Obituaries: Aug. 7 edition

| August 7, 2013

Irvin Jordell Gates, departed this life on Saturday, July 27, 2013. He was born on May 26, 1990, in Fort Wayne. Funeral service is noon Saturday, Aug. 3 at True Love Baptist Church, with burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.


Roosevelt Stalling Sr., passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital. A native of Mississippi, he was a U.S. Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Willie Mae Stalling; daughters, Barbara Stalling, Bea Mynatt and Pastor Beverly Stalling; son, Roosevelt Stalling Jr.; sister, Minnie Anderson; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Services were Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Ellis Funeral Home, with burial in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.


Judson Fanning III, 71, of Fort Wayne, died on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. Born on Jan. 25, 1942 he was a son of the late Judson Fanning Jr. and Marie (Lanier) Matthews, and retired from Navistar in 2008 after 39 and 1/2 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Tonya K. Fanning; children, April (Gale) Workman, Katrina Strains, Michael Fanning, Charles Fanning, and Judson Fanning IV; sisters, Linda Burgess, Tondalayo Bolden, Wendy Farmer, and Vanetta Crider; brothers, Tolbert Lanier, and Greg Fanning; as well as 17 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, with burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society. For online condolences please visit


Dr. Donna Jean (Hackley) Powell, was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., March 30, 1926. She died of complications due to Alzheimer’s on June 27, 2013 at the age of 87 at North Pointe Woods Assisted Living. She was surrounded by her family. Her parents were Thelma and Arthur B. Hackley. She had two brothers, Charles and Arthur.

Dr. Donna, as many affectionately called her, graduated from Western Michigan University in 1947, becoming the first African American to be inducted into the Academy Sorority. She graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in 1951.

Dr. Donna was an early global health-care advocate. During her senior year in medical school, as part of the newly founded American Medical Student Association (AMSA), she toured Western Europe and various countries behind the “Iron Curtain” sharing best medical practices. In the mid-60s, along with other volunteers, she helped gather used medical equipment from all over the United States and traveled to British Honduras (now the independent nation, Belize) and supervised their delivery to hospitals and clinics.

She interned at Freedman’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., and completed her residency in the specialty of internal medicine at Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Tuskegee, Ala.

She and her husband, Carl Powell, M.D., moved to Battle Creek in 1958 where she rose to be chief of Medical Services at the Veteran Administration Hospital. For many years, she was the only female physician on the hospital’s medical staff.

Dr. Donna is a Golden Heritage Life Member of the NAACP and has received the Black Achievement Award of the V.A. Black History Committee.

She was an active member of her church, Seventh Day Baptist Church of Battle Creek and for 31 years volunteered as medical director at its summer camp programs. She enjoyed family genealogy and reunions, social gatherings and fitness walking.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Carl Powell, M.D., currently residing in Battle Creek; a son, Carl Powell Jr. and her daughter, Lisa Powell, both of Los Angeles. She also is survived by nephew, Eric Hackley of Fort Wayne.

Very special thanks to Oneita Hubbard for her loving care of Donna for more than years. In deep gratitude to all of the Arcadia Home Health Care workers who gave their kind assistance for many years.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Seventh Day Baptist Church, 200 N. Washington Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49037.

A memorial celebration to be arranged by her family later this summer. Condolences may be sent to Lisa Powell at


This article originally appeared in the Aug. 7 print edition.


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