Miscellaneous Butler County, Ohio Obituaries

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Rev. Dr. Virgil E. Cummings 
The Rev. Dr. Virgil E. Cummings was a man called by God to do the work of the Lord. But he could not achieve his goals without the help of God, his family and friends.

Rev. Cummings, the son of the late Nelson and Mary Cummings, was born on May 16, 1936 in Springfield, Ill., and answered the call to the Church Triumphant on Saturday afternoon, July 8, 2000.

His matriculation began in the Springfield, Ill., school district and continued on to Wilberforce University and Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. While at Wilberforce, he met the woman of his dreams, Rose T. Sanford, who became his wife and his best friend for more than 42 years.

From this union were born three children, Virgil Eugene Cummings, Jr. of Oxford; Valeria Rose Cummings Swope of Lexington, Ky.; and the Rev. Vanessa Renee Cummings of Oxford.

Virgil, as he was known to his family and friends, spent his life serving the Lord and because of his love and undying faith was able to overcome major obstacles in his life. Although he lost his sight, he remained a visionary. He was ordained an itinerate elder in the A.M.E. Church in 1957 by Bishop Joseph Gomez. 

His name is known across the Connectional A.M.E. Church where he served as Pastor and Presiding Elder. His pastorates included, Associate Pastor of Waymen Chapel, Dayton; Pastor of Waymen, Bainbride, Ohio; Pastor of St. Paul, Cedarville, Ohio; Pastor of Allen Chapel, College Hill, Ohio; Pastor of Bethel, Oxford, Ohio; Pastor of Cyrene, Piqua, Ohio; Presiding Elder of the West Virginia Annual Conference (Wheeling, W. Va., and Charleston, W. Va. Districts); Columbus District and Springfield/Xenia Districts in the Oho Annual Conference; Dayton and currently presiding elder of Cincinnati Districts of the South Ohio Conference.

His achievements are many and include, Honorary Doctor of Human Letters from Monrovia College, Liberia West Africa; life member of Kiwanis International; life member of the NAACP; founding member and first president of the Miami University Employees Federal Credit Union; Black Faculty and Staff at Miami University; Minority Recruiter for the graduate school of Miami University; first black Secretary/Treasurer of Oxford Kiwanis; Citizens Advisory Council, Oxford Police.

In addition to his wife and children, Virgil leaves to mourn four grandchildren, Catherine Denise Wilson, Vashae' Richelle Swope, William Vincent Swope and Jasmine Matthews; two sisters, Theresa Faith Cummings of Springfield, Ill., and Katherine Elaine Blanks of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a brother, Nelson I. Cummings Jr. of Madison, Wis.; nephews, nieces, aunts, an uncle and extended family members, Rebecca Ragland, San Janetta Wilson, Garnetta Stewart and Rev. Zelia Brown-Harvey; special friends, Rosezelia Patton, Sharyn Taylor, Dr. Bernard Kincaid and the Tate Brothers, James and P. Robert.

Virgil was known as a person who stood up for what was right. He was a friend and confidante to many and when you talked to him you knew it would not be heard again. He practiced what he preached and inspired others each day of his life.

The visitation was held on Wednesday, July 12 from 4-8 p.m. at Thompson Hall and Jordan Funeral Home in Forest Park, Ohio. The funeral service will be held today, Thursday, July 13 at 1 p.m. at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, 2804 Alms Place, Cincinnati. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery in Oxford.

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Shellie S. Smith 
Shellie S. Smith, 101, of Camden, died on July 5 at Oxford View Nursing Center in Oxford.

Mr. Smith was born on June 13, 1899, in Leslie County, Ky. He married Elaine Stamper in October of 1968, in Covington, Ky. He was employed as a pipe fitter for Local #162 for 60 years. Mr. Smith was also a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1922 until 1925 with the H.Q. Special Troops at Fort Sam in Houston, Texas.

Private memorial services were held at the convenience of the family. R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Dorothy Jane Du Bois 
Dorothy Jane Du Bois, 88, died June 28 at Schroder Manor Retirement Home in Hamilton. She was born on May 22, 1912, in Youngstown, Ohio. A memorial service will be held for family and friends at 2 p.m. Aug. 11 at Schroder Manor Chapel, 1302 Millville Ave., Hamilton.

Dorothy attending Miami University, where she became a member of Alpha Omega Pi sorority. She married Harold (Butch) Du Bois and later moved to Oxford where she worked for Miami University Music Department. She remained an Oxford resident until she moved into Schroder Manor Retirement Home in 1996.

Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St. Suite 1026, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; McCullough-Hyde Hospital, Oxford; or to a charity of your choice.

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Curtis O. Campbell Sr. 
Curtis O. Cambell Sr., age 83, died on July 11. 

He was born on Nov. 16, 1916, in West Elkton in Preble County. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mabel Campbell.

He retired after 47 years of service from the Champion Paper Company in Middletown. 

Funeral Services were be held Thursday, July 13, at Camden First Southern Baptist Church, Camden, with Rev. Greg Jackson officiating. Burial followed at the Fairview Cemetery in Gratis.

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Walter Moore Sr 
Walter Moore Sr., 91, formerly of Liberty, Ind., died early July 13 at the Oak Ridge Rehab & Specialty Care Unit, Richmond, Ind. He was born on Jan. 22, 1909, in Jellico, Tenn. and worked most of his life as a factory worker, having spent time at American Kitchens in Connersville and Guerin Plating in Richmond, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rosa Moore, and second wife, Lillie Moore.

Funeral services were conducted on July 17. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery, Brookville, Ind. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Cecil W. Widau 
Cecil W. Widau, 77, of West College Corner, Ind., died early Monday morning at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital. He was born on March 19, 1923, in Union County, Ind.

Widau had lived all his life in this area. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He married the former Betty C. Arnold on Feb. 29, 1948, in Liberty.

Funeral services were conducted at the convenience of the family.

Burial was in the College Corner Cemetery, West College Corner. Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford View Nursing Center in Mr. Midau's memory.

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Dorothy Jane Du Bois 
Dorothy Jane Du Bois, 88, died June 28 at Schroder Manor Retirement Home in Hamilton. She was born on May 22, 1912, in Youngstown, Ohio. A memorial service will be held for family and friends at 2 p.m. Aug. 11 at Schroder Manor Chapel, 1302 Millville Ave., Hamilton.

Dorothy attending Miami University, where she became a member of Alpha Omega Pi sorority. She married Harold (Butch) Du Bois and later moved to Oxford where she worked for Miami University Music Department. She remained an Oxford resident until she moved into Schroder Manor Retirement Home in 1996.

Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St. Suite 1026, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203; McCullough-Hyde Hospital, Oxford; or to a charity of your choice.

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Agnes Mae Hogue 
Agnes Mae Hogue, 95, of Springfield, died Monday, July 17, in Oakwood Village, Springfield. She was born in Greene County, Ohio. She was a former employee of Crowell-Collier of Springfield and DESC.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Donna Hogue of Oxford.

Services were held July 20 at the North Hampton United Church of Christ. Burial follows in Vale Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the North Hampton United Church of Christ.

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Christina Buckley Gay 
Christina Buckley Gay died July 3 in Newport Beach, Calif. She was the daughter of Hubert and Irene Buckley of Oxford and graduated from Talawanda High School and Miami University. She taught third grade in California for 30 years. 

Memorial gifts may be made to Laurel's Scholarship Fund (checks payable to Walter Gay, 177 Riverside Ave. Newport Beach, CA 92663) or to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation at 3191-A Airport Loop Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

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John F. Holcomb 
John F. Holcomb, 63, of Hamilton, died in Mercy Hospital of Anderson, July 22, at 6:28 p.m. He was born in Middletown on March 17, 1937. He was a 1955 graduate of Hamilton High School and a member of the 1954 State Championship Basketball Team of Hamilton High; a 1959 graduate of Wittenburg College with a bachelor of arts degree and a 1962 graduate of University of Cincinnati Law School. He was the Prosecuting Attorney of Butler County for the last 27 years. On Nov. 2, 1962, in Middletown, he was married to Judith Weinstein.

Funeral services were held at The Presbyterian Church, 23 South Front Street, Hamilton, July 26. Burial was in Miltonville Cemetery.

Brown Dawson Funeral Home, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the Salvation Army, 235 Ludlow St.; the Shriners Burn Institute of Cincinnati or to The Presbyterian Church.

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Howard Berry 
Howard Berry, 86, of Camden, died on Saturday, July 22, at his home. Berry was born on Nov. 4, 1913 in San Angelo, Texas. He married Henrietta Salyer in Parrish, Ky. on Aug. 19, 1960.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served from 1942-1945. He was employed as a roofer at the Valley Sheet Metal Company prior to his retirement.

Funeral services were held at the R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home, Camden. Burial was in Butler County Memorial Park.

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Julia Ann (Wolf) Ratliff 
Julia Ann (Wolf) Ratliff, 31, of 141 Bryan St., West College Corner, died on Tuesday, July 18, as a result of injuries received in a Butler County auto accident. She was born on July 23, 1968, in Oxford. She had lived all of her life in the College Corner area. She is a 1987 graduate of Union County High School in Liberty.

She has been employed by Wal-Mart Corp. in Hamilton, since the store was opened. She was married on Aug. 10, 1990, in Hamilton to Gregory M. Ratliff.

Funeral services were held at Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Baker Chapel in College Corner on Saturday, July 22. Burial followed in the College Corner Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association for Asthma Research in her memory.

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LaRue Courtney 
LaRue Courtney, 80 of Talaford Manor, Oxford, died early Thursday morning, July 27, at the Oxford View Nursing Center.

Employed by the America National Red Cross, Courtney held administrative positions in various hospitals in the United States and Japan. She was a member of the Red Cross teams participating in the two Korean prisoner of war exchanges.

She left the Red Cross to accept a position with a private counseling agency in St. Louis where she worked until her retirement.

According to Courtney's wishes, her body was donated to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. There will be no visitation or services.

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Donald Wayne Clark 
Donald Wayne Clark, 30, of Camden, died on Friday, July 28, near Camden. He was born on July 18, 1970, in Hamilton. He was employed by Xerox and was a member of the band DDT.

Services were held on Monday, July 31 at noon at R.C. Nein & Sons-Thompson Funeral Home. Rev. Michael Gadd officiated. Burial followed at Fairmount Cemetery in Camden.


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