Obituaries: May 7-13 Edition

| May 7, 2014

Gregory MartinGregory Dean Martin Jr. was born on November 4, 1982 in San Antonio, Texas to Linda Teresa (Garrett) Martin and Gregory Dean Martin Sr. He confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Union Baptist Church.  Gregory was active in the children’s choir, youth choir and youth usher board.  His primary education and religious instruction was under the guidance of the Zion Lutheran Church and School, the same school his father attended, and he was confirmed in the eighth grade.  While attending Zion, Greg played football, basketball and also served as the youth group president for a season.  He loved football!  Gregory participated on the South Side High School team until his heath began to fail but he always loved the NFL. Gregory maintained academic excellence from an early age graduating from Zion Lutheran School, South Side High School and Ivy Tech Community College obtaining an Associate of Science in Business degree. He was employed with Anthony Wayne Services (AWS) until he could no longer safely work in the facility.  Turnstone Center for Children & Adults with Disabilities provided an outlet for Gregory in their Adult Day Program and he continued in his love of sports by joining the Bocce team where he excelled in tournaments winning several awards across the Midwest. Greg was a faithful member of the Union Baptist Church for 26 years until he joined his mom at the Good Hope Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Dan Garrette Sr. and Willie Martin.  In addition to his parents, Gregory is survived by his brother, Brandon D. Martin, nieces, Opal Madison Marie and Vivica Renee, grandparents, Mary E. Garrett and Nancy (Ebbie) Clark, aunts Danella Hicks, Evelyn Garrett and Radafay Martin, uncles Dan (Taneya) Garrett Jr., Michael Garrett and Dana (Emily) Martin, many great-aunts and uncles along with a host of other relatives and friends.

drewery,quinleyQuinley Monroe Drewery, eight months, passed away on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Quinley was the happiest and most vocal baby in the whole world. “She was so loved and we will miss her very much.” She is survived by her parents, Onnie Miguel and Danielle Lea Drewery of Fort Wayne; grandparents, Bruce O. and Terry S. Gattshall of Van Wert, Ohio; grandparents, Onnie M. and Edelmira “Mimi” Drewery of Fort Wayne; great-grandmother, Ireta A. Hutchison of Van Wert; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Phillip “Bruce” Gorman; great-grandfather, Don O. Hutchison; great-grandparents, Morris R. and Mary Jean Gorman; great-grandparents, Nick and Sadie Drewery; and great-grandparents, Eugenio and Angelina Torres. Funeral service was Friday, May 2, 2014, at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave., with burial in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to the family c/o Danielle Drewery. Arrangements were by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave. To sign the online guestbook, visit

james,earline2 M. James blessed this world with her existence to proud parents, Wyoma (Day) and Ruffus Shannon on April 27, 1924 in  Helena, Ark.  She departed this life in the comfort of her home with family at her side and ascended to Heaven on Monday, April 14, 2014. She accepted Christ early in life and was baptized. Earline worked many years as a psychiatric attendant at Fort Wayne State Developmental Center and later retired. Earline was preceded in death by her mother, Wyoma Day Robinson, father, Ruffus Shannon, grandmother, Matilda Calland, a sister, Alma Wright, a daughter, Donita James, her grandchildren, Kieta Lamb, Keysha James and a great grandchild, Keiara D. Sanders. She leaves to cherish many loving memories, her children, Patsy A. (Curtis) Brown,  Roy L. James, Deborah L. Draughn, Marvin E. James, Belinda C. (Dennis) Lamb,  David L. (Marilyn) James Jr., Donna K. James, Sandra R. James, Rickey D. James Sr., Denise S. (Gerry) Tyler and  Rhoda E. (Maurice) Lyons; 36 grandchildren, 90 great grandchildren, 12 great great-grandchildren along with host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Service was Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2340 Fairfield Ave., with burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Arrangements were by Ellis Funeral Home.

williams,ganoGano “Pete” Williams Sr., passed away on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Funeral service was Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Antioch Baptist Church, Muncie, with burial in Beech Grove Cemetery.  Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.

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