September 23, 2011

Coleman C. Byrum

Coleman C. Byrum, 93, of Santa Paula, California, died Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Ventura, California.

He was born November 27, 1917 in Pope County, Arkansas to William Washington and Minnie Roberts Byrum. He was a retired truck driver for S.P. Milling Co., and was a Mason and a Shriner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 68 years Myrtle Barham Byrum, and a daughter, Margaret June Byrum.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Junne Byrum; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Darrell Carter; five grandchildren, Jerry Jr. (wife Devora) and Joe Byrum, and Jeff (wife Jennifer), Jennifer and Jed (wife Charlene) Carter; seven great-grandchildren, Dylan, Katlynn and Anthony Byrum and Brittnee, Taylor, Riley and Peyton Carter, all of Santa Paula; and two sisters, Myrtle Duvall and Vera Sue Roach, both of Russellville, Arkansas.

Graveside services were held September 12 at Crossroads Cemetery near Appleton, with Pastor Ronnie Morris officiating. Arrangements were by Humphrey Funeral Service, Russellville, Arkansas.

Mary Elizabeth Williams

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Mary Elizabeth Williams. Mary passed away on September 13, 2011 at her home in Oxnard.

Mary was born on March 24, 1921 in Elm Springs, Arkansas to Lee Benjamin and Weda Ruth (Roper) Fugate. At the young age of 6, Mary moved with her family to Santa Paula, California where she was raised. She graduated with her high school class of 1939 and remained in close contact with friends who continued to meet regularly, calling themselves “The Lunch Bunch.”

Mary was a dedicated mother who was intensely interested in her children’s’ education. She was involved with the school system in various capacities for over three decades, including serving as president of the local district and State PTAs. 

Mary had many interests in her life. She was very fond of dogs ever since childhood; she loved flowers, especially growing roses; but her passion was cooking. She was a terrific cook, and even when she was no longer active in the kitchen she continued to read cookbooks and avidly follow the cooking shows. 

Mary is survived by her husband James Howard Williams; children: Cynthia W. Haney of San Diego, Kelly D. Williams (Meg) of Morgan Hills, CA, and Scott Williams (Brenda) of Chicago, Illinois. Mary also leaves behind her grandchildren: Erin Williams and Christopher Williams, along with her niece Laura Lenenberg and nephew Warren Williams. 

At the request of Mary, services will be a private family gathering.  

Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,

As the swift seasons roll!

Leave thy low-vaulted past!

Let each new temple, nobler than the last,

Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,

Till thou at length art free,

Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!

Albert Villa Carrillo Sr.

Albert Villa Carrillo Sr. woke up to a new life free of pain and suffering on September 17, 2011, surrounded by his family. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, grandpa and great-grandpa.

Albert is preceded in death by his parents, Everardo and Mary Villa Carrillo; sons John Edward Carrillo Sr. and Paul Castro Carrillo Sr.; and brothers Danny Carrillo Sr. and Richard Carrillo Sr.

Albert was born on February 11, 1944 and had been a lifelong resident of Santa Paula.

Albert is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years Dora Castro Carrillo; children Albert Carrillo Jr., Sandra Carrillo Marquez, Debra Carrillo Stephenson, Martha Carrillo Rodriguez, Martin Carrillo, Matthew Carrillo, Joseph Carrillo, Peter Carrillo, Mary Carrillo, David Carrillo, Timothy Carrillo and Anna Carrillo; 41 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; brothers Frank Carrillo and Jess Carrillo; and sister Elizabeth Carrillo Acebo.

Albert, who was very well known as Big Al’s snow cone trucks, enjoyed cooking, watching football games with his sons, going to Chumash, and spending a lot of his time at the Blessed Sacrament. But most of all he loved spending time with his wife, children and great-grandchildren.

We love and miss you dearly Albert, but you will never be forgotten.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at Funeraria del ángel Stetler Mortuary, 128 S. 8th St. in Santa Paula, with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 24 at St. Sebastian Church, with burial to follow at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Funeraria del ángel Stetler Mortuary, 525-5595.

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