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Obituaries - Sept. 14 edition


Charles T. Brownlow

Charles Truman Brownlow of Fairbanks, Alaska, passed away Sept. 4, 2011. He was 76.

He had lived in Alaska for thirty-one years with his present wife Joyce to whom he had been married for thirty-eight years.

Charles, also known as Chuck and sometimes 'Charlie Brown,' was born May 31, 1935, in St. Helens.

He attended school at John Gumm Grade School and the old St. Helens High School, the site of the present Lewis and Clark Elementary.

After school activities included membership in the Cub and Boy Scout programs and youth activities at the Christian Church.

During his high school years he worked at the Sentinel-Mist, the newspaper owned by his father, Alexander T. Brownlow, his mother, L. Berenice Brownlow and their business partner, Jessica L. Longston. Since journalism and community interests often go hand in hand, he not only became involved in local service organizations, but was a volunteer fireman. Sometimes he was privileged to also accompany police officers in order to 'scoop' a story for the paper.

After high school graduation in 1953, he attended University of Oregon and several years later, the University of Kentucky.

By this time his interest leaned toward radio and radio announcing, which fit perfectly into managing and announcing for the new Radio KOHI, which his mother and business partner were starting in St. Helens. This, during the 1960s and early 1970s, led to other business affiliations with newspaper, radio and television in several northwestern states. When the opportunity arose to manage a TV station in Fairbanks, he moved there.

He was a life member of the Elks Lodge #1999 in St. Helens and then of the Elks Lodge #1551 in Fairbanks, where he served as Alaska State President of Elks. At the time of his death he was Alaska State Scholarship Chairman for them.

He was loved and will be missed greatly.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce of Fairbanks; locally his adult children, Ron Brownlow and (Susan), Darla Morley and (Arnold), and C.T. Brownlow and (Laurie); adult step children, Randy, Karen, David and Linda; 26 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; sister, Kathleen Ward of St. Helens; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandsons, Steven Charles Brownlow and Thomas James Brownlow.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the Christian Church of St. Helens, 185 S. 12th St. Committal and vault interment will be at Bethany Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Relay for Life.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.

David E. Nolan

David Elijah Nolan of St. Helens died Sept. 4, 2011, at his home. He was 53.

David was born July 7, 1958, in Portland to Lloyd and Mary (Stafford) Nolan.

Educated in Portland and Gresham, he was employed as a truck driver since the age of 18.

For the past two years he worked as a kennel technician at the Columbia County Humane Society.

In 1986 he married Sheila Williams in Vancouver, Wash. They moved to St. Helens from Portland in 1995.

A Christian, he liked watching and collecting Nascar memorabilia, football and basketball.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila Nolan of St. Helens; children, Shane Nolan of St. Helens and Sarah Nolan of Seaside; mother, Mary Nolan of Amboy, Wash.. and five siblings.

A memorial service was held Sept. 9 at McCormick Park in St. Helens.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Columbia County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.columbiafh.com.