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Ilona Ilene Sellers

Ilona Ilene Sellers, 67, passed away on January 21, 2014 in Las Vegas .  She was born in Chicago,  Illinois and lived most of her life in Akron, Ohio. She later resided in Las Vegas with her husband, Raymond Sellers.

Ilona accepted Christ at an early age. She was a former member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Akron, OH.

Ilona, or Ilene by preference, spent most of her working career in the field of Insurance; having several managerial and supervisory roles throughout her working life.  Her professional affiliations included what was then the Insurance Women of Akron, where Ilene was its first African American President.

Ilene was a lover of jazz music, vintage films (Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock being among her favorites) and sewing.  In fact, Ilene created many of her own garments over the years and viewed sewing as a great way to relax from her busy life.  During her time in Akron, she participated in several local fashion shows and had a “shoe thing” that she carried all her life.

Ilene will be deeply missed by her loving husband, Raymond; and sons, Tim Jackson, of Orlando, Florida and Craig (Donita) Jackson, of Cincinnati, Ohio; stepson, Christopher Sellers, of Akron, Ohio. In addition, she is survived by her mother, Lucy Jones Ebenezer;  6 grandchildren;  sisters, twin, Alona (Joseph) Coleman, LuAnn (John) White, both of Akron, OH, and Maxine Ebenezer, of Phoenix, Arizona; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Service will be held Friday, January 31, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307, Reverend Doctor Alicia Malone officiating. Interment at Mt. Peace Cemetery. Friends may visit at funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to the funeral home.

Valerie Ann Williams

Valerie Ann Williams, 56, passed away January 19, 2014. she was a lifelong Akron resident.

Valerie attended Weaver School and Workshop.  Valerie brought joy to everyone she touched.

She was preceded in death by father, James Edward Williams (Skip). She is survived by her loving mother, Maxine Geneva Williams, of Akron, OH; brothers, Sherman (Linda) Williams, of Randolph, Mass., Edward (Carol) Williams, of Nashville, TN; sisters, Shirley (Dempsey) Jones, of Las Vegas, NV, and Denise (Demetrius) McGee, of Akron, Oh; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and hos host of friends.

Please join us for a celebration of Valerie’s Missionary life at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 825 Buchtel Ave., Akron, OH 44305, Rev. Shawnte Hardin officiating.  Friends may call at the church  from 5:30 p.m. until time of service.  Condolences may be sent to 668 Noah Ave., Akron, OH 44320.


Lillar M. Jackson-Daniel

Minister Lillar M. Jackson-Daniel went peacefully from labor to reword at her home on Saturday, January 25, 2014.  Born September 9, 1917 in Georgianna, AL she lived most of her life in Akron, OH.  She retired from the Holiday Inn, Richfield, OH at the age of 72. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lola and US Tillman; husbands, Mack Jackson and Robert Daniel; siblings, A.Z., Johnny; and only sister, Earmie L. (Frank) Porter; and great-nephew, George “Ricky” Vinson, III.

She is survived by nieces, Fairy Vinson-Fullmore, and Lola (Allie) Wims; special great niece/goddaughter, Earmistine Vinson; and great-great beloved nephew and caregiver Antar Vinson; great-nieces, Felicia Wims, and Alisa Cooper; great nephews, Frank Vinson and Allie (Yolanda) Wims; stepson, Victor (Annette) Daniel; and many other family sisters and brothers in Christ, and her loving neighbors.

Special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Medina for the gentle, compassionate care given to Mother Lillar. 

Service will be held Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at First Apostolic Faith Church, 790 Easter Ave., Akron, OH 44307, Pastor Samuel L. Hampton, II officiating. Interment Glendale Cemetery.  Friends may visit at the church from 11:00 a.m. until time of service.  Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 526 Noble Ave., Akron, Oh 44320.

Tamara Y. Ford

Tamara Y. Ford “Tammy”, 40, passed away January 3, 2014.  She was born December 4, 1973 to Dorothy Montgomery and the late William R. Cundiff. 

Tammy attended Akron Public Schools and graduated from Buchtel High School in 1992.  She also attended the University of Akron.  Tammy loved shopping, loved to dress, loved music, and movies; and  she also loved to cook and eat. 

She is preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Square and Rhoda Cobb; paternal grandparents, Robert and Emma Cundiff; Tammy leaves to cherish her memory her only child, Bria Ford; mother, Dorothy Montgomery; adopted father, Michael A. Ford; brother, Michael W. Ford; sister, Kahlila A. Ford; maternal grandmother, Felounese Byrd; nephew, Doriyan M. Ford; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins, friends and family; and her loving pet, Precious.