Clifton Lafayette Powers, Sr.

Clifton Lafayette Powers, Sr. born in Gould, Okla. on March 5, 1927, passed away on Dec. 12, 2017, at the age of 90 in Hawthorne, Nev.

Clif started school in a two-room country school called Reno north of El Reno, Okla. The next eight years, Clif attended many rural two-room schools and graduated from the Eighth Grade at Mt. View School near Anadarko, Okla. The family moved to California in 1941 where Clif attended San Jacinto High School in Riverside County and graduated in May 1945. He met Oletta F. Hitchcook and they were married in Bakersfield, Calif., June 19, 1945.

Clif was drafted into the Army, September 1945, stationed in the State of Washington and received an honorable discharge in August 1946. To this union, three children were born: Clifton L. Powers, Jr., Mikhail Powers and Frances C. Powers.

Clifton was the youngest son of seven children born to William L. Powers and Myrtle E. (Gallop) Powers. A brother and sister died early in their childhood and two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death along with his parents and his wife, Oletta (1994) and his youngest son, Vietnam Veteran Mikhail (2004).

He is survived by his wife, Clara (Freeman) Powers; his oldest son, Clifton (Cheryl) of Rogue River, Ore.; his daughter, Frances (Richard) Whitmire of Papillion, Neb.; six grand children; eight great-grand children; four great-great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews.

Clif made his career working for the Federal Government. His government employment was spent at NAWS China Lake, Calif.; Benecia Arsenal, Benecia, Calif.; Mare Island Naval Ship Yard, Vallejo, Calif.; NAD, Hawthorne, Nev. (1952-1960) and finally for HUD in Omaha, Neb. (1972-1980) retiring in 1980. Clif also was a barber in California for twelve years following his first retirement in 1960.

Clif and Oletta relocated to Hawthorne, Nev. for retirement and Clif worked as a security guard at the base for a short time. After his wife, Oletta, of 48 years passed away in 1994, Clif met and married Clara Freeman on April 26, 1997. Clif and Clara continued to make Hawthorne their home.

Clif was a long time member of the Church of Christ of Hawthorne where he served as pastor. He was also an avid fisherman and volunteer at the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum. Graveside services will be at the Hawthorne Cemetery, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Errol Edgar Almond, long time resident of Hawthorne, passed away at Northern Nevada Medical Center on Dec. 13, 2017 after a short illness.

Errol was born in Capron, Okla. on Dec. 17, 1932 to Ernest and Cleo Almond. Errol spent two years in the US Army, during the Korean Conflict. Upon returning home he began his journey with education. Errol achieved a Master’s Degree in Education. His teaching career began in his home town. It took him in several directions over the years, Oklahoma, Colorado and finally Hawthorne in 1968. He retired from teaching, a career that spanned many years.

His hobbies included flying his own private plane, fishing and spending time with his family.

Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Elvin; twin brother, Derrol; sister, Gwendolyn and granddaughter, Evie. Errol is survived by his wife of 55 years, Vivian Almond: son, Brian Almond, both of Hawthorn.; numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Errol’s life will be held Dec. 30, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church in Hawthorne.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Gardens Funeral Home 2949 Austin Highway, Fallon, Nev.

Harry Victor


Harry Victor Freeman of Luning passed away peacefully at Mt. Grant General Hospital in Hawthorne on Dec. 17, 2017 with family by his side, from complications of COPD and a stroke.

Harry was born in Astoria, Ore. on Jan. 8, 1938 to Harry Grant Freeman and Edith Senja Lindberg Freeman. Harry was raised in the Astoria area and graduated from Astoria High School with the Class of 19557.

He enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps in 1957, serving much of his duty in Subic Bay, Philippines. With Honorable Discharge in 1963, he returned to Astoria where he worked in the commercial logging and fishing industries and owned his drag fishing boat, The Pricilla.

In 1966 he joined the Longshore Union Local 50 in Astoria. He transferred to Local 13, Long Beach, Calif. in 1985 and retired to Luning where he had property for many years.

Harry is survived by wife of 30 years, Mary Freeman (McDevitt); daughter, Pricilla Van of Sluis, Wash.; son, Lesley Freeman of Texas; grandsons: Cameron and Brandon Van of Sluis, Wash; stepdaughters: Beverly Garcia of Florida, Lori Duckett of California and Judy LaFountain of Nevada; step grandchildren: Joshua Fazekas, Ken Pate, Ashley Demarco and Matthew Keen and step great grandchildren: Alexis LaFountain and Jack Demarco.

Harry was active in Mina VFW and was post commander until his health required him to step down.

Harry loved the Nevada desert and landscape which he spent countless hours exploring and playing on his ATV.

Perhaps he was best known locally for his 4th of July fireworks display on the Luning Flats. Over the past 27 years, it grew from a few sparklers for kids to a spectacular event.

Harry enjoyed traveling with Mary and friends, Mike and Richard. He enjoyed old country music of Willie, Waylon and the old boys and he enjoyed woodworking.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

Viewing at Gunter’s Funeral Home, Friday, Dec. 22 from 1-3 p.m. Burial at Mina Cemetery, Saturday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. with a celebration of life at the Mina VFW on Jan. 7 at 3 p.m.