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Scott Frederick Billingsley, 42, passed away on the evening of Sept. 7, 2017, at his home in Bakersfield, under the loving care and support of his fiancée, Kim Bickell, and her children, Akili, Bert, Christopher, and Delaney. After a lifetime of battling severe Crohn’s Disease, it quickly pr…

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Lilly Bernadette Burgess, 86, went Home to be with Our Lord on Sept. 18, 2017. Services will be officiated by Pastor Gerald Fair at Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel in Tehachapi on Oct. 2, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow the service at Tehachapi Public Cemetery-Eastside.

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Ilo Norene Kirk was born Oct. 9, 1922, in Wichita, Kan., and went to sleep in Jesus at home in Tehachapi, Calif., on Sept. 1, 2017, at the age of 94.

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Mathew Thomas Woodall made a dramatic entrance into this world in the wee hours of the morning on Sept. 11, 1983, to the delight of his parents, Todd and Terri (Bilyeu) Woodall. He would be their only child.

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Ken was born Oct. 30, 1933 in Pryor, Okla., to Juanita and Aden Richardson, the oldest of four children. When Ken was about 3 years old, the family moved to Tehachapi, Calif., to join his dad, who had made the trip earlier and was staying with relatives while working at Monolith Portland Cem…

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Louis Edward Mannatt (Little Lou), 41, passed away in Tehachapi on Aug. 23, 2017. Louis was the oldest child and the only son of Louis and Rodena Mannatt, and he was an adventurous, funny, hardworking man with a wealth of abilities and a tremendous amount of love in his heart.

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Our mother, Soledad Luna, was 85 years old when she passed away on Aug. 22, 2017. She was born to Isabel Gutierrez and Tiburcio Saenz on Oct. 28, 1931, in Santa Barbara, Chihuahua, Mexico.

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Sandra (Sandie) Vasquez, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, left this world to be with the Lord on Aug. 21, 2017, after a long illness. A viewing will be held on Aug. 27, 2017, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Wood Family Funeral Service, 321 W. F St., Tehachapi. Services will be held at 1…

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Stephen Harris Rosen, 78, died Aug. 15, 2017. Optimistic to the end, he lost his battle with lung cancer at home. A private memorial service was officiated by Rabbi Cheryl Rosenstein of Temple Beth El, in Bakersfield.

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Dr. James Pressly Edwards, D.D.S., passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Aug. 13, 2017, at the age of 85. Jim, as he was known to most, was born in Arcadia, Ind., to Benjamin Eli Edwards, Sr. and Mary Zell Edwards. Though born James Presley Edwards, a typo on a military form later chang…

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Sarah K. Martin of Tehachapi passed away on Aug. 18, 2017, at the age of 92. Sarah was born Feb. 6, 1925, in Sullivan, Ind., to Walter M. and Mary C. (Sipple) Routt.

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Jim was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Des Moines, Iowa, and died Aug. 15, 2017, in Tehachapi where he and his wife of 60 years, Jolene, lived for the past 15 years.

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Randall John Sullivan was born on March 12, 1953, and went home to be with his Lord on Aug. 5, 2017. A celebration of his going home to be with his Lord and Savior will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at 3 p.m., at Roots Church at 20335 Woodford-Tehachapi Road.

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Born Natalie Kim Fowler on Oct. 19, 1959, in Lynwood, Calif., Kim died unexpectedly on Aug. 9, 2017, in Tehachapi, Calif.

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Our beloved Jennifer Shonné Smith went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 5, 2017, in Bakersfield. She was 44 years old. Jennifer was born in Ventura on July 17, 1973.

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Beth Yocum was born Beth Baker on Friday, Feb. 2, 1923, at the local doctor’s office in the town of Fillmore. Her family home was nearby, in the rural community of Bardsdale.

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Thurl Payton Thompson of Tehachapi passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Aug. 1, 2017 at 10:55 p.m. He was 91.

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David D. Brown of Tehachapi passed away July 15, 2017. He was born May 10, 1950, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to the late David and Helena (Assu) Brown.

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With his family by his side, Francisco Hernandez Macias, 97, entered into rest at his home in Tehachapi on Sunday, July 30, 2017. He was born on Jan. 7, 1920, in Durango, Mexico.

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A Life Celebration of Willie M. Gonzales will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m., at the Tehachapi Cemetery — West Cemetery, 920 Enterprise Way.

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Now absent from our lives, but ever-present in our hearts, Timothy Lee "Tim" Atkinson was born in Concord, Mass., on March 21, 1964 to Dale and Carol Atkinson. He passed away at his home in Mohave Valley, Ariz., on July 6, 2017.

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Charles “Chuck” Robison, 61, flew with the Angels to Heaven on July 20, 2017. Chuck was a true warrior who fought and battled a hard fight against cancer for two years. He made his transition peacefully at home with his family by his side.

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Harold E. Stewart, 96, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at home peacefully in his sleep, after spending the day with family and friends.

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Charles Robert Robison of Tehachapi, Calif., peacefully passed away in his home on July 20, 2017. He was 61 years old.

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Raymond Leroy Billingsley, age 82, passed away on the evening of May 30, 2017, in his home surrounded by the care and support of his family. After many years of fighting cancer, it quickly progressed in recent months, and with the comfort of his loved ones and the mercy of God, he moved on. …

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Richard went to be with his Lord and Savior and heavenly family on July 16, 2017, while his family stood by his side. Richard’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.

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Mike lost his two-and-a-half-year battle with melanoma cancer and passed July 6, 2017, peacefully at home with his loving wife, son, and his sister by his side.