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Milton Adams
WAYNESVILLE -- Milton Adams, 73, of Waynesville, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was a World War II Army veteran and attended the Pekin Baptist Church. Mr. Adams was preceded in death by his parents, Caleb and Minta (Halsey) Adams; three brothers, Raymond, Ernest and Edgar Adams; and a sister, Ora Hollan. He is survived by his wife, Gretchen L.; two sons, Vincent Adams of Franklin and Douglas M. Adams of Irvine, Ky.; a daughter, Brenda Meece of South Lebanon; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marie Drake of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home in Waynesville. Burial will follow in Miami Cemetery, Waynesville. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: If desired, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Naomi Asbury
Naomi L. (Smith) Asbury, 83, of Middletown, passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at her daughter's residence. She was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Middletown, the daughter of Clarence and Kathren (Rhoades) Smith. She had lived in Middletown and the surrounding areas her entire life. She was a housewife and mother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Asbury in September, 2000; son, David M. Asbury in 1969; granddaughter, Jennifer D. Dick in 1983; grandson, Kenneth Haering in 1995; three sisters and two brothers. She is survived by sons, George A. and wife Betty, Clarence E., Wilbur N. and wife Sandy, Ronald E. and wife Debbie, all of Middletown, Jacob W. and wife Jeanne of Indian Mound, Tenn., and Jonathan W. and wife Regina of Dallastown, Pa.; daughters, Dorothea L. and Dominic Esposito, Rebecca J. and Lee Perkins, both of Middletown, Susan E. and James Hardin of Taylorsville, Miss., Kathren E. Houtz of Kettering and Naomi D. and Joe Williford of Moraine, 32 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren, sisters, Margaret Pelley of Hamilton, Irene Angelus of Middletown and Barbara and Karl Wetzel of Farmersville; brothers, Fred and Claramae Smith, Jacob and Sharon Smith, both of Middletown, and William and Gail Smith of Trenton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Herr-Riggs Funeral Home, 210 S. Main St., Middletown. Services will follow, with Rev. David Wilhoit officiating. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park in Trenton.
MEMORIALS: Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown, or to the Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St., Ste. 1026, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203.

Mary Bradley
Mary (Gibson) Bradley, 82, of 3000 McGee Drive, McKnight Terrace, Middletown, passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born in Raven, Ky., on Sept. 27, 1918, the daughter of Dave and Lizzie Gibson. Mrs. Bradley and her husband were self-employed in their grocery store and gift shop for more than 20 years in Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Woodrow, in 1980. Surviving are her son, John Bradley, and his wife, LorDean, of Franklin; a daughter, Shirley Seifert, and husband, Bill, of Springboro; grandchildren Dave Bradley of Las Vegas, Nev., and Kara Lynn Bradley of Franklin; and two great-grandchildren, Corey and Taylor Bradley. Local services will be at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Eaton-Anderson-Unglesby Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin, Ohio, with the Rev. Gary Hartman officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home. A second service and burial will be in Kentucky at 2 p.m. Monday (Ohio time) in the Rest Lawn Memory Gardens in Franklin, Ky.

Stella Brewer
Mrs. Stella Brewer, 72, of Middletown, died at 12:03 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at Garden Manor Extended Care Center. She was born in Jackson, Ky., on Oct. 5, 1928. She attended Breathitt County High School in Kentucky and moved to Middletown in May 1948. Mrs. Brewer retired from her job as a cashier at Albers Supermarket after 21 years service. She was a lifelong member of the Assemblies of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie W. Brewer; her parents, John M. and Sarah B. (King) Fletcher; a brother, Fred Fletcher; and a sister, Fern Whitt. Survivors include four sisters, Ollie Emrick of Middletown, Opal Weidle of Trenton, Pearl, and her husband, William Sheffield, of Sardinia, Ohio, and Golden Schildmeier of Covington, Ky.; a brother, J.C. Fletcher, and his wife, Joyce, of Fort Myers, Fla.; an aunt, Bessie Kendrick of Middletown; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are at 1 p.m. today at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, with the Revs. Gene Huff and J.C. Fletcher officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon to 1 p.m. today prior to the service.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of donor's choice.

James Byrd
FRANKLIN - James "Jim" Russell Byrd, 72, of 1000 Poinciana Drive, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at Veterans Hospital in Dayton. He was born on Jan. 12, 1929, in Valdosta, Ga., the son of Mike and Kathleen (Waters) Byrd. Mr. Byrd served in the U.S. Air Force for 17 years and was a veteran of the Korean War. After leaving the service, he was self-employed as a mechanic and raised horses, built homes and farmed. He lived in the Franklin community for the past 35 years and loved his wife, his family, his horses and his community. He will be missed. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife Dorothy, in 2000; and a brother, Hubert Byrd. Mr. Byrd is survived by his daughter, Lynda Shaw of Villa Rica, Ga.; a brother, Marvin Byrd of Valdosta, Ga.; grandchildren Zach and Joel; nieces Georgina Fowler, Penny Lamb, Martha Walters of Franklin and Shirley Johnson of Hamilton; nephews Earl, Paul, David and Kenneth Lamb; and several great-nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. . 17, at Anderson Funeral Home, 40 N. Main St., Springboro, with the Rev. James Maggard officiating. Visitation is today from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hickory Flat Cemetery in Trenton, with full military honors.

Lucille Coyle
Mrs. Lucille (Baird) Coyle, 82, of Monroe, passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Mount Pleasant Retirement Village. She was born in Middletown, Ohio, on Sept. 24, 1918, and was a lifelong resident of this area. Mrs. Coyle was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was a 1940 graduate of Berea College in Kentucky. During her years there she was secretary to the dean and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi. She served as vice president, secretary and treasurer of Coyle's Voting Machine Co. Mrs. Coyle was very active in a number of local and national organizations. She was active in Community Chest and YMCA fund drives. She was a member and executive director of the Cooperative Service League, member of PTA, American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, Young Republican League of Ohio, Women's Society of Christian Service, Elks Golf League, Berea College Alumni Association and Women's Auxiliary of the Butler County Bar Association. Mrs. Coyle was preceded in death by her husband, Martin; her parents, Thomas and Pearl (Moore) Baird; a brother, Tom Baird; and a sister, Ernestine Baird. Surviving are a daughter, Mary Lou Hughes of Highland, Ind.; a son, Martin A. Coyle Jr. (Sandy) of Kiawah Island, S.C.; five grandchildren, Cindy Bayon (John), David Coyle, Jenni Coyle, Kathy Kasper (Chet) and Karen Hughes; four great-grandchildren, Emily, Abigail, Brie and Alicia; two sisters, Eunice Hurst of Monroe and Evelyn Dell of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services are set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the First Baptist Church, 4500 Riverview Ave., Middletown, with the Rev. Roland Marcus officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton. There will be no visitation.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Berea College, Lucille Baird Coyle Memorial Fund, CPO 2216 Berea College, Berea, Ky. 40404. Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home is serving the family.

Charles J. Curtis
Former Middletown resident Charles Jenne Curtis passed away on his 90th birthday, Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, in Louisville, Ky. He was born in Louisville on Feb. 12, 1911. Mr. Curtis was the southeastern Kentucky sales manager for the Otis-Hidden Furniture Co. from 1929 to 1947. In 1947, he purchased the Modern Electric & Furniture Co. in Harlan, Ky. In 1956, he and a brother opened a Western Auto Store in Middletown, Ohio. In 1959, they opened the Whipps Mill Hardware store in Louisville where he worked until his retirement in 1973. He was a member of Prospect (Ky.) Christian Church. Mr. Curtis was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Oxley Curtis in 1968. Survivors include a son, Charles Robert Curtis of Middletown; a daughter, Jennifer C. Lange of Melbourne, Fla.; a brother, Marion A. Curtis of Louisville, Ky.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services were held Thursday, Feb. 15, with burial at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.
MEMORIALS: Memorial gifts may be made to Kentucky Educational Television or a charity of one's choice.

Dr. Irvin Emmons Jr.
Rev. Dr. Irvin Willets Emmons Jr., 82, of Monroe, died Friday morning at Middletown Regional Hospital. Emmons was the 26th pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Middletown, remaining at that post from 1966 to 1984. Under his leadership, the church grew to nearly 2,000 members. He was born in Camden, N.J., on April 21, 1918, son of Irvin and Luretta (Armstrong) Emmons. He received degrees in education and theology from Temple University, a masters in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and doctor of divinity from the College of the Ozarks. He was ordained by the Presbytery of West Jersey on April 21, 1942. He held pastorates in New Jersey from 1943 to 1954, and came to Marion, Ohio, in 1955. After retirement, he was the pastoral associate at the First Presbyterian Church of Naples, Fla., during winter stays. He was the chaplain at the Mount Pleasant Home from 1983 to 1985. He was active in the Middletown Rotary Club and held positions on the boards of directors for a number of Middletown agencies. Emmons was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, George Emmons. He is survived by his wife, DeMarius "Dee" Emmons of Monroe, daughter, Connie (Tom) Charron of Allen, Texas, and grandchildren, Meredith and John Charron of Allen, Texas. Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 2910 Central Ave., with the Rev. Dr. Robert Weingartener officiating. The family will receive friends at the conclusion of the memorial service.
MEMORIALS: Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 2910 Central Ave., Middletown, or the life care fund at Mount Pleasant Home, 225 Britton Lane, Monroe.

Robert L. Fields
LEBANON -- Robert L. Fields, 70, of Lebanon, died peacefully Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at the Quaker Heights Nursing Home in Waynesville. He was born in Seaman, Ohio, the son of Cecil and Pearl (Toshie) Fields. He had lived in Lebanon since 1955 and was a 1951 graduate of Mason High School. Mr. Fields was a member of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church and was very active in the Masonic Lodge. He served as past master in Lebanon Lodge No. 26, past high priest of Chapter No. 5, was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite, belonged to Council and Commandry No. 22, was a member of the Eastern Star No. 343 and was a member of the Odd Fellows and Waynesville Rotary. Mr. Fields was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was also a member of the Lebanon Veterans of Foreign Wars.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends my call on the family this evening, Feb. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Stine-Kilburn Funeral Home in Lebanon where a Masonic service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: The family requests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to either the Lebanon Masonic Lodge or to the Quaker Heights Nursing Home in Waynesville.

Melvin C. Franklin
Melvin C. Franklin, 76, of Middletown, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born on Oct. 5, 1924, in Blue Ball, Ohio, the son of Edward and Della (Eakin) Franklin. A lifelong resident of the Middletown area, he graduated from Middletown High School in 1942. He married the former Jerry Sutton in 1946, and together, they raised four children during 49 years of marriage. Mr. Franklin served with the Fourth Fighter Group of the Army Air Corps in World War II. While stationed in Debden, England, he flew 25 missions over Germany in a P-51D Mustang fighter plane. Following the war, he flew with the 162nd Fighter Squadron of the Ohio Air National Guard. Mr. Franklin was an employee of Armco for 38 years from 1947 to 1985. After working in the No. 2 Open Hearth and in Electric Construction, he joined the Armco aviation group as a pilot in 1957, eventually becoming director of the department. Prior to retiring, he served as the vice president/manager of Hanger Facilities Inc., an Armco subsidiary. He was active with American Legion Post 218 and a member of the Middletown Jefferson Lodge and Antioch Temple in Dayton. He was a longtime member of the Quiet Birdmen, an elite aviation society. He belonged to the First Baptist Church of Middletown and was a member of its board of deacons for many years. Mr. Franklin is survived by his sons, John Franklin of Wayne Township and Gregg Franklin of New York City; his daughter, Kitty (Kevin) Kelly; three grandchildren, Sarah Franklin, and Eamonn and Ceara Kelly; a sister, Delores (Glenn) Woodward of Franklin; and a brother, Ernest Franklin, of Franklin, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jerry, in 1995, and his son, David, in 1994.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Woodside Memorial Chapel. Entombment will be at Woodside Cemetery Mausoleum.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 256, Middletown 45042; or Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown 45042. Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Betty J. Gilbert
Mrs. Betty J. Gilbert, of 186 1-D Sailboat Run, Dayton, Ohio, passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at Hospice of Dayton after a short illness. She was 79. Betty was born in Middletown, Ohio, the daughter of Mary (Wick) and Robert Stover. She graduated from Monroe High School and went to work for Ohio Bell. She later worked for Murphy Pontiac in Troy, Ohio, then for Dr. John Lorms in Tipp City, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson G. Gilbert of Dayton; and a sister, Mrs. Louise Gray of Trenton, Ohio. She is survived by three nieces, Ms. Claudia Mullins and Ms. Heather Miller, both of Huber Heights, Ohio, and Mrs. Heidi Collinsworth of Dayton, and their families; four brothers, Robert Stover Jr., Richard Stover and Lionel Stover, all of Middletown, Ohio, and Donald Stover of Somerville, Ohio; and three sisters, Mrs. Norma Ward of Trenton, and Mrs. Marjorie Schouse and Mrs. Marilyn Buckner, both of Middletown. Mrs. Gilbert is also survived by four sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law and five stepchildren, and their families.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the North Dayton Baptist Church, 515 Lillian Ave., Dayton. Pastor Randy Chestnut will officiate.

James Hartman
James L. Hartman, 79, of Middletown, died Sunday morning, Feb. 18, 2001, at Willow Knoll Retirement Community. Hartman was a WWII Navy veteran, having served on the U.S.S. Dunlap. He was born on Sept. 16, 1921 in Middletown. He is a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, a life member of American Legion Post 218 and VFW Post 3809. He was a shear man at Armco in east processing, retiring after 32 years in 1972. He and his wife Lois celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 14, 2000. He is survived by his wife Lois J. (Kendig) Hartman of Middletown; sons Jim E. (Lee) Hartman and Bill H. (Patricia) Hartman, both of Middletown; brother Bob Hartman of Middletown; grandchildren Jimmy Hartman, David (Teresa) Hartman, Eric Hartman, Todd Hartman and Alison (Richard) Free. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Harold Hartman and sister Jean Woodward.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Pastor Gene Leiter will officiate. Entombment will be at Butler County Memorial Park.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 212 S. Broad St., Middletown. Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Marie M. Highlands
Mrs. Marie M. Highlands, 82, of Miamisburg, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Sycamore Hospital. She was born in Trenton, Ohio, on June 3, 1918, and was a lifelong resident of the Trenton area. She was formerly employed as a canteen worker at Armco for 18 years. Mrs. Highlands was a lifelong member of the Stratford Heights Church of God. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hugh G. Hall; her second husband, Amos Highlands; her parents, Thomas and Ellen Smith; three sisters, Mae Cass, Jennie Roebuck and Venida Wise; a brother, Harrison Smith; and a niece, Donna Ellis. Surviving are three daughters, Gwen Kempton (Ken) of West Carrollton, Etta Kelly (Bob) of Middletown and Janice Gilbert (Jack) of Trenton; three sons, Frank Hall of Hamilton, Hugh G. Hall of Middletown and Michael Highlands of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Helen Richardson (Ronald) of Middletown; two sisters-in-law, Velma Hall of Chicago, Ill., and Grace Smith-Hines of Middletown; 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Stratford Heights Church of God, 4419 Nelson Road, Middletown, with Pastor Walter D. Watkins officiating. Interment will be in Butler County Memorial Park in Trenton. Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, 1500 Manchester Ave., Middletown.
MEMORIALS: Contributions may be made to the Residence Council Fund at Christel Manor of Miamisburg, 1120 S. Dunaway St., Miamisburg, Ohio 45342.

Elizabeth B. Howard
Mrs. Elizabeth B. Howard, 80, of Middletown, passed away at Middletown Regional Hospital Sunday morning, Feb. 18, 2001. She was born on April 7, 1920, in Middletown, the daughter of Harry and Bernadene Homer Whiteman. Mrs. Howard was a loving homemaker who cared for her family. She attended the Monroe Church of the Nazarene. She is survived by two daughters, Deborah, and her husband, Rodney Barker, of Monroe, and Wilma Anthony of Middletown; six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Hopper of Middletown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval Howard in 1976; two sons, Jerry and Kenny Helton in 1957; and three brothers, John, Charles and Pete Whiteman.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Stan Ellingson officiating. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery.

Joel Hunter Jr.
Joel Hunter Jr., 82, of 1234 Prospect Ave., Middletown, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, in Atlantic Beach, Fla. Mr. Hunter was a veteran of World War II and a retiree of Armco Steel Company's Middletown Works. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Perrin Hunter; and a son, Joel Craig Hunter. Survivors include a daughter, Murnett Hunter Boston (Kenneth) of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; sisters, Isabel Hunter of Middletown, Dorothy Conley (Freddie) of Middletown and Lucille Mosby (George) of Atmore, Ala.; a brother, Reasno Hunter (Ethel) of Milwaukee, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Darlice Hunter of Middletown; adopted daughter, Rosenna Hughley of Middletown; nieces and nephews; and dear friends in the Middletown and Jacksonville Beaches, Fla., areas.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at New Era Baptist Church, 1120 Yankee Road, Middletown, on Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Fla. 32257.

John Lawson
John M. Lawson, 53, of Andersonville, Tenn., died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He was born in Camden on March 5, 1947, the son of George and Cora (Slusher) Lawson, and was of the United Methodist faith. Lawson was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Vietnam War. He was an E-8 senior chief electrician and served 21 1/2 years in the Navy before retiring. Lawson is survived by his wife, Minta (Martin) Lawson; daughters, Amber and Roy Johnson of Andersonville, Tenn., Jennifer Felts of Tigard, Ore., and Keri and James Krohne of Virginia Beach, Va.; sisters, Jeanette and Elmer Bach of LaPort, Minn., LloydWinna and James Stamper of Gratis, Ohio, and Leona Robinson of Radcliff, Ky.; granddaughters, Tabitha Felts, Ashleigh Krohne and Tylynn Krohne; grandsons, Eric Felts and Garrett Johnson; and several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, George Edward Lawson.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with Pastor Brenda Cox officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Gratis.

Juliet Leuvelink
Juliet R. (Cooney) Leuvelink, 89, of the Garden Manor Retirement Community, died Saturday morning, Feb. 17. She was born in Springfield, Ohio, on Oct. 10, 1911, a daughter of Matthew and Mary Cooney and lived much of her life in Cincinnati. She also spent part of her adult life in Florida. Leuvelink was a graduate of the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, with an RN degree and was a supervisor at Jewish Hospital before retiring to raise her family. She was a member of Holy Family Parish. She is survived by her sister, Mary Beatrice "Minnie" Burns of Hamilton; daughters, Jean Tatum of Middletown and Mary and Joe Whitacre of St. James City, Fla.; son, William Leuvelink of Wayland, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Leuvelink; daughter, Sue Weis; granddaughter, Kathy Whitacre; brothers, Charles and Walter; and sisters, Florence, Rose and Marjorie.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Holy Trinity Chapel, with Monsignor Paul Metzger the celebrant. The family will receive friends at 1:30 p.m. at the church.
MEMORIALS: Contributions are suggested to the Middletown Area United Way.

Anthony Likiarthis
Anthony "Tony" Likiarthis, 86, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Saturday at the St. Petersburg General Hospital. He was born on Jan. 30, 1915, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of John and Maria Papayaius Likiarthis. Formerly of Middletown, he and his wife moved to St. Petersburg in 1976 after his retirement from Armco Steel Co. where he had worked in management. He was a member of the Elks Lodge of Pinellas Park, Fla. Mr. Likiarthis is survived by his wife of 49 years, Margaret; four nephews, Guy I. Hartman of Dayton, Mark E. Hartman of Miamisburg and Drew and Scott Hartman, both of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gene Leiter officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery.

Carl F. Martin
HAMILTON -- Carl F. Martin, 94, of Hamilton, passed away in the Butler County Care Facility Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at 8:55 a.m. He was born in Shandon, Ohio, on Aug. 20, 1906, the son of Joseph and Anna (Phellis) Martin. Carl was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, a life member of Moose Lodge #36, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 968, a life member of the Isaac Walton League and many other organizations over the years. He volunteered many hours to the St. Vincent DePaul Society and many other charitable causes. He enjoyed sports and participated both as a player and fan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1929 to 1933. Mr. Martin was employed at General Machinery, and later, at Fisher Body Plant as a maintenance foreman for 22 years, retiring in 1967. On July 3, 1941, in Hamilton, he was married to Winifred M. Skalley and she preceded him in death in 1973; on June 24, 1975, in Hamilton, he was married to Frances (Brunner) Wright and she preceded him in death in 1999. He is survived by one son, Terry, and his wife, Janet Martin, of Hamilton; two stepsons, Dennis, and his wife, Melanie Wright, of Lithonia, Ga., and Dean, and his wife, Marysue Wright of Hamilton; one sister, Hazel Martin of Fairfield; eight grandchildren, David Martin, and Brian, Patrick, Chris, Shawn, Josh, Jason and Nathan Wright; also by six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, his twin, Darl, and Elwynn and Claude Martin; and two sisters, Maude (Martin) Stephan and Pauline (Martin) Schneider.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Peter's Catholic Church in Hamilton on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be at Brown Dawson Funeral Home, 1350 Millville Ave., Hamilton, Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Badin High School Scholarship Fund. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Butler County Care Facility and to Vitas Hospice for their loving care.

Vernon LeRoy Mercer
Vernon LeRoy Mercer, 86, of Middletown, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Willow Knoll Retirement Community. He was born in Lemon Township, Ohio, on April 29, 1914, to James Grace Mercer and Louise Ella (Haag) Mercer. Mr. Mercer was a sales coordinator for Crystal Tissue for 45 years, retiring in 1979. He served his country in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He leaves his wife, Elizabeth Ruth Mercer of Middletown; a son, Kenneth (Julie) Gillum of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Carol Gordon of Arizona and Susan Woodlle of Hamilton; and seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Margerite Gabbard, Ina Wells and Idella Newton.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with Bishop Greg Rolph officiating. Interment will be in Butler County Memorial Park in Wayne Township. Visitation is today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: Contributions in Mr. Mercer's memory may be made to United Way, 29 City Centre Plaza, Middletown 45042.

William "Bo" Miller
William "Bo" Miller Jr. 79, of Middletown, died Friday morning, Feb. 16, 2001, at his residence. The Middletown native was born on May 9, 1921, to the late William E. and Ollie Mae (Back) Miller. Mr. Miller worked for Armco Steel Co. as a supervisor in electrical construction for 42 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Holy Trinity Church. He served his country in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3809, a member of American Legion Post 218 and plank owner with the USS Yorktown. He was also a member of the Wildwood Golf Club and former board member of the Middletown Fine Arts Center. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a son, Michael E. (Susan) Miller of Germantown; a daughter, Debi A. Schumacher of Middletown; two brothers, Robert E. (Marion) Miller and Donald R. (Brenda) Miller, both of Middletown; two sisters, Betty A. (Bill) Wood of Middletown and Marilyn (Ross) Crim of Ogden, Utah; and three grandchildren, Luke Schumacher, Nick Miller and Dan Harrison.
ARRANGEMENTS: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Holy Trinity Church of Holy Family Parish, with Father Chuck Mentrup as celebrant. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. A graveside military service will be conducted by the honor guard of American Legion Post 218. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: Contributions may be made to the Middletown Regional Hospital Scholarship Fund, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown 45044-4898.

Helen Pflanzer
Mrs. Helen S. Pflanzer, 90, of Mount Pleasant Retirement Village, Monroe, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 13, 2001. She was born in Havelock, Neb., on May 19, 1910, a daughter of John and Mabel (Kincaid) Stansbury, and graduated from the Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing. Mrs. Pflanzer worked as a registered nurse from 1931 until her retirement in 1973. She also operated the Commercial Printing Company for 28 years with her late husband. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and Mount Pleasant Handcrafters. She is survived by her sister. Florence Stansbury of St. Petersburg, Fla; and by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon E. Pflanzer, on December 26, 1994; a sister, Doris Holloway; and by her parents.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Mount Pleasant Retirement Village in Monroe, with Chaplain Stan Gockel officiating. Interment will be in Laurel Cemetery in Cincinnati.
MEMORIALS: Contributions in Mrs. Pflanzer's memory may be made to the Bethesda Hospital Nursing School or to the Mount Pleasant Life Care Fund. Arrangements are by Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Margaret E. Phillips
Mrs. Margaret E. Phillips, 96, formerly of Kettering, resident of Middletown, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at Willow Knoll Nursing Home in Middletown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland in 1985; and two sisters, Helen Weishaar and Ada Weishaar. Mrs. Phillips was a past president of the Kettering Women's Democratic Club and a member of Federated Democratic Women of Ohio. She belonged to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
ARRANGEMENTS: A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at Woodside Cemetery, 1401 S. Woodside Blvd., in Middletown. Pastor Gene Leiter officiated.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Services were in care of Tobias Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel, Dayton.

Creed Perry Sr.
Creed Perry Sr., 74, of Carlisle, passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001 at his residence. Perry was born in Thornhill, Tenn. on Sept. 14, 1926. He was employed by the Maxwell Paper Company for 23 years and retired from General Motors in Moraine in 1986. He was a member of Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Thornhill, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Ethel Perry. He is survived by his wife, Eula Mae; sons Wayne of Morristown, Tenn., Creed Jr. and Daniel, both of Franklin, Rick of Lebanon and David of Carlisle; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the kind people of Hospice of Dayton for their care and support.
ARRANGEMENTS: The family will receive friends at the Eaton-Anderson-Unglesby Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Springboro Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: If desired, contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.

Saralene Regensburg
Mrs. Saralene Regensburg, 89, of Middletown, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born in Middletown on June 24, 1911, the daughter of Frank Simpson and Minnie (Bachman) Simpson. Mrs. Regensburg worked as a secretary to the president of Sorg Paper Co. until her retirement in 1973. She was a member of the Blue Ball Historical Society and a Salvation Army volunteer. She attended First United Methodist Church. She is survived by a son, John (Joni) Regensburg of Middletown; two grandchildren, Nathan and Josh Regensburg; a step-grandson, Joseph Petrocy; and two sisters, Frances Clark and Ann Danner, both of Middletown. Mrs. Regensburg was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. in 1979, and a sister, Elsa Simpson.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Keeny officiating. Visitations will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 256, Middletown 45042.

Gola L. Richards
Gola Lee (Todd) Richards departed this life on Wednesday, Feb.14, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was 91. Mrs. Richards, daughter of the late William and Mary Verner Todd, was born on Oct. 2, 1909, Pittsburg, Texas. She was preceded in death by six siblings, James, Jesse Willie and Alfred Todd, Lannie Todd Montgomery and Elizabeth Todd Thomas; and her husband, Rev. Sylvester Curtis Richards Sr. She is survived by her six children and their spouses, Doris L. Jackson and Charlie Jackson of Middletown, Gloria Dean and Charles Clay of Cincinnati, Sylvester Curtis Jr. and Martha Richards of Middletown, James Carl and Shirley Richards of Sacramento, Calif., Freddie Lee and Patricia Richards of San Diego, Calif., and Golo Wolfson and Rachel Richards of Denmark, Me.; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Mrs. Richards was the oldest member of the United Missionary Baptist Church. She was active in the Missionary Society and the Love Circle, named in her honor, "The Goldette Circle." She enjoyed singing solos and was guest speaker at a number of church functions. She was noted for her thought-provoking welcome addresses. Mrs. Richards was a dedicated and devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She was an excellent cook, well remembered for her "melt-in-your-mouth" homemade rolls. She resided on Verity Parkway with her daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Charlie Jackson, prior to her move to the Hawthorn Glen Nursing Center.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at the United Missionary Baptist Church, 719 Eighteenth Ave., Middletown, on Saturday, Feb. 17. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday with services beginning at 2 p.m. The Rev. Gregory Tyus will officiate. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Arrangements are by Hall-Jordan Memorial Chapel, 918 S. Main St.

Mary E. Ruble
Mary Elizabeth (Zinck) Ruble, 83, of 1701 Taylor St., Middletown, passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Hawthorn Glen Nursing Home. She was born on April 13, 1917, in Franklin, Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Edith (Bishop) Zinck. She was a 1935 Springboro High School graduate. Mrs. Ruble worked in cosmetic sales for 30 years at Mably & Carew Department Stores. She was a member of American Legion Post 218 and Ladies Auxiliary and served as chaplain. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Carl Perrung, and her second husband, Walter Ruble, and friend, Ken "Mouse" McLean; a brother, Wilbur Zinck; sisters Edna Tufts and Clara Akers; and half sister, Ida Rachel Miller. Survivors include her brother, Raymond "Jake" Zinck, and wife, Opal, of Moraine City; and nieces, nephews and friends.
MEMORIALS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Eaton-Anderson-Unglesby Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin, with Bill Akers officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Springboro Cemetery.

Earl R. Satterfield
CARLISLE -- Earl Ray Satterfield, 56, of 165 Dalton Ave., passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born in Berea, Ky., on July 27, 1944, the son of Chester and Myrtle (Wilson) Satterfield. He was a 1962 Franklin High School graduate. Mr. Satterfield was formerly employed by Smith Brothers in Middletown and was an avid hunter. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Linda (Morris) Satterfield; sons, Gary and Alan, both of Carlisle; parents, Chester and Myrtle Satterfield of Franklin; brothers, Roy Satterfield of Tennessee, Ben Satterfield of Franklin and Larry Satterfield of Centerville; and sisters, Cathleen Presley of Lebanon and Geraldine Satterfield of Franklin.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Anderson Funeral Home, 40 N. Main St., Springboro, with the Rev. Dave Bowling officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Miami Valley Memory Gardens.

Gordon R. Shockley
Gordon R. Shockley, 77, of Middletown, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at his residence. He was born in Middletown on Dec. 8, 1923, and was a lifelong resident. He was a Navy veteran. Mr. Shockley had worked as an appraiser with the Butler County Sheriff's Department for four years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Masons Lodge 90, Middletown Shriner's Club, Knights of Pythias, Middletown Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 32nd degree, Disabled American Veterans, Butler County Republican Party Executive Committee, and the Butler County Sheriff's Association. He was also a member of the American Legion, a former member of the Middletown Police Reserves and was a Kentucky Colonel. His parents, Hobart Shockley and Cora South, and stepfather, Frank South, preceded him in death. Mr. Shockley is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth; a daughter, Linda Zecher (Richard) of Charlottesville, Va.; a son, Clark Shockley of Middletown; and a grandson, Jason Rhodes of St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, witht he Rev. Johnny Schmitt officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 8899 Brookside Ave., Suite 102, West Chester, Ohio 45069.

Anna Mae Smiddy
LEBANON -- Mrs. Anna Mae Smiddy, 87, of Clarksville, Ohio, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Lebanon Country Manor. Born in Caryville, Tenn., the daughter of Tom and Ida (Ridenour) Wormsley, she had lived in Warren County, Ohio, for the past 20 years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a member of the First Baptist Church in Caryville. Mrs. Smiddy was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Kyle Smiddy. She is survived by her husband, Clarence Smiddy of Clarksville; sons, Tom of Minnesota, Walter of Maryland, James Sr. of Lebanon and Rhea of Texas; daughters, Virginia Bunch of Georgia, Annes Griffith of Carlisle, Ohio, and Patsy Kees of Clarksville; brothers, John Morgan Wormsley and Don Wormsley, both of Caryville, Tenn., and Frank Wormsley of Knoxville, Tenn.; sisters, Emma Lee Price of Akron, Ohio, Mary Ruth Whitus and Betty Longmire, both of Tennessee, and Sarah (Katy) Locke of Baltimore, Ohio; 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may call on the family Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Stine-Kilburn Funeral Home in Lebanon, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. The Rev. Don Wahl will officiate. Burial will be in Miami Valley Memorial Gardens in Centerville.

Seth 'Buck' Smith
TRENTON -- Seth "Buck" Smith, 78, of Trenton, passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, after an extended illness. He was born on March 7, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Seth and Goldie Smith. He is survived by his loving wife, Martha "Dee" Smith of Trenton; two sons and two daughters, Jeff (Kathy) Smith of Fort Thomas, Ky., Randy (Doreen) Smith of Florence, Ky., Nancy (Doug) Tackett of Eaton, Ohio, and Dinah Rutkawski of Canonsburg, Pa. His extended family includes Guy Mantz of Trenton, Joni (Gary) Hollon of Perry, Ga., Teresa Ledford of Trenton, Amy (Jack) Hembree of Middletown, and Roxanne (Joe) Combs of Trenton; 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Evans Funeral Home, 741 Center St. Milford, Ohio 45150, with Pastor Douglas VanNest officiating. Visitations will begin at noon, two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Milford.

Rosa M. Sorrells
Mrs. Rosa M. Sorrells, 96, of Middletown, Ohio, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Hawthorn Glen Nursing Center. She was born on June 11, 1904, in Jefferson, Ga., to Lawrence and Sallie White. She had lived most of her long life in Middletown. Rosa was employed at Middletown Regional Hospital from March 5, 1945, until she retired on June 30, 1969. She was a longtime faithful member of the New Era Baptist Church family whom she dearly loved. Mrs. Sorrells was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Sallie White; her husband, Joseph Sorrells Sr.; a daughter, Helen Watson; a son, Joseph Sorrells Jr.; a brother, Grady White; a sister, Amanda Neil; and a special cousin, Robert (R.B.) White Sr. She is survived by a loving and devoted son, Homer Robinson (Rose) of Middletown; 17 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren; special cousins; and a host of relatives and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, Feb. 22, at New Era Baptist Church, 1120 Yankee Road, with Rev. Eric Donalson officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Arrangements are by Hall-Jordan Memorial Chapel, 918 S. Main St., Middletown.


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