June 5, 2003
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Dotty Lee Thomas

Dotty Lee Thomas of Urbana died Saturday, May 31, in Mercy Medical Center. She was 80.

She was born July 13, 1922, in Springfield, the daughter of Harry and Helen (Florence) Lewis. She attended the Springfield public schools and graduated from high school in 1940. After high school, she was employed by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a clerk-typist, an offset printer at Gentile Air Force Base and as a compositor at Modern Artcraft Printing Company. During this time, she also worked in her father’s printing shop, Lewis and Son Printing Company, which specialized in job printing.

Mrs. Thomas also worked at the Yellow Springs News as a compositor for a number of years. She then joined the Springfield News-Sun to work as a proofreader and a linotype operator. She later returned to the Yellow Springs News as a compositor and linotype operator, retiring in 1979.

She met and married William N. Thomas in the early 1960s and moved to Urbana.

Mrs. Thomas was a member of Jerusalem Second Baptist Church. She loved her church family and served as organist. Prior to joining Jerusalem, she was affiliated with St. Paul A.M.E. Church. She had one of her poems, “Thank You, Lord,” published in A Celebration of Poets showcase edition. She loved to paint and play bridge and bingo.

She was a member of the Retirement Set, Senior Citizens Bridge and the Springfield chapter of Links. For many years, she was a volunteer at Mercy Memorial Hospital and was a bingo caller at the McAuley Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Harry L. Lewis II.

She is survived by her husband, William Thomas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James W. and Betty Lewis and Harry Jr. and Stella Lewis; nieces and nephews, Lenese and Anthony Stephens, Ronald and Sharon Lewis and Denese Lewis; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of friends.

A gathering of family and friends will be held today (Thursday), 2–4 p.m., in the Littleton & Rue Funeral Home in Urbana. Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Friday) 10 a.m., in the Jerusalem Second Baptist Church, 1036 South High Street in Urbana, with the Rev. Joel King officiating. Burial will be in Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield.


‘Kitty’ Barron

Rosalie Anne “Kitty” Barron of Xenia died Wednesday night, May 28, at Hospice of Dayton. She was 78.

She was born Oct. 26, 1924, in Dayton, the daughter of Harley J. Riber Sr. and Bertha Leona Snell.

She attended Dayton and Osborn (Fairborn) schools. She worked for Leland Electric during World War II, and for the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Exchange as an assistant department manager until she retired. She was a member of the Dayton Chapter of Mended Hearts and the Old Timers Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Myrna Lee “Tudy” Neece; and two brothers, Robert C. and Richard L. Riber.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, William Barron; sons and daughters-in-law, William P. Barron Jr. of Xenia, Philip W. and Pam Barron of Springfield and David M. and Betty Lou Barron of Yellow Springs; one daughter, Linda Sue Campbell of Xenia; one sister, Lois Jean Henry of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harley J. and Lucille Riber Jr. of Largo, Fla., and Kenneth D. and Sherry Riber of Fairborn; her uncle, Dell Lowrie of Vandalia; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous step-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 2, at the Newcomer-Farley Funeral Home in Dayton. Burial followed at Byron Cemetery in Fairborn.


Charles Boase

Charles Albert Boase of Marianna, Fla., died Friday, April 11, at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Fla. He was 76.

He was born in Cedarville and had lived in the Panama City area for the last 30 years.

Mr. Boase was the former owner and operator of Boase Manufacturing Company, designing and building Bo-Man truck covers and slide-in campers. He was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Kynesville, Fla., and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Boase of Marianna; his children, Luna Running Wolf of Yellow Springs, Kristi Pulkowski of Tampa, Fla., Christa Phillips of Pulaski, N.Y., Karen Santiago of Oklahoma City, Sandra Litts of Panama City, Marry Harris of Syracuse, N.Y., Charles Deaton of Panama City and Michael Deaton of Syracuse; a sister, Norma Garcia of Walnut Creek, Calif.; brothers, Wilmer Boase of Dayton and Robert Boase of Fairfield, Calif; and six granddaughters and five grandsons.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 16, at the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Interment followed at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.