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IN MEMORY OF
Edna G. Parsons Heeter

Edna G. Parsons Heeter, 78, Antiquity community, passed away at 12:40 A.M. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in the Rocksprings Rehabilitation Center, Pomeroy. Born September 26, 1936 in Columbus, Ohio she was the daughter of the late William Edward and Georgia Bailey Catron. She was a homemaker and attended the Racine Baptist Church. Surviving is her husband, William Heeter Jr., whom she married September 25, 2013, in Pomeroy, son, Mark Allen Parsons, London, Ohio, grandson, Mark Allen Parsons Jr., Lancaster, Ohio, sister, Cora Livingston, Ashley, Ohio, step-daughters, Detearie Heeter and Tawnee Marie Phaze, both of Coral Springs, Florida, step-son, Kyle Heeter, Atlanta, Georgia, three step-grandchildren, Chaos Phaze, Ricky Phaze and Tyler Phaze, a step-great-grandchild, Spring Melody Ann Phaze and a sister-in-law, Mary C. Hiltz, Unionville, PA.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by sisters, Violet Jean Allen, Gracie Catron, Marie Elizabeth Catron and brothers, William Catron Jr. and Ed Catron.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Monday, February 2, 2015, in the Cemeens Funeral Home, Racine. Officiating will be Rev. Ryan Eaton. Burial will be in the Letart Falls Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 - 8 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Mark William Smedley

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Mark William Smedley, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 22, at Holzer Meigs Emergency Department in Pomeroy, Ohio. He was 59.

He was born on May 10, 1955, to Donald William and Stella Lowe Smedley.

Mark is survived by his wife, Judith Francis Smedley; five children, Tania Maria (Robert) Rosario of Seattle, Wash.; Augustine (Konul) Rosario III of Victoria B.C., Judy (David) Farmer of Jacksonville, Ohio; William Smedley of Ramallah, Palestine; and Arian Celeste (Sid) Smedley of Athens, Ohio; brother, Kevin (Anne) Smedley of Portsmouth, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Jeanne Smedley of Portland, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Steve Smedley, of Portland, Tenn.

A service will be held on Friday, Jan. 30th, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Athens, Ohio, 10 a.m., followed by a gathering at his home in Portland, Ohio. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mark’s life. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Sherian Kay French

Sherian Kay French, 68, Gallipolis, passed away at 2:52 P.M. Saturday, January 24, 2015, in the Holzer Senior Care Center. Born November 3, 1946 in Gallia County, Ohio she was the daughter of Edna L. Stewart French, of Gallipolis, and the late Robert Eugene French. In addition to her mother she is survived by two aunts, Sara Lou Plants. Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Barbara Thomas, Columbus, Ohio as well as many cousins.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her sister, Charlotte Ann French, on November 13, 2011, her maternal grandparents, Raymond and Belva Belle Shaver Stewart and her paternal grandparents, Oscar Eugene "O.E." and Nellie Smith French.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Friday, January 30, 2015, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. Rev. Alfred Holley will officiate. Private interment will be in the Gravel Hill Cemetery at Cheshire. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Sherian's memory to the Holzer Senior Care Center, Activity Fund, 380 Colonial Drive, Bidwell, OH  45614.

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IN MEMORY OF
Martha C. Stutler

Martha C. Stutler, 74, Marietta, died Saturday, January 24, 2015, at her residence. Born August 14, 1940 in Parkersburg, West Virginia she was the daughter of the late Richard C. and Mary Wilson Meredith. She was a graduate of the Mountain State Business College and was a secretary for several years. She was a member of the Cutler United Methodist Church.
 
Surviving is her husband, Rev. Dewayne Stutler, two daughters, Debra (Eric) Hyde, Stowe, Ohio and Mary (Robert) Allen-Chambers, Coppers Cove, Texas, four grandchildren. Christina Allen, Mark Allen, Alysha Thomas and McKenzie Stutler, a great-grandson, Luke Allen, sister, Judith (Russ) Anderson,  Washington, WV, brother, Ron (Faith) Meredith, Waverly, WV, step-son, Jarrod (Courtney) Stutler, Concord, NC and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wendell and Madeline Stutler, Vienna, WV.
 
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a step-son, Christopher Stutler.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 27, 2015, in the Cremeens Funeral Home, Racine. Officiating will be Rev. Arland King and Rev. Earl James. Friends may call after 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Martha's memory to the Living Faith United Methodist Church, 4771 State Route 339, Vincent, OH. 45784

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IN MEMORY OF
Lillian K. "Jody" Gilson

Lillian K. "Jody" Gilson, 45, of Green Township, passed away at 3:30 P.M. Sunday, January 18, 2015, in the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Born April 29, 1969 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio she was the daughter of Thomas R. and Brenda Stamper Goodwin, who survive in Bidwell. She was a custodian at the University of Rio Grande. Surviving is her son, Dustin Gilson, Bidwell, parents, Thomas and Brenda Goodwin, Bidwell, grandson, Thomas Goodwin,sisters, Cassie Goodwin, Bidwell and Tammy Gregory, Somerset, Ohio, nephew, Larry Winston and nieces, Cari Winston, Lindsey Winston, Hannah Estep and Katie Layton and a great-niece, Jordan Shey Layton.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Dischert.

There are no calling hours or funeral services.

Cremation services are by the Cremeens Funeral Homes, Inc.

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IN MEMORY OF
Bob J. Baker

Bob J. Baker, 85, Leon, West Virginia, passed away at 2:45 A.M. Friday, January 16, 2015 in the Ravenswood Village Care Center in Ravenswood, West Virginia. Born October 15, 1929 in Seattle, Washington he was the son of the late Vaughan and Gladys Peterson Baker. He was retired from the maintenance department at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Baker, in 1965 and his second wife, Patricia Blackerby Baker in 2010. Bob is survived by his daughter, Jill Loriaux, Bilthoven, Neatherlands and his step-son, John Robert "Bob" Lersch, Tucson, Arizona.

In keeping with Bob's wishes, there are no calling hours or funeral services.

Cremation services are entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Gallipolis.

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IN MEMORY OF
William Reynolds Nelson
December 13, 1928 - January 7, 2015

Bill Nelson, age 86, was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, a town on the banks of the Ohio River just across from West Virginia. His mother, Maude Reynolds Nelson, was a schoolteacher, and his father, Lafayette Henry Nelson, was a locomotive engineer. Home was a farm in nearby Addison that had neither running water nor electricity during much of Bill's youth. His early memories include waving at his father as he drove the train on tracks that ran by the farm, and attending first grade in the one-room schoolhouse where his mother had taught earlier.

The Nelsons moved from the Addison farm into Gallipolis when Bill was starting high school. After graduating from Gallia Academy High School at the age of 16, Bill attended Ohio State University, where he earned a BS in education in September 1948 and a degree from the College of Law in 1951.

The love of Bill's life was his wife, Rachel Ann Masters Nelson, the daughter of Ruth Masters, his high school history teacher, who famously awarded Bill only an A- instead of an A in her course, allegedly because he let his then-girlfriend see his paper. Bill and Ann married in the First Presbyterian Church in Gallipolis in 1950, one week after Ann turned 18 years old (Bill was 21) since her parents would not give consent until she was of age.

Bill graduated from law school in 1951, passed the Ohio bar exam in July, and started work at his lifelong employer, Gates, McDonald & Company, an insurance company later acquired by Nationwide. In October he was drafted into the US Marines. After boot camp at Parris Island he served first at the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point and then at the Marine Corps Air Station just outside Miami, Florida, working in the personnel and legal offices.  According to Bill, he and his fellow Marines who worked stateside on office duty referred jokingly to themselves as "Remington Raiders", named after the manual typewriters they pounded in service to their country. His wife Ann joined him at these postings and their first son was born in 1953 in Miami Beach.  

Discharged in 1953, Bill returned to Gates, McDonald, working first in the main Columbus office, then in the Canton office, then back in Columbus; he ultimately transferred to the Los Angeles office in 1960 to manage West Coast operations. The Nelson family lived in the San Fernando Valley in several homes; their longest residence was on Carard Street in Woodland Hills, California, where they raised their four children, Bruce, Mark, Ann C, and Dean.

Bill retired from Gates, McDonald in 1994. After Ann retired from her job as office manager of a medical practice, Bill and Ann left Woodland Hills, spent a couple of months living with their son Mark in Pasadena, then moved back to Ann's childhood home in Gallipolis. They made a life there and also looked after their daughter Ann C, who died in 2003 of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).  After her death, the Nelsons moved to Columbus, where they lived happily for ten years before relocating to San Marcos, near San Diego, to be near family, as all three sons live in California.

Their daughter, Ann Cherrington Nelson, predeceased Bill and Ann in 2003. Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rachel Ann Nelson; their sons Bruce Reynolds Nelson, Mark William Libby Nelson, Dean Masters Nelson; two daughters-in-law, Virginia (Gini) Henkels Nelson and Louisa Libby Nelson; future daughter-in-law, Dean's fiancee, Victoria (Tory) Paul; and three granddaughters (daughters of Mark and Louisa), Caroline Lockwood Nelson, Emily Reynolds Nelson, and Margaret Dunn Nelson; and Caroline's husband, Sean Howell. The Nelsons dearly loved their lifelong friends in Gallipolis, Columbus and California.  Bill is also remembered with love by Louisa's family, the Libbys of Maine, where he and Ann spent many summers joining in vacations with the extended family.  

The family anticipates a celebration of life in early April in Ohio.

Donations in Bill's honor may be made to The ALS Association, Central and Southern Ohio Chapter, 1170 Old Henderson Rd, Suite 221, Columbus, Ohio 43220.

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IN MEMORY OF
Opal Cremeans Jones Williams

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Heaven gained an angel when Opal Cremeans Jones Williams, 94, of Gallipolis went to be with her Lord. She passed away at 8:53 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Holzer Senior Care. Born January 24, 1920 in Cheshire Township to the late Victor and the late Ruth (Vance) Cremeans. She was the second of four children, Donald Cremeans, Elsie Taylor, and Eva Cremeans, all who preceded her in death

She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, neighbors, and church family at the First Baptist Church where she was a member and Faith Baptist Church where she attended.

Opal was a loving mother and grandmother whose sweet nature impacted everyone she met. She loved the Lord and served as a Sunday School Teacher and deaconess throughout her lifetime. She enjoyed going to the Senior Citizen activities where she participated in the Old Time Chorus, she was a lifetime member of American Legion Auxiliary.

Opal is survived by four daughters, Delma (Donald, Sr.) Karr, of Middleport, Betty (Albert) Rash, of Dover, Delaware, Barbara Lopez, and Ruth (Buck) Dunlap, both of Gallipolis, a daughter-in-law, Maxine Jones, of Bidwell, and two step-children, Elva (Michael) Davis, of Gallipolis, and Bill (Karen) Williams, of Texas. Seventeen grandchildren, thirty six great-grandchildren, seventeen great-great grandchildren, and a special niece Donna McKinney, of Addison also survive.

In addition to her parents, a brother, and two sisters, Opal was preceded in death by her first husband Clarence Jones in 1979 and her second husband, Marion Williams in 2000, a son Donald Jones, and a son-in-law, Aland Lopez, and two great grandsons.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Gallipolis with Rev. Jim Lusher officiating and Mark Dunlap assisting. Interment will follow in the Mina Chapel Cemetery. Donald Karr Jr., Ronald Jones, Rodney Jones, Jessie Jones, Eddie Roush, Charles Stover, and Nathan Rinehart will serve as casketbeares. Honorary casketbeares are, Donald Karr Sr., Albert Rash, and Buck Dunlap. Friends may call on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Jack H. Chambers

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Jack H. Chambers, 80, Gallipolis,  surrounded by his family and friends, went to be with his Lord at 4:00 P.M Friday, January 2, 2015 at his residence. Born July 26, 1934 in the Danville Community of Boone County, West Virginia he was the son of the late Fillmore and Reber Garrett Chambers. He was a retired millright from the Kaiser Aluminum Corporation at Ravenswood with 36 years of service. Jack was instrumental in organizing the Community Crime Watch Program in his Jay Drive neighborhood and was proud that his accomplishment had spread to other neighborhoods in Gallia County. He was a member of the Gallia County TRIAD and United Steel Workers of America, Local # 5668.

Surviving is his wife, Louise VanMeter Chambers, daughters, Debra Chambers Elswick and JoEllen Chambers Wilson, both of Ravenswood, WV, son, Steve (Susan) Chambers, Ravenswood. step-son, Harley (Kelly) Neal, Thurman, grandchildren, Ambria (Josh) Kirtley, Joseph (Katelyn) Chambers, Angel Barker, Gerald-Jack Elswick, (hyphen between names), Cade Wilson, Gregory Pullins, Justin Roush and Dylan Roush and one great-grandchild is on the way. Jack is also survived by several nieces and nephews and by a special friend, Don Lucas.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a step- daughter, Diana L. Salser, on January 19, 2012, sister, Jofreda Hopper, brother, Fredrick Chambers and a brother-in-law, Larry VanMeter.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 7, 2015, in the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be Pastors Bob Hood and Fred Mcgoskey. Friends may call after 12 Noon on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flwers, memorials may be made in Jack's memory to the Holzer Hospice, 100 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, OH 45631.

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IN MEMORY OF
Wesley David Clark

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Wesley David "Dave" Clark, 59, of Athens, Ohio and formerly of Racine, passed away, on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at his residence. Born January 23, 1955, in Akron, Oh., he was the son of the late Wesley H. and the late Geneva (Morris) Clark. He was a union carpenter and a member of the Pomeroy Carpenters Local Union #650.

He is survived by his children, Rachel (Josh) Williams, of Edmund, Oh., Allyshia Stobart, of New Marshfield, Oh., and Wesley Kent Clark, of Athens, a special granddaughter, Blakelynn Williams, brothers, Terry Clark, of Racine, Wendall (Laura) Clark, of Athens, Kevin Clark, Racine, sisters, Tammy (Brian) Randolph, of Racine, and Dixie (Jack) Stanley, of Pomeroy, Oh. Numerous nieces and nephews also survived.

In addition to Dave's parents he is preceded in death by a sister, Karen Peck.

In keeping with Dave's wishes there will be no funeral services nor calling hours. Cremation services are entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Home, of Racine. 

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IN MEMORY OF
Mitchell E. "Mitch" Barber

Mitchell E. "Mitch" Barber, 64, of 47466 Yellowbush Road, Racine, passed away at 12:56 P.M. Tuesday, December 30, 2014 in the Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis. Born February 1, 1950 in Parkersburg, West Virginia he was the son of the late Ray and Bernice Reed Barber. He was a retired maintenance employee. Surviving is his sisters, Dot Brown, Reedsville, Ohio, Shirley Wells, Reedsville, Ohio, Debbie Channels, Bolivar, Ohio and Sue Morris, Washington, Pennsylvania and one brother, Ben Barber, Spraggs, Pennsylvania. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister in infancy, Judy Ann Barber, and three brothers, Ray Barber Jr., James Barber and Jerry Barber.

Funeral services will be Noon Friday, January 2, 2015, in the Cremeens Funeral Home, Racine. Officiating will be Pastor Steven Reed. Interment will be in the Eden Cemetery at Reedsville, Ohio. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

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IN MEMORY OF
Maxine Proffitt Diddle Sellers

Maxine Proffitt Diddle Sellers, 84, of Racine passed away unexpectedly, at 12:27 a.m. on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at her residence.  Born on February 9, 1930, in Racine she was the daughter of the late Roy E. and the late Lillian Mosier Proffitt.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Community of Christ Church of Racine.

She is survived by her son, James E. "Jim" (Linda) Diddle, of Racine, grandson Christopher R. ( Gina) Diddle, great- granddaughter, Darien Diddle and great-grandson and great great grandson Beau (Krysti Hall) and their son Cooper Diddle, all of Racine.  A special niece, Linda(Dennie) Evans and their children, nephew Bob (Belinda) Adams Jr. and their children. A very special niece and care-giver Melanie George and her family.  Also surviving are the children of her late nephew Roger Adams whom are Lori Adams Warden, Nick Adams, and Ryan Adams and their resepective spouses and children.  Maxine was also survived by her niece Sharon Russell and her great nephew and nieces Mark, Lisa, and special niece and care-giver Sheri Wolfe and their spouses and children.

In addition to her parents, Maxine is preceded in death by her husband, Gary R. Sellers on March 18, 1997, sisters, Betty Adams and her husband Bobby Joe Adams and their son Roger Adams and Freda Ferguson. Also taken too soon and preceding her in death was a great nephew Travis Adams, son of Bobby Joe (Hotshot) and Belinda Adams of Racine.

With great appreciation and a truly heart felt thank you would like to be given to Melanie George and Sheri Wolfe for dedicating many hours of their time away from their families and dedicating it in taking care of their very beloved  Aunt Maxine.  A special thank you would like to be given to Bob Adams Jr. and Dennie Evans in their role of tending to Maxine.  

Jim would like to express his apologies if anybody has not been listed and deserved to be so in this time of sorrow of Maxine's passing but in turn the celebration of her life.

There will be no calling hours or funeral services.  Cremation services has been entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Home of Racine.  A memorial service will be conducted at a later date and time.

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IN MEMORY OF
Seth William Huntley

Seth William Huntley, 91, Vinton, was called from this life at 10:05 P.M. Monday. December 22, 2014 in the Holzer Assisted Living, Gallipolis. The son of the late Roy Tyler and Velma Hartsook Huntley, he was born June 7, 1923 in Vinton. Seth was an Army veteran who proudly served during WWII. He was a member of the Vinton Post # 161 of the American Legion. He was a retired postmaster of the Vinton Post Office. Most importantly, Seth was a Minister and Lay Speaker at numerous churches in Gallia, Vinton and Meigs Counties. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church at Porter.

Seth is survived by his daughter, Ruth (Charles) Greenlee, Vinton and his son, Carl (Polly) Huntley, Wellston, six grandchildren, Rebekah Greenlee, Vinton, Rachel (Kurt) Pfeiffer, of Missouri, Joseph Greenlee, Jackson, Ohio, Hannah (Darren) Livie, of Maine, Jessica Gardner, Wellston and Jared Huntley, Hamden, Ohio, seven great-grandchildren, Kaitlin Greenlee, Sydney Pfeiffer, Shayna Feustal, Zach Feustal, Savannah Greenlee, Virginia Greenlee and Lauren Gardner and one great-great granddaughter, Emma Rae Greenlee

Seth was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jane Wern Huntley on July 25, 2012.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 27, 2014, at the Trinity United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Pastor Robert Powell. Interment, with military honors presented by the Vinton Post #161 of the American Legion, will be in the Vinton Memorial Park. Calling hours will be from 5 - 8 P.M. Friday at the church.

Funeral services for Seth have been entrusted to the Cremeens Funeral Chapel, Gallipolis.

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IN MEMORY OF
John Thomas Houck

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‘….God placed his finger upon him, and he slept….’
 
Surrounded by family, John Thomas Houck, 73, of Proctorville, Ohio, passed away after a brief illness at Holzer Medical Center on December 12, 2014.  Tom was preceded in death by his parents, William Robert Houck (1989) and Ruby Dove Evans Houck (1998) and granddaughter, Emily Kathryen (2001).

Tom is survived by his wife, Judy Kathyren (Holley) and four (4) children:  Julie Houck (Mitch), of Odenton, Maryland; Jeffrey William, of Campbell, California; John Robert (Jennifer) of Nashville, Tennessee; and Joseph Aaron (Sara) Knoxville, Tennessee.  In addition, Tom is survived by nine grandchildren:  John and Katie; Jacob, Jordan, Joshua and Jessica; Jack; and Lane and Ledger.  In addition, Tom is survived by two (2) brothers:  William Robert Houck (Julie) of Marion, Ohio and James Howard Houck, of Carroll, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Joseph, Hersel (deceased), Marvin and David; sister-in law, Janice; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Tom is also survived by his daily companions Lettie and Bailey who made his life a little brighter.

Tom and his wife, Judy, owned and operated their own company, JH Systems, Inc., providing computer services.  Tom was an avid enthusiast of the Civil War era having traveled with his wife to Gettysburg and surrounding areas on various occasions.  Tom also possessed expertise in the operation of Steam Boats which navigated the Ohio River.  In addition, Tom focused on family ancestry tracing his Gallia County heritage to the Revolutionary War era.  Tom enjoyed working with wood which he acquired this trait from his father and mother who formerly owned the Wood Novelty Shop in Gallipolis.

Calling hours for Tom Houck will be at the Cremeens Funeral Home; 75 Grape Street; Gallipolis, Ohio, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on December 14, 2014.  Funeral services will immediately follow with Chaplain Fred Williams officiating. Private burial will be at Mound Hill Cemetery where Tom will be buried next to his parents. Pallbearers for Tom Houck will be his three (3) sons, Jeff, John and Joseph; his brother, James Howard; and his two (2) brothers-in-laws, Joseph and Marvin Holley. 

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