June 19, 2003




Bertha Mae Acton
Bertha Mae (Warwick) Acton died on Tuesday, June 10, in Friends Care Community. She was 94.

She was born on Jan. 10, 1909, in Lebanon, the daughter of J.W. and Esther (Lowry) Warwick. She resided in Lebanon until 1924, then moved to Xenia, where she lived from 1924 to 1934.

She was a member of the Yellow Springs United Methodist Church and a former member of Miami Grange in Yellow Springs.

On Dec. 23, 1934, she married Robert E. Acton Jr. of Yellow Springs.

She lived in Yellow Springs since 1934, living on South College Street, North College Street and on the Acton Farm on Fairfield Pike, from 1946 until 1998.

In recent years, she resided at Friends Care. Her last weekend, Mrs. Acton attended her 77th Lowry family reunion at John Bryan State Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Robert Acton Jr., who died in 1981; three sisters, Mildred, Hazel and Mary; one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.

She is survived by five children and their spouses, Nancy and Harold Blackwood of Springfield, Dr. Robert W. and Dollie Acton of Plattesville, Wis., Ralph and Melanie Acton of Yellow Springs, Becky and Al Shill of Dayton and Mary Frances and Condie Robbins of Kettering; two sisters, Gene Darner of Yellow Springs and Alice Warwick of Bradenton, Fla.; grandchildren, Sharon and Curt Saunders of Prior Lake, Minn., Robin and George Nevole of Crystal, Minn., Dr. Robert and Melissa Acton of Eagan, Minn., Donald Acton of Houston, Glen and Kathleen Blackwood of Rockford, Mich., Ruth and Mike Lee of Springfield, Donna and Paul Evans of Enon, Diane and Eric Johnson of Beavercreek, Debbie and Tony Benton of Amesville, David Acton of Yellow Springs, Amy and Todd McCormick of Bellefontaine, Gary and Carey Shill of New Bern, N.C., Rob Schamel of Centerville, Theresa and Paul Staffan of Waynesville and Ted Wabler of New York City; 22 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held Friday, June 13, at the Yellow Springs United Methodist Church. Donations in Bertha’s name may be made to the Yellow Springs United Methodist Church, 212 South Winter Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387 or Friends Care Community, 150 East Herman Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387. Jackson Lytle & Ingling Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Mary Kennedy
Mary Winifred (Clawson) Kennedy died Sunday, June 15, at Springfield’s Mercy Medical Center, following surgery for a brain tumor discovered only a few days earlier. She was 87.

Mary was born in McConnelsville on Feb. 28, 1916, the daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Campbell) Clawson. The family moved to Zanesville shortly thereafter.

In 1940 Mary moved to Columbus, where she worked for 10 years as a seed analyst for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In 1950 she moved to Yellow Springs when she married Lloyd Webster Kennedy.

Throughout her life in Yellow Springs, Mary was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon, a member of the Women’s Association and church choir, and as a Sunday school teacher. In addition, she was active in the Yellow Springs Library Association and as a member of and driver for the Yellow Springs Senior Center.

In 1982 and for the next 20 years, Mary assisted her husband with project development for the Yellow Springs Tree Committee.

She had a great love for this community and its citizens.

Mary is survived by Lloyd and their son, Todd, and his wife, Dr. Rebecca Andre; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dr. Theodore and Jean Kennedy; their daughters, Ann Kennedy and Gail Iverstine; as well as a number of distant cousins.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church.

Hartley F. Dailey
Hartley F. Dailey died on Wednesday, June 11, at Mercy Medical Center. He was 93.

He was born Dec. 7, 1909, in Milton, W.Va., the son of the late Grover and Jessie (Wood) Dailey.

He was a graduate of Cedarville High School, and worked as a letter carrier with the Springfield post office for 38 years, retiring in 1965. He was a rural carrier during the last several years of his career.

He was a published writer of poetry and short stories. His most famous short story was “The Red Mittens,” first published in 1962 in Sunshine Magazine and republished over the years in several other publications. It was also read by Howard Chamberlain on WLW 700 radio for several years on Christmas, along with his poem “Prayer for a Son.” His most recent work, “Overnight Guest” was published in Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul.

Mr. Dailey was a member of Emery Chapel and Heritage Fellowship Church. He was a member of the Springfield Writers Club, The National Rural Letter Carriers Association and The Ohio Rural Letter Carriers Association.

He was a devoted husband, wonderful father, consummate gardener, talented woodworker, an avid reader and simple man happy with simple things.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Lillian (Furay), and a brother, the Rev. Kenneth Dailey.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Patricia Dailey of St. Paul, Minn.; daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and Jack Staberg of Oxford and Nancy and Keith Brodbeck of Huber Heights; one brother, Grover H. Dailey of Clifton; two sisters, Margaret Spaid of Xenia and Jessie White of Fairborn; and 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 14, at the Conroy Funeral Home, with burial following in Enon Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society.

David Spurgeon
David William Spurgeon of Cedarville died Saturday, June 14, at Greene Memorial Hospital. He was 59.

He was born on Jan. 19, 1944, in Cedarville, the son the Charles Robert and Janie Belle Jacobs Spurgeon.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He retired from Morris Bean & Company and lived most of his life in Cedarville.

Mr. Spurgeon was preceded in death by his parents; sister Norma Mae; brother, Carroll (Bud); and a nephew, William Spurgeon.

He is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Leah June Spurgeon of Cedarville and M. Phyllis and John Ernst of Xenia; his friend Ethel Menard of Cedarville; sister-in-law, Bertha Spurgeon; three nephews, five nieces and several great-nieces and great nephews.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, June 18, at the Victory Life Christian Center in Xenia, with burial in the VA National Cemetery in Dayton. Neeld Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.