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Alma Brown Ingram
Mrs. Alma Brown Ingram, 80, Middletown, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital after an extended illness. Mrs. Ingram was born in Maysville, Ky., on Feb. 3, 1921, to Charles and Rhonda Belle (Gilbert) Brown. She moved to Franklin with her family while she was a small child and attended school there before returning to Maysville where she married William Howard Ingram. The young couple moved to Franklin in 1939 and later settled in Middletown. She was employed as a cook for Poasttown and Madison schools for several years before retiring. She was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, played piano, and was organist there for 30 years. Her primary interests were her family and home. She was an accomplished vegetable gardener and took great pride in her flourishing plants and flowers. Mrs. Ingram's husband of 60 years, William Howard Ingram, died April 7, 1997, and a son, Jonathan, died in September 1961. She is survived by a son, William H. Ingram Jr., 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. The grandchildren are Mary Faulkner and Betty Cockeran of Dayton, Evonne Hatfield, Cynthia Brumfield, Carmen Brumfield and Deborah Trimble of West Virginia. Other survivors are two sisters and a brother, Christine Gabbard of Franklin, Joyce Gardner of Miamisburg and Wilbur Wilson of Oregon.
ARRANGEMENTS: Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. A memorial service will be held immediately following at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 8247 Thomas Road, Madison Township, with Elder Charles Zander officiating. Arrangements are by Baker-Stevens Funeral Home.

Bertha Jones
FRANKLIN -- Bertha (nee Slusher) Jones, 74, of Franklin, died Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 11:40 p.m. at Willow Knoll Retirement Center. She was born in Harlan County, Ky. on July 26m 1926, the daughter of Marion and Sallie (Caldwell) Slusher. She was a member of the Victory Tabernacle in Franklin and was formerly employed as a manager of Colley's Motel for 10 years and the Frigidaire Division of General Motors for 10 years. She i preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters Judy and Archie Slusher. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, James E. Jones; daughter Lois Ann Miller and her husband Rick of Franklin; brother Walter Slusher of Harlan, Ky.; sisters Marie Deaton of Franklin and Darlene Lee of Harlan, Ky.; grandchildren Stephanie, Michael, Tamara, Kristy and Ricky; and great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Shane and Lori
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Eaton-Anderson & Unglesby Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin, with the Rev. es F. Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Woodhill Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the funeral home.

Mary Louise Jones
Mrs. Mary Louise Jones, 66, a lifelong resident of the Middletown area, passed away Monday, May 7, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born Dec. 31, 1934, the daughter of Bethel and Alice (Hinkle) Geary. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Kathleen Miller, and an infant grandson, Ricky. She was an active member in many local and regional civic and political causes. In 1968, she headed William Saxbe's senatorial campaign locally, and in 1970 she was finance chairwoman for Walter Powell's congressional race. That same year she served as the county delegate to the Republican National Convention in Kansas City. She also served as the delegate to the national convention in Miami. From 1974-1976 she served as Butler County chairwoman for the Republican Party. Mrs. Jones also served as chairwoman of the Butler County Committee to Reelect the President in 1972 and 1976 for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, respectively. Politics wasn't the only thing Mrs. Jones donated her time, talents and energy toward. She served as a member of the Middletown Planning Commission and the Middletown United Way board. She was vice president of the Ohio division of the National Association for Mental Health, president of the Butler County Mental Hygiene Association, and president of the Butler County Services Council. An accomplished seamstress, Mrs. Jones designed custom-tailored dresses for women for many years. She was an extraordinary cook, an avid gardener, and above all a loving, caring grandmother to her 12 grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Richard H. Jones; sons Geary and wife Grace of Houston, Texas, and Richard Jr. of Middletown; daughters Kelly Jones Malson and husband Richard, of Seattle, Wash., Kerry Louise Wieneke and husband David of Middletown, and Mary Suzanne Fening and husband Mike of Middletown; and sisters Donna Middleton of Monroe, and Marilyn Baxter of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Blueball Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Mike Evans officiating. Interment will be at Mound Cemetery, Monroe.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorial contributions to The Dream Factory.

Betty 'Nunnie' Lacy
Mrs. Betty "Nunnie" Lacy, 77, of Frenchburg, Ky., a longtime resident of Middletown, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at 11:55 p.m. at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born in Means, Ky., March 23, 1924, a daughter of John and Tennie (Runnels) Banfield and lived in this area most of her life. She was employed as a nurse's aide at Middletown Regional Hospital for over 25 years, retiring in 1985. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Becky Lacy of Lebanon; a stepson, Emery G. Lacy (wife Ruth) of Garner, N.C.; grandchildren, Brandon and Melissa Lacy of Lebanon and Keri and Bob Blackburn of Springboro; step-grandchildren, Regina Amber, Cliff and Paige; three sisters, Ruby Little of Mariba, Ky., Ada Schwartz of Southgate, Ky., and Goldie Tester of Newport, Ky.; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many other relatives. Her husband, Jess Lacy, preceded her in death in 1970. She was also preceded in death by her parents; by three sisters, Iva Blevins, Icie Farmer and Emma Mulle; and by three half-brothers, Ray Helton, Allie Helton and Ellis "Bud" Helton.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home with the Rev. Jacky Ward officiating. Graveside services and burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Quillen Chapel Cemetery in Campton, Ky., officiated by the Rev. Rodney Williams. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home prior to the service.

Robert McCabe
Robert McCabe, 80, of Fairfield, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at Mercy Hamilton Hospice Unit. He is survived by his wife, Ida K. (Buckley) McCabe; two daughters, Beth (John) Harding and Jeanie (Ken) Brewer; two grandchildren, Johnathon (Katie) Harding and Lindsey Brewer; and a great-grandchild, Ellie Harding.
ARRANGEMENTS: There are to be no services. The Paul R. Young Funeral Home, 3950 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton, is in charge of arrangements.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati Ohio 45242.

Bill McIlvain
Bill McIlvain, 54, of Middletown, died here Wednesday, May 9, 2001. Born Oct. 11, 1946, in Carlisle, Ky., he had spent most of his lifetime in Middletown. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and a member of he Loyal Order of the Moose 501 and Fraternal Order of the Eagles 528. He worked as a crane operator through his union and the McGraw Construction Co. He was preceded in death by his father, William "Tiny" McIlvain. Mr. McIlvain is survived by his children, Billie Jean McIlvain, Jonathan Lynn McIlvain and Jacqueline Bea McIlvain-West (Donald), all of Anderson, S.C.; by a grandson, Cordell McIlvain-West of Anderson, S.C.; an aunt, Virginia Asbury (Russell) of Middletown; uncles, Joe McIlvain and Noble McIlvain of Carlisle, Ky.; cousins, Sandi, Robert, and Dairl Ritchie, all of Middletown; a companion, Bonnie Willis of Middletown; and his mother, Kathryn Baily of Lexington, Ky.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, at the Mathers-Gaunce Funeral Home, 105 Locust St., Carlisle, Ky., with burial in Carlisle Cemetery in Carlisle, Ky. Visitation here will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Baker-Stevens Funeral Home and from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday at the Mathers-Gaunce Funeral Home in Carlisle, Ky.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown 45044.

David C. McMonigle
David Carl McMonigle, 52 of Cincinnati, passed away suddenly on May 13, 2001. He was born Nov. 25, 1948, in Middletown. Dave was an avid spelunker (cave explorer) and outdoorsman. He always wore a loving grin on his face and he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. David has left us to be with his Lord Jesus Christ and we find comfort in knowing that some day we will join him David was the beloved husband of Judith McMonigle (nee Buckmeier) and loving father of Jeremy, Scott, Katherine, Donald and Mary McDonald. He was the dear son of John V. and Marietta McMonigle of Middletown and son-in-law of Ruth C. Buckmeier and the late Joseph W. Buckmeier. He was the loving brother of Daniel (Vi), Roger (Jane), Thomas (Gail), Susan Britton (Ben), Linda Drogue (Ken), Joseph (Kathleen), Todd (Heidi) and Theodore (Catherine) McMonigle. He was the beloved uncle to 24 nieces and nephews, beloved great-uncle to seven and beloved nephew, cousin and friend.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services were held in Cincinnati on Tuesday, May 15, with Pastor Lee Ortman officiating.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials may be made to the McMonigle Children's Education Fund, 353 Roben Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238.

Fred Osborne
Fred Osborne, 86, of Middletown, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2001, at 11:15 p.m. at his residence. He was born July 18, 1914, in Harlan, Ky., and had lived in Middletown since 1961. Before his retirement, he was employed as a construction worker for Armrel Construction Co. and as a truck driver for Shelly Trucking. He was a member of the Germantown Fraternal Order of Eagles. Mr. Osborne was preceded in death by his parents, Ide and Nan Osborne; his wife, Beulah Osborne in 1979; a son, Arthur "Zeke" Osborne in 1981; by three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by six sons, Fred "Bo" Osborne Jr. and wife Phyllis of Franklin, Frank Osborne and wife Karen of Gratis, Jay Osborne and wife Tammie of Middletown, Gary Osborne Sr. of Middletown, Mike Osborne of Dayton and Gary Osborne Jr. of Middletown; a daughter, Kay Deaton of Casa Grande, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rebecca Thomas of Harlan, Ky., and Lori Myers, also of Harlan, Ky.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Herr-Riggs Funeral Home with interment at the Butler County Memorial Park near Trenton. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 210 S. Main St.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials may be made to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown, Ohio 45044.

Irene Schiller (Mutzchen)
Mrs. Irene Schiller (Mutzchen), born Oct. 30, 1910 in Marienwerder/Westpreussen, Germany, died May 7, 2001, in Andernach, Rhein, Germany. She is survived by her daughter, Gisele Matthiesen (husband Heinz) of Middletown and by sons Reinhard and Peter-Klaus Schiller and their families of Neuwied, Germany. Mrs. Schiller was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Schiller, in October of 1966. She was the loving and caring grandmother of Robert and Markus Matthiesen, Michael and Dirk Schiller, Elke Schiller-Harrison and Patricia Schiller-Roeder. Her great joy were her great-grandchildren, LeeRoy, Tony, Danielle, Katelyn and Lauren Matthiesen of Middletown, Samuel and Emily Harrison, Kofi Schiller of Cologne, Germany, and Anne Roeder of Andernach, Germany. She enjoyed traveling very much and took great pride in sharing and participating in special occasions in her children's and grandchildren's lives. Mrs. Schiller visited Middletown and other cities in the USA and Canada numerous times and left many friends to cherish with her family her memory. She will be lovingly and greatly missed.

Frances Ruth Smallwood
Frances Ruth Smallwood, 62, Middletown, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 23, 1938, in Middletown, she had lived here all her life. She worked as a waitress at the Lakeside Inn. She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Rhodus, a daughter, Kimberly Frances Brown, and a brother, Merle Creekbaumm. Mrs. Smallwood is survived by a son, William C. Smallwood of Middletown; daughters, Terri Shepherd (Johnny) of Middletown and Karen Brown (Billy) of Middletown; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Freddy Burton of Clarksville, Ind.; and sisters, Darlene Fraley of Middletown, Fern Mays of Dayton and Bonnie Landers of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Baker-Stevens Funeral Home with burial in Fairview Cemetery, Gratis. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mae L. Sostaric
Mrs. Mae L. Sostaric, 88, formerly of Middletown, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at the Pine Crest Nursing Home in Morrow, Ohio. She was born Sept. 6, 1912, Stewart County, Tenn., the daughter of Samuel Ernest Woodson and Lucy (Burke) Woodson. She is survived by two sons, Lacey King of West Chester and William H. King of Middletown; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two bothers, Harvey J. Woodson of Franklin and Burke Woodson of Dover, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Sostaric, in 1979 and by her parents.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Woodside Cemetery Chapel with the Rev. Virgil Applegate officiating and burial at Woodside Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Imogene Valerio
New Miami -- Imogene (nee Moore) Valerio, 70, of New Miami, died Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 9 a.m. at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton. Born August 14, 1930, in New Miami, she was the daughter of Arthur and Gladys Moore. She was also a graduate of Seven Mile High School. She was married June 3, 1948, in Covington, Ky., to Harold Valerio. She was a devoted homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, and a son in 1982. Also preceding her in death are her brothers Sam Rogers, Ray Moore and Harry Moore, and her parents. She is survived by her sons, Art Valerio and wife Jeanne of Seven Mile; Ray Valerio and wife Tish of Hamilton; Tony Valerio and wife Judy of Overpeck; Rick Valerio and wife Traci of Hamilton; her daughters, Brenda Stumbo and husband Nick of McDowell, Ky., and Lisa Valerio of Hamilton; five grandchildren, Gwen Brown and husband Scott of Charleston, W. Va.; Tim Stumbo and wife Ealita of McDowell, Ky.; Joe Valerio, Brad Valerio and Josh Friday, all of Seven Mile; two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Lindsey Brown; eight step great-grandchildren, three stepgranchildren, Christi Johnson, Scott Finch and Pat Finch. She is also survived by twin brother Eugene (Bo) Moore and wife Flora of Fairfield; Melvin (Mick) Moore and wife Dianne of Seven Mile; sisters-in-law Alberta Oliver of Hamilton and Carolyn Moore of Grove City; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A special thanks from Imogene's family goes to her devoted friends, neighbors, the staff at Fort Hamilton Hospital ICU department and St. Clair Township life squad.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Webb Noonan Funeral Home, Ross Avenue at D Street, Hamilton, with the Rev. Neal Gabbard officiating and burial in Hickory Flat Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home

Rev. Forest Weaver
The Rev. Forest "Tex" Weaver, 76, of Madison Township, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at his residence. Born Jan. 3, 1925, at Perry Point, Md., he was the son of John Edward and Evelyn L. (Sharon) Weaver. He was a member of Stratford Heights Church of God. He started in the ministry in 1952 while working full-time as a crane operator for Armco Steel Corp. He was president of the Bible Class and started a Jail Ministry, holding services two Saturdays a month at the Middletown City Jail. The Rev. Weaver taught junior high boys and drove a bus for the seniors. He started a nursing home ministry with his wife, Alma, sister-in-law Ada Amburgey and Bernice Spicer. He worked at Armco for 40 years where his co-workers knew him as "Preacher," retiring in 1986. He was in the ministry for over 50 years and was an army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Edward and Evelyn L. Weaver; four brothers, John, Carl, Joe and Wes Weaver; and a sister, Marilyn "Pat" Weaver. He is survived by his wife, Alma R.; a son, Jonathan Weaver of Middletown; a brother, Larry Weaver; three sisters-in-law, Ada Amburgey, Alma Weaver and Evelyn Weaver; grandchildren, April (Joe) Lonicker, Kara (Chad) Holaday and Ashleigh Weaver; three great-grandchildren, Taylor Lonicker, Alyssah Holaday and Joey Lonicker; nephews, Christopher and Russell Amburgey; and several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Stratford Heights Church of God with the pastor, Walter D. Watkins, officiating. There will be military services by American Legion Post 218. Interment will be at the Butler County Memorial Park Mausoleum in Wayne Township. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Stratford Heights Church of God. Arrangements are by Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown, Ohio 45044 or to the Stratford Heights Church of God, 4419 Nelson Road, Middletown, Ohio 45042.

Catherine I. White
Catherine I. White, 69, or Middletown, died Sunday morning, May 13, 2001, at her home. She was born Aug. 23, 1931, in Middletown and was a lifelong resident. She worked at Marsh for 23 years and then Wal-Mart until her retirement. She was Past Madam President of the F.O.E. 3458 Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, Robert W, White; two sons, Mark Stevens and Phil (Myrna) Stevens; stepchildren Julia (Murrel) Harper, Jerry White, Robin Fetter, Suzanne (Michael) Bernardi, and Joseph (Louise) White; sisters Eloise Corley, Mary DeBolt and Jane (Louis) Davis; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by sister Anna Maye McIntosh, and brothers Adrian DeBolt and Ralph DeBolt.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, where a committal service will be held at 4 p.m. She will then be cremated.

Arminda Wright-Gilbert
Arminda Wright-Gilbert, 61, of 2608 Wilbraham Road, died at 3:45 p.m. Friday at her residence. She was born in Breathitt County, Jackson, Ky., on Jan. 14, 1940, the daughter of the late Auburn and Miriam (Russell) Wright. For the past five years she was employed by R.K. Plastics in Monroe. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Arnville in 1977; and a son, Daren Ford Gilbert in 1983. Surviving are two sons, Darrell Gilbert of Middletown and Danny Gilbert and his wife Debbie Pennington-Gilbert of Middletown; a daughter, Vickie Gilbert-Flores and her husband Eddie of Virginia; four brothers, Luther Wright of California, Ford Wright of Carlisle and Billy Wright and Virgil Wright, both of Bremen, Ind.; three sisters, Leonia Spencer of Bremen, Ind., and Ruby Spencer and Imogene Wilder, both of Jackson, Ky.; seven grandchildren, Andres, Anthony, Amanda, Daniel, Brittany, Dustin and Karl.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Eaton-Anderson & Unglesby Funeral Home with the Rev. Walter Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodhill Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Esther (Kline) Allen
Esther (Kline) Allen, 94, of the Otterbein Home, formerly of West Carrollton, passed away Friday, May 4, 2001, at the Otterbein Home. She was formerly employed as a beautician at Powder Puff Beauty Shop. Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Anna (Schraub) Schenck, and her first husband, Howard F. Kline. She is survived by her husband, Esburn E. Allen; a stepson, Stuart Allen of Bellbrook; four stepdaughters, Romita Allen of Brookville, Candace Allen of North Carolina, Marcia Hagen of Kettering, and Stephanie Gogstetter of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a niece, Lois Conrad of Jacksonburg; a nephew, William Whitman of West Carrollton; several great-nieces and -nephews; several great-great-nieces and -nephews; a great-great-great nephew; and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Swart Funeral Home, 207 E. Central Ave., West Carrollton. Burial will be in Elk Creek Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: If so desired, contributions may be made to the Otterbein Home or to the Jacksonburg United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Kyle Carpenter
FRANKLIN - Kyle Carpenter, 75, of 4447 Dana Drive, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at Kettering Hospital. He was born Jan. 27, 1926, in Bean Station, Tenn., the son of McKinley and Leona "Livesay" Carpenter and has lived in Franklin for 44 years. He was employed by Armco Steel Corp. in the basic oxygen furnace department as a filterman for 36 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Pennyroyal Baptist Church in Franklin. Preceding him in death were his parents, his brothers, Lloyd and Grant, and a sister, Virginia. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Clara (Lovin) Carpenter; daughters, Sandy McNally and Pam Shelton, both of Franklin; brothers, Allen Carpenter of Morristown, Tenn. and Ben Carpenter of Bean Station; sisters, Sue Houston of Dayton and Maude Trent of Morristown, Tenn.; grandchildren, Justin McNally and Melissa and Melody Shelton; and a great-grandchild, Jenna McNally.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eaton-Anderson & Unglesby Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin, with burial in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Edward Davis
Edward Davis, 74, of Middletown, died Friday, May 5, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born Dec. 25, 1926, in Mobile, Ala. He was a lifetime member of the Middletown community. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a foreman at Armco. He was formerly a professional painter with McGraw's and a Realtor for Oyer. Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents, Scott and Hazel Davis. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Betty Lee (Benton) Davis, and a grandson, William Edward Evans Jr. of Middletown.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home in Middletown. Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown 45044.

Jack D. Dudley
Jack D. Dudley, 81, Mount Pleasant Retirement Village, died Tuesday at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born June 5, 1919, in Springfield, Ohio, the son of John O. Dudley and Carrier (Wheeler) Dudley. Mr. Dudley worked as financial editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, then worked as director of public relations at Armco Inc. from 1955 to 1981 when he retired. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, a member of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church and a former Middletown Rotarian. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Wilma N. Dudley; four sons, Dale Dudley of Las Vegas, Nev., Jay Dudley of Portland, Ore., Lynn Dudley of Lebanon, and Paul Dudley of Las Vegas; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home with the Rev. Doris J. Hill officiating. Entombment will be at the Woodside Cemetery Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service at the funeral home
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 360 W. Superior St., Chicago, Ill. 60610 or to Mt. Pleasant Life Care Fund, 225 Britton Lane, Monroe, Ohio 45050.

Naomi Marie Fisher
Naomi Marie Fisher, 90, formerly of Mosiman Road, died Thursday, May 3, 2001, at Garden Manor Convalescent Center. She was born Dec. 3, 1910, near Jacksonburg, Ohio, the daughter of Charles E. and Ida (Maysilles) Schul. She was married to Frank Fisher in November, 1928, attended West Elkton School and was employed by Aeronca Inc., retiring in 1977. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Middletown and was active in several bowling leagues. Mrs. Fisher is survived by a son, Frank Eugene (wife, Jane) Fisher of Middletown; grandchildren, Mary Frances (William) Cahill of Glendale and Jeffrey E. (Diana) Fisher of New Carlisle; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Fisher, in 1962; her parents; a sister, Etta Bratton; and brothers, Delbert R. and Herman E. Schul.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home with the Rev. C. Roland Marcus officiating and burial at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the funeral home.

Ruben C. Fultz
Ruben C. Fultz, 73, of Middletown, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at his residence. Mr. Fultz was born Nov. 21, 1927, in Menifee County, Ky., the son of John Fultz and Erie (Steele) Fultz. He worked as a slitter operator for 39 years at the St. Regis Paper Co. He was a member of the Poasttown First Church of God and loved gardening, fishing and hunting. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Opal L. Fultz; three children Daniel Fultz of West Elkton, Kathy Reynolds of Rising Sun, Ind., Kimberli Godsey of Edmonton, Ky.; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three step children, Larry Helton of Trenton, Dale Helton of Middletown, Vickie Creech of Carlisle; two sisters, Shirley Back of Idaho and Maxine Welch of Middletown; two brothers, Leonard Fultz of Lewisburg, Ohio, and James Fultz of Frenchburg, Ky.; and two special nieces, Margie Clayton and Erma Jean Smallwood, both of Frenchburg. He was preceded in death by one son, Fred Fultz; his parents, John and Erie Fultz; three sisters, Delma Fultz, Claudette Fultz and Stella Stamper; and two bothers, Curtis and Porter Fultz.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Poasttown First Church of God, 6376 Middletown-Germantown Road, with the Rev. Randy Wallace officiating and burial in the North Monroe Cemetery. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church until the time of the service. Arrangements are by the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

Terry C. George
Terry C. George, 41, of Florida, formerly of Middletown, passed away Friday, May 4, 2001, at Hospice of Dayton. She was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia. She is survived by her father, William of Springboro; daughter Carolyn M. Hunter of Largo, Fla.; a sister, Sherry George-Sivo and husband, Michael of Sheffield Lake, Ohio; niece Alana Sivo; and nephew Jacob Sivo.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Benham's Grove Cottage, 166 N. Main St., Centerville. Arrangements are in care of Newcomer-Barclay Funeral Home, Kettering.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials to the Lorain County Animal Protective League, 8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

Felton Griffin
Felton Griffin, 89, a former resident of Middletown, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at Community Multicare in Fairfield. A native of Fayette, Ala., he was the son of Ben and Clara Abernathy Griffin. A longtime resident of Middletown, he owned and operated Griffin's Auto Laundry. He was a veteran of World War II, serving four years in the U.S. Army. Mr. Griffin is survived by 12 children, Kenneth Griffin, Patricia Howard, Rita Griffin and Stanley Griffin, all of Middletown, Mitriam Griffin and Felton Griffin Jr. of Michigan, Becky Webb of Fairfield, Carolyn Thomas and Vincent Griffin, both of Cincinnati, Timothy Griffin of Georgia, Linda Hobson of Dayton, and Jerry Allen of Florida; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of other friends and relatives.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hall-Jordan Memorial Chapel with the Rev. N.L. Cooper officiating. Interment will be in Dayton National Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service.

Donald Haddix
Donald Haddix, 62, of Miamisburg died Tuesday, May 1, 2001 in Miamisburg. Born March 22, 1939, in Middletown, Mr. Haddix had worked as a custodian for 16 years in the West Carrollton city school system and was a member of the Miamisburg Church of the Nazarene. He had lived in Miamisburg for the last 26 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Haddix, a daughter, Melinda Parsons, and a sister, Virginia Yarber. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mary Jo Haddix; his mother, Florence Irons of Middletown; a daughter, Dedra Davis (Scott) of White Plains, Md.; a son, Craig Haddix (Misty) of Middletown; seven grandchildren, Erin Davis, Joshua Davis, Seth Davis, Samantha Haddix, Paige Haddix, Tabatha Parsons and Jesse Parsons; and brothers, Marvin Haddix of Middletown and Arnold Haddix of Knoxville.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Miamisburg Church of the Nazarene, 1216 Richard St., Miamisburg, with Pastor Thomas Clark officiating. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Baker-Stevens Funeral Home.

Orphia G. Hager
Mrs. Orphia G. Hager, 69, of Fort White, Fla., died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at her home in Fort White. She was born June 10, 1931, in Rockhold, Ky., the daughter of Ramson and Baldie (Shell) Middleton. Mrs. Hager is survived by her husband, John M. Hager; sons, Dennis Harden of Middletown, Donald (Pamela) Harden of Fort White, Fla., David (Kathy) Harden of Middletown, Carter Hager of Tazwell, Tenn., Arthur Hager of Knoxville, and Roger (Nancy) Hager of Tazwell, Tenn.; daughters, Joyce (Wayne) Mount of Middletown, Judy (Bob) Sexton of Middletown, Jenny (Brad) Anderson of Cape Coral, Fla., and Joan (Gary) Applegate of Tollesboro, Ky.; a sister, Virgie (Charles) Murphy of Middletown; 23 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Ramson Middleton; her mother, Baldie Middleton; a son, John Hager Jr. in 1989; brothers, Jewel Middleton, Cleve Middleton, Bill Middleton, Wilson Middleton and Gillis Middleton; and two sisters, Naomi Sargent and Joanne Middleton.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home with Father John Civille officiating. Interment will be at the Butler County Memorial Park in Wayne Township. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials to Hospice of North Central Florida, the Pentecostal Church of God or to the Council on Aging.

Marie W. Hall
Marie W. Hall, 91, of Middletown, died here Thursday, May 3, 2001. Born July 16, 1909, in Madison County, Ky., Mrs. Hall had lived here for more than 70 years. She was employed as an assembly worker at the General Motors Frigidaire plant for 23 years, retiring in 1969. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hall, in 1984, by her parents, William and Stanley Wilson, by three brothers, and three sisters. Survivors include daughters, Dorothy Newcomb of Middletown and Lillian Hall, also of Middletown; three grandchildren, Gary Newcomb (Ale) of Vandalia, C. Scott Newcomb (Wendy) of Dayton, and Janet Theriot (Paul) of Colorado; 13 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edith Freeman of Berea, Ky., and Nettie Back of Wellington, Ky.; a sister-in-law, Midge Wilson of Middletown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Baker-Stevens Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Rechichar officiating and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery in Cincinnati. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown, Ohio 45044 or to Seventh Day Adventist, 4919 Central Ave., Middletown, Ohio 45042.

Margaret B. Harper
Mother Margaret Banks Harper, 72, of Cincinnati, formerly of Middletown, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 1, 2001. She was born Sept. 21, 1928, in Middletown to the union of Hubert and Iola Johnson Banks. She attended Middletown public schools and received her bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Cincinnati. After receiving her degree, she spent the next 30 years as a dedicated Cincinnati public school teacher, retiring in 1989. Mother Harper was adored and respected by the hundreds of students she served so well. As an educator she set high expectations of academic excellence for each child and was a master teacher when it come to disciplining with love! She was baptized in the name of Jesus in 1971 and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. She dedicated herself to Bishop Alfred H. Nickles and the New Jerusalem temple church family in 1984. She selflessly and faithfully contributed her abilities, time and finances to this ministry. She, along with her husband, Deacon Hubert Harper, worked tirelessly and diligently for the purpose and will of God. Mother Harper served God and "New J" in many capacities over the years. She served as superintendent of the Sunday school department, correspondence secretary, assistant chairlady for the Mother's Board, Missionary Board and Pastor's Aid Guild. Known as a person dedicated to prayer, Mother Harper was a fiery altar worker. Her work on the baptismal and tarrying teams afforded her the privilege of witnessing many souls born into the Kingdom of God. Mother Harper was also known for her passion for the word of God. She shared this love for God's word as she witnessed and counseled saints, friends and family. She continued in her work for the Lord as a "Church Mother" even after she became bed-ridden due to her illness. Surely she will be missed by all of those who knew her and loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Iola Johnson Banks, two sisters, Leatha Martin and Rosa Sawyer, and her brother, Herbert "Pete" Banks. She leaves to cherish her memories her beloved husband, Hubert Harper; two daughters, Vicki Lynn Matthers and Delores Jeanne Smith of Cincinnati; one sister, Edith Turner (Leonard) of Dayton; one brother, Richard Singleton of Lebanon; two grandsons, Eric Victor Benton (Leisa) of Columbus, and Michael Vincent Benton of Cincinnati; and a host of other relatives and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services in the Homegoing Celebration for Mrs. Harper will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Greater Emanuel Apostolic Temple, 1150 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, with the Elder Frank Tolliver officiating and Bishop Alfred H. Nickles providing the eulogy. Visitation will be at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Arrangements are by the Thompson Hall and Jordan Funeral Home, Cincinnati.

Robert L. Hawthorn
FRANKLIN -- Robert L. Hawthorn, 82, of 4326 Dana Drive, and also of Cape Coral, Fla., passed away Friday, May 4, 2001, at the Lee Memorial Health Park in Cape Coral. He was born on April 2, 1919, in Franklin, the son of Edward and Minnie "Myers" Hawthorn. He was a 1937 Springboro High School graduate and a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force and discharged as a warrant officer. Mr. Hawthorn was employed as a supervisor by Armco Steel Corp. for 42 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Franklin and an avid golfer. Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers Carl and George, and sisters, Beatrice Tienarend and Martha Hawthorn. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Cleo (Murray) Hawthorn; daughter, Vicki Vidussi of Franklin; brother, William Hawthorn of Middletown; sister, Jeanette Brown of Franklin; grandchildren, Shelli Means, Eric Means and wife, Geri, and Shannon Means; a great-grandchild, Rizzen Means; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Eaton-Anderson & Unglesby Funeral Home, 1357 E. 2nd St., Franklin, with the Rev. Greg Cundiff officiating. Burial will be in the Springboro Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Garland Heflin
Garland Heflin, 80, of 6788 Heathermoon Trail, Hillsboro, Ohio, formerly of Springboro, died Wednesday morning at his home, surrounded by all who loved him. He was born Nov., 20, 1920, in Dover, Tenn. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1944 to 1945, receiving the Purple Heart for injuries he suffered in the battle of Iwo Jima. He was a 50-year member of the Masons. He was an active member of Samantha Freewill Baptist Church and retired from the rigger shop at Armco Steel Corp. in 1970. The Heflin family lived in Springboro for 18 years before moving to Hillsboro. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Emily (Williams) Heflin; daughters and sons-in-law, Etta Hawthorn of Middletown, Sharon Shepherd of Hillsboro, Rachelle and Stephen Land of Middletown, Betty Jo Heflin and Margi Lakes of Hillsboro and Jodi Heflin; sons and daughters-in-law, Chat and Jackie Heflin of Trenton and Chat Matthew and Delana Heflin of Hillsboro; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Heflin of Middletown; and a sister, Margie McCoy of Middletown. Mrs. Heflin was preceded in death by his parents, Etta (Wallace) and Walter Heflin, and beloved son-in-law Ronnie Bray.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Samantha Freewill Baptist Church in Samantha, Ohio, with Brother Wiley Perkins and Brother John Hawthorn officiating. Burial will follow with military honors presented by the Highland County Honor Guard at Resthaven Memory Gardens. Friends my call Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Arrangements are by the Turner & Son Funeral Home, Hillsboro.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Clinton County, 61 E. Main St., Wilmington, Ohio 45177.

Miles Irmis Jr.
Miles Irmis Jr., 60, of Tampa, Fla., passed away Sunday, May 6, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. He had been a resident of Tampa for 18 years. He was born March 30, 1941, in Oak Park, Ill., the son of Miles Irmis Sr. and Rose Irmis. He was a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a major. His service time included a remote tour of duty in Korea as a commander. Mr. Irmis was a graduate of Miami University, Oxford, and received his master's degree in business administration. He has given many years of service and made so many friends as manager of telecommunications, information and technology services for the county of Hillsborough in Tampa. He served many years as president and treasurer of the association at the Sand Dollar in Florida. He was devoted to physical fitness and made many friends in the neighborhood while jogging and bicycle riding. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Marlo; parents, Miles Sr. and Rose Irmis; and father-in-law, Frank Curtis. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Terry (Curtis) Irmis; one son, Samuel Miles Irmis of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sister, Rosemary Irmis of Oak Park, Ill.; mother-in-law, Freda Curtis Allen and her husband, Steve, of Middletown; sister-in-law, Jo Lynn Pergram of Franklin; and two nephews, Doug Pergram and wife, Tangi, and daughter, Courtney, of Springfield, Ohio, and Kent Pergram and his wife, Kathy, of Independence, Ky.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be held in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, May 10. Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at the Springboro Cemetery, Springboro, with the Rev. Claude Robold officiating Military services will be by the American Legion Post 218 Honor Guard. Interment will be at the Springboro Cemetery in Springboro. Local arrangements are by Herr-Riggs Funeral Home, 210 S. Main St.

Howard R. Kash
Howard R. "Doc" Kash, 75, of 165 Kimberley Road, LaFollette, Tenn., passed away Friday, May 4, 2001, at St. Mary's of Campbell County. Mr. Kash was of the Baptist faith. He loved fishing, boating and traveling to Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He was a former owner of Third Base Cafe in Middletown. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by a son, Howard R. Kash Jr.; parents, Linden and Bonnie Shockey Kash; brothers, JB and Carl Kash; a sister, Ivory Maxon; and father-in-law, Alfred Phillips. He is survived by his wife, Betty Phillips Kash of LaFollette; a son, Michael, and wife Victoria Lewis of Sevierville; a brother, Roy Kash of Greenville; a sister, Irene Burcham of California; grandchildren, Howard R. Kash III, Joey Issacs, Selena Issacs, Noelle and husband Kevin Kincaid, all of Richmond, Ky., Matthew Ems of Alton, Ill., Michael Ems of Jefferson City, Tenn., and Adams Ems of St. Louis, Mo.; father and mother-in-law, Winthrop and Gladys Phillips Van Camp of Caryville; a special friend, Martin Bowlin of Lakeland, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be 8 p.m. today at Martin Wilson Chapel, with the Rev. Don Allen officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m. Monday at Campbell Memorial Gardens with full military honors by Campbell County honor guard. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Martin Wilson Funeral Home, 700 W. Central Ave., LaFollette, Tenn.

Lewis M. Monce
FRANKLIN - Lewis M. Monce, 69, of Franklin, died Tuesday May 1, 2001 at Sycamore Hospital. He was born in Lebanon Dec. 20, 1931, the son of Lewis E. and Flora (Whitacre) Monce. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict and served as a special deputy for the Warren County Sheriff's office for 15 years. He was employed as a crane operator in east processing at Armco Steel Corp. for 30 years, retiring in 1994. Preceding him in death were his parents, two sons, Leslie Duane Monce in 1970 and Craig Donovan Monce in 1978. Surviving is his wife of 49 years, Barbara (Johnson) Monce; a son, Steven Monce and his wife, Dorothy, of Middletown; a daughter, Jatana Campbell of Franklin; six grandchildren, Michelle Immel, Stevie Monce, Stephani Campbell, Josh Campbell, Shannon Engle, and Misty Engle; and three great-grandchildren, Malory, Caleb and Austin.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Eaton-Anderson & Unglesby Funeral Home with Pastor Jamie Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Miami Valley Memory Gardens. Visitation will be on Friday from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home preceding the service.

Mary E. Peters
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Peters, 86, of Franklin Furnace, Ohio, passed away Sunday afternoon, May 6, 2001, at King's Daughters Hospital in Ashland, Ky. She was born in Cleveland, Sept. 23, 1914, the daughter of Nick and Marie (Tusko) Welcsh, and lived for many years in Youngstown where she belonged to St. Stephen's of Hungary Catholic Church. She moved to Middletown in 1978 and was a member of Holy Family Parish, St. John's Chapel, before moving to Franklin Furnace in 1996. She was a member of the Poland Extension Club. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Roberta and George Sich of Franklin Furnace; a grandson and his wife, George "J.R." and Alyssa Sich of Philadelphia; and a great-grandson, George Steven Sich. Her husband, Steve Peters, preceded her in death in 1999. She was also preceded in death by her brother, John Welcsh, and by her granddaughter, Stephanie Sich.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be held Thursday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m. at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Graveside services and burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery.

Charles Riddell Jr.
FRANKLIN -- Charles Riddell Jr., 68, of Franklin, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at his residence. He was born July 5, 1932, in Middletown, the son of Charles Riddell Sr. and Iva (Turner) Riddell. He worked as a truck driver for General Motors for 29 years. Mr. Riddell was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict and spent more than 33 months as a prisoner of war. He received the Purple Heart medal. He was a member of the American Legion Post 218 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3809 and the Disabled American Veterans. He is survived by his sons, Charles E. (wife, Pamela) Riddell III of Trenton, and Rick (wife, Connie) Riddell of Carlisle; five grandchildren, Richard, Ryan, Carly, Lea and Tara Riddell; a sister, Bette Walton of Middletown; and his caregiver and special friend, Stella Morris of Bellevue, Ky. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra L. (Brown) Riddell in 1998; a son, Brian Scott Riddell in 1965; his parents; and a stepbrother, Edwin Leap.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Revs. Ronald Birch and Tim Baker officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Post 218 Color Guard.

Arthur 'Pete' Shirley
Arthur "Pete" Shirley, 85, of Lakeview, Ohio, formerly of Middletown, died Thursday, May 4, 2001, at the Heartland of Indian Lake Nursing Center, Lakeview. Mr. Shirley, born in Middletown March 5, 1916, had worked as a shearman for Armco Steel Corp. for 42 years and was a member of the AMVETS and the Moose Lodge. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II and had lived in Lakeview for the past 27 years. He was married June 7, 1947, to Ruth (Beal). He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Janie Shirley and by his sisters, Helen Judge, Ruth Huffman, Mary Haskins, Catherine Brock and Dorothy McPherson. Mr. Shirley is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth (Beal); his sister, Betty Peck of Trenton; brothers, Charles Shirley Jr. of Middletown and Bill Shirley (Regina) of Middletown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, at the Baker-Stevens Funeral Home with burial at Woodhill Cemetery in Franklin. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home preceding the funeral.

Atha Marie (Downing) Weller
Mrs. Atha Marie (Downing) Weller, 90, of Middletown, died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at Willow Knoll Nursing Home. Born Nov. 10, 1910, in Denniston, Ky., she had lived nearly her entire life in Middletown. She had worked here for 45 years in the accounting department of Armco Steel Corp., retiring in 1976. She was a member of the Breiel Boulevard First Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Weller in 1998, her parents, George and Lydia (Ratliff) Downing, a granddaughter, Carolyn Evans, and sisters, Neta Williams and Mabel Fugate. She is survived by a daughter, Elaine Sanderson of Middletown; three grandchildren, Susan McKee of Middletown, Tom (Jennifer) Evans of Centerville and Robb (Wendy) Evans of Kennesaw, Ga.; seven great-grandchildren, Roxanne (LaVonn) Berry of Cincinnati, Nols Evans of Great Falls, Mont., Kyle Evans of White Fish, Mont., Kyle Lawson of Kennesaw, Ga., Kelly Lawson of Kennesaw, Ga., Samuel Evans of Centerville and Joseph Evans of Centerville; one great-great-grandson, Julian Berry of Cincinnati; a brother, Robert Downing of Middletown; and a sister, Joyce (William) Farkas of Lititz, Pa.
ARRANGEMENTS: Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Baker-Stevens Funeral Home with the Rev. Eric Newell officiating and interment at Woodside Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: The family suggests memorials to the Carolyn Elaine Evans Memorial Fund in care of Kettering College of Medical Arts, 3737 S. Kettering Blvd., Kettering, Ohio 45429.

Beulah M. Williams
Beulah Mae Williams, 67, of Middletown, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at Middletown Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 20, 1933, in Knott County, Ky. She lived in the Middletown area for most of her life. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Myrtle Taylor; sister, Brenda Sue Taylor; and brothers, Shelby Ray Taylor and Amos Taylor Jr. Among her survivors is her husband of 47 years, Lawrence Williams, whom she married July 11, 1953; sons, Larry and wife, Susan Williams of Middletown and Gary and wife, Nancy Williams of Middletown; grandchildren, Myranda Birch, Courtney Williams, Garrette Williams and Jessica Williams, all of Middletown; great-grandchild, Tyler Wallingford; five brothers, Charles and wife, Bonnie Taylor of Corinth, Miss., Sanford Taylor of Sturgis, Mich., Ollis Taylor and wife, Nancy of Combs, Ky., James and wife, Christine Taylor of Radcliff, Ky., and Wendell Taylor of Combs; and six sisters, Donna Haley of Sturgis, Imogene and husband, Ronald Abner of Mackville, Ky., Nadine and husband, Roy Banks of Slemp, Ky., Linda and husband, Dewey Grigsby of Chavies, Ky., Marlene and husband, David Bigger of Moorsville, Ind., and Charlene and husband, Will Fugate of Chavies.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home in Middletown, with Pastors James R. Anderson and Clay Colwell officiating. Interment will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
MEMORIALS: Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown 45044.


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