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Ella Dix

Mrs. Ella Dix, 103, was born in Rutherford, Alabama.  The city no longer exists the closest town is Hurtsboro, Alabama.  Ella Dix was born April 1, 1911, to the late Tony and Estella Jones she was the oldest of three sisters.  Mrs. Dix moved to Akron in 1928 and married Ellis Dix in 1934 this marriage lasted for over 63 years at the time of his death.

Mother Dix worked at Akron City Hospital in Housekeeping in the 1930’s making $4.00 per week.  Some of her personal and community achievements:   in 2004, at the Mayor’s Senior Appreciation Day, Mrs. Dix was awarded the “Outstanding Older Adult” title.  Her garden club sold her famous “Strawberry Tarts” to raise money for the renown, Stan Hywett Mansion and Grounds.  For years, she won the City of Akron, “Garden Club” awards, for her beautiful flowers and immaculate gardens.  She volunteered at the Akron Community Service and Urban League to raise money to purchase the building on East Market Street, she had formerly been an active member in the Goodyear Heights Ceramics Club making the most beautiful and treasured Christmas gifts for family and friends every year. Mother Dix joined Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 1928 and has been a faithful member over 86 years.  Her favorite Scripture was the 23rd Psalm.  Remarkable best describes her, she was a mother to everyone, faithful prayer warrior, child of the king, an example she set for all everyday of her life.  If you knew her you know you have been in the presence of one of God’s true earthly angels.  On the occasion of her 103rd birthday celebration, Gateway Healthcare Agency awarded an annual scholarship fund in her name.  She was overjoyed that this honor was bestowed upon her.  Accomplishments in her church: seamstress, she founded the sewing and tailoring classes at her church.  The goal was to teach young women how to sew and tailor clothing the classes were very successful this program lasted for 20 years.  She was instrumental in establishing the food pantry which has existed for more than 26 years, non-stop.  This program provides food to the local families in need.  When this great lady was not helping at the church, she was helping to give food and others goods in her neighborhood and community.  She served as President Emeritus, having served as the president of the church stewardess board, church chaplain, past chaplain of the Akron Canton Lay Zone in the Second Episcopal District of the C.M.E. Church.  She was a former choir member upon whom the church had still called on to render her ministry in song.  She was the founding member and president of the Ella Dix Mothers Board, this was one of her fondest accomplishments

Mother Ella Dix was preceded in death by her parents, sister and husband, Ellis Dix; niece, Nina Curry.  She is survived by her nephew and primary caregiver, Frank Curry.  Special thanks to Gateway Healthcare Staff and aide, Juanita Nobles; sister, Gladys Werts assisting primary caregiver; Reverend Sheree’ Winn and the Phillips Chapel Church Family.  The late mother Edith Price and her daughter seeing to general daily needs.

Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Phillips Chapel C.M.E. Church, 413 Iroquois Avenue, Akron, OH 44305.  Rev. Sheree’ Winn officiating.  Interment Mount Peace Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Monday, from 11 a.m. until time of service.  Condolences may be sent to 428 Kline Avenue, Akron, OH 44305.



Alice Wellington

Mother Alice Wellington transitioned into Glory on May 6, 2014 at the St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio.

Mother Wellington was born on January 20, 1935 to the late Sylvester and Annabelle Ashmore Redmond in Campbell, Ohio.  She attended the Campbell Memorial High School.  She then met the love of her life, John Wellington and they were married on July 14, 1951 and remained united in Holy Matrimony for 62 years, an accomplishment within itself by any standard.

During her life, she served as church secretary, choir director and Sunday School teacher at Messiah Holiness Church of God in Christ and was the Church Mother at Bread of Life Church of God in Christ.  Mother Wellington enjoyed singing hymns, playing the drums and playing the tambourine.

Alice worked in the dietary department at Southside Hospital in Youngstown. She also worked for over 30 years in the dietary department with the Youngstown Board of Education until retirement. She also worked at Church’s Chicken and Kentucky Fried Chicken.  She was active with Cub Scouts of America and PTA, as well as band and sporting events while her children were growing up.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her brother, Robert Redmond; a sister Beatrice McElroy and grandchildren, Gabrielle Santiago and Teneka Wellington.

She leaves her loving husband, John Wellington; 4 children to carry on the legacy, Rocco, Sr.  (Pamela) Wellington, of Akron, Ohio, Daniel Wellington, Andrea (Keith) Ford, and Evangelist Avis (Joseph) Santiago, all of Youngstown, Ohio; and special son, Stephen (Tisa) Hamner, of Lake Milton, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sisters, Alberta (Harold, Sr.) Rollins, of Campbell, Ohio, and Anna Marks, of Youngstown, Ohio; brothers, Eld. Andrew Redmond of, Youngstown, Ohio, and William Henry (Leodell) Redmond, of Houston, Texas, along with a host  of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Homegoing service will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at The Bread of Life Church of God In Christ, 702 Cameron Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502, Eld. Rocco V. Wellington, Sr. eulogizing.   Interment Tod Homestead Cemetery.  Friends may visit at the Church Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to service.  Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 2138 Bott St., Youngstown, OH 44505

John Edward Woodall

John Edward Woodall, 88, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 4, 2014.  He was born in Tuskegee, AL to the late Andrew J. and Lillie (Reese) Woodall, and then moved to Akron, OH in 1943.  Mr. Woodall was employed by Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, and retired with over 35 years of service while also employed at Sheraton Hotel then at the Holiday Inn downtown Akron.

Mr. Woodall was preceded in death by his wife, Thennie Woodall; parents; 4 brothers, and 1 sister.  He is survived by 2 daughters, Shirley Fraser, of Stone Mountain, GA, and Karen (Richard) Smith, of Fairlawn, OH; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, and a host of other family members and friends.

Service will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, 104 N. Prospect St., Akron, OH 44304, Pastor Charles Tyler, Sr. officiating.  Interment Glendale Cemetery.  Friends may visit at the church from 11:00 a.m. until time of service.  Procession will form at 1149 Herman Ave., Akron, OH 44307 and condolences may be sent to 2532 Barrington Rd., Fairlawn, OH 44333.


Mamie Frances McCullars

Mamie Frances (Roberts) McCullars was called home on Friday, May 2, 2014.  She was born on December 4, 1921 in Youngstown, OH to the late Richard and Roxie Roberts.  She moved to Akron as a small child attending Akron Public Schools and graduated from South High School.  She met and married Lonney McCullars Sr and from this union 4 children were born.  They were married for 43 years.

Mom was a strong willed, God-fearing woman, and a loving and devoted mother.  She had a great love for children.  For several years she opened her home and played an instrumental role in raising her great nieces and nephew, as well as caring for her grandchildren.

She will be best remembered by her strong personality and inspiring words, always instilling the importance of education, honesty, and hard work.  Mom’s laugh and sense of humor was always contagious, yet when she spoke we knew she meant what she said and always said what she meant.  She also enjoyed mail-order shopping, The Arts, gardening, and cookouts with her family and friends.

Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Sr and Roxie Roberts; brothers, Winston Roberts, Eddie Roberts, Richard Roberts Jr, and Leon Roberts; sisters, Rosa Bell Cody and Mary Helen Davis.

Frances is leaving behind and will lovingly be missed by her husband, Lonney McCullars Sr; her children, Lonnie McCullars Jr., Calvin McCullars, Reginald McCullars, and Valerie McCullars; three grandchildren, Quinita McCullars, Nigle Davis, and Nicole McCullars; sister, Theresa Roberts; sister-in-law, Jean Roberts; and a host of family and friends.

Service will be held Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307, Rev. Marshall Brandon eulogizing.  Interment Mt. Peace Cemetery.  Friends may visit at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.  Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 1092 Packard Dr., Akron, OH 44320.