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Deaths: May 8, 2001

May 08, 2002


Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Harold L. Gregory, 72, of Imperial, who died Sunday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

The Rev. Tim Winstead will officiate.

Burial will be private in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Harold was born Dec. 15, 1929, in Alma, Ark., and moved to the Imperial Valley at age 16.

He began working for the Imperial Irrigation District shortly after his arrival to the Valley and he retired from IID in 1992.

He married Betty F. Wooten in Yuma on April 8, 1950.

Mr. Gregory was last employed as a heavy equipment operator. He served as a volunteer firefighter for the Imperial Fire Department and a reserve policeman for the city of Imperial.


He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time in the desert, according to family.

Mr. Gregory was preceded in death by his sisters, Dema Gregory and Wanda Huff; and brothers Pasty Newman and Doyle and Jack Gregory.

Survivors include his wife, Betty F. Gregory of Imperial; sons and daughters-in-law, Lloyd Gregory and Carol Bellanfant of Brawley and Rex and Roxie Gregory of San Diego; grandchildren, Troy Gregory of Yuma and Jacqueline Gregory of Imperial; great-granddaughter, Ashley Gregory of Yuma; and brother, Ed Gregory of Camarillo.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Anastacio Estrada, 86, of Calexico, who died Saturday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The reverends Edmundo Zarate and David Sereno will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Estrada was born May 15, 1915, in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico.

He moved to the Imperial Valley in 1919, settling in Calexico. He began his career as an agriculture supervisor for Silver Creek Agriculture Corp.

Mr. Estrada served in the U.S. Army during World War II and participated in U.S. campaigns in North Africa and the U.S. landing at Anzio. He earned the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during the U.S. invasion of Germany.

He was preceded in death by his son Edward Estrada.

Survivors include his wife, Edelmira "Vila" Estrada of Calexico; daughter, Pat Estrada of Calexico; son and daughter-in-law, Gilbert and Frances Estrada of San Diego; daughter-in-law, Lynda Estrada of Calexico; grandsons, Jose Angel and Andres Estrada, both of San Diego; granddaughter, Lisa Estrada of Calexico; and great-grandson, Adrian Estrada of Calexico.


Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Mary L. Cooper, 100, of Brawley, who died Thursday in her home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel in Brawley. Elder Michael Minnix of Mount Olive Baptist Church of Brawley will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Cooper was born March 5, 1902, in Dermott, Ark. She married Talbert Cooper. He preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1991.

Mrs. Cooper lived in the Imperial Valley for more than 65 years.

Prior to becoming a homemaker, she worked in the housekeeping department at Pioneers Memorial Hospital for 15 years.

She was a devoted member of Mount Olive Baptist Church since its inception, according to family.

Survivors include her son, Otis Williams of Brawley; grandchildren, Freda Grey-Johnson of Duluth, Minn., Dwight and Sydney Johnson and Mary and Alonzo Fuller, all of Los Angeles, and Marie Williams of Hemet; great-grandchildren, Dominique and Sophia Johnson, Dorthey Batie-Fuller, Lorenzo Fuller and E'Lecia Johnson, all of Los Angeles, and Alberta and Anthony Dudley, both of Hemet; and numerous friends.

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