Obituaries

  • Edward Forrest Sampson, 1928 — 2016

    Edward Forrest Sampson passed away on July 23, 2016, in Redding after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Edward was born in Huntington Park on April 7, 1928, to Phillip and Jessie (Herndon) Sampson of Inglewood. Edward was fascinated by nature from a young age. One of the highlights of his

  • Jerry G. Hartley, Nov. 10, 1938 — July, 14, 2016

    Jerry went home in his sleep, to be with his Lord and Savior, on July 14, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Floris Hartley, and his treasured pets, Lacey and Maxwell. He leaves behind Mechele Monji, his friend, ex-wife, and mother of his son Justin Hartley (Tiffany); son

  • Jose Luis Gutierrez, 1974 — 2016

    Jose Luis Gutierrez of Tehachapi entered into rest on Friday, July 22, 2016, at the age of 41. He is survived by his wife, Jeimy, his three children, parents, and numerous siblings. A Vigil service and recitation of the Rosary will be held on Friday, July 29, at 6 p.m., at The Wood Family Funeral

  • Kenneth Steven Randolph, 1949 — 2016

    Tehachapi resident Kenneth Steven Randolph entered into rest on Saturday, July 23, 2016. He was 67. Surviving Kenny are his son, Steven Randolph; daughter, Crystal Snyder; and sisters, Janet Kane, Kimberly Randolph, and Georgia Hill. A viewing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, from 10 to 11 a.

  • William (Bill) Kenneth Stewart, 1933- 2016

    William (Bill) Kenneth Stewart, 1933-2016

    Bill Stewart, a dynamic force and personality in Bear Valley Springs (BVS) for more than 40 years, passed away on June 15, 2016, in Los Angeles at the age of 82. He will always be remembered as a generous, fun-loving, hard-working, enthusiastic, larger-than-life character who lived his life to the

  • William (Bill) Thomas Nunnelee, 1937 — 2016

    William (Bill) Thomas Nunnelee, 1937-2016

    William (Bill) Thomas Nunnelee, age 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in his Tehachapi home after a four-year battle with complications from cardiomegaly resulting from scarlet fever as a child and Lewy body dementia. Bill lived in Tehachapi for more than 30 years and is

  • Hedy Helene Steinecker, 1934-2016

    Hedy Helene Steinecker, 81, passed away at her home in Stallion Springs, Calif., on June 23, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Karl, in 2012. Hedy’s remains will be sent to Germany to be buried with her other family members. Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. has handled the

  • Helen Josephine Barker, 1927-2016

    Helen Josephine Barker, 1927-2016

    Helen Josephine Barker, 89, was called home on July 2, 2016, in Tehachapi. Services will be held at Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. on Wednesday, July 20, at 10 a.m., and interment will follow at Tehachapi Public Cemetery — Westside. Helen Josephine Barker was born in Beverly, Mass., in the

  • James Bernard Hughes Jr., 1933-2016

    Tehachapi resident James Bernard Hughes Jr. passed away at the home of his son in Lancaster on July 3, 2016. He was 83. James was preceded in death earlier this year by his beloved wife, Carol Jean Hughes. Interment will be at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. For condolences, please visit

  • Kenneth W. Peters, 1934-2016

    Kenneth W. Peters, 1934-2016

    Kenneth W. Peters, a resident of Tehachapi, Calif., passed away July 2, 2016, at home, and surrounded by family. He was 81 years old. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Wood Family Funeral Service. A reception will follow. Services will be officiated by his

  • James Robert Hefley, 1935-2016

    James Robert Hefley, 1935-2016

    Jim was loved by his wife, Sylvia; his children, Greg, Ken and wife Janet, and Lisa; his grandchildren, David, Alicia, and Caroline, Johnathan, Nikolaus, Elizabeth, Joseph, and Natalie; his brother, Bill, and wife Nancy; and sister, JoAnn, and husband Stony, along with many nephews and nieces. Jim

  • Florence 'Flo' W. Patton, 1927-2016

    Florence W. Patton passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 31, 2016, after several months of declining health. Florence was born on Feb. 3, 1927, in Helena, Mont., to parents the Rev. John and Lillian Waite. She was the oldest of her siblings Tom, Jack and JoAnne. Florence attended Jameson

  • Monty Ray Faulkner, 1948-2016

    Monty Ray Faulkner, of Bakersfield, passed away on June 21, 2016. Monty was born on July 11, 1948, and graduated from Tehachapi High School in 1966. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 1 p.m., at River Lakes Church, 4301 Calloway Drive, Bakersfield.

  • Peter F. Hatman, 1925-2016

    Peter F. Hatman, 1925-2016

    Peter F. Hatman lost his fight to stay on this earth on Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Tehachapi, Calif., at the age of 91. His cremated remains will be interred at a private service at Bakersfield National Cemetery on June 27, 2016. Peter was born on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, in New Britain, Conn., in

  • J. Hunter Johnson, 1944-2016

    James Hunter Johnson, 72, died Thursday, June 16, 2016, at his place of residence in Tehachapi, Calif. There will be a Celebration of Life to be held at Wood Family Funeral Service on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 11 a.m. He was the son of the late Will Johnson and the late Baby Cecilia Jefferson