James Earl Rutledge
Born in Garberville, Calif., to Dale and Ruby Rutledge on July 3, 1951, he passed away in a Visalia hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at the age of 50 years.
He came to the Farmersville area with his parents at an early age. He attended school in Farmersville and Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia. He married Debbie Stover in Las Vegas, Nev., on Aug. 15, 1975. He had worked as a tile setter a number of years.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie of Farmersville; his mother, Ruby Rutledge of Visalia; one son, David Rutledge of Farmersville; two daughters, Jennifer Brooks and Shawna Rutledge both of Farmersville; two brothers, Charles Rutledge of Visalia and Jerry Rutledge of Lemoore; one sister, Wanda Murphy of Visalia; three grandchildren, Amanda, Brandi and Daniel. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ricky Rutledge, in 1979.
As per James' request, burial will be private in the Exeter Cemetery
and a public memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Assembly of God Church, 867 E. Ash St., Farmersville. Arrangements are by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter.
Mario O. Cuellar
Mario O. Cuellar, 67, of Visalia died Monday, Aug. 13, 2001. He was a restaurant owner.
Blanche M. Mayberry
SHERIDAN, Ark. -- Blanche Myree Mayberry, 63, of Sheridan, Ark., formerly of Visalia, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001. She was retired.
Jose Estrada, 33, of Visalia died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001. He was a processor for Valley Staffing Services.
Judith Ruth Kautt
Judith Ruth Kautt was born in Aurora, Mo., on Oct. 18, 1942. She departed this life on Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, in Visalia.
Armando C. Alvarez
Armando C. Alvarez, 68, of Visalia died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001. He was a retired draftsman.
Services will be private. Arrangements by Miller Memorial Chapel.
Judie Cook Dale
Retired personnel administrator
Judie, who was a beloved mother, loving sister and tender grandmother, was called home by her Heavenly Father at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001.
Judie was born June 12, 1939, and raised in Exeter and Visalia. She was the second of four children born to Gordon and Jewel Cook. Gordon Cook was president of the Bank of America and Jewel had been a registered nurse prior to becoming a homemaker.
She attended Lincoln Grammar School in Exeter, George McCann Catholic School in Visalia and Redwood High School.
In 1957 she married Dennis Wippert and moved to Southern California, where they started a family.
Careerwise, Judie worked in Southern California as a waitress. She returned to Visalia in 1963 for the opening of the Lamplighter Inn and worked for many years at the Flame Restaurant. In 1975 Judie began her career in accounting and personnel administration, retiring in April 2001 from American Air.
Judie always had a great desire to give and help others. In the 60's, she worked with the Cub Scouts of George McCann in Visalia. In the 70's, Judie was a great blessing to Christ Church as a children's church worker. In the 80's, Judie founded and operated a large home on Chinowth Avenue to house women and families in need, called "The Ménage." Through the Ménage, many young women and their children were loved, encouraged and helped in finding jobs and starting a new life. In the 90's, Judie found great fulfillment in helping others learn to read and received awards for her dedicated service to adult literacy.
The springboard for all Judie's benevolent acts was her love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Her face lit up when she recounted the many blessings she had received since accepting the Lord into her life in 1974. She was a faithful member of Christ Church of Visalia for 26 years, during which time she touched the lives of many people with her warmth, wisdom and many acts of kindness. When Christ Church dissolved, Judie attended Visalia First Assembly of God.
Judie will be missed by many, but especially her three children who dearly loved their Mother; Linda Powers and her husband Bob of Ontario, Marc Wippert and his wife Cece of Fresno and Mikel Jackson and her husband Tom of Fort Worth, Texas. Judie leaves behind five beloved grandchildren, Hilary and Miles Wippert and Marissa, Drew and Evan Jackson. She is also survived by a brother, Ed Cook and his wife Betty of Willow Springs, Mo., and two sisters, Mary Downs and her husband Ken of Ivanhoe and Kitty Kerns and her husband Roger of Visalia.
Viewing will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Hadley Funeral Chapel. Homegoing services will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Hadley Funeral Chapel. Her son-in-law, Tom, will conduct the service. Brief graveside services will follow at the Visalia Public Cemetery.
EXETER -- Roy DeRossette, 62, of Exeter died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001. He was retired from Visalia Unified School District.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Exeter District Cemetery. Arrangements by Evans-Miller Exeter Chapel.
Paul Flores, 67, of Visalia died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001.
Viewing will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hadley Funeral Chapel. Services will follow at 6:30 at Hadley Funeral Chapel.
Wiletta Frank, 86, of Visalia died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001. She was a secretary.
She will be best remembered as a devoted wife, mother and friend and a talented amateur artist in both oils and ceramics. She was the family historian and storyteller.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Frank, in 1995 and her brother, Edward Frank of Michigan.
She is survived by her son, Robert Frank Jr. of Squaw Valley; her brother, John Frank of Texas; sister, Julia Frank of New Jersey; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Visalia District Cemetery. Arrangements by Hadley Funeral Chapel.
Helen Louella Freyer Guinn
Helen Louella Freyer Guinn, of Visalia, born May 23, 1921, in Oklahoma, widow of Delbert Guinn, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, while visiting in Las Vegas, Nev.
Mr. and Mrs. Guinn moved to Visalia as newlyweds in 1940, where they reared their two daughters and farmed until 1960, when they moved to Marysville. They returned to Visalia in 1976. They were active in the First Southern Baptist Church and operated a beekeeping business until Mr. Guinn's death in 1983.
She is survived by a sister, Golda O'Brien of Visalia; daughters Wilma Sawtelle of Las Vegas and Lucille Tressler of Pendleton, Ore.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be 4-7 p.m. Monday at Hadley Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Visalia District Cemetery
under the direction of Hadley Funeral Chapel.
LeRoy Hillman McBee
LeRoy McBee, 88, of Visalia passed away Wednesday Nov. 21, 2001.
He was born in Cumberland Gap, Tenn., on May 31, 1913, to Charles and Rachel McBee. LeRoy moved to California as an infant. He served his country in the Army Airborne. LeRoy was a 50-year member of the Masonic Temple, 50-member of the Scottish Rite, 50-year member of the York Rite and 50-year member of the Shriner's. He was a charter member of the Tehran Shrine Temple in Fresno. LeRoy received the Hiram Award from Cutler-Orosi Masonic Temple. LeRoy attended the First Presbyterian Church in Visalia. Sharing was a way of life for LeRoy and he loved to grow large gardens and gave away everything he harvested to friends and family.
One son, John McBee, preceded LeRoy in death.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia McBee of Visalia; son Chuck and his wife Barbara McBee of Visalia; stepson Lee Gallaher and his wife Lynn of Fresno; stepdaughter Ilene Morgan and her husband Calvin of Stockton; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. Monday at Miller Memorial Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel. Burial will follow at Visalia Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to Tehran Temple Transportation Fund or to Shriner's Hospital Fund in Sacramento, 5407 E. Olive Ave., Fresno, CA 93701 or The American Cancer Society, 211 N. Encina, Visalia, CA 93291.