Obituary, Robert Leo Spriggs

Robert Leo Spriggs Friday, March 28, 1924 – Thursday, March 9, 2017
Morgantown, WV, formerly of Carpendale–

Robert Leo Spriggs, 92, of Morgantown, formerly of Carpendale, WV, died Thursday, March 9, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Born March 28, 1924 in Cumberland, MD, he was the son of the late William Percy Spriggs and Jessie May (Young) Spriggs.

He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Margaret (Sharps) Spriggs, and a brother, William Spriggs.

Mr. Spriggs was a graduate of Ridgeley High School, where he played on the football team. He enlisted in the service immediately upon graduation.

He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Franklin aircraft carrier and the U.S.S. Albemarle. During his time in the service, Mr. Spriggs was promoted to Electrician’s Mate 1st. Class. Serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, he was in 17 battles. U.S.S. Franklin CV-13 was attacked by Japanese bombers on March 19, 1945, resulting in the death of 914 sailors. Mr. Spriggs helped 12 of his fellow crewmen escape the explosions by rapelling down from the bridge of the ship using knotted microphone cables. Immediately, Mr. Spriggs re-boarded by climbing up the antenna of the badly listing ship, and remained to save the ship. The crew of 704 survivors brought the ship back to Brooklyn Shipyard, making it the most decorated ship of WWII.

Mr. Spriggs began his career working steam engines with the Western Maryland Railroad. He retired as a foreman with the Chessie System.

Bob was one of the founders of Carpendale, WV and he had served as a councilman. Never one to be idle, he installed electrical wiring in the Town Hall as well as many of the water and sewer lines in Carpendale.

He belonged to Centre Street United Methodist Church for 66 years. A life member of Gold Star Post #6452, V.F.W., he was an active member. He was a member of the Franklin 704 Club and of the Ridgeley High School Old Farts Club.

In 2016, he was honored by the West Virginia Legislature with an official Legislative Citation. He received a standing ovation in recognition of his service.

Mr. Spriggs’ hobbies included fishing, camping, and watching John Wayne movies. He took pride in making things with his hands, and had an extensive workshop in his basement.

The family would like to thank Nurse Courtney, Nurse Tabitha, and the staff of the Hospice of West Virginia Caring. They would also like to thank the staff of Mon General Hospital, the VA, Wedgewood Family Practice, Care Partners, and Interim HealthCare.

Survivors include his daughter, Sharon Spriggs Stratton, Morgantown; his son, Gary W. Spriggs and wife Tina, Grass Valley, CA; two granddaughters, Molly L. Stratton and Laurie Osborne; and, three great, grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene Street, Cumberland, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 5-8 PM.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11 AM in the funeral home, with Rev. Ann Atkins, officiating.

Interment will be in M.S.V.C. Rocky Gap, where military honors will be accorded by Post #13 Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centre Street United Methodist Church, 217 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, MD 21502. Tax deductible donations may also be made to an organization which helps veterans re-acclimate to civilian life, Operation Welcome Home, 452 Mylan Park Lane, Morgantown, WV 26501.

Obituary, John McKinney

McKinney April 1, 1926 – November 21, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY John Richard McKinney, 90, of OKC, passed away on Nov. 21, 2016. John was born on April 1, 1926 in Coalgate, OK to George and Jessie McKinney. John served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1945. He retired from Tinker Air Force Base after 33 years and 9 months of service as an aircraft mechanic foreman/unit chief. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Velma McKinney; children, Laura and Merle Kitchen, Jan and Bruce Brady, Johnny and Cindy McKinney, Donna and Kent Birch, Alex and Gwen McKinney, Paula and Charles Seegel, Brenda and Ronnie Morgan, Granger and Rhonda McKinney, Clay and Angela McKinney, Shane and Stephanie McKinney; 32 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. Funeral Services are 2:00PM, Friday, November 25, 2016, at Southgate Baptist Church, 740 SW 4th St., Moore, OK. Interment will follow to Sunny Lane Cemetery in Del City, OK. Services are under the direction of John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore, OK.

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 23, 2016– See more at:

Obituary, John S. Hall

John S. Hall

San Angelo

John Samuel Hall was born in Huntsville, Alabama on January 4, 1927. He passed away in his home surrounded by his family on March 4, 2017. He fought a hard battle with Alzheimers for 10 years. His wife Mary Lou was by his side, caring for him with dignity and compassion. Most Friday nights they would eat dinner at Henry’s Restaurant sitting at their special table. He was drafted out of high school and he chose the US Marine Corp where he served aboard the USS Franklin during WWII. After returning to high school and graduating he entered the US Air Force where he served 22 years. During that time he served in the Korean War. He was a humble man and a proud American serving his country.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lou Hall. John and Mary Lou have 6 children. Sam Hall of Richardson, Texas, Susan Neighbors of San Angelo, Texas, John and Paula Hall of San Angelo, Texas, Ron and Wanda Hall of Opelika, Alabama, Wayne and Beverly Hall of Odessa, Texas and Kathy and John Wyatt of San Angelo, Texas. Grandchildren are Jeff Neighbors, Janet & Bryan Abernathy, Aaron Hall, Katie & Seth Summerlin, Daniel & Kim Hall, Tammy Hall, Christina & Lamar Lynn, Chad & Amanda Hall, Chase & Anna Hall, Clint & Noelle Hall, Jake Wyatt, Clay & Jill Wyatt, Wes & Stephanie Wyatt, and Boone & Juanita Wyatt. Great-grandchildren are Kaden Abernathy, Mary-Kate Abernathy, Everly Abernathy, Pippa Abernathy, Jackson Summerlin, Ryan Summerlin, Adelaide Summerlin, Olive Summerlin, Lily Lynn, Madison Hall, Reece Hall, Harper Hall, Grace Hall, Adalyn Hall, Taylor Wyatt, Peyton Wyatt, Jersey Wyatt and Kenadie Wyatt.

John was preceded in death by his son-in-law Phil Neighbors.

Visitation will be Friday, March 10, 2017, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Harper Funeral Home. Graveside service is in Lawnhaven Cemetery Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 10 a.m. officiated by Taylor Sandlin.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of San Angelo.

Family and friends can sign the online register book at
Published in GoSanAngelo from Mar. 6 to Mar. 9, 2017
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Obituary, Richard Wayne Hendrix

Richard Wayne Hendrix

SPARTANBURG, SC– Richard Wayne Hendrix, 92, of Spartanburg, SC, died Sunday, March 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Dick (known affectionately to family members as ‘Daggie’) was born on April 28, 1924 in Spartanburg to parents Edna Vandora Barnett and William Earle Hendrix, Sr.
He attended high school in Spartanburg and obtained his GED in Corpus Christi, TX. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on June 2, 1941, in Charleston, SC, six months before Pearl Harbor. As an Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class, he served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Franklin and USS Bennington. While on the USS Bennington, he survived a kamikaze attack off the coast of Okinawa. He participated in operations in Saipan, Tinian, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and ‘The Tokyo Invasion’ when Japan surrendered. He earned The American Defense Service Medal, The American Theater Campaign Medal, The Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (with five Bronze Service Stars), The World War II Victory Medal, and The Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on November 20, 1945. Thereafter, he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of South Carolina where he obtained his degree in Business Administration.
Dick was a retired businessman and investor. He was extremely inquisitive, always with a keen intellect, was a voracious reader, and was a lifelong student of history with a particular interest in the Civil War. He was a lifelong Gamecock fan and completely devoted to his family and country. He was especially known for his generosity to all the members of his family, whom he deeply loved. ‘Daggie’ was a strong man with a very big heart. In greeting family members, he was often heard to say, ‘Who loves you? Daggie does!’
Dick was married and devoted to his equally devoted and loving wife, Barbara Lynnwood Kennett Hendrix for 68 years. They had three children. He is survived by his two sons, Richard Wayne Hendrix II (Carol Anne) of Atlanta, GA and Mark Norwood Hendrix (Judy) of Cincinnati, OH; his five grandchildren, Richard Wayne Hendrix III, Elizabeth Hendrix, Katherine Hendrix, Ashley Lindsay Smith, and John Charles Lindsay II; five great-grandchildren, Crosland Lamb, Barrett Lamb, Grant Hendrix Smith, Haley Lindsay, and Jackson Lindsay; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins scattered throughout the United States. He was predeceased by a daughter, Beverly Hendrix Lindsay; two brothers, Charles Norwood Hendrix (Spartanburg) and William Earle Hendrix II (Omaha); and sister, Margaret Elaine Wedding (Indian Hills, MD).
The family will receive friends 10:30-11:30 AM Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307. A service honoring his memory will follow at 12:00 noon at the Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Dale Rawlings.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to veterans or hospice organizations.
An online guest register is available at
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2017
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Obituary, John T. Costa

COSTA John T., age 95, of North Haledon, NJ passed away peacefully on March 11, 2017 with his family at his side.
Born in Paterson he has lived in North Haledon for the past 60 years. Living through the depression with many jobs to earn money from shining shoes , fruit and vegetable peddler and portable merry go round operator ; John worked side by side with his father to help out his family. At the age of 16 joined the (CCC) Civilian Conservation Corps and was stationed in Port Angeles Washington State. He was a graduate of Chamberlain Aircraft School and formally employeed by Curtis Wright Airplane Division Buffalo, NY and Douglas Aircraft Corporation.
He served his country in the United States Naval Air Corp as a aviation metal smith 1st class assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Franklin.
As a young man his passion was music… playing the piano and composing . It was his love for music which drove him to copyright many songs in 1947 and lead him to California to be discovered which did not happen. Looking for a career change he entered the life insurance business as an agent for Colonial Life Insurance Company & Franklin Life Insurance Company and was top salesman nationally and won many awards . In 1952 he decided to start his own insurance firm and founded the John T.Costa Agency where he continued working with his son Ralph and grandson Andrew and never retired. He was also the owner of Franklin Premium Financing & Franklin Research & Development.
In his younger years he was very active as a director of the Paterson Chamber of Commerce, and member of Paterson Rotary, Life Member of Fidelians of America, Hamilton Club, Treasure of Habor House a Division of St. Joseph Hospital for 20 Years. He was also a founding member of the hunting club started in 1956 Pastafazole Lodge, Inc. Livingston Manor, NY.
John had many hobbies including fresh water fishing, salt water deep sea fishing, boating,hunting and gardening. It was his great passion for gardening in this 80’s which complelled him to invent and patent the garden planter known as the “Badger” and nearly completed his 2nd invention the Golf Course Cup Cutter. Again his passion for music resurfaced at the age of 91 where his copywritten music and lyrics ended up in the Sunday Record December 15, 2013 article “North Haledon songwriter gets second shot at success”. In 2016 his last project was working with NY recording Studio having different singers to record his songs which can still be listen to on music by John T. Costa.
A parishioner of St. Paul’s R.C. Church in Prospect Park, NJ. John was the son of Antonino & Agelina Costa of Elmwood Park, and Santa Croce Camerina Sicily, beloved husband of Henrietta (nee Cioffi) of North Haledon.
Devoted father of Theodore Costa and his companion Barbara Perry of Bloomfield, Nina Perruccio and her husband Dom of Oak Ridge and Ralph Costa and his wife Nancy of Oakland & his honorary Son Chi Wei Cheng and wife Lee of Franklin Lakes, and godson Nicholas Laganella

Published in The Record on Mar. 13, 2017– See more at:

Obituary, Hilbert V. Kiesel

Hilbert V. Kiesel of Fort Myers, FL left us to join Our Lord on October 21, 2007, he was 90 years of age. The son of Charles and Lillian Kiesel, he was born in New York State and moved to Fort Myers in 1950. He, his brothers, and extended family members became pioneers in the fledgling shrimp business at Fort Myers Beach. By the end of his working career he had shrimp boats and associated businesses at Fort Myers Beach, FL, Biloxi, MS and Aransas Pass, TX.

Hilbert retired and continued his love of the water, travel and helping others by joining the Royal Palm Yacht Club. During this time he was Fleet Captain for many years. He directed and led many cruises for the Club. Each year he and Dorothy would host the annual, never to be forgotten, “Kiesel Shack Party”. During his “watch” the “Atta Boy” award was established, and is his in perpetuity. This award is given annually to the Captain in the Club, who has done the most to help other boaters.

A founding member of Saint Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Hilbert has passed the legacy of his faith to the fourth generation of his family. He now proudly watches his grandchildren and great-grandchildren attend masses. Hilbert and his wife, Dorothy, received communion several times a week and prayed together daily. He and his brothers were Charter members and now lifetime honorary members of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years. Hilbert felt privileged to attend his son, Hilbert D. Kiesel’s initiation into the 4th Degree. A sportsman and hunter all his life he is an honorary lifetime member of the South Shore Marlin and Tuna Club and the Babylon Tuna Club. Hilbert has hunted and fished with his sons and grandchildren all over this country, the Bahamian and Pacific waters, and is a world class record holder in some categories. Since age 60 he has enjoyed many trips as a certified PADI diver.

During World War II Hilbert proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member to the crew of the USS Benjamin Franklin “the ship that wouldn’t die”. While aboard it was bombed by Japanese aircraft, split in half, and towed to shore in two pieces. Since that time he has been a proud member of the “Survivors of the Franklin”. I quote from Dad, “damaged by a Kamikaze in October 1944 and by bombs in March 1945, “Big Ben” paid the highest price in lives among those lost on carriers in WWII. She is primarily remembered for the heroism of her crew in saving the lives of shipmates.”

Following the “Big One”, Dad became a member of the VFW and American Legion.

A familiar figure at many of the area sports fields he proudly followed the progress of his 7 grandchildren as they made their mark on many of the various teams at Bishop Verot and Fort Myers High Schools. During the last 10 years of his daughter, Dorothy’s teaching career, Hilbert was “Grandpa Kiesel” to her students. While volunteering in her classroom he would read and tell stories, listen to the children read and spend individual time with some. The classes all looked forward to Grandpa’s visits. He often brought treats and on Earth Day brought each child a Norfolk Pine to take home and plant.

Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his three children, Dorothy Lillian Kiesel Poll (George) of Fort Myers, FL and Franklin, NC, Hilbert D. Kiesel (Alene) of Franklin, NC and Thomas F. Kiesel (Ruth) of Fort Myers, FL. Grandchildren, Kristen O’Halloran (Sean), Conrad F. Kiesel, Hillary Kiesel, Jarrett Kiesel (Kim) and Shannon Dorsey (David). Six great-grandchildren whom have brought an inordinate amount of joy into his life. Brother, Charles “Scoop” Kiesel (Lenora), sister, Lillian Wang, sisters in law, Joan Kiesel, Cecilia Kiesel, Linn Rohl, Ann Rohl and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Julia Woolbright, longtime friend, companion and caregiver. Dad’s caregiver Kashima Alexander showed her love and concern in many ways. Hope Hospice and their wonderful staff will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Their help and caring attitudes were invaluable to the family.

Hilbert is now in the presence of his beloved wife of 68 years, Dorothy; brothers, Donald Kiesel, George Kiesel, brothers-in-law, Ted Wang, Henry Rohl and the Honorable Kenneth Rohl all of whom preceded him into Heaven.

Arrangements to be made by Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home.

Due to our appreciation for the overwhelming response of compassion and sympathy extended towards the family at the recent passing of our Mother, Dorothy Elizabeth Kiesel, the services for our father will be private. We know they will be in the thoughts and prayers of many. Those who wish to honor Dad’s memory may make donations to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.

A fitting epitaph to our Dad would be, “A Parable to Immortality” by Henry VanDyke.

“I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sail to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There she goes!” Gone where? Gone from my sight? that is all. She is just as large in mast and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There she goes!” There are other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

Published in The News-Press from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2007 – See more at: