Obituaries: Aug. 14 edition

| August 15, 2013

Bert Amos, 83, of Marion, died on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, 12:55 a.m., in Marion General Hospital. Born in Conchatta, Miss., he was a son of the late George and Birdie Amos. He married Sammie M. Turner on March 5, 1950; she survives. He retired from Atlas. Bert was a member of Bibleway C.O.G.I.C. for more than 27 years. Survivors include: his wife, Sammie M. Turner-Amos of Marion; son, Charles L. (Carol) Amos of Fort Wayne; sisters, Inez (Darnell) Mayo and Minnie Amos-Meeks, both of Fort Wayne; grandsons, Scott (Kiesha), Jason and Jeremy Amos; granddaughters, Danya Amos, Decarla (Stanley) Amos-Horvath and Stephanie Majors; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Birdie Amos; six sisters; and seven brothers. Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Bibleway C.O.G.I.C., 401 E. Highland Ave., Marion (IN 46952) with Superintendent Pastor Oscar Perry officiating and burial in Grant Memorial Park, Marion. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Amos Family c/o the funeral home. Arrangements were entrusted to Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN 46952. Online condolences may be made at


Ruth Robinson Barfield was born on Dec. 14, 1919 in LaGrange, Ga., to the late Ben and Lella Robinson.  Ruth was the third oldest child of nine children.

At the tender age of 16, on Oct. 23, 1936, Ruth became the wife of the late Grady Barfield, Sr. To this union six children were born: Mildred, James, Grady Jr., Yolanda, Mary and Ronnie.

Ruth had a heart for children and was an advocate for Feed the Children.  Not only did Ruth feed and clothe many children, she encountered in Alabama, she took it internationally.  After watching the Feed the Children show of many suffering children in other countries, she did more than pray, she took action.  She became a monthly financial contributor.  In fact, she encouraged other family members to become contributors as well.  When she spoke of those children, she spoke as if she was their parent.  That is sharing the love of Christ!

Ruth confessed Christ at an early age and was united with St. John A.M.E. Zion Church, Dixiana, Ala.  She served pm the Senior Usher Board and was the Superintendent of the Sunday school.  She was a homemaker and she also was a Domestic worker.  She was skilled in decorating and was quick to offer her creative services to the community.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Grady Barfield Sr.; daughter, Yolanda Parker; step-son, Grady Barfield Jr. of Pittsburgh; parents, Ben and Lella Robinson; sisters, Emma Kate Gates, Mary Gregory and Parmie Nell Foster; brothers, Raymond Robinson, Cleveland Robinson and Claude “Doc” Robinson.  Ruth departed this life on Friday, May 10, 2013 at St. Vincent’s East Hospital.

She leaves to cherish her wonderful memories: two daughters, Mildred Thomas of Fort Wayne, Mary Blakely of Birmingham, Ala.; three sons, James D. (Marilyn) Barfield of Douglasville, Ga., Grady (Jackie) Barfield Jr. of Pinson, Ala., and Ronnie (Cecelia) Barfield of Colony, Ala.; one son-in-law, Minister Oscar William Parker of Birmingham; two sisters, Ethel Snowden of Brandywine, Md., and Roberta Sumpter of Washington, D.C.; one brother-in-law, William (Ruth) Barfield of Pittsburgh; one sister-in-law, Mackalee Harvey of Detroit; 44 grandchildren; ninety great grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Birmingham.


Ruth Ann Cato, 78, went home to her reward on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, surrounded by family while in Toledo, Ohio. Born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., she was the daughter of Evelyn and Emmett Baker Sr. She graduated from Cobb School and moved to Fort Wayne in October of 1951. She married her high school sweetheart, James Cato on July 26, 1954. Ruth Ann retired from Dana Corp in 1996 with 29 years of service, but her first love was being in her boat on a lake fishing with James every chance they got. She enjoyed cooking, cross-stitching, visiting and talking with friends and family most of all. “Ruth Ann was a strong woman of faith and possessed an unwavering love of our Lord.” She was a member of Turner Chapel AME Church for more than 50 years where she served on the Steward Board in the Stewardship and Finance Department. “Ruth Ann lit the lives of those she loved and knew, with her beautiful smile, sense of humor and infectious laugh. She always had a certain way of doing things and made sure her family knew what that way was.” Ruth Ann was the devoted wife of James Cato; loving mother of three children, James Michael, Pamela Marie and Trisha Lynn, all of Fort Wayne; proud grandmother of Shantee Ramsey (Kenneth), James Jr. and Christopher (Nicole) and special granddaughter, Nani Harrington; great-grandmother of seven beautiful great-grandchildren, Ke’Airrase, Jaylen, Khamani, Khamari, Javar, Keiondre and Malakai, all of whom she consistently showered with love. Also surviving are her twin sister, Millie Mays of Fort Wayne; younger sister, Lois Daye of Fort Wayne; brothers, Emmett Baker Jr. and Rodney Baker, both of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; her dear sister-friend, Marion Brandy; devoted former daughter-in-law, Gladys Cato; special daughter-in-law, Shila Olson; and current daughter-in-law, Stephanie Cato. “She was a loving sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend to so many. “ She was preceded in death by her brothers, Richard, Shelby, Joe, and Frankie. Services were Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Turner Chapel AME Church, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.


Theressa M. (Wattley) Lee, departed this earthly life on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. She retired from Fort Wayne State Develop mental Center and was the proprietor of T. Lee’s Beauty Salon. Surviving are her husband, Timothy A. Lee Sr.; two sons, Timothy Jr. and Shawn Wattley; one brother; seven sisters; five grandchildren; and four great-grand children. Services were Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Turner Chapel AME Church, with interment in Covington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home. Sign guestbook at


Da’Shawn “Day-Day” Martin, 21, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Born in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Alvell Martin and Montinik Robinson. Da’Shawn leaves to cherish his memory, his parents; stepmother, Venece Martin; fiancé, Rayven Richardson; four children, Malik, Dathan, Jaquavion, and Ariza Martin; brother, Rufus Edwards; sisters, Tiara and Alexis Martin; grandparents, James Turner Sr., Gloria Robinson-Craig, Al and Grace Martin; great-grandparents, Walter Robinson Sr. and Mary Boddie; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and other family and friends. Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Renaissance Baptist Church, 5515 S. Hanna St., withburial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens. Arrangements were by Midwest Funeral Home.


Mary Alice Striverson, 75, departed this life on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. She retired from Byron Health Center after 18 years of service. Surviving are her children, James, Alice and Laura Striverson, and Michael Underwood; brothers, Doug Henry and Willie Roy Surry and David Scott; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Service is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at Kingdom Door Worship Center, with interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.


Mattie J. Wills, 71, of Fort Wayne, departed this life on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. She was born on Aug. 4, 1942, in Anderson, Ind. Surviving are daughters, Valerie Wills, Norvetta Cannon and Teaota Riley; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Memorial services were Friday, Aug. 9 at Carmichael Funeral Service. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.

This article originally appeared in the Aug. 14 print edition.


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