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Miscellaneous Butler County, Ohio Obituaries

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Eva Lee Baldwin
Mrs. Eva Lee Baldwin, 72, of 1205 Grove St., died Sunday, May 10, 1998, in Omaha, Neb. She was born on April 13, 1926, in Atlanta, Ga., to the late David H. and Willa Mae Hughley. She came to Middletown at the age of 1 and resided here all of her life. Mrs. Baldwin was the wife of the late Rev. Samuel Baldwin who was the former associate pastor of New Era Baptist Church. She was a member of New Era Baptist Church and a very active member. Mrs. Baldwin was also a member of the usher board, Willing Workers Club and The Ministers Wives Association. She was a helpful worker with programs in the community and a very talented woman. Eva was employed for 20 years at the Middletown Board of Education as a cafeteria worker. Among her survivors are a son, Ira Jerome Carmichael, and a daughter, Danita Jo Hart, both of Middletown; a stepson, Samuel Baldwin of Toledo, Ohio; a brother, Edward Crowder of Toledo; two sisters, Rosie Lyles of Middletown and Louise Archie of Omaha, Neb.; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hall-Jordan Memorial Chapel, 918 S. Main St., with the Rev. Donald H. Jordan Sr. officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the chapel.

Shelby B. Banks
Shelby B. Banks, 92, of 7284 Plain View Road, Hillsboro, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at his residence. He was born on June 3, 1905, in Rockcastle County, Ky., the son of John and Lucy (Combs) Banks. Mr. Banks was formerly employed as an electrician in the maintenance department at General Motors for 26 years and retired in 1968. He served as the pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Franklin, Ohio, for 19 years. His wife, Julia, preceded him in death in 1985. He is survived by three sons, Luther, Glenn and Kenneth, all of Hillsboro; four daughters, Thelma Throckmorton of Leesburg, Norma Ogan and Edna Jones, both of Hillsboro, and Joan Hall of Franklin; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Unglesby-Anderson Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin, with the Rev. James Reed officiating. Burial will be in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Inez Berry
Mrs. Inez Berry, 77, of Somerville, Ohio, formerly of Middletown, died Monday, April 27, 1998, at Woodland Country Manor in Somerville. She was born on Nov. 14, 1920, in Jackhorn, Ky., and had lived in this area since 1946. Mrs. Berry was a homemaker. Surviving are two sons, Jack Berry of Camden and Rick E. Berry of Middletown; four daughters, Patricia Lynn Hickman of Eaton, Paula Wise of Middletown, Robin Sue Pieratt of Gratis and Beverly Ann Robinson of Carlisle; 22 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; a sister, Edith Bolin of Herrin, Ill.; a special nephew, Steven Hall of Whitesburg, Ky.; and several other nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E., on Dec. 19, 1996; a son, Bobby James Berry; a sister, Flora Hall; and her parents, Thomas and Sara (Wright) Quillen. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home in Middletown, with Pastor Andrew Back officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery in Middletown. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Woodland Country Manor, 4166 Somerville Road, Somerville, Ohio 45064.

Rickey Bird Jr.
Rickey Bird Jr., 19, of 518 Baltimore St., died Sunday, April 19, 1998, in Middletown. He was born on June 2, 1978, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Rickey and Alice (Wells) Bird. He was employed as an insulation installer. Survivors include his parents, Rickey and Alice Bird of Middletown; two brothers, Derrick Bird and Brian Reed, both at home; his grandparents, Nathaniel Bird Sr. and Christine Bird of Middletown; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. William Blakley officiating. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Addie Black
FRANKLIN - Mrs. Addie Black, 95, of Franklin, formerly of Wilton, Ky., passed away Saturday, April 25, 1998, at Barbara Parke Care Center in Middletown. She was born on Dec. 15, 1902, in Laurel, County, Ky., the daughter of Sam and Sarah (Cottongim) Hubbard. Mrs. Black was the widow of John D. Black and a member of the Chapel Grove Baptist Church of Wilton, Ky. Among her survivors are five daughters, Jean Black, and her husband, Bill, of Corbin, Ky., Cecile Kohr, and her husband, Bill, and Lillian Ridener, and her husband, Virgil, all of Franklin, Virginia Reeves of Hamilton and Betty Roberts of Novi, Mich.; two sisters, Dorothy Fore of Wilton, Ky., and Alta Bowden of West Carrollton; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John D. Black on Feb. 15, 1971; and a son, Milbourn Black. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corbin Funeral Home Chapel in Corbin, Ky., with the Rev. Alan Evans officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery in Knox County, Ky. Mrs. Black's grandsons will be pallbearers. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. today at the Corbin Funeral Home. Corbin, Ky.

Dorothy F. Bolden
Mrs. Dorothy Faye Bolden, 57, of 1724 Winton St., beloved wife, mother and friend, died at 11:50p.m. Saturday, May 2, 1998, at Middletown Regional Hospital. Mrs. Bolden had been a resident of the Middletown area for nearly 40 years and had been a quiet inspiration to all who knew her. She was born in Jackson, Ky., on April 23, 1941, the daughter of Alex and Joanna Haddix McIntosh. For many years she had worked as a floral designer for several flower shops. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, John W. Bolden; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Mickey Bolden and Darryl and Patsy Bolden, all of Trenton; three grandchildren, Brandy, Danya and Lyle Bolden, all of Trenton; her mother, Joanna McIntosh of Jackson, Ky.; three brothers, George McIntosh of Canton, Mich., Robert McIntosh of Middletown and Merdie McIntosh of Jackson, Ky.; and five sisters, Louise Oaks, Rosie Thomas and Lois Fletcher, all of Jackson, Ky., Edna McIntosh of Cookville, Tenn., and Laura Oney of Carlisle. She was preceded in death by her father, Alex McIntosh; two brothers, G.B. and Junior McIntosh; a grandson, Michael Andrew Bolden; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Ann Bolden. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jackie Ward officiating. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Jane Brown
Mrs. Jane (Riggs) Brown, 77, of Middletown, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at Middletown Regional Hospital. A native of Middletown, she and her late husband, Thomas Ault Brown I, owned and operated Riggs Funeral Home for more than 20 years. She was a former member of the First United Methodist Church in Middletown and the Order of Eastern Star. She is survived by a daughter, Dana (Phillip) Perry of Clintonville, W.Va.; two sons, Dix (Susan) Brown of Cincinnati and Thomas A. II (Judi) Brown of Mesa, Ariz.; and six grandchildren, Gerald and Mischele Brown of Cincinnati, Tana Schafer and James, Schicana and Solomon Perry, all of Clintonville, W.Va. Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. today at Dalton Funeral Home, Germantown, where the funeral service was at 2 p.m. Pastor John Keeny officiated. Burial was in Woodside Cemetery.

Edith Buchanan
FRANKLIN - Mrs. Edith Buchanan, 76, of Franklin, passed away Monday, April 27, 1998, at her residence. She was born on Dec. 24, 1921, in Wolfe County, Ky., the daughter of Tim and Emma Terrell. She was a charter member of Pennyroyal Baptist Church. Mrs. Buchanan was employed for 12 years at Bethany Lutheran Village in the housekeeping department. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, in 1978 and a brother, George Terrell. She is survived by two sons, James E. Buchanan of Carlisle and Wade Buchanan of Centerville; two daughters, Helen Morton of Germantown and Betty Hughes of McArthur; four brothers, Boyce Terrell of Hillsboro, Ola and Bob Terrell, both of Fairborn, and Timothy Wayne Terrell of Miamisburg; four sisters, Mazie Hatton of Campton, Ky., Miranda Hyde of Fairborn, Orpha Turner of Hillsboro and Alda Gilliam of Melbourne, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, Susan South, James Grant Buchanan, Penny Riley, Missy Wolfe, Carl W. Hughes, Paula Ann York, Sue Ellen Lare, Mellisa Corien Buchanan, Jeremiah Wade Buchanan, Lindsay Rae Morton and Jesse Douglas Morton; and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Unglesby-Anderson Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin, with the Revs. Daniel Hughes and Bill Hall officiating. Burial will be in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

John V. Byrd Jr.
John V. Byrd Jr., 49, of 4120 Fisher Ave., died Saturday, April 18, 1998, at his residence. "John Boy,'' as his beloved wife called him, was born on June 24, 1948, in Dayton, Ohio, a son of John V. Byrd Sr. and Maxine (Armitage) Byrd. He retired 14 years ago from his own company, Dollar Water of Dayton. He was a graduate of Germantown High School and Miami University. Mr. Byrd served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He attended Towne Boulevard Church of God, where he taught the adult SWORD class. He is survived by his beloved wife of four years, Susanna L. Thompson Byrd; a stepdaughter, Tanya R. Thompson Miller of Naples, Fla.; his mother, Maxine Byrd of Germantown; four brothers and their wives, Kerry (Brenda) of Middletown, James (Peggy) of Frenchburg, Ky., Paul (Teresa) of Franklin and Don (Sara) of Germantown; a sister and her husband, Sheila (Steve) Larson of Germantown; and a host of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Pauline. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Towne Boulevard Church of God, with Pastor Frank Curtis and the Rev. Mark Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery. Friends may call one hour before services at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart Association Research, the American Cancer Society or to the indigent at the Cincinnati Eye Institute. Arrangements are by Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home.

John C. Bain
John C. Bain, 54, of Oakwood, died Thursday, July 9, 1998. He was born in Cisco, Texas to Ernest and Clare Cotter Bain. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Nancy Ray Bain; his mother, Clare Bain Kolbe, of San Marcos, Texas; brothers, James C. Bain, and his wife, Phyllis, of New York City, and Robert E. Bain, and his wife, Irene, of Bastrop, Texas; nephews, Robert Jr., James, and Scott Bain, and their families, all of Texas; and many members of the Cotter family in the Painesville, Ohio area. He graduated from Marianist Preparatory School in Beacon, N.Y. He spent 10 years as a Brother with the Marianist Order. He was a 1968 graduate of the University of Dayton and Wright State University in 1972. He also was a retired teacher from the Middletown City School system in 1996. Since John's wishes were to have his body donated to the WSU School of Medicine, no services will be held. A memorial celebration of John's life will planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers. donations will be made to the American Heart Association, or a charity of choice in his name.

Catherine Beagle
Mrs. Catherine L. Beagle, 88, of 2012 Carolina St., died Monday morning, June 29, 1998, at her residence. She was born in Kentucky on June 28, 1910, to the late Robert and Emily Little. She was united in marriage to Elmer Beagle in 1927 in Hamilton, Ohio. Mrs. Beagle resided in Monroe and Middletown for many years. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, and a son, William Beagle. She leaves to cherish her memory, a sister, Alice Armstrong of Middletown; a devoted granddaughter, Janet (James) Abney of Middletown; a very special great-granddaughter, Antoinette Edwards; loving great-grandsons Billy (Tracy) Danner of Middletown, Larry (Char) Danner of Franklin, Adam (Connie) Danner of Hamilton, Willie Edwards Jr. of Middletown and Deon (Sheri) Hunter of Dayton; granddaughters Billie Jean Easton and Tammy Beagle, both of Middletown; great-grandsons James Dickey and Billy Easton, both of Middletown; great-great-grandchildren Nikki, Christina, Michael, Robert, Larry Jr., Justin, Shayla, Maleah, Adam Jr., Andrew, James, Tish, Alex, Zach, Chelsie, Zontaye, DeAndre and Derek; and a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at New Life Church of God in Christ, 1309 Yankee Road, with Elder Melvin Holmes officiating. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon Wednesday until service time at the church. Arrangements are by Hall-Jordan Memorial Chapel, 918 S. Main St.

Robert Bennett
Robert "Steve'' Bennett, 83, of Middletown, died Tuesday, July 7, 1998, at Middletown Regional Hospital. He was born July 6, 1915, in Camden and lived in Middletown most of his life. He served in World War II as a member of the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He worked as a first helper in open hearth at Armco Steel Co. for 36 years, before retiring in 1977. He was affiliated with the First United Methodist Church, and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 218, Forest Hills Country Club and past member of the Wildwood Country Club. He was an avid golfer and bowler. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Pearl (Bloom) Bennett; a brother, Art Bennett; and two sisters, Helen McGraw and Jesse Howard. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary Lou Bennett; a son, Bob Bennett, and his wife, Shirley, of Middletown; a step-son, Jerry Leak, and his wife, Lu, of Cleveland; a step-daughter, Pat Larison, and her husband, Lloyd, of Monroe; eight grandchildren, Jill Agee, and her husband, Bill, of Trenton, Juli Schneider, and her husband, Frank, of Middletown, Michael Larison, and his wife, Marian, of West Chester, Kenny Larison, of Carlisle, Kevin Larison, and his wife, Tammy, of Monroe, Carla Taulbee, and her husband, Bryan, of Middletown, Suzy Hummel, and her husband, David, of Batavia, and Cindy Jenks, of Cleveland; 14 great-grandchildren; and a favorite nephew, Larry Schneider, of Chatauqua. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Keeney officiating. Burial will be in the Butler County Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Middletown.

Mary P. Bosley
MIDDLETOWN - Mary Priscilla Bosley, 52, died Friday, June 19, 1998, at her Middletown residence. She was born Nov. 3, 1945, in Sutton, W.Va., the daughter of Tom and Audra Thomas, of Copen, W.Va. She was a business office manager for Willow Knoll Retirement Community. She also was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, William Kevin and Amy Bosley, of Douglasville, Ga.; her parents; a sister, Virginia E. (Betsy) Thomas, of Fairmont, W.Va.; a brother, Sam Thomas, of Pascagoula, Miss.; two nieces; and two nephews. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Joseph Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, 1500 Manchester Ave., with Elder Bill Helsinger officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Copen Cemetery, Copen, W.Va., where graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 105 McKnight Drive, Middletown 45044, or Hospice of Middletown, 4414 Lewis St., Middletown 45044.

George K. Bowman
GERMANTOWN - George K. Bowman, 79, of Germantown, passed away Sunday, June 7, 1998, at Sycamore Hospital in Miamisburg. He was a graduate of Farmersville High School and a veteran of World War II. He worked at M.M.I. from 1955 to 1983. He served on the German Township zoning board. Mr. Bowman was a 4-H leader for 25 years for the K-N-L Club and was an agent for Ohio Mutual Insurance. He was a former Valley View and Germantown school board member, and a member of the Preble and Montgomery County Farm Bureau, the Preble County Jersey Club and Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Allie Bowman; two sisters, Mary Ellen Bowman and Mildred Oblinger; a brother, Lloyd Bowman; two half sisters, Ruth Bowman and Devone White; and two great-grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Mary Alice (Shaffer) Bowman; two sons, Ronald (Elaine) Bowman of Lebanon and Lt. Col. Thomas (Dotti) Bowman of Germantown; two daughters, Kathryn (Butch) Harper of New Lebanon and Rebecca Bowman of Baltimore, Md.; a sister, Doris Develbiss of Germantown; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kenneth Galdeen officiating. Burial will be in Germantown Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Arpp & Root Funeral Home, 29 N. Main St., Germantown. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Germantown Rescue Squad or Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.

Wallace C. Brewer
Wallace Clay Brewer, 70, of Middletown, died Wednesday, June 10, 1998, at Middletown Regional Hospital, where he had been a patient for several days. He was born on Feb. 7, 1928, in Leona, Wis., and had lived here most of his life. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Mr. Brewer had been employed at several local industries. After his retirement, he worked as a carrier for the Middletown Journal. He was a member of the Charles Street Church of God in Middletown. Surviving are his wife of 19 years, Carolyn; four sons, Wallace Clayton Brewer of Wolfe County, Ky., Larry Brewer and Michael (Kerri) Brewer, both of Middletown and Gary (Charlene) Brewer of Pine Ridge, Ky.; four daughters, Shirley Ann (James) Pierson and Rosemary (Kearney) Atkins, both of Wolfe County, Ky., and Judy Marie (Gary) McClain and Veronica Lynn (Larry) Crump, both of Mount Sterling, Ky.; three brothers, Arthur (Beulah) and Harold (Carol) Brewer, both of Middletown, and John (Barbara) Brewer of Camden, N.J.; a sister, Margaret Hayes of Middletown; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and the mother of his children, Mary McGowan Brewer of Mount Sterling; four stepdaughters, Annabelle Mollins of Carmargo, Ky., Melinda Reynolds of Versailles, Ky., Billie Jean Clark and Jennie Clark, both of Georgia; a stepson, Robert Hudson of Butcher Hollow, Ky.; and five step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elberton and Ora (King) Brewer; and nine brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Herr-Riggs Funeral Home, 210 S. Main St., with the Rev. Lawrence Haney officiating. Interment will be at Butler County Memorial Park in Trenton. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Jerry L. Burns
Jerry L. Burns, 41, of Gainesville, Ga., formerly of Middletown, died Sunday morning, June 14, 1998, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Feb. 9, 1957, the son of Bobby and Wanda (Hinton) Burns. He lived in Georgia the past 12 years. Mr. Burns is survived by his wife, Shirley (Maynor) Burns; a daughter, Brandy Diaz, and her husband, Robert; two sons, Jeremy Burns and John Richard Ballard; four grandchildren; Jordan Burns and Jonathan, Ashley and Wendy Ballard; his mother, Wanda Burns of Middletown; two sisters, Linda Berry of Kettering and Connie Miller of Middletown; and two nieces, Tiffany Miller and Amber Berry. His father, Bobby, preceded him in death in 1992. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home, with Pastor Rodney Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Stella J. Burton
MIDDLETOWN - Stella J. Burton, 89, of Middletown, died July 3, 1998, at 9 p.m. at Middletown Regional Hospital under the care of the Middletown Hospice. She had been a patient for three days. She was born Oct. 12, 1908 in Kentucky, but lived most of her life in the Middletown area. She worked as an assembler for General Motors for 26 years before retiring in 1969. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Daniels Burton. They were married July 20, 1954. She is also survived by a daughter, Faye Lea Gasper of Kettering; a grandson, Dennis Oakley Settles of Kettering; three great-grandsons, Shawn and Dennis Settles, both of St. Louis, Mo., and Jack Settles of Dupo, Ill. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Herr-Riggs Funeral Home, 210 S. Main St. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery.


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