Blanche L. Harris, a lifetime resident of Cedarville, died Saturday,
August 12th, at the Friends Care Center in Yellow Springs. She was 84
years of age.
Born March 20th, 1916, she was the daughter of Early and Laura (Hett)
Harris. She was a member of the Church of Jesus in Cedarville. She
attended the Senior Citizen Center in Cedarville frequently to visit
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Harris; her sons,
Kenneth Harris and Vernon Harris; her parents; and her grandparents.
She is survived by her daughter, Laura J. Johnson; two brothers and
sisters-in-law, Orlyn and Dorothy Harris, of German-town, Ohio, and
Charles and Ruby Harris, of London, Ohio; one sister, Rose C. Jackson,
of London, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Glenna Miles, of Xenia; and numerous
nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 15th, at the Ingling
Williams Funeral Home in Cedarville with the Reverend Joseph Young
Mary McClanahan Turnbull Monroe died Thursday, August 3rd, in Waverly, Ohio.
She was born December 13th, 1910, in Assiut, Egypt. She graduated from
Monmouth College in 1935 and married the Reverend William To.
Turnbull. They had four children, Sue T. Parker, of Yellow Springs,
Michal A. Dobson, of Godfrey, Illinois, Janeal Ravndal, of
Wallingford, Pennsylvania and Bruce Turnbull, of Polk, Pennsylvania.
Five foster children joined the family.
In 1985, William Turnbull died at the Friends Care Center in Yellow
Springs. After being a widow for many years, Mary married Dr. Clarence
Monroe, and they have lived in Bristol Village for five and a half
When she became ill family members produced a book of her poetry
called Gifts of Mind and Heart. These poems reflect Mary's life-long
commitment to social justice, world peace, generosity and humor. The
cover of the book features Mary's tile in the Women's Park of Yellow
Springs, which says, "Poet, Musician, Mother Extraordinary."
Mary has six grandchildren, including Jennifer Bateman, who grew up in
Yellow Springs, and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial gathering of remembrance will be held in Waverly on August
20th. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Mary's name may be given to Hospice
of Bristol Foundation, 111 Wendy Lane, Waverly, Ohio 45690.
James Henry Newton, Ph.D., of Fairborn, died Wednesday, August 8th, in
Miami Valley Hospital. He was 59 years of age.
Born February 24th, 1941, in Franklin, North Carolina, he was the son
of the late William Carlos and Mary Will (Greene) Newton. Dr. Newton
was employed since 1977 by the National Air Intelligence Center,
formerly known as the Foreign Technology Division, headquartered at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He served as the organization's
High-Energy Laser Group Leader, which conducted analysis of foreign
high energy laser technologies.
In his position, he authored, co-authored or supervised the
publication of more than 100 documents used throughout the United
States intelligence agencies to prevent technological surprise to the
United States military. Dr. Newton was known throughout the United
States as the foremost authority in the area of high-energy chemical
and gasdynamic laser technology.
He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of North
Carolina; his master's degree from Furman University; and his Ph.D.
from the University of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Tina (Harbison) Newton; a daughter and
son-in-law, Pauline and Scott Fletcher, of Yellow Springs; a son and
daughter-in-law, David and Mandy Newton; two sisters, Elizabeth
Flanagan, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, and Mary Jo Patten, of
Arlington, Texas; a brother, Bill Newton, of Sacramento, California;
four grandchildren, Aaron Fletcher, Audrey Fletcher, Lydia Newton and
Julia Newton; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 12th, and a memorial
service was held Wednesday, August 16th, at the Church of the
Incarnation, Highlands, North Carolina. Memorial contributions may be
made to the American Diabetes Association, 120 Zeigler Drive, Dayton,
John F. Bittner
John F. Bittner died Tuesday, January 9th. Friends may call Friday,
January 12th, 58 p.m., at the Jackson Lytle and Ingling Williams
Funeral Home in Yellow Springs. Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated Saturday, 11 a.m., at St. Paul's Catholic Church.
Geoffrey Wells Perry
Geoffrey Wells Perry, of Hayward, California, died at Hospice of
Dayton on Monday, January 8th, at 9:15 a.m.
Born August 19th, 1965, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son
of James A. and Kathleen (Wells) Perry Sr. Geoffrey resided in
Riverside, Ohio, with his parents during his illness. He was employed
by NCR in computer management at the Foster City, California, branch
and was a member of the Studebaker Auto Club.
He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents,
Marvin Faulkner, Minnie Grace and Leonard Ford; George Wells, Vern and
Elsie Hogans; and his niece, Jordan Simone Perry.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving family, including his
parents, James A. and Kathleen (Wells) Perry Sr., of Riverside, Ohio;
one sister, Michelle S. Pickel, of Beavercreek; one brother, James A.
Perry II, of Saginaw, Michigan; his half-brother, JaQuan M. A. Perry,
of Saginaw, Michigan; special child whom he helped raise, Adrian
Mitchell, of Dallas, Texas; his step-grandmother, Stella Wells, of
Wilberforce; special friends, Kelvin Owens, of Saginaw, Michigan, Dean
Sullivan, of Dallas, Texas, and business partner, Bob Peterson, of
Hayward, California; one niece; five nephews; and a host of cousins.
Friends may call Saturday, January 13th, after 10 a.m. at Central
Chapel A.M.E. Church, 411 South High Street, Yellow Springs, until the
time of services at 11 a.m., with Pastor John Freeman officiating.
Burial will follow in Glen Forest Cemetery. Donations in his memory
may be made to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, 1515 Holcombe
Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030-4095. The Porter-Qualls Funeral, Inc.,
Springfield, is handling arrangements for the family.
Earl C. Heaton
Earl C. "Pete" Heaton, of Xenia, died Thursday, April 5th, at
Hospitality Home East. He was 91 years of age.
Born July 29th, 1909, in Xenia, he was the son of Ralph and Nellie
Heaton was parts manager at Lang's Chevrolet for 40 years and retired
after 10 years of service with the Greene County Garage.
He was an avid bowler at Community Lanes since the 1950s and was the
oldest active bowler.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Heaton, and three
sisters, Mary Murphy, Imogene Heaton and Leona Anderson.
His survivors include his wife, Donalda L. (Cost) Heaton, whom he
married September 8th, 1933; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and John
R. Shaw, of Xenia; two granddaughters, Cheryl Caudill and Jennifer
Silvati and her husband, John; two great-grandchildren, Eric Caudill
and Victoria Silvati; and a brother, Ralph Heaton, Jr., of Yellow
Services were held Monday, April 9th, at the Neeld Funeral Home, with
Rev. Arthur Ransome officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery.
Wendy M. Filson
Wendy M. Filson, of Yellow Springs, died Monday, October 15th, at
Hospice of Dayton. She was 33 years old.
Born April 6, 1968, in Springfield, she was the daughter of Michael M.
and Donna R. (Reams) Filson.
Wendy was a graduate of Greenon High School and Clark County JVS,
Class of 1987, and a former floral designer.
She is survived by her parents, of Yellow Springs; her brother, Todd
Filson, of Fairborn; her sister, Susan Filson, of Yellow Springs; two
nieces, Mackenzie and Victoria Filson; a nephew, Payton Filson; two
uncles, Richard Hewerdine of Michigan and Paul Mangan of Xenia, and
numerous other family members and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 18th, at 1:30
p.m. in the Belton Funeral Home, Fairborn, with Dr. Robert B. Smith
officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. The
family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
of Dayton, 3481 Office Park Drive, Suite 120, Dayton 45439.
Ida Dolores Meigs, Yellow Springs, died Saturday, October 13th, at
Friends Care Community. She was 72 years of age.
Born February 14th, 1929, in St. Louis, she was the daughter of Frank
Warfield and Mabel Lee Warfield Phillips.
She was the valedictorian of her high school class, and enjoyed
dancing. She was a loving mother, sister, and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, and her sister
Mattie Jewel Martin.
She is survived by her three daughters, Mariea Kinley and Marcilina
Meigs, both of Dayton, and Marla Gresham, of Bloomington, Indiana; her
sister, Viola Walker, of San Antonio; seven grandchildren; four great
grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial "celebration of life" service will be announced at a later date.
Herschell Robert "Bob" Scott, Enon, died Tuesday, October 9th in
Friends Care Community. He was 76 years of age.
Born February 2nd, 1925, in Dayton, he was a graduate of Patterson
High School and served during WW II in France and England. He was a
member of the Masonic Order, AmVets Post 37, Indian Lake Order of the
He was the retired owner and operator of a private finance company in
Dayton. In his later years he lived at Indian lake and in Enon. He is
remembered as a good-spirited, fun-loving outdoor enthusiast who
enjoyed fishing, boating and water skiing.
He is survived by a niece, Dawn Darner, of Minneapolis, and a nephew,
Don Knapp, of San Francisco. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert
Michael Scott, in 1989.
The memorial service was held Saturday, October 13th, in Burcham
Funeral Home, Fairborn, with the Rev. James Burt of Grand Heights
Baptist Church presiding. He was buried in Enon Cemetery.
David Mayer Epstein
Antioch University Board of Trustee member David Mayer Epstein died of
complications of lung and liver disease Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Emerson
Hospital in Concord, N.H. He was 71 years of age.
A graduate of Antioch class of 1952 and a former faculty member, he
earned his master's degrees in music at Brandeis University and New
England Conservatory of Music and a doctorate at Princeton University.
He also taught music at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was
the director of the MIT Symphony Orchestra for 33 years.
While an undergraduate at Antioch, he helped desegregate barber shops
in Ohio. He was a surprise witness at the trial of a white barber who
claimed he was not able to cut African Americans' curly hair. Epstein,
a white man who had curly locks at the time, had had his hair cut by
the barber with a witness in attendance, and he testified against the
barber. The case opened the door for black patrons at the barber
He dedicated the early part of his career to training young musicians.
He was the music director for the Antioch Shakespeare Festival in 1957
and a faculty member, leaving the college in 1962. He was a founder of
the New York Youth Symphony and conducted its debut concert at
Carnegie Hall in 1963, which featured a 17-year-old violinist named
Itzhak Perlman, then a student at Juilliard School of Music.
He joined the MIT faculty in 1965 as music professor and director of
the orchestra, which he conducted until 1998. In 1980, his "Walton
Facade/Epstein Night Voices" was cited by the Saturday Review as among
the best recordings of that year, and was also nominated for a Grammy.
He guest-conducted many of the world's finest orchestras, including
the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony, the
Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well
as others in Vienna, Helsinki, Brussels, Paris, Lisbon and Denmark. In
1983, he established the New Orchestra of Boston, which tours
Massachusetts and the New England area.
Epstein devoted the latter part of his career to research on music and
the brain, an interest sparked by his belief that there was a
connection between excellence in science and excellence in
In 1991 he was an alumni lecturer at Antioch, bringing new ideas about
music and how the emotions it arouses are specifically related to
human biology. This lecture foreshadowed his 1996 book, Shaping Time.
In 1994 the Antioch College Alumni Association awarded Epstein the
Rebecca Rice Award for his innovative and creative contributions to
the world of music and to the study of music and neurobiology.
He was the driving force in bringing the Amernet Quartet into a two
year residency at Antioch College and played a major role in the
development of its summer programs. He returned to Antioch four years
ago to teach composing and conducting in the Summer Music Institute
with Antioch professor John Reinhart.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Merrick Epstein, an Antiochian from
the class of '54; two daughters, Eve Epstein-Burian and Beth
Epstein-Hounza; two grandchildren; and a sister, Carolyn Koistinen.
A memorial service is planned on Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m., in
Killian Hall, on the MIT campus in Boston.
Patricia Ann Johnson of Xenia died Friday, Jan. 25, at the Greene
Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was 71 years of age.
Born May 10, 1930, in New Castle, Ind., she was the daughter of Leon
and Mary (Stewart) Morris.
She retired from the Greene County Public Library and had previously
been employed at Morris Bean & Co. for a number of years. She was a
member of the St. Brigid Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Johnson, whom she married
May 28, 1949; three children and their spouses, Cyndi and Bill Jordan
of Beavercreek, Jay and Robin Johnson of Chesapeake, and David M.
Johnson of Massillon; grandchildren Andrew, Jordan, Kristen, Ross and
Zoe Johnson; a sister, Rosemary Layton of New Castle, Ind.; other
relatives and a host of friends.
A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m., at St. Brigid
Church, 312 Fairground Road, Xenia, the Rev. Ken Schartz officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Dayton or the American
David F. Johnston
David F. "Dick" Johnston of Fairborn died Monday, Jan. 21, in Friends
Care Center. He was 84 years of age.
Born Feb. 15, 1917, in Greene County, he was the son of Fred and Mary
M. (Kearfott) Johnston.
He was employed in accounting with the Defense Electronics Supply
Center in Dayton, retiring in April 1984. He was a member of the
Masonic Lodge F&AM in Yellow Springs and enjoyed farming for more than
He was preceded in death by his mother and father and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pat Johnston; son and
daughter-in-law, Tom and Rita Johnston of Yellow Springs; daughter and
son-in-law, Marceil and Col. Richard Caltabellotta of Springfield,
Va.; grandchildren, David Johnston and Thomas and Sara Caltabellotta;
and his sister, Mary Corry of Yellow Springs.
Services were conducted Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Belton Funeral Home
in Fairborn with the Rev. Chuck Shonkwiler officiating. Burial was in
Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friends Care Center, 150 East
Herman Street, Yellow Springs, OH 45387.