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! 

Janaya Foster, Nedra Angel,  Carmen Hawkins
Jo Cox, Robert Barnett, Kenny Wooten, Erin Palmer
Deanna Martin - Village at The Greene Nursing Home  Rm# 129,   4381 Tonawanda Trail, Beavercreek, Ohio 45430 
               (Please note that this is a NEW ROOM number)     Phone # 937.426.5033
Tiesha Hunter, Emily Dickinson 
Doug Palmer  at 129 Michael Lane, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
Charlotte Kelly, Marcus Gaiters
Marsha Bishop, Chad Dalton
Brenda Toler, Bonnie Jordan
Felicia Gilbert, JoAnn Spencer
Rev. Robert Palmer, Linda Kanney, Nancy Vosler Smith  
Debbie Smith Fisher, Connie Norman
Denver Norman 
Deirdrea Edwards O'Neal,  Jennifer Edwards
Rev. Clifton Kilpatrick
​Florence Fields, Dwight Hudson
Mark Mitchell - Willow Haven Care Center - Room #107 Zanesville, Ohio 43701
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
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 February 26, 2023.

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.  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 was  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!!



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.


General  Conference  location has been changed from Cincinnati to Columbus!l

Welcome to our 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 # 129  (This is a NEW room number)

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

3. Erin Palmer - Willow Haven Center - Room #511

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

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. 43701  740.454.5682

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 Edith L. Henderson
The family of Jerry Otis Martin II
The family of Edith "Pat" Frenzley
The family of James "Jim"  Williams
The family of Carrie Marie Redman
The family of Robert Lee Palmer, Jr.
The family of Gertrude Louise Kirby Morgan
The family of Harold Edwin Branson
The family of Frank Harvey, Jr.
The family of Linda Lee Hill
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 



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 was 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 identified eligible students and had them submit their applications by Friday,
 November 4, 2022. Andrea Polen, MCCF Program & Scholarship Manager, worked with all 
High School Senior Counselors. This televised program consisted of  Music by Hands of 
Faith Church Choir featuring Philip Tabler and Liesta Walker. The welcome was given by
 Kandice Brantley Coleman and Brian Wagner served as Master of Ceremony. Congressman 
Troy Balderson welcomed students, with Mayor Don Mason recognizing Honor Students.
Commissioners and City Council  were acknowledged by Todd E. Ware before the
Health Department Honorees were recognized. Kelly Burrell Murvine  highlighted
the Food Drive, followed by the closing prayer, given by Rev. Anthony E. Thomas
of Coburn United Methodist Church.  Congratulations for this year's scholarship recipients.

7. Attention Parents!  As part of  Black History Month resources, Kathy Brantley has 
shared this flyer about Dolly Parton's "Imagination Library" of Ohio FREE Books for Kids 
ages 0 to 5. If you have questions please feel free to reach out to Kathy Brantley at
740.607.1940. This is a wonderful program. The flyer has the web address you need
 to go to to sign up to start receiving these awesome books. Literacy is being stressed
during Black  History Month. Simply go to the web address below to start your 
child's free monthly book delivery!

8.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of  Lent, a season where we pray, fast, and work to shed the weight of things that do not lead us in the way of abundant living.  During Lent we are reminded that life is temporary. However, through Christ we find new life. We are praying that you will draw nearer to the cross of Christ and grow in faith over the next 40 days from Ash Wednesday. 


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.                                                                                                                                    

3. Our St. Paul AME Zanesville  WMS will host a "closed event" where they will  serve the 
Senior Residents at the Seton Square Senior Living Facility, as a Spring  Fling 
“Service Project” for the Zanesville community.


The YPD Corner       

The YPD made a $1,000.00 donation to Christ's Table from the
proceeds of their "Souper Bowl" project. Congratulations to
the YPD and the Women's Missionary Society for such a
successful fund raiser. Pictured to the right is Costella Haley, WMS 
President, Rev. Clifton R. Kilpatrick, and Keely, accepting the check 
on behalf of Christ's Table.


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

March is National Women's Month...... We celebrate You!  

Death Announcements:


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 attending. 

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 basketball.

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. 


Zanesville:  Harold Edwin “Uncle Shed” Branson, 102, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2022, at
 Genesis Hospice Morrison House. He was born December 7, 1920, in Zanesville to the late  Frank
 and Lucy Workman Branson. Harold was a true American hero who served our country and 
protected our freedom during World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War in the United States
 Army. He entered active duty on November 13, 1942, at Fort Hayes in Columbus, Ohio. He was then
 shipped to Besserti, North Africa; then to Naples, Italy, Foggia Main Airport, attached to the 15th 
Army Airforce to a Signal Battalion, where their mission was to build telephone lines for
 communication. On February 1, 1951, he was assigned to Company L Second Battalion, Engineers
 School for three years. On December 23, 1964, he was shipped  to Vietnam. He retired from active-duty 
Army service February 28, 1969. He received the following awards: Korean Service Medal, United
 Nations Service Medal, American Theatre Ribbon with two bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal,
 National Defense Service, World War II  Victory Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam 
Campaign Medal.

He was a longtime member of St. Paul AME Church Zanesville and has now been attending 
Greater Apostolic Church of Christ. He also was a lifetime member of the American Legion 
Post #29 and past member of the Zanesville Esquire Club. He enjoyed going to the Muskingum  
County Senior Center and loved to walk.

Surviving is his nephew: Ronald (Sheila) Branson; great nephew Tony (Robin) Hardin;
great niece Tiffany Branson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers: Wilbur Branson and
Branson; and sister Geneva McClain.

Calling hours will be from 10AM to 12PM Thursday, December 22 at THE SNOUFFER 
FUNERAL HOME 1150, WEST MILITARY ROAD, ZANESVILLE. Funeral service will begin 
at 12PM with Elder Terrance Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery
with full military honors.

To send a note of condolence to the family visit, find them 
on Facebook, or call their caring staff at 740-450-8000.


Zanesville: Robert Lee Palmer, Jr. passed away following a lengthy illness at the age of 71 
years old. He was born January 28, 1951 and went to be with the Lord on January 24, 2023. 
He was the son of Rev. Robert Palmer, Sr. and the late Dorothy Imogene Palmer. Lee is survived 
by his father, Rev. Robert Palmer, Sr. a son, Brian, a daughter, Erin, one grandson,  Jaylin and two
 brothers, Richard and Donnie. Lee was a member of St. Paul AME Church Zanesville.  At Lee's
 request, no funeral services will be held.


Zanesville: Edith Patricia “Pat” Harris Frenzley of Zanesville, Ohio, went to her heavenly
home on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at the age of 84 years old. She passed away 
peacefully at Genesis Morrison House Hospice Care with her dear friends Becky and
Linda by her side.

Pat’s journey began on March 3, 1938, in Wheeling, West Virginia where she was
born to the late Hayes Hamilton Harris Jr. and Gladys Francis Lett-Russell. She was
the eldest of her sisters, Sherry Smith, and Ginger Rush. The family later settled in
Cambridge, Ohio where she grew up surrounded by her cousins. She went on to
graduate from Cambridge High School where she displayed her skills as a majorette.

After high school, Pat married John R. Frenzley on October 26, 1957, and
remained a dedicated wife for 64 years. The couple settled in Zanesville, Ohio, which
was the place she called home. She started her first job at RCA where she was employed 
for 7 years. She then began a job at First National Bank, where she retired
after 31 years of service. She was also co-owner of one of the largest Disposal
Companies in Southeastern Ohio, called Suburban Disposal.

Pat’s resilience throughout her life’s journey as well as her kindness, strength, and soft-
spoken demeanor was nothing but a true display of the graceful woman she was.
Pat was a prior member of Union Baptist Church and later became a member of St. Paul
A.M.E. Church where she served on the Steward Board, the Lay Organization, the
Women’s Missionary Society, and the Inspirational Senior Choir. In her free time, she
loved doing word search puzzles, reading her Bible, and chatting on the phone with 
family and friends.

Pat is survived by her sister, Ginger Lee Rush, beloved niece Patricia Ann (Rick) Smith,
great-niece Destiny Lea Smith, dear friends Becky (Phil) Palmer, Sarah (Paul) Ward,
Tom (Linda) Cromwell, Jessica Singh, Jennifer Parmiter and Josh Snouffer, and 
a host of additional nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Hayes Harris and Gladys Lett-Russell,
her husband, John R. Frenzley Jr., her sister, Sherry Ann Smith, and brother
in laws Robert W. Frenzley and William C. Rush Sr.

She will be dearly missed by her loved ones who now celebrate the fact that she is at
peace in the arms of the Lord. This obituary was lovingly submitted by the family.
Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2023, at Snouffer Funeral
Home located at 1150 West Military Road in Zanesville, Ohio 43701. The funeral
service will begin at 1 p.m. in the Snouffer Chapel with Rev. Clifton R. Kilpatrick
officiating. Burial will follow in Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery located at
1475 Military Road, Zanesville, Ohio 43701. To send condolences visit


Newark:  Edith L. Henderson 88, of Newark, passed away, in her home Thursday, March 23, 2023.
A Celebration of her life will be held Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 3:00pm, at Criss Wagner 
Hoskinson Funeral Home, 179 Granville Street, Newark, Ohio. Pastor Bruce Wynn officiating, 
Pastor Michael Menefield, Eulogist. Private burial will be Friday, March 31, at Marion Cemetery,
Marion Ohio. Friends and family may call at the funeral home two hours prior to the service
from 1-3pm.  

Edith was born on July 19, 1934, in Milledgeville, GA, the daughter of Eugene and Josephine
(Davis) Johnson. She was one of seven children. The family moved to Marion, Ohio when she
was in her teens. She then moved to Newark, Ohio in 1969  

Edith enjoyed a very active life that revolved around family, friends, her church, and for the last
47 years, enjoying life and travel with her husband Willie. For many years, she loved going back
to Marion Ohio for Holiday gatherings with family and friends. She also always looked forward
to the many family reunions in Georgia and other locations.

She was a very faithful person and devoted member of Trinity AME Church in Newark Ohio for
over 50 years. She worked tirelessly and gave of herself in support of the church. She held many
offices in her local church, Conference, District, and Connectional level.

Over the years her dedication to the church afforded her the opportunity to travel and participate
in church meetings and Conferences all over the United States and one trip to South Africa. She
worked particularly hard in the church Lay Organization where she loved connecting with the

Edith worked at the Newark Air force Base in Heath Ohio in various jobs and as an inertial 
guidance tester. She retired in 1996 after 28 years of service. 

She loved to take cruise vacations. Along with family, friends, and church members, Edith and Willie
were able to take over sixteen cruises throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and South America.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years Willie, daughter Nancy, two sisters, Marion Slater of
Marion, OH, and Vivian Bonner of Richmond, IN; along with a number of nieces & nephews. In 
addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Dorothy, Ernestine,
Minnie Pearl, and Katherine.

Her life has been busy, but she always took time to serve her God, and always thanked him for
his goodness and mercy.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to Trinity AME Church 64 East Street, 
Newark, Ohio, or to Hospice of Central Ohio 2269 Cherry Valley Rd. SE, Newark, Ohio 43055.

Criss Wagner Hoskinson Funeral Home is honored to care for Edith and her family.