Obituaries

Former Fort Wayne Black Expo Chair Mel Smith passes on at 75

Former Fort Wayne Black Expo Chair Mel Smith passes on at 75

| January 6, 2017

SUWANEE, Georgia—A former Fort Wayne public figure passed on recently, leaving behind a legacy of service in his home city. Melvin “Mel” O’Neil Smith, 75, departed this life peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Suwanee, Georgia. Born April 13, 1941, the son of Herman and Ezel A. Smith, Melvin Smith was a long time resident […]

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Obituraries: January 4-10, 2017 Edition

Obituraries: January 4-10, 2017 Edition

| January 4, 2017

Alice Mae Minniefield, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at New Haven Genesis Healthcare at 4:05 am. She was born August 16, 1935 in Fort Wayne to the late Eugene and Claudia (Buggs) Blevins. She retired in 2000, after 38 years, from the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center as a recreational […]

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Obituaries: December 28, 2016-January 3, 2017 Edition

Obituaries: December 28, 2016-January 3, 2017 Edition

| December 28, 2016

Ronald Lee Bradley, 58 died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

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Obituaries: December 21-27, 2-16 Edition

Obituaries: December 21-27, 2-16 Edition

| December 21, 2016

William Easterly IV, 73, departed this life at home with family at his side on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

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Pioneeering community entrepreneur Mondie Peggins crosses over

Pioneeering community entrepreneur Mondie Peggins crosses over

| December 15, 2016

FORT WAYNE—The community lost one of its iconic entrepreneurs earlier this this month. Mondie Peggins Jr., 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7 at home. A native of Brownstation, Alabama, Peggins worked at the VA Medical Center for many years. But, he perhaps was best known throughout the community as owner and operator […]

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Beloved musician Thomas O. Brigham passes away at 63

Beloved musician Thomas O. Brigham passes away at 63

| December 13, 2016

FORT WAYNE—The sounds of silence sadly have replaced the voice of one of the community’s beloved musicians. Thomas O. Brigham, 63, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at Parkview Regional Medical Center. A native of Indianapolis, Brigham retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad but continued to serve the community as an employee of Audiences Unlimited for […]

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Obituaries: December 7-13, 2016 Edition

Obituaries: December 7-13, 2016 Edition

| December 7, 2016

Martha “Sandy” Graham-White 69, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at home surrounded by her loved ones.

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Young high school hoops star Peytin India Chamble passes away at 17

Young high school hoops star Peytin India Chamble passes away at 17

| November 30, 2016

FORT WAYNE—The Summit City is mourning the loss of one of its youth bright lights with the passing of a local high school basketball star, Peytin India Chamble. Peytin India Chamble, was born on January 29, 1999 in Des Moines, Iowa to Rodney  and Tyjuana  Chamble.  She was a senior at Snider High School in […]

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Obituaries: November 23-29, 2016 Edition

Obituaries: November 23-29, 2016 Edition

| November 23, 2016

David A. Carnes was honored with a memorial service Thursday, Nov. 17 at Carmichael Funeral Service Inc. Mary M. Gaston, she answered the Lord’s call on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Born Sept. 21, 1931, in Clarks dale, Miss., she was the only child of the late Lewis and Sarah Williams. She was a homemaker for many […]

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Noted educator, education advocate Dr. Ernest K. Starks transitions at 57

Noted educator, education advocate Dr. Ernest K. Starks transitions at 57

| November 23, 2016

FORT WAYNE—The nation lost a revered educator and community figure when Fort Wayne native son Dr. Ernest Kent Starks made his transition on Nov. 4. He was 57. Affectionately known as “Ernie,” was a loving son, devoted father, brother, realize and friend. Born Jan. 1, 1959, Starks made his mark on the history books early […]

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