Bettie Louise (Babb) Williams, 69, passed away on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Bettie graduated from Central High School in 1962. She moved to Omaha, Neb., to attend Omaha University where she met and married Terrance Williams. They relocated back to Fort, Wayne in 1968. Bettie enjoyed working as a nursery school teacher. She also worked at Fort Wayne Wire & Die and later at Essex Wire until her retirement. Throughout her life, Bettie enjoyed spending time with family and friends. This included many years as an avid league bowler. Bettie accepted Christ at an early age and was an active long-time member at Turner Chapel AME Church. While Bettie experienced a number of chronic illnesses later in life, she showed strength and dignity throughout. Surviving are her sisters, Wilma Johnson and Dana Hatch; daughters, Gina (Mark) Felton of Edina, Minn. and Kimberly (Gary) Williams; son, Chad (LaShawnda) Williams; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; mothers-in-law, Goldie White and Johnnie Williams; brother-in-law, Tracy (Kitty) White; sister-in-law, Shawn Williams; and a host of other special relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by husband, Terrance Williams; parents, Willie G. and Haywood Babb Sr.; sisters, Letha Ann Babb and Hazel Alexander; one brother, Haywood Babb Jr. Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Turner Chapel AME Church, with burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, donations may also be made in Bettie Williams’ memory at www.kidneycancer.org.
Anna Louise Grant Chaney was the ninth child born from the union of Paymon and Minerva (Thompson) Grant on Nov. 20, 1941 in Fort Wayne. “Ann,” as she was best known as, served in the capacity of Customer Service Supervisor at NIPSCO for 38 years before she retired in 2001 She was the head of the Usher Board at New Life Church of God for nine years and served in many other capacities. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the American Legion Unit 148 and the alumni association of Central High School. She answered her master’s calling and committed her life to Christ at an early age. She served faithfully and tirelessly until the Lord called her home on Oct. 29, 2013. Left to forever cherish her memory: two daughters, Mitzi Chaney Moore of Alta Loma, California and Ursula “Toni” Chaney Williams (Norman) of Tampa, Florida; one granddaughter: Syann Moore of Alta Loma, California; one grandson, Jabril Williams of Tampa, Fla. Five sisters: Rosalie Chandler, Revelia Woods and Tabitha Grant, all of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Beverly Toles of Inglewood, Calif., and Catherine Taye of Groveport, Ohio; three brothers: Hardy Grant and Thomas Grant of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Ulysses Grant of Turlock, Calif.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relative and friends. She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Essie, James, Felix, Roger, Callie, and Arielean. Services were Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at New Life Church of God, with burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home. Send condolences at www.ellisfh.com.
Leanbirgh “Brad” Fitts Jr., 57 of Fort Wayne passed away Friday, November 1, 2013 at St. Joseph Hospital. He worked for Hall’s Prime Rib for several years. He leaves to cherish his many fond memories his loving and devoted mother, Morristine Fitts; his sisters, Leanzie Kelsaw, Gloria Smith, Delores Fitts, Shirley Robinson, Ruthie Lucas, Reola Monroe and Johanna Kendrick; and his brothers, Percy Fitts Sr. and Johnny Pryor with a host of other relatives and friends. Services were Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at True Love Baptist Church, with interment in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.
Emma Jean Pinkston-Rogers, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. She was born on Aug. 8, 1931, in Marion, Ala. Funeral service is noon Friday, Nov. 8 at Jerusalem Baptist Church, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.
Paul W. Jones, 80, of Muncie, peacefully entered his eternal rest on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, while residing at Golden Living Center in Muncie. He was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Greenfield, Tenn. The father of Muncie basketball Hall of Famer Greg Jones, Paul Jones graduated from Muncie Central High School in 1949. He also attended Ball State University until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 19, 1954 and served during the Korean War. While in the military he received the following medals, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Army Occupation Medal. He received an honorable discharge on July 30, 1956. He was employed by Borg Warner and retired after 33 years of dedicated service. Surviving are his loving mother, Lydia Jones of Muncie; three children, Gary Jones of Muncie, Greg Jones of Pittsburgh and Arnetta Fears-Jones of Dayton, Ohio; ex-wife and close friend, JoFrances Jones of Muncie; two aunts, Mildred Montgomery and Mattie Daniels both of Muncie; one uncle, Herman Jeter of Muncie; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Paul was preceded in death by his son, Angelo Jones and father, T.J. Jones. Memorial services were Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at Word of Life Christian Church. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.