Union Democrat staff

Hal Griffin

Davis Jr.

Oct. 26, 1936 - Dec. 19, 2011

Sonora resident Hal Griffin Davis Jr. died Dec. 19 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. He was 75.

Born in Modesto to Hal and Virginia Davis, he graduated from Downey High School in 1954. After graduating from Modesto Junior College, he went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force for four years.

He then attended Oregon State University and graduated from Sacramento State University with a master's degree in rehabilitation.

He was a social worker for Stanislaus County. He later retired from the state of California as a vocational rehabilitation counselor.

He lived in Sonora for 20 years.

He was a past member of the Kiwanis and SOS Club in Modesto. He was a member of Sons in Retirement, Tuolumne County Historical Society, Sonora Sport and Fitness and a charter member of Mountain Springs Golf Course.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 34 years, Barbara Davis, of Sonora; stepsons and their wives, Michael and Karen Hoeflicker, and Scott and Diane Hoeflicker, all of Sonora; step-grandsons, Tony Hoeflicker, of Spokane Valley, and Alex Hoeflicker, of Sonora; mother and stepfather, Virginia and Harry Pierce, of Modesto; brother, Ray Davis, of Dorrington; sister-in-law, Mary Botti, of Sonora; and numerous nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father and stepmother, Hal and Helen Davis.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Sonora.

Donations can be made to a charity of choice.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Judy Hancock

Sept. 19, 1942 - Dec. 20, 2011

Judith Ann "Judy" Hancock died Dec. 20 at her Jamestown home. She was 69.

She was born in Chicago, the daughter of Andrew Durichek and Elizabeth Durichek.

She lived in Jamestown for the past 18 years, and worked as a phlebotomist at Sonora Community Hospital, now Sonora Regional Medical Center.

Prior to that, she lived in Ceres for seven years and in the suburbs of Chicago for 13 years. Her hobbies included watching television and movies.

Mrs. Hancock was preceded in death by her father in the 1950s and by a son, Jeremy Hancock, in 2005.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Jim Hancock, of Jamestown; three sons, John Hancock, of Glendive, Mont., Jared Hancock, of Ceres, and Jason Hancock, of Stagecoach, Nev.; eight grandchildren including Dezsia Hancock, of Jamestown, whom she was raising; and her mother, Elizabeth Durichek, of Sonora.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sonora Seventh-day Adventist Church. Terzich and Wilson Funeral home is handling arrangements.

Margie Lucille Kirkendoll

Nov. 26, 1924 - Nov. 18, 2011

Former Twain Harte resident Margie Lucille Kirkendoll died Nov. 18 at a nursing home in Binger, Okla. She was 86.

Born in Zena, Okla., to Orville and Dorothy Pitts, she was a homemaker.

She spent her summers at her daughter's home in Twain Harte for many years.

She enjoyed nature.

Mrs. Kirkendoll is survived by her daughters, Betty Lee, of Hawaii, and Sheri Robert, of Twain Harte; siblings, James and Paul Pitts, Lorraine Elia, and Phyllis Short, all of California, and Patty Gee, of Washington; grandchildren, Guy Davis, of West Virginia, Eve McColloch, of Idaho, and Ray Lee, of Hawaii; and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service has already been held.

Affordable Cremation Services in Elk City, Okla., is handling arrangements.

Lois Florence Crabtree-Songer

July 25, 1924 - Dec. 16, 2011

Former Sonora resident Lois Florence Crabtree-Songer died Dec. 16 at her home in Homedale, Idaho. She was 87.

Born in Frederick, S.D., to Dorothy and James McGovern, she married Charles Crabtree in 1939 and moved to Santa Rosa in 1959. The couple had six children together.

After her husband Charles' death, she went on to marry George Hickman Songer in 1989.

The couple retired to Sonora in 1979, but later moved to Bixby, Okla., to be closer to their family. She moved to Homedale, Idaho, five months ago.

She enjoyed playing pool with her husband at the Sonora Moose Lodge, playing cards, collecting ceramic frogs and stuffed animals, remodeling homes, painting, crafts, and country music.

Mrs. Crabtree is survived by her children, Tami and husband Roland Radford, of Homedale, Idaho, Jeff Crabtree and partner Janet Dyer, of Bixby, Okla.; grandchildren, Rachael Clingan, of Boise, Idaho, Lindsie Crabtree, of Tulsa, Okla., Hannah Radford, of Homedale, Idaho, and Dustin Crabtree, of California; stepson and his wife, Larry and Mary Songer, of East Hampton, Mass.; daughters-in-law, Viki Crabtree, of Coweta, Okla., and Ravenna Ensey, of Boise, Idaho; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Crabtree; second husband, George Songer; sons, Charles, Greg, Jim and Doug Crabtree; grandson, Jim Crabtree; and siblings, Jewell Sattler, Shirley Sampson, and Doug and Don McGovern.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell, Idaho is handling arrangements.


FLOWERS - Jessie Flowers, 94, of Twain Harte, died Thursday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

FRAZIER - Betty Frazier, 80, of Sonora, died Thursday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

KLIEMAN - Jeren Klieman, 64, of Groveland, died Friday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.