WILLIAM CLARK PRESFIELD – Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel for William Clark Presfield, 80, who died Friday at his Modesto home after a short illness. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Park [Hughson, Stanislaus, California]
A native of Texas, Mr. Presfield had lived in Modesto since 1945. He was an auto body and fender repairman for 35 years.
Mr. Presfield is survived by one son, Billy Presfield of Wyoming; a daughter, Cecil Jones of Sonora [Tuolumne County]; four brothers, Cecil and Jerry Presfield, both of Sacramento, and Frank and Harold Presfield, both of Arkansas; one sister, Zell Randolph of Oklahoma; and three grandchildren.
Notes I try to copy into the bottom of every obit I look up:
Lakewood Memorial Park and Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel are both still in business. http://www.superpages.com/http://www.superpages.com/ will have their phone book listings.
I will send you the paper copy printed from the microfilm if you send me your street address privately.
I'm not related, nor did I know the family. I look these obits up to repay people who looked things up for me, by "paying it forward". If you have the time and inclination, you can look up an obit in your county for someone too. ------------------------------------- Something I don't always copy in:
There is no way in the world that a 200-word obit can tell much about a man or woman. I'm sorry. Did he like to fish? Did he tell stories about the Great Depression? Did his brother [cousin, uncle] lose an arm in France in 1918? Was he good to hs son, or did they fight, or both? (Sometimes giving into something your child asks, something you know is bad in the long run, just to have peace around the house, is a lazy and cowardly way out.)
Why did he leave? Was he a philandering bum, or did she drive him nearly to insanity? Maybe a little of both; some people don't need much excuse to run away from a problem.
"Cecil" isn't very common as a woman's name and the obits usually fall to the youngest reporter on the staff. I would not be surprised if the reporter mis-typed the brother's name for the daughter's.