Category Archives: Obituaries

Andrew Arthur Griffin

Andrew Arthur Griffin, 70, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015. He was born January 18, 1945, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Andrew and Anna Griffin.

Andy is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Brown) Fuller-Griffin formerly of Fulton, N.Y.; stepson, James Fuller and wife Marrissa; and a host of friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 26, 2015, in the Salvation Army Chapel, 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, MO 65802. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, Springfield, Mo.

Raymond A. Jenkins

Jenkins OBRaymond A. Jenkins, 82, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at home in Pelion, S.C., surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.

Born in Volney, N.Y., he was the son of the late Lester and Pansy Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins served in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He loved to read and bird watch. He was an avid clock collector.

Surviving are his four daughters, Tammy (Walt) Clemons of Pelion, S.C., Rebecca Boone of West Columbia, S.C., Raylene Rossiter of Oswego, N.Y., and Amanda (David) Hoover of Swansea, S.C.; brothers Warren and Gary (Rosemary) Jenkins; and sisters Florence Erb and Sandy Fields. Mr. Jenkins also is survived by his nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 13 brothers and sisters.

Services will be held at Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel, Lexington, S.C.

Carmela L. “Millie” Yager

Carmela L. “Millie” Yager, 87, of Fulton died Thursday, Feb. 12, at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego. She was born in Fulton to the late Joseph and Agatha (Torisi) Cavallaro. Mrs. Yager remained a lifetime resident of Fulton. She retired as a general manager from Pathfinder Industries, Fulton, after 17 years of service. Mrs. Yager was a past communicant of Holy Family Church, Fulton. She was predeceased by her son Jason Yager III in 2000, grandson Joseph Turner in 1982, and siblings Sandy Cavallaro, Frank Cavallaro, Barbara Dagata and Lucy Musumeci. Mrs. Yager is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years Jason E. Yager Jr., of Fulton; four children Daniel Yager of Elmira, N.Y.; Christine (Howard) Rose of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; Joyce Turner of Fulton, and Julie (Joseph) Crahan of Baldwinsville; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., Fulton, with Rev. Robert Stephenson officiating. Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.


James L. Baber

James L. “Jimmy” Barber, 76, of Ira, (Cato), passed away on Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. Born in Utica, N.Y. on Dec. 12, 1938, he was a graduate of Phoenix Central Schools. James was a U.S. Army veteran serving abroad and stateside. He achieved the rank of PFC.

Barber OBJimmy was an automobile salesman for Burdick BMW Co., in North Syracuse, retiring in 1996 after 20 years of service. Upon retiring, Jimmy moved to the country. His love for cars continued, including antique, muscle cars, and luxury automobiles.

He enjoyed playing billiards with his nephews Jay, Collin, and his friend Dave. Jimmy loved New York Giants football, New York Yankees baseball, Syracuse Orange sports, the out of doors, including mowing his lawn, and cocker spaniel dogs.

He was a member of the Little Utica United Methodist Church, and loved his church family.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, Marion (Pottleton) and

Edward Barber; a brother, Rev. Douglas E. Brushell in 2012; and sisters Sally Jean and Janie.

Surviving are his loving wife Joyce (Johnson) Barber; one brother, Gareth (Dee) Wood; three sisters, Joanie Petrucci, Sandy Couch and Linda (David) Felix; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There were no calling hours. Services were Tuesday February 17 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y., with nephew Jason D. Brushell officiating.


Ruth N. Waldron

Waldron OBRuth N. Waldron, 92, of Oswego, former Phoenix, N.Y. resident, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at Oswego Hospital. Born in Charlotte, N.C. to her late parents, Clara (Roberts) and James M. Cash on October 14, 1922, she was an employee of General Electric Co., Syracuse, retiring in 1985 after 20 years of service.

Ruth is predeceased by her husband of 34 years, Carl R. Waldron, Sr. on February 13, 1976; her sons, Derick E.  Waldron on October 17, 1981 and James E. Waldron on November 14, 2008.

Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, Carl R. and Roxanne Waldron, Jr., and Austin F. and Judy Waldron, all of Fulton, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; several nieces, including Sharon and her husband Larry Brower of N.C.; several nephews, and many cousins.

Calling hours and a memorial service were held Thursday, January 29, 2015 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, N.Y.

Spring interment will be in Chase Cemetery 9450 State Rt. 48, Phoenix, N.Y.

Alfred S. Arnold

Alfred S. Arnold, 76, born July 18, 1938, formerly of Fulton, N.Y. and Muncie, Ind., passed away January 10, 2015, in Albuquerque, N.M. Fred is survived by his son, Jeff, and wife, Denise; grandchildren, Brittany and Zack; step-grandchildren, Taylor, Jordan, and Isaac; great-grandson, Brantley; daughter, Kate; grandson, Timothy; son, Harley and wife, Jennifer; grandson, Jimmy; step-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Maria, and Kenneth; sister, Marian; numerous cousins, extended relatives and plenty of friends. Fred was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Ella Arnold. Fred enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957 and served in Germany, Korea, and two tours in Vietnam. He was a decorated Army sharpshooter, avid motorcyclist, gun enthusiast and master mechanic. His nickname to bikers and trikers was “Festus.” A Memorial Service will be planned at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be sent to Gabaldon Mortuary at In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in Alfred Arnold’s name to a Vietnam Veterans Organization of your choice.

Walter D. Scruton

Scruton OBWalter D. Scruton, 75, of Oswego, formerly of Hannibal, passed away Tuesday at the Syracuse V.A. Medical Center. He was born in Oswego, a son to the late Walter S. and Beryl M. (Weber) Scruton and lived most of his life in Hannibal. Walter graduated from Hannibal High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a design engineer with Atlantic Inland Design in Syracuse for several years. Walter enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, camping and sitting beside the campfire. In addition to his parents, Walter was predeceased by his brothers, Carl Leonard Scruton, who died in 1992, Gary L. Scruton, who died in 2001 and Thomas E. Scruton, who died in 2010; a sister, Joyce J. Santore Johnson, who died in 1988 and by a son-in-law, Mark Hudson. Walter is survived by his son, Walter D. “Skip” Scruton, Jr. of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; three daughters, Eileen Sharkey, Kimberley Scruton and Michelle Hudson all of Oswego; four sisters and one brother as well as several grandchildren. There are no calling hours or funeral services. At Walter’s request his body was donated to SUNY Upstate Medical University for the advancement of medical research. Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has care of arrangements.


Grace M. Smith

Smith OBGrace M. Callahan Smith, 90, formerly of Kellogg Rd., Hannibal, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Michaud Residential Health Services. She was born March 2, 1924 in Syracuse, a daughter to the late Joseph and Maude Myrto Callahan. Grace retired from Hannibal High School as a lunch aide and was a communicant of Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic Church. She enjoyed her crafts.  Along with her parents, Grace was predeceased by her husband, Robert J. Smith, Sr. in 2010; son, Robert Smith, Jr. in 2009; daughter, Dorotha Bennett in 2014 and son-in-law, David Shoults in 2011.

She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her four children, Joann (Michael) Mays of Kansas, Mary Jean (Larry) Swiger of Tennessee, Hazel Shoults of Oswego and Joseph Smith of Hannibal; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Calling hours and a service were held Friday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Spring burial will be in Hannibal Village Cemetery.