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Essie Lee Burley (Wyatt)

Essie Lee (Wyatt) Burley, 91, passed away peacefully December 19, 2013.  Essie, a resident of Ohio since the age of 3, was born in McDonough, GA to the late Teasley and Arlena Wyatt.

She attended Akron Public Schools, graduating from South High School.  She went on to work at Goodyear Aerospace and Peoples Hospital.

She accepted Christ at an early age, uniting with Mt. Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of A.L. Dykes, Peoples Baptist Church under the leadership of George Goodman, and later New Hope Baptist Church under the leadership of David Nelson where she faithfully served in the choir until her health declined. 

Essie was loved by all who knew her.  She loved life and people.  She was an avid bowler winning many trophies and awards and loved to dance.  Also known for her spiritual readings, she was truly a people person, never meeting any strangers.  At any given time, you could always find someone from the neighborhood sitting on her porch.  Her impetuous smile could add joy to any one she came across.

Essie married John Luster and from that union, her oldest daughters, Cassandra Jean, and Priscilla Yvonne were born.  Later she married Trenton Burley and from that union, Nannette Marie and Joyce Marie were born.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, 1 sister, and 3 great-grandchildren. 

She leaves to mourn her daughters, Cassandra (John) Cook, Priscilla Jones, Nannette Burley, and Joyce (John) Ellis, all of Akron; 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; goddaughters, Norma Miller, of Akron, OH, and Ann McClain, of Birmingham, AL; godson, Minister Robert (Syreeta) Joseph, Jr. of Akron, OH; devoted caregivers, daughter, Joyce Ellis, granddaughter, Nicole Sherman, and grandson, Trenton Burley; special friends, Frances Little and Velma Mitchell; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Special thank you to the staff of The Merriman, Professional Nursing Service, Summa Western Reserve, Hospice of Summa, Pastor David Nelson, and New Hope Baptist Church.

Funeral Service will be held Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 1706 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron, OH 44320, Rev. David Nelson officiating.  Interment Mt. Peace Cemetery.  Friends may visit at the church from 12:00 Noon until time of service.  Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 938 Roslyn Ave., Akron, OH 44320.


Lillie Mae Blackmon

Lillie Mae Blackmon, 89, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away December 17, 2013.

She was born in Blackshear, Georgia, November 9, 1924 to Leo and Amy Marshall.  She graduated from Lee Street High School and received her Bachelors from Savannah State University and her Masters from Hampton Institute.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Elihu Robert Blackmon, Sr; and brother, Leo Marshall, Jr; sister, Nettie Webb.  She is survived by sisters, Fannie Morris of Blackshear, Georgia and sister Amy McNeal (Grady McNeal, Sr) of Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

She was married to Elihu Robert Blackmon, Sr in 1954.  In this union, 5 children were born.  Tonja Blackmon of Columbus, Ohio; Beth Blackmon of Akron, Ohio; Steven Blackmon, deceased; Elihu (Bobby) Blackmon, Jr, of Scottsdale, Arizona; and Jeanine Robbins (DeVon Robbins) of Scottsdale, Arizona.  She is also survived by 10 grandchildren; Michael Robbins, Raven Robbins, Bryanna Robbins, Bria Robbins, L.B. Blackmon, Chanel Blackmon, Alaina Burchill, Chimere Hodoh (Lawrence Hodoh), Maya Little and Mary Little.

Lillie Mae lived in Akron, Ohio for 51 years.  She was a School Teacher for the Akron Public Schools retiring in 1989.  She was a faithful member and Youth Leader of First Baptist Church in Wadsworth, Ohio for many years.  She also was a member of Sorority, IOTA PHI LAMBDA doing what she loved which was community service.

Service will be held Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St, Akron, Ohio 44307,  Pastor Rufus Thompson officiating.  Interment Lakewood Cemetery, 1080 W Waterloo Rd, Akron, Ohio 44314.  Friends may visit at the Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.  Condolences may be sent to 2810 Canvasback Circle, Akron, Ohio 44319.




Carla Deseree Campbell-McReynolds

Carla Deseree  Campbell-McReynolds was born on October 29, 1958 to the late Charles Earl Campbell and Aria Price Campbell.  For the past eight years she was married to Charles McReynolds.

Carla attended Our Lady of the Elms Elementary School, Central Howard high school, Akron University for two years, and graduated from The School of Court Reporting with a Paralegal Degree.   Also last year completing veterinarian assistant training program at Akron University.

Carla loved to read on a daily basis.  She was proud to say that she read the Bible from beginning to end and participated in many Bible study groups.  She was baptized at Wesley Temple at an early age. 

Carla had many gifts and an artist’s spirit.  She had an eye for beauty that lives in her artwork.  She developed a passion for painting and poetry at an early age, so much so that pursuing painting as a career was a dream of hers.  Her sense of humor kept people from being offended when she bluntly told it like it was.  She had a talent for making the ordinary fun.  She had a faultless sense of acceptance.  She loved and cared for her family and friends, accepting each just as they were.  She accepted circumstances and made the best of every situation.  This sense of acceptance allowed Carla to extend grace to all who crossed her path.  This is a lesson for those of us left behind, a way for us to carry Carla with us always.

Her working career included supervisory positions at Pizza Hut and Nicolinni’s in Montrose.  She also embarked on her own industrial cleaning and catering business.  She actively volunteered in the community and was currently employed at The Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth, Ohio. 

Carla went home to be with the Lord on December 11, 2013.  She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Campbell, both sets of grandparents: Luther and Marie Campbell and Ulysses and Tena Price.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving mother, Aria, husband Charles McReynolds, Brother Eric Campbell (Amy Campbell}, nephew, Khamrin Campbell and niece Arianna Campbell.  Also leaving, a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  Her longtime friend was Cindy Abney.

Service will be held Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307, Rev. Charles Tyler officiating. Interment Greenlawn Cemetery Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.  Friends may visit at the funeral home from 2:00 p.m. until time of service.  Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 4251 Debbie Ln, Norton, OH 44203.


Marjorie H. Glinn

On December 13, 2013 God called home his faithful servant, Marjorie Glinn.  She was born on February 1, 1918 in Shubuta, Mississippi to Willis and Easter Heidelberg.  She was the second child of seven children. 

She was a great cook who enjoyed catering.  She was also a dedicated mother who loved feeding and spending time with her family and spoiling all of her grandchildren especially her “monsters”.

Marjorie was the beloved wife for over 71 years to Sam L. Glinn; dearest mother to Beatrice (Vaughn) Woolridge, Samuel (Jacqueline) Glinn, Velma (William) Sales and Ethel Townsend (deceased); loving grandmother of Ryan Woolridge, Derrick Glinn, Kara Woolridge-Parkman, LaRonda Glinn, Sara Woolridge, Janice Christian, James Townsend, Darren Townsend, Anthony Townsend and Danielle Husband; great-grandmother of Alivia Perkins, Alisha Woolridge, Ariana McCoy, Zaina Woolridge, Zoee Woolridge, Dorina Glinn, Daniela Glinn, LeKesha Parkman, Taylor Howard-Parkman, Jasmine Glinn and  Jala Glinn; great-great grandmother of Arayvia Perkins, Jada James and her “monsters” Marcus Lockett, Jr. and MyLonna Lockett.  She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.

A celebration of her life will take place on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at Macedonia Baptist Church, 940 McKinley Ave, Akron, OH 44306, Rev. Lorenzo Glenn officiating.  Interment Rose Hill 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 964 Hartford Ave., Akron, OH 44320.