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Mary Allen
Mrs. Allen passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 13, 1999, in the Wills Point Texas Nursing Home. She was born on Oct. 14, 1922, in Paintlick, Ky., the daughter of William Franklin Norvell and Natella Barker Norvell. She was married to Russell A.Allen on June 21, 1943, in Dayton, Ohio. Mrs. Allen lived in Middletown, Ohio, for most of her life and was a retired sales clerk. She had lived in Wills Point, Texas, for the past seven months. She was of the Lutheran faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell A. Allen on Sept. 6, 1971; three brothers; and three sisters. Survivors include a son, William E. Allen, and his wife, Judy, of Columbia, S.C.; two daughters, Jane Collins, and husband, Daniel E., of Silverdale, Wash., and Fonda Plassenthal, and husband, Andy, of Wills Point; a brother, William Norvell of Middletown; four sisters, Oreada McDaniels of Dayton, Ohio, Esther Roberts of Middletown, Mildred Vaughn of Kentucky and Iris Vaughn of Indiana; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Graveside services for Mrs. Mary Allen, 76, of Wills Point, Texas, formerly of Middletown, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at the Miami Valley Memory Gardens in Lebanon, Ohio, with William R. Allen officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Newcomer-Barclay Funeral Home in Kettering Ohio.The family will receive friends Sunday evening, Oct. 17, at the funeral home.

Mae Anderson
Mrs. Mae Anderson, 77, of 3204 Rufus St., died Tuesday morning, Oct. 12, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born in Wolfe County, Ky., on Dec. 30, 1920, the daughter of Taylor and Annie (Hatton) Centers. Her life was devoted to her family. She is survived by three daughters, Christine Ferguson of West Elkton, Linda Chapman of Trenton and Faye Tyra of Franklin; a son, James Anderson of Middletown; a daughter-in-law, Sandy Anderson of Carlisle; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Pastel Centers of Middletown, Johnny Centers of Mount Sterling, Ky., and Eugene Centers of Lake City, Fla. Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, in 1983; and a son, Albert Ronald Anderson in 1986.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Christian Enterprise Baptist Church, with the Revs. Martin McIntosh and Adam T. Hays officiating. Burial will follow in Butler County Memorial Park.Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Veronica H. 'Vera' Barrett
Veronica H. "Vera" Barrett, 78, of Middletown, died Friday at her residence. Born Aug. 14, 1921, in Baltimore, Md., she worked at Middletown Regional Hospital for 23 years, retiring in 1985 as department manager on Main B. She was a member of American Legion Post 218 ladies auxiliary and the Elks Lodge 257 Socialites. She was preceded in death by her father, Z.W. Karwacki, her mother, Hedwig Karwacki, and a daughter, Bonnie Barrett. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Charles C. Barrett; sons, Charles C. (Dianne) Jr. of Troy, Thomas F. (Terry) Sr. of Louisville, Ky., and Robert J. (Cindy) Sr., of Troy; brothers, Edward (Helen) Karwacki of Middletown, Thomas (Anita) Karwacki of Wanaque, N.J., and Alvin (Lorraine) Karwacki of Garden Grove, Calif.; sisters, Sister Mary Dominic of Baltimore and Joan Dovre of Charleston, S.C.; grandchildren, Chip Barrett, Casey Barrett, Shannon Barrett, Tommy Barrett, Katie Barrett, Robbie Barrett and Camilla Barrett.
ARRANGEMENTS: There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Parish-Holy Trinity Church, with Msgr. Paul Metzger officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Wayne Township. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials can be made to the Elks National Foundation in care of BPOE, 1714 Tytus Ave., Middletown 45042-2317.

Allen B. Callahan
Allen B. Callahan, 79, of Spring Hill, Fla., died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999. He was born on Nov. 10, 1919, in Richwood, Ohio, to Hugh Curtis and Verna Lydia (Wiley) Callahan. He graduated from Richwood High School in 1938 and attended Marion Business College. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Juanita (Plotner) Callahan. They were married on June 4, 1939, in Richwood, Ohio, at the Richwood Baptist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Callahan are former residents of Marion, Richwood and Mount Gilead, Ohio. Mr. Callahan was a member of the Mount Gilead Masonic Lodge 206 since 1952 and Order of Eastern Star 321 in Helena, Ga. He retired from Roper Lawn Products in McRae, Ga., and was employed by HPM in Mount Gilead, Ohio, for 22 years. Besides his wife, he is also survived by four children, Sandra (Marvin) Guider of New Bloomington, Richard (Elfa) Callahan of Middletown, Ronald (Carolyn) Callahan of Lutz, Fla., and James (Tina) Callahan of Nashville, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren, Elizabeth Guider, Victoria Brooks, Marvin (Jenni) Guider II, Mark (Tara) Guider, Marty (Lisa) Calhoun, Lynn (Bob) Burns, Karen Callahan, deceased, Susan (Don) Nations, Dan, Greg and Michael Callahan, Curtis (Deb) Callahan, Jennifer (Ben) Acker and Liberty Callahan; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Rachel (Albert) Beale of Ottawa, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Helen (James) Paratore of Marion; and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be Thursday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Masonic rites will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday.Services are to be held on Friday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, Ohio, with the Rev. Don Nations officiating. Burial will be in the Marion Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity or church.

Reva Caudill
Reva Caudill, 88, of Middletown, died Friday at Barbara Parke Care Center. Born in Magoffin County, Ky., Mrs. Caudill had spent the last 42 years in Middletown. She was a homemaker and a member of Unity Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Caudill, on Nov. 10, 1987; a son, Billy Caudill; three brothers, Leonard Marshall, Clyde Marshall and Carl Marshall; a sister, Eugenie Fletcher; her parents, Sherman and Darkie Marshall. She is survived by daughters, Rella Weir and husband Howard of Middletown, Delores Ogle of Middletown, and Phyllis Higdon and husband Huey of Middletown; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Earl Marshall of Grayson, Ky.; and sisters Edna Smith of Middletown, Versie Risner of Lexington, Ky., and Jeweline Hale of Stockbridge, Mich.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may call at the Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, with burial at Woodhill Cemetery, Franklin.

Jerry C. Chambers Sr.
Former Middletown resident Jerry Coleman Chambers Sr., 63, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at Glen Meadows Nursing Home in Fairfield Township. He worked at Armco Steel Co. for 24 years, leaving to start his own landscaping business, Chambers Enterprise, Inc. He was preceded in death by his father, David Chambers, and his late former wife, Mary Francis Justice Chambers. He is survived by his mother, Helene H. Chambers Carpenter of Middletown; three sons, Jerry Coleman Chambers Jr. of Cincinnati, Mark Allan Chambers of Covington, Ky., and Bruce Marlin Chambers of Arizona; three grandchildren, Jonathan, David and Jennifer Chambers; a brother, Larry Allen (Phyllis Carol) Chambers of Middletown; two sisters, Ruth Ann Carpenter Miller of Monroe and Stella Carpenter Fye of Middletown; numerous loving nieces and nephews; aunts, Mildred Kindred and Mattye Cannon of North Middletown, Ky., and Alice Chambers of Mount Sterling, Ky.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, Friday, Oct., 22, at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Arthur Wilson officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Chambers Cemetery in Means, Ky.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown 45044.

Paul E. Cornele
Paul E. Cornele, 62, of Barbara Parke Care Center, died Saturday at his residence.Born Jan. 13, 1937, he had lived his entire lifetime in Middletown and for 14 years worked as a shipper for the Philip Carey Corp. He was a member of the Orioles. Mr. Cornele was preceded in death by his father, John Cornele; brothers Mike, John, Don, Charles, Bill and Dave Cornele; and a sister, Margaret Long. He is survived by two sons, Christopher Paul Cornele-Kidd of Tampa, Fla., and Brian Cornele of Middletown; daughters, Tia Tackett of Middletown and Terri Lynn Cornele of Middletown; his mother, Margaret Sherits of Middletown; six grandchildren; brothers, Tom, Carl and Rick Cornele, all of Middletown; and a special friend, Dorothy L. Allen of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home.

Margaret Faye Crane
Margaret Faye Crane, 47, of 25 S. Crane Road, Liberty, Ind., died at her residence Friday following a lengthy illness. She was born on April 10, 1952, in Sunman, Ind., to George and Edith Johnson Northcutt. She married Terry A. Crane on Feb. 8, 1976, in Somerville, Ohio. She had worked as an L.P.N at McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford for 16 years and one year at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind. She attended nursing School at Ivy Tech and at I. U. East University. Survivors include her husband, Terry A.; a son, Christopher A. of Monroe, La.; brother and sister-in-law, David and Lois Northcutt of Hamilton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mrs. Jerry (Loretta) Hurley of Hamilton, Mrs. Charles (Stephanie) Gadd of Gilead, Ohio, Mrs. Kenny (Catherine) Vance of Somersville, W. Va., Mrs. Fred (Sally) Tucker of Somerville, Ohio, Mrs. Robert (Georgia) Burnett of Hamilton, Mrs. Larry (Mary) Murphy of Oxford, and Mrs. Ignacio (Virginia) Sedano, of Yucaipa, Calif.; and a sister, Linda Byrd, Simpsomville, S.C. She was preceded in death by her parents.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker-Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind., with the Rev. Karen Montgomery, pastor of the Greenwood United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in College Corner Cemetery, West College Corner, Ind.Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the chapel.
MEMORIALS: At the visitation, contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice in Mrs. Crane's memory.

Wade A. Ex
Wade A. Ex, 87, a longtime Monroe resident, died Monday morning, Oct. 11, 1999, at the Hawthorn Glen Retirement Community. He was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, on Aug. 4, 1912, the son of Anthony and Bessie (Wade) Ex. He worked for the Ohio Bell Telephone Co. as a communications specialist, retiring in 1974 after 38 years of service. Mr. Ex was a longtime member of the Monroe United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Betty (Paden) Ex; a daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Dan Litsch of Eureka, Mo.; two grandchildren, Joseph and Lucinda Litsch; and two sisters, Dulcie Marvin of Findlay, Ohio, and Bette Hunter of Urbana, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents.
ARRANGEMENTS: Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 13, at Mound Cemetery in Monroe, with the Rev. Stanley Smith officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Charles A. Frazier
Charles A. Frazier, 69, of Middletown, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born on June 28, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and lived here since 1962. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Frazier retired in 1994 from his job with the Heidelberg Co. after working as a truck driver for 50 years. He had also worked in maintenance for the Joe Lewis Construction Co.He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3809 and Disabled American Veterans 131, both of Middletown. Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Ernestine Frazier; three sons and their wives, Terry and Linda Stoops of Middletown, Carl and Akiko Frazier of Hawaii and George and April Frazier of Florida; two daughters, Pamela Carpenter, and husband, George, of Kettering, and Monta Swartz and Ray Miller of Middletown; 15 grandchildren; and a great-grandson. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Frazier Jr. in 1991; a daughter, Charlesetta Watkins in 1998; and his parents, Carl and Lillian Frazier.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gospel Baptist Church, 200 S. Marshall Road, Middletown, with Pastor Joe E. Lewis officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home.

Mary N. Huey
LEBANON-Mrs. Mary Naomi Huey, 96, of Lebanon, passed away Monday evening, Oct. 11, 1999, at the Mount Pleasant Retirement Village in Monroe. She was born in Monroe, Ohio, on June 6, 1903, the daughter of Harry C. Rahm and Ida (Stewart) Rahm. Mrs. Huey is survived by a nephew, David Rahm, and a niece, Mary Carol Williams, both of Lebanon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Huey on Oct. 18, 1980.
ARRANGEMENTS: Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the North Monroe Cemetery, with the Rev. Thomas B. Mellott officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Mount Pleasant Life Care Fund, 225 Britton Lane, Monroe 45050.

Emma Kleinas
Emma Kleinas, 80, who came to America on Dec. 10, 1951, after fleeing Soviet troops that had swept across her native Lithuania during World War II, died at Middletown Regional Hospital Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, from the effects of a stroke suffered Wednesday. Emma, her husband Martin, and young children Irene and Ozzie came to Middletown as displaced persons with the gracious assistance of the First Presbyterian Church of Middletown, which helped the family establish a new life in their adopted homeland. A seamstress by training, Emma practiced her trade at several Middletown employers while Martin, a tailor, was employed in men's shops in Middletown and in the Cincinnati area. As they struggled to learn the language and the culture of this country, Emma and Martin insisted that their children - who soon included another daughter, Rita - speak only English in the home and not the languages of their parents, which included Lithuanian, German and Polish. All three of her children were educated in Middletown public schools, graduated from Middletown High School and earned college degrees. In her late 40s Emma took a job at a factory operated by Diamond International Corp. on West Central Avenue, where she worked a different shift every week making egg cartons. She remained at the factory until it ceased operations, about 1980. For a few years thereafter Emma made custom draperies in her home and also performed night-shift custodial duties at the Sealy mattress factory along Carmody Boulevard. She finally allowed herself to retire in her late 60s. A member of the Middletown Presbyterian Church, Emma was a person whose faith, love, strength and selflessness were obvious to anyone whose life she touched. Her legacy lives in the hearts of all who knew her and her comfort, compassion and grace will be deeply missed. She was preceded in death by Martin Kleinas and two brothers, George and Gustav. Survivors include her children and four grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: The family plans a private memorial service conducted by Pastor Robert J. Weingartner of the First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are being provided by the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Verner R. Klinefelter
Verner R. Klinefelter, 87, of Middletown, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, at 11:15 p.m. at the Garden Manor Retirement Village where he had been a resident for three weeks. He was born on May 31, 1912, in Brookings, S.D. He had lived in Houston, Texas, prior to moving to Middletown, Ohio, in February of 1995. He was a first class tool and die maker for Tuboscope, Inc., in Houston for 30 years, retiring in 1974.Mr. Klinefelter was a member of the University Baptist Church of Middletown, a former Boy Scout leader and a member of the Lion's Club in Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Ina (Minor) Klinefelter; and his wife, Nora (Tate) Klinefelter in 1992. He is survived by a son, Kenneth "Mike" Klinefelter, and wife, Virginia, of Middletown; a stepson, Richard James, and wife, Pat, of Corpus Christi, Texas; two grandchildren, Kati McCreight, and husband, Billy, of Fort Campbell, Ky., and James Ray Klinefelter, and wife, Lori, of Middletown; and five great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Kelli McCreight and Clara, Amanda and Kelsey Klinefelter.
ARRANGEMENTS: There will be no visitation. Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the University Baptist Church, 4125 Riverview Ave., Middletown, with the Rev. Joseph Herrell officiating.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the University Baptist Church, 4125 Riverview Ave., Middletown 45042. Arrangements are by Herr-Riggs Funeral Home, 210 S. Main St., Middletown.

Dorothy Lacy
Mrs. Dorothy Lacy, 72, of Middletown, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born on June 11, 1927, in West Liberty, Ky., the daughter of Wiley and Martha Ferguson. She had lived in this area for about 35 years and was a homemaker. Mrs. Lacy is survived by four sons, Everett Carter, and his wife, Ethel, of Hamilton, Ohio, and Hershell Lacy, Henry Lacy and James Lacy, and his wife, Connie, all of Middletown; many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ann Carpenter of Middletown and "Tiny" Ferguson of West Liberty, Ky.; and two brothers, Junior Ferguson of West Liberty and Evert Ferguson of South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell S. Lacy in 1992; three sons, Russell Wayne Lacy in 1972, Robert "Bones" Lacy in 1991 and Charles Carter in 1990; and her parents.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with the Rev. Billy Wilson officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Betty F. Logan
Betty Faye Logan, 67, of 3113 Yankee Road, died at Middletown Regional Hospital Thursday afternoon, Oct. 14, 1999. She was born on Oct. 10, 1932, in Jackson, Ky., the daughter of Isaac and Bessie Hayes Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Logan in 1998; and a daughter, Vicki Brooks. She is survived by four sons, James G. Logan of Bloomington, Minn., and Michael S. Treadway, David S. Logan and Randall G. Logan, all of Middletown; a daughter, Lisa Swank of Middletown; eight grandchildren, Deana and Eric Treadway, Nicki Smith, Krista Treadway, Cynda Smith, Donavon Collins and Tyler and Nathan Logan; and a great-grandson, Nicklas Cosanas.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Howard Sears officiating. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Walker M. Long
Walker M. Long, 77, of Palmetto, Fla., formerly of Middletown, died Saturday evening at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born in West Liberty, Ky., April 14, 1922, the son of John and Pearl (Oakley) Long. He worked for Armco Steel Corp. for 43 years as a train engineer before retiring and moving to Florida in 1983. An Army veteran of World War II, he belonged to both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Palmetto. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Stephanie Long of Middletown; three granddaughters, Amber Wilson, Alexa Long and Andrea Long; three sisters, Jean Snowden of Middletown, Era Mae Gaynor of Middletown and Ruth Reed of Oregonia; and two brothers, Ray Long of Ellenton, Fla., and Ralph Long of Middletown. Mr. Long was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Greg; a sister, Mildred; and by a brother, Ballard.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Curtis officiating. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. American Legion Post 218 Color Guard will provide military honors at the graveside.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Middletown.

Earsie M. MacElwee
Mrs. Earsie M. MacElwee, 86, of Camden, passed away Friday at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Ind. Graveside service 11:30 a.m. Monday, October 18th at Dayton National Cemetery. Arrangements by R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home in Camden.

Galen H. Minnich
SPRINGBORO - Galen Harvey Minnich, 72, of Springboro, passed away Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at Carriage by the Lake, Bellbrook. He was born in Union Township on Sept. 13, 1927, the son of Charles H. and Olive Marie (Shilt) Minnich. He was employed by General Motors as a general foreman for 38 years, retiring in 1982. Mr. Minnich was a member of the West Milton Masonic Lodge, a former past high priest of the Royal Grand Chapter of Arch Masons, Franklin Chapter 24, Ancient Scottish Rite and a member of the Antioch Temple of Dayton. Preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother, the Rev. Gary Minnich in 1997. Surviving are his wife, Janet (Tullis) Minnich; three sons, Craig Minnich of West Milton, Ohio, Randy Minnich, and his wife, Diane, of Laura, Ohio, and Trent Minnich, and wife, Joyce, of West Milton; a sister, Marie Fine, and husband, Charles, of Laura, Ohio; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Unglesby-Anderson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Curt Duncan officiating. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery in Middletown. Visitation is today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, with Masonic services at 6:30 p.m.

James A. Morgan
James A. Morgan, 72, of 3795 Robinson-Vail Road in Hunter, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, in the emergency room at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born on Jan. 28, 1927, in Letcher County, Ky., the son of George C. Morgan and Mabel (Berry) Morgan. He served in the Navy during World War II. Mr. Morgan was employed as a rigger at Armco Steel Co. until his retirement in 1982 with 38 1/2 years of service. He was a member of the Jefferson Lodge 90 Free & Accepted Masons, Ida Morningstar Lodge Order of Eastern Star and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the First Christian Church. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mert W. Morgan; two daughters, Melody Sponsler of Dayton and Denise Couch of Middletown; two sons, Greg Morgan of Carlisle and Darrell Morgan of Franklin; three grandsons and a granddaughter; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Ihle of Monroe and Glenda Hertzman of Cincinnati; and two brothers, Ross Morgan of Texas and Michael Morgan of Cincinnati. He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Melody Hardin.
ARRANGEMENTS: Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 16, at the North Cemetery, Monroe, with the Rev. Carol Oetzel officiating. Visitation will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Marcus A. Pope
Marcus Andrew Pope was born on March 22, 1968, in Aiken S.C., the son of Rosa and the late Walter A. Pope. He departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. Marcus was educated in the Middletown school system. He was an active member of the Monroe High School athletic program. Soon after graduation he attended Fairmont State College in West Virginia. He also served as an assistant coach at Vail Middletown School. He was a member of New Life Church of God in Christ. He was president of the Prayer and Bible Band and a devoted member of the outreach ministry. He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted mother, Rosa Pope of Middletown; two daughters, Myah Pope and Ranita Johnson of West Chester, Ohio; one brother, Myran Pope of Middletown; two sisters, Valarie Pope of Middletown and Carmen Pope of Columbus; one half brother, Michael Pope of Middletown; two half sisters, Derricca and Cieara Pope of Middletown; and numerous relatives, church family and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, Oct. 16, at New Life Church of God in Christ, 1309 Yankee Road, with Pastor Melvin Holmes officiating. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church. Arrangements are by Hall-Jordan Memorial Chapel.

Joseph M. Poteet
FRANKLIN-Joseph M. Poteet, 65, of Franklin, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at Hospice of Dayton. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Louise. He also leaves behind two sons, two daughters, nine granddaughters, a great-granddaughter, two sisters and five brothers. He was born on Sept. 13, 1935, in Oak Hill, W.Va., the son of Goray and Grace (Moran) Poteet. He settled in Middletown in 1953. Mr. Poteet was formerly employed by International Paper for 37 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of UPIU Local 543
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today, Oct. 15, at Newcomer-Barclay Funeral Home, 3940 Kettering Blvd., Kettering, Ohio, with the Rev. Grover Bowling officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends was on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family received friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Marcus E. Robinson
Marcus E. "Beetle" Robinson, 44, of Middletown, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was a native of Middletown and a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Robinson was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and had served in the Vietnam evacuation as a sonar technician. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Janice; three sons, Timothy Tennes (Torkea) Robinson, Marcus E. Vanelli Robinson and Jan-Michael Robinson, all of Middletown; his parents, William Perrin and Betty Jean Robinson of Middletown; brothers, Bernard Johnson of Trotwood, Ohio, and Keith Perrin and Anthony and Roderick Robinson, all of Middletown; a granddaughter, Keiyohna Renice Robinson of Middletown; and a host of other relatives and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1000 Yankee Road, with the Rev. Elmon Prier officiating. Interment will be in Lincoln Cemetery in Atlanta, Ga. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hall-Jordan Memorial Chapel, 918 S. Main St., Middletown.

Bill Schrul
Bill Schrul, 63, of Middletown, died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born in Evansville, Ind., on May 7, 1936, and lived in this area most of his life. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Mr. Schrul was employed as a batch plant operator at Mecco Sand & Gravel and had worked at Harding & Jones. He was a member of the Trenton Church of God for 21 years. He was also a volunteer for the Fire Department and EMT of Lemon Township. He is survived by his wife, Fern M.; three sons, James Schrul, Larry E. Schrul, and his wife, Vicki, and David Schrul, and his wife, Tammy, all of Middletown; a daughter, Mollie Turner of Middletown; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Russell Jones of Hamilton; a sister, Randi Jonvondivitch of Baytown, Texas; and his mother, Frances Jones of Hamilton. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Schrul; a daughter, Teri Schrul; and his father, Gibson Jones.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Trenton Church of God in Trenton, with Pastor Larry Fultz officiating. Interment will be in Butler County Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home.

Ann L. Stewart
Ann Lee Stewart, 61, of Morgan Township, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, at 10:40 p.m., at her residence. She was born in West Liberty, Ky., on March 22, 1938, the daughter of John and Sue Coffee. Ann was a member of the New Life Baptist Mission. In 1958, in Hamilton, she married Elbert "Junior" Stewart.Ann was an inspiration to all those who knew her. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. She is survived by her husband, Elbert "Junior" Stewart of Morgan Township; two sons, Alan Stewart, and his wife, Lisa, of Bright, Ind., and Scott Stewart, and his wife, Michele, of Morgan Township; one daughter, Otisa Roth, and her husband, David, of West Chester; three brothers, Robert Coffee of Beavercreek, Otis Coffee, and his wife, Wanda, and Paul Coffee, both of Middletown; three sisters, Girly Mae Sexton, and her husband, Alvin, and Wilma Amburgy, both of Middletown, and Patsy Burkhardt, and her husband, T.J. of Dayton; and four precious grandchildren, David Roth, Micah Stewart, Candace Roth, and Krista Stewart. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Peggy Whitt.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at the Brown-Dawson Funeral Home, 330 Pershing Ave., Hamilton, Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Ron Stewart of the New Life Baptist Mission, officiating. Burial will follow at Millville Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the New Life Baptist Mission, 415 Henry St., Hamilton, Ohio 45011. The family would like to thank all those who helped them during their greatest time of need.

Edith Belle 'Cochran' Waddell
Edith Belle "Cochran" Waddell, 64, of 8785 Clearcreek Road, Springboro, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born in Davin, W.Va., March 10, 1935, the daughter of Millard and Garnet "Walls" Cochran. She was employed by the Union Camp for 15 years, was an avid bowler, belonging to the Middletown Women's Hall of Fame, and attended the First Church of God in Franklin. Preceding her in death was her father, Millard, in 1960; her mother, Garnet, in 1986; two brothers, Donald Cochran, in 1951, and Lonnie Cochran, in 1990. Surviving are her husband of 45 years, John W. Waddell; three sons, John Waddell Jr. and wife Brenda of Lebanon, Rick Waddell and wife Debbie, and Greg Waddell, all of Middletown; two daughters, Garnet "Cookie" and her husband Larry Butler of Springboro, and Debbie and husband Richard Wilson of Lebanon; three brothers, Kenneth, Millard and David Cochran, all of West Virginia; two sisters, Phyllis Jean Elgin of Miamisburg and Anna Adams of Franklin; eight grandchildren, Edee, Marianne, Amber, Shaun, Stephen, Rick, Zach, and Josh; and two great-grandchildren, Nolan and Seth.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at the Franklin First Church of God, 704 S. River St., Franklin, with the Revs. Doug Sczerba and Phil Moon officiating. Burial will be in Heritage Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Unglesby-Anderson Funeral Home.

Emerson F. Wendt
Emerson F. Wendt of Middletown died Wednesday evening, Oct. 13, 1999, at Middletown Regional Hospital at the age of 82. A lifelong resident of Middletown, Mr. Wendt was involved in many activities in the area and was an avid supporter of the YMCA. He was a World War II Army veteran and had served with the 892nd Ordnance in the Pacific Campaign. Mr. Wendt attended Ohio State University and played football for two years along side of his brother, Merle. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford. He was an active member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middletown and was superintendent of the Spiral Welded Pipe Plant of Armco Metal Products Division at the time of his retirement in 1979 after 37 years of service. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Bernice Renfro Wendt of Middletown; a brother and sister-in-law, Merle E. (June) Wendt of Ashland, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Agnes Wendt of Middletown; a stepsister, Mary Etta Tutt of Middletown; three daughters, Barbara Jean (Rick) Nein, Deborah, Ann Wendt and Linda Sue (Larry) Shoemaker, all of Middletown; six grandchildren, Eloni (James) Walton Hoerst and Chad Erik Walton, Benjamin Wayne Shoemaker, Christopher Scott Shoemaker, Matthew Ryan Shoemaker and Joni Michele Shoemaker; and two great-grandchildren, Abbi and Brian Hoerst. Mr. Wendt was preceded in death by his mother and father, Frank and Etta (Sheley) Wendt; and a brother, Chester F. Wendt.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with visitation one hour prior to service. Pastor Gene Leiter will officiate. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family asked that contributions be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 212 S. Broad St., Middletown, 45042; Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown, 45044; or the Leukemia Society of America, Southern Ohio Chapter, 100 Merchant, Springdale, Ohio 45246.

Harry J. Werner
Harry J. Werner, 90, a lifelong resident of Middletown and Trenton, Ohio, passed away Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, at Schroder Manor in Hamilton. He was born on a farm near Jacksonburg, Ohio, on Oct. 1, 1909, to Louis Otto and Cecilia (Lang) Werner. Mr. Werner retired in 1974 after 29 years of service with Fisher Body Division of General Motors. He was a member of the Fisher Body Retirees, a lifelong member of St. John's Church of Holy Family Parish in Middletown and a longtime member of the United Auto Workers Union. Survivors include a son, James L. (Sue) Werner of Trenton; two daughters, Charlene (Manny) Schwegman of Oxford, Ohio, and Norma J. (Rod) Adams of Middletown; a brother, Norbert (Betty) Werner of Middletown; six grandchildren, Michael Adams, Richard (Missy) Adams, Kathy (Dana) Jones, Amy and Tim Adams and James L. (Tammy) Werner Jr.; six great-grandchildren, Tyler and Kaelen Jones, Alex and Sydney Adams and James L. Werner III and Jonathan Werner; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Werner was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline G. Werner on May 10, 1990; his parents; a daughter, Janice Werner; and four sisters, Theresa and Matilda Werner, Clementine Rhodhamel and Mary Hartman.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at St. John's Chapel of Holy Family Parish in Middletown, with Father John Civille as celebrant. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park in Wayne Township. There will also be a memorial Mass at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Schroder Manor in Hamilton, with Father Francis Buerger officiating.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolent Care Fund at Schroder Manor, 1302 Millville Ave., Hamilton 45013.

Marcella Back
Marcella Back, 81, formerly of Franklin, died Sunday morning, Oct. 10, 1999 at Sycamore Glen in Miamisburg. Marcella was a cook for Franklin City Schools for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Clara (Wegman) Augspurger and a son, William Dale Back, in March. She is survived by her daughter, Roberta (Ronald) Johnson, of Middletown; her daughter-in-law, Marie Saylor Back, of Carlisle; grandchildren, Robin (John) Phares, of Trenton, Ronald (Rosi) L. Johnson Jr., of Atlanta, and Scott Back of Dayton; stepgrandchildren Scott Medley and Cari Fultz of Carlisle; and four great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Graveside services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Trenton Mennonite Cemetery, Trenton. Arrangements are by Unglesby-Anderson Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer's research.

Nellie G. Back
Nellie Golden Back, 87, of Middletown died Friday Oct. 1, 1999 at the Brookwood Retirement Community in Cincinnati. She was born Feb. 29, 1912 in Kentucky, the daughter of Claude Barker and Mina (Centers) Barker. Mrs. Barker was a member of the Breiel Boulevard Church of God. Mrs. Back is survived by a daughter, Barbara (husband, Fred) Pummill of Middletown; son, Leonard (wife, Dorothy) Back Jr. of Middletown; three granddaughters, Kimberly (Doench) Jackson of Cincinnati, Suzette (Back) Fox of Middletown, and Kathy (Back) Hodel of Portsmouth, Va.; six great grandchildren, Jennifer Asbury Jackson, Meredith Grace Jackson, and Caroline Lodington Jackson, all of Cincinnati, Heather Fox and Amber Fox, both of Middletown, and Joshua Hodel of Portsmouth, Va. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Back in 1987, son Alfred Back; daughter, Michele (Back) Pickett; grandsons, Gregory Val Doench and Jeffrey Back; her parents, and a brother, Wendell Barker.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Gene Wells officiating. Burial will be at the Woodside Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to Abilities First Foundation, 4710 Timber Trail Drive, Middletown, 45044. Arrangements are by the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Dolly M. Bailey
Dolly M. Bailey, 61, of 1891 Kenway Place, Middletown, passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 1999 at her residence after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 17, 1937 in Berkeley County, W. Va., and had lived in Middletown since 1953. She was the co-owner/operator of the Paperback Place in Middletown for 15 years. She was a member of the New Beginning Church of Middletown. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Bales. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Kent L. Bailey; four daughters, Vicki S. O'Daniel and husband, Dennis of Middletown, Melanie A. Bailey of Middletown, Cindy S. Back Tuttle and husband, Doug of Trenton, and Christa M. Henry and husband, Kary of Miamisburg; nine grandchildren, Shannon, Tara, Ryan and Raynor, Brandy Joshua and Justin, and Stephen and Bradley; two great grandchildren, Christopher and Austin, and mother, Ella Bales of Franklin.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation will from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Herr-Riggs Funeral Home, 210 S. Main St., Middletown. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Bruce Powell officiating. Interment will be at Woodhill Cemetery in Franklin.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Breast Cancer Unit of the American Cancer Society, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown, 45044.

Dwayne E. Baker
Dwayne Eric Baker, 40, of Middletown, died Friday morning, Oct., 1, 1999, at his home. He was born on Feb. 16, 1959, in Middletown, Ohio. He attended Middletown schools and was a graduate of Middletown High School. Dwayne was an employee of Mulcahey, Inc., where he worked as a machinist. He was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Baker; a brother, Bruce Baker; and a sister, Valetta Baker. He is survived by his mother, Rhoda (Choice) Bryant of Middletown; a brother, Jerry Parson of Marion, Ind.; two sisters, Cheryl (Barry) Pugh of King of Prussia, Pa., and Gwen (Leon) Weeks of Middletown; and a host of nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Woodside Cemetery Chapel, with the Rev. Donald H. Jordan, Sr. officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until time of service Thursday at the cemetery chapel. Arrangements are by Hall-Jordan Memorial Chapel.

Reva C. Beculheimer
FRANKLIN-Mrs. Reva C. Beculheimer, 80, of Franklin, passed away Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Franklin Ridge Nursing Home.She was born in Morgan County, Ky., on June 23, 1919, the daughter of M.C. Bradley and Gertrude (Williams) Bradley. She lived in this area for the past 44 years. Before her retirement, she was a school teacher for 36 years in Kentucky, Middletown and Franklin schools. Mrs. Beculheimer was a charter member of the Christian Enterprise Baptist Church. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ivan of Franklin; a daughter, Ellen, and her husband, Allen Wilson; a son, Wendell, and wife, Rhonda Beculheimer, all of Franklin; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her son, Marshall, and wife, Sandra; a daughter, Anita; her parents; a brother, Wendell Bradley; and a sister, Jessie McClain.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Christian Enterprise Baptist Church, 405 Gideon Road, Middletown, officiated by the Revs. James Anderson and Roger Ball. Burial will be in North Monroe Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown.

Ida N. Bell
Miss Ida N. Bell, 93, of 3104 Ben Harrison St., Amanda, passed away Friday, Oct. 8. 1999. She was born on Feb. 23, 1906, and had lived in Amanda her entire lifetime. She worked at Crystal Tissue Co. for 44 years, retiring on Feb. 23, 1968. Ida loved working in her yard and visiting with her special neighbor friends every evening. She is survived by great-nieces and nephews, including Don and Rita Abner and family; and special friends, among them, Gladys Adams. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Clara Bell; a brother, Edward Bell; sisters, Iona Davis, Della Bell and Dorothy Cox; and a niece and nephew whom she loved dearly, Glenna and Edward Bliss
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Arthur Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Mildred Birchfield
Mildred M. Birchfield, 80, of Ripley, Ohio died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999 at the Ohio Valley Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ripley, Ohio. Mrs. Birchfield was a teacher for the Ripley Union Lewis School District for 42 years, retiring in 1982. She received her master's degree from Morehead University, was a member of the Aberdeen Baptist Church and also was a lifetime member of the State and County Teachers Retirement Association. She was born in Campton, Ky., on Oct. 10, 1918, the daughter of the late Harris and Nora (Horton) Arnett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Otis W. Birchfield in 1997 and six brothers and sisters. Mrs. Birchfield is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Barry and Billie Birchfield of Springboro, and Rick and Kathy Birchfield of Ripley; one daughter and son-in-law, Kenny and Ken Kochanski of Las Vegas, Nev.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and one brother, Charles Arnett of Russellville, Ohio.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Cahall Funeral Home in Ripley, with the Rev. Larry Polston officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Red Oak Cemetery.


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