Kerry Stewart


Kerry Patrick Stewart passed away on June 1, 2018 in an auto accident west of Gridley.

Kerry was born on June 8, 1965 to Jerry and Diana (Parker) Stewart. He attended Heald's College in Sacramento and served in the Army, spending time in Germany before returning to Gridley.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Lona and Fuzzy Stewart.

He is survived by two brothers: Kevin (Tina) Stewart, of Cottonwood and James (Cristy) Doughty, of Red Bluff; sister, Audrey (Phil) Martinez, of Gridley, grandparents: Vic and Thea Parker, of Gridley. He is also survived by uncle, Dick (Anita) Stewart, of Gridley; Leon (Pat) Stewart, of Anaheim and Victor (Stella) Parker, of England; aunts: Betty Parker-Reynolds, of Gridley and Linda Parker-Bahne, of Carlsbad.

Private family service will be held.

Ernestine "Ernie" Hepworth


Ernestine Hepworth, 80, passed away April 15, 2018 in Warner Robins, Georgia. Please join her family for a Graveside Service to be held Friday, June 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery.

Ernie was a long time resident and teacher in Gridley, but up until the time of her passing, she made her home with her daughter, Teddi Hepworth Farrell and son-in-law Jim Farrell in Kathleen, Georgia. Ernie was born in Amity, Arkansas on May 31, 1937. She was the first child of Claudus and Ova Brooks Sorrell.

Ernie was married to Gary Hepworth, who preceded her in death on February 19, 2001. Ernie spent more than 30 years in the classroom in Gridley, California teaching first, second, and third grades. She worked in staff development in Butte County and at Chico State University and was recognized on the senate floor for being one of the first mentor teachers in the State of California. She especially enjoyed working with student teachers at the University, but loved her classroom! She missed the classroom in retirement, but kept in touch with many of her beloved former students and fellow teaching friends.

She was a long time member of the Peach Tree Lane Church of Christ in Yuba City, California where she and Gary served as Educational Directors. She was most recently a member of the Center Point Church in Warner Robins, Georgia.

She leaves her beloved son, Timothy Hepworth and son-in-law Timothy Sweeney, of San Francisco and her precious daughter, Teddi Hepworth Farrell and son-in-law Jim Farrell of Kathleen, Georgia. She leaves her grandchildren: Brianna Farrell, Shea Farrell, Madison Farrell, and Amanda Sideris, who were her greatest joy and light of her world. She is survived by her brother, James Sorrell and sister-in-law, Peggy Sorrell, of Oklahoma and her brother-in-law, Dennis Webber, of Colorado. Many precious nieces and nephews survive her as well.

Her sister, Gail Webber preceded her in death in 2014.

Ernie will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband and friend of 43 years, Gary Hepworth, in the Gridley- Biggs Cemetery.

Per her request, in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation in honor of her granddaughter Madison, Feed the Children, Special Olympics or The Wounded Warriors Project.

Go to to sign the Online Registry for the family. McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory has the privilege of being entrusted with Mrs. Hepworth’s arrangements.

Arthur Bell


Arthur Scott Bell, 93, entered his final rest at his home on June 14, 2018.

A long time resident of Gridley, California, he was born in 1924 in Los Molinos, California. The fifth of seven children, Art was raised on the family farm where he learned a strong work ethic from his parents that served him well the rest of his life. Upon graduating from Los Molinos High School he entered the U.S. Navy, serving his country four years during WWII. In 1946 he married Flora Belle Carrick of Corning, California. They lived in Chico, later relocating to Gridley to raise their family. Art worked for Wonder Bread Company for 35 years as a salesman/driver. Being an outdoorsman all his life, he loved fishing and hunting. As his family of seven lived in the home, he completely remodeled it while working a job that never afforded him two days off in a row. Art enjoyed bowling most of his adult life. In retirement he and Flo enjoyed a Senior Bowling League and ball room dancing into their late 80's, making many cherished friends. He was a member of the Gridley Christian Church, American Legion Post 210, VFW Post 5731, the NRA and National Rifle and Pistol Association.

He was preceded in death by one grandchild.

Arthur is survived by his devoted wife of 72 years, Flora; sister, Betty Gallmeister, of Anderson; five children: Cella and Wes Brinkley, of Orland, Paul and Sheila Bell, of Naperville, Illinois, Carla and Bob Gilbert, of Chico, Sydney and Mike Fissori, of Libby, Montana, John and Patty Bell, of Modesto; 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Special thanks are extended to Hospice and the care workers who eased his last months.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to a favorite charity.

A Memorial Service will be 11 a.m., Friday, June 22, 2018 at Gridley Christian Church.

Military Honors will take place at the Gridley Cemetery June 25, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Louis Theodore “Ted” Farrell


Ted Farrell, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed peacefully on June 2, 2018. He was born on November 10, 1923, in Lamberton, Pennsylvania, the son of Italian immigrants, he learned the value of hard and excellent work. He was the product of the Great Depression, one in which the values of frugality, dependability, responsibility, courage, and integrity were emphasized and encouraged.

At an early age (28), Ted came to know the truth that Jesus is the justifier of those who place their trust in Him; and he entrusted his eternity into Jesus’ care. He and his family attended church each Sunday, and as the years passed, he enjoyed listening to several excellent Bible expositors every Sunday morning. Ted’s favorite verse of Scripture was Ephesians 2: 8 and 9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”

After serving as a radio operator and tail gunner in the South Pacific during WWII (a member of the “Greatest Generation”), Ted continued in the Navy, traveling the world, and retired after 20 years. He then became a radar technician for another 18 years, working for the Federal Aviation Agency.

Ted met the love of his life, Cora Mae Carlton, in Oakland, California, right after the war. They met at a USO dance in January of 1946, and they were married three months later in April of 1946. As a Navy man, Ted and Cora traveled all over the U.S. After his retirement they moved to Gridley, California and lived there for over 50 years. Ted and Cora then moved to Idaho to be closer to family.

During Ted’s retirement he enjoyed golfing, vacationing several times in Hawaii, and the joy of his life – farming. As a farmer he owned a small cattle ranch, and later he owned a small kiwi farm.

“Papa Ted” had a great sense of humor, and loved entertaining his family with stories of his childhood; he will be greatly missed.

Ted is survived by Cora Farrell, his beloved wife of 72 years; three daughters: Linda Souza, Oceanside, California, Lori Parker, Escondido, California, and Janet Tefft, Caldwell, Idaho; two brothers: Dan and Larry Farrell; and a sister, Ann Himber, all from Pennsylvania; and two lovely granddaughters, and four wonderful great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the Auburn Crest Hospice and Ashley Manor for all their exceptional care and kindnesses during their father’s final days. Ted will be laid to rest at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Idaho.

Eugenia Avina,


Eugenia Antonia “Toni” Avina, 76, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on June 7, 2018.

Eugenia was born to Jesus and Librada Navarro in Palermo, California. Eugena began life in a boxcar near the railroad as her father worked for Union Pacific and had a large family to raise. Growing up with many siblings taught her the importance of family. Eugenia attended Oroville High School and graduated in 1960. After high school, Eugenia worked as a teacher’s aide for Burbank School in Oroville. She later went on to work for Tri-Valley Growers, and Pacific Coast Producers.

Eugenia met Jesus Manuel at a Mexican dance immediately fell in love and after two years of courtship they decided to devote the rest of their lives together. In her early twenties, already with three sons, Eugenia married Jesus Manuel and extended her family by three more.

Eugenia loved her family and enjoyed sharing all the special moments in life. Eugenia enjoyed life and she was a devoted Catholic who loved volunteering with the Guadalupe Society and Our Devine Rosary. Eugenia enjoyed spending time gardening and planting oleanders and roses in her beautiful yard. Eugenia will truly be missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Alberto Navarro and sister. Mary Lou Rivera.

Eugenia is survived by her husband Jesus Manuel Avina of forty-nine years; and her beloved children: Gilbert Guererro, Pete Guererro, Lucio Avina, Lisa Avina Enriquez, Alex Marquez, and Anthony Avina. Eugenia has ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Eugenia is also survived by her siblings: John, Danny, Henry, Paul and Bob Navarro, Charlotte Gama, Nellie Becerril, Connie and Lorraine Paniagua, and Ora Parker.

A Viewing will be held at Scheer Memorial, 2410 Foothill Boulevard in Oroville on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m. and the Rosary will follow from 6 to 7 p.m. Mass will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1330 Bird Street in Oroville, California 95965 on Friday, June 15, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., followed by burial memorial services at Memorial Park. After the memorial service a Celebration of Life for Eugenia will be held at St. Thomas Church.

George Moody


George Moody, 87, a resident of Gridley, since 1964, entered the gates of heaven on Saturday, June 9, 2018, after a short illness. A Graveside Service will be held Monday, June 18, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Sutter Cemetery, N 6th Street.

George was born March 7, 1931 in Wister, Oklahoma to John and Rosie Moody. He married his wife Roxie Kelley, on September 9, 1950. They were married 67 years. Together they raised and are survived by three children: Dennis Moody (and wife Terry), of Gridley, Beverly Burgess (and husband Jim), of Yuba City and Karen Burgess (and husband Joel), of Redding; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He will be sadly missed. George had many jobs before being hired by PG&E. He officially retired from PG&E after 40 years.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth in me (Jesus) hath everlasting life. John 6:47

Mervyn Whiteside


Mervyn Leroy Whiteside, 78, passed away peacefully in his home on June 8, 2018 due to complications from a stroke.

He was born on October 30, 1940 in Gridley, California to Viola and Bud Whiteside. Mervyn served in the United States Air Force. He was a Retired Diesel Mechanic. He worked for Shifflet Bros. Trucking for 34 years.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Francis West and Geraldine Jackson.

He is survived by six children: Treasa Wright, Shellie Scales, Raymond Whiteside, Tami Holland Davis, Debi Ramsey, and Stewart Detrick; two son-in-laws: Sterling Wright and Thomas Scales. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Taylor

Graveside Service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery. Reception after the Service at 550 Oro Dam Boulevard, in Oroville.