George Edgar Smith, Ozetta Allen, Glen Fredricks Sr., Harold E. Strauss, Mattie Thomas, Ms Willie Mae Johnson, Nathaniel James Johnson, Jr.
George Edgar Smith
George Edgar Smith, age 70, died on August 16, 2006, on his 31st Wedding Anniversary. He was the youngest of five children born to T. Elmer Smith and Viola Smith. He was raised in Puyallup WA, where he attended school. He graduated from Puyallup High School in 1954 and was on the Wrestling Team, was a Band Member and excelled in Tennis. He was in the Navy Reserves during his last year of high school and the day after graduation, reported for active submarine duty in New London, CT. He was discharged in 1957. He was also in the Navy Drum and Bugle Corp.
Following discharge, George enrolled in Utah State University, entered into their Range Management Program and graduated in 1963. His work experiences were varied and he truly enjoyed all of his jobs working for the Forest Service and later for the Bureau of Land Management as a Smoke-Jumper, Air Cargo Loadmaster and other duties during his tenure. He was also employed in military operations serving most of his time in Southeast Asia as an Aviation Delivery Specialist during the Vietnam War.
George retired from the Alaska B.L.M. in 1985 and returned to his boyhood Anderson Island Paradise. He and his wife, Judy ran a B. & B. from their Island home for six years and judging by the Guest Book his humor, ad lib comments, casual entertainment and cooking skills were a real hit with visitors. Last but not least & he worked for LeMay Refuse for eight years and was well known by all his Island customers as a man of integrity and loyalty. He had a knack for helping others in subtle ways that at times may have gone unnoticed by those who received his gentle guidance.
He enjoyed many hobbies and interests including a love of motorcycles, golfing on our Island Course; boating, fishing, Alaskan clay ceramics, and much more. He also had a Pilot’s license and flew solo from AZ to AK. The hobby most dear to his heart was rock-hounding with his Mom. He had a special bond with her. His dad died when he was only five months old.
George is survived by his wife, Judith, daughter Barrie and her husband Tom Schmitt, Step-son Kevin Larkin and his wife Kim, and their extended family. He leaves a sister Leona, sister-in-law Charmaine, a brother Lew, and many loving nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends who all hold him dear to their hearts. He was pre-deceased by his brother E. Charles (Chuck) Smith and sister Bonnie Sand.
Burial will be in Anderson Island Cemetery. A Memorial service will be held for family and friends at 1:00 PM on August 26, 2006 at the Anderson Island Community Church, 11405 Yoman Rd., Anderson Island, WA.
Donations may be made to a favorite charity. Hint: George loved animals and is survived by a 20 year old cat, Sam and three 13 year old wild cats (all named “Spooky”).
June 12, 1920 & August 18, 2006
Ozetta was born to Ora Lee and Samuel Tompkins June 12, 1920 in Gladewater, TX. In 1950 she married a soldier named Willie B. Allen. For 23 years Ozetta, and later their children, followed Willie to several places including Italy for 4 years. Upon Willie’s retirement, they settled in Tacoma.
Ozetta loved to travel and visited several countries including China, Russia and the Holy Land. She loved sports and was an avid bowler until she was 80. She was the first woman in Tacoma to bowl a 700 series. She was active in the community and belonged to several clubs and was a member of the American Legion. She also held different positions at her church, Allen AME, where she was a member for 40 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie and grandson, Nathan. She is survived by daughter Jalai, son Steven, grandchildren Genne, Leila (Mike), Marcus, Jalaia, great-grandchildren Damon, Dustin, Nathan, and very special friend, Winfred Graves.
Visitation will be held from 4 -8 PM on Thursday, August 24, 2006 at Mountain View Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2 PM on Friday, August 25, 2006 in the Mountain View Garden Chapel.
Glen Fredricks Sr.
Glen Fredricks Sr. passed away August 14, 2006 in Lakewood. He was born Dec. 23, 1930 in Tacoma. He is preceded in death by his wife Joann. Glen was a loving father and is survived by his children William (Melody) Stepp, Richard Stepp, Douglas Fredricks, Ronald (Brenda) Fredricks, Kathryn Resop and Ricky Fredricks, and brothers Bill and Bob Fredricks. He also has many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews who will miss him greatly. He loved fishing, hunting, gardening and his cats.
A private family reception is planned, call 253-571-8834.
Donations are suggested to the American Stroke Foundation or the Pierce County Humane Society.
Harold E. Strauss
Harold E. Strauss born May 27, 1913 in Spooner, Minnesota passed away August 16, 2006.
Harold is survived by his wife, Marie, of 69 years; daughter, Muriel and husband Dan Clough; two grandchildren, Brien and wife Shanon, Kevin and companion Camille and boys; a great grand-daughter, Gracie; sister, Lorraine and husband Ole Tokheim; niece, Susan Tokheim; nephew, Joel Tokheim; and other great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son, Eugene and sister, Muriel Mae Strauss.
He was a church member for many years and currently at United Church in University Place; 60 year member of Carpenter Local 470; member of the male Orpheus Chorus, for over 30 years.
Visitation will be 10:30a on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at Mountain View Funeral Home. The Graveside Service will follow at 11:30a in the Mountain View Memorial Park.
Mattie Thomas was born January 29, 1908 in Sprott, Alabama to Mariah and Ferdinand Rutledge. She was the youngest and last surviving of thirteen children. She was preceded in death on August 31, 1991 by her husband of sixty-five years John D. Thomas whom she married on September 14, 1925
She received her education in the one-room school house in the Perry County Public School system.
Mattie was baptized at Purwell Baptist Church in Sprott (AL) as a child and remained a member until 1926 when she moved with her husband to Northport, Alabama where they joined The First Baptist Church. In 1943, Mattie moved to Tacoma, Washington and transferred her membership to Bethlehem Baptist Church where in later years she was affectionately called Mother Thomas. There she assisted in organizing the Senior Usher Board, serving at one time as President and always as faithful member until advanced age no longer permitted active participation.
Mattie loved gardening and watching sports. She was always interested in following & and commenting on & the activities of her family and friends.
She is survived by her only daughter, Bernice Thomas Fox, two grandchildren, Richard K. Fox, Jr. and Patricia D. Fox; two great-great-grandaughters, Aquila Marie Fox and Kaysha Quinae Fox; special granddaughter Melinda C. Fox, foster-daughter Ollie Ballard (Mack), foster grandsons Terry and Larry of Detroit, Michigan; brother-in-law Reverend James R. Thomas (Theresa) of Northport, Alabama; many generations of loving nephews and nieces and their families, and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss her deeply.
The family expresses their thanks and gratitude to all those who assisted in Mama’s care, including her primary physician Dr. Ricard E. Waltman and staff, Dr. Joseph Pham and staff, long term care-givers Rose and Tamar, and more recently her niece Sandra, and the staff of Heartwood Extended Care Facility, and for the love and affection shown her by her family, neighbors, friends, Rev. Freeman S. Rhoades and her Bethlehem Baptist
Church family, and all those who’ve lent support with a kind word or a good thought.
Visitation will be held from 1-9 PM on Tuesday, August 22, 2006. Services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday August 23, 2006 at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made on Mother Thomas’s behalf to the Bethlehem Baptist Family Life Center.
Ms Willie Mae Johnson
Willie M. Johnson, loving wife of Henry Otto Johnson
Passed away of natural causes on Aug. 16, 2006
At the age of 79.
Viewing is TODAY 12 noon until 9:00 PM at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be 3:30 pm Mon Aug. 21,2006
At Mountain View Memorial Park .
Nathaniel James Johnson, Jr.
1965 – 2006
Nathaniel James Johnson departed from his family to be with God August 14, 2006.
Nate (aka “Buster” and “Mr. Alabama”) was born to Nathaniel Johnson, Sr. and Florence Johnson in Monroeville, Alabama and raised there with his mother and his siblings Lucy, Kat, Fay, and Bean. In 1984, he left there to join the United States Army and was trained as a Power Generation Equipment Repairer. Nate served as a full time soldier for 8 years, then rejoined as a Washington State National Guardsman. Showing pride and respect for his country, Nate proved himself to be an exemplary leader and soldier serving time in 2 tours of Operation Desert Storm.
After almost 21 years of award earning service, Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Johnson retired.
In 1996, he met and later married Terri. Together they built a relationship that showed those around them what is was to truly and totally love and be loved. Even through the REAL struggles of life, in the end the love and devotion they both have for each other could not be crushed and put aside.
Nate and Terri have been committed to raising a loving and devoted family for almost 10 years. Their children Alicia, Devon, Frederick, and Nathaniel have been the center of their lives. Nate has spent years teaching our children to be loving, strong, devoted to our family, and to enjoy life to its fullest. Whether it was fishing or swimming, cooking or cleaning, or just being together our children were shown the true meaning of the love of a father.
Nate has touched the lives of so many people by just being. He was an outgoing person who never hesitated to help someone who needed him. His love for life and family positively affected people who knew him a little and those who knew him well. Too often without being aware of it, Nate taught others to be just a little more loving, a little more giving, a little more devoted, or just a little more happy. Nate, your spirit and love for life will be kept alive in the hearts of your wife and children forever. Our bond was one that could be stretched but NEVER broken. I will achieve the dreams we built together by carrying your love and strength in my heart. We, as a family, will be forever devoted to making it happen both as individuals and as a family.
God has your spirit, but we have your heart.
Memorial services will be held for family and true friends at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 26, 2006 at New Salem Baptist Church.
The above listed obituaries were arranged by Mountain View Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book. 253-584-0252.