MOUNT VERNON -- Emma Mildred Gray, 81, of North Division Street, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at her home.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Merlyn Jones officiating. Burial will be at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1105 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion 43302.
She was born May 5, 1921, in Glenmont to Edward and Sylvia (Hawkins) Harris and married Vernon Gray. He died in 1991.
She was a 1938 graduate of Nashville High School and had made her home in Mount Vernon most of her life. From 1950-96, she had assisted her husband in the operation of Gray & Bumpus Sunoco on Newark Road.
She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Surviving are children, Connie (Barry) Hawkins of Cumming, Ga., Cheryl (Steve) Hall, Teresa (Gregory) Bailey and Gary (Carolyn) Gray, all of Mount Vernon; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Luella "Dee Dee" Ritchey of Newark.
In addition to her husband, brothers, Harley, Frank and Paul Harris, died previously.
LODI -- Paul H. Parker, 85, of Lodi and Spencer, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at Fairview Hospital, after a brief illness.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi, with the Rev. Cara E. Stutlz Costello of Spencer officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lodi.
Friends may call Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Spencer United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 125, Spencer 44275.
He was born March 18, 1917, in Apple Creek to Howard and Jennie (Bonewitz) Parker. He was a 1935 graduate of Lodi High School and Cincinnati School of Embalming in 1939. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He had made his home in the Spencer and Lodi areas all of his life and was owner along with his wife and family of Parker & Son Funeral Homes in Lodi and Spencer. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 63 years.
He was a member of Spencer United Methodist Church and many civic, business and fraternal organizations.
He was the loving and devoted husband and father to his wife, Jean, to whom he was married to for 54 years; children, Patricia (Ed) Ramey and William (Chris) Parker, both of Lodi; grandchildren, Parker Ramey and Kaitlin Parker; and a niece and a nephew.
An infant son, James Edgar, his parents and a brother, Richard B. Parker, died previously.
WADSWORTH -- Ann E. Robinson, 56, of Wadsworth, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at her home.
She was the sister and sister-in-law of John and Martha Robinson of Rittman.
Services will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Wadsworth First Christian Church, 116 Boyer St., Wadsworth.
Friends may call Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Hilliard & Mullaney Funeral Home in Wadsworth.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Youth Fund at Wadsworth First Christian Church; or to a Trust Fund at Charter One Bank.
She was born July 15, 1946, in Wadsworth to Muss and Marian Robinson.
She worked at Caraustar and was an active member of Wadsworth First Christian Church.
Other survivors include sons, Zachary and Caleb; another brother, Curtis (Anastasha) Robinson of Texas; four nephews and a niece.
WADSWORTH -- Francis "Buzz" VanPelt, 61, of Wadsworth, formerly of Seville, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, from melanoma.
Cremation has taken place, with burial to be Friday at 11 a.m. at Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
Friends will be received Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, Hillcrest Chapel, 9560 Acme Road, Wadsworth.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
He was born May 22, 1941, in Akron to Frank and Hilda (DomDera) VanPelt and was married to Jane (Critchfield) VanPelt for 39 years. She survives.
He moved to Chippewa Lake as a child and was a 1959 graduate of Westfield High School. He attended Kent State University and served in the U.S. Navy until 1966. He was employed at IBM, retiring in 1996.
Surviving in addition to his wife are brothers, Dick (Jean) DomDera of Marion and Fred (Meredith Kearns) VanPelt of Wadsworth; a sister, Mary Tokash of Boardman; nieces and a nephew.
MOUNT EATON -- Sharon Joy Yoder, 3-year-old daughter of Jacob J. and Elsie (Kurtz) Yoder Jr. of Mount Eaton, went to be with Jesus on Monday evening, Feb. 10, 2003, from injuries sustained in a auto accident near Mount Eaton.
Services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bethel Fellowship near Berlin, with Pastor Bill Mullet officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends were received Tuesday evening from 6-8 and may call today (Wednesday) 2-4 and 6-8 at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton.
She was born May 7, 1999, in Orrville and had lived all of her life near Mount Eaton.
Surviving in addition to her parents, are grandmothers, Esther Kurtz of Dundee and Fannie Yoder of Mount Eaton.
She was preceded in death by grandfathers, Jacob A. Yoder and Daniel M. Kurtz.
SHREVE -- Farrell C. Brown, 84, of Jones Street, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at Smithville-Western Care Center.
Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Shreve United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bill Lawson officiating. Burial will be at Nashville Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Schlabach Funeral Home in Shreve.
The family suggests contributions be made to Shreve United Methodist Church, 430 N. Main St., Shreve 44676; or to Hospice of Wayne County, 2525-A Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691.
She was born Dec. 24, 1918, in Ashland to Zane and Golda (Mosser) Wigton and married John Brown on July 3, 1941. He died March 10, 1973.
She was a cafeteria worker at Nashville Elementary School and a member of Shreve United Methodist Church.
Surviving are children, Bill (Pat) Brown of Wooster, Bob (Linda) Brown of Loudonville and Barbara (Don) Long of Lakeville; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
LOUDONVILLE -- Ruth V. Smith Kinney, 80, 803 S. Mount Vernon Ave., died Tuesday evening, Feb. 11, 2003, at Samaritan Hospital in Ashland, after a brief illness.
Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home in Loudonville, with the Rev. James Ohde officiating. Burial will be at Nashville Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home, where the Eagles Auxiliary will hold services at 7:45 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loudonville Senior Citizens, 122 E. Main St., Loudonville 44842.
She was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Holmes County to Warney and Emma J. (Carpenter) Hall and married John Smith Sr. He died in 1971. She then married Scott Kinney. He died in 1986.
She had made her home in the Nashville and Loudonville areas all her life, was a homemaker and had worked at The Flxible Co. and various nursing homes.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Loudonville, Loudonville Eagles Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, The Card Club and Loudonville Senior Citizens.
Surviving are children, Charles "Bob" Smith, Dorothy (Leonard) Nuckols and Karen Stough, all of Wooster, Denny Smith and Alyce (David) Garnes, both of Nashville, John (Shirley) Smith of Millersburg, Beulah (Johnny) Mike of Killbuck and Patricia (Frank) Riggle of Strasburg; stepdaughters, Connie Amatucci of Florida, and Nancy (Donald) Blank of Mansfield; 20 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and a sister, Lola Zickefoose of Loudonville.
In addition to her husbands, daughters, Virginia and Ruthie Smith, a granddaughter and brothers, Clifford, Darrell, Guy, Clarence and Robert Hall, died previously.
Edward Meyers Sr.
DOYLESTOWN -- Edward W. Meyers Sr., 86, of Doylestown, was called to spend eternity in the Loving Home of our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, with Father David McCarthy as celebrant. Burial will be at Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday from 6-9 p.m. at Zak-Monbarren Funeral Home in Doylestown, where a scripture service will be held at 6 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Visiting Nurse Service, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron 44333.
He was born Jan. 15, 1917, in Barberton to Edward and Blanch (Stahl) Meyers and married Albina Regeleman on May 5, 1937. They were married for 62 years and she precedes him.
He was proud to be an employee of Babcox & Wilcox for 47 years and was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. Bye Dad.
Surviving are children, Pat (George) Jones, Edward (Mary) Meyers, Linda (Bud) Thompson, Joe (Peggy) Meyers and Jeff Meyers, who was a son and best friend; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, his parents, a granddaughter, Rachael Marie Meyers, and sisters, Mary Watson and Florence Daly, died previously.
MIDVALE -- Judy L. Shuman, 17, of Midvale, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home in New Philadelphia, with Tim Hatfield officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Burial Park in New Philadelphia.
Friends may call Friday from 1-3 and 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests contributions be made to the Judy Shuman Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 607, Midvale 44653.
She was born in Millersburg to Kenneth D. and Nancy L. (Owens) Shuman.
She was a junior at Indian Valley High School, where she was a member of the band, student council and National Honor Society. She was also attending Kent State University, Tuscarawas Campus.
Surviving are her parents of Midvale; a sister, Heather D. of the home; paternal grandparents, Robert and Chelsie Shuman of Baltic; maternal grandparents, John and Judy Owens of Bunker Hill; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
MILLERSBURG -- Levi J. Yoder, 91, 2915 Township Road 406, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at the home of his nephew after an extended illness.
Services will be Friday at 9 a.m. at the residence, with Bishop Henry D. Miller officiating. Burial will be at Yoder-Erb Cemetery, Walnut Creek Township, Holmes County.
Friends may call anytime at the residence.
Arrangements are being handled by Smith-Geib Funeral Home in Sugarcreek.
He was born March 11, 1911, in Holmes County to Jonas S. and Anna (Swartzentruber) Yoder and was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Surviving are his wife, Lizzie Yoder; and several nieces and nephews.
Seven brothers and five sisters died previously.
DALTON -- Claudia J. Adkins, 86, a resident of Shady Lawn Health Care Center in Dalton, formerly of Canton, passed away Wednesday evening, Feb. 12, 2003, at Dunlap Memorial Hospital in Orrville, after an extended illness.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Reed Funeral Home, 705 Raff Road, SW, Canton, with Pastor Mike Frazier officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Hills Burial Park.
Friends may call tonight (Friday) from 7-9 at the funeral home, or one hour prior to the services.
She was born July 27, 1916, in Louisa, Ky., to Martin and Lockie Johns and moved to Canton in 1947 with her husband, Norman R. Adkins. He died previously.
She was a member of Canton Baptist Temple.
Surviving are children, Diana Adkins of Apple Creek and Charles (Mary Ann) Blair of Gaffney, S.C.; grandchildren, Sherry Clark, Suzanne Moss and Michael Blair; a great-granddaughter, Michelle; and a great-great-granddaughter, Gina.
In addition to her husband, her parents, brothers, Charles and Cloyed Johns and a sister, Louise White, died previously.
WOOSTER -- Leva Z. Clark, 97, 117 Palmer St., Wooster, formerly of Shreve, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at Wooster Community Hospital.
A Celebration of Life service will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, Sherwood Chapel, with Pastor Bob Mitchell and the Rev. Charles Abney officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
She was born Dec. 1, 1905, in Aberdeen, Ky., to John A. and Martha (Daugherty) Beasley and married Cecil C. Clark on June 26, 1924. He died in 1979.
She was a homemaker and learned to read by reading the Bible. She loved spending time with her family.
She was a member of Westwood Baptist Church.
Surviving are children, Virginia Edwards, Wendell (Joan) Clark, Betty (William) Daugherty, Linda (Bob) Mitchell, David (Theresa) Clark, Roger (Linda) Clark and Michael (Joni) Clark; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, a daughter and son-in-law, Wilma and Robert Jarvis, a son-in-law, Jewell Edwards, a great-grandson, Nathan Daugherty, her parents, brothers, Clones, Otis and Robert, and sisters, Effie and Mary, died previously.