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Obituaries and Funeral Information

Minnie J. Riles

Minnie J Mixon Riles, our loving Mother and Grandmother transitioned peacefully at the age of 100 from this life to her Eternal Home with The Lord on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Hickory Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center. Minnie was born January 23, 1914 to the union of Mary Cotton and June Mixon in Shelby AL. She was the longest living of 14 children and the youngest daughter. She moved to Akron at the request of her oldest brother, Eddie Mixon, around 1937. She retired in her eighties from working with a cleaning company at Kent State University. On her 100th birthday, she received greetings from  President and Mrs. Obama, a Proclamation from Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor of the State of Ohio, and a Proclamation from Mayor of Akron, Donald L. Plusquelic, County of Summit, Russell IM Pry, Executive. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Greater Bethel Baptist Church for over 40 years until she united with Macedonia Baptist Church. God blessed her to be an awesome cook and she was always having family dinners. She never let you go away hungry. You had to tell her that you couldn’t eat any more, then, she would have you fix a care package to go!

Minnie was preceded in death by parents, Mary and June Mixon; all brothers and sisters. She leaves to cherish her home going, her children Juanakee Riles, Akron, OH, Mary (Grover) Williams, Uniontown, OH, Nate (Marnell) Riles, Las Vegas, NV. Grandchildren, Doryann Benson, Akron, OH, Aryca (Kelton) Waller, Bryan (Laura) Williams, Nikkia (Dante) Escusa, Columbus, OH, Nate (Barbara) Riles,III, Twinsburg, OH, Aaron Lane, Dayton, OH and Taylor Lane, Okinawa, Japan. Great grandchildren, Donovan Satterwhite, Domonique Riles, Langston Waller, Laylah Waller, MaKayla Riles and Preston Riles. Nieces Rosa Ann Mixon and Mary Mixon Deas from the State of New York, Lois Hendricks (Carl) Sylver, Landover, MD, and nephew, Thomas (Zoe Ann) Hendricks, Birmingham, AL.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014, at 12 noon, at Macedonia Baptist Church, 940 McKinley Ave., Akron, Ohio 44306. Pastor Lorenzo Glenn eulogizing.  Interment Mt. Peace Cemetery. Friends may visit from 11a.m. until time of service. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 1739 Cove St. N.W., Uniontown, Ohio 44685


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Annie Maxwell

Annie Lee (Johnson) Maxwell made a graceful and peaceful transition returning to the Father Saturday March 15, 2014.  Her walk was one of faith and confidence in God.

Her earthly journey began on September 11, 1936 in Starkville, Mississippi as the youngest offspring of Will Johnson, Sr. and Jeffie Lee (Coleman) Johnson.  As the baby of eleven siblings she was loved and doted on by all.  Claude L. Suddeth (Daisy) (deceased); Clemmie Watts (Henry) (deceased); McCoy Rice (Susie) (deceased);  Geneva L. Poe (Hoye) (deceased); O’Dean Lathan (John); Odie Johnson (Dorothy)  (deceased); Cozetta Winborn (Earnest) (deceased); Felix Johnson (Eleanor)(deceased); Will Johnson, Jr. (Alene) (deceased); Mayfield Johnson (Sadie).  She is survived by only two but dozens of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Her journey into adulthood led her to Tuskegee, Alabama where she met and married the love of her life, Robert S. “Max” Maxwell, Jr.  The Captain of the football team and the majorette had a happy 32 year marriage, moving first to Chattanooga, Tennessee where their one and only child, Tracy Dizon was born. Soon after the family moved to Akron, Ohio where they remained.  Max became an executive at Chrysler Corporation and Annie taught special education for 34 years at Weaver School and Workshop in Tallmadge.

Annie was a gifted special education teacher and was respected by her peers, professionals and parents for her innovation and successes with her students.  Though her professional career was dedicated to education, her first degree was in design and upon retirement returned her focus to that.  Always one of the best dressed women in town, her creative genius can be seen in the homes of friends, family and many clients.  She was especially known for her Christmas and holiday decorations.

Ann was also a master gardener and friends and neighbors would often drop in to find her in her garden, interested to see what was new.  Of all her gifts and talents she considered her daughter Tracy to be her prize.  Always a proud mother, she enjoyed sharing in her professional successes from news anchor to Democratic Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Annie was blessed with a son when Tracy married Howard D. Heard in 2000 and grateful her little girl had found the most important thing – a man she loved and respected to give her all the things her father had and build a life with.

Annie had many wonderful friends from as far back as childhood to those just met a few years ago.

The anchor of Annie’s life was always her faith and she celebrated her love for Christ as a member of the Prince of Peace Baptist Church for over 50 years. She was a beloved Sunday School teacher and missionary guild member.  Annie was a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – a journey she shared with Tracy as they pledged together.

Her loss will be felt by many family and friends far and wide who will miss her flowers, fashion, and most of all her laugh.  Annie loved to laugh.

Homegoing service will be held Monday, March 24, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at Prince of Peace Baptist Church, 844 Garth Ave., Akron, OH 44320, Pastor Robert Golson officiating.  Interment Glendale Cemetery.  Friends may visit at the church from 11:00 a.m. until time of service.  Condolences may be sent to Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307.

Gary V. Peoples

Gary Vaughn Peoples (A.K.A. “Tootie”) was called home to be with the Lord on March 15, 2014 surrounded by his loved ones at Akron City Hospital after a brief Illness.

Born March 16, 1957 at Barberton Citizens Hospital, he was a lifetime resident of Akron, Ohio.  Gary was a current member of Ebenezer Apostolic Assembly Church, where he served as an usher until his passing.  He was educated in Akron Public Schools.  He worked in various job positions throughout his life.

Preceded in death by his parents, Clinton Sr. and Emma L. Peoples; brothers, Clinton Jr. and Edward J. Peoples (Jeep); and his nephews, William M. Johnson (Teddy B) and Eriek J. Peoples.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories, his wife, Antoinette; 3 stepdaughters; one stepson; 8 grandchildren; his loving sister, Betty L. Johnson (Peoples); loving brothers, Griffin E. (Karen) Peoples, and Donald R. Peoples, all of Akron, OH; sister-in-law, Josie Peoples; loving godson and goddaughter, Ronnie Jr. and Mikeaeya (Kiki) Lewis and their daughters, of Akron, Ohio; and a host of loving nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St, Akron, OH 44307, Pastor Robert N. Palmer officiating.  Interment East Akron Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until time of service.  Procession will form at 320 Eastland Ave., Akron, Oh 44305 and condolences may be sent to 216 Eastland Ave., Akron, OH 44305 and 21 23rd St.  NW, #211, Barberton, OH 44203.


Lenore E. (Davis) Vinson

Lenore Ellen (Davis) Vinson went to her heavenly home on March 14, 2014 after a “Mutual Agreement” between her Lord and Savior and herself at The Copley Health Center of Akron, Ohio with family members at her bedside. This was after very long and courageous battles with various medical problems including kidney disease. Lenore was born on November 22, 1944 to the late Levi F. and the late Pearl E. Davis.

Lenore was a lifetime resident of Akron and graduated from Buchtel High School in 1963. She retired from Akron General Medical Center after 20 years of service.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She loved audio books, and shopping on QVC was a lifetime mystery as well as adventure for her. Her infectious smile and bubbly personality gave everyone a ray of sunshine. But please don’t be fooled, because if those eyes rolled or cut in your direction, you know you were caught in the middle of your mess. And by the way, she definitely was not one to bite her tongue while at the same time she could show mercy. She will really be missed.

Lenore was preceded in death by her father and mother, Levi and Pearl Davis; brothers Eural Johnson, Richard (Sonny), and Bruce Davis; and sister Florence Dunbar. She leaves to cherish her memory children, Mark Perkins of Charlotte, NC, Omega (Griselda) Perkins of Lawton, OK, Regina Shinholster of Akron, OH,  and Andre Vinson of Canton, OH.;  sisters, Yvonne Davis of Akron, OH., Patricia (Gary) Seldon of Tehachapi, CA., Denise (Michael) Simmons of Murrieta, CA; brothers, Howard (Tricia) Davis of Cedar Hill, TX, Russell (Parthina) Davis of Akron, OH., Levi (Loretta) Davis of Dallas, TX., Rev. Lamont (Dollie) Davis of Akron, OH., 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren many, many, many nieces, nephews and friends as well as a close sisterly friend, Linda West of Alabama.

Service will be held Monday, March 24, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307, Eld. Lamont Davis officiating.  Friends may visit at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until time of service.  Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 859 Fess Ave, Akron, OH 44307.