Obituary - "TheAdvocate" - January 25 - 29, 2019
Elliott "Pete" Francis Jarreau Jr.
NOVEMBER 20, 1949 – JANUARY 23, 2019
Elliott "Pete" Francis Jarreau, Jr. Died at 9:55pm on Wednesday January 23, 2019 at The Butterfly unit at BRG/Midcity. He was 69 and a native of New Roads, La. resident of Ventress,La. He was a graduate of Glen Oaks HS where he was an excellent football player. He was a retiree of EBRSO for 12 years. Elliott is survived by his loving wife Christine Jarreau; Tootles (furry friend) Gracie; his children Stefannie, Christopher, Dawn (Paul) Theriot; two granddaughters Sydney & Everly; three sisters, Gail Bryant, Denham Springs, Janet (Al) White, Ethel La, Brenda (Rob) Gann, Colorado Springs, Colorado; uncle & Godfather Mitch (Bea) Auguillard as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Elliott is preceded in death by his twin babies; parents Elliott & Ethel Jarreau; his maternal grandparents Raoul & Aline Aguillard; paternal grandparents Berthier & Louise Jarreau; maternal aunts and paternal uncles. We would like to thank Hospice of Baton Rouge for their care & support through this hard road. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home 9595 Florida Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70815 on Monday, January 28, 2019 from 5-9pm. Visitation will resume Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 10-11am with a Mass of Christian burial to follow at 11am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 12369 LA-416, Lakeland, LA 70752. Officiant will be Father Todd Lloyd. Burial at Greenoaks Memorial Park will immediately follow. Friends and family are welcome to sign an online guestbook in Elliott Jarreau's honor at dignitymemorial.com
"The Leader" Corning, NY - December 1, 2018
George H.W. Bush dies at 94; made greatest mark in Gulf War
By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) — He was the man who sought a “kinder, and gentler nation,” and the one who sternly invited Americans to read his lips — he would not raise taxes. He was the popular leader of a mighty coalition that dislodged Iraq from Kuwait, and was turned out of the presidency after a single term. Blue-blooded and genteel, he was elected in one of the nastiest campaigns in recent history.
George Herbert Walker Bush was many things, including only the second American to see his son follow him into the nation’s highest office. But more than anything else, he was a believer in government service. Few men or women have served America in more capacities than the man known as “Poppy.”
“There is no higher honor than to serve free men and women, no greater privilege than to labor in government beneath the Great Seal of the United States and the American flag,” he told senior staffers in 1989, days after he took office.
Bush, who died at age 94 — nearly eight months after his wife of 73 years died at their Houston home — was a congressman, an ambassador to the United Nations and envoy to China, chairman of the Republican National Committee, director of the CIA, two-term vice president and, finally, president.
He was no ideologue — he spoke disparagingly of “the vision thing,” and derided the supply-side creed of his future boss, Ronald Reagan, as “voodoo economics.” He is generally given better marks by historians for his foreign policy achievements than for his domestic record, but assessments of his presidency tend to be tepid.
“Was George Bush only a nice man with good connections, who seldom had to wrest from life the honors it frequently bestowed on him?” journalist Tom Wicker asked in his Bush biography.
Wicker’s answer: Perhaps. But he said Bush’s actions in Kuwait “reflect moments of courage and vision worthy of his office.”
The Persian Gulf War — dubbed “Operation Desert Storm” — was his greatest mark on history. In a January 2011 interview marking the war’s 20th anniversary, he said the mission sent a message that “the United States was willing to use force way across the world, even in that part of the world where those countries over there thought we never would intervene.”
“I think it was a signature historical event,” he added. “And I think it will always be.”
After Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, Bush quickly began building an international military coalition that included other Arab states. After freeing Kuwait , he rejected suggestions that the U.S. carry the offensive to Baghdad, choosing to end the hostilities a mere 100 hours after the start of the ground offensive.
“That wasn’t our objective,” he said. “The good thing about it is there was so much less loss of human life than had been predicted, and indeed than we might have feared.”
But the decisive military defeat did not lead to the regime’s downfall, as many in the administration had hoped.
“I miscalculated,” Bush acknowledged. The Iraqi leader was eventually ousted in 2003, in the war led by Bush’s son that was followed by a long, bloody insurgency.
Unlike his son, who joined the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam era but served only in the U.S., the elder Bush was a bona fide war hero. He joined the Navy on his 18th birthday in 1942 over the objections of his father, Prescott, who wanted him to stay in school. At one point the youngest pilot in the Navy, he flew 58 missions off the carrier USS San Jacinto.
His wartime exploits won him the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery. He was shot down on Sept. 2, 1944, while completing a bombing run against a Japanese radio tower. Eight others who were shot down in that mission were captured and executed, and several were eaten by their captors. But an American submarine rescued Bush. Even then, he was an inveterate collector of friends: Aboard the sub Finback, “I made friendships that have lasted a lifetime,” he would write.
This was a man who hand wrote thousands of thank you notes — each one personalized, each one quickly dispatched. Even his political adversaries would acknowledge his exquisite manners. Admonished by his mother to put others first, he rarely used the personal pronoun “I,” a quirk exploited by comedian Dana Carvey in his “Saturday Night Live” impressions of the president.
Bush was born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts. His father, the son of an Ohio steel magnate, had moved east to make his fortune as an investment banker with Brown Brothers, Harriman, and later served 10 years as a senator from Connecticut. His mother, Dorothy Walker Bush, was the daughter of a sportsman who gave golf its Walker’s Cup.
Competitive athletics were a passion for the Bushes, whether at home in Greenwich, Connecticut, or during long summers spent at Walker’s Point, the family’s oceanfront retreat in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush, along with his three brothers and one sister, had lives of privilege seemingly untouched by the Great Depression.
Young Bush attended Greenwich Country Day School and later Phillips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts, where he was senior class president and captain of the baseball and soccer teams. It was there, at a dance, that he met Barbara Pierce, daughter of the publisher of McCall’s magazine. George and Bar would marry when he left the Navy in January 1945. They were together for more than seven decades, becoming the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history. She died on April 17, 2018.
Out of the service, Bush resumed his education at Yale. Lean and 6-foot-2, he distinguished himself as first baseman and captain of the baseball team, which went to the College World Series twice . He took just 2˝ years to graduate Phi Beta Kappa.
But rather than joining his father on Wall Street, in 1948 he loaded his wife and young son George W. into the family Studebaker and drove to the hot, dusty Texas oil patch to take a job as an equipment clerk for the International Derrick and Equipment Co.
He did everything from painting oil pumps and selling oilfield equipment to discovering a taste for Lone Star beer and chicken fried steaks. At first, the family lived in Odessa in a two-apartment shotgun house with a shared bathroom; by 1955, they would own a house in Midland, and Bush would be co-owner of the Zapata Petroleum Corp.
By the turn of the decade, the family — and Bush’s business — had moved to Houston. There, he got his start in politics, the traditional Bush family business. A handsome and well-spoken war hero, he was sought as a candidate by both parties. He chose the Republicans.
Bush lost his first race, a 1964 challenge to Sen. Ralph Yarborough, but won a seat in the House in 1966. He won re-election in 1968 without opposition. In Congress, he generally supported President Richard Nixon and the war in Vietnam.
In 1970, he tried for the Senate again. Yarborough was upset in the Democratic primary by Lloyd Bentsen, and Bentsen defeated Bush in the general election. Eighteen years later, Bentsen would be the Democratic vice-presidential nominee on the ticket that lost to Bush and his running mate, Dan Quayle.
Nixon appointed Bush ambassador to the United Nations and, after the 1972 election, named him chairman of the Republican National Committee. Bush struggled to hold the party together as Watergate destroyed the Nixon presidency. He urged Nixon to quit one day before the president resigned in August 1974.
Denied the vice presidency by Gerald Ford in favor of Nelson Rockefeller, Bush was given his choice of jobs and surprised Ford by asking to head the small mission in Beijing. Then, in 1975, Ford put Bush in charge of the Central Intelligence Agency, beset by congressional probing and allegations of assassination plots and domestic spying.
Bush returned to private life when the Republicans lost the presidency in 1976, but he quickly began planning his own run for the White House.
He won the first contest of 1980, the Iowa caucuses, and boasted that he had the “big mo,” his slang for momentum. But Reagan, who had led the conservative movement for more than a decade, won the New Hampshire primary and the nomination. His choice of Bush as his running mate was a near thing. Reagan — still smarting from Bush’s ridicule of “voodoo economics,” first wanted to pick Gerald Ford, and asked Bush only after negotiations broke down. They went on to defeat Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale.
In 1988, many Democrats assumed Bush would be easy pickings. He was the man “born with a silver foot in his mouth,” as fellow Texan Ann Richards jibed at the Democrats’ convention in Atlanta. He trailed Michael Dukakis by as many as 17 points that summer. Bush did little to help himself by picking Quayle, a lightly regarded junior senator from Indiana, as a running mate.
The campaign was bitter and muddy. Advised by campaign manager Lee Atwater, Bush became an aggressor, wrapping himself in patriotic themes and settings — even visiting a flag factory — while flaying Dukakis as an out-of-touch liberal. Commercials hammered Dukakis for a prison furlough policy that allowed murderer Willie Horton to rape a woman while out on a weekend pass.
Bush won by a landslide, with 40 states and a nearly 7 million vote plurality, becoming the first sitting vice president to win the White House since Martin Van Buren in 1836. He entered office with a reputation as a man of indecision and indeterminate views. A wimp, one newsmagazine suggested.
But his work-hard, play-hard approach to the presidency won broad public approval. He held more news conferences in most months than Reagan did in most years.
He pledged to make the United States a “kinder, gentler” nation and called on Americans to volunteer their time for good causes — an effort he said would create “a thousand points of light.”
It was Bush’s violation of a different pledge, the no-new-taxes promise, that helped sink his bid for a second term. He abandoned the idea in his second year, cutting a deficit-reduction deal that angered many congressional Republicans and contributed to GOP losses in the 1990 midterm elections.
He also set out to be “the education president,” but did little more than call on states and local communities to stiffen their school standards.
Bush, an avid outdoorsman who took Theodore Roosevelt as a model, sought to safeguard the environment, signing the first improvements to the Clean Air Act in more than a decade. It was activism with a Republican cast, allowing polluters to buy others’ clean air credits and giving industry flexibility on how to meet tougher goals on smog.
He also signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act to ban workplace discrimination against people with disabilities and require improved access to public places and transportation.
Months after the Gulf War, Washington became engrossed in a different sort of confrontation over one of Bush’s nominees to the Supreme Court — Clarence Thomas, a little-known federal appeals court judge. After a former colleague named Anita Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment, Thomas’ confirmation hearings exploded into a national spectacle, sparking an intense debate over race, gender and the modern workplace. He was eventually confirmed.
Seven years of economic growth ended in mid-1990, just as the Gulf crisis unfolded. Bush insisted the recession would be “short and shallow,” and lawmakers did not even try to pass a jobs bill or other relief measures.
Bill Clinton took advantage of the nation’s economic fears, and a third-party bid from independent Ross Perot added to Bush’s challenge in seeking a second term.
In the closing days of the 1992 campaign, Bush fought the impression that he was distant and disconnected and seemed to struggle against his younger, more empathetic opponent. During a campaign visit to a grocers’ convention, Bush reportedly expressed amazement when shown an electronic checkout scanner — a damaging moment that suggested to many Americans that he was disconnected from voters. Later at a town-hall-style debate, he paused to look at his wristwatch — a seemingly innocent glance that became freighted with deeper meaning because it seemed to reinforce the idea of a bored, impatient incumbent.
In the same debate, Bush became confused by a woman’s question about whether the deficit had affected him personally. Clinton, with apparent ease, left his seat, walked to the edge of the stage to address the woman and offered a sympathetic answer.
“I lost in ’92 because people still thought the economy was in the tank, that I was out of touch and I didn’t understand that,” he said. “The economy wasn’t in the tank and I wasn’t out of touch, but I lost. I couldn’t get through this hue and cry for ‘change, change, change’ and ‘The economy is horrible, still in recession.’
“Did I hurt when I lost the election? Sure. There’s a feeling of letting others down.”
This was not the first heartbreak in Bush’s life, or the worst. In 1953, his 3-year-old daughter, Robin, died of leukemia. Sixty years later, he teared up when he talked about her with biographer John Meacham. “Normally I push it away, push it back,” he said.
Barbara and George Bush had four sons and another daughter: John, known as Jeb, the former Florida governor who sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2016; Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy; and George, president 43 to his father’s 41. The day George W. Bush took office, the elder Bush signed a letter “the proudest father in the whole wide world.” Mostly, he stayed out of the public eye. Summoned by his son, Bush joined with Bill Clinton to raise money for relief after the Southeast Asian tsunami in 2004. He piloted his speedboat, played tennis and golf. On his 72nd, 80th, 85th and 90th birthdays, he reprised his World War II parachute jumps.
Quietly, occasionally, he counseled his son, the president. Mostly, he served as a cheerleader.
On the day George W. sent forces to attack Iraq, he also sent his father a letter. “I know what you went through,” he wrote.
The senior Bush responded that his son was “doing the right thing,” a decision made “with strength and compassion.” But he ended his note with the words of a little girl, dead a half-century.
“Remember Robin’s words ‘I love you more than tongue can tell,’” he wrote. “Well, I do.”
Obituary - "The Leader", Corning, NY - June 7, 2018
Chester H. Nixson, age 100, of Naylor Lane in Painted Post, NY died Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Absolut Care at Three Rivers.
Chester was born on March 24, 1918 in Corning to Walter and Eva Fay (Betts) Nixson. He married Elwilda Clark on August 24, 1940 in Corning and was predeceased by her on April 19, 2006. During and after high school, he worked at and managed various gas service stations in the area. Chester then went to work for Corning Glass Works in 1940 and retired in 1978. For many years, he owned and operated a TV sales and repair business. After his retirement, he volunteered for Meals On Wheels, repaired talking machines for the Red Cross and the Corning Library, and painted houses. He continued in the business of repairing TV's until the age of 94.
Chester was a long-time member of the South Corning United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his daughter, Sueanne Longo of Corning; sister, Jean Wenban of Corning; brother, Lewis Nixon of Corning; granddaughter, Tiffany (Shaun) Keyes of Madison, MS; great grandchildren, Zoe and Zayn Keyes; close friend, Eloise Chapin. He was predeceased by his wife, Elwilda, brother, Ivan Nixon, and sister, Lillian Fuller.
Calling hours will be held on Friday June 8th at the South Corning United Methodist Church, 12 Caton Road, Corning, NY from 2 until 3 PM where funeral services will follow at 3:00 PM with Reverend Patrick Holder officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Knoll Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the church.
Chester's family entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.
Obituary - "The Leader", Corning, NY - June 3, 2018
Lucille A. Royer
Lucille A. Royer, 90, formerly of Addison, died Friday, June 1, 2018 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.
Calling hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street, Addison.
Service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Addison Rural Cemetery.
Obituary - Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, Addison, NY - June 3, 2018
Obituary for Lucille Royer
Lucille A. Royer, age 90, formerly of Addison, NY passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY.
Lucille was born on June 23, 1927 in Addison, NY, the daughter of the late James V. and the late Katherine (Malone) Dominick. She attended Addison Central School before graduating from Del Kadar French School of Beauty Culture. She worked as a beautician in Elsie's Beauty Salon in Elkland, PA before opening her own salon for a brief time in Addison. She married Robert Lee Royer in 1966. He preceded her in death on November 13, 1996.
In her free time, Lucille was involved with the VFW Auxiliary. She also cherished her faith. She attended the Christian Missionary Alliance Church where she taught Sunday School for many years and was known to read her Bible on a daily basis. She was a strong woman who took great pride in everything she did. She was always available and ready to help anyone in need '96 opening up rooms in her home for many years to assist those getting back on their feet. Lucille will be remembered for having a love for animals '96 having many dogs over the years.
She is survived by step-daughter, Rose (David) Lehman of Painted Post, NY; brother, Andrew (Jan) Dominick of Campbell, NY; sister-in-law, Anna Dominick of Addison, NY; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Lucille was predeceased by brothers: John Hiser, James Dominick, Jr., Joseph Dominick, Louie Dominick; and sister, Genevieve Griffin.
Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall St., Addison, NY. A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 1:00 pm. Burial will take place in the family plot in Addison Rural Cemetery, Addison, NY.
Obituary - "The Leader" Corning, NY - May 22, 2018
Kathleen June Carlson
1929 - 2018
Kathleen June Carlson, age 88, of Corning, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Absolut Care. She was born on November 25, 1929 in Corning, the daughter of Ross C. and Bessie (Pritchard) Rarrick. She married Richard Carlson on July 8, 1950 in Corning. After celebrating 53 years of marriage, he predeceased her on April 30, 2003.
Kathleen graduated from Corning Free Academy and she retired from Corning, Inc in 1987 following 22 years of service. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her children, Terrence L. (Mary) Carlson, Sharon L. (Rev. Everett) Bassett, Kathleen A. (Dale) Young, and Debra A. (Harold) Shepard, nieces, Judy Groschwitz, Candace Nolasco, and Geraldine Bosh, grandchildren, Teri Mesler, Aubrie Entwood, Joshua Gridley, Sharity Bassett, Clay Bassett, Terrence Carlson, Jessie Forman, Caitlin Richards, Justin Calo, Tiffany Kilpatrick, Joel Young, Bradley Watkins, and Lee Hodges, as well as 25 loving great grandchildren. Kathleen was predeceased by her siblings, Madeline, Theodore, Ralph, Iva and Thomas, her children Richard, Rodney and Robert Carlson, and her beloved grandchildren Erin Calo and Timothy Carlson.
Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, 14 East Pulteney Street on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. A celebration of Kathleen's life will follow there at 6:00 pm. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to the charity of one's choice.
To leave kind words or to share a memory, please visit www.CarpentersFuneralHome.com.
Obituary - "The Leader" Corning, NY - May 16, 2018
Florence M. O'Brian
Florence M. O'Brian, age 83, of Painted Post, NY died on Sunday, May 13, 2018.
Florence was born in Hornby, NY, the daughter of the late Arthur D. Easling and Thelma Lilly Easling. She was a 1953 graduate of Northside High School in Corning, NY. Florence married Alton D. O'Brian on June 12, 1954 at the Wesleyan Church in Chambers, NY. He preceded her in death on April 14, 2018.
Florence was a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed collecting anything with cardinals, loved square dancing, playing cards, camping and traveling in the United States. She was very proud to be an American and proudly flew the American Flag at their home.
She is survived by daughter, Debra (Greg) Cody of Peru, NY; three special grandsons: Jeremy (Christine) O'Brian, Joshua (Ashley) O'Brian, Zachary Cody; great grandchild, Ehlaina O'Brian; brothers: William, Marshall and Gerald Easling; and sister, Linda Howell.
In addition to her parents and husband, Florence was predeceased by her son, Douglas A. O'Brian and brother, Arthur Easling, Jr.
At her request, there will be no calling hours or services. Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY has been entrusted with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Florence's name may be made to CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870 or to a charity of one's choice.
Kind words and memories may be shared at: www.PhillipsFuneralHome.com.
Obituary - "The Leader" Corning, NY - April 22, 2018
James C. Overhiser
BATH, NY.; James C. Overhiser, 65, passed away on Sunday April 15, 2018 at the Taylor Health Care Facility. He was born in Bath, NY on August 8, 1952 the son of the late James Overhiser and Amelia Hyer Overhiser.
He graduated from Savona Central School in 1972.
Jim worked as a Taxi driver in Bath for Ray's Taxi, he worked at Sweitzer Aircraft for 20 plus years and retired and then a self employed Contractor for several years.
Jim was a Fireman for over 20 years with the Savona Fire Department, a coach for Little League, Babe Ruth and the Cinderella's for 20 years in Savona.
He was predeceased by his wife Cindy Overhiser, parents, sister Janet Overhiser, brother Jon Myers, step-mother Eleanor Rosell, step-fathers Dominic Lisi and James Dieter, and grandson Christopher Soles.
Jim is survived by his children James (Ann) Overhiser III, Stacey Overhiser, Melissa Johnson (Dave), Brian Berry, brothers Carlgene (Shirley) Overhiser, Marion Overhiser, Dominic (Kathy) Lisi, David Myers (Denise), James Dieter, sisters Jody Best, Joy Goodsell (Dan), Peggy (Dee) Butler and Connie Dieter, grandchildren Brandi, Jimmy IV, Thomas, Wyatt, Hailey, Jalyn, Morgan, Dallas, McKayla, Ava, Evan, Rebekah, great grandson Levi, and another soon to be born, many nieces and nephews.
Family and Friends are invited to Jim's Memorial Service on Monday April 23, 2018 at the Savona Fire Department at 5:00pm with a Reception to follow.
Arrangements are being handled by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath.
Obituary - "The Leader" Corning, NY - April 17, 2018
Alton D. O'Brian, age 83, of Painted Post, NY passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Alton was born September 24, 1934 in Caton, NY to Clifford L. and Martha M. (Coleman) O'Brian.
Alton married Florence Easling on June 12, 1954. He served his country in the National Guard during the 1950's. He later went on to work for Corning Glass Works for 38 ˝ years. He was in trades and the supervisor of trades at Sullivan Park before retiring. He most recently received his 65 year pin.
Alton enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, country music, golfing, and square dancing with his wife. He will be remembered as a good father, husband, and grandfather with a great sense of humor. He truly enjoyed life to the fullest.
He is survived by his wife: Florence Marie (Easling) O'Brian; daughter: Debra (Greg) Cody of Peru, NY, his "adopted" 2nd daughter: Michelle Leisingring White of Caton, NY; grandchildren: Jeremy (Christine) O'Brian, Joshua (Ashley) O'Brian, Zachary Cody; great grandchildren: Ehlaina O' Brian; brothers: Lawrence O'Brian of Horseheads, Philip (Jeanne) O'Brian of Caton, Richard O'Brian of Corning, Maynard (Shirley) O'Brian of Woodhull.
Along with his parents he was predeceased by a son: Douglas A. O'Brian and brothers: Leo O'Brian Sr. and Gale O'Brian.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Alton's memory to the American Diabetes Association or CareFirst in Painted Post.
At Alton's request there will not be any services. Condolences can be offered to the family at www.PhillipsFuneralHome.com.