Obituary, Floyd Eugene “Bud” Smith

Floyd Eugene “Bud” Smith 86, of Camby, IN died on August 19, 2009. Floyd was a Superintendent for Apartment Buildings for over 30 years in Brooklyn, NY retiring in 1979. He served in the U.S. Navy serving on the USS Franklin and was a recipient of the Purple Heart medal. He is survived by his wife, Delores, children, Walter Smith, Chyrl Hill, Janet Sebai, Carol Fiorianti, 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Services will be today, Friday August 21 1 PM at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center- Decatur Township with visitation there from 11 AM. Burial will be at Hillsdale Cemetery in Martinsville, IN. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Obituary, W. E. Renth

W. E. Renth, 87, of New Baden, Ill., born May 2, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Faith Countryside in Highland, Ill.

Mr. Renth was a veteran of the United States Navy serving in the Pacific during World War II aboard the USS Franklin CV13. The ship was hit off the coast of Japan on March 19, 1945 and the ship ended up being towed back to the United States. Upon his return from service he attended St. Louis University and was then hired at Farmers & Merchants State Bank in New Baden as a temporary employee. He progressed to full time and finished his 60 year banking career as executive vice-president of First County Bank of New Baden. He was a graduate of New Baden High School class of 1944 and St. Louis University School of Business and Commerce. He also attended numerous financial seminars. He was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in New Baden where he formerly served on the board of trustees. He was a member of the American Legion Post 321 in New Baden where he was the longtime chief financial officer, and was a former member of the New Baden Lion’s Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W. F. and Amelia E., nee Trippel, Renth; two sisters, Wilma P. Renth and Arline Barrow; and a brother-in-law, G. H. Barrow.

Surviving is his sister, Betty L. Renth of New Baden, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice and will be received at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden, Ill. The American Legion will visit the funeral home at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Zion United Church of Christ in New Baden with Rev. Gretchen Sterrett officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Greenmount Cemetery in New Baden, Ill.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 15, 2013
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Obituary, Gerald J.Baccardax

Baccardax, Gerald J.
88, of St. Cloud, FL and Rochester, NH died peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a recent illness October 14, 2013. Jerry was the son of the late Juanita (Perrier) and Cornelius Baccardax. He was born July 29, 2915, and raised in East Boston and graduated from East Boston H.S. A member of America’s Greatest Generation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He served honorably aboard the USS Franklin an aircraft carrier noted as the warship that endured the most casualties of any surviving ship, over 924 men died in two separate attacks. The only ship to have more casualties in WWII is the USS Arizona. During the Pacific campaign the Franklin earned 4 battle stars. Jerry who for many years made his home in Wakefield, MA worked at Chelsea Naval Hospital and retired from the Lynnfield Public Schools. He is survived by his loving wife Elayne (Baudreau) Baccardax. This past July 7th they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. Also, survived by their daughter and son-in-law Shirley and Michael Granfield, a granddaughter Jessica Aasrud and her husband Paul, a grandson Daniel Granfield, and a sister-in-law Judy Johnson and her husband Arnold Johnson. Along with his family he enjoyed many days of boating, camping, and square dancing. Arrangements are being made by the Cremation Services of Mid-Florida. There will be no services and burial will take place at the Bourne National Veterans’ Cemetery, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The family would like to thank the exceptional care given by the Samaritan Care Hospice,1300 North Semoran Blvd., Suite 210, Orlando, FL 32807 and memorial contributions can be made to that organization.
Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 18, 2013
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Obituary, Albert Lester Shuman

Mr. Albert Lester Shuman, age 89, died Thursday, August 29th, at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia, after an extended illness. Born April 1, 1924, in Statesboro, Ga., he helped his father at his grocery store from the time he was very young. He attended Statesboro High School, joined the National Guard at age 16, followed by the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he attended flight school, and finally, the U.S. Navy. Although he was at the top of the list to attend Air Cadet School, his dream of being a pilot was dashed by a failed vision test. He was transferred to the USS Franklin aircraft carrier and then the smaller USS Wake Island. As one of the “Greatest Generation”, he proudly served his country during World War II while traveling the world.
He married in 1945, attended Georgia’s Teacher’s College and was a business owner in downtown Statesboro for many years before becoming affiliated with the Georgia Department of Corrections. He furthered his education by attaining his master’s degree at Georgia Southern University before retiring. He was a devoted husband and loving father.
Mr. Shuman was married to the former Betty Jean Marsh of Portal, Georgia, until her death in 2010. He was also preceded in death by his first son, Dr. Ricky S. Shuman; two brothers and a sister.
He is survived by his older brother, LJ Shuman Jr. of South Carolina; a son, Dr. Monty Shuman (Jenny) of Dublin, Georgia; daughter-in-law, Dr. Brenda Shuman Riley (widow of Dr. Rick Shuman) of Macon, Georgia; daughter, Pam Deloach of Valdese, N.C.; daughter, Debbie Shuman, also of Valdese, N.C.; grandchildren, Jeff Shuman, Rod Shuman, Brooka Hutcheson (Chad), Blair Inabinet (Bill), Holly Johnson (Darrell), Neil Lukowski (Heather) and Keith Lukowski; 14 great-grandchildren and many extended family members.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2-3 p.m. at Hodges-Moore Funeral Home.
A funeral service and burial will follow on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Bulloch Memorial Gardens with his grandson, Neil Lukowski, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Promise of Hope, P.O. Box 321, Dudley, GA 31022.
Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Please visit our on-line memorial at to sign the guest book and share fond memories with the Shuman family.

Statesboro Herald, August 31, 2013

Published in Statesboro Herald from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8, 2013
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Obituary, Donald K. Bragg, Sr.

Donald K. Bragg, Sr.

AGE: 87 • Roxbury Twp.

Roxbury Twp.: Donald K. Bragg, Sr. passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Compassionate Care Hospice/Dover General. He was 87 years of age.

Mr. Bragg was born in Wharton and lived most of his life in the Succasunna section of Roxbury Twp.

Donald worked at L.E. Carpenters of Wharton as a security guard for many years before becoming a foreman for the Morris County Mosquito Commission retiring in 1988 after 25 years of service.

He was a WWII Navy Veteran serving on the U.S.S. Franklin. He was a member of the Wharton American Legion Post 91.

Predeceased by two sisters: Janet Rhodes and Ruth Quintane. Survived by his Wife of 63 years, Jean M. (nee Rhodes) Son:Donald K. Bragg, Jr. of Succasunna. Daughter Linda Bragg of Ledgewood. Four Grandchildren: Christopher J., Stephanie & Jamie Bragg all of Hackettstown. Rachel Yowe of Succasunna.

A Great Grandson: Cooper Yowe. Four Sisters; Peg Carol of Wharton, Marion Pyle of Carefree, AZ, Barbara Lindsey of Salt Lake City, UT and Cathy Konderack of Blairstown. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held 3-5 & 7-9pm on Wednesday, August 21 at the Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 S. Main St., Wharton. A funeral service will be held on Thursday 10am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Locust Hill Cemetery, Dover. In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s name to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Offer condolences at


Published in Daily Record on Aug. 18, 2013
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Obituary, Louis John Dodaro

DODARO, Louis John

Louis John Dodaro, 88 years old of Boca Raton, FL, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 9, 2013, surrounded by his family who loved him dearly. Louis was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1925 and grew up in Maspeth, NY. In 1943, he was drafted in the U.S. Navy and served as a Radioman 3rd Class Petty Officer on the U.S.S. Franklin CV13 in World War II. He was very proud to have served his country. Louis joined the New York City Police Department on October 3, 1951. On graduation day, he was assigned to the Organized Crime Unit in the Brooklyn D.A.’s office on a temporary assignment. Assigned to the 92nd Precinct for payroll purposes. He played fast pitch softball for the 92nd and only lost one game in three years. Played any precinct that challenged them from the Bronx to Staten Island. This temporary assignment lasted 21 years and he retired in 1972. As a child, he loved the clouds and sky. He always had a love for flying and got his pilots license in 1958. Married Jean Amato in 1954 and they were married for 57 years. He relocated his family to Boca Raton, FL in 1972. When he moved to Florida, he became an avid golfer. He enjoyed playing golf with the many friends he made. During the ’70’s, he went to work for U.S. Customs in Port Everglades for a few years. He also helped a friend/neighbor when he opened The Red Devil Restaurant as a cook. Spent a lot of time taking care of his granddaughters. He is survived by his sister, Gloria Santacroce, three children, Kenneth, Theresa Snyder, Nancy (Mike) Adams, his three cherished granddaughters, Jeanette, Michelle and Jessica and his adored great-grandson, Jacoby. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jean and his great-grandson, Jalen. Papa will be forever in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Attention: Jalen’s Team, 3230 Commerce Place, Ste. B, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. A remembrance ceremony will be held at 10:00AM, Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the Palm Beach National Chapel, 10055 Heritage Farms Road, Lake Worth, FL. Interment will follow at the South Florida Veterans Cemetery in Lake Worth on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 2:45PM.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2013
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Obituary, Robert (Bob) Martin Cheney

Cheney, Robert (Bob) Martin, born 15 Aug 1928 in Montgomery, AL, died August 8, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. Visitation will be Friday, August 9th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Whitfield Memorial United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 10th at 9:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.

Bob is survived by his wife, Margaret Ann Hatchett Cheney and three children, Robert Martin Cheney, Jr. (Karen Singletary), Elizabeth Cheney Sewell (William Hulsey, Jr.) and John Franklin Cheney (Debbie White). He is also survived by four grandchildren, Shannon Cheney Phillips (Chris), Benjamin Garrett Cheney (Jordy Allen), Garrett Franklin Cheney (Christine Callahan), and Paige Cheney Clement (Neil) and his sister, Margaret Cheney Collier.

Bob graduated from the Mount Berry School for Boys in Rome, GA. In July 1946 during World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served three years. He re-enlisted in 1951 and served during the Korean conflict until 1952, attaining the rank of Sergeant. His squadron VMF223 was attached to USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, USS Tarawa, and USS Midway. He graduated from Auburn University in Business Administration in 1954 and was employed by Alabama Farm Bureau Insurance Company, which later became Alfa Insurance Companies. He retired as vice president after 41 years.

Bob was active in many historical/genealogy organizations. He was State President of Sons of the American Revolution and Governor of the Alabama Company of the Jamestowne Society. He was also President of the Richard Montgomery Chapter SAR, the Montgomery Genealogy Society, and the Old South Historical Society. Additionally, Bob was a member of the Sons of the American Colonists, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Somerset Chapter Magna Charta Barons, Huguenot Society, Order of the Crown (Charlemagne Descendants), National Society Sons of the War of 1812, Merovingian Dynasty, Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, Society of Descendants of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Military Order of the Crusades, Society of Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge, and Sons of the Colonial Wars.

Bob was also involved in various civic activities. After serving over 35 years ago for two consecutive terms as the District Governor of Civitan International Alabama – West Florida District, in 2011 Bob again served as president of the Montgomery Civitan Club. He was active in this club for over 50 years Bob was also Commandant of the Townsend Chapter of the Marine Corps League, and President of Montgomery Knife and Fork Club. A member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, he served for 22 years as chapter counselor for the Alabama Epsilon Chapter at Auburn University Montgomery and was awarded the Order of the Golden Heart, the highest national award for volunteer service to Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

Involved with his children’s activities, he served as PTA president of and officer in Little League Baseball and participated in Boy Scouts of America for 25 years as Cub Master, Scout Master, and District Commissioner. Formerly an active member of the Capitol Heights United Methodist Church where he was a lay leader, in 2011 Bob joined Whitfield Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher and on the Board of Trustees.

After retirement, Bob worked as a volunteer at Baptist South for over 16 years and served many years as a volunteer on the Pre-Trial Diversion Committee. Additionally, Bob and Ann were Goodwill Ambassadors for 50 classes of International Officers in the IOS Program at Maxwell AFB.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to the Robert Cheney Memorial Fund, Whitfield Memorial United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Aug. 9, 2013
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Obituary, James M. Stuart

STUART, Jr. James M. Stuart, James M., Jr., 5/2/26 – 6/29/13. Of Lady Lake, FL., formerly of the Dayton Area. Mr. Stuart was a United States Navy veteran where he proudly served in WWII aboard the USS Franklin, an aircraft carrier which was attacked and nearly sunk in the Pacific Ocean. During his working career his employment consisted of jobs at McCalls, Dayton Power & Light; he owned and operated Fisher Beverage Co., and finally worked as an investment broker with AXA Advisors until 2000. James was very proud of his service at the White House while he worked from 1968-1970 for the National Alliance of Business Men. He also donated much of his time to the Boys & Girls Club of Dayton, where he was a past Director. James was preceded in death by his parents, James & Delores (Walker) Stuart. He is survived by his wife, Janet; two sons, James & Melinda of Springboro, William & Patricia of Springboro; his grandchildren, James (& Lauren), Patrick, Meghan, Ashley (& Wilder), Joshua; great-grandson, Landon James; brothers, Curtiss & MaryJane of Fairhope, AL, and Charles & Linda of Washington Township. Funeral Services with military honors will be private. Mr. Stuart will be buried in David’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Dayton. Arrangements by The Westbrock Funeral Home, Bigger Road Chapel.

Published in Dayton Daily News on July 28, 2013

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Obituary, James Cornelius Johnson

James Cornelius Johnson December 2, 1921 June 16, 2013 James Cornelius Johnson, world’s best dad, died on Father’s Day, June 16, 2013 supported by family and caring staff of Buckner Villas Nursing Home. Jim, known affectionately as “Uncle Toot”, was born at home in Houston, Missouri, the fourth of seven children. The Johnson farmstead in Licking, Missouri remained a cherished family gathering spot through the early 1980s, with Grandma Johnson at the helm. Jim shared the country rhythms he knew and loved with his children-digging in the compost for worms, pole fishing in the back pond, hunting quail, picking wild dewberries, saddling up Tex the pony, tubing down Boiling Springs. Jim received his chemical engineering degree from Rolla School of Mines in 1943. After graduation, he worked for Monsanto Chemical Company and then enlisted in the US Navy to fight in World War II. He served on navy vessels LST 783, LSM 238, and the aircraft carrier USS Franklin (Big Ben), working as a navigator, gunnery officer, and commanding officer. On March 19, 1945 the carrier was engaged in a strike in Kobe Harbor, Japan when hit by enemy fire. Jim received a medal for his actions, as described by his admiral: “In the face of continuing explosions and raging fires and during further enemy air attacks he continued to fight fires, jettison hot ammunition, and otherwise courageously assist in bringing the damage under control. His courage, loyalty, and devotion to duty contributed materially to the saving of the ship and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.” Jim was hit by a beautiful WAVE, Shirley Pauline Gedrow. She became the love of his life and the two were married for 62 years prior to her death in 2009. Together, they were active in the Methodist church, played bridge, and traveled to visit friends and family. Jim and Pauli were especially connected to their grandson, Jonathan Jokerst, who they helped raise. After the war, Jim rejoined Monsanto and enjoyed a long career, working as a plant manager at facilities in Missouri, Connecticut, New York, Iowa, and Texas. Jim is survived by two siblings, the Rev. Robert Johnson and Nina Mae Welch, two daughters-Emmy Holman and Paula Munson, four grandchildren-Dorion Liston, Marney Liston, Shayna Cram, and Jonathan Jokerst, and two great-granddaughters-Lilly Liston and Juniper Liston. Jim had an even temperament, a strong listening presence, and a wry sense of humor. He was always patient, always kind, and incapable of harsh words, judgment or criticism of others. By example, he set a high standard for how we all might better live our lives. A private service will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to the USO for servicemen and women or Buckner Hospice.


Published in Austin American-Statesman on June 30, 2013
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2014 Reunion Update- July 17 thru 20 2014


I received some exciting news from Ron Williams this weekend.  The 2014 USS Franklin Reunion venue has been selected!  The 2014 reunion will be at:

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside 777 Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510


The dates will be July 17-20.  The room rate is $99/night single and double occupancy plus tax. The February mailing of the news letter will have more details.

In the mean time you can contact the even host, Ron Williams, at for more information. Ron and family are hosting the reunion in honor of their father, Franklin crew member Jim Lyons.