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Obituaries and Funeral Information

Eleanor F. (Malone) Thomas

Eleanor (Malone) Thomas, 92, went home to be with the Lord peacefully at Copley Health Center on Thursday, February 20, 2014.  She was born in Covington, Georgia June 17, 1921 to the late William and Hensie Malone.  The family relocated to Akron, Ohio when Eleanor was two.

They united with Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the late Rev. J. I. Monroe.  Eleanor was raised at 616 Kipling St, attended Akron Public Schools and graduated from Akron East High School in 1939.  She worked on the Senior Week Committee and was affectionately nicknamed “Moon Eyes”

On May 13, 1939 she united in holy matrimony to Ray Thomas and to that union was born one son, Raymond V. Thomas Jr.  She worked at B.F. Goodrich, operating the rubber line and matriculated to become a trainer in that capacity.  She retired after 47 years of service.  In 1956, she became an entrepreneur, opening and owning a restaurant on Bartges St., which became a regular “lunch stop counter” for Goodrich employees.  Eleanor loved to cook, and spending time in the kitchen was her favorite pastime.  She loved spending time with her family and her best friends, Mertile and William Strickland.  She always had a ready smile or laugh, never met a stranger; and all who knew her loved her.

Eleanor is preceded in death by her parents, William and Hensie Malone; brothers, Robert, Howard, Clifford, William (Buck), Ernest, and Ralph Malone.  She is survived by her devoted son and daughter-in-law, Raymond V. (Sandy) Thomas Jr; brothers, Dr. James (Dr. Ruby) Malone, of Brooklyn, NY, Edwin Paul Malone, of Akron, OH; sister, Louise (Howard) Bell, of Akron, OH; 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, and  great nieces and nephews.

Eleanor’s favorite saying was, “If you don’t know what you are doing, you better ask somebody.. Sap Sucker.”

Service will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1180 Slosson St., Akron, OH 44320, Rev. Dr. Alicia Malone officiating.  Interment Mt. Peace Cemetery.  Friends may visit at the church from 12:30 p.m. until time of service.  Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 717 Diagonal Rd., Akron, OH 44320.

Floyd B. Curry

Floyd Benjamin Roosevelt Curry was born on February 7, 1937 to proud parents Bishop John Henry Curry and Beatrice (Charlow) Curry of Abaco Bahamas. He was the tenth child out of eleven.  He attended Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida graduating top of his class. He then attended Florida A & M where he studied Architecture and Engineering, and became a member of the first black fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha “First of All”. He loved music, playing in high school and later for the prestigious “Marching 100” in college.   

Floyd was the proud father of three beautiful children Troy (Stacey) and Uloma (William) Walker from his union to Albertha in 1960 and his youngest son with Julia Sturkey; Allan (Shawnte’).  He doted on his wonderful grandchildren and relished the role of grandparent to seven and one great-grandchild. 

In 2003 Floyd pursued and courted his soul mate Lewtreshie Hill, affectionately called “Baby”.  Within this paring, Baby and Floyd loved traveling, watching cowboy movies, and listening to good Jazz music.  They would often take time out to enjoy her children Renee (Gary), Reginald, William, and Darnell, 14 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren of Pasadena, California.

Floyd never met a stranger, conversing on a wide range of topics with anyone he came in contact.  His daughter referred to him as a walking encyclopedia due to his broad knowledge base.  He spoke several different languages, and with his gift of music, taught himself many musical instruments.

Floyd quietly departed this life on February 17, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.  He was preceded in death by his mother and father Henry and Beatrice, brothers; Ralph, Emmanuel (Geneva), James (Anne), and Jerome “G”, sisters; Lil (Samuel), Vera (Daniel), Chris, and son-in-law; Lt. William Walker. He leaves to cherish his memory brother; John and sisters; Marilyn “TuTu” and Beatrice, wife Albertha “Poo Pee”, Soul mate Lewtreshia “Baby”, children Troy (Stacey), Uloma “Ubaby”, Allan (Shawnte’), Sister-in-law Geneva, grandchildren, great-grandchild, and special friends Osbourne “Red Boy”, Richard & Theodore Dent, and Jesse Shelton, a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Service will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 12 Noon at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307, Rev. Fred Curry eulogizing, and Rev. Cedric Hall officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve Cemetery Monday, March 3, 2014. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 491 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron, OH 44307.


Minnie Marie Drone

Minnie Marie Drone passed away peacefully on Monday, February 24, 2014.

Minnie was born November 6, 1927, in Russellville, Alabama, to the late Anthony and Mabel Hamilton.

She married Leaston Drone in August of 1953 in Akron, Ohio. To their union, four children were born 

Minnie was an excellent wife, mother and cook. She was a true homemaker, taking care of her husband and children, cooking three meals every day. Minnie stayed home while raising her children. She then worked for over 30 years doing domestic work; helping many families make their house a home. She enjoyed her job very much; last working in 2001. She was a faithful member of Faith Temple Church for 60 years, serving as an usher, custodian and member of the banquet committee.

Minnie was preceded in death by her parents; son, Leaston Drone, Jr.; daughter, Karen Dotson; and infant grandson, Shannon Dotson; sisters, Mary, Nannie, Velma, Willie May and Alice. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Leaston Drone; daughter, Karolyn Drone-Smith; son, Lamont Drone; grandchildren, Tranoey and Tyson Dotson, Lauren and Braxton Smith; great-granddaughters, Tyaunnah and Tyleah, all of Akron; sister, Ann McCullough of Russellville, Alabama; special nephew, William (Molly) Hamilton of Russellville, Alabama; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Celebration of Life will be held at 12 p.m. (noon) at Faith Temple Church, 701 Sylvan Ave., Akron, Ohio 44306 on Friday, February 28, 2014. Calling hours 11 a.m. until time of the service, Pastor Ben Drone eulogizing. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 1467 Delia Ave., Akron, Ohio 44320.

Susan Yvette Hunter

Susan Yvette Hunter, 49, departed this earth to be with the Lord on February 15, 2014 in Akron, Ohio.

She was born the oldest of four children to Mae “Vonne” Hunter on July 26, 1964.  Susan was a lifelong resident of Akron, Ohio graduating from Buchtel High School in 1981.

Susan had a very vibrant and one of a kind personality.  She asked anyone that she met to call her “Sexy Shug”.  She was the best mom and GG “grandma” to her babies.  She was also a loving daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.  She was full of jokes, the life of the party, and often used her outspoken “Sexy Shug” filter.  She was also known for her great cooking and for grilling during ANY season.  She will be extremely missed by many for her beautiful personality. 

Susan is preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Willie and Willa Mae Hunter; grandmother, Evelyn Hunter-Jackson; uncles Aaron “Billy”, and Larry Hunter; and a host of great-aunts, great-uncles, and cousins.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory mother, Mae “Vonne” Hunter; daughters, Tavia and Diamond Hunter; son, Te’aun Hunter; granddaughter, Lai’la Hunter; sisters, Debra and Evelyn Hunter; and brother, Eric Hunter, all of Akron, Ohio; and a host of great-aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Service will be held Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307, Elder Jo Ruth Jordan officiating.  Interment Lakewood 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 654 Moreley Ave., Akron, OH 44320.