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Passages 2016  Updated Friday, August 5, 2016


(Family: Maines)  Carolyn Dearman Minton


Carolyn Dearman Minton passed away peacefully at her homein Binghamton, NY on Monday, August 22, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Collins, MS on March 30, 1938 and spent most of her life in Memphis, TN until her retirement when she returned to Louisiana to be with her siblings and Mother. She married Charles Matthew Minton on April 21, 1957 and together they had three daughters. She is survived by her three daughters and their husbands: Chrystal and Ross Benson of Friendswood, TX; Tracy and Bill Maines of Binghamton, NY; Amy and Tom Salvadore of Barre, MA; six grandchildren: Michael Gregory, Chrystal Johnson, Tina Smith, Shelby Maines, Billy Maines, and Austin Salvadore; eight great grandchildren; four sisters and brothers-n-law: Christine Burke of Lake Charles, LA; Wayne & Glenda Cobb Langley of Amite, LA; Rena LeBlanc of Denham Springs, LA; and Reva and Morgan Beck of Denham Springs, LA; and one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Mary Alice Dearman of Walker, LA.She was predeceased by her parents, Reese and Ruth Dearman; four brothers, Harry Dean, Douglass Wayne, Cecil Glen and Reese Jr. Dearman; two sisters: Catherine Young, Elouise Lipscomb; a great granddaughter: Lorelei Young and an unnamed infant.Carolyn was employed by United Medical Services in Memphis TN for 20 years working with ostomy patients. She said she always felt a calling for this work and it fulfilled her greatly to be of help to her patients. She enjoyed many hobbies of which her favorite was drawing and painting. The gift of her art will be a wonderful and everlasting gift to those she knew. She will always be remembered for her humor and love of life.Arrangements will be made by Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home, 69-71 Maple Street, Harpursville, NY 13787. Private Services will be held by the family. On-line condolences may be made at: www.omaddenfh.com.Her belief "flowers are temporary, your time, hammers and nails can make a home forever." In lieu of flowers, Carolyn has asked that donations, or your time, be made in her honor to Habitat for Humanity, specifically for the flood region of Louisana -- Habitat for Humanity of Louisiana, 5800 One Perkins Place Suite 7B, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 Phone: (225) 389-0088.

 (Family: Hannah McGuire)  Mark Warren Woods

Mark Warren Woods, 57, of Greenbrier [Arkansas] went to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. He was born on Jan. 12, 1959 in Syracuse, NY to Hannah Woods McGuire and Warren Woods. Mark was preceded in death by his father.  Mark graduated from Chenango Forks High School in Binghamton, N.Y. and attended Fairmont State College in Fairmont, WV.  He served in the U.S. Army and settled in Conway, Ark.  He loved the Razorbacks and the New York Giants and spent many hours watching NASCAR.  Mark could often be found hunting, fishing, and was an avid shooter. He often spent time supporting VFW Post 2259. Mark had a special place in his heart for Maren and Nick Ferguson, as well as Tim Gardner, family, and friends.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to VFW Post 2259, 1855 Old Morrilton Hwy, Conway, Ark. 72032.  He is survived by his daughter Maren Ferguson and son Nicholas Ferguson, both of Greenbrier, Ark., sisters Melissa Stephens (Craig) of Binghamton, N.Y., Martha Stephens (Kirby) of Clarksville, Tenn. and several nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be Sunday Aug. 14, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home followed by a fellowship gathering at the VFW Post 2259.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date in Binghamton, NY. Honorary Pallbearers are Craig Stephens, Kirby Stephens, Tim Gardner, Joel Johnson, Bill Beaty and Ray Rogalski.  Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

MacInnes, David


David MacInnes, 98, of Oquaga Lake, Deposit, New York and Winter Haven, Florida passed away peacefully at his beloved lake home, “Sagwa” on August 1, 2016.
David was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 9th, 1917 to the late Sarah Elizabeth Foster Nicklin and David MacInnes, Sr. He graduated from Manual Training High School and attended Pratt Institute, majoring in Chemical Engineering. Upon his father’s death, he assumed ownership of McInnes’, a restaurant serving both Wall Street and the maritime community in downtown Manhattan. He chose to stay with the family business until 1968, when the building of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan forced its closing.
During the summer of 1937, David met the love of his life, Virginia Larom Lewis on the tennis courts of Scott’s Hotel, at Oquaga Lake, Deposit, New York. On August 31, 1940, David and Virginia were married at Christ Episcopal Church in Deposit. They spent every summer, of over 70 years together, enjoying their home on Oquaga Lake.
During World War II, David joined the Marines, and was assigned to the Naval Aviation Photography unit under the command of Edward Steichen. He was honorably discharged as Corporal in 1946. Additionally, he was active in the New York Guard, both before and after the war, retiring as a Brevetted, Brig. General in 1981. He maintained his support of the military through the following organizations: Marine Corps Memorial Association, Founder and Charter Member; Marine Corps League, Life Member; New York Guard Association, Militia Association of New York; The American Legion, Forest Hills Post 630, Commander; The Army and Navy Club; Life member of the National Rifle Association, among others.
David was an active member of his community and his church for over 60 years. He was a member of Forest Hills Masonic Lodge #946 and was affiliated with Deposit Masonic Lodge #396. He was a member of the Restaurant League of New York, 1956-1965 and the Director of the Downtown-West Businessmen’s Association 1963-1968, whose purpose was to save the area businesses from eminent domain proceedings in the development of the World Trade Center.
David had a keen interest in family history and genealogy. He was a member of the Indian River Genealogical Society, Vero Beach, FL, the International Association of Clan MacInnes, and the Registrar of the Scottish Society of the Treasure Coast, 1995-97. He compiled volumes of genealogical history and family trees dating back to circa 1135AD.
David was a devout believer in his Christian Faith. He was a Vestryman, Lay Reader, and Chalice Administrator at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Forest Hills, NY. He was affiliated with Christ Episcopal Church, Deposit, New York since 1940 and with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winter Haven, FL.
David is survived by his four devoted children: Susanna Larom Hof of Forest Hills Gardens, NY; David Bruce MacInnes of Sheffield, MA and Sebring, FL; Janet Elizabeth Webb of Winter Haven, FL; and Diane Emerson MacInnes of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
David’s family and friends will gather at Christ Episcopal Church, at 1PM on August 5, 2016. The funeral service will begin at 2PM with a burial following at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Deposit, New York. Flowers may be sent to Christ Episcopal Church, 14 Monument St., Deposit, New York. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on-line to www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Dawson, Sandra Louise Goodrich

On July, 11, 2016 at 10:45 AM Sandra Louise Goodrich Dawson of Oquaga Lake NY and West Palm Beach Florida passed away from colon cancer at her son's home with her son, his wife and grandchildren near her as she wished.  Sandy Lou or Aunt Sandy as everyone knew her was born April 21st 1939 to Hubert R. Goodrich and Louise (Bailey) Goodrich.  She graduated from Johnson City High School with the Class of 1957 and was very proud to be a Wildcat.  She then attended The State University of New York at Oswego majoring in English Education graduating in 1961.  She did her student teaching in Lowville, New York, then returned to the Triple Cities to teach at Oakdale School, Lincoln Middle School and West Junior High School.  During the summer of 1962 she met the love of her life at Hanson's Hotel on Oquaga Lake, Norman A. Dawson.  They were married June 21st 1963 at Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial Church in Johnson City at 8:00pm.  She was late for her wedding and often joked the bells of the church were held 20 extra minutes causing several people to be late for work the next day.  Their reception was held at Hanson's Hotel.  After a honeymoon on Oquaga Lake the couple began their lives with Norman working for her father at the Goodrich Milk Company as Vice President and she continued to teach.  During this time they enjoyed sports car rallies and she raced her 1962 Sunbeam Alpine on ice.  She gave birth to her first child Mimi Dawson McCumber in 1965.  When Norman accepted a position as a college Professor at The State University of New York at Delhi,  she adopted Delhi as her new hometown and was involved in many local organizations including Delhi Village Improvement Society and Open Door.  In 1967 their second child was born Ladd Goodrich Dawson.  She gave up teaching to raise her family but didn't stop working for long.  She became a daycare provider for many area children starting with Justin Marano whom she always thought of as her 3rd child.  It was around this time that the horse bug bit the Dawson family and after purchasing the old Ward Stables on Delaware Avenue and renaming it "The Chocolate Barn", she kept the books for the "farm".  Although she was deathly afraid to ride she was very proud to watch her family show from the box seats in the Syracuse Coliseum.  She saw a need for a tack shop in the local area and for the price of a curry comb people could come and spend three hours getting advice for whatever their therapy needs were at the time.  In 1993 she was asked to be a founding member of the Watershed Agricultural Society working in a partnership with farmers to improve water quality for the upstate watershed area and New York City. After Norman's retirement in 1996 they sold the farm and retired to West Palm Beach to be near their daughter during the winter and spent the summers on Oquaga Lake to be near their son.  Norman predeceased her in 2014 after 51 years of marriage.  Sandra was known to put a period at the end of her sentences but you always knew where she stood on an issue and never wavered from that stand.  She was a firm believer in children trying new things and most were better off because they did: none of them died from eating Brussels sprouts.  Sandra is survived by her daughter Mimi McCumber, her son Ladd Dawson and his wife Jestina and her five grandchildren Madison, Kenneth, Alexandra, Kassandra and Emma.  Sandra's greatest regret was not getting screened sooner for colon cancer and wishes that everyone get screened to detect the cancer sooner when it's easier to treat.  There will be no calling hours or funeral.  There will be a private memorial service for the family and her ashes will join her husband’s at a later date.  In lieu of flowers please make a donation to New York State Sheriffs Institute Summer Camp for Kids at their website http://www.sheriffsinstitute.org.

Senator Tom Libous  The Binghamton Paper published a lovely tribute to Tom:


It is with heavy hearts that we ask your prayers for our husband, father, grandfather, brother, Senator and Friend Tom Libous who has gone home to be with Jesus, May 3, 2016. Tom found earthly joys and love as a husband to Frances Pianella for 40 years. Together they shared the love of two wonderful sons, Matthew and Nicholas and daughter-in-law, Katie and a blessing of a grandson, Campbell Jude.
Tom's passion was to serve the Southern Tier of Central New York and he was honored to be a State Senator for 27 years. His accomplishments were many and he carried them with great humility. He is recognized as a statewide leader, giving a voice to people born with developmental disabilities and those who suffered with mental illness. Tom specifically asked to thank everyone for their tremendous loyalty and support over the years.
Tom was predeceased by his father and mother, William and Katherine Libous. Besides his immediate family, he is survived by his brother, Richard Libous, wife Bobbi and their two sons, William and Peter; sister, Susan Heenan; brother-in-law, Jim and their two children, Marissa and Lucas; his brother-in-law, Nick Pianella; wife, Carolyn and their children, Tyler, Nicole and Joe. His sister-in-law, Lucy Matrassi and her children, Kaitlyn, Rich and Alex; deceased sister-in-law, Marie Nelson and brother-in-law, Gary and her children, Jessica, Heather and Thomas Cramer (deceased); sister-in-law, Kathy Kraeger and her husband, Bob and their children, Jeremy and Jeff. He also leaves behind his Uncle Al Libous, the former Mayor of Binghamton and his aunt Lila and Henry Nussbaum, his aunt Arlene Foltyn along with many cousins, friends and his closest colleagues in the Senate, Senator George Maziarz and Senator Nick Spano.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday 10 a.m. from Church of The Holy Family, 3600 Phyllis Street, Endwell. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive relatives and friends at Church of The Holy Family, Friday from 1-7 p.m.
Tom wishes that in lieu of flowers, please contribute to Mercy House, 212 North McKinley Avenue, Endicott, NY 13760, where Tom spent the last days of his life in comfort and surrounded by love and family.
We also would like to give a special thanks for the care he received for many years at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from May 5 to May 7, 2016


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