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Joe Hilton, Jr.

Joe Hilton, Jr. peacefully departed this life to his eternal rest, on July 6, 2014, surrounded by his family at 94 years old, he was born in Manning, South Carolina to the late Rev. Joe Hilton Sr. and Margaret Stukes-Hilton, on Nov. 15, 1919.

As a teenager, he accepted Christ as his personal savior and joined Mt. Calvary FBH Church, in Manning, SC. He received his formal education at the Manning Training Center and learned his work ethic from his father, who was both a hard working farmer and pastored several churches.

At the age of 20, Joe desired to settle down and he married the love of his life, Hattie Dinkins, on April 7, 1940. To this union were born 9 children; consisting of 7 boys and 2 girls.

In 1943, the family moved to Akron, OH and joined St. Paul FBH Church, where Joe Hilton was later ordained a deacon and faithfully served for more than 69 years.

To support his growing family, he worked full-time at both BF Goodrich and Babcock & Wilcox, for 20 years; and retired from Goodrich, in 1984, after 40 years of service.

Deacon Hilton enjoyed fishing, gardening, and singing, and on occasions would play around on the piano, which was an instrument he desired to learn. He was a family man, hard worker and a great provider, and a God fearing man who will be greatly missed.

Deacon Hilton was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Joe Hilton III and Dwight Hilton; daughter-in-law Cardinal Hilton; brothers, Herman Hilton, Mack Hilton, Louis Hilton, Herbert Hilton; sisters, Tisha Mae Thompson, Ola Mae Tindal, and Sadie Martin.

He leaves to cherish his memory – his loving and devoted wife of 74 years, Hattie Hilton; 5 sons, James Hilton (Jannie) of Copley, OH, Bishop John Hilton (Shirley) of Cleveland, OH, William aka “Bill” Hilton, Lawrence Hilton, and Melvin Hilton all of Akron, OH; 2 daughters, Jeanette Gamble (Wilson) of Cincinnati, OH, and Cynthia Grant (Charles) of Fairlawn, OH; and daughter-in-law Dr. Gloria Hilton of Tampa FL; 18 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone, for all your prayers and every act of kindness shown to us during our time of bereavement.  We would also like to thank DaVita Dialysis Center for the care extended to Joe over the past five years.

Homegoing services will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at The House of the Lord, 1650 Diagonal Rd. Akron, OH 44320, Bishop F. Josephus Johnson, II, Sr. Pastor, Bishop John Hilton, Eulogizing, Pastor Dennis K Butts and Elder Richard Taylor co-officiants. Interment Rose Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may visit from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Condolences may be sent to the funeral home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307.

Lucille McGhee Davis

Lucille McGhee Davis, 85, received her wings and departed from this world on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

 Lucille (Cille) was born in Salem, AL on Friday, August 10, 1928. She was the second child born to the union of Thelman Blackmon and Annie (Blackmon) Butler. She received and accepted Our Lord and Savior at an early age. She was a domestic worker until retirement in 1993.

Cille was a loving and gentle woman. She loved her family (especially her sons); she was a very good hearted and kind person to everyone and would give her last if she thought you needed it more than herself.  Her door was always open if you needed a place to sleep or get a hot meal- No one was ever turned away from her door. Cille’s favorite past time was watching her westerns (especially Gun smoke and Bonanza), In the heat of the Night, Walker Texas Ranger and “Joel Osteen”. She got a big kick out of whopping your butt playing dominos and checkers (after whopping you so badly she would feel sorry for you and let you win one game.) She was also known around the area for her good down home Hog head Cheese (Souse meat).

Lucille was preceded in death by her sons Cleven and Albert McGhee; father Thelman Blackmon; Mother and step-father Annie and Robert Butler; and brother, Clenon Blackmon.

 Lucille is survived by and will be deeply missed by her daughters, Annie Stewart and Dorothy (Willie) Oden; sons, Wilbert and Joe (LeAnn) McGhee; step-son, Charles Davis, all of Akron. 30 grandchildren, 84 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great grandchildren; special cousin Curtis Frazier II; dear friends Janie Dowdell and J.B.; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other family and friends.

 The family would like to give a special thanks to the Area Agency on Aging, Dr. B. Bonyo and staff and a HUGE Thank you to all of the Summa Hospice Home Care Staff and their special help and caring service.

 Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St. Akron, OH 44307, Bishop Clark L. Avery officiating; calling hours will be held at 10am with services following at 11am.Interment at Glendale Cemetery. Procession and Condolences may be sent to 1651 13th St SW, Akron, OH 44314.

Henry L. Nealy Jr.

Henry L. Nealy Jr. (Hank) made his transition from this earthly life to the next on July 10, 2014.  Hank was born February 18, 1947 to Henry Sr. and Perine Nealy.  He was a lifelong resident of Akron.  He attended Akron Public Schools-Robinson, Goodyear, and graduating from East High School.  Throughout his life he was an exceptional athlete.  He was a veteran; he worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, after the closing of the plant he worked for Dominion where he retired after 20 years of service.  His greatest love was his family. He also loved to fish and watch sports either in person or on the television.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving sister Carol Pryor. He leaves to cherish his memories his children, Aaron (Wendy) Saulsberry, Jason Nealy, Kimberly Nealy, Jennette Jeffries-Nealy, Nisha Sena and Shannon Saulsberry; grandchildren Deante’ Saulsberry, Erin Saulsberry, Kandice Saulsberry, Ivy Hammond, Caylen Nealy, Nicole Rivera, Kiami Nealy, A’Naya Jackson, O’neal Jackson, Amire Jackson, Asia Sena, Etana Sena, Selah, Kelson, Naia Walker; great grandchildren Treasure Saulsberry, Lamar Saulsberry, Ne’Ri White, Jacob White Jr. and Richard Austin; his companion Marcene Brown; favorite cousins Bruce (Lynette) Ford, and Ronald Shaw; brother-in-law Roger Pryor Sr.; best friend Shelby McClendon; ex-wife Peggy Nealy and family friend Kia Waters.

Services will be held on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 12 p.m. at Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home; 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307, Rev. Lorenzo Glenn officiating.  Interment Mt. Peace Cemetery. Friends may visit at the church from 11:30 a.m. until time of service. Procession will form at 788 Bulger St. Akron, OH. 44306 and condolences may be sent to 399 Homestead, Akron, OH 44306.

Earnestine M. Guyton

Earnestine Marie Guyton was born on March 27, 1939 in Marion, Alabama, and was the only child of the late Carrie Ann Smith. She went home to be with the Lord July 11, 2014.

 She graduated from Lincoln High School and Knoxville College and in 1964 she obtained her Practical Nursing degree.  After obtaining her degree, Earnestine gained employment with Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio where in 2004 she retired after more than 40 years of service.  With every interaction she shared her beautiful personality and smile, giving comfort to many children and their families.

Earnestine made her commitment to the Lord and was a devoted member to Akron Bethel Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church for over 45 years. Earnestine held several positions in the church such as Sabbath School Superintendent and Teacher, Home and School Association, and was the first Ordained Female Elder at Akron Bethel SDA.

 Earnestine was preceded in death by her daughter Kimberly Bearden, and leaves to cherish her memory, one son Anthony Guyton of Cleveland Ohio, two daughters, Karen Guyton of Akron, Ohio and Kelli (Jerry Sr.) Johnson of Elloree, South Carolina, her first cousins, Mary (Rev. Samuel) Johnson of Akron, Ohio, and Mrs. Roberta Branch, of New York, NY; twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.  

 Service will be held Friday July 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1398 Canton Rd., Akron, OH 44312, Dr. Derrick Moffett officiating.  Interment  Mt. Peace Cemetery. Friends may visit at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.  Condolences may be sent to Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307.