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Clayton ‘Pee Wee’ Johnson

Clayton "Pee Wee" Johnson, 83, died Nov. 4, 2000 in Phoenix. He was born Dec. 1, 1916 in Carlwell Parish, Louisiana to Willie and Emma Johnson, one of 14 children.

Mr. Johnson, affectionately known as Pee Wee, worked for many years in the sawmills. He came to Williams around 1978 and was a well-known fisherman and hunter. He worked for the City of Williams for a number of years and was honored by having the Little League Park named after him. Mr. Johnson was also active in the senior program with the Forest Service.

He was preceded in death by 11 siblings and one grandchild. Survivors include his children, Ida Wilber of Tucson, Rosemary McCowin of Phoenix, Jerry Johnson of Louisiana, Andrew Johnson of Tucson and Ray Johnson of Las Vegas; as well as three brothers, Sisroe Johnson of Michigan and Willie Johnson and Joe Johnson of Louisiana; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday (Nov. 10) at the First Baptist Church in Williams, with burial in the Williams Cemetery to follow. Stewart Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

Luzel Buffet

Luzel Buffet, 72, of Williams died Nov. 5, 2000 at Flagstaff Medical Center. She was born Oct. 3, 1928 in Minden, Louisiana to Merritt and Levelle Daniel. Mrs. Buffet came to Williams in 1972 with her husband, Ralph, and made their home here while raising their family.

Her husband as well as three children, Prentice, Eugene and Dorothy; and a sister, Ellie Mae West; preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Joanne Jenkins and Debra Booker, both of Williams; two brothers, Cleotis Daniel of Florida and Frank Daniel of Illinois; twin sisters, Barbara Loise and Barbara Ann Daniel of Illinois; and Mattie Williams of California; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The viewing will be at 5 p.m. Monday (Nov. 13) at Stewart Chapel. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 14) at the Galilee Baptist Church in Williams, with burial in the Williams Cemetery to follow. Stewart Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

Ruth Jeanette Skaggs

Ruth Jeanette Skaggs, 68, died Nov. 1, 2000 in Phoenix.

She was born Aug. 5, 1932 in Little Rock, Ark., the daughter of J.C. and Ruth Miller Bourland. She moved to Arizona from Texas 53 years ago and moved to Williams in 1952 where she resided about 20 years. While in Williams, Mrs. Skaggs was a member of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include a son, Mark Skaggs and his wife Ingrid of Glendale; and two granddaughters, Rebecca Virginia Skaggs of Brownwood, Texas and Melissa Dawn Skaggs of Phoenix.

Family members held a private funeral service. Maryvale Mortuary was entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Gary Lang

Gary Lang, 50, died Nov. 5, 2000 in Tucson. He was born Feb. 10, 1950 in Mesa, the son of Betty and George Lang.

He worked as an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer for 27 years in the communities of Williams, Grand Canyon and Casa Grande. Mr. Lang was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam and most recently resided in Pearce.

His father, George, preceded Mr. Lang in death. Survivors include his wife Patricia Lang of Pearce; his dog and best buddy, Thumper; his mother, Betty of Chandler; two sisters, Mary Lang of Phoenix and Sherri Cook of Chandler; and a brother, John Lang of Gilbert.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday at a private residence in Gilbert located at 9634 S. 157th Place. Take Superstition Freeway to Greenfield Road and turn right. Proceed to Guadalupe and turn right. Continue 1/4 mile to 157th Place and turn left.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross Bone Marrow Department, 4601 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85711.

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