John Bryan Bradley Sr.

John Bryan Bradley, Sr. beloved son, husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at the age of 88 at Aiken Regional Hospital, in Aiken, S.C., following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Bradley was born April 13, 1928, in Mound, La., to Dr. George H. Bradley and Nancy McMurry Bradley. He was a graduate of North Fulton High School in Atlanta, Georgia in 1947 and then attended Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He graduated with a degree in Chemistry in 1951.
During his senior year, he met the love of his life, Emily Jane Fraser, of Atlanta, Ga., with whom he spent the next 60 years.
He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1951 and served during the Korean Conflict at San Marcus AFB, Texas, Fort Sill, Okla., and New Port News and Fort Eustis, Va. He was initially assigned to the Chemical Corp. but then was accepted to Army Aviation where his passion for flying took off and continued to serve in the Army’s Transportation Corp until discharged from active duty in 1955. Following his tenure in the Army, he continued his service as a pilot with the Georgia Air National Guard.
After serving in the United States Army, Mr. Bradley began his long career in the Pulp and Paper Industry beginning with Georgia Kraft in Macon and Rome, Georgia and quickly rose through the ranks to serve as the first plant manager of Alabama Kraft a division of Georgia Kraft (now Westrock) Cottonton, Ala. His career continued with plant manager positions at The Brown Company, Berlin, Willamette Industries, Natchitoches, La., and Jackson Paper, Sylva, N.C. In the latter stages of his career, he worked as a Chemical Testing Consultant across Louisiana and Texas and enjoyed flying for the U.S. Forest Service and others upon request. Mr. Bradley finally retired and hung up his wings in 2010 at the early age of 81.
Mr. Bradley was fortunate to pursue his passion of flying and traveling with alongside his wife, Jane. Enjoying life to its fullest with his love for boating, hunting and fishing. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches, Louisiana and went on several mission trips in South Louisiana, Haiti and Costa Rica.
Mr. Bradley was preceded in death by his loving wife Jane Fraser Bradley, son Frederick Carl Bradley, brother George H. Bradley Jr., grandson Preston Thomas Smyth, and parents Dr. George H. Bradley and Nancy McMurry Bradley.
He is survived by son John Bryan Bradley Jr. and wife Darlynn Bradley of Augusta, Ga.; daughter Dr. Jayni Bradley Thomas and husband Steve Thomas of Watkinsville, Ga.; daughter Elizabeth Faye Bradley Smyth of Columbus, Ga.; and daughter Julea Bradley Hovey of Aiken, S.C. Mr. Bradley is also survived by grandchildren John Bryan Bradley III, Mary Catherine Bradley Nalbach, Bradley Steven Thomas, James Erskine Thomas, Emily Louise Thomas, Peyton Fraser Smyth, and Cullen Edward Hovey and numerous nieces and nephews and their children that he loved greatly.
The family would like to extend our deep appreciation for Dad's personal caregivers in Aiken to Rescare Homecare, Agape Hospice, and Regency Hospice, and especially for care and relationship with Sam Griffin and Melvin Thomas.
Funeral Services to be held Saturday, February 25, at 1 p.m. CST at the Jernigan Methodist Church, 2288 Hwy 165, Jernigan, Alabama (just south of Cottonton) with burial in the family cemetery at the Church, alongside his wife, son, and grandson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mr. Bradley’s memory to the Jernigan Methodist Church, 2271 Hwy 165, Jernigan, AL 36027.
Shellhouse Funeral Home, Inc., 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken, S.C.


Lena G. Devoid

Lena G. Devoid, 84, of Gorham, passed away at her home on February 17, 2017. She was born in Berlin on April 12, 1932, a daughter of Henry and Ozina (Brien) Dufresne. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a Graduate of Notre Dame High School, Class of 1950. Lena is a member of St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. She enjoyed cooking, reading, puzzles and BINGO.

Family members include three sons; Ronald Devoid of Berlin, Richard R. Devoid of Gorham and William Devoid and wife Terri of Berlin; a daughter Debra Roberge and her partner Tony Greska of Milan; seven grandchildren; Adam Devoid, Jacob Devoid, Amanda Pierce, Alyssa Devoid, Ryan Roberge, Cassie Devoid and Andrea Ried; 10 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Richard E. Devoid in 1994, a son Donald Devoid and a granddaughter Carolyn Devoid.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday morning February 22, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bryant Funeral Home, 180 Hillside Ave., Berlin. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home from 9 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in St. Anne Cemetery. Donations may be made in her memory to Northwoods Home Health and Hospice, 278 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584. Online guestbook at


Gilles P. Laramee

Gilles P. Laramee, 85, of Berlin, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at his home. He was born in Berlin on December 31, 1931, the son of William and Celia (Fontaine) Laramee and was a lifelong resident. He was a very proud US Marine who served in the Korean War. Gilles worked as a crane operator for Currier Trucking, was a member of Good Shepherd Parish, the Marine Corps League, the White Mountain Post #2520 VFW and was the North Country Regional Director for Toys for Tots. He also enjoyed volunteering at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital, the NH Department of Corrections in Berlin and the Federal Prison in Berlin. He proudly served his country, family and community.

Family includes his wife of 60 years Lillian (Baker) Laramee of Berlin; daughters Diane Legere and husband Claude of Lee, and Rachel Laramee and husband David Rothstein of Portsmouth; grandchildren Aleigh Legere, Gabrielle Rothstein and Calvin Rothstein; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings Amanda Gallant, Adrienne Theriault and Roma Laramee.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Military Honors will be held at the end of the Mass. Per Gilles request, there will be no calling hours. The Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Toys for Tots, c/o 1107 Main Street, Berlin, NH, 03570. Online guestbook at

Armand Alphonse Adam

Armand Alphonse Adam, 91, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, 11:55 p.m., at Dickinson Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, Mich. Armand was born July 19, 1925, to Felix and Eva (St. Amand) Adam in Berlin, the fourth of five siblings, Heloise, Yvette, Romeo, and Arthur, all preceding Armand in death. Armand served his country faithfully in the Navy during World War II as a Shipfitter on LST 501, He was at Normandy, France for the D Day invasion on June 6, 1944. His ship was grounded at Omaha Beach when the tide went out at the height of the battle. From there, his ship sailed to the Mediterranean Sea where they participated in the invasion of Southern France on August 15, 1944, They then sailed back to the United States with a full passenger load of German POWs. After refitting, they headed South through the Panama Canal, crossed the Pacific Ocean to their destination at Okinawa, Japan, engaging in a series of battles from April 1, 1945, through June 22, 1945. He and his shipmates served with dignity and without reservation. He returned to France to visit Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery in Normandy in 2012 with his daughter Bev, son-in-law Butch, and special friend Helen Cote of Berlin.
After discharge from the Navy in 1946, Armand started a career as a welder, working at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for a time before being hired as a welder at Brown Company in his home town, where he worked until his retirement in 1987. In 1950, Armand met Gloria Burns at a dance, fell in love, and they were married on January 27, 1951. She preceded him in death in May, 1997.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his family. In December, 2014, Armand moved to Norway, Mich., to be near family and enjoy his great granddaughter.

Armand is survived by his daughters, Beverly (Butch) Gagnon of Norway, Mich., and Joanne Adam of Flagler Beach, Fla., his grandson, Jeffrey (Sarah) Gagnon and his great granddaughter, Claire of Norway, Mich., sisters-in-law Louise (Arthur) Adam and Louise (Richard) Faucher, and brother-in-law Phillip (Rita) Faucher and many loving nieces and nephews.

A closed memorial service was held for Armand at Evergreen Meadows in Norway, Mich., and a full service and burial will be held in Berlin, in the spring, with details to be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at, or call 1-800-805-5856. The Bryant Funeral Home, Berlin, is assisting with the arrangements. Online guestbook at

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