Hercules Hensley of Xenia died Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Greene Oaks
Health Center. He was 93.
Born on Nov. 15, 1909, in Kentucky, he was the son of Noah and Myrtle
He was a member of United A.M.E. Church in Xenia and an avid sports
fan. He was a mechanic foreman at Central State University.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Juanita V. (Moore)
Hensley in 1989; sisters, Ella Hensley and Ruth Watson; nephew Marvin
Booker Sr.; and great-niece Debra Ann Booker.
He is survived by his son, Cyrus Cordell Hensley of Xenia; friend
Melva Stills; nieces and nephew, Sue Booker of Xenia and Frances and
Joe Lewis of Yellow Springs; great-niece Gwen Booker of Xenia; nephew
Troy Marks of Xenia; great-nephew, Marvin Booker Jr.;
great-great-nieces and nephews and several other extended family
members and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 17, at United A.M.E. Church in
Xenia. Burial was at Valley View Memorial Gardens in Xenia.
Margaret Goodson of Yellow Springs died Friday, Jan. 17, in Community
Hospital in Springfield. She was 96.
Born Dec. 8, 1906, in Yellow Springs, she was the daughter of James
and Pearl Benning Gudgel.
She received her education at the Dayton Street School. She was
baptized in April 1923 at First Baptist Church.
She retired from Vernay Laboratories after 19 years of service. She
was a member of the First Baptist Church, where she was a member of
the church choir, culture club and senior citizens center.
Goodson married Louis Goodson on Aug. 24, 1929, in Dayton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters
and three brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Marguerite Joyce Goodson, and
stepdaughter Constance Steward and her husband, James, of Hillsboro;
one niece, two nephews, grandnieces and nephews, great- grandnieces
and nephews and a host of cousins and friends.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the First Baptist
Church, with burial following in Glen Forest Cemetery.
Georgia L. Givens of New Carlisle died Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Friends
Care Community. She was 87.
Born Jan. 8, 1916, in Belington, W.Va., she was the daughter of
Charles and Francis (Good) Champ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Grant, in 1979;
her son Larry in 1987; four brothers and four sisters.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law William and Martha of
Enon; sister Helen Mercer of Anacortes, Wash.; six grandchildren and
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m., at Christ
Chapel in Springfield. Her remains will be cremated.
Arlene Mae Ran
Arlene Mae Ran of Yellow Springs died Thursday, Jan. 9, at Greene
Memorial Hospital. She was 82.
Born Jan. 17, 1920, in Perth Amboy, N.J., she was the daughter of John
and Minnie (Oxenford) Schultz. She had five sisters and one brother.
She studied dance at an early age and tap-danced at many performances,
including the 1939 New York World’s Fair. She was also crowned Miss
Thousand Islands in 1939. She carried her dancing skills with her in
later life and taught exercise to seniors and elderly people who were
Ran also worked part-time at the Yellow Springs News for a number of years.
A longtime volunteer at Friends Care Community and the Yellow Springs
Senior Center, she will be sadly missed by her family and many
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hyman H. Ran, in 1977.
Ran is survived by her daughter, Melodee (Ran) Tomsu of Titusville,
Fla.; and her son, Larry Ran of Florida; her sister, Louise Stumpf of
Metuchen, N.J.; four grandchildren, Steffanie Dolch, Marty Ran,
Shannon Roesgen and Hillary Ran, all of Cincinnati; five
great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 12, at Riverview Cemetery in Dayton.
A memorial “party” will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, 1:30–4 p.m., at
Friends Care Community. In lieu of flowers, donations to Friends Care
and the Yellow Springs Senior Center would be appreciated.
Charles Clinton “Chuck” Ramsey of Springfield died Monday morning,
Dec. 30, in Eaglewood Care Center following six weeks of failing
health. He was 65.
Born on Oct. 7, 1937, in Springfield, he was the son of Clinton E. and
Louise (Jacobs) Ramsey.
Charles was employed for 15 years by Mosie’s Auto Center as a mechanic
and tow truck driver. He also worked for A & J Towing of Tipp City and
retired from his own towing business, Supreme Towing, on Oct. 7, 2001.
He was an amateur boxer in his youth and also competed in billiard tournaments.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Donna.
He is survived by his children, Charles, Michael, Richard, Steven,
Margaret, Douglas and Anthony; his sisters, Cynthia R. Fike of
Florida, Rebecca Ramsey Fenton of Yellow Springs, Mary Beth Cook and
Tina Minniear; an uncle, Paul Ramsey; aunts, Pauline R. Savage and
Helen Ramsey, all of Springfield; several nieces, nephews, cousins;
and special friend E.J. Carpenter.
A memorial service to celebrate his life was held on Saturday, Jan.
11, in Berea Bible Church in Springfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in his name to the
Alzheimer’s Association, 2634 Lexington Avenue, Springfield, OH 45505
or a charity of one’s choice. The family was served by the Littleton &
Rue Funeral Home.
Odessa May Bowen of New Carlisle died Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Ohio
Masonic Home of Springfield. She was 84.
Born July 23, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Lacy L. and
Louvinia L. (Woods) McKinney.
She was retired from Frigidaire of Dayton after more than 30 years of service.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of more
than 50 years, Charles Edward Bowen, who died on Nov. 17, 2001; and
two brothers, Lacy Lee McKinney Jr. and Durward McKinney.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Paul L. and Shirley
Creaig of Yellow Springs; two grandchildren, Betty J. Heitman and Paul
L. Creaig Jr. and his wife, Cynthia; four great-grandchildren, Jaymes
Heitman, Scot Creaig, Shayne Creaig and Shawn Creaig; and an aunt,
Elsie Dillon of Springfield.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 13, at the Richard, Raff &
Dunbar Memorial Home of Springfield. Entombment followed at Rose Hill
Burial Park Mausoleum.
Helen L. Banzhof
Helen L. Banzhof of Yellow Springs died Monday morning, Jan. 13, in
Friends Care Community. She was 89.
Born Sept. 26, 1913, in Springfield, she was the daughter of Frank E.
and Mabel (Burnes) Martin.
She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and had worked in
the title division of the Clark County Clerk of Courts office.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Banzhof; her son Jeff
Banzhof; sister Frances Mattimore; and brother, Leonard Martin.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Rita
Banzhof of Seattle, and Bruce and Linda Banzhof of Xenia; sister Ruth
Vidick of Springfield; four grandchildren, Becky and Angela Banzhof of
Seattle, and Nathaniel and Jeremy Banzhof of Springfield; two
step-grandchildren, Maria and Shannon; and several nieces and nephews.
A gathering of family and friends was held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in
the Littleton & Rue Funeral Home in Springfield. Funeral services will
be held today (Thursday), 10 a.m., in the funeral home. Burial will be
in Ferncliff Cemetery.
Leonard J. Struewing
Leonard J. Struewing of Medway died Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Mercy Medical
Center of Springfield. He was 91.
He was born Dec. 15, 1911, in Benton County, Ind., the son of the late
Louis and Anna (Pitstick) Struewing.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife,
Pauline, in 2001; two sisters, Mary and Rita; and his brother Ralph.
He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, LeRae and Joseph
Dick of Burlington, N.C., Helen Andreas of Columbus, and Jan and Bill
Schaefer of New Carlisle; son and daughter-in-law James and Margene
Strue-wing of Medway; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Romilda Sink of Dayton and Joan Rose of Englewood; three
brothers, Arthur Struewing of Milton, Ind., William Struewing of
Yellow Springs and Paul Struewing of Tipp City.
Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church of New Carlisle with burial following at Medway
Roy Hawkins Sr.
Roy E. Hawkins Sr. of Fairborn died on Monday, Jan. 27, in the Patriot
Ridge Community. He was 62.
He was born Dec. 11, 1940, in Fairmont, W.Va., the son of the late
Dale and Jessie (Nestor) Hawkins.
Hawkins was a retired produce manager for Kroger, served in the U.S.
Air Force and was a member of the Maple Heights Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Alecia Hawkins.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Doris J. Hawkins; two sons and
daughters-in-law, Roy E. Jr. and Karen Hawkins of Fairborn and David
D. and Brenda Hawkins of Yellow Springs; daughter and son-in-law,
Kimberley and James Arrington of Fairborn; four grandchildren, Amanda,
Stephen, Rebecca and Andrea Hawkins; brother and sister-in-law, Rodney
and Barbara Hawkins of Georgia; his sister and brother-in-law,
Charlotte and Ronald Vold of Wisconsin; and numerous other family
members and friends.
Services will be held today (Thursday), 11 a.m., at the Belton Funeral
Home, 244 East Dayton-Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn. Burial will
take place in the Byron Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Mary Ann Gadd
Mary Ann Gadd of Enon died Thursday, Jan. 23, at Ohio State University
Medical Center. She was 58.
She is survived by her mother, Bernice Jack; one daughter, Tammy Batin
(Nathan Elkins); son-in-law, Tony Batin; son and daughter-in-law,
Steve and Bea Gadd; sister, Karen Martin; significant other, Douglas
Jameson; and three grandchildren, Erin Beard, Stefanie Gadd and
A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Mary Help of
Christians Catholic Church in Fairborn, with burial following at St.
Paul Cemetery in Yellow Springs.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ohio State
University Medical Center, Heart Research.
Alice Jean Collins
Alice Jean Collins of Xenia died Sunday evening, Jan. 26, at Greene
Memorial Hospital. She was 64.
She was born Sept. 10, 1938, in Yellow Springs, the daughter of Paul
E. and Dorothy Stover Corrigan.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Donald J. Corrigan.
She is survived by her husband, Lemmie Collins, whom she married July
2, 1955; children and their spouses, LeJean and Robert Huston of
Xenia, Pamela Sue Collins of Rutland, N.D., Thomas Joseph and Lisa
Collins of Santee, Calif., and Michael Allen Collins and his fiancée,
Nancy Blankenship of Xenia; eight grandchildren and one
great-grandson; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Charles E. Corrigan
of Cincinnati and Paul Richard and Draxie Corrigan of Xenia;
sister-in-law, Charlene Corrigan of Amherst; and two stepsisters,
Peggy Pierce of Sacramento, Calif., and Patty Corrigan of Tucson,
Services will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, at 1:30 p.m., at the Neeld
Funeral Home, 1276 North Detroit Street in Xenia, with the Rev. Ronald
Swiger officiating. Burial will be in Valley View Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be held today (Thursday), 6–8 p.m.
Edwin W. Jobes
Edwin W. Jobes of Yellow Springs died Friday, June 27, in Community
Hospital. He was 72.
He was born on Aug. 1, 1930, in Springfield, the son of Edwin W. Sr.
and Bertha (Hummell) Jobes.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, the Korean War and the
Vietnam War. He retired from the Navy in 1969 after 21 years of
service, and then worked for the U.S. Postal Service until his
retirement in 1990. He was a member of the Eagles No. 2641 and also
volunteered at coach bingo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Maxine (Kinninson)
Jobes, after 46 years of marriage; 11 brothers and sisters; and one
grandson, Terry Powell.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Lucy and Pete
Hutchinson of Germantown, William E. and Carol Jobes of Riverside;
Richard Jobes; Julie and Danny Powell of North Lewisburg; Brenda and
Dave Vesley of Kettering; and Ronnie Jobes of Springfield; two
sisters, Leona Powers of Springfield and Ruth Kipsinger of Xenia; nine
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Wednesday, July 2, in the Jackson Lytle &
Ingling Williams Funeral Home in Springfield, with interment following
in Enon Cemetery.
Jean Shields Inman
Jean Shields Inman died in her sleep just before dawn on Friday, July
11, in Port Townsend, Wash.
She was the daughter of Ida and Guy Shields. Raised in Chicago by her
mother and two aunts after the death of her father, she learned to
drive at an early age. She drove her aunt and sister to Brownsville,
Texas, and enjoyed cross-country trips ever since.
She graduated from Antioch College, where she met and married Irwin
Inman. Together they had three children, Lee Inman Feinstein, Richard
Inman and Kate Inman.
Jean studied science at Antioch College and spent the years of World
War II working at Vernay Laboratories and then for Leland Clark at the
Fels Research Institute.
While raising her young children, she developed an interest in art and
took drawing and ceramics classes at Antioch. She went on to teach art
at the Antioch School and also at Farm and Wilderness Camps in
Vermont, where she worked to pay for her children’s camp fees. She so
enjoyed the summers in Vermont that she continued her association with
the camps long after her children outgrew them. She tried her hand at
watercolor painting as a medium for children’s films and audited film
courses at Ohio State University and San Francisco State College. She
produced one short animated film and worked on another before her
death. She became involved with children’s theater, where she
collaborated with Kitty Holyoke Jensen and the late Phyllis Cannon of
Jean loved singing and the outdoors. She sang with the Antioch Chorus
and the Yellow Springs Community Chorus for several years, as well as
with a small ensemble led by Kitty Jensen and, later, with a chorus in
Port Townsend, Wash.
She walked everyday in Glen Helen or John Bryan State Park. She
assisted Barbara Case of Yellow Springs with a wildflower survey in
the Glen and loved to look up new species she had never noticed
before. She enjoyed bird watching and spent many of her last hours
watching birds at the feeders outside the window of her little house
next door to her son Richard in Port Townsend.
She is survived by her three children, her former husband, Irwin, her
sisters, Mirriel Bedell and Guyeda Cole, and many nieces and nephews.
She will be cremated and her ashes divided between her children to
distribute in the places she loved the most. A memorial service is
Eleanore Ophelia Edwards of Cincinnati and formerly of Yellow Springs
died Sunday, Sept. 22, in The Meadows in Cincinnati. She was 98 years
Born on Nov. 27, 1903, in Union City, Tenn., she was the daughter of
William S. and Savanna G. (Hunger) Edwards.
She graduated from Wilberforce University with a teaching certificate.
She received her bachelor of arts degree from McKendree College in
Lebanon, Ill., and went to graduate school at the University of
Illinois. She was a teacher for 40 years and taught in public and
Catholic schools in East St. Louis, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Ralph, Hugh,
Bruce, William, Frank and Floyd; three sisters, Josephine Hughes,
Ethel Colby and Pauline Sykes.
She is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Jackson Lytle & Ingling
Williams Funeral Home in Yellow Springs. Burial was in Glen Forest
John MaloneJohn "Jack" Edward Malone of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.,
formerly of Dayton and Yellow Springs, died Saturday, Sept. 21, at
Hospice of Dayton. He was 80 years of age.
Born July 25, 1922, in Washington, Ky., he was the son of James and
Elizabeth (Foley) Malone.
He served in London, Paris and Scotland as a control tower operator
during World War II. He returned to the U.S. to earn degrees from
Moorehead University, study at several other universities and begin a
noteworthy career as an educator. He taught at Flemingsburg and Paris,
Ky., and Trotwood and Englewood, and became the superintendent of
Clayton schools at age 33.
In subsequent years, he served as principal of Yellow Springs High
School for 16 years, during which it was chosen as one of the 30 model
schools in the U.S. He also served as assistant superintendent of
Northmont schools and Dayton city schools and as a supervisor in Clark
He was a John Hays Fellow and received numerous other educational awards.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Gerald, Thomas, James and Vincent.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia (Day) Malone;
children, Michael Malone and his wife, Julie, of San Francisco, John
Steven Malone and his wife, Kathryn, of Yellow Springs, Mollye F.
Malone of Yellow Springs, Kathleen Malone of Surfside City, S.C.,
Margaret Larson and her husband, Michael, of Fayetteville, N.C., and
Amy Fugate and her husband, Anthony, of Springfield; seven
grandchildren, Matthew and John David Larson, John Michael Malone and
Mollye K. Malone; Joseph and Jacob Fugate and John "Jack" Hudson
Malone; two sisters, Elizabeth (Wayne) Bell of Lexington, and Mary Jo
Pfeffer of Washington, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held in St. Paul Catholic Church on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
The family was served by Jackson Lytle & Ingling Williams Funeral
Donations may be made to the John Malone Scholarship Fund at Yellow
Springs High School, 420 East Enon Road, Yellow Springs, OH 45387 or
Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, OH 45420.