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Mary M. Ashford, 95

GIRARD – Funeral services will be at noon on Friday at the Friendship Baptist Church in Girard for Mary M. Ashford, 95, who departed this life Sunday at Omni Manor Health Care Center.

She was born Jan. 28, 1911 in Lawrence, Miss., a daughter of William and Emma Walsh Cruder.

A homemaker, Mrs. Ashford was a member of the church and its choir and missions.

Her husband, Henry Ashford, whom she married in 1948, died in 1965.

She leaves several nieces and nephews, including, William Simmons of Murrieta, Calif., and Charles E. (Roberta) Dawson and Earlene (Donald) Roberts Anderson, both of Youngstown; two special great-nieces, Sharlotte Dawson and Norene Axel, both of Youngstown; and two special friends, Gussie Mitchell and Loree Richardson, both of Girard.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, George and William Cruder and William Simmons Sr., and two sisters, Lowrene Hopkins and Bertha LeFlore.

Viewing will be from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday at the church.


Margaret “Margie” Billock, 77

CANFIELD – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Christine’s Catholic Church for Margaret “Margie” Billock, 77, formerly of Canfield, who passed away Sunday at Hospice House in Euclid from complications of pneumonia.

Margie was born Dec. 5, 1929 in Youngstown, the daughter of George and Mary (Hanna) Joseph.

She had held credit and personnel manager positions with Livingston’s department store in Youngstown and later sold real estate for Cliff Fisher Realty in Canfield. She was also a longtime member of St. Christine’s Church.

Her husband, Vincent Billock whom she married Oct. 11, 1958, passed away Dec. 14, 2005.

Margie leaves three children, Vincent and his wife Bambi Billock of Dayton, Gary Billock of Hobart, Ind., and Lanea Billock of Bay Village; a brother, Carl Joseph of Boardman; two sisters, Mary Ball of Boardman and Caroline Green of Austintown; and four grandchildren, Amber, Rachel and Matthew Billock and Caleb Kusmider.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Joe and Mike Joseph; and a sister, Sue Russell.

Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th St. Euclid, OH 44119.

Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.



Nicholas Paul Carson, 80

POLAND – Nicholas Paul Carson, 80, of 8012 North Lima Road, died Tuesday morning at Caprice Health Care.

He was born Sept. 11, 1926 in Youngstown, a son of Charles and Rose Kasunic Carson.

Mr. Carson was a supervisor for Mahoning County Engineer for 35 years, retiring in 1988. He also sold tires from his home.

He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle in New Middletown and was precinct committee man for the Democratic Party. An Army veteran, Mr. Carson served in WWII.

He is survived by his wife, the former Eleanor Dupey, whom he married Aug. 16, 1952; two sons, David Carson of Indianapolis and Donald (Beth) Carson of East Palestine; a brother, John Carson; and three grandchildren, Alex, Alana and Amy Carson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Theresa; and a brother, Peter.

There will be funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at the church.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.



Richard M. Case, 54

DEL CITY, OKLA. – Richard M. Case, 54, formerly of Hubbard, died Sunday evening at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

He was born May 7, 1952 in Youngstown, the son of Joseph J. and Sally A. Yahn Case.

Mr. Case was an electrician for many years.

He leaves his mother, Sally Case of Hubbard; a daughter, Michelle (B.J.) Sanders of Lexington, Okla.; two brothers, John (Theresa) Case of Lake George, N.Y., and Thomas (Georgia) Case of Austintown; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Robert Case.

Funeral services will be private.

There are no calling hours.

Arrangements are being handled by the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Contributions may be made to the Hubbard Public Library, 436 West Liberty St., Hubbard, OH 44425.

Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view this obituary and send condolences


Joseph P. Crawford, 50

SALEM – Joseph P. Crawford, 50, of 464 E. 8th St., died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at his home.

He was born June 30, 1956 in Salem, the son of the late John F. and Betty (Gline) Crawford.

He had been employed by St. Gobian in Newberry. Prior to that he had worked for National Refactories in Columbiana.

Joseph was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and a 1975 graduate of Salem High School.

He received an associate degree in business from the Salem Branch of Kent State and taught C.C.D. classes at St. Paul for 20 years. He was a member of Salem Hunting Club and enjoyed camping, marksmanship, photography and motorcycle riding. His wife, Donna, donated a kidney to him for a kidney transplant in 1999.

He is survived by his wife, Donna (Loomis) Crawford, whom he married July 7, 1990; a daughter, Jessica Crawford Cox of Delaware; a brother, John N. Crawford of North Benton; and a granddaughter, Leah Cox of Delaware.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home, with a Prayer Vigil service at 7:45 p.m.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Catholic Church, with Father Thomas McCarthy officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Leetonia.


Joanne E. McMurray, 76

NORTH LIMA – Joanne E. McMurray, 76, of North Lima, passed away Monday, Jan. 15, at North Side Medical Center from congestive heart failure.

Joanne was born March 29, 1930 in New Castle, Pa., the daughter of Ernest Smith and Ruth Fulkerson Smith. Joanne moved to North Lima in 1970.

Mrs. McMurray was employed at Union National Bank of Youngstown, which later became Bank One, as an executive secretary for 21 years. She retired in 1992.

Joanne was a member of the Disciples Christian Church of Boardman, was a graduate of Boardman High School in 1948 and a past member of the American Business Woman’s Association.

Joanne is survived by her husband, K. Robert McMurray, whom she married Sept. 29, 1951; a daughter, Deborah Siembida of Salem; a son, Dale McMurray and wife Kathy of Grayson, Ga.; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Love of North Carolina; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister Harriet and a twin brother, Austin.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Disciple Christian Church in Boardman.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the church, with Rev. Lou Raymond and Rev. Walter Coy Officiating.

Burial will be at Boardman Township Cemetery.

The family suggested material tributes to be sent to The Disciples Christian Church of Boardman or the American Heart Association.

Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima was in charge of the arrangements.

Visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this obituary or send condolences online.


Robert L. Mercer, 70

EAST PALESTINE – Robert L. Mercer, 70, of 1779 N. Market St., died at 6:10 p.m. Monday at Hospice House in Poland, following a battle with leukemia.

He was born June 3, 1936 in Fairfield Township, Columbiana County, a son of Clarence O. and Ruth M. Gleason Mercer, and had lived in this area all of his life.

Mr. Mercer had been employed as a machine operator at Fairfield Machine in Columbiana for 10 years, retiring in 2001. Prior to that, he had been plant manager at United Canning Corporation in North Lima for several years.

Bob was a member of the New Waterford United Methodist Church, where he was very active and cared deeply for his church family.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rachel A. Beiling, whom he married Oct. 17, 1958; three sons, Robert (Mary) Mercer Jr. of Salem, Richard (Robin) Mercer of East Palestine and Michael (Michele) Mercer of Austintown; two sisters, Ruth Helen Rime of Ellwood City, Pa., and June Feezle of Enon Valley, Pa.; two brothers, Guy Mercer of East Palestine and Dick Knowles of East Liverpool; and six grandchildren, Michael, Sarah, Rick, Mason, Austin and Courtney.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Knowles.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the New Waterford United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark D. Vincent officiating.

Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Van Dyke-Swaney Funeral Home in East Palestine, and one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the East Palestine Library or the New Waterford United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Visit www.familycareservices.com to send condolences to the family.

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Michael J. Murphy, 46

AUSTINTOWN – Michael J. Murphy, 46, passed away suddenly Sunday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. at his home.

Michael was born April 16, 1960 in Youngstown, the son of Donald R. and Virginia McKinley Murphy.

He was employed with the Village of Craig Beach as the Street Commissioner for seven years.

Michael was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Steel Valley Combine Pigeon Club. He was a coach for the Fighting Little Redmen, Youngstown Baseball Team and the Uptown Kiwanis Baseball Team. He enjoyed flying and racing pigeons.

He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Youngstown.

Michael is survived by his wife, the former Suzanne “Sue” Jenkins, whom he married June 23, 1979; his mother and stepfather, Joseph and Virginia “Ginney Lou” (McKinley) Golec of Austintown; two children, Michael L. (Amber) and Shana K. (Duane) Wellman, both of Austintown; two sisters, Jeanine M. Murphy and Vickey L. (Sam) Mattace, both of Atlanta; and five grandchildren, Arianna Gregorino, Brock Wellman, Jonathen, Damien, and Neven Murphy.

Michael was preceded in death by his father.

Family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, where a funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. with full military honors.

Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.



Naomi Weeden, 83

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be today at noon at the Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church for Mrs. Naomi Weeden, 83, who departed this life Thursday, Jan. 11, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mrs. Weeden was born Dec. 17, 1923 in Birmingham, Ala., a daughter of Jessie and Beulah Akles Willis.

She was a cook at various restaurants and was a great homemaker. She also worked at Strouss’ Department Store until she became ill in 1981. Even though she could not work at a full-time job, she still continued to volunteer for various organizations and was a devoted woman with Christ.

She was a member of Old Glory Church, where she served as church mother, and various duties under the pastorate of Rev. E. P. Adams.

Her husband, Jerry, whom she marred Nov. 23, 1955, passed away in 1987.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory her children, Dujuane (Sausirae) Weeden, Tyronda Pierce, Floy Willis, Jr., and Sherry Willis; grandchildren, whom she reared, Nellie (Clarence) Kitchen and Lebron Matthews and a host of other grandchildren; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Venus, Rasheira, Ishmaa`ily, Faushia, Kajuane, Dujuane, Jr., Keasia and a host of other great-grandchildren; a sister, Rachel Griffin of Birmingham, Ala.; a special loved one, Kelda Gayles; and a host of other family and friends.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; children, Floy Willis, Freddie Jo Matthews and Cleotha Weeden; and brothers, Melvin, Jerry, Johnny B. Obrown, and Zachirah Willis.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon today at the Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church.

Arrangements entrusted to the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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Robert William Weimer, 54

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rossi Bros. Funeral Home, Boardman Chapel, for Robert William Weimer, 54, who passed away early Sunday morning at his residence. Robert will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends.

He was born April 28, 1952 in Youngstown, the son of Clyde Francis and Peggy Corrine (Montgomery) Weimer, and was a lifelong area resident.

Robert was a self-employed contractor for Weimer’s Construction, and also retired from Youngstown Steel Door, where he worked from 1969 until the mid 1980s.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 36 years, the former Maryjane L. Young, whom he married Nov. 18, 1970; four children, Robert (Cindy) Weimer of Girard and Vickie Weimer, Christopher Weimer and Janie Weimer, all of Youngstown; four grandchildren, Angela, Hailey, Randy, and John; three step grandchildren, Cynthia, George and Sara; three brothers, Clyde Weimer Jr., Monte Weimer and Norman Weimer; three sisters, Peggy Lynch, June Pemberton and Blanche Weimer; several nieces and nephews; a close uncle, Robert “Butch” Weimer; his mother-in-law, Mary Young with whom he shared his home; and a lifelong friend, Rex Morrison.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Paul and William Weimer.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial dinner from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Hall.

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John D. Williams Jr., 87

BOARDMAN – There will be funeral services at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Old North Church of Canfield, 7105 Herbert Road, for John D. Williams Jr., 87, who died Monday morning at Hospice House.

Mr. Williams was born March 30, 1919, a son of John D. Sr. and Mary Jane Davies Williams.

He was a 1937 graduate of South High School and received his bachelors degree in accounting from Youngstown College. He was a self-employed certified public accountant for more than 60 years until his illness. He was a member of the church where he was an elder and treasurer of the church council, and belonged to the Ohio Society of C.P.As.

His wife, the former Anne Savasten, whom he married Aug. 8, 1942, died June 2002.

He is survived by two daughters, Elsbeth (Earl) Welsh of Delaware, Ohio and Debbie Yergin of Solon; a son, Roger (Deborah) Williams of Gilford, N.H.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Becky Clay.

Friends may call Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House or to the church.

Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

Arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.



Shawn L. Woodall, 28

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at noon on Friday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Shawn L. Woodall, 28, who departed this life Friday, Jan. 12.

He was born Aug. 4, 1978 in Youngstown, a son of Willie J. Woodall and Tawana F. Flint.

Mr. Woodall was a member of the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church.

He leaves his parents and his stepfather, Phillip McLaurin, two children, Shawn L. Woodall and Shawndaya L. Brown, stepbrothers, Adrien J. Woodall and Terry Woodall, and a stepsister, Rhonda Woodall, all of Youngstown.

His brother, Sherman Woodall; a sister, Lawana Woodall; and his grandparents, John and Cynthia L. Flint, preceded him in death.

Viewing will be from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday.





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