September 18, 2003



Frank Falkner

Frank Tardrew Falkner died Thursday, Aug. 21, after a long illness. He was 84.

Frank was born in Cheshire, England, and had a varied and remarkable career.

Despite severe osteomyelitis, he graduated from the University of Cambridge in medicine and later became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He held many senior academic positions at the University of Louisville, Wright State University, the University of Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley.

From 1970 to 1981, he was the director of the Fels Research Institute in Yellow Springs. This period was particularly difficult for the institute financially and administratively.

Those who knew Frank will remember him as a genial man of slight build who thought clearly about scientific and administrative matters. His 160 publications increased the appreciation of pediatricians for the importance of variations in the growth and physical maturation of children and for socioeconomic influences on growth.

He will be greatly missed by colleagues in the United States and Europe.

He was proceeded in death by his wife, June.

He is survived by his daughter, Sally of California, and by his son, Michael, who lives in Germany.

His ashes were interred in Cheshire, England.


Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth “Betty” Smith of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Xenia, died on Monday, Sept. 8, in the Tandem Nursing Home in Sarasota. She was 96.

She was born in Yellow Springs and moved from Xenia to Sarasota in 1971. She was a homemaker and attended the Church of the Palms in Sarasota.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Smith of Sarasota, Fla.; two granddaughters, Susan Schlicher of Granville and Bev King of Inverness, Fla.; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Ellenton Funeral Home, 3411 U.S. Highway 301 North, Ellenton, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.


James Gillaugh

James J. Gillaugh Sr. died Monday, Sept. 15, in Greene Memorial Hospital. He was 61.

He was born in Cedarville on Jan. 11, 1942, the son of Lawrence and Mabel (Jordan) Gillaugh.

He was a member of the First Church of God in Cedarville. He worked at Morris Bean & Company for 36 years. He was also a member of the IOOF Lodge in Cedarville and served in the Army National Guard.

James was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jerry.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Myra (Ebright) Gillaugh, West Carrollton; children, Jay and Debby, West Carrollton, Karen and Mike Burrell, Xenia; Melanie and Brian Gregory, South Charleston, and Tammy Gillaugh; his twin sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Larry Burson; and brothers and sisters, Pat and Jim Skinner, Larry and Nellie Gillaugh; Bobby and Mary Lou Gillaugh.

Visitation will be held tonight (Thursday), 5–8 p.m., in the Ingling Williams Funeral Home in Cedarville. Services will be held tomorrow, 10 a.m., in the funeral home. Interment will follow in North Cemetery.


Rev. Ronald LaCour

The Rev. Ronald L. LaCour of Xenia died Monday, Sept. 15, in his residence. He was 65.

He was born Sept. 15, 1938, in Xenia, the son of Timothy and Dorothy (Nooks) LaCour.

He received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Wilberforce University and his master’s degree in education from Wright State University. He received his call to ministry in 1968, but did not accept this call until 1975. He was licensed and ordained in 1977 at Middle Run Baptist Church, where he served as associate minister.

Rev. LaCour was interim pastor at First Zion Baptist Church, Jamestown; associate minister at Zion Baptist Church, Xenia; and supply minister at Zion Baptist Church, Xenia, the First Baptist Church in Yellow Springs and New Hope Baptist Church, Hillsboro. He was also interim pastor at Second Missionary Baptist Church, Springfield, for 12 years. He retired after 29 years of teaching and coaching at the Ohio Veteran’s Children’s Home, Xenia.

He was preceded in death by his father, Timothy LaCour Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy (Nooks) LaCour; his wife of 37 years, Elizabeth (Brewer) LaCour; two children, Delese E. LaCour of Louisville, Ky., and Deatrus L. LaCour of Washington, D.C.; sister and brother-in-law, Dennette and Mark Waters of Akron; and brother and sister-in-law, Timothy and Angie LaCour of Cincinnati.

Visitation will be held today (Thursday) 1–4 p.m., at the Porter-Qualls Funeral Home in Xenia, and 5–9 p.m., at Middle Run Baptist Church in Xenia, with family present from 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held tomorrow, 11 a.m., at Middle Run Baptist Church. Burial will be at Valley View Cemetery.


Memorial service for Jean Inman

An informal memorial service for Jean Shields Inman will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m., at the Antioch School. All are welcome to attend.

Mrs. Inman died on July 11, 2003, in Port Townsend, Wash. She is survived by her three children, Lee Inman Feinstein, Richard Inman and Kate Inman; her former husband, Irwin Inman; her sisters, Mirriel Bedell and Guyeda Cole; and many nieces and nephews.