Major Sr., 85, passed away Friday morning, Nov. 9, at
Samaritan Keep Nursing Home where he was a resident.
Mr. Major was born Nov.
13, 1926, in Watertown, a son of Perley and Mary Carter Major.
married Lillian Genevieve Snyder on April 27, 1955, the
daughter of Schuyler and Pearl Snyder.
Mr. Major served in the United States Army, Navy and Air
Force. He also worked at Black Clawson and for the City of
Watertown before retiring.
Mr. Major enjoyed playing bingo with his wife and watching
old John Wayne movies.
He was an inspiration to his children.
Surviving besides his wife, Lillian, are three sons David
Major, Watertown, Robert (Lori) Major, Carthage, and James
Major, Watertown; two daughters Mary (Jack) Czerkies,
Maryland, Michelle Contryman and her companion, Larry
Chiappone, Watertown; grandchildren Chelsea Major, Bradley
Earl and Toni Olley, Jonathan, Jarred and Jakob Czerkies,
Mary Chiappone, Michael Contryman, Richard Contryman II,
James, Jr., Jessie Major and Jorden Major and Justin Briggs;
great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Major, Nikole Rosanna, Gavin
Olley, Dakota Contryman and Richard Contryman III, and
A son, Perley Major Jr., died in 1987. A sister, Ruth
Luffman, and a brother, Frederick Major, both died before
The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Reed
& Benoit Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will
be at Sackets Harbor Military Cemetery. Calling Hours will
be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday prior to the funeral.
Arrangements are with the Reed & Benoit Funeral
Online condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com
Information provided by Reed
& Benoit Funeral
Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.