UTICA — A funeral service for Celesta Burnett, 83, of Utica will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Newark Free Will Baptist Church, 37 N. Westmoor Ave., Newark, with Pastor Robert Bryant officiating. Burial will follow in South Lawn Cemetery, Utica.
Celesta, died March 6, 2007, at Licking Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 2, 1923, in Pike County, Ky., to Bee and Mary (Tackett) Smith.
She is survived by her sons, E.K. (Sue) Burnett of Brandenburg, Ky., and Montana (Jenny) Burnett of Utica; daughters, Pat Burress of Utica, and Gloria Tier and Lynn (Jim) Hoffer, both of Newark; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sister, Della Hickman of Portsmouth; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene K. Burnett, who died Sept. 4, 1990; son-in-law, Ernest Burress; grandson, William Booker; great-granddaughter, Adrienna Palacios; four brothers; and five sisters.
Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica. Contributions, if desired, may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road SE, Newark, OH 43055.
Ethel I. Corcoran
DELAWARE — Ethel I. Corcoran, 95, of Delaware, formerly of Mount Vernon, passed away March 6, 2007, at her residence in Delaware.
She was born Jan. 1, 1912, in Parkersburg, W.Va., to Roscoe and Sarah (White) Deem.
Ethel is survived by her three sons, Robert (Mary Jo) Corcoran of Mount Vernon, Steve (Willis) Corcoran of Longmont, Colo., and John (Annie) Corcoran of Delaware; three sisters, Polly (Dave) Boucher and Joyce McPeek, both of Mount Vernon, and Wilma Neighbarger of Vienna, Va.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lois Corcoran; sister, Dora Blubaugh; and brothers, Eddie, Clyde, Barney, Fred and Harry Deem; infant brother, Archie; and infant twins, Paul and Pearl; also a grandson, Phillip Corcoran.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the North-Dilley Funeral Home, 212 N. Main St., Mount Vernon, with Pastor Jamie Gump officiating. Friends may call prior to services on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow in Liberty Chapel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hospice at Grady, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware, OH 43015. This obituary, along with an online guest registry page, may be viewed at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
Kenneth A. Kerr
MARTINSBURG — Kenneth A. Kerr, 77, of Martinsburg died March 7, 2007, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 16, 1930, in Utica to Otis and Minnie (Livingston) Kerr. Kenny was employed at The Miller Co. and was the softball pitcher of the 1950 Millerites Championship Team. He was an avid hunter and loved to farm. Kenny won the sheep shearing contest of 1957 at the Ohio State Fair. He worked at Honeycomb of Fredericktown and retired from Knox County Career Center.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Pam Kerr of Martinsburg, and Ray and Joyce Kerr of Pataskala; daughter, Karen (Kerr) Robey of Utica; five grandsons; one great-granddaughter; brother, Bill Kerr of Millersburg; sister, Beulah Mink of Pandora; and friend, Ernestine Vance.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
There will be no public services for Kenneth.
The Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., P.O. Box 456, Utica, is assisting the family with arrangements. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050; or American Cancer Society, 649 E. Main St., Lancaster, OH 43130.
Ada Mae Ramey
FREDERICKTOWN — Ada Mae Ramey, 86, of High Street, Fredericktown, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
She was born Feb. 2, 1921, in Knox County to Francis and Edna (Brown) Woodford. She had been employed at General Industries and Gorman Rupp, both in Bellville.
She is survived by her son, Carroll (Connie) Roberts of Fredericktown; two grandsons, Shane (Marilyn) Roberts and Clay Roberts; two great-grandchildren, Buck Roberts and Whitney Roberts; and a sister, Frances (John) Madias of Mount Vernon.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Ramey; a brother, Robert Woodford; and a great-grandson, Adam Roberts.
The family will be observing a private graveside service. Burial will be in Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fredericktown EMS Association, P.O. Box 37, Fredericktown, OH 43019. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
ROCKPORT, Texas — Paul Schmidt, 52, a resident of Rockport, Texas, passed away Monday, March 5, 2007.
He was born Oct. 11, 1954, in Houston, Texas, to Walter Charles and Maxine Joye Schmidt. Paul brought his family back to Texas from Mount Vernon, Ohio, where he was a dedicated Q.C.-Q.A. engineer for over 15 years at Cooper-Bessemer/Rolls-Royce. He was admired for his endless sense of humor and compassion for others. Paul had an everlasting love for his family that will surpass all boundaries. He found peace and pleasure in music, fishing, barbecuing and holding his wife’s hand. He grew up as a member of Spring Branch Church of Christ and in Ohio was a member of Mount Vernon First Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lee Jennell Schmidt of Rockport; his sons, Sgt. Justin Keith (Sabrina) Schmidt of Germany and Jacob Elliot Schmidt, a junior at Rockport Fulton High School; his daughter, Alainah Joy Schmidt, a sophomore at Rockport Fulton High School; his brothers, Dayne (Sheila) Schmidt of Texarkana, Texas, and Wade Schmidt of Houston, Texas; his sisters, Donna Schmidt of Houston and Yvonne Schmidt of Texarkana, Texas; and with great joy and anticipation, he and Jennell were expecting their first grandchild, Emma Lee Schmidt.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at Coastal Oaks Baptist with the Rev. Kevin Muilenburg officiating. Interment will follow in Rockport Cemetery. The Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes & Crematory assisted the family with arrangements.