fountain of Youth Spa during the winter for more than 20 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Brawley.

Mr. Colburn served in the U.S. Army military police during World War II in Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle East Campaign Medal with three stars, WWII Victory Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.

He was a member of Grace Church in La Verne, California Correctional Peace Officers' Association, California State Employees' Association and Retired Public Employees' Association.

Survivors include his wife, Theda Colburn of La Verne; son, Gerald Colburn of Truckee; daughters, Dorothy F. Johnson of Big Timber, Mont., and Karen L. Connell of Nuevo; brothers, Sidney Colburn of Claremont and Donald Colburn of Anaheim; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

CHARLEY R. "CHUCK" SMOOTS

Graveside services will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for Charley R. "Chuck" Smoots, 79, of El Centro, who died Tuesday in his home.

Mr. Smoots was born Jan. 26, 1922, in Tucson. He attended schools in Arizona and lived in the Imperial Valley for the past 64 years.

He married Faye Scrivner in Yuma on Dec. 5, 1943. He worked as an electrician for Sones & Hinson electrical contractors in El Centro for 39 years.

Mr. Smoots was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II with the combat engineers, serving in Europe and the Philippines.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church in Tombstone, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by five sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Smoots of El Centro; sister, Julia Ervin of El Centro; and several nieces and nephews, including Ernie Daker of Niland, Stanley Houghton of Homer, Alaska, and Pete McWhirter of El Centro.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Imperial County Alzheimer's Association, 584 W. Main St., El Centro, CA 92243.

CARL KERMIT PLEMMONS JR.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma for Carl Kermit Plemmons Jr., 54, of Birmingham, Ala., a former Brawley resident who was shot and killed July 1 in a robbery attempt at a Birmingham convenience store where he worked.

Mr. Plemmons was born June 9, 1947, in Oakland. He grew up in California and graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1965.

He joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Spain for four years. While overseas, one of his many jobs was packing parachutes.

Mr. Plemmons lived in many places, the most recent being San Diego and Birmingham. He will long be remembered as a compassionate and generous friend, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Kermit Plemmons and Jeanette Pratt Plemmons.

Survivors include his son, John Plemmons; stepmother, Donna Derrick of San Diego; sisters, Denise Plemmons-Forney and Julie Plemmons, both of El Centro, and Lori Plemmons-Darnell of Alameda; brother, Mike Plemmons of San Diego; nieces, Kristen Forney of San Diego and Amy Gibson of El Centro; and nephew, Jeb Moore of El Centro.

CHRISTINA A. BYRAM

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Christina A. Byram, 49, of El Centro, who died in a car accident July 1 in Kerrville, Texas.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in Hems Bros. chapel in El Centro. The Rev. Bill Brewer of Faith Assembly in Imperial will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Byram was born April 11, 1952, in Boise, Idaho. She lived in the Imperial Valley for more than 31 years.

She graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro in 1969 and worked as a sales clerk at the El Centro Wal-Mart for six years.

She was a member of Imperial Valley Karate Club.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Byram of El Centro; daughter, Samantha Byram of El Centro; daughters and sons-in-law, Christina and Ron Thorpe of Phoenix and Sandra and Jose Cruz of Salinas; parents, Betty and Eugene Murphy of Sun City; father, R. Wright of Las Vegas; sisters, Kathleen Cornell of Orlando, Fla., and Penny Lowes of Las Vegas; brothers, Sidney Wright of Colorado Springs, Colo., Arthur Bryant of Ottumwa, Iowa, Stanley Bryant of Denver and Scott Bryant of Grand Haven, Mich.; aunt, Lorene Byram of El Centro; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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