Obituary: Sylvester H. 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.