St. Paul A.M.E. Church - Zanesville 
561 Pine Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43701
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For Upcoming Ohio/South Ohio Conference, District and Connectional events listed  for this conference year,
please visit our Home Page!

Contact Brenda Curtis, our Benevolent Chairperson, to have her formally send
get well cards, sympathy cards, flowers,  and to contact the person who does resolutions, etc. 
from our church!

Need Transportation to Sunday School or Worship Service?  

Contact Brother Paul Jones at 740.683.7116 (cell) or 740.452.1844 (home) OR
Brother Kenny Wooten at 740.454.8265

This website is maintained by Dr. Brenda Kay Toler.  Church information to be posted can be sent to:

                                   ST. PAUL A.M.E. CHURCH PRAYER LIST: (Sick, Shut-Ins, and "Special Prayer" Requests)
                                   Please take the time to send cards or make calls to those on this list to shower
                                   them with Christian love and spiritual support! 

Sandra James, Libby Curtis
Deanna Martin - Village at The Greene Nursing Home  Rm# 102, 4381 Tonawanda Trail, Beavercreek, Ohio 45430 
                             Phone # 937.426.5033
Elizabeth Cooper, Linda Puryear, Tiesha Hunter
Beverly Newman, Connie Quarles
Bryan Ford, Freddie Brown, Emily Dickinson
Brenda Hughes, Wanda Stanford, Mary Kay Moore
Jennifer Pickenpaugh, Shirley Bynum, Peggy Gordon,
Delores Nutter, Shirley Stettler, Wanda Stanford
Brenda Harris, Krista Berry
Jennifer Bullock Moore & Family  
Doug Palmer  at 129 Michael Lane, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223 
Madeline Hunter, David Claypool
Charlotte Kelly, Regina Kelly, Robin Kelly
Matt Angler, Patty Schultz 
Marcus Gaiters, Earnestine Easley, Jacob Mayle 
Nathaniel Womack, Sondra Wooten
Marsha Bishop, Flora Kelly, Chad Dalton
William "Ricky" Daniels, Eldon Viney
Brenda Toler, Bonnie Jordan, Felicia Gilbert
JoAnn Spencer, Mark Walker
Rev. Nathan McDonald, Rev. Robert Palmer
Carin Chmielniak,  Evelyn Wyatt
Edith (Pat) Frenzley 
Debbie Smith Fisher, Connie Norman
Michael Cloyd, Denver Norman 
Deirdrea Edwards O'Neal,  Jennifer Edwards
Rev. Clifton Kilpatrick, Edith Henderson
​Florence Fields, Dwight Hudson, Carl Burns 
Mark Mitchell - Willow Haven Care Center - Room 107
Cheryl  France Tate - Willow Haven Care Center - Room # 208  Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Rachel Murphy - Room #2005 Select Specialty Hospital, 2000 Tamarak Road, Newark, Ohio 
JoAnn Spencer - 502 Market Street Apt# 307 Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Janae Hughes Jamison- Newark Care and Rehabilitation, 75 McMillen Dr. Newark, Ohio 43055
Linda Hill - Cedar Hill Care Center - Room #220, 1136 Adair Ave., Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Betty Bellamy - The Worthington At Gahanna, Apt. #205, 1201 Riva Ridge Court, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Shirley Johnson - Room # 210  The Oaks at Bethesda, Zanesville, Ohio 43701 

An UPDATED URGENT  Message From the Desk of Rev. Clifton R. Kilpatrick.....
on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic & Worship Service as of June 5, 2022.

It was announced at Conference that all 3rd District churches will be permitted to re-open facilities for  in-person worship. We were asked to share the guidelines with our church members.  Should there be a change or additional information, we will be notified. 
The guidelines are as follows:

ONLY FULLY vaccinated persons (Pfizer,  Moderna & JJ vaccine are permitted to enter the building.)

Our 3rd District Health Commission indicates that individual attendees only need to check in one time. It can be done with them showing the actual card or electronically showing a photo of the vaccine card on their phones. We will be providing masks  for people who don't bring one. We will be taking temperatures. If someone is ill, we will ask them to please leave and worship virtually. We encourage all who are of approved age to get vaccinated. For those not fully vaccinated, we will ask them to please join virtually to worship. We are announcing  this ahead of time so that there are no misunderstandings at the door. Children who have NOT been vaccinated must wear masks and remain at  ALL TIMES with their parents or guardians.  Routine board meetings, bible studies, etc. will be held virtually until we see how this goes.  

The threats of this world are real, but we do not stand against such threats alone.  Our Heavenly Father stands with us, and in Him, we can find all we need to face such times. The Lord offers to us a spirit of peace in place of fear and a spirit of hope in place of worry.  The CDC is recommending masks be worn in indoor settings whether or not  you are fully vaccinated.
Government’s motivation is to protect the well being of all individuals and we want to comply, in an
effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus and the variants among our beloved congregants.

Virtual Worship Sermons will continue to be posted to our Church Facebook page LATER in the day on Sunday
IF THERE ARE NO TECHNICAL  DIFFICULTIES or to this ANNOUNCEMENT PAGE BELOW. God doesn’t want us to be filled with fear. He wants us to be filled with faith.  2 Timothy 1:7 states "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind."  The Church is not a's the people. 

Please note that you are still able to support the Church by submitting your tithes and offerings via PayPal by going to 
the church’s website ( and clicking on the GIVING tab on the Home page.
If you do not  feel comfortable donating on line you can take advantage of one of the following options. 

A) Contact a member of the Finance Office
B) Mail your tithes & contributions to St. Paul AME Church, P.O. Box 2152, Zanesville, Ohio 43702. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Be mindful that the health and safety of our
members and all of God’s children are of paramount importance. We are continuing to pray for the
safety of those on the front lines caring for those already impacted by COVID-19. Remember to wash
your hands often and to practice the CDC guidelines to protect yourselves. 

Rev. Clifton R. Kilpatrick

When you see something that is not right, say something or do something!! Continue to get into
     good trouble until we have a just society. Honor the legacy of John Lewis...VOTE!!



Go to the Church's Facebook page entitled St. Paul AME Church, Zanesville to view Rev. Womack deliver today's sermon.  Rev. Nathaniel Womack delivered the Word today since Rev. Kilpatrick and his family had to be out of town due to a death in their family. Prayers and condolences to the Kilpatrick family. Safe travels to them as they make their way back home.🙏🏽🙌🏽🙏🏽

With the Omicron & Delta Covid Varient 
it is important to protect yourself by
getting vaccinated AND Boosted!
Don't forget to get your FLU shot also!
Call 740.297.8610
to schedule your vaccine appointment.



Welcome to our new leadership team of the Third Episcopal District of the African Methodist
Episcopal Church, Bishop E. Earl McCloud Jr. and Supervisor Patricia Russell-McCloud!!

Below are the names of church members, community members, relatives and friends that are in care
facilities.  Please take time to place a call, send a card or make a visit.  May God continue to bless
you as you bless others with your  acts of kindness!

The address for the VILLAGE AT THE GREENE NURSING  HOME is 4381 Tonawanda Trail, Beavercreek, Ohio 45430 
Phone # 937.426.5033

1. Deanna Martin - Village at The Greene Nursing Home -  Room # 102

Scenic Pointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 8067 Township Road, 334 Millersburg, Ohio 44654  330.674.0015 ext. 2317

The address for The OAKS AT  NORTHPOINTE is 3291 Northpointe Dr. , Zanesville, Ohio 43701 740.452.3000 

The address for ADAMS LANE CARE CENTER is 1856 Adams Lane, Zanesville, Ohio 43701

The address for CAMBRIDGE CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER is 1471 Wills Creek Valley Drive, Cambridge, Ohio 43725

The address for WILLOW  HAVEN CARE CENTER  is  1020 Taylor Street,  Zanesville, Ohio  43701

1. Cheryl  France Tate - Willow Haven Center - Room # 208

2. Mark Mitchell - Willow Haven Center - Room # 107

The address for STERLING SUITES at  CEDAR HILL is 1126 Adair Ave., Zanesville, Ohio 43701 

The address for CEDAR Hill Care Center Residents is 1136 Adair Ave., Zanesville, Ohio 43701   740.454.6823

1. Linda Hill - Cedar Hill Care Center - Room  #220

The address for NEWARK CARE AND REHABILITATION is 75 McMillen Dr. Newark, Ohio 43055

1. Janae Hughes Jamison - Newark Care & Rehabilitation Center

The address for THE  WORTHINGTON  AT  GAHANNA  is 1201 Riva Ridge Court, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(This is an assisted living facility located in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.)

1. Betty Bellamy - Phone 614.656.8651  Apartment # 205

The address for THE OAKS AT BETHESDA is 2971 Maple Ave., Zanesville, Ohio 43701 740.452.3800

1. Shirley Johnson - The Oaks at Bethesda - Room # 210 

The address for MORRISON HOUSE - Genesis Hospice & Palliative Care Center of Zanesville is
713 Forest Ave. Zanesville, Ohio.

The address for ALTERCARE  ZANESVILLE is 4200 Harrington Drive, Zanesville Ohio 43701  740.452.4351


Birth Announcements:   Congratulations and Blessings to the following families!

​1. Kareem DeShon Brantley - Parents are Stephanie & Kerron Brantley; Proud Grandparents are Dr. Keith & Kathy Brantley.

2.  Tariq Howard Lee Haley Born September 1st, 2022 @ 2:20 p.m. -  Parents are Tyler L. Haley Katarina Herda
Grandparents are the late Ander L. Haley Jr. and Costella A. Haley, Great Grandmother is the late Charmalean Means and Great-Great Grandparents are  the late Winslow Means Jr. and the late Edna V. Means.

3. Genesis Saraiya Renee Kilpatrick born September 21, 2022 weighing in at 5 pounds,  5 ounces and 19 inches long.
Parents are Trenisha Oakley and Michael Kilpatrick.  Proud Grandparents are Rev. Clifton R. and Ruby Kilpatrick. 


The family of Eric Peterson
The family of Earnestine "Ms. Kitty" Easley
The family of Dorothy (JoAnn) Williams
The family of  Joshua Rogers
The family of Carolyn Louise Brandford Bediako
The family of Eugene Talmadge Dickinson, Jr.
The family of Marlon Fid Norris
The family of Marvin C. Madinger
The family of  Evans Spencer, Jr. 
The family of Noah Jordan Harris 
The family of Robert Ellsworth Brandford, Sr.
The family of Ernest Eugene Bynum, Jr.
The family of John Robert Frenzley,  Jr. 
The family of Edith Louise Hill Smith
The family of Marva Louise Burrell
The family of Donald "Buck" Eugene Mayle, Sr.
The family of Barry Timmons Brown  Jr. 
The family of Tony Howard
The family of Andrew Chandler
The family of Bernice Hudson
The family of Baby Miles Owen Moore
The family of Harold Curtis
The family of  Leroy Redman Alexander



Don't forget to mark your calendars with important dates for this entire 2022-2023 Ohio
South Ohio Conference Year! 
They will be listed on the homepage of this website after November.  

1.  "Recycle for Sight program" by donating your old used eye glasses. 
These glasses will be sent all over our country and around the world to 
those in need. Help made a difference!!

2. Attention parents and students!! Stay aware of scholarship opportunities ALL 
YEAR long by copying and pasting  the Muskingum County Community Foundation
Scholarship Central  link below into your browser address bar:

You may also learn about workshops, events and projects by copying and
pasting the website address below into your browser address bar:

3.  To pay your tithes or make a donation to St. Paul AME Church Zanesville                                                      
please click on the GIVING TAB above, and you can make your monetary
donations there. You do not have to have a PayPal account to make your donation.
All major credit cards are accepted. Thank you for your contributions and donations. 

​4.    URGENT NOTICE!!! Please refer to the guidelines the Third District Conference has given us to follow. They are listed above in the message of Rev. Kilpatrick.

5, Although we never stopped being the “Church” during the Covid-19 pandemic, 
we looked forward to PHYSICALLY being back in our Church building to 
offer In-Person Worship Services once the Covid cases declined again. We were re-opened from July 4, to August 8, 2021
until cases started critically increasing. 
Stay safe. Wear you mask and get vaccinated!!!
We will continue to offer Virtual Worship Services on our Church Website and our Facebook page! 🙏🏽🙌🏽✝️
6.  The 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund Prayer Breakfast will be a 30-minute
television program, organized to present the recipients' achievement to the community 
and the MLK 2023 Honoree Award, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department 
(Corey Hamilton, Health Commissioner, Dr. Jack Butterfield, Medical Director). High School
Counselors have been identifying eligible students since September, with the deadline
for students to submit their applications by Friday, November 4, 2022. Andrea Polen,
MCCF Program & Scholarship Manager, worked with all High School Senior Counselors.
This televised program will consist  of  Music by Hands of Faith Church Choir featuring 
Philip Tabler and Liesta Walker. The welcome will be given by Kandice Brantley Coleman
and Brian Wagner will serve as Master of Ceremony. Congressman Troy Balderson
will welcome students, with Mayor Don Mason recognizing Honor Students.
Commissioners and City Council  will be acknowledged by Todd E. Ware before the
Health Department Honorees are recognized. Kelly Burrell Murvine will highlight
the Food Drive, followed by the closing prayer, to be given by Rev. Anthony E. Thomas
of Coburn United Methodist Church.  We look forward to viewing this excellent recognition
program which will air on WHIZ in January 2023.

8.  Happy "Clergy Appreciation" Month to our Pastor, Clifton R. Kilpatrick!  Thank you for all you do in your service to God!


Third District President -  Sharon Smith Banks
Ohio South Ohio President - Ruby Kilpatrick
St. Paul AME Grace Palmer Missionary Society - Costella Haley

1. Please remember to pay your  $25.00 WMS dues for the new Conference year.
    WMS  Annaul Day Ohio South Ohio Conference  Registration Forms are due to Costella by Sunday, August 14, 2022 so she        can have Rev. Kilpatrick  sign them.  Registration fee is $25.00. 

2. The Ohio-South Ohio Conference  WMS "Birthday Celebration Fundraiser"
will take place again throughout the year. Those who participate in this
fundraiser should send their $50.00 donation to Chairperson
Mrs. Adrienne A. Morris at 327 Washington Ave.
Wyoming, Ohio 45215.                                                                                                                                    


The YPD Corner


Conference Year 2022 - 2023 Lay Organization Officers

    Dr. Lenora Brogdon -  Third District  Lay President
    Dr. Willie C. Glover - Third District Lay President Emeritus
    Mr. Marvin Harris - Ohio South Ohio Conference President
    Mrs. Becky Palmer - St. Paul AME Zanesville Local President

Death Announcements:


Zanesville: Leroy Redman Alexander, Jr., age 62, earned his wings on Sunday, October 10, 2021 
after living his life the best way he knew how, making others smile. Lovingly known as Lee,
aka Uncle Lees, aka Unc aka Roy Zander, he was born on March 25, 1959 in Zanesville, Ohio to
Janet (Payton) Alexander Miller and Leroy Alexander Sr. Lee grew up in Zanesville, 
OH by way of Oxford, Ohio(Junior and high school years). Later in life Lee followed his love,
Cindy Norris, to St. Petersburg, Florida for a few years before they returned to Zanesville, 
Ohio, where they spent the rest of their lives until Ms. Norris passed. Lee then moved
in with his niece, Barbara Frank, where he lived his last days.

Lee was a brother to six siblings: James Alexander, Debra (Alexander) Wallace, Maria Alexander,
Margo (Alexander) Al-Saffat, Heather (Miller) Booker, and Mickey Alexander. He was uncle to
26 nieces and nephews: Barbara (Wallace) Frank, John and Otto Wallace Jr., Tiffany Kennedy;
Kemen and Jayme Alexander; Anthony Booker; Rahimah, Saddeeq, Hudhaifa, Usamah, 
Shurqran, Barakah, Zayd, Hassan, Akbar and Nafisa Al-Saffat; Jahala, Emaria, Brekayha, 
Ivy’Aughna, Amber, Tiffany and Mickey Alexander Jr., Brady Tanner and Bailey Bowers. He also
had 16 great nieces and nephews and one on the way. It is important to note this, because Lee
loved the children! He was the best with the little ones and they gave him life. Lee had numerous 
aunts, uncles, and cousins that he was loved by as well. Lee was preceded in death by his 
mother, Janet Miller and father, Leroy Alexander Sr., as well as both sets of grandparents,
and his love, Cindy Norris.  

Lee was known for his playfulness and enjoyment of life. Lee did his best to digest every bit
of happiness he could out of his life. He made so many smile, whether it was by tickling
them until they screamed, rooting for his Kansas City Chiefs, hiding their grocery cart in the
store, telling them he put the clouds in the sky, telling jokes to lighten hard situations, flirting
with the ladies just to embarrass his mother, and the list goes on. Lee enjoyed the outdoors
and working in landscaping and lawn care, despite being allergic to bees. Lee also enjoyed
serving at the Eastside Community Ministries. Like his mother, he enjoyed music; everything
from anything Motown to the Gap Band, George Clinton and the Funkadelics, etc. He was so 
fun and loving and had such big heart. Everyone has a funny story to tell about their
interactions with him, and everyone will have a smile on their face when they remember him.  

The family will have a remembrance ceremony on March 25, 2022, which would have been his
63rd birthday. This celebration of life will be held at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, located at 
561 Pine Street in Zanesville, OH, where his maternal family are life-long members. The
celebration will begin at 1 p.m. The family would love to hear any loving stories you may
have of Lee, so come prepared. In lieu of flowers or cards, the family requests that any 
donations, no matter how small or large), be directed to Hillis, Combs, & Nestor Funeral
Home (935 Forest Ave. Zanesville, OH 43701; to help assist with
the cost of final arrangements, and whom we thank for their loving care of our
brother/family member.


Zanesville: Harold Edwin Curtis, 88, of Zanesville, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2021.
Harold was born May 4, 1933 to the late Denver Curtis and Geraldine Mayle. In addition
to his parents, Harold is also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gwendylon Elain Curtis;
and his brothers, Marlin Guy and Richard Norris.

Harold leaves to cherish his memory, his sons Jeff (Patricia) Curtis,
Harold Timothy (Shannon) Curtis and Eric (Michelle) Curtis; his daughters, 
Anita (Michael) Camp, Susan (Jeff) Harris and Esther Curtis; 
grandchildren, Carletta, Casey, Dominique, Alexus, Destiny, Elektra, Eric and Ercasia;
7 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Harold was a United States Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He went on to dedicate
many years of employment to McGraw-Edison, and also tended land as a farmer. In his
free-time, Harold enjoyed his Sunday afternoons spent amongst his family, surrounding their
fire-pit. He also enjoyed sitting on his front porch each day, having conversations with Mike. 
Harold will be missed by many.

You may call on the family Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., with
funeral service to follow at 12 p.m., at Burrell Funeral Services, in Zanesville.
Minister Nehemiah Gaiters officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.
BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family.


Zanesville:  Marva Louise Burrell, 76, of Zanesville, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021. 
Marva was born August 28, 1945 to the late Jesse and Beulah (Barnett) McDade, Sr.  In addition to her
parents, Marva is also preceded in death by her first husband, Eldon Viney, Sr.; second husband, 
Richard Burrell; and siblings, Marilyn Lee, Donna Jean, Leroy, Amanda, Raymond Eugene,
Joy and Jesse, Jr.

Marva is survived by her children, Eldon (Amy) Viney, Jr. and family, Dora Viney and
Kimberly Bishop; sister, Charlotte Lavender; special cousin, Veronica Barnett; roommate,
David; caretakers and staff of Genesis Hospice through the Morrison House, along with
RHDD, Zanesville for the excellent, dedicated care they provided to Marva, Eric, Jason, 
Bev, Jules, Johnesa, Laura, and Paul, her SSA; as well as other relatives and friends.

Marva dedicated over 24 years of service to The Old Market House Inn where she worked as
a kitchen aide. She went on to be employed by RHDD. Marva was a hard working woman, who 
worked until her health no longer permitted. She was an active member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church 
Zanesville as well as The Anchor Church throughout her life. In her free time, Marva enjoyed 
coloring, making various crafts and needle pointing. She and her roommate, David, were 
always on the go, and stayed involved in many  activities. Marva will be missed by those
who had the pleasure of knowing her.

You may call on the family Monday, December 13, 2021 from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.  The funeral 
service will  follow at 12 p.m. at Burrell Funeral Home. Reverend Clifton Kilpatrick will
be officiating.  Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES
is serving the family. 


Zanesville:  John Robert Frenzley Jr. 84 a well-known local area Zanesville businessman 
passed away at his residence Thursday December 23, 2021 with his loving wife by his side.
John was born on June 23, 1937 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late John Jasper and
Mary Elizabeth Frenzley. He was a 1955 Graduate of Zanesville High School. A true man of 
God, he was a former member of Union Baptist Church where he served as an Deacon. He is
a current member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church where he was a Steward. 

John was a long time employee of the city of Zanesville where he retired as Superintendent 
of the Street and Sanitation  Department .  John never let the fact that he lost his leg in an
accident  slow him down. He went on to form the Suburban Disposal Company and quickly
became one of the largest Disposal Companies in Southeastern Ohio. His love of people will 
never be forgotten. Each year during the Holidays he and his friend Tom would spend time 
delivering hams, candy, and fruit baskets to those in need. John served our Country and
protected our Freedom by serving in The United States Army as a Military Policeman.

He is survived by his loving wife Edith Patricia “Pat” Harris Frenzley whom he married 
October 26, 1957, and dear friends Phil (Becky) Palmer, Sarah Ward, Tom Cromwell, 
Jessica Singh, and Josh Snouffer.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Robert Walter Frenzley.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, December 29 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at THE SNOUFFER 
FUNERAL HOME 1150 WEST MILITARY ROAD ZANESVILLE. Funeral service will be at 
11am on Thursday in The Snouffer Chapel with Rev. Clifton R Kilpatrick officiating.
Burial will follow in Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery with full Military Honors by V.F.W. Post 1058
and American Legion Post 28. To send a note of condolence visit


Zanesville: Earnest "Fireman Ernie" Eugene Bynum, Jr., age 83 of Zanesville,  passed away
peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family, on Sunday, January 2, 2022. He was born
Sunday, July 17, 1938, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the son of Ernest Eugene Bynum, Sr., 
and Kathleen (Williams) Bynum. He was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church Zanesville.

After graduation Ernie joined the United States Air Force. Following service to his country, he
returned to Zanesville to carve out a living in the community in which he was raised. He married 
Shirley (Norman) Bynum and they began raising a family.

After holding several jobs, Ernie joined the Zanesville Fire Department and retired in 1993 
following many years of service. During this time he became a Fire Arson Investigator, an 
Ohio State Fire Safety Instructor, IAFF Local 88 President of the Zanesville Fire Department, 
and Fire Safety Inspector.

Ernie was many things to many people in Zanesville. He was an entrepreneur with Bynum 
Trucking, and Computer Lifeline, Inc. Ernie was a mentor to many young men and women 
in the community. He coached South Rebels Biddy League Football for 12 years, and also 
coached men’s basketball teams. Following retirement from the Fire Department, Ernie 
served as the City of Zanesville Parks and Recreation Director for twenty years. Ernie served 
his local community through many organizations and boards. He served as President of the
Rambo Health Center, President of Starlight Industries, President of Zanesville Civic League, 
Founder of The Minority Business Resource Network, Golden Rule Lodge # 30, Free & Accepted 
Masons Prince Hall, N.A.A.C.P., Muskingum Valley Officials Association, Founder of the African 
American Community Fund, Ohio High School Official Training Committee and Community 
of Voices.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Shirley Bynum; two children: Lisa Bynum and Tony (Cheryl) Bynum
both of Zanesville; grandchildren: Cory, Lionel, Amalia, Ashley and Allison; great grandchildren: 
Ashton, Jordyn, Chloe and Kash; one sister: Joyce Dickerson of Columbus, and several nieces 
and nephews. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, JoAnn Dickinson.

Friends may call Wednesday, January 5, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. at the Hillis, Combs
& Nestor Funeral Home, 935 Forest Avenue, Zanesville, where funeral services will follow at
1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery with the United States Air Force, VFW Post 1058,
and American Legion Post 29 conducting full military honors. To sign the online register book or to
send a personal condolence note please visit


Zanesville:  Robert Ellsworth Brandford, Sr., was born June 16, 1937 in Zanesville, Ohio. He
gained his Heavenly wings on Monday, January 10, 2022 at The Oaks at Bethesda following 
a short illness. Robert retried from the Zanesville Police Department September 30, 1994 after
27 years of service. He also worked as a Fair Housing Coordinator and from 2000-2012, he 
was Zanesville's Director of Public Safety. He was a faithful member of Morning Star COGIC, 
where he served as a Deacon. Robert was also a United States Veteran, having served in 
the U.S. Air Force.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Richard W. and Bertha L. (Cameron) Brandford; 
brothers and sisters; the love of his life, his wife, Mary Brandford; and sons, Robert, Jr. and Craig.

Robert leaves to cherish his memory, daughter, Carolyn (Wayne) Bediako, of Columbus, Ohio; 
son, Jeffrey (Sue) Brandford, of Zanesville, Ohio; brother, Walter James Rogers, of Zanesville, 
Ohio; daughter-in-love, Sarah Beth Reid, of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Clarissa Brandford, 
Joseph Norris, Jr., Eboni Brandford, Staci (Travis) Craig, DeAndre Brandford and 
Joshua (Mackenzie) Brandford; 10 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Teresa Barnett Ayres; 
special friend who was like a son, David Walls; his "sweet Roz", Minister Roslyn Haines, of 
Akron, Ohio; and a host of family and friends, too numerous to list.

You may call on the family Friday, January 14, 2022 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., with the funeral
service to follow at 1 p.m., at Burrell Funeral Services in Zanesville. Elder Mayle of 
Morning Star COGIC will be officiating. Following services, Robert will be laid to rest alongside 
his wife in Woodlawn Cemetery. BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family.


Zanesville:  Noah Jordan Harris of Zanesville, Ohio, went to be with The Lord on 
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at the young age of  twelve years old. Noah was born 
August 13, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. He is the son of Melissa M. and Edward L. Harris, Sr.
Noah was welcomed into Glory by his grandparents, Joyce Layton, Raymond and 
Alberta M. Harris, and  Samuel and  Helen Richardson; uncle, Jeff Harris; and cousins, 
Brad Olden and Jakaar Harris. 

In addition to his loving parents, Melissa and Edward Harris, Noah  leaves to cherish his memory, 
his siblings, Kimberly, Odessa, Leah, and Eddie (Kelsey) Harris, Jr., Scottie (Amanda) Caplinger, 
Lyric (G) Rivera, Shane Caplinger, Smita Keller and Roc'Neal Moss; his biological mother, 
Kimbay Richardson; grandpa, Ron (Peggy) Evans; several nieces and nephews; 
special friends, Cameron McNutt, Wesley Larimer and LJ Perry; aunts and uncles, 
Diamond Qualls, Emily (Paul) Dickinson, Terry (Tammy) Harris,
Shirley (Lonnie) Hampton, Raymond (Marlene) Harris, Brian (Missy) Harris,  Donald (Lori) Harris 
Ronald (Stacey) Harris, Mike (Corina) Harris; Larry (Joyce) Harris, Ronnie (Johnna) Evans,
Gary (Samantha) Evans,  great aunts, Barbara "Bucky" Alexander and Helen Brown; 
special cousins, Rebecca Palmer and Veronica Barnett; beloved Pastor,
Clifton (Ruby) Kilpatrick, special pet dog, Ghost; and many loved ones and friends.

Noah loved playing football and basketball. He was always doing experiments around the house 
and loved helping his uncle Ronnie install siding and roofing. He was always
there to help someone with a task. Noah recently began taking lessons to play the organ, piano 
and drums for services at his home Church, St. Paul A.M.E. Zanesville, where he enjoyed 

Noah was a beloved son, brother, and a friend to many. His memory will live on in the hearts 
of all those who loved him. Friends may call on the family at St. Paul A.M.E. Church Zanesville 
located at 561 Pine Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43701 on Friday, April 1, 2022 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., 
with the funeral service immediately following at 12 p.m. with  Reverend Clifton R. Kilpatrick
officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. David Beaver, Tydell Butcher,  Anthony Garland, 
Asaad Sumani, Marcus Crawford, Shane Caplinger, G. Rivera and Chris Walker will serve as
Pall Bearers. BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family.


Zanesville:   Evans Spencer Jr. 89, peacefully passed away Thursday April 14, 2022, at his
home surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 26, 1932, in Belhaven North
Carolina, to the late Evans Spencer Sr. and Martha Ann Lovick Spencer. He was a 1951
graduate of Belhaven High School in Belhaven, North Carolina and graduated with honors
from Zane State (Formerly Muskingum County Technical College) in 1971. He served nine 
years protecting our freedom in the United States Air Force, followed by a long career in the
Federal Aviation Administration. He was the Chief of the Zanesville Municipal Airport in the 
early 1970’s.

He was active in the NAACP, held positions in several Churches, board member of Family 
Children Services, Altoona, Pennsylvania and other government related and civic
organizations in various locations. He loved music, reading and watching sports especially 

He is survived by his loving, devoted caring wife of 25 years, Vera J. Brown Spencer; 
daughters, Rebecca Spencer and Michele (John) Wright; sons, Danny (Teresa) Windley, 
Evans (Teresa) Spencer III, Shelton R. Spencer and Tyron C. (Lottie) Spencer. Also are
step-sons Irie D. Hughes Jr. (Vickie Tyson) and Randy (Brenda) Hughes, as well as
several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Michael T. Spencer and 
seven siblings.

Family requests memorial contributions be directed to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or 
Genesis Hospice.

Calling hours will be from 2-4 PM on Tuesday April 19, 2022 at THE SNOUFFER FUNERAL 
HOME, 1150 WEST MILITARY ROAD ZANESVILLE. Funeral services will follow at 4 PM with
Pastor T.C. Spencer officiating. 

To send a note of condolence to the family, please visit,
find us on Facebook or call our Locally Owned caring staff at 740-450-8000.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Evans Spencer Jr, 
please visit our floral store.


Zanesville:  Marvin C. Madinger 83, went home to be with the Good lord on May 19, 2022.
He was a hard working, strong man with a deep love for his family. He spent many years
working at Black’s Springs as a spring fabricator and welder. He took great pride in his 
work and providing for his family.

He was a man with a tough exterior and a deeply warm heart. He enjoyed hunting and
good country music. He also rode as a mounted deputy with the Muskingum 
County Sheriff Department. 

He was proceeded in death by his parents Clarence & Georgia Madinger, 
five brothers Robert, Albert, Donald, Frank & Gilbert, 
one sister Phyllis and his son Gregory. He leaves behind to cherish his memory one
daughter Michelle (Michael) Simpson, grandchildren Javier, Zyon and Yazmen Rush,
Great grandchildren Liam and Noelle. The mother of his children Shirley Stettler, 
special niece Lisa Lamp and nephew David Madinger as well as host of others. 

Calling hours will be held Sunday May 22, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. at William 
Thompson & Son Funeral Home 5765 Gladstone Drive White Cottage where funeral
services will be held Monday May 23, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to 
service with Rev. Clifton R. Kilpatrick officiating. Burial will be in Mount Sterling Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fraternal Order of Police Zane Lodge #5.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Marvin, please visit our floral store.


Zanesville:  Marlon "Fid" John Franklin Norris, 82, of Zanesville, Ohio, passed away 
Thursday, June 23, 2022 at his home. Marlon was born June 5, 1940, to the late Mae
Willett and John Barnett. Marlon was adopted by Mae's sister and her husband, 
Elva and  Carl Norris, who raised him from the age of 8. In addition to his biological parents, 
Fid is also preceded in death by his adopted parents, Elva and Carl Norris; ex-wife, Carolyn 
Rogers; sons, Bruce and Marlon Norris; ex-wife, Margaret "Louise" Ingram; and siblings, 
Raymond Willett, Bobbie Gene Willett, Ronald "Ronnie" Willett and Jesse "Dick" Willett.

Fid leaves to cherish his memory, his children, Michael (Lisha) Norris, of Riverside, CA, 
Randy (Medrith) Johnson, of Los Angeles, CA, Roger (Leila) Norris, of Columbus, OH, 
Scott Norris, of Columbus, OH, Audi Norris, of Zanesville, OH and Marcus Norris, of Zanesville,
OH; ex-wife, Beverly Norris, of Zanesville, OH; grandchildren, Lamar Norris, Stephanie Norris,
Marlon Norris, Braylen Norris, Grant Norris, Randi Johnson, Kaylynn and Jaylynn Norris,
Marlin Norris, Jaccarri Wilcots, of Atlanta, GA, and Nehemiah Wilcots, of Los Angeles, CA;
siblings, Dorothy Mae "Sis" Willett and Connie Spencer, both of Columbus, OH; step-children, 
Nina Brooks and Shana Huckabee, both of Columbus, OH; Goddaughter, Jerrica (Geese) Brown,
of Akron, OH; longtime best friends, Forest Farmer and Phil "Zeke" Newman; longtime friend 
and Randy Johnson's mother, Barbara Johnson, of Columbus, OH; as well as a host of other
loved ones and many, many friends.

Marlon was a Zanesville High School graduate and member of the class of 1958. He went on to 
dedicate many years to UPS as a truck driver. Fid loved to ride around Zanesville and visit 
with family and friends. In his free time, Fid loved to listen to music and play cards. He
was an avid Ohio State Football fan. He loved his kids and grandkids and enjoyed time spent
visiting them in New Haven, Connecticut and California. Fid was a huge fan of Muhammad Ali, who
was his idol. Marlon loved everyone and lived a great life, doing it 'his way'. 

He will be deeply missed by many. Friends may call on the family Friday, July 1, 2022 from
10 a.m. until 12 p.m., with funeral service to follow at 12 p.m., at the Apostolic Christian
Church, 1148 Ridge Ave., in Zanesville. Elders Norris, Sowers and Cunningham of Church
of God Saints of Christ will officiate. Special words will be shared by Pastor Keith Wyatt,
Bishop James Gaiters and Reverend Clifton R. Kilpatrick. Burial will follow in Woodlawn 
Cemetery. BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family.


Zanesville:  Eugene Talmadge Dickinson, Jr., 86, of Nashport, Ohio passed away Friday, 
July 1, 2022. Eugene was born April 15, 1936 in Mobile, Alabama to the late Gertrude
(Washington) and Eugene T. Dickinson. In addition to his parents, Eugene is also preceded
in death by a grandson, Dominic Dickinson; sisters, Helen Walden and Alene Ray; 
daughter, Tammy Edwards; and a nephew, Cody Dickinson.

Eugene leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Jane Ann (Clapper) Dickinson; 
beloved children, Eugenia Dickinson, Stephanie (Jonathan) Weatherspoon,
Eugene "Snoogie" Dickinson, III, Missy (Dan) Norris and Denise Dickinson; beloved 
step-sons, Charles Carr, Jr. and Jared A. Carr; 19 beloved grandchildren;
9 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lawrence Dickinson, Billy Dickinson and Liz Dickinson; 
several nieces and nephews; and a host of other loved ones.

Eugene was a United States Veteran, having served in the air force. He spent much of his
service stationed in Japan. Eugene was an avid baseball fan and player. He played for his 
high school team as well as air force teams during his enlistment. In his free time, Eugene 
enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was an avid Ohio sports team fan, proudly supporting OSU
football and basketball, the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland
Cavaliers. He also enjoyed watching boxing matches. Eugene was a loving husband, father 
and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Friends may call on the family Friday, July 8, 2022 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., with the funeral service
to follow at 1 p.m., at St. Paul AME Church, 561 Pine St., in Zanesville. Reverend Clifton R. Kilpatrick
will be officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES 
is serving the family.


Columbus:  Carolyn Louise Brandford Bediako,  passed away suddently at the age 
of 61 years old. She was born June 10, 1961 and  went to be with the Lord on July 19, 2022.
Private services will be held.  Marlan J. Gary Funeral Home, Chapel of Peace located at 2500
Cleveland Ave. Columbus, Ohio is serving the family.


Zanesville:  Dorothy (JoAnn) Williams passed away after a lengthy illness at the age of  92 years old.
She had been a long-time resident of Scenic Pointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center located at
8067 Township Road, 334 Millersburg, Ohio. She was born on September 11, 1930  and went to
be with the Lord on August 30, 2022.  At Sister Williams request,  private graveside services were
held on Friday, September 2, 2022.  Hillis, Combs & Nestor Funeral Home served the family. 


​Meridan, Mississippi:  Earnestine "Miss Kitty"  Easley passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2022 
at Ochsner Rush Health at the age of 84 years old.  She is the mother of our First Lady, 
Ruby Kilpatrick. Flowers  may be delivered to the Berry & Gardner Funeral home. The viewing
will take place on Friday evening , November 4, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
​Funeral services will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church located  at 5470 Causeyville Road, Meridian,
Mississippi 39301 on Saturday, November 5, 2022  at  2:00 p.m. Burial will follow in the church
cemetery. Berry & Gardner Funeral Home is serving the family.