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Elmer "Roy" Beebe

April 30, 2002

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Elmer "Roy" Beebe, 66, of Imperial, who died Saturday.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Frye Chapel in Brawley. The Rev. Joseph Marr of Faith Assembly of God of Imperial will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Beebe was born Oct. 4, 1935, in Imperial, where he was raised and graduated from Imperial High School.

After his high school education, Mr. Beebe went to work for the Imperial Irrigation District, from which he retired as a dragline operator after 40 years.

He married Norma L. Riley at Foursquare Church in El Centro on Sept. 3, 1955. The Beebes were married for 46 years.

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Mr. Beebe had been a member of Faith Assembly of God of Imperial since 1960. He also enjoyed fixing and giving away bicycles to the neighborhood children.

According to his family, Mr. Beebe loved to go camping and loved to eat, but most of all he loved his family.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Beebe of Imperial; son and companion, Leroy Beebe and Patty of Imperial; daughter, Ruth Marlin of Imperial; mother, Pearl Kiser Beebe of Las Vegas; sisters, Shirley Krieg of Las Vegas and Laura Jones of Brawley; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

LEELON C. FRANKS

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Leelon C. Franks, 78, of El Centro, who died Saturday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Centro. Monsignor Thomas Vidra will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Franks was born Oct. 31, 1923, in Winfield, Ala., and was raised and attended schools there.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1941 to 1946, in which he reached the rank of staff sergeant and was a rifle sharpshooter.

Mr. Franks served in the Central Pacific from Nov. 9, 1944 to Nov. 23, 1945. He participated in the Marianas Islands operations and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal in December 1945.

Upon his military discharge, he relocated to the Imperial Valley and married Rosie Fiore at St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Centro on April 24, 1949.

He worked as a truck driver for Paul Maggio Bros. until he purchased the business and operated it as F&A Produce, which he owned from 1960 to 1984.

Mr. Franks was a member of the Elks, Spartan Athletic Club and El Centro Little League.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosie Franks, in 1986.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Chris Jackson, Gloria and Robert Trentham and Margaret and Paul Knox, all of El Centro; sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony and Christian Franks of El Dorado, Ark., Timothy and Nancy Franks of San Diego and Danny and Blanca Franks of Phoenix; brothers, Kenneth, Fred and Venthal Franks of Alabama; sister, Mary Manning of Alabama; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggests donations to the St. Mary's Catholic Church building fund, 795 S. La Brucherie Road, El Centro, CA 92243.

MARY GOWENS

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in El Centro for Mary Gowens, 70, of El Centro, who died Sunday in her home.

Pastor Suzi Jacobson of First United Methodist Church of El Centro will officiate.

Burial will be under private family disposition.

Mrs. Gowens was born Aug. 1, 1931, in Colfax, N.C., and attended schools there.

She came to the Imperial Valley in 1965, settling in El Centro. She retired from K-Mart in 1997 after 20 years of service.

Mrs. Gowens enjoyed going out to lunch with her friends, reading and going to the movies. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, according to family.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, David and Peggy Buchanan of Thousand Oaks; son, Robert Buchanan of Santa Cruz; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Arnold Gallegos of El Centro; sisters, Ann Dean of North Carolina and Helen Morris of South Carolina; brother, David Dean of Houston; grandchildren, Gilbert Romero of Houston and Erin and Brynne Buchanan, both of Thousand Oaks; great-grandchildren, Samantha Buchanan and Leanna Sandoval, both of El Centro; and numerous nieces and nephews.

EULESS SAMUEL "SAM" HUFFINES JR.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Euless Samuel "Sam" Huffines Jr., 75, of Brawley, who died Monday in his home.

The Rev. Daryl Miller of First Christian Church of Brawley will officiate.

Burial will be under private family disposition.

Mr. Huffines was born Oct. 30, 1926, in Perris. He moved to Greensboro, N.C., as an infant and lived there until he was 8 years old.

He then relocated to Westmorland, where he attended local schools. He graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1945.

Mr. Huffines served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

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