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Helen Bailey Augspurger
Helen Bailey Augspurger, 83, of Augusta, Kansas, formerly of Trenton, passed away at the Augusta Medical Center Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at 10:55 a.m. She was born in Hamilton, Ohio, on June 4, 1916, the daughter of Harry and Johanna (Tenbush) Stubbs. In 1941, in Hamilton, she married Clyde Bailey, who preceded her in death in 1969. In 1977, in Trenton, she married Marion Augspurger, who preceded her in death in 1978. She is survived by a daughter, Karen Knaak of Augusta, Kansas; a son, Charles Bailey, and his wife, Janet, of Middletown; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Cap Stubbs; and a sister, Katherine Sanders.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at the Brown-Dawson Funeral Home, 1350 Millville Ave., Hamilton, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation will be held Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Augusta Senior Citizens Center, 640 Osage, Augusta, Kansas 67010.

Roxie L. Brooks
Mrs. Roxie Lou Brooks, 83, of Tavares, Fla., passed away Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Leesburg Regional Medical Center. She was born in Wolfe County, Ky., on Aug. 25, 1916, and had formerly worked as a bookkeeper for Brooks Construction Co. in Eustis, Fla. Mrs. Brooks was affiliated with the Hames Creek Church of God. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hulda Little, and three sisters and two half brothers. Surviving are her husband, Paul E. Brooks; a son, Sidney Paul Brooks of Grand Island, Fla.; a daughter, Barbara Ann "Bobbie" Brooks of Tavares, Fla.; a sister, Elsie Wheeler of Middletown, Ohio; and five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday followed by interment at Woodside Cemetery. The Rev. David Colp will officiate. There will be no visitation. Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jean Browning
Middletown native Mrs. Jean Browning, 74, of Troy, Ohio, died at 12:10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at the Spring Meade Health Center. She was born in Middletown, Ohio, on July 15, 1925, the daughter of the late Mildred Fay Sherzer and Robert Anderson. She was a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and had been a teacher in the Carlisle school system. Mrs. Browning is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Brenda Browning of Troy; a daughter and son-in-law, Walter and Ambie Green of New York; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Browning in 1974; her stepmother, Jesse Anderson; and a sister, Avis Lou Staley.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the First Presbyterian Church in Troy, Ohio, with the Rev. Richard B. Culp officiating. Burial will be in Springboro Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Baird Funeral Home, 555 N. Market St., Troy, Ohio, is handling arrangements.

Nellie Burns
Mrs. Nellie Burns, 84, of Middletown, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Barbara Parke Care Center. She was born on Oct. 10, 1915, in Jefferson, Ga., to the late William and Viola Ivory. She was also preceded in death by her husband. She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Mitchell Burns of Middletown; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, Feb. 12, at Hall-Jordan Memorial Chapel, 918 S. Main St., with Bishop Rudolph Pringle officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service at the chapel.

Thelma M. Byrd
Mrs. Thelma Marie Byrd, 84, of Middletown, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at the Friendly Nursing Home in Germantown. She was born on April 14, 1915, in Indianapolis, Ind., the daughter of Clayton and Hazel Oliver. Mrs. Byrd had lived in the Middletown and Franklin areas for the last 80 years. She attended the Hunter United Methodist Church and the Victory Tabernacle. Mrs. Byrd is survived by two sons, James (wife Janet) Squires of Germantown and Donald L. (wife Marjorie) Squires Sr.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Byrd in 1991, two grandchildren and a great-grandson.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Revs. Farrell Ratliff and Marty Hoffman officiating. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Hunter United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Rev. Stephen Calme
Rev. Stephen J. Calme, former pastor of St. John's Church in Middletown, died at Mercy Franciscan at West Park on Thursday, Feb. 10, at the age of 73, after a long illness. Father Calme studied at St. Gregory and Mount St. Mary's Seminaries. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 1954, by then Archbishop Karl J. Alter. Fr. Calme was born and raised in Price Hill and served in that area as associate pastor of Our Lady of Grace from 1954 to1957 and St. Teresa of Avila from 1957 to 1962. He was a teacher at Elder High School from 1954 to 1962. He served as chaplain and teacher at Mother of Mercy High School and chaplain at Mother of Mercy convent from 1962 until 1971. He was associate pastor at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish in Bridgetown from 1963 to 1971 and at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish from 1971 to 1974. In 1974 Father Calme became pastor of St. John's Parish in Middletown (now St. John's Chapel of Holy Family Parish) and then in 1986, he was made pastor of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Reading. He retired in 1993. His survivors include two brothers, Paul and James, and two sisters, Rita Calme and Mary Ann Catanzaro.
ARRANGEMENTS: Reception of the body will take place at St. Lawrence Church in Cincinnati on Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 7 p.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery at 10 a.m. the following morning. Meyer and Sons Funeral Home, 4841 Glenway, Cincinnati, is handling arrangements.

Edison C. Cox Jr.
MIAMISBURG-Edison C. Cox Jr., 57, of Miamisburg, passed away Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000, at his residence. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edison Sr. and Winnifred. He is survived by his wife, Judy Marie, and their baby, Muffin; a daughter, Nicole Stover, and her husband, Joshua, of Camden; sons Ronald Scott, and wife, Yon-Hu of Germany, Michael Steven, and wife, Gina, of Kettering, Merle Edward, and wife, Renee, of Virginia, and John Cornett of Miamisburg; a sister, Yvonne Hinton, and husband, Ron, of Tennessee; a brother, Richard Sr., and wife, Rena, of Miamisburg; grandchildren Cody, Joshua, Scott, Tara, Shea, Blake, Quentin and Eva; beloved son-in-law of Grant and Geneva Cornett, formerly of Middletown; sister-in-law, Pat Butler, and husband, Richard, of Painesville, Ohio; and many other relatives and friends. Edison was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force for nearly seven years and served during the Vietnam War. He was also on the Germantown Rescue Squad for seven years. He was employed for 31 years at Crystal Tissue Co. in Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Full Gospel Outreach, Thomas Road and Ohio 4 in Middletown. The Rev. James Maggard will officiate.
MEMORIALS: If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Germantown Rescue Squad. Newcomer-Barclay Funeral Home in Kettering is handling arrangements.

Melvin Dowden
Melvin E. Dowden, 81, of Middletown, died at his residence Saturday afternoon. He was born Nov. 25, 1918, at Alberta, Canada, the son of Charles and Bertie Smith Dowden. He grew up in Manes, Mo., and also lived in Kansas and Springfield, Mo. As an adult, he settled in the Kansas City area, where he attended the Kansas City Junior College. On June 7, 1941, he married Eleanor Faunce at the Stone Church at Independence, Mo. In Kansas City, he was employed by the Sheffield Steel Co. as a receiving clerk and also managed the softball, hardball and basketball teams for the company. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 until 1945. After serving his country, he returned to Sheffield Steel and became manager of the storeroom. He was a member of the Reorganized Church of the Saints at Independence, Mo. In 1965, he moved to Middletown as an Armco employee and in 1980 was named equipment and by-products sales manager. In 1982, he retired from Armco and he and his wife would spend winters at Lido Beach and Sarasota, Fla., where enjoyed golf and fishing. After his retirement from Armco he became a consultant For DA Industrial Sales of Cleveland, Ohio. He was a devoted fan of the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a member of the McDonald Masonic Lodge of Independence, Mo., Middletown Rotary Club, Elks Lodge, Wildwood Golf Club and the American Institute of Iron and Steel Engineers. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eleanor Faunce Dowden; a daughter, Sharon Dowden of Middletown; a son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Judi Dowden of Middletown; two granddaughters, Melanie and her husband, Michael Kercsmar, and Emily Dowden, all of Middletown; a sister, Billie and her husband, Carl Golden of Bastrop, Texas; a brother-in-law, Tom Harker of Kansas City, Mo.; and loving nieces, a nephew, a great nephew and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Audra Harker and Midge Vandergriff; and brothers, Glenn and Bernard Dowden.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Central Avenue at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Robert Weingartner and the Rev. Tim Long officiating.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice. Funeral service are being conducted by Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Norma J. Hammock
FRANKLIN-Norma Jean Hammock, 64, formerly of 415 Mission Lane, passed away Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Bethany Lutheran Village. She was born on Dec. 29, 1935, in Powell County, Ky., the daughter of Hugh and Mabel (Lowe) Johnson. She was employed by Ohio Bell as an operator. Mrs. Hammond taught Sunday school and was a member of the Springboro First Church of God and Women's Missionary Society. Her parents preceded her in death. Survivors include her sons, Howard Lee Hammock of Lebanon and Robert Thomas Hammock of Germantown; a daughter, Jill E. Hammock of Germantown; brothers Ralph Johnson of Denver and Michael Johnson of Lebanon; sisters Sue Bailey of Springboro and Terry Smith of Franklin; and two grandchildren, Quentin and Mackenzie.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Eaton-Anderson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Doug Sczerba officiating. Burial will be in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Geraldine Holt
FRANKLIN-Mrs. Geraldine "Jerri" (Puckett) Holt, 40, of 6818 Torrington Drive, passed away Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at her residence. She was born on Aug. 17, 1959, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Gerald and Lizzie Lee (Johnson) Puckett. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1977. Mrs. Holt was an administrative manager for Posey Management for 25 years and a volunteer for the Carlisle Fire Dept. for six years. Her father, Gerald Puckett, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of six years, Ryan L. Holt; her mother, Lizzie Puckett of Lebanon; sons Gabriel Aaron and Christopher Matthew Peck, and Jacob Mark Holt, all at home; a daughter, Megan Marie Holt, at home; a brother, Gary Lee Puckett of Westerville; and nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Unglesby-Anderson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Greg Wallace officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery. Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

U. Nyunt Hlaing
U. Nyunt Hlaing, 76, of Franklin, Ohio, passed away Tuesday at Sycamore Hospital in Miamisburg. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Arthur G. Kash
Arthur Garrett Kash, 83, of Middletown, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Carlisle Manor. He was born in Landsaw, Ky., on Sept. 5, 1916, and had lived in this area for 51 years. He served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Kash was formerly employed in maintenance at Armco Steel Co. before retiring in 1980. He was a member of the High Point Masonic Lodge 773 of Monroe where he served as Tyler Officer. He was also a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton chapter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Willa (Rose) Kash in 1974; a brother, William Kash; four sisters, Genoa Schrader, Sue Gottchall, Elsie Horten and Lula Nolan. He leaves a daughter, Elaine Wesselman, and her husband, Frederick, of Middletown; a son and his wife, Ottis and Carmen Kash of West Alexandria; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Kash of Monroe; two sisters, Maggie Porter of Middletown and Nancy Rose of Campton, Ky.; and a special friend, Katherine Barr of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for noon Saturday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with Pastor Edward Sandusky officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home, where a Masonic service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown 45044; or to the Carlisle Manor Activities Fund, 730 Hillcrest Drive, Carlisle 45005.

Percy Keys
Percy Keys, 75, of 1125 Kunz Ave., Middletown, passed away Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at Hospice of Dayton. He was a native of Uniontown, Ala., and had been a Middletown resident for 46 years. He was a member of the New Era Baptist Church in Middletown. Mr. Keys was a retired employee of Armco/AK Steel Co. after 45 years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Keys. Survivors include daughters Carolyn A. (Carlton) Freeman of Dayton, Ohio, Karen Keys of Middletown, Bernice Turner of Unionton, Ala., and Arlene Gray of Chicago, Ill.; sons Nathaniel (Rose) Keys of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Barry (Sandy) Bennett of Cleveland, Ohio; brothers Columbus (Bessie) Keys of Buffalo, N.Y., Cornelius (Mary Frances) Keys of Uniontown, Ala., Johnny (Annette) Keys of Birmingham, Ala., A.C. Brown of Detroit, Mich., and Samuel Witherspoon of Buffalo; sisters Olivia Dudley of Ensley, Ala., Willie Lee (Louis) Williams of Brighton, Ala., and Lottie King, Melanie (Robert) Hicks and Betty Jean (Frank) Paige, all of Fort Wayne; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at New Era Baptist Church, 1120 Yankee Road, Middletown, Ohio, with the Rev. Robert Brown officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday at the church until the time of service. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Arrangements were entrusted to the House of Wheat Funeral Home, Inc., 2107 N. Gettysburg Ave., Dayton, Ohio.

Leamon Leger
Leamon E. Leger, age 88, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at his residence under hospice care. The Barbourville, Ky., native lived in Middletown for many years before moving to Brooklet, Ga., five years ago. He was retired from Armco Steel Corporation in Middletown and was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by three sons, Leamon Leger Jr. of Sarasota, Fla., William Leger of Brooklet, Ga., and Ronald Leger of Woodlands, Texas; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Miami Valley Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel. Arrangements by Meyer-Boehmer & Feucht Funeral Home in Dayton.

Lester R. Mannon
Lester Ray Mannon, 75, of Middletown, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 9, 2000, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born on May 3, 1924, in Huntington, W. Va., the son of William and Carrie Smith Mannon. Mr. Mannon was an Army veteran of World War II. He was employed at Aeronca for 35 years, retiring in 1989 as a tool grinder. He was a member of the Yankee Road First Church of God. He also was a member of American Legion Post 218, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 131 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Miami Valley Post 3809. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty J. Mannon; a son, Michael Mannon of Middletown; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and O.V. Howell of Hickory, N.C.; two grandchildren, Brittany Howell and Justin Vance, both of Hickory, N.C.; and a daughter-in-law, Naoma Mannon of Dayton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Mannon in 1997.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rodney Williams officiating. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park, where American Legion Post 218 Honor Guard will provide military honors.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown 45044.

Tim McCoy
Tim McCoy, 79, of Middletown, Ohio, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Barbara Parke Care Center. He was born on March 1, 1920, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Mike McCoy and Ann (Simms) McCoy. Mr. McCoy had been a resident of Barbara Parke since 1986. There are no immediate survivors.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be private at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Jacob M. Mehl
HAMILTON-Jacob M. Mehl, 73, of 5512 Princeton-Glendale Road, died Monday morning, Feb. 7, 2000, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born in Hamilton, Ohio, on June 24, 1926, a son of John O. and Altha (Brown) Mehl, and was a farmer for most of his life. He also had worked at the Farm and Fleet Store. Mr. Mehl was a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of the Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Liberty Township Fire Department and a charter member of the National Farmer Organization. He is survived by his wife, Betty Mehl; two daughters, Linda Neff (husband Sam) of Liberty Township, and Deb Pagenkopf (husband Brad) of Pratt, Kansas; two sons, Ron Mehl of Cincinnati and Tim Mehl of Liberty Township; grandchildren Kelly and Tara Pagenkopf, and Michelle, Jennifer, Lauren, Kathleen, Elizabeth, and Brandon Jacob Mehl; a sister, Lura Faye Kennel (husband Clifford); and a brother, John O. Mehl Jr. (wife Emma). Thanks to Freda and Kristin, and to the Monroe Medical Center.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with Dr. William Phillips officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorial contributions to either the Mount Plesant Presbyterian Church or to the Liberty Township Fire Department Emergency Squad.

Timothy Million Sr.
Timothy Million Sr., 53, departed this life at Middletown Regional Hospital on Monday, Feb. 7, 2000. He was one of four children born to the late Henry and Nellie Million Jr. He was a native of Middletown and attended Middletown schools. He, as well as his two brothers, Terry and Ted, were the first triplets to be born at Middletown Regional Hospital. Mr. Million was a member of United Missionary Baptist Church. He served on the Senior Usher Board until his illness. He was also preceded in death by a son, Samuel Allen Johnson. He leaves to mourn his passing, three sons, Timothy Jr., Antonio and Garnett Million, all of Middletown; four brothers, Robert Million of San Francisco, Calif., Terry and Ted Million, both of Middletown, and Lyman Montgomery of Dayton, Ohio; seven grandchildren; a special aunt, Helen Sudduth; and a special uncle, Aurthur Anderson. He also leaves to cherish his memory, a very, very devoted and special friend, Marva Shields, and two children, he treated as his own, Brittany Shields and Cortez Richardson; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at noon Friday, Feb. 11, at United Missionary Baptist church, 18th Avenue and Minnesota St., with the Rev. Gregory Tyus officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church. Arrangements are by Hall-Jordan Memorial Chapel, 918 S. Main St.

Ralph Mills
SPRINGBORO-Ralph Mills, 99, of 1176 W. Ohio 73, passed away Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at his residence. He was born on April 29, 1900, in Pyrmont, Ohio, the son of Charles Wm. and Cora A. (Sommers) Mills. Mr. Mills was a longtime farmer in the Springboro area since 1945 and a school teacher at Springboro School District from 1933 to 1968. He was a member and helped form the Warren County Grange, Ohio Education Association, National Education Association and Springboro Teachers Association. Mr. Mills also served as president of the First United Methodist Church in Springboro and American Angus Association. Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers Walter Russell and Harold Mills; and sisters Opal Harris, Orpha Githens and Dorothy Mills. He is survived by his wife Guilda (Brunk) Mills, with whom he would have celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary on Feb. 27; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Unglesby-Anderson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Shimer officiating. Burial will be in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Clearcreek Fire and Rescue Squad.

Elizabeth J. Patrick
SPRINGBORO-Mrs. Elizabeth J. Patrick, 66, of 44 Tamarack Trail, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at her residence. A native of Mason County, W. Va., she was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth J. Kinnaird; and her husband, Henry. She formerly worked in telecommunications for the Monsanto Corp. for 25 years. She is survived by a son, Jeff Patrick, and his wife, Donna, of Franklin; two daughters, Andrea Davis, and husband, Jay, of Dallas, Texas, and Robyn Caudill, and husband, Mike, of Kenton, Ohio; a sister, Dottie Cappelli of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Unglesby-Anderson Funeral Home. The Rev. Carl Stover will officiate. Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Springboro Cemetery.

Nova D. Peck
Infant Nova Darlene Beth Peck, of Middletown, Ohio, was stillborn Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She is survived by her parents, Jacob and Megan Peck; grandparents Iva and Marvin Middleton of Middletown, Zina and Dave Witt of Madison Township, and Michael and Christy Dunn, Alfred Peck and Jack Hamilton, all of Middletown; great-grandparents, Nova Lawson, Ruby Dunn and Grace Mae Roth, all of Middletown, and Andrew Dunn of Tennessee; and numerous loved ones.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Anderson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. Burial will follow in Miltonville Cemetery.

Ruth Philpot
Ruth Philpot, age 89, of Trenton, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born Aug. 28, 1910, in Falmouth, Ky., the daughter of Sam Donley and Emma Laoma (Jett) Donley. Mrs. Philpot was a member of the Yankee Road First Church of God and active in the Women's Sewing Circle at the church. She is survived by a daughter, Ruby (husband, Tom) Freeman of Waldorf, Md.; three sons, Donald (wife, Jean) Philpot of Franklin, Harold Philpot of Middletown and Earshal (wife, Brenda) Philpot of Middletown; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Herbert Philpot, in 1983; daughters, Eula Hamilton in 1997 and Juanita Hamilton in 1994; a son, Charles Philpot in 1990; and a grandson, Dwayne Philpot in 1989.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home with the Rev. Rodney Williams officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Rose Hill Burial Park in Hamilton.

William R. Roof
HAMILTON - William R. Roof, 60, of Hamilton died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000 at Fort Hamilton Hospital. Born in Hamilton on Dec. 20, 1939, he was the son of Tony and Lureatha (Valerio) Roof. He was educated in Seven Mile. On June 11, 1967, in Hamilton, William married Lois M. Jones. He worked in the metallurgical department of AK Steel Corp., formerly Armco. He was a member of the New Miami First Church of God and Middletown Sportsman Club. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Lois M. Roof of Hamilton; a son, William Clayborn Roof of Middletown; a daughter, Kathleen Lenore Roof of Middletown and one grandson, Matthew A. Roof. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Roof.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at the New Miami First Church of God, 185 Morris Ave., on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m., with the reverends Dennis Fields, Don McGowen and Al Deaton officiating. Burial will be at Hickory Flat Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Ross Avenue at South D Street on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorial contributions to the New Miami First Church of God.

Quensetta L. Ross
Mrs. Quensetta (Lovely) Colebank Ross, 81, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at her daughter's residence in Middletown. She was born on July 4, 1918, in Miamisburg, Ohio, the daughter of Robert Lovely and Brunette (Sexton) Lovely. Mrs. Ross had worked as an office manager at an insurance company. She is survived by two daughters, Sheila (husband Bobby) Barrett of Hamilton and Pamela (husband Gary) Deaton of Middletown; seven grandchildren, Michael, Melissa and Terri, Sherri Deaton, Paula (husband Russ) Linville, Misti (husband Jon) Tabor and Gary Deaton Jr.; eight great-grandchildren, Karli, Danielle, Megan, Chad, Josh, Amber, Sara and Jacob; a brother, Robert Lovely of Jupiter, Fla.; and four sisters, Essie Hettinger, Becky Hartman, Mary Rieker, and Ruth Gross, all of Eaton, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Ross in 1989; her mother, Brunette Moss in 1996; and a grandson, Charles Jr.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Virginia E. Sheffer
Mrs. Virginia E. Sheffer, 92, of Middletown, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born in Danville, Ill., on March 18, 1907, the daughter of Dwight and Bess (Barton) Sheffer. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Middletown, Wildwood Golf Course, and the Arrowhead Country Club in Rapid City, S.D. Mrs. Sheffer had worked for AETNA Insurance Co. in Chicago, Ill., for 14 years as a bookkeeper until 1944. She leaves two daughters, Virginia (David) Lockmeyer of Middletown and Sandra (David) Sheffer-Jackson of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a stepson Reyn Sheffer of Newport Beach, Calif.; a stepdaughter-in-law, Beverly Sheffer of Paso Robles, Calif.; two grandchildren, Sandra (Alan) Greeb of Fairfield and Beth Ann (Eric) Sackett of Ypsilanti, Mich.; four step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sheffer was preceded in death by her husband, Colonel William Bruce Sheffer in 1980; her father, Dwight Sheffer, and mother, Bess (Barton) Sheffer; a stepson, William Bruce Sheffer II; a brother, Walker Sheffer; and a sister, Phyllis Olson.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Robert J. Weingartner officiating. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, S.D. The family will receive friends after the service in the fellowship hall for a luncheon.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 2910 Central Ave., Middletown 45044. Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lorraine R. Sherron
Mrs. Lorraine R. Sherron, 81, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of 5984 Niederlander Lane, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, in Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg. She was born on Jan. 29, 1919, in Middletown, Ohio, the daughter of Corbett Ratliffe and Gertrude (Collins) Ratliffe. She graduated from Middletown High School in 1937 and attended Morehead College and Otterbein College. A native of Middletown, Mrs. Sherron lived many years in the Dayton area and was active in the Home Builders Association. She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Marvin W. Sherron; two daughters, Terry L. Griest of Columbia, Md., and Susan S. (husband Dr. William B.) Salt of Columbus, Ohio; three grandchildren, Bradley (wife Molly) Salt of Orlando, Fla., and Shelley and Casey P. Salt, both of Columbus; a sister, Linda (husband Kenneth) Naudin of Hilton Head island, S.C,.; and three nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Howard Griest; and a brother, Elwood Ratliffe.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rob Weingartner officiating. Entombment will be at the Woodside Cemetery Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Mary L. Smith
GERMANTOWN-Mrs. Mary Lee Smith, 69, of Germantown, passed away Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000. She was a native of Kansas City, Mo., and was born on May 25, 1930, to the late Willard and Veda (Poinsett) Irons. Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, David "Ronnie" Smith; her stepdaughter, Ginger Y. Estepp, and her stepson, David M. (Phyllis) Smith, all of Middletown; three grandchildren; her cousin, Shirley Holbrook of Miamisburg; and her friends like family, the Stoutenborough and Evans Families.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may call today, Feb. 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Dalton Funeral Home, corner of Ohio 4 and Weaver Road, Germantown, where the funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Pastor Stephen P. Spurgin will officiate. Burial will be at Lebanon Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Germantown Rescue Squad.


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