Edward David Anderson Sr., 79, of Fort Wayne, departed this life on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Born March 27, 1934, in Tuscaloosa County, Ala., he was a son of the late Rev. Joe Louis Anderson and Beatrice Carter Anderson. Surviving are his beloved wife of 57 years, Willie Beatrice Anderson; sister, Wanna Mae (Irvin) Padgett of San Antonio, Texas; eight children, Betty (Hank) Sims, Debbie (Aubrey) Anderson, Penney (Todd) Andrews, Edward D. Anderson Jr., Diane, Necy, Rosemary and Marcus Anderson, all of Fort Wayne; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Services were Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Come As You Are Community Church, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home. View complete obituary at www.ellisfh.com
Dorothy M. Calhoun, 86, of Fort Wayne, departed this life on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. She was born on June 24, 1927, in Tilden, Ala. Funeral services were Saturday, at Providence Missionary Baptist Church, with burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.
Iyanna Monique Davie-Vinson, 19, of Winder, Ga., formerly a longtime resident of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. She leaves to cherish her memories her loving mate, Darius Vinson; daughter, Aubrey Vinson; father, Nickii Ivy (Erica); mother, Kenyatta Davie (Tarvin); siblings, Alex, Keyontre, Nigeria, Keonna, and Teonna; grandparents, Gloria Ivy, Tyrone and Ann Davie, Larry and Delois Eldridge, and Maria Damons; and a host of loving family and friends. Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Greater Progressive Baptist Church, Fort Wayne, with burial in Barrow Memorial Gardens, Winder, Ga. Services entrusted to Ellis Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, and Eberhart & Son Mortuary, Winder, Georgia. Condolences to www.ellisfh.com
Mary Simmons, 57, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at Hospice Home surrounded by her loved ones. She was employed at the V.A. Medical Center. Surviving are her children, Alise (James) Easley and April Simmons; siblings, Willie Mae Littlejohn, Frankie (Kenneth Sr.) Miller, Willie Ruffin, Jannie Ruffin, and Rachel (Ronald) Richardson; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Services were Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Kingdom Door Worship Center, with interment in Covington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.
Maebel Watkins, went from labor to reward on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at 4 a.m. On May 17, 1915, on the beautiful Island of New Proidence in Nassau, Bahamas, a bouncing baby girl, Maebel Watkins was born to the proud parents the late Princess Beatrice Taylor and James Taylor. Their marriage had five children—four boys, Enock, Prince, Hartman and James Jr. (all are deceased), and girl Maebel Taylor being the last child. She brought joy and love to the entire family. She was very inspirational. She was a great cook, baker and housekeeper. She received her education in the public schools in the Bahamas. She attended Fort Wayne Technical. She was married to the late Raymond Watkins. She loved her God and church. She was a people person, who liked to entertain others. “Everlasting love and memories will be cherished.” Left to mourn are nine nieces, Ivy Mae Brown, the Rev. Princess Culmer, Joycelyn Owens, Myrtle Gardiner, Rosetta Taylor, Rose Taylor, Maggie Taylor, and Namoni Taylor; seven nephews, Charles Mackey, Taylor Cessele, Ossie Paul Donnie, and James Taylor; cousins, Helen and Wesley Clark, Miram Rooker and Mr. and Mrs. Cutis Miller, Freddie, Marie and their mother, Bergman; the family of the A.M.E. Church, the family of Canterbury Nursing home; two nephews-in-law, Dwayne Owens and Owsald Gardner; niece-in-laws, Winnie Cooper Dames and Portia Taylor; and many grandnieces, grand nephews, great nieces, great nephews; other relatives and friends. “So much to mention and all else who was near and dear to her. May God bless you, may you rest in peace… Amem and Amen.” Services were Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Turner Chapel AME Church, 836 E. Jefferson Blvd., with the Rev. Kenneth Christmon officiating. Arrangements were by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to Turner Chapel AME Church.
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 11 print edition.