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Marvis Vinson Averett - Lewis Wellington Fennell - James A. “Jim” Pyles - John Clark

Marvis Vinson Averett

This is to announce that the eternal journey of Marvis Vinson Averett, age 69, has begun to his final destination in God’s Kingdom. Marvis Vinson Averett left us on Tuesday, May 2, 2006.

He was a resident of Kingman for 13 years and is survived by his loving wife, Ursula Elisabeth Averett of 47 years. Marvis was the father of seven children. He is survived by six of his children: four sons, Marcus Vinson Averett of Kingman, Marvis Vinson Averett Jr., of Patterson, Calif., Kevin Lee Averett of Kingman and Kenneth Dean Averett of Yuma; and two daughters, Cornelia Ann Becker of Georgetown, Ill., and Patricia Ann Hall of Golden Valley.

He has now joined his eldest daughter, Karin Leah Kilgore, in heaven, who took her journey in December of 2000. Along with his wife and children, he has left behind four sisters, Betty Jo Randall of Sun City, Calif., Vera Lucille Youngquist of Manatee, Calif., Frances Jean Fisher of Fallon, Nev., and Junella Yvonne Rose of Florence, Ore.; one brother, Cecil Marion Averett of Sparks, Nev.; 30 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mavis proudly served his country for 20 years in the Army, including a tour in Vietnam. He was also a teacher for 20 years and an ordained minister of the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church.

Visitation will be held at the Sutton Memorial Funeral Home of Kingman from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5, with services to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, also at Sutton. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Kingman.

Lewis Wellington Fennell, 72, of Kingman died Tuesday, May 2, 2006, at his home in Kingman. He was born Nov. 18, 1933, in Allen, Okla. He came to Kingman six years ago from Mountain Home, Ark.

Lewis was a tool and die maker, working for North American Aviation (Rockwell International) and was involved for many years with the space program, Apollo. He was a member of the Route 66 Motorcycle Club and was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Navy.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Peggy of Kingman; his son, Michael of Lomita, Calif.; his daughter, Patty of San Bernardino, Calif.; his granddaughter, Andrea; and his grandson, Derek. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 5, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave., Kingman.

James A. “Jim” Pyles

Jim passed away on April 28, 2006, in Mesa after a long battle with cancer. He was 84.

Born in Florence, Colo., on Feb. 22, 1922, to Oscar and Phoebe Pyles, he was one of three children. After graduation from high school, he joined the Navy and served overseas during WW II. He was discharged in 1946 and moved to Phoenix where he later met and married Marie Grandstaff. They traveled the Midwest while he worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator. They returned to Phoenix where he later went to work for Ford Proving Ground.

In 1955, Ford moved the Proving Ground to Yucca. At that time, he relocated his family to Kingman. They purchased a home here and spent the next 50 years in the same neighborhood with friends and co-workers. Together, he and Marie raised their four children, Pat and Connie Grandstaff, Vicki Pyles and Barry Thomas. Jim had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. He instilled that passion in his wife, children and grandchildren, and together they enjoyed many yearly vacations to the White Mountains in eastern Arizona. After his retirement from Ford in 1980, he and Marie enjoyed traveling in their motor home throughout the country to visit family and friends.

Jim is survived by his wife, Marie of 58 years; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Butch Slaughter of Las Vegas; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Ellis Taylor of Mesa; and son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Shari Thomas of Gilbert; five grandchildren, Lisa Slaughter of Las Vegas, Chris Slaughter and wife Starla of Las Vegas, Brandon Duey of Mesa, Camaron Cook and Katherine McHargue of Redding, Calif.; and five great-grandchildren, Brian and Chad Thomas, Amber Kautz, Zack McHargue and Sierra Slaughter. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Cook; sister, Opal Mills; brother, Bill Pyles; and mother, Phoebe Horton.

The family plans to privately celebrate and honor his life with a gathering in the White Mountains in June. The family requests that donations be made in his name to Hospice of the Valley, East Mesa PCU, 6063 E. Arbor Ave., Bldg. C, Mesa, AZ 85206. Arrangements were entrusted to Sonoran Skies Mortuary, Mesa.

John Clark, 77, of Kingman died Monday, May 1, 2006, in Kingman. He was born April 21, 1929, in Compton, Calif.

The service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 8 at Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.

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