November 09, 2017 - Present
Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
1. Brad Ham furnished a new e-mail address!
2. Bob Ribera furnished an up-date to his telephone numbers!
3. Joe Hazewski furnished a picture of an 8.6 pound bass he caught!
Friday, April 06, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
The spring issue of the Newsletter has been posted for your reading enjoyment:
Issue 115-April 2018-Volume 18-Number 1
Issue 115 in Microsoft Word Format
Issue 114 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format
Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 11:11 a.m.
Jane Florence furnished a new snail-mail address! Thanks Jane for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 9:35 p.m.
We have a new member, Bob Cull! Welcome aboard!
Friday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.
The following was received from Rob Robinson and is repeated for your action/information:
Pass this on to your friends. Yes, we will get new Medicare cards but NO one from Medicare (I emphasize this strongly) NO one from Medicare will call you.
Pass it along . It might come in handy to know Medicare will never call you on the phone.
It is true that the new cards will be sent out from April 2018 to April 2019. Medicare has warned there will be scams. They emphasize they do not charge for cards or want your personal information over the phone.
This change is coming up. DO NOT give out information over the phone.
Medicare Cards without Social Security Numbers Coming
Example of the new Medicare cards:
This is pretty important to get out to people with Medicare, their families, and friends or adult kids who help parents with Medicare.
Texas Senior Medicare Patrol, a division within the Better Business Bureau has just gotten word about the newest Medicare scam.
Here's what you need to know to protect yourself, family and friends, throughout the US.
Starting 4/1/18 Medicare will start a year-long project to replace all current Medicare Cards for beneficiaries to convert to alphanumeric ID numbers. Currently, the ID number is your social security number. This is starting to hit the media.
Scammers are opportunistic.
First of all the new Medicare card will come to you in the mail. You don't need to request it or do anything. It will show up.
WHAT'S THE SCAM?
Somebody saying they are from "MEDICARE" will call to tell you-you are getting a new Medicare card. But until it comes you will need a temporary card. They will tell you there is a fee for the card of between 5 and 50 dollars. They want personal information, bank account information or credit card information so they can process your temporary card. DO NOT REPEAT NOT GIVE THIS INFORMATION OUT!
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Medicare will never call you unless you ask them to. Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call. No one from Medicare will ever repeat ever call you saying they "I work with Medicare to make sure you get everything you are entitled to".
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THIS ONE?
First of all, spread the word. Feel free to share these notes. Use your answering machine to screen calls or just don't even answer a number you don't recognize. If it has happened to you or your friends or loved ones and personal info had been given out (happens considerably more often than you think so don't feel bad or stupid) immediately take action to protect yourself against identity theft.
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 3:10 p.m.Funeral Arrangements for Paul D. Grammo
Funeral Monday 19th of February
Viewing hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Service will be at 3:00 p.m.
OMPS Funeral Home
1600 Amherst Street
Email any pictures you may have of Paul to share with the family to Tim@ompsfuneralhome.com by 9 am Saturday.
Gathering after will be for everyone at Grammies or clubhouse (TBD).
Casual dress. Football or baseball attire is requested.
Paul will have flag for military service.
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 2:50 p.m.
Today I recevied the following from Dave Collins, who received it from Ken, re Nan Ruh:
"Nan was hoping to go home today but her collapsed lung is not recovering as well as expected. They found a cracked rib (broken bone #6) that collapsed the lung. They are not sure why the lung is not fully inflated after five days. It usually inflates in three or less. She is in great spirits and has walked hallways and stairs with the therapist. We shall see what tomorrow brings."
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 7:10 p.m.Death of Paul D. Grammo
It is with deep sadness that I report the death of one of Rey and Grace Grammo's sons, Paul. He was on his way home from work when he was killed in an auto accident.
Anyone wishing to extend condolences to the Grammo family the following is furnished:
Mr. and Mrs. Reynald Grammo
301 Lynn Drive
Stephens City, VA 22655
Tel: (540) 869-5492
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.
Paul Nugnes furnished a new e-mail address. Thanks for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 2:40 p.m.
I recevied the following from Bob White today:
To all concerned:
I received the following from Ken Ruh concerning his wife Nancy:
"Nan fell down the steps to the basement early this (Saturday) morning. She a broken tailbone, cracked rib, collapsed lung, huge gash in her head which they have stapled, fracture of the upper and lower right arm, the lower is a compound. They (have) inflated her lung. She is due for arm surgery soon here at Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. I will keep you posted. Nan received a blood transfusion early this morning because she lost a little blood from the cut on her head and the compound fracture plus the collapsed lung. It was anticipated and there is no associated concern. They also took an X-ray of her left hand. It is really puffed up this morning. She also has a fractured thumb. She got good rest and sleep last night. Kevin stayed here with her. Dr. said it could be 5 to 7 days before her release he also confirmed he had to cut the rotator cuff and work thru it to set upper fracture. Same cuff she just had surgery on in June. Of course he sewed it back up but that and the fractures represent a long healing process. Ken."
Update today @ 1100L
"Nan had a good night-restful sleep. She ordered scrambled eggs this morning. That's a good sign. Yesterday she didn't eat hardly anything. Ken"
FYI: Ken is keeping me posted regularly so if people are interested, they may contact me directly if they would like at 703-801-9116.
If they would like to send a card or flowers Nan located:
Mary Washington Hospital
1001 Sam Perry Blvd
Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 7:40 p.m.
Ray and Marguerite Nault furnished new contact information to include a new address and home phone number. Thanks for helping me keep my records up to date!
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 7:10 p.m.Death of Gertrude "Gert" Gregorio
I received the below Eulogy from Bob Gregorio, Gert's middle son!EULOGY for Gertrude Gregorio
Written by Bob Gregorio
Some of you knew her as Mimi, Grandma or "Gert," while to me she was always "Mom."
Mom, just like Dad, went to Catholic schools up through high school, though neither ever seemed religious. As recent as the last 10 years, I would question - in my typical annoying fashion - how spiritual she was and she would say, "I pray for you all the time."
Mom wished she weren't an only child but became close sisters with her cousins. At the age of 14 she noticed that she didn't look like her parents or other family. They looked Italian, while she was a red head with fair skin and freckles. She came across an old letter from Aunt Jo, her mom's sister, to Mom's mom, saying, "Are you going to get another one?" Mom put two and two together, and wondered if she was adopted. But she felt she was loved dearly by the family, and put the thought aside.
It's hard to lose your mom at any time, but even harder at a young age. When Mom was 20, her mom died. Shortly after, she asked her father if she was adopted. He didn't respond but had Aunt Jo finally tell her that she was. Aunt Jo told her that Mom's mom was afraid Mom wouldn't love her once she found out. Truth is, Mom always loved her mom, prior and forever.
I recently discovered letters from Mom and Dad written in the early days of their marriage while living in Peru and then Finland (where Tom was born). They were written to Dad's parents, living in New Orleans. What a window onto some of their happiest days! There were some memorable lines. At that time, there was no Internet, no email, and apparently no English language newspapers in Finland. She wrote, "We've received all the newspapers you sent, and we do appreciate them, but now it seems we just don't have time to read them. Please don't go to the trouble of sending them." She also wrote, "If we're able and have enough money put together, we hope to make a trip to Spain in September (by plane). So we are saving our pennies or I should say Finn marks."
Mom hated her first name. The only name she hated more than "Gert" was her full name "Gertrude." One of the best moments of her life was getting to speak with Jim Palmer - the famous pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles - as he autographed her poster of him in his jockey underwear. One of the worse moments of her life was his saying, "Is Gert short for Gertrude?" She would tell this story and laugh and cry for years to come.
One of the unique things about Mom and Dad was their having this poster framed and showcased in the powder room, where it stayed for years, before eventually getting transferred to a wall in Dan's old bedroom upstairs.
Over the last few months, a lot of Mom's belongings were donated to charity. One potential item for donation was this poster. The person from the Salvation Army reviewing the item took a look, and chuckled. I asked, "Will you accept it?" He smiled and said, "Salvation Army is a Christian organization." Mom would have roared. On a side note, ONE LAST CALL, I have the poster in the back of my car, see me if interested!
Her final weeks and days were happy. She spent a long weekend with her niece Jeanne who came up from New Orleans; she went to an Orioles game where they won.
During my last few hours with her, we went to a pet nutrition store where she wanted to show me a cat she had seen in recent days. We spent some time petting this fellow through his cage. She said I should adopt him. This was very unusual for her to say, since all the dogs and cats she and Dad welcomed into the family over the years had wondered onto our doorstep. Only at the end of our visit did we look at his papers, learning his name was Max. This was the name of the dog my brothers and I grew up with. Within a couple weeks after mom's passing, Max became irresistible, both from his sweetness and as a living reminder of Mom, and he now enjoys life outside a cage and considers my small condo a palace. Mom would so approve.
People said loving things about mom. Her cousin Peggy said, "She was truly the best cousin I could have. She had such a warmth and family love for all of us...Her tales of working in the foreign service all those years, of such enjoyment...and moving place to place...She was unique and so easy to be with. She and my sister's gang had such good times at the shore." Others noted she was very independent for her generation, was a big Orioles and Redskins fan, was a huge bridge player and loved going to movies, that she was fun, always upbeat. Mom enjoyed the beach most her life, going to various places in the Caribbean in her 20s and continuing annual pilgrimages to Ocean City and to St. Pete into her 60s. I once took her to a superbowl party, where almost everyone was 30 years her junior, and the host later remarked Mom was more into the game than anyone else!
Nahid, her hairdresser of 30 years, said Mom was a role model for her, that Mom was so proud of her kids and grandkids, that she was such a strong person, while conceding Mom must have had private moments of sadness.
I know Mom cared deeply for all of you and wouldn't always share with me her thoughts or deeds in this vein. She made sacrifices which I only realized after she passed.
She never wanted to be a burden to her kids. This was especially noticeable with how organized her house was. She wrote all kinds of letters, little notes and reminders, usually on animal stationery, throughout her life.
Mom did not dwell on the negative. For her, the glass was half full. She had many interests and she knew that was key to happiness.
She now joins Dad and other loved ones. When this past fall set in with much cooler weather, one of her neighbors Marilyn pointed out to me an unusual sight on Mom's magnolia bush out front: a single blooming beautiful white flower. Marilyn said, "It's your mom, saying hi!" Another old family friend Jan wrote, "There is a thin veil between this world and the afterlife...She was and always will be close to you. Talk to her. She'll hear you!" This goes for all of us.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 2:30 p.m.Death of Gertrude "Gert" Gregorio
I received the below from Larry Ward this afternoon:
I received information from Pete and Gert Gregorio's middle son Bob that Gertrude died of natural causes on July 28, 2017. He asks that if former friends would like to share their memories of Gert with the family they may contact Bob at email@example.com, (There is an underline between bob and gregorio), or by snail mail at:
1530 Key Blvd. #314
Arlington, VA 22209
From the Editor: Gert was a special lady. When Pete was alive she attended every luncheon with him. After he died she still attended on an average of 10 a year. Our luncheon group is going to miss her. RIP, Gert!
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 8:00 p.m.
I spent over 18 hours in the last three days working on the up-date of the web site. It is finished. I wish to thank Jim Prosser for his help. He reported a major problem that has since been corrected.
P L E A S E IF YOU SEE ANY REPEAT ANY PROBLEMS (MISSPELLED WORDS - INCORRECT INFORMATION - ANYTHING!), P L E A S E, CONTACT ME AND LET ME KNOW SO I MAY MAKE CORRECTIONS! YOUR HELP WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED!
Friday, January 26, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
During the next 4-5 days you may notice a disruption in your access to this Web site. I am in the process of updating all 250+ pages to HTML-5 (HyperText Markup Language-5) and CSS-3 (Cascading Style Sheets-3). When my task is finished the only change you should see is that ALL pages will show the same format? The changes are visual only! Thank you for your patience!
IF YOU SEE ANY REPEAT ANY PROBLEMS (MISSPELLED WORDS - INCORRECT INFORMATION - ANYTHING!) AFTER THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 01, P L E A S E, CONTACT ME AND LET ME KNOW SO I MAY MAKE CORRECTIONS! YOUR HELP WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED!
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 6:40 p.m.Death of John Fuchs
I received the below obituary for John Fochs from Jim Prosser today:
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 8:30 p.m.
Bob Bright furnished a new snail-mail address, e-mail address and telephone number! Thanks Bob for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.
Lynn Doughty furnished an up-date to this bio! Thanks Lynn for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:40 a.m.Death of Alan Chrismon
I received the following from Brian Powers this morning:
I got an email from Larry Limbaugh stating that Alan Chrismon passed away. I called his wife today, Olga, and she said that it happened on Saturday, Jan 13, three days before his 71st birthday. He had cancer and it happened quickly and he was not in pain. If you can pass this on to the CANDOERs. Her home phone number is 440-282-4304 if anyone cares to send her condolences. She will not pick up until you say you are calling about Al. Too many telemarketers.
For those wishing to send condolences to Olga the following is furnished:
1230 Laura Drive
Lorain, OH 44053
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.
Pete Steitz furnished a new e-mail address and an up-date to this bio! Thanks Pete for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.
Bob Sandberg furnished a new e-mail address! Thanks Bob for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Larry Limbaugh furnished a new e-mail addreess, snail-mail address, telephone number and up-date to his assignments. Thanks Larry for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
We have new members, Mark and Ritsuko Copeland! Welcome aboard!
Monday, January 08, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.
Bob Riberia furnished a new snail-mail address and telephone number.
Doyle Lee furnished a new e-mail address and an update to his bio!
Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 5:00 p.m.
The winter issue of the CANDOER Newsletter has been posted for your reading enjoyment!
Issue 114 - January 2018 - Volume 17 - Number 4 in WEB Format
Issue 114 in Microsoft Word Format
Issue 114 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.
Robb Knott furnished a change of address! Thanks Robb for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Friday, December 22, 2017 - 5:40 p.m.Death of John Fochs
I received the following from Jim Prosser today:
Sad News. I have just heard from Julie Fochs, daughter of CANDOER John Fochs, that John passed away, after a short illness, last Thursday. John was 91.
If you want to contact Julie, her number is (503) 393-9122 or you can send your condolences to the following address:
1394 Northern Heights Loop N.E.
Keizer, OR 97303
A celebration of life will be planned for a later date.
I'll pass along any new information if/when I receive it.
John and Lillian came out from Budapest in 1960 to get married in Munich where we were posted at the time. John's proposal to Lillian is a hilarious story.
Friday, December 22, 2017 - 1:40 p.m.Death of WILLIAM G. BIDDLE (Age 78)
William Biddle of Vienna, VA, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at
Beloved husband of Pearson N. "Pixie" Biddle; devoted father
of Deborah Robinson, Michael Biddle, Carolyn Gioia and William J. Biddle. Also
survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family will
receive friends at the Money & King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna,
VA on Thursday, December 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., where funeral service will be held
on Friday, December 29 at 11 a.m. Interment National Memorial Park. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society!
FYI: Bill worked in the Systems Control Section of OC/T (Room 5440) for years!
Thanks to Jean Stewart for bringing his death to my attention!
Thursday, December 21 2017 - 9:40 p.m.
We have new members, Rickey Brownndano and Sol Avendano! Welcome aboard!
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 6:40 p.m.Death of William E. Fleming
MSgt. William Edward Fleming, USAF Retired, 82, of Falmouth passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Mary Washington Hospital. He was born on April 14, 1935, in Hester, N.C., to Samuel A. Fleming, Jr., and Emma Blanch (Haskins) Fleming. ((Thanks to Rob Robinson for furnishing the above contact information.))
He retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service that included many assignments overseas.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara, and two daughters, Audrey Lynne Fleming of the home and Karen Anne Fleming-Michael (Steve) of Frederick, MD.
He was preceded in death by his brother Joseph T. Fleming.
A loving husband and father, he enjoyed watching NASCAR and football, fishing, planting vegetable gardens, completing the daily Jumble, and laughing at the antics of the family pets.
The family will receive friends on Friday, December 22, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charity, https://www.dav.org or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Anyone wishing to send condolences to the family the following is furnished:
Mrs. Barbara Fleming
150 Rocky Run Road
Falmouth, VA 22406
Tel: (540) 752-4956
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 10:40 p.m.Death of Richard "Dick" Maroney
Richard Thomas Maroney, 86, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017. He was born October 10, 1931 in Norton, Vermont. He was proceeded in death by his beloved wife Anita Maroney and daughter Corleen Maroney.
Richard is survived by six children: Alan Maroney and wife Debi, Mary Maroney-Scriva and husband Sal, Lori Maroney Thomas, Michelle Maroney Davey and partner Irving Rosenberg, Rhonda Maroney Simcox and partner Randy Mason, Stephen Maroney Sr. and wife Amy. He also leaves behind fifteen grandchildren: Richard and Kati Maroney, Carmen and Salvy Scriva, Joshua Tomlin and wife, Jen, Jessica and Steven Thomas, Kimberly and Chelsea Davey, Nicole Fitterer, Laura Trax and husband, Zachary, David "Eddie" Simcox, Samantha Simcox, Stephen Jr and Jacob. A niece, Karen Wooley, his brother Hubert Maroney and eight great grandchildren: Cameron, Jordan, Carlea, Kerrington, Sophia, Peyton, Brynn and Cayden are also surviving relatives.
Richard was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He served in the US Army for twenty six years and retired as a Command Sargent Major. Mr. Maroney also worked in the US Department of State as Chief of Logistics and retired in 1995.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove, Va. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow service at Culpepper National Cemetery with full Military honors at 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 5:11 a.m.Death of James "Jim" Pittington
In loving memory of James Pittington
Date of Birth : May 30 1930
Place of Birth : Fort Collins, Colorado
Date Deceased : May 2nd, 2017
Place of Death : Burke, Virginia
James Edward Pittington of Burke, Virginia passed away on May 2nd 2017. He is survived by his wife Laura, and his children, Karen, Marc, Michelle Pittington and Carolyn and Douglas Scott, along with many loving grandchildren and a great grandchild. Jim was born in Fort Collins, Colorado on May 30, 1930.
Immediately upon graduating high school he enlisted in the United States Navy serving 20 years during which time he participated in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Jim retired from the United States Navy in 1969 obtaining the rank of Master Chief (E9). Upon Navy retirement, he continued to serve his country while working within the Department of State in various roles. Jim's passion was his family and country.
He is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Arrangements are as follows: Viewing will held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home on May 8, 2017 from 5-8pm and funeral is May 9, 2017 at 10am. Visitation - Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home 9902 Braddock Road Fairfax, VA 22032 9902 Braddock Road Fairfax, VA 22032 Monday, May 8, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM .
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 11:11 a.m.Death of Jim Pittington
Today I received word from Maurie Crossland that Jim Pettington passed away back in May 2017!
James was born on May 30, 1930 and passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
James was a resident of Virginia.
He graduated high school.
He enlisted in the United States Navy serving 20 years during which time he participated in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Jim retired from the United States Navy in 1969 obtaining the rank of Master Chief E9.
Viewing was held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home on May 8 2017.
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 1:40 p.m.Death of William "Bill" Fleming
I received the following from Rob Robinson today:
I received a call from Bill Fleming's daughter, Audrey, to let me know that her Dad, Bill Fleming, passed away at 12:17 a.m. this morning, December 17, 2017, with respiratory complications at age 82.
Bill was a retired career Air Force Sergeant who became a contract employee to State from the late '70's to early 2000's and was the person in charge of the digital/crypto branch of OC/ML. Obit and burial plans will be published, when known.
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:15 p.m.
The below was received from Vic Maffei's daughter, Francesca Maffei-Lazev. Anyone wishing to respond to her, her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
In continuing with my father's annual tradition of his year end email, I would like to wish you all season's greetings!
It certainly has not been the best of years. The first half of the year was spent helping my father with his declining health up until his passing in August. I am thankful that he did not suffer much and that he is at peace now. My family and are doing ok though we are finding the holidays somewhat difficult, missing my father, and mother, very much. Sadly, we also had to sell the house in Gloucester that my parents and I loved so very much.
On a lighter note, knowing that the holidays would be difficult this year, we have decided to celebrate in a different way and are headed on a cruise to Florida and the Bahamas over Christmas. Furthermore, my father's wishes were to be cremated and to be partially buried in the veteran's section in a cemetery in Gloucester and partially in the cemetery in his home town of Sannicandro di Bari. Though bittersweet, my family and I, as well as other members of my father's family will head to Sannicandro in late June to bury him but we will also spend some time touring Italy.
My father often included a picture from Gloucester or of nature. Enclosed is a picture of a holly bush in our yard and one of my favorite pictures with my father at Christmastime (circa 1973 in Dakar, Senegal).
Wishing you all peace, love and hope this holiday season and always!
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 1:15 p.m.
We have new members, Kenneth and Melissa Zincke! Welcome aboard!
Thursday, December 15, 2017 - 11:40 a.m.Death of Richard "Dick" Maroney
The following was received from Patricia Stout this morning! As soon as contact information and funeral arrangements are received I will pass the information on to all!
We received word this morning that Dick Maroney passed away around 3 a.m. Although he is not a member of the group, there are some who might want to know about it. Dick was a good friend of ours and he worked at SA 6 in the Springfield area for many years. Dick had been the division chief for OC/ML. He developed Parkinsons and Dementia and has been in Hospice for awhile. His son, Steve, called us last night to let us know that Dick was terminal and had little time left.
Carl plans to attend the funeral once arrangements are made. If arrangements can be made for our four year old grandson, whom we have most of the time, then I will attend as well. When we have the arrangements, I will forward that information to you.
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 9:55 a.m.
We have new members, Lee and Dennis Jackson! Welcome aboard!
Lee married in 2013, maiden name was Thompson!
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 6:40 p.m.
We have new members, Jeff and Lisa Hoover! Welcome aboard!
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.Death of Larry Banks
Larry Gene Banks of Spencer passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1950 to Henry and Mae Dell Banks. His family moved to Prescott, Arizona when Larry was in elementary school where he preferred books and technical articles to sports. As a child, he built his own toys and a small steam engine, progressing to building his first dune buggy. In high school and later at the University of Arizona in Tucson where he studied engineering, he was involved in the local school TV network as a technical director in local programming and later as a technical director at a Tucson TV station.
After college, he enlisted in the Army and went to radar school. While at his first post in New Mexico at the White Sands Missile Range, Larry earned his pilot's license and later became a flight instructor. He lived in Rhode Island for a time, and then Naples, Italy where he accepted a job in communications with the US government which took him to Kenya, Togo, and many other countries in eastern Africa over the next few years.
Larry met his wife, Kim Morgan when he returned to the US to work in Albany, Georgia. Soon after their marriage, Larry was assigned to Vienna, Austria where his work involved setting up secured communications networks in Eastern Europe and Russia. Eventually Larry and Kim returned to work in Washington DC, and there they purchased a small farm in Nokesville, Virginia, preferring country life. Their pastoral life was interrupted when Larry had a one-year tour in Moscow where he worked setting up communications at the new US embassy.
Throughout his service for the federal government in Europe and in Russia, Larry nurtured his love of aviation, flying with local clubs. After retiring from federal service, he was able to devote himself to his part-time career as a pilot and flight instructor. Larry and Kim bought their farm in Spencer, Tennessee, and built their goat dairy together.
Larry has always been active in his church, Mt. Crest United Methodist, where he served as a speaker, Sunday school and bible study teacher. He also served as past president of the local Gideons.
Larry is preceded in death by his Father, Henry, Mother, Mae Dell, and older brother Duane, who died in the Vietnam war.
He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Banks, of Spencer; his brother, David, and wife, Carolyn, of Santa Paula, California; and his niece Andrea, and husband, Robert, and their two sons, Sean and Patrick of Los Angeles, California.
A memorial service will be held at the Mt. Crest United Methodist Church in Pikeville on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00vpm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Larry Banks Memorial Fund at First Farmers and Commercial Bank, 441 East Spring St. Pikeville, Tennessee 37367. (423) 447-2931.
Editor's Note: Larry was a tech and one of the Warrenton instructors. He was killed in the same small air plane crash that killed Tommy Stills (www.southernstandard.com/section/60/article/40429/)((Please note they misspelled Larry's last name in the article)). Anyone wishing to send Kimberly condolences the following is furnished:
8039 Mooneyham Lonewood Road,
Spencer, TN 38585
Tel: (423) 881-5703
Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 9:15 p.m.
Ron Petrie forwarded the following from Arlette Brandli:
I would like to thank each and every one of you for sending me cards, flowers and calling me.
I greatly appreciate it.
This is a very difficult and emotional time for me, as I always believed that Howard would get better and come back home.
But unfortunately a couple of incidents precipitated his death, while he was in rehab, and changed the course of our lives for ever.
THANK YOU ALL AGAIN.
Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 9:05 p.m.
Shannon Lankford furnished a bio up-date! Thanks Shannon!
Sunday, November 05, 2017 - 10:00 p.m.
1. We have two new members Kevin and Stephanie Dempsey! Welcome aboard!
2. Fred and Rebecca Armand furnished a new snail-mail address and an up-date to their bio!