Carroll Ray Bierbower, 97, died at his home in Quartz Hill, Calif. on the evening of Feb. 5, 2023.
Born in Los Angeles, Calif. June 14, 1925, his parents soon relocated their large family to the Ozark area of southern Missouri. He often declared the Ozarks to be the most beautiful area of the country! In his mid-teens the family returned to Southern Califorina to seek a better life.
Carroll left high school to join the Navy, where he served on the USS Comfort during WWII. The hospital ship was hit by a komikazi. It was many years before Carroll was able to verbalize the atrocities of that attack.
On July 5, 1945, while the ship was docked for repair, he married his fiancé, Dorothy Buhler. They settled in Quartz Hill, Calif., where they raised a family of five children. He worked for the SC Edison Co. for several years, then eventually opened a TV repair business, which eventually evolved into the satellite dish systems.
Concurrently he completed a doctorate of theology, then established and ministered a church in Quartz Hill, which he, and the congregation, later relocated to Cave Junction. He was often invited to speak at churches across the country, including in the southern “bible belt.” He also accepted a magnificent opportunity to tour the Holy Lands. As a scholar he continued to research, and published several booklets on various spiritual topics.
Carroll was a very upbeat and adventurous person, setting a positive example for his family and many friends and acquaintances. In recent years he was known to say: “I’ve lived a good life. I have no regrets.”
Carroll is survived by one brother, four children, seven grandchildren, twelve great- grandchildren, and nine great-great- grandchildren.
Gravesite service will be held Monday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Shirley A. Wills
Oct. 26, 1936 – Jan. 24, 2023
Shirley Ann (Porter) Wills, 86, died at her home in Palm Coast, Fla. Jan. 24, 2023, surrounded by family and friends. Shirley was born Oct. 26, 1936, and raised on a farm in Junction, Ill. While classmates dreamed of marriage, Shirley set her sights on a job in the big city and got both. After graduating from Shawneetown Community High School in 1956, Shirley moved to New York City and got a job at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. She was on the cover of their Home Office magazine, re-enacting her arrival from rural America to New York City, for Metropolitan’s Statistical Bureau cover story. Shirley met her loving husband, Gerald Milton Wills, in New York City. They were married in 1957. They raised their five children in Levittown, Pa. During this time, Shirley started working for the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) in Trenton, N.J. She started out as an assistant bookkeeper in 1969 and rose to be the exhibits manager and associate director for the association prior to her retirement in 1993. Shirley earned her accreditation as a certified exposition manager from the National Association of Exposition Managers (NAEM). She once received a letter of commendation for her exhibits work from Ronald Reagan — just prior to his presidency. Shirley looked forward each year to coordinating the exhibit in Atlantic City for NJSBA. Following her retirement, Gerry and Shirley moved to Palm Coast, Fla. Shirley was as an active member of the United Methodist church throughout her adult life. She was active with the United Methodist Women, served many leadership roles for her church and often led bible studies. She was a long-time member of the Eastern Star in Neshaminy, Pa. Shirley enjoyed many cruises in her later years and traveled to all parts of the world. Shirley always had a smile that warmed the room. She was warm and friendly with everyone she met.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Wills (who passed away in 1998); her parents, Clarence Porter and Hattie (Dobbs) Porter; her brother Harold Porter; and her sister Juanita (Porter) Oxford. She is survived by her brother Delmer Porter (and his wife Dolores); sister Dorothy (Porter) Mitchell; children Keith Wills (his wife Jo), Brian Wills (his wife Suely), Barbara (Wills) Dyroff (her husband Denny), Bruce Wills, Daniel Wills (his wife Tracy); grandchildren Traci (Wills) Rossi (her husband Anthony), Wendi Wills (her fiancé Chuck Bigelow); great- grandchildren, Scarlett Rossi and Jade Wills Bigelow; and companion John Santoro.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Bunnell Sunday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow at the church. See https://www.facebook.com/FUMCBunnell for the church Livestream Video. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be sent to the United Methodist Church of Bunnell, P.O. Box 335, Bunnell FL 32110, with “Shirley Wills Memorial” in the memo of the check.
Dennis Allen Reviea
Nov. 22, 1939 to Feb. 7, 2023
Dennis died at Three Rivers Hospital of pneumonia.
Dennis was born to Bud and Peggy Reviea in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
He married his high school sweet heart Margaret Thompson in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Dennis worked for Bell telephone as a line man. He moved to Cave Junction in 1977 and worked for the local phone company. Dennis had a passion for old cars, car shows and restoring old cars. He joined the Lions Club in the 1980s and was an active member up until he passed. He was a good husband, father and grandfather. Dennis and Margaret had three children. Kimberly, William and Suzanne. Kimberly and Jay Pshite reside in Corvallis, Ore. Willam Reviea resides in Mexico. Suzanne and Dave Oster reside in Anacortes, Wash.
He had eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and the community.
Proceeded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret Reviea since Jan. 22, 2010; and his two sisters, Laurie and Fran.
His family and Lions Club members will have a Celebration of Life for him at the end of June. Stayed tuned for date, time and place.