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Ethel Chowning, age 80 of Tillamook, Ore., passed away September 17, 2019.
She was born March 18, 1939 in Nova Scotia, Canada to Granville and Daisy Cunningham. In 1959, the family immigrated to the United States via Massachusetts and later moved to Tillamook where Ethel lived until she passed on.
In 1988, Ethel married Ken Chowning who preceded her in death in 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.
She was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness and spent most of her life dedicated to her God Jehovah and sharing her faith.
Ethel is survived by siblings Evelyn Cunningham, Joyce Moore, Bud Cunningham (Liz) all of Tillamook, Dale Cunningham (Sheri) of Redmond, Ore. and Bonnie Crigger (Roger) of Kingston, Idaho.
She is also survived by her children Kevin Roderick Strang of Houston, Texas, Jeffrey Alan Strang (Kim) of Tillamook, Wanda Morris (Michael) of Baltimore, Maryland, as well as her grandchildren Heather Kristian Strang (Erick) of Neskowin, Ore., Brandi Haller Franklin of Portland, Ore., Alison Kay Underwood (Jerry) of Tillamook, Dustin Ryan Strang of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Autumn Strang of Tillamook, Amanda Renee Strang of Los Angeles, Calif., Taarna Laniece Andrews of Arvada, Colo., Ashley Nicole Jackman (Trevor) of Tillamook, Eric Ross Andrews of Salem, Ore., Jeffery Tyler Strang of Bend, Ore., Sara Dawn Strang and Matthew Alan Strang of Tillamook.
Her great-grandchildren include Hayley Paige Hahn, Cayden Cham, Cloveranne, Vincent, Willow and Ivy O’Connor all of Tillamook, Mellenna Haller, Cavan Franklin and Ellenor Ford all of Portland, Landon Barrett Schaner of Arvada and Keean Alan Vogel of Tillamook.
By Guest Indiana
Dr. Francis Kamau Raphael Njoroge, 66, passed away at 5:28 pm Tuesday October 1, 2019 at Christian Hospital North East.
He was born on September 5, 1953 in Thika, Kenya, the son of Raphael & Elizabeth (Wanjiku) Ngugi.
Kamau married Vicki June Armstead in Alton on May 26, 1990. She survives.
He was an Elder at the Central Alton Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnessed and loved reading and learning new things. He was inquisitive and loved people but was also a quiet and humble man. He had a strong faith in his God Jehovah and the promises given in the Bible and sharing Bible Truths with others.
Kamau received his Bachelors degree from Principia College, Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois College at Carbondale, and his Ph.D from Washington University. Teaching was his passion. He was a Professor at Lewis and Clark Community College for 25 years.
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4 p.m., Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, East Hills Congregation, 35 Joseph St., Windber. John Henderson Company Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave.
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Tulie Francoise Pierre, 82, of Rotonda West, Florida died Sunday, June 9, 2019 at home.
Tulie was born April 13, 1937 in Haiti and immigrated to the United States in 1965. She was a retired dietary aide/ nursing assistant in Jersey City, New Jersey. She and her husband J. Emile moved to Florida from Roselle, NJ 15 years ago. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Englewood, Florida.
She is survived by her loving family, her husband J. Emile Pierre of Rotonda West, FL; four daughters, A. Marjorie Maurice-Emile of Morris Plains, NJ, Gina Rene Cham of Newark, NJ, Tamar Emile of East Orange, NJ and Nancy Toussaint of Sugar Land, TX; two sons Jean Marie Robert Grava of Irvington, NJ and Harry Grava of Newark, NJ; four sisters, Marie Therese St. Jour of Irvington, NJ, Marie France Zamilus of Port Charlotte, FL and Gertrude Pompee St. Petersburg, FL; Michael-Ange Ridore of Port Charlotte, FL; 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 14, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Roberson Funeral Home, 2151 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948. Funeral services will be held Saturday 1:30 PM, June 15, 2019 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 9654 Gulfstream Blvd., Englewood, FL34224. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte.
Memorial contribution in lieu of flowers may be made to the Kingdom Hall or a favorite charity.
Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.
By Guest Indiana
John Wyatt Rudd died on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at his home in Kissimmee, Fla.
Mr. Rudd was born and raised in Montclair, in a community surrounded by his large extended family. He graduated from Montclair High School, attended Lincoln University in Oxford, Pa., and Parsons School of Design in New York.
Mr. Rudd worked at NJ Transit as a bus mechanic for 25 years until he retired. During this time, he started an in-depth study of the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses. He moved to Florida in 2003, where he was baptized on July 26, 2003, making Kissimmee, Fla. his home. On Dec. 30, 2011, he married Latacha Berry.
Mr. Rudd suffered from many health issues in the past few years, but he always had a positive attitude and never complained. His favorite scripture was Revelation 21:3-5 which is the Bible’s promise of a resurrection to life in a paradise earth for all those who would love to have the prospect of seeing him again by means of God’s Kingdom.
Mr. Rudd was predeceased by his parents, Wyatt and Ethel Rudd, of Montclair.
He is survived by his wife Latacha M. Rudd, and children Tieko Rudd Delk (Jason Brooks), Francesca Duvivier, Felisha Jenkins (David), Kavon Smith, Kyhá Berry and SarahJane Rudd; grandchildren Tanaj, Leilana and Andre John Delk, Jason Gilberry, Jordan Blalock, and Kamyhá Berry; sister Carol Hudgins (Garven); niece Kristen Hudgins (Christopher Blackburn), as well as numerous cousins and friends.
Memorial services for John Wyatt Rudd will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 4225 Monterey Road, Kissimmee, Fla.
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David A. Ramos died February 24, 2019. David, who is survived by four daughters, two sons and five grandchildren was a life-long resident of Santa Barbara County, California. Amy Ramos, Janelle Ramos, Emily Ramos, Luke Ramos and Annastasia Ramos wish to share that David's passions were playing the piano, cooking for his loved ones, and serving the congregations of Santa Maria Valley's Jehovah's Witnesses. A memorial service for David will be held on March 30th, 4:00 pm, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 333 Hidden Pines, Santa Maria, CA, 93454.
To leave a condolence for the family visit www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
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Una Riley, 67, of Akron, passed away on March 20, 2019. Una was a member of Akron Central Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. She retired from FirstMerit Bank after 15 years of service.
Una is survived by her loving husband, Tyrone; siblings, James (Connie) Mathews, Otha Loftin,David (Candace) Mathews, Marilyn Oliver, Walter Mathews, and Harold Garrett; honorary son and daughter, Daniel and Lenora Lewis; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Una was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Francine; parents, Howard and Otha Garrett; and siblings, Gloria Johnson, Harry Mathews, and Barbara Gibbons.
The family would like to thank everyone who supported them during this time of sorrow. A special thank you to the Cleveland Clinic Hospice, and Una's caretaker, Tammy, and special friends, Charlotte Holling and Alesia Stevens.
A memorial service for Una will take place on Sunday March 31, 2019 at 2pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 1170 Eastwood Ave, Akron, OH 44305.
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Gilbert Jim Alit, a resident of California for over 65 years and of Yucca Valley for over 35 years, died March 2, 2019, at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was 78 years old.
The son of Martha Dick and Felicisimo Alit, he was born April 20, 1940, in Alaska.
Before he retired, he worked in transportation logistics and enjoyed driving big rigs. He also worked in real estate.
Jim was a faithful, dedicated Jehovah’s Witness. You may have seen him most any Friday or Saturday mornings outside of Jelly Donut, talking with others about faith, love and kindness. His dedication to helping his fellow man has inspired many. His understanding of life and his love for Jehovah has given much hope for others and it helped Jim tremendously, to live in faith.
Jim was a volunteer park ranger because he was in awe of the beautiful desert. He enjoyed photographing the blooms of the desert, the sun rising and falling upon the cacti he so adored. Jim was a nature lover and nature loved him back. He captured many moments on film and it was outdoors that he enjoyed most. He camped in many areas with all the family, extended family, friends and animals in tow. He always caught the fish and fried it up in a cast iron pan, as kids scrambled for the crunchy tail that cooked up like a potato chip.
He was preceded in death by mother Martha Dick; father Felicisimo Alit; siblings Phillip Dick Alit, Alita Maria Clark, Sonya Alice DiMondi and Virginia Tamura; previous wife Karen Alit; and stepchildren Charles Korhonen and Levi Korhonen.
He is survived by wife Shelly Jane Vukovich Korhonen Alit; previous wife Caroline Ruth Myres Alit; all his children, Adorio Jim Alit, Jeannie Marie Alit, Denise Renee Gilmore, James Robert Alit, John Frank Schmidt, Janet Karen Staten, Theresa Grace Carlini, Eric Royal Korhonen and Zachary Quinn Korhonen; and siblings Daniel Theodore Alit, Juanita Morgan, Vince B. Alit and Bette Lou Matthews.
He is also survived by 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. March 23 at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Yucca Valley, 7321 Lucerne Vista, Yucca Valley, CA 92284.
He was a father to many and a friend to all he met. He had a sense of humor that was apparent until the very end. Jim was a strong man and overcame many obstacles during his time with us.
He was always happy to help others, he enjoyed creating art and “fixing” things and he generally enjoyed life to its fullest! He will be remembered as a loving servant of Jehovah, a humorous man who loved his family and a friend till the end for so many people. We love you PPpPAW!
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HEALDTON - Memorial Services for Mr. Thomas “Tom” Ellery Idleman, 72, of Wilson, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday March 20, 2019, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Healdton with Bro. Chad Walker officiating. Services are under the care of Alexander Gray Funeral Home of Wilson.
Tom was born on Aug. 29, 1946, at Wilson to the late Mr. Jess Thelbert “J.T” and Mrs. Tommy Lou (Cannon) Idleman. He departed this life on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at his home in Wilson.
Tom was raised in Wilson graduating from Wilson High School in 1964. Tom joined the United States Air Force on Sept. 1, 1964, at San Antonio, Texas. He made a career within the military serving mostly as a jet engine mechanic, retiring after 20 years of service. He retired in August of 1984 at Altus, as a Master Sargent.
During his military career, Tom was stationed all over the U.S. and overseas. While being stationed in Udon Thani, Thailand, he met Boonhom “Hom” Nilkhamphee, who was working as a seamstress on the Air Force Base. They fell in love immediately and soon became married on April 19, 1969, at Thailand. They moved to the U.S. where they would raise their six daughters.
Tom worked after his retirement from the Air Force mostly as an entrepreneur owning and operating “Tom & Homs” restaurant. He also loved the country life raising cattle and other animals. He was most proud of becoming a Congregation Elder of the Kingdom Hall and was always extremely devout in his beliefs and service to his heavenly father, Jehovah. He enjoyed preaching to others about the good news of God’s Kingdom.
Tom was a very proud father to his children and grandfather to his grandchildren. He could always be depended on by his friends and was considered a brother by many and was a devout member of the Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses of Healdton.
Preceding him in death are his parents; wife Hom - Jan. 26, 2018; brother Joseph Mark Idleman; sister Mary Sue Venne and his mother-in-law, Boonchan Nilkamphee.
Survivors include daughters, Doungsri Sutthiboon of Ft. Worth, Texas, Dawn George and Gus of St. Augustine, Fla., Kinnali (Thim) Jordan and Lowell of Sachse, Texas, Linda Sue Houchin and Jeff of Wilson, Tommi Weatherford and Scott of Ardmore, Sherri Brown and Edward of Ardmore; sister Linda Covington and brother David Idleman, both of Wilson; grandchildren, Sarah Sounavong, Cherry Sounavong, Samantha Spain, Katelyn Thompson, Jourdan Weatherford, Jamy Inglett, Joshua Houchin, D’mitrios Smith, Edric Brown, and Tyler George; five great- grandchildren, Karston Spain, Marley Inglett, Leland Sounavong, Kinsley Houchin, and Ellerie Spain; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Kingdom Hall at JW.ORG or Cross Timbers Hospice of Ardmore 207 C St. NW.
Condolences may be sent online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.
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Harrel William “Red” Green, 87, of Arlington, Alabama died Feb. 25, 2019 at his home.
Mr. Green was born Nov. 7, 1931 in Lamison, Alabama to William Earnest and Georgiana Green. He was a retired power house operator with Gulf States Paper Company and was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church.
He is survived by his son, Harrell Gregory Green of Pine Hill, Alabama; three daughters, Teresa Green of Thomasville, Sharon Sheffield (William E.) of Arlington, and Dianne Harkey (Victor) of Mobile; brother, Austin Green of Moores Valley, Alabama; sister, Hazel Ann Anthony of Lamison; three grandchildren, Brandon Sheffield (Nikol), Christopher Sheffield ( Emily), and Zachary Harkey; and three great-grandchildren, Brinson Sheffield, Dean Sheffield, and Lucas Sheffield.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Earnest and Georgiana Green; a grandson, Chance Andrew Harkey; and three brothers, Jack Green, Walter Fudge “W. F.” Green, and Terry Green.
Memorial services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Thomasville on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. with Bro. Robert Tutt officiating.
Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com. Cremation arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home.
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WEST POTSDAM — Rosemary Sweeney Martinez, 74, of Blanchard Road, peacefully passed away early Thursday morning, February 28, 2019 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
Rosie, as she was affectionately known, was born May 21, 1944 in Herkimer, New York, the daughter of the late Elmer and Louella (Burdick) Sweeney and attended schools in Elyria, Ohio. On September 3, 1960, she married James L. Martinez in Syracuse with Harry Bernedetti officiating.
Rosie was a dedicated homemaker to her husband and children. On July 31, 1954, she was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was active with Potsdam Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall and enjoyed shopping on the clearance racks and generously gave her finds to those in need.
Rosie is survived by her husband of nearly 59 years, Jim; her sons and their wives, Jay and Kim Martinez of Syracuse and Jeffrey and Shanna Martinez of Potsdam; and her grandchildren, Peter James, Rafael, Parker, and Rachelynn.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by an infant daughter, Jody.
There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Talk will be held at the Potsdam Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall on March 9, 2019 at 4:00 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson-Seymour Funeral Home, Potsdam, where memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonseymour.com.
By The Librarian
Larry James King was a man of faith since he was a teenager and a top athlete at Sophonia M. Thompkins High School in Savannah, Georgia.
Born in Savannah to Elizabeth and James T. King on February 9, 1947, he not only was top in athletic skills, he was also top in academic skills. He attended Moses Jackson Elementary before advancing to Thompkins.
As noted by all, Larry was an outstanding athlete and led in every area of sports until reaching 11th grade when he decided to attend services at The Jehovah’s Witnesses Church where he met and was taught by the father of his wife, Susie.
After graduating from high school, he worked briefly in Miami and then enrolled at Cult Bethel for four years. He then went back to Savannah where he worked with his father and met the daughter of the man who truly introduced him to the JehovahÂ’s Witnesses Church where he gave his life. His first position as an Circuit Overseer was in Chicago for three years. From there he was an overseer in New Orleans, Texas, Ocala, and Jacksonville before returning to Savannah where he gave his life as an Elder and Overseer to JehovahÂ’s Witnesses on Saturday, September 29, 2018.
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Larry was born on May 8, 1940. Larry passed away on the morning of September 29, 2018 following a long battle with cancer.
Larry’s body may have succumbed to this disease, but his spirit never faltered. Larry was born in Spokane, WA and graduated from Cheney High School in the class of 1958. Larry worked for Spokane County on the road crew for 27 years. His favorite thing to do at this job was to plough snow. After retiring Larry worked for his good friend Dave Silver at Automotive Specialties.Â
A man of faith, Larry was an active member of the JehovahÂ’s Witnesses. He attended meetings at the Millwood branch Kingdom Hall. There is no measure to the importance this community played in his life. Larry made friends wherever he went, and he will also be missed by his friends at Â“PooleÂ’sÂ” where he was a regular.Â
First and foremost, Larry was dedicated to his family. Larry is survived by his sister Marilyn Lytle, his brothers Lonnie and Dick Christensen. Larry lived with his only daughter, Leisha Hodgson, her husband Mark Hodgson, and his grandchildren Kade Missamore, and Presley Hodgson.
His grandchildren were his greatest joy. Just recently Larry realized his dream of buying Kade his first car (Thank you Wayne Missamore for making this happen). The light in his eyes shown most bright when he played with his granddaughter Presley Hodgson. This was a daily occurrence. Larry and Presley shared a bond of mutual love that few people ever have the privilege of having. Presley will never forget him. To see this bond between them grow over the years was a gift for everyone who saw it.Â
Larry Â‘s life was a blessing to every friend and family member that went through this experience with him, and his loss will be felt every day.
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Jeffrey A. Collins, Sr., age 63 of Highland, IL, died Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at his residence in Highland, IL.
He was born on October 16, 1954, in North Tonawanda, NY, the son ofÂ Harold and Shirley (nee Seibert) Collins.
He was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses Church in Highland, IL.
Born north of Buffalo at Tonawanda, NY.Â He served with the US Marine Corps.Â He lived in Buffalo, NY; Galeton, PA; Highland, IL, since August 2, 2007.Â Most of his life he was an automobile mechanic; later in his life he worked several years at Wal-Mart.Â He enjoyed long walks.
Son - Jeffrey A. "Jay" (Jennifer) Collins, Jr., Haymarket, VA
Son - Nicholas J. Collins, Galeton, PA
Sister - Hope Gail Brown, Cheektowaga, NY
Sister - L. Starr (Dennis) Miller, Highland, IL
Sister - Darleen GraceÂ (Bob) Brown, Bozrah, CT
Brother - Terry Lee (Pat) Collins, Wisconsin,
Special Nephew - Robert J. Miller, Highland, IL
Step Brother - Several
Step Sister - Several
Nieces and Nephews - Several
He was preceded in death by :
Father - Harold Ellsworth Collins - Died 2/20/1992
Mother - Shirley F. Collins, nee Seibert - Died 10/16/2000
Step Father - Robert Wilbur Nugent, Sr. - Died 10/21/2001
Brother - Ricky Dee Collins - Died 9/13/2015
Sister - Melody Kozma - Died 10/2/2003
Special Nephew - Jimi Holmwood - Died 1999Â
Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.
Funeral service will be at 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Kingdom Hall - Jehovah's Witness in Highland, IL
Memorial contributions may be made to Family.
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Edsmond Luther Warren Sr., 55, of Saint Helena Island and husband of Lisa M. Miller Warren, died Wednesday at his residence.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses in Beaufort.
Cremation Simplified of Okatie is assisting the family.
Read more here: https://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/death-notices/article218820130.html#storylink=cpy
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Santos G. Martinez, 93, long-time Sunnyside resident, passed away peacefully Friday September 14, 2018 surrounded by all her loving family.
Santos G. Martinez was born in Shelby, Texas on November 5, 1925. At a young age she met the love of her life Nasario Martinez, they married on June 6, 1942. She alongside her husband migrated all across the United States working agricultural until finally settling down and making their home in Sunnyside, WA in 1953. Together they had 24 children and leave a legacy that will not be forgotten by those that knew her. She will be greatly missed by all.
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