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Erma Lou (Beavers) Holcomb

July 17, 1933 - Jan. 26, 2014

Groveland resident Erma Lou (Beavers) Holcomb died Jan. 26 at a Modesto hospital. She was 81.

Mrs. Holcomb was born in Crescent, Okla., to Willard and Mabel Beavers. Her family moved to Southern California when she was 2. She grew up in Hemet with her two brothers.

She attended Westmont Bible College in Santa Barbara, where she met and married David Holcomb in 1953. He was stationed by the U.S. Air Force in England, where she joined him for three years.

They later lived in Santa Barbara for seven years. She worked as a bank teller while raising three daughters.

In 1963, the family moved to the East Bay where they stayed for the next 30 years. She worked in the accounting department at the Clorox company for more than 20 years.

Mrs. Holcomb retired to Pine Mountain Lake in Groveland in 1994. She was a member of the Groveland Evangelical Free Church and the Groveland Kiwanis Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Mabel Beavers; and by her brothers, Dwight Beavers and Eugene Beavers.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, David L. Holcomb, of Groveland; daughters and sons-in-law Carol and Don Lindsay, of Lodi, Sharon and David Volponi, of Groveland; Pamela and Ronnie Fowler, of Brooksville, Fla.; grandchildren Robin Nelson, of Joplin, Mo.; Jennifer Martin, of Conroe, Texas; Amanda Joy Rosenberger, of Charleston, S.C.; Rachel Bradshaw, of Brooksville, Fla., Jordan Strong, of Brooksville, Faith Rosenberger, of Lake City, Mo., and Spencer Strong, of Brooksville; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made in her memory to Joni and Friends, an international disability center, at P.O. Box 3333, Agoura Hills, CA 91376.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Groveland Evangelical Free Church at 19172 Ferretti Road.

Terzich and Wilson is handling arrangements.

Donald 'Rex' Payton

Nov. 4, 1941 - Jan. 27, 2014

Angels Camp resident Donald "Rex" Payton died on Jan. 27 in a Modesto hospital.

Mr. Payton was born in Watseka, Ill., to Leah Crumly Payton and Chester Payton.

Mr. Payton attended elementary school and high school in Sheldon, Ill. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in forestry.

On Jan. 27, 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Jaci McCutchan. They moved to Calaveras County in July 1963 where he began his career with the U.S. Forest Service. Their son Benjamin was born in 1965 and daughter Brenda in 1969.

Mr. Payton enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed golf, babysitting the preschoolers from the MOPS Program, and volunteering at the Friends of the Logging Museum in White Pines.

He was also a member of Murphys Covenant Church, where he served as financial secretary and treasurer.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jac Elaine "Jaci" McCutchan Payton, of Angels Camp; his children and their spouses, Benjamin and Vicky Payton, of Marina, and Brenda and Darren Jones, of Angels Camp; his sister, Marguerite Payton Rose, of Texas; grandchildren, Cesar and Nick Sanchez, Jordan Payton, Katie Smith, Travis Rankin and Tim Jones; and his wife's brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Pat McCutchan, of Murphys.

Mr. Payton was cremated. A memorial service will be held at noon Friday at Murphys Covenant Church, 34 Jones St., Murphys.

A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Murphys Covenant Church, P.O. Box 351, Murphys, CA 95247.

Charles Anthony Proctor

Dec. 18, 1950 - Jan. 28, 2014

Sonora resident Charles Anthony Proctor died Jan. 28 at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center. He was 63.

Mr. Proctor served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a 25-year Sonora resident. He was a local business owner of Sonora Marine and Ace Underwater Recovery in Soulsbyville.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Leila Renne Proctor, of Sonora; three sons, of Nevada; and two grandchildren, of Nevada.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Sonora Moose Lodge, 20921 Longeway Road, Sonora.

Cremate Local of Stockton handled arrangements.


WRIGHT - Dorothy "Dotty" Wright, 55, of Twain Harte, died Friday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

CRONIN - Marcia Cronin, 78, of San Leandro, died Saturday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

IRWIN - Robert Irwin, 83, of Sonora, died Monday at Skyline Place Senior Living. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

DeVALLE - Roger DeValle, 83, of Sonora, died Saturday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

WALLACE - Keith Wallace, 78, of Sonora, died Sunday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

RICKARD - Vernon Rickard, 71, of Columbia, died Sunday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SVOBODA - Steve Svoboda, 56, of Twain Harte, died Sunday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.