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Romey James Williams Sr.
Romey James Williams Sr., 75, died July 5, 2001, at the Sitka Pioneers' Home.
He was born July 4, 1926, in Metlakatla and graduated from Sheldon Jackson High School. In 1953, Williams married June Fowler in Metlakatla. After their marriage, the couple moved to Oakland, Calif., where Williams worked as a truck driver and joined the Teamsters Union. The family moved back to Metlakatla in 1972 and Williams worked as a groundskeeper for the Annette Island School District.
His family wrote that Williams felt God calling him to join the sobriety ministry in 1975 and remained sober until the time of his death.
He was a pastor at the Hoonah Presbyterian Church from 1985 to 1986 and was also a preacher in other churches in Alaska, Iowa and Wisconsin. He attended the University of Dubuque-Presbytarian Seminary in 1987. In 1995, Williams became an ordained minister with the Assembly of God Church while also being a pastor in Kake, Metlakatla and Saxman.
He is survived by his wife June Williams of Metlakatla; son Patrick Williams of Ketchikan; daughters Eileen John of Juneau, Darlene Booth of Ketchikan, Millie Kennedy of Wash., and adopted daughter Patricia Williams of Metlakatla; grandchildren Milo Booth, Brandon Williams, Bruce Booth, Billy Arnold, Romey Arnold, Danielle Williams, Darcel Williams, Carly Booth, Disney Williams, Jessie Kaleikau and Ahulani Kaleikau; great-grandchildren Briar Williams, Violet Kito and Mya Shearer; brothers Fred Williams Sr. and Ralph Williams; sisters LaVerne Mallory, Doris Olsen, Barbara Fawcett and Frieda Nathan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Milo Booth, Brandon Williams, Romey Arnold, Bruce Booth, Billy Arnold, Bill Wilson, Daniel Williams and Nathan Fawcett.
Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Williams, Leif Jensen, John Fawcett Sr., Ed Booth, Patrick Verney Sr., George Haldane, Francis Haldane, Richard Dundas Sr., Larry Johnson Sr., Ed Littlefield Sr., Cyril George, Conrad Ryan Jr., Fred Williams Sr., Harry Olsen Sr., Lloyd Williams Jr., Ben Eaton, Leo Guthrie Sr., Marvin Atkinson Sr., Buddy Lang, Lyle Horne Sr., Ted Littlefield Sr., Fritz Blandov, John Major, Robert Kennedy, Delbert John, Chuck Dunne and Dennis Dunne.
A funeral was held July 9, 2001, at the Metlakatla Presbyterian Church.
Randolph G. Berry
Randolph G. Berry, 57, died July 8, 2001, in Austin, Texas.
Randolph was born on July 22, 1943, in Houston, Texas, to Evelyn Gates and Hiram Berry. He grew up in Amarillo, Texas, and was a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Texas Law School. After leaving the Army, Randolph moved to Juneau where he lived for 16 years before returning to Austin.
Berry enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Pond Society.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert.
Berry is survived by his wife Kathleen Berry of Austin; daughter Robin Berry of Seattle; son Connor Berry of Texas; sister Jean Henry and husband Pat; aunt Genevieve Porter of Texas; niece Katie; and nephews Hiram and Chris.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on July 11 in the Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Chapel in Austin. A funeral service will immediately follow the reception.
Martha Frost, 103, died July 8, 2001, at the Wildflower Court Care Center in Juneau.
Frost was born Oct. 12, 1897, in Hastings, Mich. As a teen-ager, her family moved to a small mining town in western Washington. While there, Frost taught piano as well as completing her high school education. She was preparing a move to Europe in order to formalize her training as a blossoming concert pianist, but World War I engulfed the continent and her plans were canceled. In the spring of 1914, her mother and she traveled to the Yukon Territory where Frost met her eventual husband Archie Fournier. They were married and raised four children on the Klondike Ranch.
In 1944 Frost moved to Salem, Ore., and married Ivan "Buzz" Frost. After Ivan died in 1964, Frost moved to Seattle where she lived until 1995 when her daughter Martha and son-in-law Hjalmar Savikko invited her to live with them in Juneau. Frost was very proud of the fact that she had lived in three centuries.
She is survived by her son Murrell Fournier and wife Ginny of Washington; daughters Martha Savikko of Juneau, Isabelle Townsend and husband George of Vancouver, and Betty St. Jean of British Columbia; granddaughter Merle McCann and husband Don in Arizona; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be scheduled on a later date.