Bertha M. Harris of Xenia died on Thursday, March 20, in her residence.
She was 92.
She was born March 19, 1911, in Xenia, the daughter of George Corbett
and Martha Brown.
Ms. Harris was a member of the Middle Run Baptist Church, where she served
most of her life. During her later years she attended Church of Jesus
Worship Center and Bethel Apostolic Temple.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, John A. Thomas
and Oran Harris Sr.; one sister, Rosa Williford; three brothers, Lawson,
Monroe and Leroy Corbett; one son, Phillip Thomas; four stepchildren,
Alice Jackson, Phyllis Robinson, Oran Harris Jr. and William Harris.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, John A. and Anne Thomas
of Springfield; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra K. and Stanley Hudson
of Corona, Calif., and Joan E. and Steve Moore of Xenia; two stepchildren
and their spouses, Dale and Judy Harris of Yellow Springs and Ronald and
Sue Harris of Las Vegas; one sister-in-law, Velma Corbett of Xenia; 19
grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren
and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 26, at Bethel Temple with
burial in Cherry Grove Cemetery in Xenia. Final tributes are a service
of the Porter-Qualls Funeral Home.
Jeanne P. Lawson of Yellow Springs died Monday, March 24, in Greene Oaks
Care Center. She was 79.
Born Aug. 27, 1923, in Springfield, she was the daughter of Gibson and
Georgia (Kennedy) Arnold.
Mrs. Lawson retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where she served
as a logistics manager.
She was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, where she served
on the Willing Workers. She was a member of the Senior Choir, Mass Choir
and the Retirement Set, membership chairwoman. She was also a member of
the Greene County Culture Club and an avid bowler.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Nathaniel Lawson;
one son, Gerald Lawson; one sister, Lucy Perry; and one grandson, Justin
She is survived by one daughter-in-law, Dr. Katherine E. Kitty
Lawson of Germantown, Tenn.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Terry E.
Lawson of Yellow Springs and Gary L. and Kim Lawson of Yellow Springs;
four grandchildren, Jordan Lawson of Germantown, Tenn., Barry Lawson,
Terry Lawson Jr. and Gary Lawson, all of Yellow Springs; and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held tomorrow (Friday), 11 a.m.1 p.m., at St.
John Missionary Baptist Church. The family will be present from noon until
the service at 1 p.m., with Rev. Vern Mullin officiating. Dr. Rev. John
Freeman of Central Chapel A.M.E. Church will give the eulogy. Burial will
be in Glen Forest Cemetery. Final tributes are a service of Porter-Qualls
Rev. Wesley G. Miller died on Friday, March 21. He was 87.
He was born on Sept. 30, 1915, in Hennepin County, Minn.
He attended Westmar College in Minnesota and the Evangelical Theological
Seminary in Naperville, Ill., where he graduated and was ordained in 1939.
Married the same year to Ruth Taylor Miller, the couple moved to Minnesota,
where they started their family and Rev. Miller served three pastorates
under the Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1951, the Millers changed
to the Presbyterian denomination and served two more churches in Minnesota,
including the House of Hope Church in St. Paul. In 1958, the Millers were
called to start a new church in Florissant, Mo.
Based on his experience in starting the John Knox Church in Florissant,
Rev. Miller was called to be associate director of the St. Louis Presbytery,
where he worked in the areas of new church development, business affairs,
stewardship and evangelism. He helped to organize five new Korean churches
in Chicago. Rev. Miller held similar positions in the Philadelphia and
Chicago Presbyteries until his retirement in 1981, when he and Ruth moved
to Yellow Springs.
While here, Rev. Miller was chairman of the board of the Yellow Springs
Senior Citizens, Inc. and a member of the Lions Club. He also kept busy
with the First Presbyterian Church and by working in the re-upholstery
In 1988, the Millers became residents of Mount Pleasant Retirement Village
in Monroe. Rev. Miller was active in the Mount Pleasant Presbytrian Church
and served as a member of the board of Mount Pleasant Village and vice
president of the Resident Association. He organized and developed the
Elder School Program, headed various programs for sports activities and
participated in planning the Wellness Building at Mount Pleasant.
An avid woodcarver, he was named a statewide winner in the annual art
competition sponsored by the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS).
His work was featured in the 2002 OPRS Resident Art Calendar.
Rev. Miller also was the stimulus for developing the Means of Grace
theme for the memorial stained glass windows in Mount Pleasant Presbyterian
Church and, in 2002, he published a book, Celebrating Our First 200 Years:
History of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, in honor of the churchs
Wes Miller was a visionary thinker who always sought practical means for
achieving goals based on his dedication to serving others. He will be
greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his brother, Harold
Miller, and his sister, Harriet Miller.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Sharron Miller
of Hazelwood, Mo.; his daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Peg
and Jim Kane of Yellow Springs; and his granddaughter and her spouse,
Penelope and Rafael Heinigk of Denver.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the Mount Pleasant Life Care Fund, the
Memorial Fund of Monroe Presbyterian Church or to Hospice of Dayton.
Pearl Gottschall Moore of Kettering died Monday, March 24, at Hospice
of Dayton. She was 83.
She was born in Budapest, Hungary, and came to the United States when
she was 22 months old.
She was retired from the Northrup Corporation as an executive secretary.
She was a member of the Fairmont Presbyterian Church and the League of
Women Voters and a volunteer teacher for an English as a Second Language
She volunteered for nine years at Hospice of Dayton, where she met her
second husband, Barney Moore of Yellow Springs. They were married in 2000.
She loved life and acquaintances became lifelong friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Lionelle Gottschall;
sister Jo-An Beneze; brothers, Arthur Sarkozy and Robert Sarkozy; and
son-in-law Robert Sullivan.
She is survived by her husband, Barney Moore; son and daughter-in-law,
Lee and Tammy Gottschall of Lilburn, Ga.; daughters and sons-in-law, Sue
Sullivan of Columbus, Ind., Lynn and John Zeisler of Columbus, Ohio, Christine
and Jerry Michaels of Miamisburg; sister Margaret Van Effen of Schaumburg,
Ill.; grandchildren, Keelan, Molly, Stephanie, Cheryl, Aaron, Shannon,
Britten, Leigha, Jacob, Andrew, Julie, Bradley and Colton; stepsons and
their wives, Chris and Christine Moore, Kiean and Sally Moore, Nicholas
and Nadine Moore; stepgrandchildren, Sam, Jack, Nathan, Brendon; niece,
Karen; nephews Hank, Don, Dave, Laszlo and Bob; and numerous friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 29, at 10 a.m., at the Tobias
Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel, 5471 Far Hills Avenue. Interment will
be at Miami Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home
from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (Friday).
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton.
Dr. Buckley S. Rude died Saturday, March 15, in Santa Fe, N.M., where
he lived for 27 years following his retirement. He was 95.
He was born on April 30, 1907, in Enid, Okla.
This scholar, minister and musician was a gentleman with a broad smile,
a friend to people of all races and conditions, whether community leaders
Dr. Rude received his Ph.D. from Edinburgh University in Scotland in 1936
after studying theology at Phillips University, McCormick Seminary and
Princeton Seminary in the United States. After returning to the United
States, he spent the next 39 years ministering to diverse congregations
in Oklahoma, California, Arkansas and Ohio.
It was at a summer church retreat in the mountains of southern New Mexico
in 1941 that he met Erma Murray. They married in 1942, the same year he
received an invitation to teach at the College of the Ozarks in Clarksville,
Ariz. While in Clarksville, the Rudes adopted a 7-year-old boy and his
Dr. Rude was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs
from 1950 to 1966. He was instrumental in helping diversify the churchs
membership. We found that the church was enriched by having a racial
mix, Dr. Rude wrote.
He was a community person who worked hard for diversification, because
thats what he believed in, Geneva Brisbane said.
During his time in Yellow Springs, the church built its education unit,
sparked by what he called a thriving youth group. With the
help of a college student, the group, the Presby-teens, developed a Motion
Choir, a kind of religious dance. Dr. Rude and the late Charlotte Drake
led 18 members of the group on a work camp at a Navaho mission in Chinle,
The Rudes retired to Santa Fe in 1975, where they were active in local
Presbyterian churches. In the 80s Buckley became involved in an
interfaith prison ministry. He led study groups and played his fiddle
at Sunday evening services at the state penitentiary for about 15 years.
Erma Rude died in 1992. Dr. Rude was also preceded in death by his brother,
He is survived by his daughter, Jane L. Orr, and her husband, Wendell,
of St. Anthony, Idaho; son, Jack S. Rude of Rawlins, Wyo.; sisters, Evelyn
Winter and Gladys White of Costa Mesa, Calif.; four grandchildren and
A memorial service for Lila Templin will be held on Saturday, April 5,
2 p.m., at Rockford Chapel. She died Dec. 5, 2002.
Members of Ms. Templins extended family will be present and hope
that all who knew her while she lived in Yellow Springs, from 1946 to
1987, will attend.
A memorial service for Leo E. Hennessy will be held on Saturday, March 29,
10 a.m., in St. Paul Catholic Church, 308 Phillips Street. All friends and
family are invited to attend.
Mr. Hennessy, who died on Nov. 26, 2002, was a former longtime resident
of Yellow Springs. Jackson Lytle & Ingling Williams Funeral Home is
in charge of arrangements.