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Veteran of the Month—William Turner

William Thornton Turner was born on September 4, 1946 in Philadelphia.  William, affectionately known as Thornton was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System.

Thornton accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age.  He was drafted into the United States Army where he served two tours in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged after serving three years. He was awarded many medals, such as the parachute badge, National Defense Service Medal and was an expert in firearms.

After Thornton’s discharge from the Army Thornton always kept a job and worked for many years for a nursing home in Coatesville until he retired due to his health.

Thornton was a quiet and unassuming man who loved to travel, read and hop on a bus to the casinos.  He also enjoyed family gatherings and would spend most holidays at his niece Shirlene’s house for dinner.

Thornton was a private person who always did his own thing. In his younger years, some would say he was a lady’s man.  He was a wonderful brother, uncle and just and all around nice guy who will be sorely missed.


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Veteran of the Month for July: Jon Clodfelter

Jon Clodfelter proudly proclaims himself a son of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri and an adopted son of Frankford. He enlisted in the Army in March of 1976 when he was 21 years old because of a belief that every citizen in our country has a responsibility to the greater good. He saw the Army as a way of doing that.

His Army career  as an Intelligence Analyst took him to a wide range of assignments at various command levels in Germany, Italy, Turkey, and at several different posts in the United States, such as Ft. Knox, KY, Ft. Bragg, NC, Ft. Huachuca, AZ, Presidio of Monterey, CA, the Pentagon,  and Bolling Air Force Base, DC.

During those years of service in the Army he used the timeto  self-educate for his undergraduate degree. All his credits came while studying part time at a half dozen different institutions as he traveled around in the military. His military career included:

  • Recognition for social and cultural awareness along with language skills.
  • Deployment several times with the 7th Special Forces Group, the 1st Infantry Division, and the Southern European Task Force.
  • Decoration several times, though he is most proud of being the recipient of the National Défense Medal because his career was highlighted primarily by Cold War Intelligence service.

In May of 1992 he took a post-Gulf War early retirement from the Army and chose a new path and received his master’s degree of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  He later served as chaplain at Thompson children’s home serving all the state of North Carolina focused primarily on helping sexual abuse victims.

In 2002, he  joined St. Mark’s Church in Frankford as the 11th Rector.  I first met Jon at an event in 2011 for a Frankford Gazette story.  I walked in from Frankford Avenue along the walkway on the north side and as I got up to the door of the church, bumped into smiling guy, wearing overalls, I think and carrying a hammer.  I thought he had to be the maintenance guy.  That was Jon.

A guy with a hammer is not too far off the mark with Jon Clodfelter. He tries to be a fixer whenever possible, a listener all the time and a healer when it is called for.

He continues to serve the community of Frankford and a wider collection of folks linked to St. Marks in the same way that he served his county in the Army.

He and his wife Alice, have four adult children, and three grandchildren.  Jon enjoys making his home life interesting.

Jon Clodfelter, Thank you for your service!!!

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Veteran of the Month—Eric Elijah Cosby

Eric Elijah Cosby, affectionately called “Lumpy” by his family and close friends, passed away on June 9th.

He was born in Philadelphia to Warren Sr. and Virginia Cosby on November 8, 1955.

Eric was educated in the Philadelphia Public School system and graduated from Frankford High School in 1973.  After graduation, he matriculated at Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia.  Eric later enlisted in the United States Navy until he was honorably discharged in 1976.  Eric remained an active veteran of the military until his untimely death.

Eric was a committed and dedicated employee.  He worked for PECO for a number of years until he was employed with the Philadelphia School District as a School Police Officer for more than 25 years.  Eric, affectionately known as “Koz” around the around the School District worked to protect teachers, families and loved so many children who were students at the School District.

Eric gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ at a young age at the Star of Hope Baptist church where he was an active member until his death.  Eric participated in Bible Study regularly and often asked many questions.  He was a member of the Trustee Board, Male Usher Board, Men’s Chorus, Mass Choir, and Security.  Eric loved his church home and most of all he loved the Lord.

Eric was a generous giver and supporter of his niece’s church, Greater Restoration Cathedral where he was affectionately known as “Unc” by the members.  Eric believed in Mission work as he would generously give to Lott Carey Foreign Mission, Veterans Affairs, and St. Jude.

Eric had an infectious smile, distinctive laugh and a way with words.  He was a jokester and could be found cracking jokes and pulling pranks with his family and friends.

Children LOVED him.  He was known as the “Candyman” to all children.  You can rest assured that he would have candy, gum, pastries, ice cream and Snickers bars.

Eric enjoyed cooking and making banana pudding and chocolate banana pudding.  He was an all-around athlete.  He enjoyed basketball and played all around Philadelphia in his hay days.  He was an avid football fan and his favorite team was the Philadelphia Eagles. He loved sports and supported his nephews and encouraged them to play.

Eric was known around the country and you could not travel without him knowing someone.  Eric enjoyed giving gifts to his family.  He enjoyed shopping and traveling.  Although Eric was known as being frank with his words and hard; he was also known as being a warm and kind man.  He loved hard.  His favorite scripture was Psalm 23.  His favorite song was by the Canon Singers, “Clean Up”.

Eric married the love of his life Veronda Mann on February 12, 2011, and he remained married to her and cared for her until her death in August of 2017.

Eric leaves the following to mourn his passing:  his three children: Eric, Tiffany and Elijah; four stepchildren, eight grandchildren; Tyree, Tamia, and Mahnaiyah; Terrance, Mahasin; Yaquies, Sada, Asad; five siblings: Warren, Jr.; Donald (Mattie); Gail Marable; Henry; James (Tera); one uncle James Clark (Joyce) and one aunt Evelyn Carter; seven nieces and nephews, a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins; two childhood friends; Gordon Tuner and Abdul Muqeet Tawaab.  Eric’s wife, mother, father and nephew preceded him in death.

Eric was interred at Washing Crossing National Cemetery with full military honors.

Eric Elijah Cosby,

We thank you for your service!!!


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Memorial Day 2018 in Frankford

Monday, May 28th, Keep the Faith in Frankford and friends will gather in the cemetery at St. Joachim Church (Griscom and Church Streets) for a brief ceremony to remember those Frankford residents who died in the service of their country.  It is not to glorify war but to acknowledge their service.

We have been doing extensive research to find out as much about them as possible.  At present there are 125 names that we will read to honor their sacrifice.  They are listed below.  Everyone is invited to participate.

Civil War

John Gibson

Albert Dungan

Sewell Randall

William Batt

David Chipman

Robert Smith

John Stott

John Castor

Joseph Williams

William Baxendine

John Williams

William Wilkinson

James Crocket

William Blackburn

George Lever

Lewis B. Evans

David Potts

Richard Standing

George Gregson

John Johnson

Charles Wonderly

William C. Wilson

Thomas Pilling

William McMullen

Charles Layton

James Harmstead

Henry Castor

Joseph Batt

James Ferry

Robert Kay

George Vanhart

James Bolton

John Hart

James Burk

Almon Smith

William A. Vanatter

Elijah Hunt

John F. Gilberson

Thomas Kirkwood

James K. P. Bryan

Charles T. Mahan

David Feaster Edgar

Thomas Chapman

William Fairhurst

William Wight

Joseph Johnson

Peter McNally

Robert Rae

James Butcher

Robert Lesher

Samuel C. Rodgers

Adam Hafer

William Allen

James Donnelly

Wallace Shaw

Louis Lesher

Rudolph Price

Samuel Deardon

William Martin

Isaac Hilt

James Pierce

Alfred Clymer

Lewis C. Hong

William Hope

Rupert Carney

George Baxendine

David P. Allen

George L. Bragg

John Taylor

James Hilton

Thomas Stone

Michael Shuster

William Reynolds

Charles H. Cooper

Thomas C. Stott

George Frederick Putt

Charles H. Wilson

Nicholas J. Carty

World War I

Warren John Decker

Jesse Vandergrift

William Johnson

Thomas William Astbury

Benneville Wellington Bertolet

Amos Raymond Taylor

Charles Harold Redman

Howard B. Cantelly

Charles Francis Elliott

Joseph T. McClurg

Elmer J. Needham

William Charles Peel

Horace Givens

William Wilkinson Neumann

Joseph Alexander Coyle

George Cassels

Louis Redding

Edward Nelis

Charles J. Coyle

Walter Carroll Brinton

Admiral Johnson

World War II

William M. Fairhurst

Eugene Paul Shipley

William J. Ferry

Francis Keeley

Eugene David Harpel Jr.

Joseph Herbert Clark

Charles Henry Blittersdorf

Andrew Krull

Walter Bryan Gossling Jr.

George Edward Frey

World War II and

Korean War

Joseph George Wilusz

Donald Stainthorpe  Sirman

Korean War

John Leszczynski Jr

James Bartholomew Crane

Cold War

John Wesley Harvey

Vietnam War

Frederick George Lynch

Lloyd Calveria Wilson

Theodore Lauer Fischer

Stephen Paul Blanchett

Matthew  Higgins

Charles William Daut

Charles J. Gibilterra

Thomas Joseph Dowd

Daniel Joseph Savage

Thonas John Laughlin

David Wayne Comber

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Tartaglione Brings Home the Bucks to Post 224

On Saturday April 14th, State Senator Tina Tartaglione presented a check for $100,000 to the Lloyd C. Wilson American Legion Post 224 for the renovation of the Post building.

State Senator Tina Tartaglione presents a check for $100,000 to Post 224 for renovation of the building.

In introducing Senator Tartaglione, Commander Guy Lewis stated, “This lady has been loyal, dependable, unwavering advocate for the citizens of Pennsylvania, especially those of the 2nd (Senate) District, which includes East Frankford. She has been representing us for the last 24 years and has been especially good to the Lloyd C. Wilson Memorial Post 224.”