Jennie E. Davidson
BLADENSBURG — Jennie E. Davidson, 81, of Bladensburg died Jan. 18, 2007, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon. The Harris-Dilley Funeral Home of Bladensburg is in charge of the arrangements.
HOWARD — Jerome C. Hightower, M.D., 60, of Howard departed this life on Jan. 14, 2007, at Knox County Community Hospital.
This loving husband, father and grandfather was born Jan. 21, 1946, in Youngstown, the son of Bossie John and Willa Mae Lee Hightower. He graduated from North High School in 1964 and was president of his class, quarterback on the football team and captain of the basketball team. He then attended Youngstown State University as a pre-med major with a minor in ROTC, and received his bachelor’s degree in 1968. Jerome was a ROTC Commission 2nd Lieutenant in the Army and served for a short period in San Antonio, Texas. He was a member of Persian Rifles and was honorably discharged from the Army. From 1968-73, he worked in management at Ohio Bell in Akron.
After being admitted to medical school, he attended the Ohio State University School of Medicine from 1973-76. Jerome received his medical degree in 1976 with commendations in pediatrics. He did his residency at Cleveland Clinic 1976-78, and Youngstown Hospital Association in 1979. He served as chief resident and completed his general surgery residency 1979-81. Upon completion of medical school, he returned to his hometown and started a private practice in Youngstown 1981-97. He had extensive advance trauma training and was co-owner and medical director for the Boardman Medi Center. He served as a dedicated Emergency Room physician from 1981-2006 and worked for 10 years at Knox Community Hospital. In 2006, he opened Buckeye Vein Therapy in Mount Vernon. He served on the Family Services Mental Health Board and as president of Youngstown Area Urban League. He made a bid for Youngstown City School Board in 1986 and was narrowly defeated. He was a Clinical Instructor, served on the Admissions Committee and taught several years for MEDCAMP at NEOUCOM. He was a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., where he served two terms as bacillus. He also received an Elks award. He was a member of Phillips Chapel CME Church and served on the Steward Board. He served as team physician for the Steel Valley Chargers and South High School. He also served as consultant for Battle Catz Entertainment; and was recently honored at the 100 Black Men Service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bossie J. and Willa M. Hightower; his first wife and mother of his children, Patricia Clark Hightower; brothers, Kenneth and Levern H. Hightower.
Leaving to treasure his memory is his wife, Sherri Smithhisler of Danville; daughters, Jeannette Marie (John) Perry of Columbus, Charlene L. (Thomas) Dienes of Wilson, N.C., Denise M. (Marvin Rushton II) Hightower of Youngstown; stepdaughters, She` Skaggs and Hali Smithhisler, both of Danville; two brothers, John J. (Sylvia) Hightower Sr. and Leonard A. Hightower Sr., both of Youngstown; four sisters, Geraldine Green of Houston, Texas, Genolia K. Brooks, Doris J. (Paul) Jackson and Sandra L. Abrams, all of Youngstown; his former wife and stepmother to his children, Evelyn J. Hightower of Columbus; seven grandchildren, Ryan and Jocelyn Powell, Patricia M., Aaron T. and Curtis L. Fitzgerald, Devin Rushton and Jacob Dienes; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Phillips Chapel CME Church where memorial service will be held by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church. Entrusted with the arrangements is the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, Youngstown.
Contributions may be made to the Jerome C. Hightower Scholarship Fund, YHA Credit Union, 12 Colonial Drive, Youngstown, OH 44505.
Harold E. Shock
MOUNT VERNON — Harold E. Shock, 82, of Delano Street, Mount Vernon, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. These arrangements are under the care and direction of the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home.
MOUNT VERNON — Edna (Looney) Stacy, 87, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home.
She was born Oct. 24, 1919, in Deel, Va., to Lee and Oma (Van Dyke) Looney. On Nov. 24, 1945, she was married to Burkley Stacy. She worked as a welder in the shipyards during World War II on the USS Arizona, and she was a member of the United Church of God in Mansfield.
She is survived by daughters, Teresa (Leo) Mickley of Danville and Oma Gail (Dave) Behney of Mansfield; a son, David (Mary) Stacy of Loudonville; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Bessie (Harry) Wojseck, Elsie Moore and Jean Viers; and a brother, Bill (Alta) Looney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Burkley, who died on Feb. 10, 2006; son, Don; sisters, Fay Prince and Kathrine Quesenberry; and brothers, Tom, Earnest and Cliffton Looney.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville. Pastor Chris Moen will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. Calling hours will be today from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 3380 Tremont Road, Columbus, OH 43221, or at www.alzheimerscentralohio.org. Information is available at www.fischerfuneralhome.com.
June Van Nostrand
MOUNT VERNON — June Van Nostrand, 81, of Gambier Road, Mount Vernon, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at her residence. These arrangements are under the care and direction of the Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Vernon.
Dallas E. Vance
FREDERICKTOWN — Dallas E. Vance, 71, of Fredericktown died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, at the Selma Markowitz Care Center in Newark following a six-year battle with cancer.
In Russell County, Va., Dallas was born on May 5, 1935, the son of the late James and Laura (Dye) Vance. On Sept. 30, 1960, Dallas married his loving wife, Juanita (Williamson) Vance.
In addition to his wife of 46 years, Dallas will be missed by his son, Michael (Kathleen) Vance of Mount Gilead; his three grandchildren, Alex, Allison and Aaron; his sister-in-law, Jeanetta Vance; his nieces and nephews Sonnie Belcher, Judy Daniels, Lenora Belcher, Eddie Belcher, Billy Vance, Julie Flaherty, Jimmy Vance, Joe Vance, Janie Britton and Jennifer Conover; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
Dallas was preceded in death by his brother and two sisters.
The family will greet friends on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Craven & Snyder Funeral Home, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Tom Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, OH 43055.