A. McKee dies
Former Yellow Springs Police Chief James A. McKee died on Saturday, Jan.
18, in his residence. He was 73.
Born March 23, 1929, in London, Ky., he was the son of Russell and Alberta
The end of his 36-year career with the Village Police Department was celebrated
at a banquet where Mike DeWine, then Ohios lieutenant governor,
read a proclamation from George Voinovich, then the
governor of Ohio. Attendees included representatives from the Ohio Association
of Chiefs of Police, Fraternal Order of Police, National Organization
of Black Law Enforcements and local community leaders.
A plaque commemorating McKees leadership and humane philosophies
was placed in the lobby of the Bryan Community Center.
Chief McKees many accomplishments included: first black chief of
police of a majority community in the United States; first black instructor
at the Greene County Law Enforcement Academy; ordained deacon of the First
Baptist Church of Yellow Springs and former trustee and church clerk;
member of First Baptist Church Mens Chorus; charter member of the
Jaycees of Yellow Springs; trustee of the Yellow Springs Senior Citizens
board; member of the Fraternal Order of Police; past president of the
Greene County Law Enforcement Association; member of the Ohio Association
of Chiefs of Police; member of International Association of Chiefs of
Police; member of National Organization of Black Law Enforcements; district
representative of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to the Ohio
Police Officers Training Academy. He was also a member of the National
Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), director of the Buckeye
Chapter 23 INC of the NAWCC from 1993 to 1995, qualified shoe cobbler,
Counselor Explorer Scouts and founder of Yellow Springs Mens Group.
His hobbies included antique clock and watch collecting, coin collecting,
bowling and computers. He was a member of the Yellow Springs Community
Foundation, the Village Cable Advisory Panel and the Yellow Springs Investment
Club. He was also a board member of the Leadership Institute of Yellow
He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather, Tip Mays, and
two brothers, Edwin Herman and Allen Hunter Mays.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, Naomi McKee;
four daughters, Bari McKee-Teamor of Cleveland Heights, Karen S. McKee
of Alexandria, Va., Jean McKee of Loveland and Sandra McKee-Smith of Yellow
Springs; one son, James L. McKee of Xenia; five grandchildren, Victoria
Parks Thornton, Toussaint Peter Teamor, Julian Cabral Teamor, Rhyan Ashleigh
Smith and Ricardo Benjamin Teamor II; one great-grandson, Triston Toussaint
Teamor; four sisters, Janet M. Mays, Shirley Gladney, Beverly Ann Norfleet
and her husband, Larry, and Sheila D. Mays, all of Springfield; two brothers
and sisters-in-law, Fredrick Leroy and Marcia Mays and Clarence Douglas
and Emma Mays, all of Dayton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and
Funeral services were held this morning (Thusday) at the First Baptist
Church, with the Rev. James Nooks officiating.
Donations in Chief McKees memory may be made to the James A. McKee
Scholarship Fund of the Yellow Springs Mens Group, P.O. Box 263,
Yellow Springs, Ohio, 45387-0263.
The final tribute is a service of the Porter-Qualls Funeral Home.
Oscar L. Stewart of Springfield died on Friday, Jan. 17, in Community
Hospital in Springfield. He was 73.
Born Nov. 25, 1929, in Florence Ala., he was the son of William and Eula
Mae (Ford) Stewart.
He was employed by Vernay Laboratories. He was a lodge member of Knights
of Pythias, member of Sultan Temple No. 5, vice president of Union Local
771 and a member of the Elks.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Walta Momen, and
one brother, Robert Parker.
He is survived by his wife, Cinda A. Stewart; daughters and son-in-law,
Linda S. Saddlewhite of Pittsburgh, Bettie A. Stewart of Dayton and Melissa
L. and Brett Kelley of Springfield; and son, Kevin D. Jackson of Yellow
Springs; sister Lillian Thompson of Pittsburgh; nine grandchildren, six
great-grandchildren, two nephews, Barry Thompson and Garry Thompson, both
of Detroit; cousin, Lillie Wilson, of Indianapolis; and a host of cousins
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, with burial following
in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
Lester R. Sidenstick of Xenia died Sunday, Jan. 19, in his residence.
He was 91.
Born in Beavercreek on Jan. 24, 1911, he was the son of George and Lillian
He worked for Dewine Hamma Seed Company until 1954. He and his wife, Frances,
owned and operated Homemakers Garden Center in Yellow Springs from 1956
He was a member of First Church of Christ in Fairborn.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances (Brannum) Sidenstick, on
July 23, 2001.
He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Esther and Gene Pierson
of Xenia; grandchildren, Heather and John Hochstettler, Kimberly and John;
great-grandchildren, Richard, Toran Shon, Madalynn Grace, Geneva Mae,
Raegan Celeste Hochstettler and Christopher Salmons.
Private services will be held with burial in Byron Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Clinton County, 61 East
Main Street, Wilmington, OH 45177.
Melissa Kay Mossbarger of Xenia died unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 18,
in Springfield. She was 34.
Born July 2, 1968, in Xenia, she was the daughter of Sherman and Blanche
(Davis) Horsley of Jamestown.
She worked at The Antioch Company.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ricky Horsley in 1991 and Floyd
Allen Horsley in 2002.
She is survived by her husband, James W. Mossbarger, whom she married
Feb. 2, 1992; her parents; son, Nathan E. Spurgeon Jr. of Jamestown; daughter,
Jessica Mossbarger of Xenia; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanette and
Roy Meadows of Reesville, Anna and William Shoemaker of Xenia, Kristi
Horsley of Jamestown; brothers and sisters-in-law, Chris and Lori Horsley
of Wilmington, Larry and Gina Horsley, Phillip and Patty Horsley, Sherman
and Heather Horsley Jr., all of Xenia; mother-in-law, Evelyn Marshall
of Xenia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John and Debbie Mossbarger
of Fairborn, Jamie and Ronnie Pitzer of Xenia, Bill and Debbie Slone of
Indiana; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the McColaugh Funeral
Home in Xenia with burial in the Silvercreek (New) Cemetery in Jamestown.
Donna J. (Fassett) Kleman of Yellow Springs died Tuesday, Jan. 14, in
Friends Care Community. She was 69.
Born Oct. 24, 1933, in Johnstown, Pa., she was the daughter of the late
Robert and Kathryn A. (Goodman) Fassett.
She was a member of the Church of Christ in Woodburn, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Dewey Adams.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Wendy L. and Daniel
Allen of Fairborn, Kathleen and Ron Williams of Fort Wayne, Ind., and
Roberta Kleman of Alaska; two sons and daughter-in-law, Charles Kleman
Jr. and Carin Cole, and Bruce Kleman, all of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 12 grandchildren,
four great-grandchildren and other family members and friends.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Belton Funeral
Home in Fairborn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or
to the Friends Care Community.
Clarence M. Kelley of Springfield died Friday, Jan. 17, in Mercy Medical
Center in Springfield. He was 72.
Born Oct. 17, 1930, in Springfield, he was the twin son of William A.
Kelley and Lucinda (Morgan) Kelley.
A member of New North Street A.M.E. Church, he formerly served on the
trustee board of Ronez Manor and the executive board of the Center Street
YMCA. He was the former president of the NAACP, a member of the Colored
Mens Council and helped organize the Springfield Youth Club. He
was an associate member of the Bluefield State College Alumni Association.
Kelley and his twin brother, Charles, were the first black drivers and
salesmen for Donahue and Hankel Distributors, where he was employed for
He was a former employee of Eagle Beverage, Fisher Beverage, Lee Coy Distributing
Company and the first black district salesman for Falstaff Brewery. He
managed a beverage dock in Yellow Springs and Springfield. His last place
of employment was Elderly United.
An avid sports fan, he enjoyed football and baseball. He also participated
on several softball teams.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul, James and Rick,
and sister May Baker.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Carmen V. and Robert Corlew
of Springfield; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles P. and Christine
Kelley of Algonquin, Ill., and Bruce M. and Cyndie Kelley of Springfield;
a loyal, devoted friend and mother of his children, Constance M. Kelley
of Springfield; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters,
Anna E. Browning and Betty L. Johnson of Springfield and Dorothy J. Martin
of Dayton; two brothers and sister-in-law, the Rev. Robert W. Kelley of
Cleveland and Charles P. and Dorothy Kelley of Springfield; and a host
of other family members.
Visitation will be held today (Thursday), Jan. 23, 18 p.m., with
the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Porter-Qualls Funeral Home,
Springfield Chapel. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m.,
in the New North Street A.M.E. Church, 901 South Center Street, with burial
following in Ferncliff Cemetery.
Hercules Hensley of Xenia died Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Greene Oaks Health
Center. He was 93.
Born on Nov. 15, 1909, in Kentucky, he was the son of Noah and Myrtle
He was a member of United A.M.E. Church in Xenia and an avid sports fan.
He was a mechanic foreman at Central State University.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Juanita V. (Moore)
Hensley in 1989; sisters, Ella Hensley and Ruth Watson; nephew Marvin
Booker Sr.; and great-niece Debra Ann Booker.
He is survived by his son, Cyrus Cordell Hensley of Xenia; friend Melva
Stills; nieces and nephew, Sue Booker of Xenia and Frances and Joe Lewis
of Yellow Springs; great-niece Gwen Booker of Xenia; nephew Troy Marks
of Xenia; great-nephew, Marvin Booker Jr.; great-great-nieces and nephews
and several other extended family members and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 17, at United A.M.E. Church in
Xenia. Burial was at Valley View Memorial Gardens in Xenia.
Margaret Goodson of Yellow Springs died Friday, Jan. 17, in Community
Hospital in Springfield. She was 96.
Born Dec. 8, 1906, in Yellow Springs, she was the daughter of James and
Pearl Benning Gudgel.
She received her education at the Dayton Street School. She was baptized
in April 1923 at First Baptist Church.
She retired from Vernay Laboratories after 19 years of service. She was
a member of the First Baptist Church, where she was a member of the church
choir, culture club and senior citizens center.
Goodson married Louis Goodson on Aug. 24, 1929, in Dayton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters and
She is survived by her daughter, Marguerite Joyce Goodson, and stepdaughter
Constance Steward and her husband, James, of Hillsboro; one niece, two
nephews, grandnieces and nephews, great- grandnieces and nephews and a
host of cousins and friends.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the First Baptist Church,
with burial following in Glen Forest Cemetery.
Georgia L. Givens of New Carlisle died Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Friends
Care Community. She was 87.
Born Jan. 8, 1916, in Belington, W.Va., she was the daughter of Charles
and Francis (Good) Champ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Grant, in 1979;
her son Larry in 1987; four brothers and four sisters.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law William and Martha of Enon;
sister Helen Mercer of Anacortes, Wash.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m., at Christ Chapel
in Springfield. Her remains will be cremated.