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Charles Edward 'Sandy' Burk

May 14, 1917 - Jan. 15, 2013

Charles Edward "Sandy" Burk died Tuesday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. He was 95.

Mr. Burk was born in Oakland to Charles Burk Sr. and Hattaje Burk.

He worked for Chevrolet Motors as parts and accessories manager for 42 years in Oakland. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and served in Europe.

He retired to Sonora in 1976 and built his own home. His hobbies included fishing and traveling with his wife and son.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Berta Teresa Burk, in 2006.

He is survived by his son, Michael Edward Burk, of Sonora; brother, Earl Randall, of Tuolumne; and niece, Shelly Gee and her husband, Doug Gee, of Sonora.

Services have been held.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Rick 'Timba' Davey

Feb. 21, 1955 - Jan. 15, 2013

Rick "Timba" Davey, of Jamestown, died Tuesday at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. He was 57.

Mr. Davey was born in Sonora to Dick and Patricia Davey.

He grew up in Jamestown.

He enjoyed spending time with his father, going fishing and learning how to cut wood and care for his family's property.

Mr. Davey graduated from Sonora High School in 1973. He enjoyed playing football and baseball and was an accomplished athlete, family members said. He was voted Most Valuable Player for the school's football team.

His father owned Davey Electric and taught him to be an electrician. He worked for his father about 30 years.

He also attended Modesto Junior College and California State University, Long Beach.

Mr. Davey was a member of the Sonora Moose Lodge, and was the "grand noble humbug" for the E Clampus Vitus Matuca 1849 Chapter in 2012. He was a fan of the San Francisco 49ers and the San Francisco Giants.

He is preceded in death by his father in 2007 and his sister, Kathy Wood, in May 2012.

He is survived by his mother, Patricia Davey, of Jamestown; his girlfriend, Debbie Ryan, of Sonora; his sister, Chris Thompson, of Sacramento; brothers-in-law, Fred Thompson, of Sacramento, and John Wood, of Jamestown; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse Grounds, 9130 Rawhide Road, Jamestown. A potluck dinner will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bette (Ingram) Smith

May 11, 1928 - Jan. 1, 2013

Bette (Ingram) Smith, of Vallecito, died Jan. 1 at Hy-Lond Health Care Center in Modesto. She was 84.

Mrs. Smith was born in Des Moines, Iowa.

After leaving Iowa, she worked as a model throughout California.

She spent most of her adult life as a homemaker. She retired to Vallecito 37 years ago to be closer to family.

She was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Arnold and the Jumping Frog Senior Citizens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken Smith, in 1998; son, Michael Rowe; and daughter, Sami Superdock.

She is survived by her son-in-law, George Superdock, of Winnemucca, Nev., step-daughter and spouse, Carol and Jim Rosbrook, of Vallecito; brothers, Fritz Ingram, of Sparks, Nev., Gene Ingram, of Oakhurst, Dean Ingram, of Ajo, Ariz., and Lester Ingram, of Reno, Nev.; sister, Maxine Heany, of Eugene, Ore.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Calaveras County, P.O. Box 2065, San Andreas, CA 95249.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Gordon Thomas Stevens, Sr.

Jan. 18, 1939 - Dec. 19, 2012

Former Tuolumne County resident Gordon Thomas Stevens Sr. died Dec. 19 at his home in Cameron Park. He was 73.

Mr. Stevens was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Carol and Claude Goldney. He was given the name Stevens after his grandfather's first name.

Mr. Stevens moved to Sacramento with family when he was 16.

He worked in the produce industry in the Sacramento area for 30 years, owning a few of his own businesses. He also worked at the Thousand Trails Campground near Yosemite National Park for a year and decided to move to Groveland.

He lived in Tuolumne County for 13 years. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and Goodwill. He enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with family. He especially liked to volunteer for children's activities, family members said.

Mr. Stevens is survived by his children, Deborah Butler, of Shingle Springs, Gordon Stevens Jr., of Sacramento, Jason Stevens, of Sacramento, Christopher Stevens, of Texas; a brother, Kenneth Stevens, of Rancho Cordova; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and an ex-wife.

Burial will be private at Oak Grove Cemetery in Groveland.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.


MELENDREZ - Phillip Melendrez, 75, of Sonora, died Thursday at Avalon Care Center. Heuton Funeral Home is handling arrangements.