Franklin Chandler, 80, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the Hospice Home. He was a native of Marion, Ala., and attended Lincoln High School while in Marion. He was a United States Army veteran serving in the Korean War and retired from General Electric Company. Franklin was a member of Faith United Methodist Church where he served as a Trustee. Surviving are his wife, Alma J. Chandler of Fort Wayne; daughters, A. Gwen Earley, Vivian M. Chandler-Daniels both of Fort Wayne and Teresa Chandler-Green of South Bend, Ind.; sisters, Rose Sanders of Chicago, Emma Thomas of Marion, Ala., Lunette Crockett of Chicago, Illinois, Atline Caldwell of Fort Wayne and Lottie Love Marion, Ala.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Caroline Chandler, two sisters, Katherine Chandler and Mary Louise Chandler and two brothers, Lovelace Chandler and John Lloyd Chandler. Franklin will be laid to rest in Marion National Cemetery following the service. Service was Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Faith United Methodist Church, 207 E. Dewald Ave., with burial in Marion National Cemetery. Send condolences at www.ellisfh.com. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.
Bertha Mae Conley died on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. She was born on Oct. 18, 1925. Service was Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Old Landmark C.O.G.I.C. Arangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.
Mary Lee Spann departed this life while reading God’s word on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Born July 31, 1934, in Marion Ala., she was the daughter of the late John Alfred Span and Lillie Jean Span. After the passing of her husband, Ben Brown, she became the sole provider of the family. She confessed Jesus as her Lord and Savior and was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Michael A. Griffin. Although her health was failing, she never lost faith in God. “She would always minister God’s word to her children, grandchildren and others about getting their house in order. For no one knows the hour in which God will call you home. Mary was a compassionate, loving and giving mother.” She loved her family, reading, working crossword puzzles, listening to gospel music, cooking and sharing God’s word. She was known for saying: “Let me tell you this one last thing and I’ll let you go,” and that one last thing would turn into another hour conversation. However, she was a joy to talk to as well as listen to. She leaves to cherish her memory daughters, Glorita (Danny) Christensen, Kathy Dunning, Gwendolyn (Joseph) Nikolaenko, Terrie Brown-Smith, Jacqueline Brown, and Mary Whitley; sons, Benny (Fonda), James and Tirrell Brown; 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Eddie Clancy; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was also preceded in death by son, Aubrey Brown; grandson, Elgin Brown; brothers, Johnny Span, Nathaniel Span, Lee Andrew Perry, James Perry, David Span and Robert Span; and sisters, Lula Paige and Lenna Freeman. Funeral service was Friday, May 30 at Greater Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 2111 Edsall Ave., with burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements wereby Ellis Funeral Home.
Ruth Elizabeth (Hatton) Williams, 94, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014, at Hospice Home. Born June 11, 1919, to Robert and Kathyrine Hatton in Columbia, Mo., she accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized. In March 1952, she married Joseph J. Williams and they relocated to Fort Wayne in July 1952. Ruth united with True Love Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Jesse White. She was employed by Trolley Bar for 20 years and worked as a Nurses Aide until retiring in 1981. After retirement, she still continued to work as a home health aide. Surviving are her daughter, Patti J. Williams; god-daughter, Donna Scott; caregiver and honorary son, Michael W. Brookshire; and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Ida Mae Harvey; and former husband, Joseph J. Williams. Graveside service was Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery-Maumee. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home. Send condolences at www.ellisfh.com.