Tyrone Alexander, 66, of Fort Wayne, died on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Arrangements were by Nelson Memorial Gardens Inc.
Jessie M. Beasley Sr., 78, of Indiana, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 21, 2014. A memorial service to celebrate his life is 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at True Love Missionary Baptist Church, 715 E. Wallace St., Fort Wayne.
Fannie Grady, age 94, entered into eternal peace at home surrounded by family Friday, June 20, 2014. Fannie was born October 19, 1919 in Scooba, Mississippi and was the daughter of the late Emma and Major McCall Sr. She accepted Christ at a young age at Blues Chapel Methodist Church in Scooba, Miss. In 1948, she moved to Fort Wayne with her husband and united with Pilgrim Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. John Dixie and continued her membership under the leadership of the Rev. Sam Shade Jr. During her membership of over 60 years, she served on the Senior Usher Board, sang in the Senior Choir, served as President and Teacher of the Missionary Board. She would often attend the National Baptist Convention. Fannie retired from Phelps Dodge after 20 years of service as Dietician Supervisor and for many years she served the community at the voting polls. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, planting flowers, traveling and cooking. She also had a passion for helping people her entire life. Fannie had a caring spirit and great sense of humor and she always made a point to talk with God. Fannie always said what was on her mind. She stressed the importance of family and always talked about loving each other. She was the glue that held the family together. Being a God fearing woman, what others deemed impossible, she thought was possible with God. Fannie leaves to cherish her memory: Roberta Grady Chambers of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Margaret (George) Lewis of Atlanta and Lisa Driver of Houston; 11 grandchildren: Paul (Diana) Chambers, Barry (Jodi) Chambers, Bryan (Kathy) Chambers, Michelle London, Kristi Chambers, Jermaine (Andrea’) Lewis, Reggie (Lee) Grady, Cedric (Stephanie) Grady, Shannon (Cherita) Grady, Baila Driver and Rachel Driver; 11 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Service was Friday, June 27, 2014, at Pilgrim Baptist Church, with burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Fannie’s granddaughter who is battling with Multiple Sclerosis. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.
Bessie Woods Turner, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. She was born on April 9, 1930, in Marion, Ala. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Charles C. Turner; sons, Tony Woods, Christopher (Shirley) Woods and Travis Woods; daughters, Debra Fields, Brenda Woods and Felicia Macon; brothers, Arthur (Beatrice) Woods and Edward Woods; sister, Sandra Davis. Funeral service was Tuesday, July 1 at Jerusalem Baptist Church. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.
Alfonso Williams was born Nov. 5, 1947 to Charlie and Iola Williams in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a young elementary student, he later moved to Newbern, Ala., and was raised by his grandparents, Alfonso and Roselean Williams. Al confessed Christ at an early age and joined the First Baptist Church in Newbern. He attended Perry County Training School in Uniontown, Ala., and graduated in 1964 at the age of 16. Al also completed one year of college. He was united in holy matrimony on July 29, 1967 to his wife of 46 years, Julia Christine Williams. Al was employed at General Electric as a supervisor and factory worker. He retired at the age of 55 after 36 years of service. Under the leadership of Pastor Maurice King, a nephew, Al was a faithful member of Promise Land Church where he ushered, sang in the choir, and served anywhere needed. Church members fondly called him, “Uncle Al.” Known for his exceptional barbecue, sound advice, and kindness, Al touched hearts everywhere he went. He often told a joke or two to make you laugh so hard that tears formed in your eyes. Al was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alfonso and Roselean Williams; father, Charlie Williams; and sister, Daisy Cowan. Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife Julia Christine Williams; son, Rodney (Heather) Williams, Fort Wayne,; daughters, Vanessa (Demetrius) Nibbs, Maricopa, Ariz.; and Katina Anderson, Indianapolis; eight grandchildren: Malia Williams, Mariah Williams, Paisley Campbell, Devin Nibbs, Joseph Campbell, Charity Campbell, Dmitri Nibbs, and Caleb Anderson; mothers: Iola Bailey, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Dorothy Williams, Fort Wayne; seven brothers: Charles (Jacque) Williams, Indianapolis; Charles (Gloria) Wilson, Bessemer, Ala.; Darrell (Annette) Williams, Fort Wayne; Edwin (Diane) Lee Williams, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Jacarra Williams, Fort Wayne; Jerome Williams, Fort Wayne,; and Robert (Rena) Williams, Fort Wayne; nine sisters: Doris (Willie) Garrett, Detroit; Patrice (Wade) Lewis, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Barbara (Albert) Sanders, Moundville, Ala.; Clifforine Starkey, Detroit; Shirlene Steele, Moundville, Ala.; Rosa Walker, Fort Wayne; Elnora Williams, Pittsburgh; Juanita Williams, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Yvonne Williams, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and a host of nephews, nieces, and other relatives and special friends. Funeral service was Friday, June 27, 2014, at Promise Land Church (worshiping at Body of Christ SDA Church), 1902 S. Hanna St., with burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.
Tyler Keith Ward was the son of Ronnie and Carolyn (Glaspie) Ward. He departed this life on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Porter Regional Hospital, Valparaiso, Ind. He was born May 2, 1989 in Topeka, Kansas and later moved to Independence, Kansas with his family. Known by many as “TK” to others as “TY” and some as “T-Money”, he was a graduate of Independence High School. Tyler moved to Fort Wayne in December of 2012 with his mother. He was a dedicated sports fan and enjoyed music. Left to cherish his memories are his loving parents, Ronnie Ward of Independence; Carolyn Ward of Fort Wayne; a sister, Richelle (Barry) Dillon of Ashville, N.C.; three uncles, Nathaniel Ward Jr. of Oakland, Calif., Anthony Glaspie of Wichita, Kansas and Darnell Glaspie of Fort Wayne; five aunts, Mary Glaspie, Rosie Dies and Allie (Jesse) Collins all of Fort Wayne; Natalie Ward of Joliet, Illinois and LaDonna Nesbit of Phoenix, Ariz.; four great-uncles, Carey Mayfield, Thomas Williams Jr., and Andrew Williams all of Chicago, Illinois and James (Pat) Ward of Cleveland, Ohio; five great aunts, Mamie Lambert, Augustine Ward, Elizabeth (Eddie) Crenshaw and Lula Mayfield all of Cleveland and Sandra Mayfield of Chicago and Alice Thornton of Fort Wayne; and a host of cousins and friends. Tyler was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Nathaniel and Lula Ward; maternal grandparents, Robert and Minnie Glaspie. A Celebration of Life was Saturday, June 28 at Tabernacle Baptist Church with burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.