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September 5, 2013

Emerson Shivers Sr.

The Daily Star

---- — Emerson Shivers Sr.

TREADWELL — Emerson Shivers Sr. passed away suddenly on Aug. 10, 2013, at his home, Tall Pines Farms.

Known as “Ladd” to family and friends and “Grampie” to his grandchildren, he was 78 years old.

He was born March 24, 1935, to Laura (Meredith) Shivers and Joseph Shivers at the family farm, Twin Brook Farm, Marlton, N.J.

He attended the old Osage/Ashland school and was a member of the class of 1953,

Haddonfield, N.J. high school.

He married his wife Irene (Shover) on June 23, 1956. They lived on the family farm in Marlton and in 1960, bought a farm in Treadwell, where they had a dairy farm until 1967, when they returned to New Jersey (Medford).

He went to work for Meredith Bus Company in 1973. Emerson started Atlanta Carting, a commercial trash company, which was sold in 1990. At that time he and Irene moved back to the farm in Treadwell, where they raised Angus cattle for 15 years, until Feb. 14, 2009, when they sold the cattle for health reasons.

Later that year, he was diagnosed with CTCL, for which there is no cure. He tried many treatments for this over the years, mostly at the University of Pennsylvania. In the past years he had been diagnosed with five different types of cancer (three of them rare). He managed to retain his sense of humor through all of this and also to enjoy family and friends.

He was an outdoor person who enjoyed farming and hunting. He enjoyed hunting out west, especially Montana, where he had made friends. He stayed with them and hunted there for many years. He also hunted in New Foundland several times with a friend and his brother, Jennings.

Some of his most enjoyable hunting was done at the farms in New York, where he and Irene hosted several friends and family members each hunting season, up to and including last year.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Irene; his sisters from New Jersey, Ada Foulkes and Marietta (Jack) Brownell; his mother-in-law, Eleanor Shover; and several nieces, nephews, and their children; as well as several cousins. He is also survived by his sons, Emerson Shivers Jr., Oneonta, and Joseph (Meg) Shivers, Franklin; and his beloved grandchildren, Meredith Shivers and Joshua Shivers of Franklin.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, J. Howard (Clair) Shivers and Jennings Shivers.

His family would like to thank Dr. Alain Rook, (University of Pennsylvania), Mia Perry (University of Pennsylvania), and the staff in the Photophersis Department, Dr. Matsuo (Bassett) and Susan Stein FNP (Susquehanna Family Practice) for their care and continuing interest over the years.

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to may make a donation in Emerson’s name to

Abrumson Cancer Center, 3400 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104 or the Treadwell Emergency Squad, Treadwell, NY 13846.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the United Methodist Church, Treadwell, with calling hours at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Croton Union Cemetery in Treadwell following the service.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting the website

Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.