Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Obits

Harold Frierson Sr. Courtesy photo.

Harold James Frierson Sr.
Nov. 3, 1944-April 2, 2022

Harold James Frierson Sr. was born in Nashville, Tennessee on Nov. 3, 1944, to his parents Freda Thelma Jeanette Shipp-Frierson and Isaac Frierson. He was the second of five children.

Harold was affectionately known in Tennessee as “Bubba” and when he later moved to Oakland he was known as “Jimmy.” He graduated from Pearl High School in 1961 and after graduation, he left Nashville at age 16 and enrolled in the Air Force.

After arriving in California Jimmy discharged from the Air Force in 1967 and took on a series of jobs at Western Union and Lockheed Martin before eventually landing at his career job as a telephone repairman with PAC Bell.

Along the way he also gained an Associates of Arts degree from Laney College in Ethnic Studies — Black Studies in 1973.

Jimmy enjoyed fishing, watching national news shows, reading National Geographic magazines, and astrology, arts and sciences.

His greatest pastimes were watching his favorite teams including the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A’s and SF Giants but his absolute favorite (and the team he loved from their inception in Philadelphia) were the Golden State Warriors.

Another great joy of his was doing carpentry work and fixing and repairing items and gadgets. He enjoyed new inventions and solving problems, and was skilled at repurposing items and finding and restoring furniture.

He also enjoyed cars and could easily identify the make, year and model of classic cars and even owned a few in his lifetime.

Jimmy also lived in Clearlake for several years.

Jimmy leaves to cherish his memory his dearest friend, Mamie; daughter, Jasmine Dawson; son, Harold Frierson Jr.; stepdaughter, Sharon Spencer; and granddaughters, Vanessa Martin and Terretha Love.

He is preceded in death by stepdaughter, Evelyn McMichael; stepson, Ossie Spencer Jr.; son-in-law, Korey Dawson; sister-in-law, Thame Frierson; as well as both parents Thelma and Isaac.

He also leaves two sisters, Louise Frierson and Frieda Crawley (Randy, Sr.); brothers, Isaac Frierson Jr., and Sherman Frierson (Patricia Merritt); and a host of nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.

In Loving Memory



Joseph Thomas Valencia
Aug. 12, 1990 — March 20, 2022

Joseph Valencia was one of the best human beings in the world. He saw the absolute best in everyone he met, always lending a hand when needed.

Without ever trying he bestowed upon us all the gifts of love, friendship, peace and compassion.

We will mourn the loss of such a great man, son, grandson, brother, Uncle, nephew, cousin, friend: but through him we can only hope to take with us his best qualities. Striving to keep his memory alive with us all.

Joe loved to ride dirt bikes. He was so good he could’ve been a professional. He was good at everything he did from snowboarding like Shaun White to wake boarding like Nick Rappa. He was a natural talent. He loved going to the snow with friends and family just to watch the kids play.

He liked to go play airsoft and paintball in the woods till you couldn’t see anymore and wanted to keep playing. He loved to go out on the boat and do a battle royale till one of us fell off. Joe also loved to go slow and take his nieces and nephews on the tube till he was too tired to hang on anymore.

Joe loved his family and friends so much and was always there for them. Joey we love you and will miss you for the rest of our lives.

Joseph so loved his family and friends, his parents, Kim and Cedro; brothers, Chris and Nick; his sister, Trista; Grandma Darlene and Grandpa Chris;  sisters-in-law, Christina and Teanna; his nephew and nieces, Angelina, Christopher Jr., Adrian, Kimmarie, Isabella, Andrew and Jackson; aunt, Kelly; uncle, Greg; aunt, Kristine; aunt, Katie; aunt, Nora; aunt, Christie; aunt, Liz; uncle, Tizoc; uncle, Matt; cousins, Gabby, Gina, Michael, Justine/Vanessa, Manuel, James, Katelyn, Matthew, Mason, Ryan, Josh, Aurora, Nicole and Jaykub; and best friends, Evan and Bree Quetzal.


”The Broken Chain”

You left us peaceful memories,

Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

We love you, Joseph.


A viewing will be held at Jones Mortuary, 115 S. Main St., Lakeport, on Friday, April 1, from 4 to 7 p.m.

John Alameda. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — John Edward Alameda passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at the age of 80.

He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend.

John was a retired California Highway Patrol officer, sheriff’s deputy, local business owner, horseman, sailor and PROUD Navy veteran.

John Alameda. Courtesy photo.

He spent his retirement loving life with his family, enjoyed paddling his canoes, sailing on beautiful Clear lake, and driving his jeep like a cop in pursuit. He will be sorely missed.

Celebration of life will be held at his daughter's home (Marian) in Upper Lake on Saturday, April 9, at 3 p.m.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com.

Patricia King. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Patricia Ann King passed away peacefully at home on the morning of March 5, 2022.

She was born Aug. 25, 1932, to her mother Lillian Wheeler, who died in 1934.

Pat was raised by her Aunt Rose and Uncle Charlie Laggi of Loleta, California.

Pat graduated from nursing school, which began her expanded career of over 53 years working at old Lakeside in Lakeport and numerous doctor offices throughout Lake County.

Her peers and professionals respected her skill, quick wit and her sense of humor that was a style all her own.

Pat was an enthusiastic volunteer for Hospice of Lake County. Pat loved chocolate, watching ice skating and was the underdogs champion. God help you if you ever pissed her off.

Pat is survived by her children, Anthony King (Jocene), Ellen Morris (John) and Roseanne Jones; her brother, Norman Wheeler; her dog, Lucy; grandchildren, Miya, Strada, Trevor and Allison; and great-grandkids, James, Jordan, Journie, Regi, Matteo, Madisyn and Dublin.

Pat was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James King; her brother, Anthony; sister, Delores; Aunt Rose and Uncle Charlie; and recently her son-in-law, Reggie Jones, whom she loved dearly.

A heart feld thank you to Miya and her finance Jimm for taking such loving care of her for over the past two years allowing Pat to to have her wish of staying in her home. Thank you to all of
Pat's caregivers for their outstanding care and Hospice of Lake County for their compassionate care and ongoing guidance for the family.

Memorial services to be held Tuesday, April 19, at 11 a.m. at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary at 1625 N. High St., Lakeport. That will be followed by a gathering at her home on Hill Road in Lakeport.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, 707-263-0357, www.chapelofthelakes.com.

Jeff Markham. Courtesy photo.

Jeffrey Barton Markham was born Aug 18, 1944, in San Francisco, California, to Paul and Elsie Clough Markham.

He entered into rest March 18, 2022, in Springfield, Oregon.

Jeff grew up in San Carlos and Redwood City, graduating from Sequoia High School in 1962. He was involved in many pranks with his close friends there — ask them!

He attended the College of San Mateo and received an AA in law enforcement. This is where he made some lifelong friends whom he joined for annual reunions until just last year.

He moved on to San Jose State, graduating in 1966 with a degree in sociology and a minor in psychology. That is where he met his first wife, Carolyn Rhea. They married in 1967 in Los Gatos.

Jeff and Carolyn had two sons, J. David Markham and Stephen J. Markham.

Jeff hated bullies … that is why he chose law enforcement as a career. He became a reserve police officer in the Redwood City Police Department and fell in love with the job. He went through an academy and then he was sworn in as a reserve deputy sheriff in San Mateo County.

Jeff tested for the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement for the state of California. He was placed in San Francisco. Because San Francisco was the flower power city of love, he saw the backside of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll bands in the mid 1970s — Janis Joplin, the Mamas & the Papas, Big Brother and the Holding Co., among others — as an undercover drug enforcement officer. Oh, the stories he could tell of some of these famous people.

Jeff and Carolyn decided they didn’t want to raise their kids in the city so they relocated to the family vacation cabin in Clearlake. Jeff joined the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in 1969.

He worked through five sheriffs. He saw many changes in the department over the 36 years of service. “I loved it … we were a family and we had a lot of fun.”

His two sons Stephen and David grew up in Clearlake and attended Konocti Unified schools. While the boys were growing up Jeff was active in their lives and interests including farm animals and cars. They have moved on and flourished in their respective careers.

Jeff earned his Masters of Public Administration from USC in 1976.

He was always so proud of his selection to attend the FBI Academy in the fall of 1982. After three months of classes and training, he finished the academy with straight As and a qualification of “expert” in firearms training.

Jeff and Carolyn divorced in 1996. Jeff continued on with his career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office where he made lifelong friends.

In 1997, Jeff met Jeannie Sprecher Butler, a local kindergarten teacher, on a blind date set up by Peggy McCloud. He strung her along for four years before he finally married her in 2001.

In asking her to marry him he agreed to help raise her four boys. Being a stepparent was, he says, “the toughest job there is.” But he enjoyed being an active part of their lives also.

He was a good sport, learning how to snowboard, camp and dirt bike with his new family. He also encouraged and taught Jeannie how to ride motorcycles. They put many many miles on their Harleys, enjoying the camaraderie and freedom of that community.

Jeff retired from the sheriff’s office in 2005 after 36 years. He retired as a chief deputy, chief of staff, but Jeannie always called him “Captain.”

He spent his retirement riding motorcycles, woodworking and traveling to some exciting places where English is not spoken and clean water is not guaranteed.

Volunteering in the local homeless ministries was something he really felt called to and he helped cook meals on a weekly basis with Jeannie.

He maintained his need for order, cleanliness and manners, but also his sense of humor to the end.

They had recently moved to Creswell, Oregon, to be close to Jeannie’s family and newest granddaughter, Elaine. He leaves a loving neighborhood and church in both Lake County as well as Creswell.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannie, of Creswell, Oregon; his two sons, J. David Markham (Jodie) of Lakeport, California, and Stephen Markham (Alex) of San Antonio, Texas; his granddaughters, Chelsea (Brandon), Kendall, Mackenzie and Jackie (Matt); a great-granddaughter, Cecilia; his grandsons, Andrew (Christina) and Matthew; his stepsons, Rick, Mark (Reannon), Zane (Savannah) and Rawley (Allie) Butler; and his special love, granddaughter, Elaine.

He leaves a hole in the lives of all his family. His sense of humor and need to protect all he loved were with him to the end.

Memorial donations in his name can be sent to the Clear Lake High School wood shop program or the Lake County Sheriff’s Activity League.

A memorial has been planned for April 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin St. in Lakeport.

James “Sham” Cochrane. Courtesy photo.

James Michael ‘Sham’ Cochrane
1950 — 2022

James Michael “Sham” Cochrane was born in Eureka, California, on Sept. 10, 1950, to James William Cochrane III and Alice Loree Stockton Cochrane. He was the first born of their five children.

He passed away peacefully on March 14, 2022, at his home in Granite Bay, California, with family at his side.

Sham spent his childhood in the hills outside Loleta and was active in school sports, excelling in basketball and baseball. He was always ready for a pick up game as long as there was a ball involved and played school sports in Loleta, Fortuna and Humboldt State.

He graduated from Fortuna Union High School in 1968, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 and his teaching credential from Humboldt State University in 1972. While in college, he played semipro baseball as catcher for the Humboldt Crabs. He also earned his master’s degree in education at University of San Francisco along with a master’s in counseling at Louisiana State University.

Sham was drafted into the U.S. Army and enlisted on July 24, 1972, transferring to the National Guard and retiring as a 1st Sergeant of the 579th Engineering Battalion after 21 years of service on Nov. 1, 1993.

Sham met Pam Watkins in 1973 while playing softball on opposing teams, with some help from some of Pam’s co-workers at College of the Redwoods who knew Sham playing unabashed matchmakers. They married in Eureka in July of 1977 and Sham had a ready-made family with Pam’s son Gerald “Skip” Hunter.

He began his teaching career at Loleta Union School, later moving to Lake County where he taught middle school in Lower Lake and soon moving to high school at Kelseyville Unified. Never without a ball in his hand, he coached many a student in the finer points of basketball, baseball, softball and football even into his retirement years.

In 1979 Sham, Pam and Skip welcomed Kristin “Kristie” Lynne and Corey Michael arrived in 1981 to complete the family. They happily raised their family in Lake County.

In 2014, Sham retired from teaching in Kelseyville and in 2017 he and Pam relocated to Roseville and then Granite Bay where he lived until his death.

Sham also volunteered on the Lake County Fair Board for many years as well as many volunteer events while his wife Pam was auditor-controller of Lake County.

Sham is predeceased by his wife, Pam (Watkins) Cochrane; maternal grandparents, Virgil and Ruby Stockton; paternal grandparents, James W. Cochrane II and Louise Cochrane; parents, James W. Cochrane III and Loree Cochrane Buck; brothers, Patrick Stephen Cochrane and Robert Todd Cochrane; and nieces, Jana Cochrane and Dottie Chambers.

Sham is survived by his mother-in-law, Bette Watkins and her husband, Phil Merklin of Eureka; children, Skip and Lorrie Hunter and their sons Treven of Pollock Pines and Tyler of Pioneer, California; Kristie and Adam Stogner and their family, Chiara, Cameron and Cayden of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Corey Cochrane and daughter Arianna and Kristyn Long (Corey’s fiance) and son Jackson of Granite Bay.

He is also survived by his brother, Tim and Marie Cochrane of Ettersburg; sister, Leslie and Dennis Burchfield of Rio Dell; sister-in-law, Cyndee Cochrane of Fortuna; brother-in-law, Ray and Gwynn Watkins of Midway, Utah, and nieces and nephews Laura Cochrane, Rebecca Sheets, Justin Cochrane, Chris Cochrane and Lauren Burchfield.

There are so many others that have adopted Papa Sham as their grandfather, father, uncle and family, we thank each and every one of you for the loving support. He loved us all!

We would also like to thank the staff at UCD Rocklin Infusion Center and UCD Hospice for their outstanding care.

A celebration of Sham’s life will be conducted on Friday, April 15, at Medina’s Watering Hole in Scotts Valley (Lakeport) at 2 p.m. The address is 3272 Scotts Valley Road, Lakeport CA 95453.

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Clearlake City Council
3Dec
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