Harry Bondurant - Betty Mefford - Leland Barker - Charles Miller - Rita Higginbotham

Harry “Bus” Emery Bondurant, 85, of Golden Valley passed away at his home on Saturday, May 13, 2006, from cancer. He was born Feb. 2, 1921, in Los Angeles, the eldest of three children to Harry John Bondurant and Corean Eleanor Kimbrough. He was raised in Eagle Rock, Calif., where he was a gold medallist in high diving on his high school swim team. When he was 18 he went into the Army Air Corps. While traveling he met and married Dorothy O’Connor on Dec. 1, 1943. They were blessed with three children, Marvin Eugene, Stephen John and Sharon Marie.

Bus and Dorothy bought a home in Downey, Calif., where she began raising the children while Bus served his country in four branches of the service: Army Air Corps, Air Force, Army and the Merchant Marines. Dorothy passed away on Oct. 13, 1956, leaving her children behind to be raised by Bus and his brother, Marvin Leroy.

Bus worked 20 years as a machinist for U.S. Steel while attending night classes at the local college. He became a stenotype instructor at a private college in Los Angeles and also taught basic English to foreign students at no charge to them. Constantly seeking knowledge, Bus continued his education by earning many degrees and certificates before and after retiring in 1984.

In November of 1977, he met Karen Goudeau of Sylmar, Calif. They were together 21 years before marrying on Jan. 31, 1998, in the front yard of their Golden Valley home.

Bus had a passion for life. He had many interests and hobbies, including ballroom dancing, riding his motorcycle across the county, poetry and sailing. Bus was a loving husband, brother, father and grandfather. His sensitivity and compassion drew people to him and because of his need to give to others, he became a hospice volunteer in 2001. Bus gave so much of himself to others and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Bus was preceded in death by his brother, Hogan; sons Marvin and Stephen,; daughter Susan; step-daughter Cherie; and grandchildren Melanie and Joey.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Sharon; adopted daughter, Agie; stepchildren, Corkey, Charles Jr., and Robert; grandchildren, Bob, Mark, Correan, Ian, Terra, Christine, John, Trisha, Adam, Aaron, Carlos, Karen, Johnny and Anthony; and great-grandchildren, Jaydon, Shey-Lyn, Lauren, Johnny Jr., Katrina and Derek.

Bus passed away with his wife Karen, daughters, Sharon and Agie, granddaughter Terra and brother Marvin at his side at his home.

The family would like to thank KRMC Hospice for all their loving support, especially Pastor Denny, Denise M.S.W., Lelia R.N., Marilyn R.N., Janice R.N., Volunteer Judy and Deacon Phill.

Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave., Kingman. His service will be at noon on Saturday, May 20, also at Sutton. Burial will be in Chloride Cemetery.

Betty Lou Mefford, 62, of Chloride died April 25, 2006, in Kingman. She was born March 15, 1944, in Fayetteville, Ark., to Sam and Mary Claypool Argo.

She was preceded in death by her father and two sons, Sammy Hooks and William Darrell Mefford.

Survivors include her children, Cheryl Thomas and husband Cliff of Lowell, Ark., Mary Elizabeth Holloway of Nashville, Tenn., Kelly Holloway and wife Carla of Kansas, Okla., Brian Howard of Midland, Texas, and Kimberly Mefford of Chloride; her mother, Mary Smith of Springdale, Ark.; two sisters, Sandy Williams and husband David, and Linda McGarrah and husband William, all of Springdale, Ark.; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at Forest Park Cemetery in Springdale.

Arrangements are with Heritage Funeral Home in Springdale.

Leland O. Barker, 86, of Kingman died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, in Kingman. He was born Sept. 5, 1919, in Orange, Calif.

Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego. Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, Kingman.

Charles E. Miller, 70, of Kingman died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, in Kingman. He was born July 11, 1935, in Catchings, Miss.

Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, Kingman.

Rita Marie Higginbotham, 77, of Dolan Springs died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, in Dolan Springs. She was born March 6, 1929, in West Allis, Wis.

Her service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, at Our Lady of The Desert Mission, Dolan Springs.

Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, Kingman.