Obituaries: Dec. 18 edition

| December 18, 2013

Deacon Arthur “Buddy” Essex Sr., entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at his home. “We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God.” Born Sept. 15, 1931, he was the first born of 13 and a son of Deacon Isaac and Mother Dinah (Banks) Essex Sr. He retired from General Electric as a die caster after 26 years of service in 1991. He also owned and operated A&E Construction Company. He served faithfully at Providence Missionary Baptist Church where he was a chartered member for 57 years, served on the Deacon Board, was an Officer of the church and an avid Usher and even throughout the city. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 59 years, Gladys (Jackson) Essex; children, Patricia Oates, Christine (James) Lindsey and Arthur Essex Jr.; grandchildren (who knew him as Papa), An-dre’ (Felechia) Oates Sr. and Antisha (Lonzo) Terry (whom he and his wife raised as their own), Mariska and Meena Essex; seven great-grandchildren (better known as “his boys”); aunt, Oddie Ridley; siblings, Ernest (Elizabeth) Essex Sr., Isaac (Lois) Essex Jr., Wilbert (Cora) Essex, Mabel Martin, and Frances (Lee) Milan, all of Fort Wayne, Albert (Mattie Lou) Essex Sr., James (Velma) Essex, Mary Perry, and Mary Essex, all of Marion, Ala., and Wilma (Paul) Everette of College Park, Md.; and nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, his church family, and those he cherished dearly. Homegoing celebration was Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 2317 Holton, with the Rev. Mckissack Richmond III delivering the eulogy. Burial was in Covington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home. Send condolences at


Addie Mae “Ann” Greene, 64, of Fort Wayne, departed this life on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. She was born on March 18, 1949, in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her sons, Ernest III, Aaron, Anthony, Eric, Armond (Ashley) Greene, and Darryl Parks; daughters, Alicia Parks, Errica Greene and Adrienne (Tracey) Carter; brothers, Timothy Parks and Donald (Pam) Parks; sisters, Geraldine (Kenny) Coker, Khelia (Emerson) Nelson, Patricia Cummings, and Martha Parks; and 26 grandchildren. Funeral service was Friday, Dec. 13 at Greater Progressive Baptist Church, with burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.


Elmer Carl Phillips, 65, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. He was born on Nov. 13, 1948, in Benton Harbor, Mich. Funeral service was noon Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Renaissance Baptist Church, 5515 Hanna St., Fort Wayne with burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Nelson Memorial Gardens Inc.


Bettye Jean Pinkston Poignard passed away on Nov. 27, 2013. She was born on July 28, 1938, in Hawkinsville, Ga., the only child of Lizzie Lee Edwards Pinkston and Gordon Pinkston. Bettye was reared in Macon, Ga., near many of her extended family members.

She attended Hampton Institute and majored in Speech Pathology. While at Hampton, she was initiated into the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She graduated from Hampton in 1960.

In September 1960, Bettye moved to Fort Wayne and accepted her first job as a speech clinician at the Fort Wayne State School. She met her husband Charles Franklin Poignard in Fort Wayne in 1961 and they were married on Aug. 15, 1964 in Philadelphia.

Bettye and Charles reared two children, Nichole Poignard Austion, born in 1967 and Anthony Franklin Poignard, born in 1971. When her children were young, Bettye took time out of her career as a speech and hearing therapist to be a stay-at-home mom.

Once she returned to the workforce, Bettye became the founder and president of her own business, Professional Diagnostic and Evaluation Services, a firm that assessed the physical, psychological and developmental capabilities. She was then employed at Indiana University Purdue University at Fort Wayne as the Director of Multicultural Services. Following her tenure at the university, she served as vice president of Workforce Development at the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. After service as the executive director of the Educational Foundation at Southwest Allen County Schools, Bettye retired from gainful employment.

Bettye was a strong advocate of community service and dedicated much of her time to improving the lives of others through numerous organizations. She was a charter member of the Fort Wayne Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and served in many capacities as a chapter officer, including president. She was also a charter member of the Fort Wayne chapter of Jack and Jill of America and member of the Junior League of Fort Wayne, an organization which saw promotion of volunteerism as a signature reason for its existence. Bettye served on various community boards of directors, including Junior Achievement, the Parks and Recreation Department and the United Way of Allen County. Her most notable service on a community board was that of the Board of School Trustees of Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Bettye was baptized and added to the body of Christ in 1969 at the Midwest Church of Christ in Louisville, Ky. She was a member of the East Chestnut Church of Christ until her death.

Bettye was dedicated to the work of the church and served in many ministries including the kitchen ministry, finance committee, chair of the ladies day program for five years and the senior ministry where she was responsible for the themes, program covers and decorations for the annual senior banquet. Most notably she was an excellent ladies Bible class teacher and had great understanding and command of the scriptures.

Bettye has always had a sense of fashion and a flair for beauty, elegance and grace. She sought to be compassionate, loving, tenderhearted and humble-minded. She lived fully and laughed often. She appreciated earth’s beauty. She looked for the best in others and gave the best she had. Her life was an inspiration and her memory will be a benediction.

She leaves behind her husband Charles, son Anthony, daughter Nichole, son-in-law Dwight and grandson Jude.

Service was Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at East Allen Co. Church of Christ with burial in Concordia Cemetery

Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.

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