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Beltran, Manuel J.* - Porterville  
On Monday May 11, 2015, the Lord called home Manuel De Jesus Beltran at the age of 74. Manuel was born Dec. 9, 1940 in El Paso Texas, to Socorro Beltran. Manuel is survived by his wife Della Beltran of Porterville CA, his brother Lorenzo Sandoval of El Paso Texas, and daughter Andrea Guerrero of Woodville CA, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews which include both the Gonzalez and Beltran families from Porterville CA. A Rosary will be held Sunday, May 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Myers Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm, at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
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Published in The Porterville Recorder on May 16, 2015
Hardt, DDS, William H.* - Lindsay  
A memorial Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 24 at 10:00 AM at Lindsay Adventist Church for William Harry Hardt, 88 of Lindsay who passed away April 30, 2015. Pastor Brian Bilbrey will officiate and inurnment will be private. "Doc Hardt" as he was known, was born March 29, 1927 in South Bend, Indiana to Harry and Mary Hardt and was raised and attended Adventist schools there.William served his country in the United States Army during World War II and was a member of the Army Band. A few years after returning home, William married Lois Ann Schleicher on June 24, 1951 in South Bend. The family came to California during the 1950's and William began his studies at Loma Linda University to become a dentist. After moving his family to the Lindsay area, he began his career here and practiced dentistry from 1967 until his retirement in 1993. After which time, he helped in his sons practice in Porterville. In addition to practicing dentistry, William was an avid photographer. He also enjoyed woodworking and being a part of the Army Band and singing in a quartet. He was a member of the Lindsay Seventh Day Adventist Church and Lindsay Kawanis for many years and was also a founding member of the radio station K.A.R.M. Doc Hardt was preceded in death by a son William Harry Hardt Jr. and by all his siblings. He is survived by his wife Lois Hardt of Lindsay; his daughter Donna Wareham (Gary) of Lindsay; son Richard A. Hardt, DDS. (Teresa) of Porterville and by his daughter-in-law Maria Hardt of Redlands, CA; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren as well as numerous, other relatives, friends and a host of patients from over the years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Sierra View Junior Academy. Webb Sanders Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
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Published in The Porterville Recorder on May 20, 2015
Hawkins Brown, Barbara May* - Porterville  
Our beloved Mother, Sister and Aunt, Barbara May Hawkins Brown peacefully passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015. Barbara, the youngest of five children, was born on November 8, 1933 in Ducor California, to Ernest & Ina Hawkins. She was raised in Ducor and Terra Bella and graduated from Porterville High School in 1951. Barbara was married to Roger Brown in 1953. They made their home in Fresno while Roger was attending college. In 1955 they returned to Porterville and started their family. They enjoyed dancing, traveling, the cabin at Camp Nelson, Veterans Day Celebrations, trips to the casinos in Nevada, and enjoying the company of friends and family. Barbara and Roger were actively involved in the "51 Club", a group of close friends who graduated from PHS in 1951. From the first 10 year reunion, Barb was on the Reunion Planning Committee. She served on various committees and was the committee co-chair in 2006 & 2011. She was looking forward to the 65th in 2016. Barbara was employed at Magnolia Citrus and then worked for Jostens as an inspector until her retirement. She was instrumental in supporting the Jostens Employee Reunions. It was through a co-worker at Jostens where she met her companion of 18 years, Bill Simpkins. She and Bill enjoyed trips in their RV throughout the United States. They spent many happy summers in Wyoming and winters in Lake Havasu. Barbara is survived by daughters Marcia of Atlantic Beach, NC and Kerry of Visalia, Brother Harlan Hawkins of Florence, SC, her companion Bill Simpkins and many beloved nieces and nephews. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Roger Brown, Sisters, Mary Howell and Pauline Durbin and Brother, Wyman Hawkins. Visitation will be on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Myers Funeral Chapel. Services will be held Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10:00 am at Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Porterville Historical Museum, 257 No. D Street, Porterville, CA. 93257.
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Published in The Porterville Recorder on May 22, 2015
Henderson, Kenneth Lee* - Bear Valley Springs  
Kenneth Lee Henderson passed away on May 7, 2015 at his sister Mary's home in Bear Valley Springs. He was born in Tecumseh, Okla., to Lottie Jewel Hyden and Dewey James Henderson on Aug. 23, 1932. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Henderson; daughters, Roberta Anne Gonzales (Christopher), and Brenda Lee Graham (Dennis); son Robert Wayne Olsen (Carol); granddaughters Janay Graham, Lauren Graham, and Lonnie Graham (Guntars). He is also survived by his beloved sister Mary Graham (Ben), and brothers Joe Henderson (Sandy), Jimmy Henderson (Sue), and Dewey Henderson (Gail). He was preceded in death by his mother Lottie Jewel Hyden, Father Dewey James Henderson, and sister Louella Seay. Kenneth proudly served in the Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Epperson, reaching the rank of PO3. Kenneth enjoyed working in his yard, and on his many cars. He loved the Lord, and knew that he would be reunited with his parents and sister in Heaven. A graveside service was held at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin at 12:30 p.m. on May 15, 2015.
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Published in The Porterville Recorder on May 20, 2015
Hurt, Ima Mae* - Lindsay  
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, May 21 at 12:00 PM at Palm Memorial Worden Chapel in Chowchilla for Ima Mae Hurt, 74 of Lindsay, California, who went home to be with the Lord May 14, 2015. Reverend Tim Smith and Reverend Jim Sabin will officiate and interment will follow at Chowchilla Cemetery. Ima was born December 9, 1940 in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma to Howard and Cletus McGrew and came to California as a young child with her family. She was raised and attended school in Chowchilla. After her marriage to Billie Lee Hurt on September 18, 1965 in Modesto, the family lived and pastored in Ceres, and evangelized while living in Marina before settling in Lindsay. She was a minister and First lady of Lindsay Church of God and will be remembered as a faithful servant of the Lord. She enjoyed cooking, interior decorating, reading, singing, shopping, traveling, family gatherings for the Holiday's and she could outfish her hubby….on a bad day. She was a praying woman of God and her children remember her early morning meditation and prayer time. Ima was preceded in death by a sister Barbara Little and a brother Douglas McGrew, both of Chowchilla. She is survived by her beloved husband of 49 years Pastor Bill Hurt of Lindsay; her daughters Teresa Earnest and Kimberley Hurt-Olle both of Porterville; sons David Earnest and Timothy Hurt both of Lindsay and Billy Hurt of San Francisco; a sister Janice Crockett of Arkansas and a brother Franklin McGrew of Visalia; nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 20 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at Webb Sanders Funeral Home in Lindsay and then on Thursday, May 21 from 11:00 until service time at Palm Memorial Worden Chapel in Chowchilla. Webb Sanders Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
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Published in The Porterville Recorder on May 20, 2015
Leal, Iva A.* - Tipton  
Iva A. Leal passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and dear friends on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Iva was born in Tulare, California on August 10, 1923 on a small dairy that her father, Gabriel Azevedo owned. At the young age of 3 years old, her parents moved back to Sao Braz, Terceira where she resided until the age of 25 when she and her sister Mary Avila returned to the United States and lived with her brother Gabriel Azevedo in Traver, California. A few weeks later her future husband's uncle went to go pick her up and she moved to Tipton, California on the ranch and dairy she resided on for 66 years. On February 3, 1951 she married Armando B. Leal (deceased) at St. John's Catholic Church. They had three children and is survived by daughter Iva M. Sousa (husband Deoclesio), daughter Mary Jane Pharis (husband Mike) and son Armando B. Leal (wife Jennifer). Nine Grandchildren that she absolutely adored, Cory, (wife Debbie) Dustin, Daniel, Derek, Allison, Bryson, Christopher, Sarah and Elizabeth, and two precious Great-Grandchildren Jax and Jace. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law Fatima Azevedo and Rosa Freitas, numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren and loving friends. Iva lived her life with great faith serving Jesus Christ throughout her life. Her example of compassion, understanding, forgiveness, giving and loving is a true testament to the woman that everyone loved and will miss terribly. She was known to make the best sweet bread, delicious pancakes, sweetest ice tea and gifted so many with her handful of quarters. The family would like to thank the following that showed so much love to their mother during these past few years they are: Odette Martinho, Laura Santos, Connie Garcia, Bernie Mederos, Zita Pacheco. The family at Gentiva especially Irene, Pat (Nurse), Jack, Kathy and Monica you will always remain in our hearts and circle of family. The many many family and friends that visited with her in the last week. The following services will be held to celebrate her life at St. John's Catholic Church with a Rosary on Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. Mass on Friday, May 22, 2015 at St. John's Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. with final resting place at Tulare District Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Miller's Tulare Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the following: St. John's Building Fund, St. John's Altar Society, Alzheimer's Foundation of Central California, P.O. Box 3438, Fresno, Ca. 93650 "My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life." - Psalm 119:50
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Published in The Porterville Recorder on May 21, 2015
Matthews, Melvin "Mel"* - Porterville  
Melvin "Mel" Matthews age 61 and a lifelong resident of Porterville passed away suddenly May 13, 2015 at his home in Porterville. He was born December 15, 1953 in Porterville to Jesse and Irene Matthews and was a 1972 graduate of Porterville High School. Mel worked as a Fire and Rescue Helitech Crew Chief for the U.S. Forestry Service for several years but was forced to stop working following a motorcycle accident. However, Mel enjoyed building and operating remote control planes and cars and fishing in his boat at Success Lake or off the side of the houseboat he built and named the "Gray Lady". He also worked for the Success Lake "Boat Patrol", was an ardent fan of NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick and enjoyed watching boxing and wrestling on TV. Mel will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends and his dog Buck who was always with him wher ever he went. Mel was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Matthews in April of 2008. Survivors include Gloria Gray of Porterville who was his loving companion for 26 years. His mother: Irene Matthews of Porterville. 3 sisters: Sharon Zehring and husband Tony of NV. Janette McClure and husband Ray of Tulare and Debbie Huckabay and husband Ron of NV. A Graveside Service will be held 10:00AM Tuesday May 19, 2015 at the Lindsay District Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Porterville Nazarene Church. To sign Melvin's online register book or leave messages of condolence please visit www.whitehurstfuneral .com. For additional information contact Whitehurst-Peters-Loyd Funeral & Cremation Service: 195 N. Hockett St, Porterville. (559)784-6485
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Published in The Porterville Recorder on May 20, 2015
Mitchell, Montine* - Porterville  
Montine Mitchell, 79, journeyed home with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Montine (Tina)(Monk) Mitchell, was born to Clayborn T. Ward and Mary Brown on February 5th, 1936 in England, Arkansas. Growing up, Tina and her family owned and ran a cotton farm where she learned at an early age that family was very important and everybody had to pitch in to get the work done. Tina had one sister and five brothers, but she was known as the tomboy, always taking up for her brothers. One day while riding the bus to school, a boy sat behind Tina and pulled her ponytail. She dove over the seat and, well, needless to say, that boy did not pull her ponytail ever again. Tina married at an early age and moved to New Buffalo, Michigan where she drove a truck and waitressed to help support her family. She was Blessed with the birth of a son named Jimmy. After the marriage ended, Tina moved to the central valley, the Visalia area of California to be closer to her family. For the next decade she worked as a waitress at The Vintage Press restaurant in Visalia. Then, in 1973 she was introduced to Joe Mitchell the love of her life. They were married in 1974 and Tina was instrumental in raising Joe's five sons. Tina jumped in feet first and began helping in all sorts of school projects and family activities. Tina was a family woman and it showed in how proud she was of each and every one of those boys. In later years Joe and Tina traveled to numerous places with family and friends, visiting numerous states while on vacations. Both Joe and Tina became avid campers with a large group of very special friends that they loved dearly. They were able to see a great deal of this country and including Canada while driving to Alaska. They had so many great times and cherished memories while on the road. In April this year, Joe and Tina rededicated their lives to God and were then baptized at their home in Porterville. As Tina battled with Leukemia, Joe remained by her side doing everything he could to keep her comfortable and smiling?true love right up to the day she met our Lord and Savior. Tina was preceded in death by her son Jimmy Taylor, her parents Clayborn Ward and Mary Brown, her brother Troy Lee ward, her Grandson JoeDon Mitchell, her Daughter-in-Law Donna Mitchell, and her Granddaughter LaTrisha Foster. Tina is survived by one sister: Thelma Merriweather and four brothers: C.T. Ward, J.T. Ward, Farrel Ward and Paul Ward all of California. Tina leaves behind her husband and the love of her life of 41 years; Joe Mitchell and five sons, Ben (Tracy) Mitchell of Oklahoma, Joe (Lori) Mitchell, Don (Wendy) Mitchell, Cris (Kim) Mitchell, and Wade (Mary) Mitchell all of California. She also leaves behind seventeen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. The funeral services for Tina will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Porterville and a short Celebration of Tina's life will follow at approximately 3:00pm at the Porterville Church of the Nazarene on West Olive Avenue.
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Published in The Porterville Recorder on May 23, 2015
Moore, Virginia "Ginnie"* - Springville  
Virginia Moore was born in Hamilton, OH and moved to California as a young girl. She met and married her high school sweetheart John Moore in 1946. The family moved to a ranch in Springville, CA where they raised cattle. They moved to River Island in 1980 where they built their dream home on the golf course. They were members of the country club for many years. Virginia enjoyed golf and loved her Bridge Club. For the last 7 years she has been a resident of Sierra Hills in Porterville, CA. She was a loving wife and mother and was married to her wonderful husband for 69 years. She has 3 children, sons Steve and Ron and one daughter Leslie. She has five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was an active member in many different community affairs. She was loved greatly by her family and friends and will be missed dearly. Her memory will be cherished forever. Private services will be held at a later date.
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Published in The Porterville Recorder on May 21, 2015
Ponder, Rodney* - Porterville  
Rodney Ponder, loving brother and friend to many passed away on May 5th, 2015. His passing was unexpected and happened very rapidly. Rodney was taken from us to be with his loving Mother Norma Jones. Rodney was a life long resident of Porterville, Calif. Rodney is survived by his brother Ricky Ponder of Fort Worth, Texas. Thomas Jones of Porterville, California and sister Kathy Ponder of Porterville, California and loving Aunt Betty Widman. Along with many niece's and nephew's. The family will have a private celebration of life service honoring Rodney's life. Rodney will be missed , but never forgotten. He will live on in the hearts and souls of the ones who loved him.
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Published in The Porterville Recorder on May 20, 2015
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