Sierra Vista, AZ 2065

District No. 0500

In Memoriam


James “Jim” Miller Memorial: Our Lodge will hold Jim’s memorial on Sunday, 25 September 2016 at 1:00pm.


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Friend and Brother, James (Jim) Stanton on 03 September 2016. Please send prayers for his wife, Bertha and his family.



It is with a heavy heart that I am to inform you that one of our members (Harry Tungate #2626) passed away on 22 August 2016. 



It is with a heavy heart that report the passing of our Elk Brother and friend, Howard Schrader, this morning- Thursday, 28 April 2016. We will miss you Howard.








A celebration of Life will be held for our Elk Brother, Mr. Bill Waynick at the Elks Lodge in Sierra Vista from 12:00-2:00pm on Saturday, 23 April 2016.

William (Bill) C. Waynick passed away on April 20, 2016, at the Mayo Hospital in Phoenix surrounded by his loving family members. He was born in Reidsville, North Carolina, on March 6, 1940, to Spencer and Dorothy Waynick.

He was commissioned in the Army after graduating Wake Forest University in 1962 and served for twenty four years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1986. Bill served two tours in Vietnam. Bill graduated from Airborne and Ranger school, and Command & General Staff College. He also received Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Bars Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, and Vietnam Staff Service Medal 1st Class. After settling in Sierra Vista, he raised Arabian horses. Bill stayed very active in the church by serving in leadership roles and as a Stephen Minister. He was a precinct committeeman and member of the Cochise County Republican Party, a proud member of the NRA, and volunteered many hours in his community.

He is survived by his wife, best friend and soulmate Gail Griffin; son Col. William C. Waynick II (Kelly) of North Carolina, daughters Debbie Waynick of Arizona, Pamela Lightsey of Georgia, Vicki Griffin Berglund (Donnie) of Arizona, Kimberly Griffin of Arizona and Lindsey Roberts (Dylan) of Tennessee. Bill is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great grandson. Bill was a wonderful thoughtful husband, a proud father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, son and friend. He was a patriot and loved his God, Family and Country.

Bill enjoyed traveling, horses, and family. His faith was very strong and he will be greatly missed by those of us left behind on Earth.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 10:00am, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2053 E. Choctaw Dr., Sierra Vista, AZ 85650. Immediately following the service, he will be interred at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail Sierra Vista, AZ. A celebration of life reception will be held from 12:00-2:00 at the Elk's Lodge, 1 S. Elk's Lane (off of Wilcox Dr), Sierra Vista, AZ. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Committee Foundation (SAVMC Foundation), 1300 S Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 (or donate online at




John M. Parker, Jr. John was a lifetime member of our Elks Lodge and a longtime resident of Sierra Vista / Fort Huachuca before moving up to Oregon.

Our Lodge Chaplain provided the following Obituary from the Oregon News;

John passed away peacefully in his sleep April 9, 2016 after celebrating his 34th anniversary with his best friend and wife with a simple, “I love you.”

John was born in Bastrop, Louisiana to Georgia and John Parker. He had such good memories of his aunts and uncles, many of whom were very close to his age. After graduating from high school, he joined the Marines where he served for four years. After a brief respite from the Marines, he joined the Army. He enjoyed traveling with them and seeing much of the world. In Germany he served with the Armed Forces Radio Network where he met many celebrities, became a Mason and a Shriner, and enjoyed the country with his family. During this time he completed his Associate of Arts Degree. He retired from the Army in 1969 at Fort Huachuca, AZ. Then he was employed by the Federal Civil Service and worked in the education field until it was necessary for him to take a disability retirement in 1985. He became a life member of the Elks in Sierra Vista and enjoyed their civic activities and functions. He was elected to the position of chairman of the Fry Fire Dept. in Sierra Vista, AZ. He served in that capacity until it was necessary for him to have a heart transplant in 1995. He was blessed in hat he was able to celebrate his 21st anniversary of his “new” heart in March.

John and his wife Pam moved to Seal Rock, Oregon in 1996 when she retired from teaching. Oregon was like another world compared to Arizona, and they enjoyed exploring the many wonders of the area where they fed the birds, watched sunsets together, and enjoyed this new chapter of life.

He volunteered for eighteen years with the Oregon Donor Program at Samaritan Pacific Hospital in Newport, OR. The casual acquaintance with the hospital employees, greeting people as they came to the hospital, and encouraging people to become organ donors (so that others might have the hope and happiness that his new heart gave him), were very satisfying.

John is survived by his children: Benny Parker of Hereford, AZ; Sharon (Robert) Buscher of Sierra Vista, AZ; and Dan Parker of Hereford, AZ; Peggy Barnes, the mother of his children, of Hereford, AZ; his step-son, Henry Bollweg of Gold Canyon, AZ; his grandchildren: Kaysea Buscher and Robert Buscher of Sierra Vista, AZ; and Jonathan Bollweg of Ohio; two great-grandchildren: Akadius and Morinyo of Sierra Vista, AZ; his wife Pam; his beloved cat Q.T.; and good friends.

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