Greg and Jeremy Gold
Greg Gold, 45, and Jeremy Gold, 39, of Ledbetter, Texas, died in a small plane crash on Nov. 12, 2013. Greg had his own construction business in Bellville, Texas, before opening Rental Solutions, a family-owned equipment rental store in Giddings, Texas. Jeremy owned and operated Gold Equipment for 19 years, starting in Sealy, Texas, before relocating to Ledbetter in 1999. Greg is survived by his wife, Beth, and his two daughters, Jessica and Paige. Jeremy is survived by his wife, Rachael and his four children, Delany Hirsch, Grant Gold, Judson Gold and Brooklyn Gold. The brothers also are survived by their parents, Jerry and Janelle Gold; their sister, Ginger, their grandmother, Elnora Stanley; and several in-laws, aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorials may be made to The Greg Gold Memorial Fund or The Jeremy Gold Memorial Fund, which will be used for the future expenses of their children. Donations can be made to Round Top State Bank, 1442 E Austin St, Giddings, TX 78942.
Malcolm Graffam, 67, of Saco, Maine, died on Nov. 3, 2013. Graffam had been employed by J & J Sales, as a traveling salesman, for the last 10 years. Prior to working at J & J Sales, he was the manager of Taylor Rental/Party Plus in Biddeford, Maine, for 28 years. Graffam started racing at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in the 1960s and enjoyed many successes as a driver. After he stopped driving, he turned his efforts pit-side to assist other teams and helped to lead them to championships. In the mid-1970s, he became the head tech man and in 1997 was selected to work at the track in the highest role as director of competition. Graffam is survived by his wife, Patty of Saco; his brothers, Donald Nason and wife Louise of Dayton; Alton Graffam and wife Pat; Charles, Graffam Jr.; Carl Graffam and wife Jeannette; William Graffam and wife Diana; his sister Charlene LeBlanc all of Saco; and his brother John Graffam of Buxton. He is also survived by his three daughters: Kim Meikle and her companion Scott Woodward; Kelly Graffam and her companion Kevin Lambert; and Abby Purvis and her husband Kirk Purvis; along with his grandchildren, Jeremy, Jesse, Julie, Emma, Cole, Quinn and Tessa, all of Saco. He also is survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Donations may be sent to the Malcolm D. Graffam Scholarship Fund, Peoples Choice Credit Union, 23 Industrial Park Road, Saco, Maine. This scholarship fund will be awarded to a Thornton Academy student from the Class of 2014.
Phil Maxwell, 69, of Chino, Calif., passed away Oct. 16, 2013. Maxwell opened California Portable Party Sales in Chino in 1990 as a manufacturer, manufacturer’s rep and distributor. He was known by many as “the dance floor guy.” He joined the American Rental Association (ARA) in 1990 and served on the Party and Event Shared Interest Group in 2010. The family-owned company is now run by John and Julie Frantz and Judy Maxwell in Chino with warehouses in California, Washington and Pennsylvania. Maxwell also was a member of the California Rental Association and most recently served on the group’s Associate Liaison Committee. Maxwell was a sales rep at Shasta Cola before joining JP Casteel in 1969, where he worked until 1989, when he became the national sales manager for California Portable Dance Floor and then started his own company a year later. Maxwell is survived by his wife, Judy, two daughters and two grandchildren.
Gene O’Kelley, 75, of Greensboro, Ga., died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. He was a successful entrepreneur who started working in high school at the C & S Bank, then Delta Airlines in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He also sold real estate and owned a one-hour martinizing dry cleaning business. In 1974, he opened a rental store, which became All Seasons Rental. This business continues to be family-owned and now is operated by the third generation. O’Kelley was an active member of Walker United Methodist Church of Greensboro, where he was the chairperson for the Evangelism Committee. He lived in Rockdale County from 1972 until 1997, where he was past president of Atlanta Metro Rental Association, past president of Rockdale County Chamber of Commerce and a member of Rockdale County Rotary. He moved to Greene County in 1997. In addition to his wife, Janice Kelly O’Kelley of Greensboro, Ga., he is survived by his children, Gene (Jennifer) O’Kelley of Conyers, Ga., Mark O’Kelley of Covington, Ga., James (Jana) O’Kelley of Monroe, Ga., Chris O’Kelley of Hickory Creek, Texas, Monica (Michael) Graves of Golden, Colo., Jackie (Herb) Vadney of Monroe, Ga., and Jennifer (Dale) George of Conyers, Ga.; sister, Mary Dean (Thad) Joiner; brother, Thomas (Patti) Hunter; nine grandchildren; and many other relatives. Donations may be made in memory of Gene O’Kelley to Walker United Methodist Church, 2730 Walker Church Road, Greensboro, GA 30642.
J.L. Price, 88, of Edmond, Okla., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Price graduated from Ardmore High School in 1945 and worked for J.C. Penney’s from 1943 to 1948, transferring to T.G. & Y. in 1949. In 1985, Price and his wife, Billie, opened Britton Rental Center in Oklahoma City with their son and daughter-in-law. He worked in the business full time for the next 20 years and continued to work at the store occasionally after that. Price is survived by his wife; children Jo Anne Laing of Edmond, and Jerry and Debby Price of Edmond; grandchildren, Stephanie and Seth Parker, Jacksonville, Fla.; Tricia Laing, London, England; Jeffrey and Courtney Price, Edmond, and Jennifer and Jimmie Moseley, Edmond; great grandchildren, Sydney Stuart, Cobie, Misty, Chyanne, and Mylee and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
James ‘Mickey’ Sullivan
James Michael “Mickey” Sullivan, 79, of Portage Lakes, Ohio, died Oct. 14. Sullivan graduated high school in 1952, and served in the U.S. Army in Korea. Upon his return, he attended the University of Akron. In 1960, he succeeded his grandfather as owner of Sully’s Rental, which was founded before World War II. Sully’s Rental joined the American Rental Association (ARA) on Dec. 1, 1959. Sullivan expanded the rental store from a small toolshed in downtown Akron to four locations at his retirement. The rental company, now owned and operated by Sullivan’s son-in-law, has locations in Akron and Canton. Two of Sullivan’s grandchildren, the fifth generation, also work for the business.