TALLMADGE — Lucille Crabbs died on May 25, 2006, in Tallmadge, and went home to be with the Lord after pursuing him for 96 years.
She was born to Belle and William T. Debolt on Sept. 29, 1909, in Licking County. She was married to J. Burnell Crabbs (died 1990) for 63 years. Lucille lived at Otterbein United Methodist Home for 26 years. Previously she and her husband lived in Mount Vernon for 14 years and Berea the previous 38 years, where J.B. was a teacher, coach, and mayor of Berea (1964-1965). They spent one year in Campinas, Brazil, as missionaries at The American School
Lucille is survived by her son, Richard (Juliet) Crabbs of Cuyahoga Falls; daughters, Carolyn (Frank) Luna of Pueblo, Colo., and Gwenlyn (Roy) Cook of Sun City, Ariz.; brother, Duane Debolt of Croton; sisters, Margaret Walesch of Orange, Conn., and Glenola Hasenflue of Bay Village; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Lucille Crabbs leaves a legacy of love and friendship to the countless number she called “friends” and her selfless ministry of service through her many positions of leadership and support within the United Methodist Church. She is finally at home with her two dearest friends, Jesus and J.B. (with whom she will be buried in Centerburg).
Lucille requested a private memorial service led by the Rev. Dave Scavuzzo, pastor of Northampton United Methodist Church, Cuyahoga Falls. She also requested that any memorial gifts be made to The Gideon Bible Society or South Street Ministries, 130 W. South St. Akron, OH 44311, which is led by her grandson, Duane Crabbs.
The McGowan-Reid & Santos Funeral Home, Cuyahoga Falls, assisted the family with the arrangements.
MOUNT VERNON — Helen Davis, 84, lifelong resident of Fredericktown passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
She was born May 11, 1922, in Mount Vernon to the late Harry and Lillian (Evans) Borden. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church.
Helen is survived by her three loving daughters, Sharon (Raymond “Gene”) Barr of Minster, Sheryl (Dean) McCament of Mount Vernon and Carol Ann (Todd) Jagger of Bellville; six grandchildren, Jeff (Kristina) Barr of Dublin, Matthew Barr of Oxford, Mollie (Sergio) Rojas of Fredericktown, Erin (Armando) Garcia of Pickerington, Ryan Jagger and Jenna Jagger, both of Columbus; three great-grandchildren, Carissa and Gabriel Garcia and Emilio Rojas McCament; a brother, Kinsey Borden of Mount Vernon; and a sister, Judith Hedrick of Dallas, Texas.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Wilber Davis (1987); and a brother, Harry Borden Jr.
To honor her wishes, a private graveside service will be held Friday, June 2, in the Forest Cemetery, Fredericktown, with the Rev. Wesley McCament officiating. The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Roland E. Ferguson
FAIRFIELD — Roland E. Ferguson, 88, of Fairfield died May 24, 2006.
Roland was born in Barberton, Ohio, on May 6, 1918, to the late Frank and Amy (McKenzie) Ferguson. He had a brother, Robert, who preceded him in death in 1997.
He attended Barberton High School and graduated in 1937. He also graduated from Berberton School of Commerce in 1938. He attended Akron University.
He was employed by the Sun Rubber Company for 21 years as a cost accountant. It was there that he met his wife, Juanita, to whom he was married for nearly 60 years. He was also employed by Reiter and Harter Dairy in Akron, Ohio, for eight years. In March of 1967, he began another career at Mount Vernon Nazarene University for 30 years, with a primary position of financial controller. After retirement, he worked part-time at Mount Vernon News for eight years. In 1997, he moved to Fairfield, Ohio, to live with his daughter and family. In 1998, he began volunteering at Mercy Fairfield Hospital where he subsequently took a position with Fernald Medical Workers at the hospital until retiring in August 2005.
He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant and company clerk in the 319th Ordnance in England and France during World War II. He was discharged in January 1946.
He accepted the Lord as his personal savior at a Youth For Christ gathering. He was active in the churches he attended; holding positions of board member, treasurer, head usher and head cashier.
He tended to be a quiet man, but had a wonderful sense of humor. He was very conscientious and very dependable in any task he was given. He loved antiques and quilts. He also loved to travel. His was a family man and his family meant everything to him.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita; daughter, Beverly Nutter; son-in-law, Truman Goodwin; son, Richard; two granddaughters, Brenna Nutter and Richele Nealeigh; grandson-in-law, Doug Nealeigh; two great-granddaughters, Aubree Nutter and Reaghan Nealeigh; stepgranddaughter, Heidi Thomas; stepgrandson-in-law, Terance Thomas; stepgreat-granddaughter, Amber Thomas; and a Bichon Frise dog, Jesse.
The first visitation will be Monday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vorhis Funeral Home, 11365 Springfield Pike, Springdale, OH 45246. A second visitation will be Tuesday, May 30, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Springdale Church of the Nazarene, 11177 Springfield Pike, Springdale, OH 45246. A service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Springdale Church of the Nazarene.
Ruth C. Hulse
MOUNT VERNON — Ruth C. Hulse, 89, of Ohio 229, Mount Vernon, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
She was born Feb. 20, 1917, in Lakeview, to Theodore and Maude (Slain) Dowden. Ruth was a member of the Sparta United Methodist Church where she had served on the Women Service Christian Society and taught Sunday school. She was active in the Morrow County Cancer Society and the Morrow County Board of Elections. Ruth had a hobby of gardening, but more important was her love of helping her husband take care of the family farm.
She is survived by a loving family, her husband of 70 years, Gerald M. Hulse; two sons, Larry (Louise) Hulse of New Market, Ind., and Calvin (Janet) Hulse of Mount Vernon; two daughters, Judy (Rex) Altizer of Centerburg and Diann (Don) Argentiero of McKinney, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold (Mary) Dowden of Centerburg; three sisters, Jo Workman of Woodsfield, Bonnie Parnell of Mount Vernon and Helen (Chalmers) White of Centerburg.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by two sons, Phillip Hulse and Merle Hulse; and a brother, Herbert Dowden.
Friends may call Monday, May 29, 2006, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at the Sparta United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Pastor Larry Carnes will officiate. Burial will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery near Sparta.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Ohio Fire Department and EMS or the Sparta United Methodist Church, and can be left at the funeral home or church. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.