Monday, 25 September 2023



Bobbie Brown, born in Baskin, Louisiana, to E.J. Brown and Sadie Garner on Jan. 19, 1933, passed away Aug. 1, 2012 at the age of 79.

In 1951 he volunteered for the military service where he served for eight years, including serving in the Korean War until 1953. He spent the remainder of his military career stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco.

While he was in San Francisco he became a member of the Transport Workers Union of America, Local 250 and dedicated himself to working with the Union in trying to improve benefits and working conditions for its members.  

In 1975 Bobbie was appointed and thereafter elected division chairman, union vice president and executive board member, a position he held for 13 years.  

In December of 1981 he was elected president and held that position until 1994 when he retired.

Among his career accomplishments were: Legislative Representative for the Local 250-A in 1979-1980; Director, Local 250-A Political Action Committee; Local Director,TWU California State Conference Political Arm of TWU which he helped organize, to name a few. There are many more over all throughout his career.

Bobbie Lee Brown was a positive force behind the strength and effectiveness of TWU Local 250-A, and its ability to serve as a model Local Union in the 1990s.

Bobbie Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Gladiola; two step-sons, Ricky and Randy; and three siblings, Jesse Harris, Bessie Harris and Betty Reynolds.

He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Cheryl Lewis and Kimberly (Cebram) Roston; step-daughter, Brenda Judge; three sisters, Edna Harrison, Amy (Robert) Davis and Annie-Mae Harris; one brother, Andrew Harris Jr.; four grandchildren, Savannah, Bobby, Darnay and Shannah; six great-grandchildren; nieces, Felicia (David) Walker, Joyce, Helen and Bobbie; nephews, Gary Polk and Marcus; and a host of friends.

Bobbie’s services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport.

Interment to follow at Upper Lake Cemetery.

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

Robert Lee James Jr., 79, passed away at his home in Lower Lake, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.

Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 11, at Calvary Chapel, 14330 Memory Lane, Clearlake, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to WestAmerica Bank, Douglas James Trust for The Robert Lee James Memorial Fund.

Arrangements entrusted to Jones and Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, Lower Lake, 707-994-6417, .


George “Bob” Neilson passed away July 31, 2012, at the age of 71.

He went peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

Bob grew up in Brisbane, Calif., and married his high school sweetheart, Diane, after graduation.

While working on his first career as an ornamental iron fabricator, he served eight years in the National Guard.  

Bob then followed his father-in-law into the elevator trade and became an elevator mechanic. After 32 years he retired and moved to Lakeport.

Bob was a member of the Elks Lodge, SIRS and Old Pharts and enjoyed his retirement years to the fullest.

George Bob lived a full life and participated in many activities including racing motorcycles for 20 years of his life in which he placed at the top of his class almost very race. He was a certified scuba diver and after retirement his passion became golf.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Diane; daughter, Dona (Teresa); son, Dan (Lisa); two grandchildren, Brad and Alyssa; and sisters, Betty (George) McLeod and Helen (Norbert) Turley.

A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Lakeport Elks Lodge #2704, 3775 Lakeshore Blvd., Lakeport.

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


Terri Lynn Barker (Parker) passed away Aug. 6, 2012, in Lakeport, Calif.

She was born in Peoria, Illinois, on Oct. 5, 1944.

Terri spent her early years in Southern California before moving to Lake County in the 1980s.

She was a loving mother to Jennifer Alexander and Sean Nugent of Kelseyville; sister to Todd Parker of Encino, Calif. and Randy Parker of Chatsworth, Calif; grandmother, aunt and friend to countless people; and a direct descendant of American pioneer Daniel Boone.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff and residents of Evergreen Lakeport Healthcare for their years of care and compassion.

Terri will surely be missed. “SSDD”

Cremation arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary.

Judy Avey lost her battle with cancer July 29, 2012, at home surrounded by her children and friends.

She was born in Oakland on March 22, 1940. She graduated from Oakland High School and U.C. Berkeley with a bachelor of arts degree in political science, and maintained a lifelong interest and knowledge of politics and government.

She and Rich Avey were married in 1962. They settled in the Calistoga area in 1982. Rich died in 2001. Judy became administrative assistant to the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in 2003.

Judy is survived by her children, Pamela and Dan; cousin, Claudia Blancher; granddaughter, Maddie Avey; grandson, Charlie Flynn; son-in-law, Kiev Schul; Iseth Cowan Rae, Jason and Marilyn Cowan.

A memorial service will be held at Community Presbyterian Church, 1407 Third St. in Calistoga, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 11:30 a.m.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Community Presbyterian Church.


Katherine “Kathy” A. Colborn passed peacefully after a short illness, leaving this world for a better place.

Kathy was born in Iowa but lived most of her life in Santa Rosa.  

She moved to Lake County in 1966 with her then boyfriend, Gary Colborn. Kathy and Gary were married in 2000 in Kelseyville.

Kathy is survived by her loving husband, Gary; children, Tony, Diane, Danny and Shelly; brothers, Frank and Jerry; and sisters, Kaye, Shirley and Janet.

A memorial will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 11, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport, Calif.

A potluck will follow at the Elks Lodge #2704, 3775 Lakeshore Blvd., Lakeport.

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

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