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Obituary: Sylvester H. Attebery
Harrel Attebery
Harrel Attebery

Harrel Sylvester Attebery, 82, was born April 9, 1931, in Jerome, Ariz. His parents were Harrel Christie and Pearl Virginia Attebery.

The family moved to Chloride when Sylvester was very small as his father was working in the mines in Chloride. They later moved to Kingman, where Sylvester attended Kingman Grammar School and Mohave County High School. After high school, he went to work for Citizens Utilities as a "grunt" helper to the linemen. In 1951, he went to work for the Arizona State Highway Department, where he stayed until he was drafted in to the Army.

Sylvester was inducted into the U.S. Army in January 1952 and was in the Signal Corps at Camp Gordon, Ga., where he trained in electrical distribution. When discharged from the Army, he went to work for the Arizona State Highway Department, where he stayed for several years. He worked on road projects in the Kingman and Flagstaff areas and also worked on the highways through the Virgin River Gorge between Arizona and Utah.

In 1963, he decided to go back to work for Citizens Utilities where he remained until his retirement in 1993. He worked as a lineman for the electric department for many years and eventually became a district manager over the electric department.

In 1952, Sylvester married Bertha Ann Cofer and to this union were born three children, Ruth Ann, Kelly Lynn and David Edward.

Sylvester was preceded in death by his father, Herrel Christie Attebery; mother, Pearl Attebery; sister, Edythe Estep; and daughter, Kelly Arnold Tutch.

He is survived by his daughter, Ruth Ann (Kirk) Brown of West Valley City, Utah; son, David (Olga) of Lilburn, GA; brother, Jim Attebery of Globe; sisters, Yvonne Slayton of Flagstaff and June Giansoldati of Kingman; grandchildren, Aaron Arnold, Courtney Arnold Hodson, Stephanie Gardner, Holly Orton, Lindseay Brown, Chip Brown, Kenny Brown, Ryan Brown, Lacey Attebery and Katie Nieto; 22 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Services are pending.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Article comment by: Mary Alice Duey Inman

My dear friend Sylver, Thanks for all the fun times we had in school. I will miss you until we meet again. Love, M.A.

Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Article comment by: Larry Moulton

Silver was an exceptional person to work for. His insight, dedication, leadership, and friendship, inspired a loyalty in his fellow employees that prompted them to strive to do their best. In 1966 I was hired by Silver as a groundman (grunt), but when he showed enough confidence in me, I had just turned 21, to entrust the operation of the "Digger truck" to haul loads of power poles, and dig the holes to set them in, all over the county, often with no supervision. It became a great learning experience, and promoted a sense of maturity, responsibility, and self-worth, that I value to this day. I consider it an Honor to have known him, and work with for the time I did. My condolences to his family, and a lot of us will miss him greatly also!

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Article comment by: Loyd Peterson

Tipped many a cold one with "Silver" (short for Sylvester to his friends). Great conversationalist and confidant -- always asking about those we both knew. Silver always asked about Pat Russell (below) and vise-versa -- they were indeed best of friends.

Tom Russell should be glad Silver saved the day from the truck wiring fire -- even if the truck belonged to the future chief-in-charge of Kingman's electrical wiring grid -- but that's another story.

Rest in peace, Silver. I, for one, have no complaints how you kept the lights on for me all those years.

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Smith Athens


With deepest sympathy in the loss of your brother. Blessings to you and your family.

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014
Article comment by: Edna Owens

My condolences to the family. Many prayers of peace and comfort.

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014
Article comment by: Tom Russell

To the Family of Sylvester Attebery, We are so sorry to here about his passing, its not every day you have the opportunity in life to know someone like Sylvester, as a kid growing up when your father himself worked at Citizens Utilities it was as if they were all concerted your family, I will never forget as a teen I was using my Dads truck, his (pride and joy) I had pulled over on Stockton hill because the wiring in the truck was on fire, Sylvester was the first one there, as he was putting out the fire and insuring I was ok, the smoke billowed around him as he stands there with them dark glasses he looks at me and says “ Tom your Dad is going to kill you “ to really have know this man was an honor and him and my Dad stayed the best of friends to the end.

Jerome (Pat) Russell & Family

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