Kathleen Anita Brown, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014. She was born on Jan. 9, 1956. Funeral service is noon Thursday, March 27 at Shiloh Baptist Church, with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service Inc.
Reatha Y. Craig, 59, of Portland, Ore., passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at her home. Born in Fort Wayne, Reatha earned her Master’s Degree from Indiana University. She had a love for helping children. Her love led her to become a special education teacher with the South Bend School Corporation for nine years before moving to Oregon, where she had worked with the Multnomah Education Service District since Jan. 8, 1990. Reatha enjoyed traveling around the nation, cooking, and spending time with her family. Surviving are her parents, Willie and Lula Craig of Fort Wayne; siblings, Sandra K. Craig, Larry W. (Penny) Craig and Karen Patterson; goddaughter, Dorcas Harvey of Fort Wayne; godson, Jamar T. Brown of Fort Wayne; along with many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by daughter, Jakai Craig; and sister, Gloria Craig. Memorial service was Saturday, March 22, 2014, at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave.. Memorials may be made to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mccombandsons.com.
Benny Charles Franks was born Aug. 3, 1958 in Clarendon, Ark. He departed this lise on March 14, 2014 surrounded by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ovie Franks; siblings, Ronnie Franks, Kirk Franks and Teddy Franks. Benny graduated from Snider High School in 1977. After graduation, Benny joined the U.S. Army where he served for three years. He worked for Fort Myers as a cook and at Cuda Enterprise as a Security Officer. He was united in Holy Matrimony to Cynthia M. Franks on Aug. 11, 2001. Benny leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Cynthia M. Franks; mother, Mary C. Franks and stepfather, Roger Watts all of Fort Wayne; his grandmother, Leanna Watts of Selma, Ala.; stepdaughter, Carleen (Greg) Reynolds of Fort Wayne; sisters, Yvonne Franks of St. Louis, Lyshelle Watts of Alabama, Rolanda Davis of Alabama and Jeleanne Watts of Flordia; brothers, Victor (Willie) Franks, Carl Franks, Carnell Franks, Donald Franks and Derrick Watts all of Fort Wayne; two uncles, Troy (Gladys) Ash and Lee (Liz) Murphy both of Fort Wayne; a sister-in-law, Lucada Mahone of Columbus, Ohio; a granddaughter, Chelsea Reynolds of Fort Wayne; godchildren, Vernoica Booker, Zariah Williams and Marquis Benjamin with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Service was Friday, March 21, 2014, at Old Landmark COGIC, 6303 S. Anthony Blvd., with burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.
Lillian Moore was born Aug. 15, 1937 in West Blocton, Ala., to the late Anderson and Sallie (Scott) Williams. She relocated to Fort Wayne in 1956 and began employment with Fort Wayne State Developmental Center where she remained until retiring in 2003 with 45 years of service. On April 5, 1958, she united in holy matrimony to Rudolph Moore. Lillian was an active member of Friendship Baptist Church where she was a member of the Missionary Society and Sunday School. At the age of 76, Lillian accepted the Lord’s call to eternal rest and passed peacefully away on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital. Left behind to cherish her memory are her husband of 55 years, Rudolph Moore; daughter, Constance B. Moore; son, Clarence A. Moore; three grandchildren, Robbil Moore, Stephanie Mathieu and Antoine Moore; four great-grandchildren, Sebastian Moore, Israel Moore, Ameera Krummer and Taylor Hepburn; a sister, Virginia Taylor; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anderson Williams and Sallie (Scott) Williams; daughters, Valerie Moore and Jacqueline Moore; brothers, Bernard, Henry, Thomas Buck (T.B.), George, Walker, Franklin, Glen, Mason and Clarence Williams; sisters, Annie Russell, Roseanna Preston, Elsie Walker and Joann Lewis-Keys. Service was Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church, 451 E. Douglas Ave. with burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.
Francine A. Rogers was born Jan. 21, 1945 in Fort Wayne. She was a 1963 graduate of Central High School and was the Urban League Debutate of 1963. She graduated from Fort Wayne Community Schools Practical Nurses Program in 1973. While employed with MPP (Medical Professional Personnel) she was named Nurse of the Year 1985. Although she never married nor had children, she was a child of God. She enjoyed cooking, reading, singing and dancing. She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen Edward Rogers and Beaulah Calland Miller and a sister, Lavata Hope Foster. Francine is survived by her niece, Kim Harvin; nephew, Kevin Jackson and great niece, Turquoise Harvin and a host of other relatives and friends. Service was Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Ellis Funeral Home with burial in Lindenwood Cemetery.
Cecelia M. Shelby, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2014 at Kingston Care Center. Born Aug. 14, 1940 in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Haywood and Magdalene Outlaw. “Granny (as she was affectionately known by many) was a loving sister, mother and grandmother who cherished time with her family. Her strength, wisdom and loving nature will be missed.” Cecelia retired from The Rib Room in 2005. In her retirement she enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking and spending time with her grand and great grandchildren. In addition, Granny was very passionate about assisting those in need; she was quick to feed the hungry and generously donated to area food banks. Surviving are her four children, Wilbert G. (Dawn) Shelby, Myra Shelby (Thomas) Scott, Michele Shelby all of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Sabrina Shelby Myers of Evansville, Indiana; grandchildren, Tyrus, Tyray, Tiffany, Devon, Kenneth, Melissa, Jonathan, DuJuan and Trey; loving brothers, Howard Outlaw, Clayborne (Carolyn) Outlaw, Milton (Ellen) Outlaw, and John (Tammie) Outlaw; special sister-in-laws, Brenda Outlaw and Shirley (Earl) Ealum; Daughters of heart, Mitzi (the Rev. Melvin) Falkner and Inez Pierre-Louis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter Darlene, her twin sister, Cecil, and other siblings Haywood Jr., twins Johnny and Joan and Ray Outlaw. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday at noon, March 29, 2014 at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, with burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church’s food bank or to the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Heartland Hospice and Kingston Care Center for the comfort, support and love shown to our loved one. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.
Guy Alonzo Jones, 87, passed away March 17, 2014, in Takoma Park, Md. He had been a resident of the District of Columbia since the early 1950s. Mr. Jones was born and raised in Fort Wayne; after which, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 until honorably discharged. Mr. Jones attended University at Drake in Des Moines, Iowa, West Virginia State, and graduated in the early 1950’s from Howard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He worked for many years in sales, and he also excelled as a civic service administrator. At the time of his retirement he was the Executive Director of the Northwest Settlement House where he had worked for several years. Mr. Jones’ biography is listed in History of Fort Wayne & Allen County, Indiana: 1700 – 2005 Vol.2, where it states that: “His volunteer and community work has included Chairmanship of Neighborhood Planning Council Number 7, Chairmanship of Youth Committee of Lamond Riggs Civic Association, volunteer work with local Boy Scouts, Director of Project Men, Deputy Foreman of a grand jury in Washington, D.C., and National President of Frontiers International Inc.” He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey L. Reese-Jones, and by his son Guy Lawrence Jones. He is survived by a grandson Guy James Jones of Newton, Iowa; a great granddaughter Shawntecia Jones of Houston; his sister Darlene Jones-Hatcher, two nieces Lititia C. Hatcher-Roque and Kimberly S. Hatcher, and a nephew Kamari O. Mbwelera, all of Fort Wayne; two great nieces, Charita L. Roque of Cleveland, and Shayla D. Hatcher of Fort Wayne, a great nephew Jabari B. Mbwelera of Chicago; and by a host of other relatives and friends both in the District of Columbia and in Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday April 26, 2014, at the New Zion Tabernacle Church, 1835 Spring Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. Make donations to the charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to PO Box 29567, Washington, D.C. 20017.