Nov. 18, 1938 — March 22, 2012
Sonora resident Billy “Bill” Williams died March 22 at his home from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 73.
Mr. Williams was born in Arkansas and lived in Greenfield, Monterey County, for many years before moving to Livermore when he became supervisor at Nob Hill Foods.
In 2001 he retired and moved to Sonora. Mr. Williams enjoyed making jewelry as a hobby. After he and his wife Phyllis retired, they traveled throughout the United States.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of 53 years, Phyllis Williams, of Sonora; daughters Jodie Ramirez, of Copperopolis and Debie Fullington, of Salinas; brothers Wayne Williams, of Washington, and James Fink, of King City, Monterey County; grandchildren Robert Fullington and his wife, Meghin, of Sonora, Miles Rodriquez, Chris Fullington and Brett Rodriquez.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.
Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Joseph Anthony ‘Joe’ Alomia
Aug. 13, 1948 — March 23, 2012
Joseph Anthony “Joe” Alomia died March 23 at his home in Confidence. He was 63.
Mr. Alomia was born on Aug. 13, 1948, at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco.
He lived in Confidence for 42 years. He was a builder and pastor at Calvary Church in Sonora. He coached softball, taught Sunday school, and volunteered for a ropes course.
His hobbies included fishing, running, canoeing, hiking and cutting firewood. His family said he was also a fan of the San Francisco Giants baseball team and 49er football team.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlos Alomia, in 1996, and Carmen Alomia, in 1999.
He is survived by his wife, Sharyn Alomia, of Confidence; his children, Cali and Kurt Bayers, of Tuolumne, Josie and Steve Brown, of Sugar Pine, Danitra Alomia, of Confidence, and Pilar Alomia, of Confidence; six grandchildren, Sofia Alomia, of Sugar Pine, Mia Alomia, of Sugar Pine, Elizabella Bayers, of Tuolumne, Brady Bayers, of Tuolumne, Joseph Alomia, of Sugar Pine, and Huxley Alomia, of Confidence; and his sister, Anna Shirmer, of Sonora; and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Raymond Betts, of San Bruno, and Julie Betts, of Sonora.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel Sonora, 19889 Soulsbyville Road. People are asked to send stories, memories and pictures for family to keep and share at the celebration of life to pastorjoealomia. blogspot.com.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Oct. 30, 1931 — March 15, 2012
Former Tuolumne County resident Robert R. Miller died March 15 at the home of his daughter, Judy, in Missoula, Mont., after a long battle with cancer. He was 80.
Mr. Miller was born to Ellsworth Colfax Miller and Maude Marie Mays Miller on Oct. 30, 1931, in Milford, Ill.
He grew up on the family farm attending Milford schools and graduated from Milford High School, where he participated in football and Future Farmers of America.
He joined the U.S. Navy in June 1951 and served aboard the USS Marquette until November 1953. After his return to Illinois, he worked at various jobs around Milford.
On June 22, 1958, he married Joan Louise Sibbitt in Wellingon, Ill. The couple moved to Carbondale, Ill, where he attended the University of Southern Illinois studying forestry. After graduation, he took a job with the U.S. Forest Service and moved to California.
He worked on a number of forests in California and retired from the Stanislaus National Forest in 1992 after 30-plus years, most of that time in Tuolumne County.
He was a Boy Scout leader and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a 4-H project and club leader for more than 40 years. His favorite projects were rabbits and poultry. He was project leader for both of his children and some of his grandchildren, and every July, he would help with the small livestock portion of the Mother Lode Fair in Sonora.
Other hobbies included fishing and hunting.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Aahmes Shrine Temple. For many years, he was an active participant in the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He was also a member of the Sonora United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Joan; an infant daughter; his older brother, Bluford Grant Miller, and a younger sister, Marilyn Alice Williamson.
Survivors include his children and their spouses, James Paul and Kristina Leanne (Brown) Miller, of Sonora, and Judith Louise and Thomas Wayne Heintz, of Twin Bridges, Mont.; his four grandchildren, Heather M. Crandall, of Bozeman, Mont., and Brianna M. Miller, Colton J. Miller and Kaitlin J.Miller, all of Sonora; a sister and brother-in-law, Coleen and Rolf Jensen, of Illinois; brother, Marvin Douglas Miller, of Illinois; and brother and sister-in-law, Harold Fay and Sue Miller, of Florida; sisters-in-law, Judi Tawney, of Novato, and Jennifer Conklin, of Eugene; and longtime family friend, Tony Moors, of Kernville.
A memorial service will be held in July at the Sonora United Methodist Church with a time of remembrance during the buyer’s barbecue at the Mother Lode Fair.
The Cremation and Burial Society of the Northern Rockies handled arrangements.
July 12, 1920 — March 20, 2012
Florence Sebring, of Sonora, died March 20 at Meadowview Manor in Sonora. She was 91.
Mrs. Sebring lived in Sonora for 44 years. She and her husband owned the Donut Bar in Sonora from 1969 to 1978, and also owned Balcony Antiques for more than 10 years.
She is a past president of the Sonora Antique Club, was a member of the Jamestown Antiques Collective and a volunteer for Hospice of the Sierra and various local charities.
Prior to moving to Sonora, Mrs. Sebring and her family lived in the Bay Area where she worked full-time as a bookkeeper for more than 20 years. She also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mrs. Sebring was preceded in death by her husband, H.G. “Jack” Sebring, in 2000, an infant son, Gary Sebring, in 1946, and her sister, Margaret Dunker, who died this year.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Phillips, of Larkspur in Marin County, and a grandson, Jesse Phillips, of Los Angeles. Her surviving sister, Margaret Dunker, also of Sonora, died on March 25.
Private services will be held. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
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