Obituaries: July 31 edition

| July 31, 2013

Melvin “Mel” Leon Drew, 53, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in the comfort of his daughter’s home in Chicago. He attended Snider High School, was an Honorable Veteran of the Air Force, a martial arts master and instructor, and a mentor to his family and community. He is lovingly survived by his daughters, Timeka Drew, Talissa Muir, Tamara Drew, and Nakia Patterson; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Rebecca Stevens, Bettye Drew-Johnson, LeeElla Schoal, Linda Faye Drew; brothers, Tommie Drew, Lee Drew, James Drew, Charles Drew; and mother, Annie Lee Drew. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tabatha Shiree Drew; brother, David Drew Jr.; and sister, Corine Drew. Memorial service was Tuesday, July 23, at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Rd., Elwood, Ill. Arrangements were by Giancola Funeral & Cremation.


Mark Anthony Dunbar, 40, of Fort Wayne, departed this life on Monday, July 15, 2013. He was born Feb. 21, 1973, in Fort Wayne. Surviving are his five children; parents, Rosemary Jackson and John Dunbar; and three siblings. Funeral service was Saturday, July 27 at Fellowship Missionary Church, 2536 E. Tillman Road. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.

Carrie L. (Blevins) Hackner, 75, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2013. Service is 11 am Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Kingdom Door Christian Worship Center, 1004 E. Pontiac, with calling one hour before. Interment in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.


Tyrone Kimber, 57, of Fort Wayne, departed this life on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Funeral service was Monday, July 22 at Carmichael Funeral Service with burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.


Donna C. Martin, 52, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Parkview Hospital. Surviving are her siblings, Deborah (LaRay) Williams, Ollie (Luther) Green, Ronald and Travis Martin, Julius Woods, Colena, Darrell and Tyrone Littlejohn and Beverly Baymon; along with a host of other siblings, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eunice Woods and Donald Littlejohn Sr. Service was Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Cathedral of Praise Ministries, 3501 Harris Road with interment in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.


Elgin R. Miller, 62, of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013. Memorial service was Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Midwest Funeral Home, 4602 Newaygo Road, Fort Wayne, with graveside burial with honors Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the Veterans Marion National Cemetery, Marion.


Desiree L. Sheets, 19, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013. Born in Fort Wayne, Desiree graduated from South Side High School and was studying to be a Nurse at Ivy Tech. She enjoyed doing others hair, riding motorcycles, family gatherings, and her two dogs. “One thing is for sure, Desiree lived life to its fullest.” Surviving are her mother, Crystal Sheets of Indianapolis; sisters, Marteisa Sheets of Fort Wayne, Ju-Dasha Sheets of Indianapolis; brothers, Ja-Brin Sheets of Indianapolis, Lamar White of Fort Wayne; God parents, Milton (Terri) White of Fort Wayne; grandmother, Roblene Smith of Fort Wayne; grandfather, Roger Miles of Fort Wayne; grandfather, Todd Smith of Fort Wayne; uncle, Alan (Tonya) Sheet of Fort Wayne; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her uncle, Austin Sheets. Memorial service was Friday, July 26, 2013 at True Love Baptist Church, 715 E. Wallace with Pastor Robert Bell officiating. Memorials may be made to the family. To sign the online guest book, please go to


This article originally appeared in the July 31 print edition.


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