Feb. 14, 1957 June 22, 2004
Local musician Kenneth John Darby of Sonora died Tuesday from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident near Murphys. He was 47.
He was born in Inglewood, Los Angeles County, and raised in Moraga, Contra Costa County. He graduated from El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County, in 1975. By age 16, he was fingerpicking proficiently on acoustic guitar in the style of his boyhood idol, country-folk legend Doc Watson, his family said.
He developed into a superior and versatile guitarist, mandolin player and professional musician, his family said. He was greatly loved and respected in the Northern California and Los Angeles music communities and played with many bands and musicians in his career, including the Black Irish Band, Cerious Fun and The Arena All Stars, as well as Los Angeles jam bands of the 1970s and '80s: the U.S. Blues Band, The Full Effect and The Wildest.
His family said he was creative and versatile with his employment, and kept precious time for parenting his sons and allowing his musical talents to continue to grow. He worked most recently as a personal care assistant for Sonora Community Home Care, and full time, in his own words, as "Professional Nice Guy." His past employment included construction and a 12-year stint in telecommunications with Rolm and IBM.
His family said he loved life to its fullest and had many friends throughout California. He was an avid long-distance bicyclist, backpacker and hiker. He loved California history and was a voracious reader, his family added.
In October of 2004, he married his girlfriend of seven years, Christine Elder. They were the light of each other's lives, his family added. In May, they combined their musical talents, performing a heartfelt guitar/mandolin duet of the Kate Wolf song, "Give Yourself to Love" at the wedding of two close friends.
His final words to Chris on the morning of June 22nd were "It's another glorious day!" as he bicycled off for an early morning ride before work, his family said.
Mr. Darby is survived by his wife, Christine Elder; sons Travis and Tyler Darby; stepsons Robert and Steven Palmer; a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Sarah Darby; nieces Sally and Janelle Darby and Flora Elder-Rosen; nephews, Michael and Jason Darby and Eli Elder-Rosen; father and mother-in-law, Donald and Jean Elder; sisters-in-law, Eve Elder, Sarah Stokes and Carolyn Robb; and brothers-in-law, John Stokes, Glen and Lee Elder and Neil Robb.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Florence Darby; and his brother, Bruce Darby.
A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Columbia City Cemetery.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Edison S. Hebert
July 31, 1932 June 16, 2004
Former Sonora resident Edison S. Hebert died June 16 at his Canoga Park home after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 71.
He was born minutes before his twin sister in Welsh, La., and began working in ministry while still in high school at age 17. Over the 20 years that followed, he served as pastor for many music and youth ministries throughout the deep south. He served as music and youth pastor at the First Baptist Church of Sonora from 1971-72, and taught teen bible studies before school each weekday morning near Sonora High School.
After leaving Tuolumne County, he ministered in the Los Angeles area.
He wrote and donated some 40 children's spiritual songs to the students of Faith Baptist Christian School, where he was a staff member for many years.
Mr. Hebert is survived by three brothers and four sisters of Texas, Louisiana and Florida; his wife, of Canoga Park; sons, Raymond of Palo Alto, Stafford of Elk Grove, Allyn of Fairfield and Albert of Houston; a daughter, Sheree of Reseda, Los Angeles County; two granddaughters; five grandsons; and one great-grandson, all of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento areas.
A memorial scholarship fund has been founded in his name to aid tuition costs for low-income aspiring students of Faith Baptist Christian Schools (K-12). Tax-deductible donations can be made to Faith Baptist Schools, Ed Hebert Scholarship Fund, 7644 Farralone Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91304.
Crawford Mortuary in Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, is handling arrangements.
March 22, 1961 June 23, 2004
Lifelong Tuolumne County resident Russell "Rusty" MCBride died unexpectedly Wednesday at his home. He was 43.
He was born in Sonora and lived in Tuolumne County his entire life, most recently in Soulsbyville. He worked as a carpenter for 25 years.
He graduated from Jamestown Elementary School in 1975 and Sonora High School in 1979. He was an all-around handyman.
His family said he loved his family, fishing, camping, gold panning and his friends.
Mr. MCBride is survived by his wife of 21 years, Deborah MCBride of Soulsbyville; his mother, MaryLou MCBride of Roseville; mother-in-law, Dolora MCCullough of Soulsbyville; a son, Shane MCBride of Soulsbyville; a daughter, Ashley MCBride of Soulsbyville; a brother, Stuart MCBride and his wife, Deanna, of Oakley, Contra Costa County; brothers-in-law, Patrick Adams and his wife, Shoshanna, of Twain Harte, John Adams of Oregon and Dan Adams and his wife, Beverly, of Santa Cruz; a sister-in-law, Carol Hernandez and her husband, Sonny, of Cedar Ridge; sisters and brothers-in-law, Teri and Leonard Klein of Sonora and Vallerie and Ken Joy of Roseville; grandfather, Peter Abel of Auburn; uncle and aunt, Scotty and Jacque MCBride of Eureka; neph-ews and nieces, Jack Klein and his wife, Stacy, and Beau Klein, all of Sonora, Stuart, Janelle and Corrina MCBride of Oakley and Clarista Joy of Roseville; and numerous extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack MCBride, in 1974; a grandfather, Leo MCBride, in 1979; and a grandmother, Thelma Abel, in 1999.
A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Heuton Memorial Chapel.
LINCOLN Karen L. Lincoln, 68, of Sonora died yesterday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
MENDENHALL William Edward Mendenhall, 70, of Sonora died Saturday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
POTTER John Edward Potter, 86, of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
PYLE Ronald Pyle, 67, of Angels Camp died Thursday at a Stockton hospital. Visitation is scheduled from 8:30-11 a.m. tomorrow at Angels Memorial Chapel. A funeral service is scheduled at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel. .
SMITH Kenneth Smith, 80, of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
SNEED Betty Sneed, 55, of Columbia died this morning at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.