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James E. "Rebel" Southerland, 64, a retired fabricator at the former Buffalo Forge plant, died Monday (Oct. 13, 1997) in Veterans Hospital after a long illness.

Southerland, of Amherst, was born in Fairfax, Va., where he was raised and educated. He began working at Buffalo Forge in 1965 and retired in 1986.

A member of the United Steel Workers, he also had been employed at Morrison Steel.

Southerland served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and camping.

His wife, Geraldine Truty Southerland, died in 1973.

Surviving are two daughters, Suzanne Wrightson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Sandra Piantadosi of North Tonawanda; three sons, James Jr., Frank and Jesse, all of Amherst; and two sisters, Anna Anderson of Warsaw, Va., and Shirley Molitor of North Tonawanda.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a. Friday in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, after prayers at 8:45 in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.[cralln]

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