Obituaries

Obituaries: November 26-December 2 Edition

Obituaries: November 26-December 2 Edition

| November 26, 2014

Henry Leon Byrd was born Jan. 6, 1939 in Fort Wayne to the late Charles and Bertha Byrd. A long and beautiful life came to an end on  Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was a U.S. veteran. He was  previously employed by International Harvester and retired from Holsum Bakery. Henry […]

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Obituaries: November 19-25 Edition

Obituaries: November 19-25 Edition

| November 20, 2014

Arthur Byrd Sr., 84, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy L. Byrd; children, Thelma Tabron, Arthur (Carol) Byrd Jr., Mattie (Eugene Jr.) Blackwell, British (Douglas Jr.) Jones, Darrell (Debra) Byrd, Bernadine Russell, Bernadette Lamaster, and Stacy Lemont (Rhonda) Byrd; brother, Tommie “Sonny” […]

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Obituaries: November 12-18 Edition

Obituaries: November 12-18 Edition

| November 12, 2014

Irene M. (Coates) Cheeley, 69, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. She was born April 9, 1945 in Fort Wayne. Surviving are her children, Laverne Coates, Laval Coates, Vance Lamb, and Jason Lamb; sister, Lillian Underwood. She was preceded in death by a son, Charles Lamb. Service was Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at East Chestnut […]

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Obituaries: November 5-11 Edition

Obituaries: November 5-11 Edition

| November 5, 2014

James Alton Gunder age 38 passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at home. As a native of  Fort Wayne, he graduated from Salvation Army ARC  and received his GED with honors in April 2002. He was previously employed in roofing, carpentry and auto repair. James enjoyed watching NASCAR and Jimmy Johnson.  He had an affinity for […]

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Urban League activist Jacqueline Patterson crosses over at 86

Urban League activist Jacqueline Patterson crosses over at 86

| November 3, 2014

FORT WAYNE—A Fort Wayne native who served the Urban League movement at the local, regional and national levels passed away recently in Fort Wayne. Jacqueline J. Patterson, who got her start in the movement at the Fort Wayne Urban League and, years later, retired as the executive director of the Milwaukee Urban League died Oct. […]

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Obituaries: October 29-November 5 Edition

Obituaries: October 29-November 5 Edition

| October 30, 2014

Benjamin B. Hunter, 44, formerly of Alabama, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Born Sept. 12, 1970, he was the son of Mary K. Hunter and Ben (Roxie) Hunter. He moved to Fort Wayne at a young age of three. Ben was the co-founder of Trinity Home […]

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Obituaries: October 22-28 Edition

Obituaries: October 22-28 Edition

| October 22, 2014

The Rev. Roy Lee Ayers, 76, completed his journey on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. Born Sept. 21, 1938, in Huntsville, Ala., he was a son of the late James and Narella Ayers. Roy accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and was an active member […]

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Geoffrey Holder: Death of a Renaissance man

Geoffrey Holder: Death of a Renaissance man

| October 17, 2014

By Herb Boyd Special to the NNPA NEW YORK (NNPA)—His voice arrived first, deep and sonorous, prefiguring a man of enormous life and vitality, and such was the often imposing but impressive visage and physique of Geoffrey Holder, who many remember mostly from his promotion of Seven-Up “Uncola” commercials. But, the multitalented Holder was much […]

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Obituaries: October 15-21 Edition

Obituaries: October 15-21 Edition

| October 15, 2014

Michael Gregory Brooks Sr.,  a native of  Fort Wayne, Indiana was born on February 9, 1954.  He departed this life  on  Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 at 60 years of age. He is survived by his wife of 31 years Deena (Brown) Brooks, three daughters Shanell (Mark) Lambert, Kimberly Brooks, Kelli (Brandon) Crawford; a son, Michael […]

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Journal Gazette editor, CANI pr coordinator passes away at 61

Journal Gazette editor, CANI pr coordinator passes away at 61

| October 14, 2014

FORT WAYNE—Pamela Heinecke Pellegrene, a longtime Journal Gazette copy editor, 61, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, after suffering a stroke two weeks earlier. Pellegrene worked for about 18 years at The Journal Gazette as a copy editor, copy desk chief, Sunday editor, assistant metro editor and assistant features editor. She then served as public relations […]

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