Tag: obituary

Former sheriff’s deputy, city supervisor Eddie Singleton crosses over at 87

Former sheriff’s deputy, city supervisor Eddie Singleton crosses over at 87

| September 9, 2016

HAZLEHURST, Miss.—Eddie Lee Singleton, 87, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed on to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Hazlehurst, Miss. Singleton a member of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church and its choir. A long-time employee of the City of Fort Wayne, who worked in various supervisory […]

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La Margarita loses faithful family member Daniel Ochoa at 58

La Margarita loses faithful family member Daniel Ochoa at 58

| August 2, 2016

FORT WAYNE—One of the city’s culinary institutions lost one of its core members recently. Daniel O. Ochoa, known to most in the community as “Dannny,” passed away Monday, July 25, at the age pf 58. Born in Fort Wayne, where he was a lifelong resident, Ochoa was the son of the late Pantaleon Jr. and […]

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Political pioneer, community servant Gertrude M. Smith transistions at 86

Political pioneer, community servant Gertrude M. Smith transistions at 86

| July 20, 2016

FORT WAYNE—The city lost one its pionering political figures recently. Family reported that the Lord called called well-known political activist Gertrude M. Smith home on Friday, July 1, 2016 surrounded by her family. On Oct. 21, 1929, Sarah Jane Mitchell was born to Martha Page Campbell and Willie Mitchell in Marion, Alabama. Her name later […]

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Renowned poet, writer, genealogist Gladys Ophelia Mitchell Wilson crosses over

Renowned poet, writer, genealogist Gladys Ophelia Mitchell Wilson crosses over

| July 18, 2016

FORT WAYNE—The Summit City is lost one of its most colorful voices with the passing of Gladys Ophelia Mitchell Wilson, July 13, at age 85. Wilson was born May 25, 1931 to Scott and Alberta (Fletcher) Mitchell in West Bend, Kentucky. Raised in the A.M.E. tradition, her earliest years were shaped by joining the Pine […]

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Church elder, former Stars of Glory member Roosevelt Carlisle crosses over at 65

Church elder, former Stars of Glory member Roosevelt Carlisle crosses over at 65

| July 4, 2016

FORT WAYNE—Devoted man of God and renowned gospel singer Elder Roosevelt Carlisle departed this life peacefully at 5:45 p.m., on Monday, June 20 at home surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer. He was 65. Born on December 7, 1950 in Newbern, Alabama, Carlisle dedicated his life to Jesus at an early age […]

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Renowned sports agent, businessman, local icon Eugene Parker

Renowned sports agent, businessman, local icon Eugene Parker

| April 13, 2016

Eugene Parker, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Born Feb. 24, 1956, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Fletcher Stephens and Jessie Parker. In his early years, he attended Concordia High School where he was a star basketball player and a two-time Allen County Player of the Year. He set a sectional-record […]

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Local civic, political leader Walter Paul Helmke crosses over at 88

Local civic, political leader Walter Paul Helmke crosses over at 88

| January 25, 2016

Father of former Mayor Paul Helmke served in numerous public posts FORT WAYNE—The city lost one of its well-known political leaders last week. Walter Paul Helmke, 88, of Angola, Ind., formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at his home on Lake James surrounded by three generations of descendants. Born […]

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Mattie Shade crosses over at 85

Mattie Shade crosses over at 85

| January 20, 2016

FORT WAYNE—Mattie Louise Shade, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 surrounded by her family. Born on April 7, 1930, in Holly Springs, Miss.,  She was the first daughter born to Jessie and Roxie Bowen. Mattie Louise was an active member of Pilgrim Baptist Church and, for years, the owner/operator of Shade’s Beauty […]

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Bishop Melvin Bolden crosses over at 63

Bishop Melvin Bolden crosses over at 63

| November 25, 2015

FORT WAYNE—Bishop Melvin Bolden, 63, a faithful servant of God, was called home on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital. Born Aug. 23, 1952, in Mobile, Ala., he was called to the Christian ministry in 1979 and faithfully served as Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Deliverance Cathedral for 26 years. As Bishop, he implemented a number […]

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Well-known musician, Thomas ‘Socrates’ Brown crosses over at 71

Well-known musician, Thomas ‘Socrates’ Brown crosses over at 71

| October 17, 2015

FORT WAYNE—One of the city’s most versatile musicians made his transition recently. Thomas “Socrates” Brown, 71, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Born in Fort Wayne, Brown was one a family of talented and well-known area family of musicians, which includes his brothers Ted, Donald “Don,” Richard “Dick” and James “Jim as well as nephews […]

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