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August 25, 2014

Gone But Not Forgotten: Clarence R. Spiller


Clarence R. Spiller of 412 South 3rd Street, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 in the Absolut at Houghton Nursing Home, following a long illness.

Clarence was born April 23, 1928 in Williamsburg, WV and was a son of the Rev. Maynard D. and Viola C. Kent Spiller. He married Lois J. Easley who predeceased him June of 1975. On June 24, 1978 in Olean he married Gloria A. Broussard, who survives.

Clarence a 1946 graduated from Stratton High School in Beckley, WV. He attended Wilberforce University in Xenia, OH for about 1 year. Clarence served in the Army from Jan. 18, 1951 to Jan. 17, 1953. He worked various jobs before he began working for Eck Construction. While working construction he worked on a number of local buildings including; St. Francis Hospital, Bishop Walsh School, the YMCA on Union Street, Portville Central School, the Olean City Building, Cattaraugus County Nursing Home in Machias, and the Bridge Crossing on Interstate 86.

Clarence began working as a firefighter for the City of Olean in December 1965. While working as a firefighter he began the Cattaraugus County EMS System and he, with the help of the SEDA workers, helped build the fireman's training building on Gargoyle Rd. and named it "Elmore Hall," after his brother-in-law Herbie Elmore, who was shot in the Olean High School sniper attack in 1974. Clarence retired from firefighting in March of 1986 as a Lieutenant.

Clarence was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was formerly a member of the Enchanted Mountains Lodge F&AM #252. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and travelling.

Along with his loving wife, Clarence is survived by four sons, Reginald W. (Alfreda) Spiller of Houston, TX, Ronald B. Spiller of Bradford, PA, Timothy J. (Elizabeth) Spiller of Olean, and Thomas O. Spiller of Olean; four stepdaughters, Mary E. Maynard of Weston Mill, NY, Diana L. (David) Landmeier of Phoenix, AZ, Sheila A. (Donald) Edwards of Jacksonville, FL, and Cynthia J. Wilder of Salamanca; one stepson, James R. Wilder of Jacksonville, FL; 29 Grandchildren and 18 Great Grandchildren; and twin brothers, The Rev. Donald Spiller of Milton, PA, & John Spiller of Bridgeport, Cn.

Friends will be received at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc. #646 E. State Street Olean, on Monday, August 25, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday August 26, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Olean First Baptist Church. The Rev. Daniel McDowell, Pastor will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. View Cemetery, Olean.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of WNY 2805 Wehrle Drive STE #6 Williamsville, NY 14221-7380 or to the American Cancer Society.


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August 22, 2014

Gone But Not Forgotten: Bernice (Lewis) Pruitt

Bernice F. Pruitt, 92, of DeSoto, TX passed away on August 3, 2014.

She was born March 8, 1922 in McKeesport, PA the daughter of Daniel Norman Lewis and Mae Elizabeth (Clifford) Lewis. Bernice entered the Women's Army Corp August 16, 1943 from Pittsburgh, PA and served until 1945. Later, she began working at IBM, where she remained employed until retirement. In 1968 she marreied L. C. Pruitt in Chicago. She was preceded in death by her husband in July 2013.

Mrs. Pruitt is survived by her step-son: L.C. "Lennie" Pruitt, Jr.; sisters-in-law Bettye J. Wilson and Clara Pruitt; many nieces and nephews; a host of cousins and friends and her very close friends Erma Johnson, Lora Stallings and Rose Johnson.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the funeral service on Friday - August 08, 2014 from 9 - 10:00 A.M. The Funeral Service will begin in the Chapel of West/Hurtt Funeral Home at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. M. T. Flemmings, officiating.

Interment will follow at 12:30 P.M. in the Dallas/Ft. Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, TX. All on the SAME DAY.

It was Mrs. Pruitt's wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in her name to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 36006, Dallas, TX 75235-1006.


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August 22, 2014

Gone But Not Forgotten: Elizabeth (Lewis) Armour

Elizabeth Ann (Lewis) Armour, age 95, of Battle Creek, MI, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014 surrounded by her friends and “family” of the Laurels of Bedford in Battle Creek, MI.

She was born September 27, 1918 in Scotthaven, PA the daughter of Daniel Norman Lewis and Mae Elizabeth (Clifford) Lewis.

Elizabeth had worked as a secretary and social worker for the State of Illinois for many years until she retired. After she retired she became bored and worked for 10 years at a Gentlemen's Club in the Chicagoland area as a coat check lady (the reason she worked there for 10 years is because they promised her a small pension).

Elizabeth had married Ninas Duey Armour in Chicago, IL on March 22, 1976; however he preceded her in death on March 12, 2010. She and her husband came to live in Battle Creek from Chicago, IL in 1985.

She is survived by her sister: Bernice Florence Pruitt of DeSoto, TX; a nephew: Lennie Pruitt of Chicago, Illinois; two guardians: Lorri L. Heddinger of Battle Creek and Cynthia Woodin of Tekonsha, MI; and many devoted staff and residents at the Laurels of Bedford.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter who passed away at birth; five sisters: Gloria Johnson; Margaret Liser; Bernice Smith; Esther Lewis; Dorothy Kalkbrenner; and two brothers: Clifford Lewis and James Lewis.

She was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church while living in Chicago and had attended St. Philip Catholic Church in Battle Creek. She had always made it a practice to attend 8 AM Mass while living in Chicago and also when she lived here in Battle Creek.

Visitation will be held at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service on Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, with the Rosary service at 7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel. Funeral services will be held in the Bachman Funeral Chapel on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM with The Very Rev. Father Mark Vyverman of St. Joseph Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Battle Creek, MI.


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August 21, 2014

2014 Kent/Clifford Reunion

Friday evening meet & greet
Friday evening meet & greet
A fantastic time was had by all at the 2014 San Diego Reunion!  Our Friday evening meet and greet was on the patio of a cafe at the resort.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, drink, and games.  The young assistants to our gracius hostess were wonderful at getting family members to buy raffle tickets for some pretty great prizes!  Everyine stayed pretty late playing pool, video games, or just sitting outside enjoying the weather and company.

Saturday was open for families to tour the beautiful city.  There was so much to do and see, but everyone had to get back to the resort by the evening for the family dinner.  We had a large room opening up to the pool, which could be viewed through the wrap around glass doors.  During our Italian dinner buffet (the canolies for dessert were amazing), the family was able to view photos of past reunions thanks to the contribution by Rosemary McDaniel as well as photos of many in the family.  Family members that had passed since the last reunion were honored in the memorial service and Joann led us in song.  Results from the business meeting:

2014-2016 Kent/Clifford Executive Board
Billy Clifford - President
Marc Stewart - Vice President
Randy Bruce - Treasurer
Tish Twyman - Recording Secretary
Joyce Wormack - Corresponding Secretary
Jimmy Wormack - Chaplain
Yvonne Liser - Historian

The following additions/changes were made to the bylaws:

Article II
Immediate Past Presiden twas added to the list of officers

Article III
The duties of the Immediate Past President were added. "Upon completion of the two year term of office the out-going President shall remain a non-voting member of the Executive Board and serve as an advisor to the Executive Board until the next election is held."

Additional duties for the Chaplain include "preside over the Memorial Service and provide spiritual leadership at the REUNION."

Additional duties for the Historian include "The Historian shall coordinate and supervise historical exhibits and displays at the REUNION and collect names of family decedents for the Memorial Service."

A new position of Webmaster was added and the duties include "The Webmaster shall maintain a Website to serve as a centralized location to collect and display family and REUNION information."

Article VI
A sentence was added to the Dues and Fees article for clarification of the payment of dues.  It reads "Dues shall be paid annually by the membership by July 1 of each year."

So we had fun and got a lot done!  Now let's start planning for Moorefield! 



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