George Collins III, 54, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Born in New Orleans, he was a son of the late George and Dorothy (Mikell) Collins. Surviving are: his wife, Rhonda Collins of Fort Wayne; daughters, Janel (Wilbert Monroe) Adams, L’Nee’ (Ken) Collins-Jones and La’Toyya (JaMarcus) Johnson; son, George (Brandee Middlebrook) Collins IV; eight grandchildren; brother, Roosevelt (Ann) Collins; sister, Valerie Shelton; brothers, Stanley (Dana Morgan) Collins and Donald (Shirley) Mikell; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Trinity K. Collins; and sister, Elizabeth MIller. Funeral service was Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Wings of Deliverance Tabernacle Holiness Church, 2502 Fairfield Ave., with burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Arrangements were by D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com.
Cynthia Denise Collins was born Jan. 2, 1958 in Chicago to Nathaniel Townsend and the late Cardline Hatch Townsend. She was called to rest on Friday, July 18, 2014. Cynthia was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, auntie and friend. For many years she worked as a registered nurse for Provident Hospital in Chicago. Surviving are her husband, William D. Collins; sons, Frederick Collins, William N. Collins, Roy D. Collins and Malcolm Collins; her father, Nathaniel Roy Townsend; a brother, Perry Townsend and six grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Life was held Tuesday, July 22 at Ellis Funeral Home, 1021 E. Lewis St. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.
Erika Lynnette Houston was 41 years old when she passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Toledo, Ohio. She was born Dec. 25, 1972 in Fort Wayne to Vanessa Houston and Jerry Crawford. Erika joined Jerusalem Baptist Church at an early age and was baptized by the late Rev. Dr. Samuel Walker. She was involved in the Youth Choir and the Junior Nurses. She was a 1991 graduate of Wayne High School. Erika was previously employed as an administrative assistant at Sweetwater Sound. In 2001, she met the love of her life and relocated to Toledo. For the past 10 years Erika worked at Harbor Behavioral Healthcare as an Intake Specialist and was currently enrolled at Ashford University. Erika enjoyed making people laugh; she was “the life of the office” many of her co-workers have said. Her favorite color was green and she loved to shop, dance, interior decorate, “beat boxing” and spending time with her family. It was nothing for her to shoot up and down the highway for family events. She leaves to cherish her memories, her fiancé, Devian Phillips; children, KonSwayla Houston, Ashley Houston, Erikson Houston and Dejanique Phillips; father, Jerry Crawford; grandmother, Leona Walker; sisters, Nicole and LaKisha Houston, Antrinette Njenga, Angela Thomas and Carlie Crawford; brothers, Michael White of Minnesota and Dontrell Crawford, eight nieces, six nephews along with a host of other relatives and friends. Erika was preceded in death by her mother, Vanessa Houston-Hill and two uncles, Larry Houston and Roderick Houston. Funeral service was Saturday, July 19, at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Fort Wayne with burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.
Audrey Louise Knight, 56, died July 12, 2014. She was born Dec. 22, 1957. No services were held. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.
Elijah “E” Phillips, 77, of Fort Wayne, passed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Born June 25, 1937, in Marion, Ala., he was a son of Mary and Sam Phillips. He was a U.S. Army Korean veteran. “E” worked at Dana Spicer Production, Fort Wayne for 30-plus years. Surviving are daughter, Tonya (Wyman) Ashford; foster daughter, Chandra Fleming; sisters, Mary Babb and Hattie Dickerson; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores (Pickett) Phillips, in 1982. Service was Monday, July 21, 2014, at Nelson Memorial Gardens Inc., Arrangements were by Nelson Memorial Gardens Inc.
Charles Henry Pollard was born on Nov. 8, 1941 in Natchez, Miss., to Joe Pollard and Charlotte (King) Pollard. He departed this life, at the age of 72, early Sunday morning, July 20, 2014 at Summit City Nursing Facility after a lengthy battle trying to recover from a second stroke. Charles grew up in Natchez and attended St. Paul AME Church with his family. He moved to Fort Wayne after his brother Oliver and started working as a tire builder at BF Goodrich and retired after 26 years of service. He attended True Love Baptist Church while under the leadership of the late Rev. Jesse White, Sr. Charles was an avid bowler on several leagues. While growing up we had to watch bowling on TV along with the Andy Griffin Show. He also enjoyed playing pool back in the day. Charles was a great cook and could make cornbread that his grandchildren referred to as cake. Few knew he had a good singing voice. One time I had to do a lean back and look when I heard him singing in the kitchen. Charles was a loving father and grandfather and would do anything in the world for you regardless if you were family or not, if he had it you had it. Charles shared with his family his imperfections and most importantly his undying faith in God. I’ll miss our conversations. He loved his family and would light up with laughter when talking to his siblings. He was blessed with nieces that he thought of as daughters who cared for him respectfully. Before his illness, anyone that helped him can attest to how Dad would express his gratitude for whatever you did for him. He would always say how he appreciated everything. I would tell him, “Daddy you don’t have to thank us we “Love You!!” and I continued to tell him that on each visit. Charles had a sense of humor and kept his family laughing to tears at times. He will be greatly missed. The last thing I had the pleasure of saying to my father is, “I love you, but God Loves you best and that will always be true.” He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, Luella (McGill) and Ruby (Ratliff-Williams); four sisters, Charlotte Johnson, Margaret Johnson, Charity Dunbar and Dorothy Adams and two brothers, Joe Pollard Jr. and Oliver Pollard Sr. Charles leaves to cherish in memory a daughter, Pamela (John) McGee; a son, Charles (Ann) Frazier of Chicago, Illinois; three grandchildren, Byron “Dawaune” and Bria Hutchins and Amarion McGee; his remaining sister, Mary P. Little of Columbia, S.C., and a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Service was Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Greater Christ Temple, 2940 S. Anthony Blvd., with burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.
Gertie A. Ware was born Nov. 22, 1946 in Caruthersville, Miss., to the late Tommie and Gertrude Davis. She was the sixth of seven children born to this union. She transitioned from this life on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Indianapolis. She confessed her faith in Christ at an early age and joined the Church of God In Christ under Elder Jones, Later she joined the Shiloh Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Albert Walker. After relocating to Indianapolis to be cared for by her daughters Chandra and Kimberly, she joined Mount Vernon Community Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Christopher C. Armstrong. She united in holy matrimony to Willie Ware in 1962 and to this union two children were born, Chandra and Kimberly. Gertie was previously employed by Fort Wayne State School and Lincoln National Life Insurance Company. In 2009, she retired from the U.S. Post Office-Northwood Station after more than 30 years of service. Gertie was an avid fisher and skater. She loved cooking, traveling, shopping, keeping up with the latest fashions and pampering herself to manicures and pedicures. Above all she loved the Lord. She was very giving and always willing to help whenever needed. She enjoyed time well spent interacting with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gertie will be missed and never forgotten. She leaves her many memories, her daughters, Chandra R. Ware (Michael) Brown and Kimberly D. (Marcus) Dunbar; stepson, William (Jen) Ware; brothers, Charles (Debra) Davis, Tommie Davis Jr. and John (Eileen) Davis; brothers-in-law, Arthur Jr. (Marine) Ware and Bob Stevenson; sisters-in-law, Anne and Carol Ware; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by her husband, whom she loved dearly, Willie Ware who passed away seven months ago; one sister, Nina Jean Stevenson and three brothers, the Rev. Franklin Lee Davis, Oliver Davis and Alvin Davis. Service was Saturday, July 19, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, with burial in Covington Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.