Seventy-one year Kingman resident Ervin Leon McBrayer passed away quietly in Kingman on June 12, 2006, from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Services will be held on Monday, June 19, at St. Johns United Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave., Kingman, officiated by Pastor Michael Bryant.
There will be a viewing from 9 to 10 a.m. in the sanctuary at St. John’s. The service will begin at 10 in the sanctuary, followed by the committal at Mountain View Cemetery. A reception will begin at noon at the Elks Lodge.
Ervin was born Oct. 28, 1927, in Vera, Texas. He was the youngest of nine children born to William Boyde and Mamie Jane (Bromley) McBrayer. The family moved to Kingman in 1935.
He graduated from Mohave County Union High School in 1946, where he lettered in varsity basketball and football, and was also on the state all-star football team. Ervin served in the U.S. Army during the Korean occupation between 1946 and 1948. In May 1948, he and high school sweetheart Betty Jane Brady were married. Ervin worked at Davis Dam and later was the owner of McBrayer’s Atlantic Richfield service station. In 1962, he started a career in real estate and was the owner/broker of Highland Realty, retiring in 1995. Ervin was a lover of sports and was very active in Senior Little League with his sons. He was a charter member of Mohave County Board of Realtors, past president of Kingman Board of Realtors, past president and charter member of the Mohave Lions Club and a 60-year member of Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468.
Ervin was preceded in death by his wife and best friend, Betty Jane McBrayer; his father, William Boyde McBrayer; his mother, Mamie Jane Bromley McBrayer; brothers, William, Bud, Alva K, Raymond and Albert; and sisters, Lena Sukow, Evelyn Morse and Jeanette Chaney.
He is survived by three children, Mary Marlene Payne and her husband Joe of La Mesa, Calif., Patrick Boyd McBrayer and his wife Charlene of Kingman, and William Henry McBrayer of Las Vegas. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Cynthia Payne, Jennifer Payne, Brian Payne (Amy), Stephanie Bradley (Michael), Patti Commisso (David), Matthew McBrayer, Nicole McBrayer, Sarah McBrayer and Kelly McBrayer, as well as two great-grandsons, R. Leon Payne and Mikey Bradley. In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
Ervin’s family and many friends will miss his love, cheerful spirit, infectious smile and confident nature.
The family would like to thank the staff of hospice, Betty Lou Reed, Dana Brock and Lynn Foster, for the many hours dedicated to Ervin’s care. The family appreciates all who have sent cards, flowers, visited and prayed for our father, grandfather and friend.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Johns United Methodist Church, KRMC Hospice or the Mohave Museum.
Melvin Dean Heinze, 67, of Kingman passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2006. He was born Dec. 6, 1938, in Russell, Kan. He had been a Kingman resident for 27 years.
Melvin was retired from Citizens Utilities and most recently was employed at The Ranch at Long Mountain Development.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; a daughter, Kim (Earl) Ferguson of Phoenix; a son, Toby Heinze; three grandchildren, Sean, Heather and Nicholas Ferguson of Phoenix; and two brothers, Dale (Val) Heinze of Kansas and Alvin (Grace) Heinze of Texas.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, at St. Johns United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, with a reception following.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to either St. John’s music department or KRMC Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship fund.
Norma E. Bauer, 83, a longtime Kingman resident, passed away on June 9, 2006. She was born on June 27, 1922, in Duncan, Okla.
Norma moved to Kingman in 1963 and opened the Tradewinds Market in the Butler area. After closing her store in 1967, Norma worked at some of Kingman’s best known landmarks, such as the Shooting Star, the Jade and the House of Chan. She was also a nanny and cared for the children of many families in the Kingman area.
Norma touched countless lives during her 84 short years, and now the enemy, death, has overreached her. Yet she is victorious, for she has run the race with endurance, in faith, and in her own integrity. Her reward will be great, where death and pain and outcry have met their end, and the meek ones themselves will reside forever in the abundance of peace (Rev. 21:3-4 and Ps. 37:10-11).
Norma is survived by two daughters, Patty Jean Sim and Kathleen Kelso (Roy); and one son, John Taggart, all of Kingman; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 4335 N. Stardust, Kingman, AZ 86401.
Condolences and thoughts can be made to the family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory.
Beverly Mae Smith passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at KRMC. She had been ill for some time but never lost her spirit or love of life. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ida Rioux; her sister, Marie; and her first husband, Bob. She is survived by her husband, Randy; her children, Mona, Rob, Sean, Kari, Yvonne, Dianne and Greg; a lot of grandchildren; and even some great-grandchildren; and her brothers, Donny, David and Larry; and sisters, Gerry, Betty-Anne, Carol and Ellen.
Beverly was born and raised in Wilmington and Barre, Vt. After high school, she joined the Navy, where she served from 1956 to 1960 as a hospital corpsman. While in the Navy, she met her first husband, Bob. They were married in 1960 in Cherry Point, S.C. Beverly graduated from nursing school in 1981 as an LPN. She loved being a nurse and taking care of others. They moved to St. Amant, La., in 1983, where she worked at Ascension Hospital and later, Donaldsonville Hospital.
She moved to Kingman in 1994, where she was working at the Mohave County Jail and Juvenile Detention Facility as a nurse. It was while working at the jail that she met Randall Smith and eventually married. They enjoyed each other’s company and truly loved each other and their family. She will be missed by everyone who has known her, and her memory will be with us forever.
August 13, 1987, to June 10, 2006
Joshua Anthony Yaramata, 18, of Peach Springs passed away Saturday, June 10, 2006, in Kingman. His death was due to a fatal car accident. He graduated from Kingman High School in 2005. Joshua was a friendly, fun-loving and outgoing young man and will be missed by all who knew him.
Joshua is survived by his mother, Mary Boston; father, Bowman Yaramata; sisters, Thomasena and Dominique; brothers, Bishop and Nicholas Yaramata; one niece, Philana Gene; grandmother, Audrey Davis; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives.
Wake services will be held from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. June 16, in Peach Springs at the Hualapai Tribal Gym. Church service will be conducted at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, also at the gym.
Burial will be at Peach Springs Cemetery following the church service.