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Thomas T. Bowdon Jr.

Thomas T. Bowdon Jr., 64, of Williams, passed away Dec. 5, 2007.  

He was born in Williams on Aug. 21, 1943 to Thomas Troy and Miriam Elizabeth Bowdon. He was the youngest child following four sisters.

Thomas grew up and attended schools in Williams.

In 1962 he joined the U.S. Army. He returned to work with his father maintaining the buildings. He then went to work for Santa Fe Railroad before taking over the family business after his father's passing. He also built many houses and commercial buildings and helped many people with construction projects.

Thomas had a love for tinkering with cars, which he rebuilt many. Tom found joy in acting in the Oatman Gunfights, especially the shows that generated a great amount of money that was donated to the Shiners' Children's Hospital and Burn Centers.

In 1967 Thomas married Susan Campbell and they had three children. They divorced and in 1989 he married Lea Jensen and they have five children.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Lea; children Thomas Troy III Bowdon of Payson, Tracey Lee (Jason) Smalls of Prescott and Cassi Leann Bowdon, Beau Bryce Bowdon, Dara Elizabeth Bowdon, Joel Blake Bowdon and Calton Alan Bowdon, all of Williams, as well as Gary Howard, who has been a son to Thomas for 36 years. He is also survived by his sisters, Eagle May Jones of Prescott and Opal Lee Means and Harriet Means, both of Williams; and two granddaughters, Amanda Bowdon, and Tasha Bowdon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Tyler Cole Bowdon and sister Cody Lou Pearson.

Visitation was held Dec. 10, 2007 at Norvel Owens Mortuary in Flagstaff. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 at the United Methodist Community Church in Williams. Burial followed at the Williams Cemetery.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.norvelowensmortuary.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Norvel Owens Mortuary.

Margaret Elizabeth Fisher Dean

Margaret Elizabeth Dean, 76, formerly of Williams, died Dec. 6, 2007 in Tahlequah, Okla.

Margaret was born April 18, 1931 in Grants, N.M., the daughter of Frank Douglas Fisher and Hattie Inez (Rutledge) Fisher. She was a graduate of the Williams High School and attended Northern Arizona College.

She was married to Joseph Bailey Dean Jr. on July 22, 1950 in Phoenix. Together they had five children.

Margaret was very active in 4-H along with her children. She was the Mother Advisor of the Rainbow Girls, was a member of the Home Extension Club and was a member and Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved to read, do crafts and enjoyed taking photos of her family at family gatherings.

The most important thing for Margaret was the time spent with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Margaret was of the Methodist faith, and was an active member of Asbury Methodist Church of Ada, OK.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Joseph on Oct. 30, 2003 and one infant son, Bradford Bailey Dean, in 1953.

Survivors include four children, Frank Wesley Dean of Cortez, Colo., Peggy Sue Atwood and husband Daniel of Ada, Okla., Cheryl Denise Dean of Cortez, Colo. and Douglas Floyd Dean and wife Kaye of Imperial, Neb; her grandchildren, Misty and B.J. Boyd, Dustin and Alicia Atwood, McCarren and Nick Caputa, Whitney and Phil Reuss, Kassandra and Logan Junghanns, Christopher Atwood, Krystle Dean and Scott Dean; great-grandchildren, Paisleigh Atwood, Thatcher Atwood, Zain Caputa and Kaylee Junghanns; her first cousin, Bob Wayne Williams and wife Iris; as well as a host of friends and loved ones.

The family requests that those wishing to make memorial donations do so to the United Methodist Boys Ranch in Gore, Okla. or to the Asbury Methodist Church in Ada, Okla.

Margaret will be laid to rest with her husband in Wickenburg. Services have been entrusted to the Hart Funeral Home in Tahlequah, Okla.

Edward "Bubba" Lopez

Edward "Bubba" Lopez, 47, of Williams, went on his journey on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007 after having a very long illness.

Edward was born on Jan. 2, 1960 to Isaac and Charlotte Lopez. He attended public school in Winslow before moving to Williams in 1970. He attended Williams schools, graduating from Williams High School in 1978.  

Edward's favorite interests were being with children. He was a Little League coach, RE teacher and he volunteered at Williams schools as a teacher aide.

He was devoted to the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister.

Survivors include his mother Charlotte Lopez, of Williams; his sister Mary Frances Lopez Barrios of Williams; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Rosary and vigil services were held on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Funeral Mass of Christian burial was held Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, also at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.  Interment followed in the Williams Cemetery. Father Bruno officiated.

Pallbearers were Anthony Matthews, Christopher Matthews, Michael Matthews, George Otero, Jeff Pruett, David Garibay, John Holmes and Danny Gabaldon. Honorary Pallbearers were Samantha Flores, Carlos Amavisca, Edwardo Rico and Alejandro Torrez.

Condolences can be sent to the Lopez family at www.norvelowensmortuary.com.

Arrangements are by Norvel Owens Mortuary.

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