Monday, 25 September 2023



George Tanner McQueen Sr. passed away peacefully July 25, 2012, in Sacramento, Calif., at the age of 84.

His life began on May 27, 1928, in Shelbyville, Ind., the only child to Noble and Marie McQueen.

His life continued west to California where he attended and graduated from McFarland High School in 1946 and continued his education at Glad Tidings Bible College (later named Bethany Bible College) in San Francisco, Calif., where he earned a bachelor of arts degree and ministerial license in 1949.  

By God’s divine providence, salvation came in the guise of a young woman named Olive and they were married April 19, 1948.

George pastored and planted churches throughout Northern California including Dixon, Lower Lake, Fort Bragg and Hidden Valley Lake. Along with pastoring these churches, he was integral in their construction, helping build two new church buildings along with many residential homes which he built with his son, Mike.

George served as a district presbyter for the Northern Section of the Assemblies of God from 1960 to 1970. He also helped manage Floyd Fultz’s Pear Orchard and Nursery, dabbled in real estate, and, in his 70s, drove a late night courier shift throughout Sonoma County.

George loved many aspects of life. He loved to read, follow the SF Giants and 49ers, Stanford Cardinals and listen to his beloved Country Gospel music.

He and Olive were permanent fixtures on the gym bleachers at Kelseyville and Clear Lake High School, where he watched his sons and grandchildren play sports and music. If you listen closely, you can still hear his booming voice “expressing his opinions” to the referees and umpires.

George cherished his wife, family and friends. His gregarious, honest demeanor could engage anyone in conversation and, to those who knew him, his voice was ever present in their lives.

Above all, George exhibited his devotion to Christ and built a legacy for those around him of faith and prayer. He was always praising, thanking, questioning and worshiping his Creator, even in the most difficult times.  

At the age of 78, he traveled to Siberia, Russia on a mission trip for two weeks. On that trip, he ministered numerous times and helped with construction on the new church building. He continued his active lifestyle until his death last month.

George is survived by his wife of 64 years, Olive; sons, George Jr., Michael and David McQueen; daughters-in-law, Marsha and Tamah McQueen; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Noble and Marie McQueen, and daughter-in-law Mary (Beth) McQueen.

There will be a service of celebration to honor his life on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Lakeport Christian Center, 455 N. Forbes St, in Lakeport, Calif, the same church where he and his bride were married 64 years ago.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be given to George’s lifelong passion, the establishing of Home Mission Churches at: Home Missions (Assemblies of God), Acct. 26120010, P.O. Box 293510, Sacramento, CA 95829-3510.

Franklin V. Smothers, WWII Veteran, born June 28, 1929, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 7, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his two children, James and Janie; grandson, K.R.; and son-in-law, Gary Evans Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years of marriage, Margaret; and his children, Frankie, Evelyn and Kenneth; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport, with a graveside service to follow at Hartley Cemetery, Lakeport.

For further information contact Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary at 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611 or visit .


Christopher David Schultz
March 16, 1989 - August 4, 2012

Our beloved Chris passed away unexpectedly August 4, 2012.

Chris was raised in Lakeport where he enjoyed recreational activities such as Boy Scouts, football and baseball.

Loved by many he will be remembered for his kindness, friendly personality and big heart that matched his smile.

Chris worked in landscaping and got satisfaction from doing a job well done, but the light of his life was his son Philodice, whom he dedicated his life to providing a happy loving home.

Much of Chris' enjoyment came from being outside, teaching his son new things such as swimming, fishing and taking him around town to explore on his bike and tractor.  

Chris was a great friend and extraordinary father who will be missed by many.

Christopher is survived by his son, Philodice Schultz; parents, David and Carmen Schultz; sisters, Julia (Marc) Arteaga and Sarah Schultz; plus many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport.

For further information contact Chapel of the Lakes at 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611 or visit .


A memorial service for longtime Lake County resident James “Leroy” Benefield will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25.

The service will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lakeport Senior Center, 527 Konocti Ave., Lakeport.

Benefield died Aug. 7 after a brief battle with throat cancer.


James “Leroy” Benefield, a longtime Lake County resident, passed away Aug. 7, 2012, after a brief battle with throat cancer.

Leroy, as he was known, was born Dec. 5, 1932, in Wardville, Okla. to Edd and Alice Benefield.

He retied from Piedmont Lumber Truss in 1993. He always had a love for cars, either racing them or buying and selling or even just admiring them.

Leroy is survived by his daughters, Rhonda (Tim) Earley and Cheryl (Tim) Morin; grandchildren, Brandon and Terra Morin and Kyle and Kendra Earley who labeled him “Lakeport’s Perfect Papa.” He also is survived by his sister, Pauline Hamner, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy.

Leroy will be remembered by many by his straight shooter talking, his bright blue eyes and his positive attitude.

“Hope for the best and deal with the worst” are words he lived by.

The family prefers donations in his memory be made to Lakeport’s Meals on Wheels in c/o the Lakeport Senior Center.

Private services will be held.

Cremation arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary.


Tina Gayle Duncan
Sunrise: March 12, 1962
Sunset: August 6, 2012

Tina Gayle Duncan, the life of the party, first to throw confetti and always got the “last tag” has joined her grandmother, Colleen, Aunt Marilyn, niece Erika and other loved family members in heaven.

She has devoted her life to the Lord and loving her surviving family; two daughters, Tiffany and Nika; her mother, Bernadine; grandfather, David; brothers and sisters, Clint, Regina, Toni, JR and Terri; and many more loving family members.

As dedicated member of the community she has always been a fun loving employee, friend and outgoing free loving spirit.  

In her 13 years as a bingo clerk she has touched many lives and has appreciated the friendship bestowed upon her.

She will always be remembered by her family as a trusting, open hearted, strong Native woman who has fought for the ones she loves and believes in.

Services honoring Tina’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Robinson Rancheria Education Center. Graveside services will be held at noon at Robinson Rancheria Cemetery on Mockingbird Lane in Upper Lake.

For further information contact Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary at 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

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