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Manufactured Home Industry Board Member Surrenders to Cancer, R.I.P.

June 29th, 2018 Comments off

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A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday evening, July 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home for Lori Lee Woodyard Sechrest.

Lori was born on December 14, 1965 and passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018. She was a member of the board of directors for the Tennessee Housing Association, the Volunteer State’s manufactured housing state association.

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In her family’s words:

Diagnosed less than a year ago, Lori did not let cancer become the descriptor of her life on Earth, but just a small piece of her incredible life story of love and the pursuit of dreams. Lori always relied on her faith in God and His leadership, guidance and grace because she always recognized that without Him there was nothing,” said her GoFundMe page.

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Through On the Level, Lori was an active member with the Tennessee Manufactured Housing Association in the transportation division,” her memorial page said. “Over the decades in Dickson she met and was able to work with many incredible manufactured home associates and formed lifelong friendships through events, meetings and day to day work.”

Through her life, Lori’s affection and love for her nieces and nephews was evident to all who knew her. It was common for her to share pictures or stories of adventures with them.

All her nieces and nephews carry fond memories of their Aunt Lori, and the examples she set for them through her life.

Lori was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents and her father-in-law.

Lori’s final resting place is in the Woodyard Family Cemetery in Williamstown, KY, which is located on the farm she and her siblings grew up playing on with grandparents, cousins and neighbors.

MHProNews extends its sincere condolences to all of those who are touched by her loss.  May she rest in peace. ## (Passages, memorial, obituary.)

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Fatal Clayton Homes Maynardville Accident Fined, RIP Keith Tucker West Jr. of Hoyle’s Tire & Axle

May 16th, 2018 Comments off

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Last February, a North Carolina truck drive died at Clayton Homes Maynardville plant.  The state and local media said little, pending the state’s investigation.

 

The initial Daily Business News report, is linked here.

Tragic Clayton Death Sparks Investigation, Background Others Missed

That state investigation is now complete, and here is what the findings are.

A North Carolina mobile home parts seller has been fined $2,000 by the state following the death of one of its drivers in February while making a delivery in Maynardville,” per WBIR 10 News.

The Tennessee State Department of Labor and Workforce Development imposed the fine against Hoyle’s Tire & Axle of Henderson, N.C. Hoyle’s has paid the fine, according to records.

State authorities found that Hoyle’s had “failed to ensure employees are protected from falling material when unsecuring a load,” records state.

Clayton’s plant was not fined in connection with the fatality.

 

RIP Keith Tucker West, Jr.

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Smithfield, NC resident Keith Tucker West, Jr. died on Monday, February 12, 2018 from injuries from an accident at the Clayton Maynardville plant. West was born on March 3, 1974 in Vance County, NC. He was the son of Carol Faucette Harris of Henderson and the late Keith Tucker West, Sr.

Hoyle’s truck driver was Keith Tucker West, Jr. 43.  West was “struck and killed by falling axles after stopping to make a delivery Feb. 12 at a Clayton Homes manufacturing plant on Raccoon Valley Road,” according to WBIR. “The axles fell on West and crushed him as he was loosening straps on axle bundles.”

During the unloading process at Clayton’s Maynardville production center, it was the truck driver’s job to unstrap the load. Once the fasteners and straps were removed, records state, it was up to a forklift operator at Clayton Homes to remove the idler axes coming into the plant.

While in the process of unstrapping the load, a bundle of idler axles fell from the top tier of the trailer and struck Mr. West from above,” the Tennessee investigative summary states.

Hoyle’s, the Tennessee State Department of Labor and Workforce Development found, should “develop written procedures for safely unloading/unstrapping cargo and subsequently train all potentially exposed employees on the procedures.”

The West funeral photos are from Facebook, from his grieving friend Patrick Jackson.

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Keith Tucker West, Jr, rest in peace.

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Howard Walker, Equity Lifestyle Properties Vice Chair, Passed Away

April 14th, 2018 Comments off
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In a message to members of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) begins, “It is with great sadness that I inform you that industry leader Howard Walker, Vice Chairman of Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) and MHI Treasurer, passed away Wednesday morning.”

Bloomberg said, “Mr. Howard Walker has been a Co-Vice Chairman of Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. since February 2013 and was its Vice Chairman from May 2003 to February 2013. He has been a Director of Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. since November 1997. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Equity LifeStyle Properties,” prior to assuming that role.

Mr. Walker “was a frequent presence at MHI meetings and events, having served on the MHI Executive Committee of the Board of Directors as Treasurer and an Investment Committee member since 2013. He also was active in other roles at MHI over the years, including serving as Vice Chair of the National Communities Council Board of Governors and a member of the Government Relations Committee,” said MHI’s statement.

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Howard Walker, 78 Beloved father of Dina (Blake Crousore) Walker and Gordon (Patricia Ni) Walker. Cherished grandfather of Mia and Beckett Walker. Dear brother of the late Shirley (the late Seamen) Peltz and the late Robert Walker. Fond uncle, cousin and friend to many. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, April 14, from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at The Drake Hotel, (Camellia Room) 140 East Walton Place, Chicago. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to your [favorite charity] would be appreciated” said Legacy.

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MHProNews wishes to extend its sincere condolences to all of those who are touched by his passage.

 

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U.S. Army, Manufactured Home Industry Veteran, Passes

December 5th, 2017 Comments off

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Born on March 31, 1934, in Youngstown, he was the son of the late John R. and Vera B. David Galazia,” the Vindicator’s report, datelined from Edinburg, PA, stated.

His wife of 17 years, the former Donna J. Litterini, whom he married on Nov. 27, 1999, are among the bereaved.

  • Robert graduated from the College of Wooster in 1956
  • He served his country as a member of the U.S. Army.
  • Robert followed in the family business of manufactured homes, established in 1946.
  • He owned Frank’s Mobile Homes and later launched Galazia Home Builders, with reportedly several locations in the Pennsylvania area.
  • He also co-owned a hotel in Punta Gorda, Fla. with his father and Chuck Tanner.

He belonged to Trinity Episcopal Church. Robert was a member of Moose Lodge 51,” said the Vindy.An avid sports enthusiast, he belonged to the Wabash Bear Bowling League and loved playing golf. Robert also enjoyed watching baseball and football.

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In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by children,

  • Maria Fortin and husband Michael Merriam of Maine,
  • John R. Galazia II and wife Cathy of New Galilee, Pa.,
  • David J. Galazia and wife Michelle of Edinburg, and
  • Joseph V. Galazia and wife Leigh A. of Wampum, Pa.;
  • stepsons, Curtis J. Carlson, Christopher J. Carlson and wife Nicole, and Craig J. Carlson and wife Christine;
  • grandchildren Robert Galazia II, Christie Galazia, Ashley Galazia, Kapeka Galazia, Kekoa Galazia, Olivia Galazia, Aaron Fortin, and Victoria Blackington;
  • great-grandchild, Riley Galazia;
  • and step-grandchildren, Isabella, Samantha, and Skylar.

MHProNews extends its condolences to all those who were touched by this loss.  May Robert D. Galazia rest in peace.

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In Memorium: Stephen W. Esslinger

March 30th, 2012 Comments off

It is with regret that we report Stephen W. Esslinger, a long standing Community Owner passed on March 23, 2012. Esslinger took over a South Orange County community in 1987, then owned by his grandparents’ trust, and built it into one of the most desireable communities along the California coast. Esslinger also championed many fights against rent control in the City of Laguna Beach and the state. he is survived by his wife Amy, and daughters, Karen and Grace and leaves behind a great legacy in the community.