Deacon Arthur Essex Sr. (Buddy) entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at his home with his family. We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God. He was the first born of thirteen to Deacon Isaac and Mother Dinah (Banks) Essex Sr. on Sept. 15, 1931 in Marion, Ala.
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 at his home church and throughout the city.
Deacon Essex was a quiet, hardworking, and peaceful family man. He never focused on what was lacking in his life’s essay, rather, he looked for substance and key points in content. He walked in paths that would be good not only for his children, but for others who might pass his way. He loved to work his garden and many other things that required using his hands. He was resourceful, a master improviser, always generous, and willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. It was important to him that we all help to promote love, contentment, peace and stability in our homes, churches, schools, communities, and throughout the world.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a devoted wife of 59 years Gladys (Jackson) Essex; children, Patricia Oates, Christine (James) Lindsey, and Arthur Essex Jr.; grandchildren that knew him as Papa, Andre’ (Felechia) Oates and Antisha (Lonzo) Terry (both of whom he and his wife raised as their own), Mariska Essex and Meena Essex; seven great-grandchildren better known as “his boys”; an aunt, Oddie Ridley; siblings, Ernest (Elizabeth) Essex Sr., Isaac (Lois) Essex, Jr, Wilbert (Cora) Essex, Mabel Martin, Frances (Lee) Milan, all of Fort Wayne; Deacon Albert (Mattie Lou) Essex Sr., Deacon James (Velma) Essex, Mary Perry, Mary Essex, of Marion, Alabama and Wilma (Paul) Everette of College Park, Maryland; nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, his church family and all those he cherished dearly.
Homegoing celebrations were held, Saturday, Dec. 14 at Providence Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill McGill, officiant and the Rev. McKissack Richmond III, eulogist. Burial was in Covington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home. Send condolences at www.ellisfh.com.
Deacon Essex knew he was Accepted by Grace, and all is well with his soul…
And we CELEBRATE his life as he has made his transition.
Francine Denise Clancy-Hollis departed this world on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, after a courageous battle. She was born on March 14, 1957, in Fort Wayne. She leaves to cherish her memory three sons, Andre Hollis, Aaron Hollis and Antonio Hollis, all of Fort Wayne; daughter, Verlisa Hollis; three brothers; four grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by one son, Antwon Hollis; a brother; and both parents. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 21 at True Love Baptist Church with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.
Louise Harvey, departed on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. She was born on May 13, 1937. She leaves to cherish her memory son, Lester (Hester) Lee Powell of Fort Wayne; brother, McHenry Harvey; and 12 grandchildren. Visitation was Saturday, Dec. 14 at Carmichael Funeral Service with burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.
Marcell Jefferson, 63, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 on her birthday at home. Born in Fort Wayne, she worked for Saint Anne’s Nursing Home as a CNA. Surviving is her mother, Loisteen (George) Kurtz; daughter, Treva Bryant; sisters, Schrell Jefferson, Brenda (Larry) Whitt and Margie White; brothers, Donald (Michelle) and Winfred Jefferson; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father, Earnest Jefferson Sr.; one sister; and three brothers. Service is noon Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home. Send condolences at www.ellisfh.com.
Arica Neyvette Johnson, 41, of Fort Wayne, departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. She was born on June 13, 1972, in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her daughter, Charnay Alise McCrary; parents, Freddie and Betty Johnson; and sisters, Latrece (Justin) Johnson-Goree, Leslie Johnson and Iris (Martez) Johnson-Snow. Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 21 at Pilgrim Baptist Church with Dec. 20 visitation at New Covenant Worship Center and burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.
Pamela B. Turner, 67, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Heritage Park Nursing Home. A native of Pittsburgh, Penn., she relocated to Fort Wayne in 1971 and was employed by Parkview Hospital. Surviving are her husband, Roger A. Turner; children, Robin and Robert Mahoney; brothers-in-law, James Winters, Claude Turner and Wallace (Peggy) Turner; sister-in-law, Lisa E. Turner; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Herndon and Gwendolyn V. Rhodes; and a sister, Diane Winters. Services were Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St., with interment in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home. Send condolences at www.ellisfh.com.