Obituaries and Funeral Information
LeMorris Neil Baity, Sr., passed into God’s eternal arms on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. LeMorris was born to the union of Ivy and Leroy Baity on December 27, 1968.
LeMorris was preceded in death by his father LeRoy Baity, his brother Elbert Louis Suttles, Jr. his grandmothers Bessie Walters and Ollie Mae Baity, and his special aunt Joyce Walters.
LeMorris, who was a great active father, a protective son, and the most amazing husband, loved his family, and especially his children and extended children who he helped raise. LeMorris is survived by his mother, Ivy Baity, his high school sweetheart and wife, Regan, and their children, LeThai, LeShai, the twins LeMorris, Jr. and LeMhai, and his little porcupine, LeKhai, his sons, DaQuan, DeMorris (Westbury, NY), and Elbert (Mann), and his daughters, LeLonda, TaKeena, LeMonica, and Sierra, all from Akron, four grandchildren, his sister Monique (Powell) Baity (CA) his brothers, Tyrone (Arie) Evans (Texas), and K-Ron and Troillus Suttles (MI), his grandparents, Gwennie and Danny Walters, sister-in-law Brenda Smith-Suttles brother-in-law Tirhan McKinney, and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.
LeMorris accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at an early age, and his beliefs guided him to the successful man he became. LeMorris graduated from Buchtel High School in 1987, and went on to attend the University of Akron. LeMorris had a strong work ethic and a great entrepreunerial spirit. He previously worked in the public sector in management, and he later opened his own automotive business. LeMorris last worked in the field of security after earning his OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy) certification.
LeMorris had an infectious smile, a friendly soul, his drive was undeniable, and his integrity was impeccable. LeMorris’ willingness to assist others received formal acknowledgement when he was chosen as the 2005 recipient of the Akron Police Department’s Frank Mancini Award for a citizen providing exemplary service in assisting the Akron Police Department in the line of duty.
A special thank-you goes out to the Cleveland Clinic for their phenomnenol care of LeMorris, as well as Sherri Smith, Elbert Suttles, III, Robert Hubbard, and Zachary Brock, Jr., who provided excellent care and assistance..
Homegoing services for LeMorris will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home located at 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307. . Calling hours will be from 11am to Noon, with homegoing services beginning directly after. Condolences may be sent to 1378 Crestview Ave., Akron, OH 44320. The Processional will form at 1089 Hardesty Blvd., Akron, OH 44320.
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“I fought the good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith, finally there has laid up for me the crown of righteousness.”
John McElrath, Jr., was born on June 19, 1938 to the late John McElrath and Lila Crowe McElrath in Sylacauga, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Roger McElrath and his brother, Charles McElrath. He was educated in Sylacauga, Alabama school system. He confessed Christ at an early age. He married Louise Walker in 1959. To this union 5 children were born. He moved to Akron, Ohio in 1960 and was a faithful member of United Baptist Church. John married his wife, Agnes Garcia Aquino in 1987. To this union 2 sons were born. He was employed by Atlantic Foundry and retired from Barberton Steel and Iron in 2000. He was an avid fisherman and card player (spades and gin rummy). He was a pitcher on the Ford’s Softball team. He had a special gift of repairing cars and helping anyone that had mechanical trouble with their car.
John leave to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of 27 years, Agnes Garcia Aquino; daughters: Shirley (Addison) Lisbon of Birmingham, AL, Fanny Hendrix of Statesboro, GA, Madelene Mosby, Patricia McElrath, and Tammie Smith all of Akron, OH; sons: William Miller of Sylacauga, AL, Michael (Belinda) McElrath, Jeffery (Rose) McElrath, John David McElrath and Jashua McElrath all of Akron, OH:; brothers: Willie (Connie) McElrath of Las Vegas, NV, Fred (Sylvia) McElrath of Donald (Carolyn) McElrath of Akron, OH; sisters: Margie Butler of Detroit, MI and Alice F. Parks of Akron, OH; aunts: Annie Mae Cowan of Chicago, IL and Hazel Crowe of Sylacauga, AL; in-laws: mother and father, Enrico and Bella Aquino; brothers Jeck Aquino, Joseph Aquino, Jimmy Aquino, Ronnie Aquino of the Philippines and Mark Aquino of Akron, OH; sister: Nell Aquino, of the Philippines and many other loving grandchildren, great grandchild, nieces, nephews and relatives.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 12 noon, at United Baptist Church, 1007 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron, OH 44320, Rev. Kevin Rushing officiating. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 875 Carpenter Akron, OH 44310.
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Lily M. Sykes, affectionately known as “Yady”, transitioned peacefully at the age of 88 from this life to her Eternal Home with The Lord on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Bath Manor Skilled Nursing Center.
Lily was born April 14, 1925 in Johnstown, PA to the late Osborne and Marie (Miller) Weaver, and was one of five siblings. At an early age, the family relocated to Wadsworth, OH, where Lily was educated through the Wadsworth School System. Lily worked at Youngfellow Drug in Akron and later worked as a matron for Wadsworth City Schools, retiring in 1992. Lily accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was a faithful member of The New Hope Baptist Church where she served on the Nurse’s Guild; she later attended The House Of The Lord. Lily was also a member of The Ed Davis Seniors.
Lily was preceded in death by parents, Osborne and Marie (Miller) Weaver, brother; Bobby Weaver, sisters; Hattie and Charlene Weaver, dedicated husband Arthur E. Sykes Sr., loving companion Charles James Rivers, Sr., and “adopted” daughter Deborah Alford. She leaves to cherish her memory: devoted daughters; Charlotte (Stanley) Davis, Judy Sykes and Evangelist Sandra Dunbar, all of Akron and “new-found son” and devoted caretaker, Larry Culver of Cuyahoga Falls, sister; Vivian E. Price of Akron, life-long friends Helen Trice and Birdie Marsh, both of Akron; step-children Linton Buddy (deceased; Sue) Rivers, Dolores Garner, Jim (Gwen) Rivers, Elizabeth “Donna” Robinson, Roberta Rivers, Leroy (Brenda) Rivers, Min. Raymond Rivers, Zipporah (Stan) King; Timothy Rivers (deceased), Karen Rivers and Arthur E. Sykes Jr., godson Terrance N. (Sheila) Bivins. Grandchildren: Carla, Stan Jr. “Mannie”, Aaron (Abi), Kiaren, Kienan, LaDonna (Devon), Billie Jeanne (Stirlyn), Jay, Hilare (Von), Jeana, Charles, Dwainia, Dorinda, John, Socrates (Susan), Sheldon, Wendell, Nathaniel, Denise, Judy, Rosalind, Pat, Ray Jr. (Veronica), Mark, Jonathan, Geno, Alyse, Kathy, Odessa, Louise, Buddy Jr., David, Ricky, Teresa, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and family. The family would like to thank Bath Manor employees for their loving and dedicated care over the past two years, and Rev. George McNab for his faithfulness in visiting and praying for our Mother.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 1 p.m. at The House Of The Lord, 1650 Diagonal Rd., Akron, OH 44320, Pastor Dennis K. Butts, Sr. officiating, and Apostle Terrance N. Bivins eulogizing. Interment Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 12 p.m. until time of service. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 631 Orlando Ave., Akron, OH 44320.
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Karen M. Ford was born to Harold M. and Opal Ford-Green on December 4, 1954, in Akron, Ohio. Karen attended Fraunfelter, Robinson and Seiberling elementary schools and graduated from Garfield High School in 1972. She attended The University of Akron as a Voice Major. She was employed at the Children Service Bureau and the United States Postal Service. Karen’s love for children was so great, that when her friend became ill with cancer, she adopted her 3 children. She was a faithful mother and grandmother, homemaker, loved organic gardening, hiking, singing, coupon clipping, and was a faithful member of her church, The House Of The Lord, singing in the choir. She could often be found cleaning the church with a caring smile. I guess you would say, “She did the small tasks graciously, and truly loved the Lord.” Karen faced many obstacles due to her illness, yet she remained an inspiration to everyone that came to see her.
She was preceded in death by her father Harold M. Ford, brothers; Harold G. Ford and Loren G. Ford. Cherishing her love and memory, her mother, Opal M. Ford-Green; sisters, Beverly Matthews, Charlynn “Shawnee” Petway, Andrea Ford, Kimberly Ford; brothers, Charles (Kelly) Ford and Charles Garr; children, Chavelle Taylor, Chavenne Taylor, and Charrice Taylor; grandchildren, Cameron, Cari; uncle, Charles (Ceola) Bell; aunts, Pearl (Aaron) Livingston, Katherine Hyatt; stepparents, Willow Ford, Joyce Ford; special friends, Roger Petway, Linda Wilson, Birgit and Anne Djupedal, a host of her favorite nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 1:00p.m. at The House Of The Lord, 1650 Diagonal Rd., Akron, Ohio 44320, Rev. Dennis K. Butts, Sr. Friends may visit at the church from noon until time of service.
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