Funeral Services

Obituaries and Funeral Information

Jesse D. Hill, Jr.

Jesse Dan Hill Jr. went home to be with the Lord December 22, 2013 while surrounded by all of his family. Jesse was born in Eufaula, Alabama on October 31, 1960 to Clara Jane Hill and Jesse Dan Hill Sr.

Jesse graduated from East High School in 1979. Jesse was a Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm, and was honorably discharged at the time of his death.

Jesse was preceded in death by his mother, Clara Hill; and grandmother, Stella Reese;  and nephews Ricky and Brian Childers.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his father, Jesse Dan Hill Sr; his five sisters, Virginia Hill Childers, Myra, Cassandra Duncan (Conrad), Sonji, and Tomikio; brothers, Terry (Tracy), Edgar (Chrystal), Mario, Lewis (Michelle), and Derrick; and a host of nephews and nieces, Clarissa, April, Joshua, Elisha, Michael, and Greg, Terry Jr,  Raschad Andrew, Tara and Dayshana, Amarie, Travon and Treasure, Langston and Dalton, Justice, Ethan, and Nadia. 

Jesse leaves behind a host of other relatives and friends to cherish his memories. The angels called for Jesse much too soon and his family and friends will miss him dearly.  Rest in peace our beloved brother and son.

Friends may call on Sunday, December 29, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St,  Akron, OH 44307 Funeral service will immediately follow at 11:30 a.m. Burial will take place on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, OH.  Condolences may be sent to the funeral home.


James P Robinson “Pee-Wee”

James Perry Robinson “Pee-Wee” made his heavenly transition on Saturday, December 21, 2013 in the Hospice Care Unit at Summa Hospital with his family by his side.

He was born on July 26, 1938 in Nashville, Tennessee to Lundy and Ernestine Robinson.  He moved to Akron, OH in 1950.  He joined the Air Force in 1955 to 1959.  He worked at Brecksville Hospital, Chrysler Motor Company, Plastikote, and B.R. Johnson Cleaning Service.

In this life he was proud to be known as “Dad”, “Daddy”, “Uncle PeeWee”, “Granddad”, and “PeeWee”.  He loved his children and grandchildren and spent every moment letting you know it.  James treated everyone like family and didn’t hesitate to show you.  He was a kind, strong, humble, and independent man.

James was also an amazing man, a loving and devoted father.  He touched the hearts of many friends.  James always knew what to do.  He was wise and gave the best advice.

James was preceded in death by parents, Lundy and Ernestine Robinson; brothers, Tyrone and Larry Robinson; and sister, Jennie  Smith.

James is survived by sons, James Perry Robinson, Jr., Tracy Robinson, Marlin (Shonta) Brooks, and Jermaine Brooks; daughters, Toni (Stephen) Beasley, and Shelley Robinson; brothers, Lundy Jr. (Brenda) Robinson and Thomas Robinson; sister, Freddie Mae Brooks, of Nashville, TN, Carol Williams and Barbara Terrell; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Service will be held Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307, Rev. John Jackson, Sr. officiating.  Interment Mt. Peace Cemetery.  Friends may visit at the funeral home from 2:00 p.m. until time of service.  Procession will form at 1028 Mercer Ave., and condolences may be sent to 1590 Thurston, Akron, OH 44320.


Raymond Carlton Purnell, Sr.

On December 19, 2013 Raymond Carlton Purnell, Sr. went home to be with the Lord after a long illness at Akron General Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.  Raymond was born November 28, 1925 in Birmingham, AL to the late Herman E. and Mary Frances Purnell. 

Raymond was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944.  While in the military he met and married the love of his life Cliffodeen A. Milton December 23, 1944.  In this union of sixty-five years and 346 days, were five children, Raymond C. Jr., Norma Y, Ralph C, Renise C, and twin brother Reese C. Purnell.

He was employed with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for Forty-one years and one day, retiring August 1991.  Raymond known to many as RC was raised in the Church of God in Christ and later joined and was baptized at Prince of Peace Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor John Milton Burrell, where he worked faithfully until his failing health.

R.C. was preceded in death by his parents, wife Cliffodeen; daughter, Norma Yvonne Purnell; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

Raymond is survived by his loving children, Raymond C. Purnell Jr., Ralph C. Purnell, Reese C. Purnell, all of Akron, OH; and daughter, Renice C (Anthony) Jackson, of Atlanta, GA.

Service will be held Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at Prince of Peace Baptist Church, 844 Garth Ave., Akron, OH 44320, Rev. Dr. Robert Golson officiating.  Interment Rosehill Cemetery.  Friends may visit at the church from 11:00 a.m. until time of service.  Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 2606 Durand Rd., Fairlawn, OH 44333.






Glenn Davis

Glenn Davis of Rootstown, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on December 20, 2013. He passed at the Hospice Care Center in Akron, Ohio with his beloved wife of 43 years, Sheila, at his bedside. Glenn, the son of the late Juanita L. Davis and Howard Davis, of Savannah, Georgia was born on February 14, 1949 in Savannah, Georgia and was 64 years-old at the time of his death.

Glenn, who was educated in the Chatham County Public School System in Savannah, graduated from A.E. Beach High School in 1966. After high school he attended North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he met his future wife, a student at the nearby all women’s institution, Bennett College.  He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 – 1973, completing a tour of duty during the Vietnam War.

After his military service, he returned home to Georgia to receive his B.A. from Columbus College and State University in Columbus, Georgia and went on to obtained his MBA from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. He later pursued post- graduate work at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia while working as an Assistant Professor of Business and Economics at Georgia College and State University.

Presently, he was employed as the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Kent State University, having formerly served as the Registrar at KSU for 7 years. Prior to his tenure at Kent State, he was the Registrar at The College of Wooster for 14 years and the Registrar at Utah State University for 4 years.

Glenn served two terms as the President of the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (OACRAO). He also formerly served as the president of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army of Wooster, Ohio. He was a lifelong member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

He had a passion for traveling in his motor home to U.S. National Parks and Major League Baseball Stadiums.  He was an avid card player and a collector of bow ties, which he often wore with pride. He also enjoyed playing on faculty and staff sports teams: softball, bowling, and volleyball. He especially loved playing golf and did so throughout much of his illness.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sheila L. Davis, and their three children, Glejuanda L. Davis (Daytona Beach, FL), Tiffany (Richard) Davis-Baer (Ponte Vedra, FL), and Glenn K. Davis (New York, NY). Family also include: two grandchildren, Aric Glenn Davis-Baer and Frederick Titan Davis-Baer; aunts, Iona Ash, Lillian Williams, and Bettye Davis Sawyer; uncles, Essex B. Lampkin, Ronald Davis, and Michael Davis; and nieces and nephews, Brandice E.A. Bailey, Sivad D. Davis, and Bianca M. Davis.

Left to cherish his memory are many cousins, relatives, and friends, including his childhood friend, Harry Ladson of Washington, D.C. and a half-sister, Vaneisa Davis Benjamin of Stockbridge, Georgia. 

A member of the Arlington Church of God, the funeral service will take place on December 27, 2013 at the church, located at 539 S. Arlington Street in Akron, OH.  The viewing will begin at the church at 12pm, with the service immediately following.   Interment will be at the Jacksonville National Cemetery on January 3, 2014, located at 4083 Lannie Road in Jacksonville, FL.  Condolences may be sent to the family at 111 Oak Hill Circle, Rootstown, OH 44272.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Glenn Davis could be made to Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center at 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333 or the Salvation Army of Wooster, OH at 437 South Market St., Wooster, OH 44691.