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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! 


Jill Kullman, Deanna Martin
Jennifer Bullock Moore & Family, Eldon Viney 
Doug Palmer  at 129 Michael Lane, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223 
Ernie Bynum, Madeline Hunter, David Claypool
Charlotte Kelly, Regina Kelly, Robin Kelly
Matt Angler, Patty Schultz in Sterling Suites Care Facility
Marcus Gaiters, Earnestine Easley, Jacob Mayle 
Nathaniel Womack, Sondra Wooten
Marsha Bishop, Flora Kelly, Chad Dalton
William "Ricky" Daniels, Marva Burrell
Brenda Toler, Bonnie Jordan, Felicia Gilbert
Emily Dickinson, Mark Walker 
JoAnn Spencer, Evan Spencer
Rev. Nathan McDonald, Rev. Robert Palmer
Carin Chmielniak,  Evelyn Wyatt
Edith (Pat) Frenzley,  John 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
Cheryl  France Tate - Willow Haven Care Center - Room #       Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Rachel Murphy - Room #2005 Select Specialty Hospital, 2000 Tamarak Road, Newark, Ohio 
JoAnn & Evan Spencer - 4216 Northpointe Drive, 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 
Dorothy (JoAnn) Williams - Room # 312  The Oaks at Northpointe, 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  November 7, 2021.

It was announced at Conference that all 3rd District churches will be permitted to re-open facilities for in-person worship beginning the first Sunday, November 7, 2021. 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 and Moderna - 2 vaccines and 2 week waiting, or the one shot JJ vaccine with 2 weeks waiting period) 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.  Congregation size limitations will start small  with the recommended size not to be more than 35 to begin. This applies to worshiping together for one hour which includes funerals, weddings etc.

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

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

1. Dorothy (JoAnn) Williams  - Room # 312

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 # 

2. Mark Mitchell - Willow Haven Center - Room #

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

1. Patty Schultz 

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

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.  Jonathon James Campbell -  Parents are Randi & Jonathon Campbell​, Grandparent is Marla Spencer -
 and Great Grandparent is Bonnie Jordan

​2.  Kyra Joy Brantley - Parents are Stephanie & Kerron Brantley, Grandparents are Dr. Keith & Kathy Brantley

​3.  Roshone Ramar  Smith Jr. Parents are Anna & Roshone Smith, Grandparents are Felicia & Billy Gilbert 
and Great Grandparent is Bonnie Jordan

4. Brantley James Colman - Parents are Kandice & Eric Coleman, Grandparents are Dr. Keith & Kathy Brantley

5. Analea Lucile Brown - Parent is Ly'Cole Gibbs, Grandparent is Connie Quarles



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
The family of Kevin Williamson
The family of Joshua Muema Nyamai
The family of Flo Etta O'Neal Gilliard
The family of William Benjamin Robinson
The family of George Strickland
The family of  Stefon Louis Martin
The family of Tyrel Saunders
The family of Maurice "Reese" Darvell Jones
The family of  William "Billy" Anthony Gilbert
The family of Sam Jewell
The family of Saundra Elizabeth Edwards
The family of Aurelia Ruth Brombacher
The family of Sandra Lee Wooten Jones
The family of David Wayne Hollins
The family of Rebecca "Becky" Elizabeth (Howe) Johnson
The family of Deborah Sue Wade Givens
The family of Hortense Weatherspoon Jones
The family of Rev. Raleigh B.  Ragland
The family of Craig Brandford
The family of Francine Lee Goins
The family of Annie Sowers
The family of Beverly Myers
The family of Stuart Malllinger
The family of  Curtis Brandon
The family of Staci Burrell
The family of Leslie Dalton Kelly
The family of Gail  Paige (Faithful) Curtis
The family of Ander Haley Jr. 
The family of Gary Eugene Steele
The family of Gabriel (Gabe) Raleigh Weatherspoon


              WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR COMMUNION FIRST SUNDAY                                                                                        DECEMBER 5, 2021                                 

Don't forget to mark your calendars with important dates for this entire 2020-2021 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. 


5. URGENT NOTICE!!!  In-Person Worship Services will resume on First Sunday, November 7, 2021. Please refer to the
guidelines the Third District Conference has given us to follow. They are listed above in the message of Rev. Kilpatrick.

Although we never stopped being the “Church” during the Covid-19 pandemic, 
we look forward to PHYSICALLY being back in our Church building to 
offer In-Person Worship Services once the Covid cases decline 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.  Congratulations to Matthew Baldwin (left) and RaShaun Merriman, 
a pair of seniors, who both earned a spot on the OMEA East Central Ohio
regional orchestra! Matthew was placed fourth chair viola, and is 1st Alternate
to the All-State orchestra. RaShaun is second chair bass in the regional 
ensemble, and was also selected as the first ZHS strings student to make the 
All-State orchestra in many years. The All-State orchestra 
will perform Friday, February 4, 2022, at the Huntington Convention 
Center in downtown Cleveland. RaShaun is a youth member at St. Paul
AME Church Zanesville. Your church family is so proud of RaShaun!

7. Connie Quarles would like to introduce her granddaughter, Analea Lucile 
Brown.   She was born on October 15, 2021.
The family would like to thank you for all your prayers!

8.  Mark Your Calendars ...The Grace Palmer Women's  Missionary  Society 
will be delivering Thanksgiving Dinner to the home bound  senior community
members on Saturday, November 13, 2021.
Contact WMS President, Costella Haley, for further information.

9. There will not be a 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund Prayer Breakfast. In lieu of the Prayer Breakfast, a 30-minute television program will be organized to present the recipients' achievement to the community. We will be doing a tv program again this year (like we did last year), due to Covid.  Applicants must be on track to be a 2022 high school graduate.

The deadline for the scholarship applications to be submitted will be November 1st at 5 pm. Please encourage all students who are eligible to apply! Here are the requirements:

Applicant must be a minority student.
Applicant must have taken a CP, Honors, or AP track throughout high school.
Applicant must have taken the ACT or SAT before the end of October 2020 and receive an 18 or higher composite ACT score or SAT equivalent.
Applicant must have applied to a 2 or 4-year college or university.
Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
Applicant must have passed all parts of Ohio's State Test.
Applicant must attach an official high school transcript to the submitted application that shows ACT scores and cumulative GPA.

Students can apply using this link:


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  $23.00 WMS dues for the new Conference year.

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. Don't forget to send your $5.00 Third District WMS Foundation.

4. Congratulations to Ruby Kilpatrick on
giving her first annual report as the president of the
Women's Missionary  Society of the Ohio South Ohio Conference.



The Young Peoples' Division of St. Paul A.M.E. Zanesville...."YPD Bulletin Board News Corner"

Congratulations and Happy Senior Night to the Ohio South Ohio YPD 1st Vice President, RaShaun Merriman! 
Your Church Family is so proud of you!!

The YPD Annual Meeting is November 12-13, 2021
You must register for this event.
HOWEVER registration is FREE!!    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > 


Conference Year 2020 - 2021 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

The Ohio South Ohio Conference held  a YPD/Lay Night
on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.  All Lay persons
who wanted to attend  this virtual event  forwarded  their email
to OSO Lay President, Marvin Harris.

Death Announcements:

Zanesville: Gabriel Raleigh Weatherspoon, The first African American Zanesville Fire Department 
firefighter and a Korean War Veteran has died. 89-year-old Gabriel Raleigh Weatherspoon Senior
passed away Sunday at his home surrounded by his loving family. Weatherspoon was a graduate 
of Zanesville High School.  After graduation he fought in the Korean War as part of a tank crew.
He earned a position as a firefighter on the Zanesville Fire Department. He was the first 
African American firefighter in the department. He married his wife, Evelyn, on May 25th, 
1957 and had four children, 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Calling hours are
set for Friday, May 22, 2020 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm 
at Burrell Funeral Services. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Zanesville:  Ander Lee Haley Jr., 53, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020 following
a sudden illness. He was born January 10, 1967 in Akron to Ander L. Haley Sr. and 
Sandra McCall James. He was in the tire business for 25 years with Central Ohio Bandag
and Joe Buckey Tire. Most recently he was employed in the maintenance department 
at the Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority and was a workaholic. Ander enjoyed
watching Michigan football and loved golfing, fishing, Chevy’s and a cold Busch Light.
He never met a stranger and loved his family.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife Maranna Wetzel-Haley; his children:
Tyler Haley, Jalen Haley, Leighton (Katie) Wetzel, Landin Wetzel and Kyla Dillon; siblings:
Latona (Ernest) Brisco-Thompson, Tracy (Darrell) Haley-Massey, Aricka (Kenny) Haley-Clinton, 
Donavan/Kashinda Robinson and April Anderson; three grandchildren, five nieces, 
a great nephew and a great niece.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Arthur and Sarah McCall; 
paternal grandparents: Milton and Louise Haley; step father Detroit “Sonny” James 
and a brother Arland Anderson. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8PM Wednesday, 
The funeral will begin at 11am Thursday, July 30 with Rev. Clifton Kilpatrick officiating.
Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. To send a note of condolence to the family 
go to, find us on Facebook or call our caring locally
owned staff at 740.450.8000.


Zanesville: Gail Paige (Faithful) Curtis, 66, of Zanesville, passed away Wednesday, 
August 19, 2020. Gail was born September 17, 1953 to the late Melvin Faithful Sr. 
and the late Inez (Williams) Faithful, Sr. In addition to her parents, Gail is also 
preceded in death by her brother, Melvin Faithful; sisters, Sandy Henderson 
and Phyllis McPherson; uncle, Kurt Williams; aunts, JoAnn Williams and Juanita;
and a brother-in-law, Ronald Lee Curtis.

Gail leaves to cherish her memory, her dedicated husband, Jeffery E. Curtis; her sister, 
Sharon Sue Curtis, of Maryland; several special nieces and nephews including Electra Curtis, 
Eric Curtis and Arcasia Curtis; and a host of many other family members and friends.

Gail was a kind and loving woman. She loved children and was known to enjoy looking 
after them, playing dress-up and taking them to church. Gail was a devoted member 
of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, in Zanesville, Ohio.  It wasn't unusual for a neighborhood child to 
come to her house in hopes of a pop-sicle on a hot day. Gail was an extremely loving 
woman, who enjoyed helping others. She will be deeply missed. You may call on the 
family Monday, August 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., with the funeral service to follow
at 11 a.m., at the Burrell Funeral Home. Reverend Clifton R. Kilpatrick will be officiating. 
Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.  BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family.


Zanesville:  Leslie Dalton Kelly, 67, of Zanesville, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2020. 
Leslie was born March 4, 1953 to the late Charles and Margaret France-Kelly. In addition
to his parents, Leslie is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Tena Kelly and his 
brother, Wesley Baker. 

 Leslie leaves to cherish his memory, his dedicated and loving daughter, 
Melissa (Daryl Clark, Jr.) Kelly-Wells; a nephew, Jason Kelly, whom he had the pleasure of 
helping to raise; grandchildren, Nicholas Clark, Kathleen Kelly, Pamela Kelly-Wells and
Ryanne Clark; siblings, Charlotte Hill, Flora Mae Kelly, Priscilla Robinson, Shirley Darling,
Donald Kelly, Charles Kelly Jr. and James "Butch" Berry; several nieces and nephews; 
several cousins; many friends, including special friends Emory Myers, Eddie Carter and 
Costella Haley; his co-workers with the City of Zanesville Cemetery Workers; and a host 
of many other friends and family. 

 Leslie was a dedicated member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church
of Zanesville, Ohio where he served as a Trustee and was a drummer in Church Choir.
Throughout his life, Leslie dedicated years of service to United Technology. In later years
he enjoyed his job as a truck driver, before taking employment with the City of Zanesville. 
Leslie's favorite hobby was music and he was a self taught drummer. 

He was a father figure to many, especially his nieces and nephews, whom 
he enjoyed as if they were his own children. Leslie will be deeply missed. You may call on 
the family on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 12:30 p.m. until 1:00 p.m., with the funeral service 
following at 1:00 p.m., at Burrell Funeral Services. Rev. Clifton R. Kilpatrick will be officiating. 
Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Per CDC recommendations and Governor DeWine's
health order mandate, all guests will be required to wear a self-provided face covering. BURRELL 
FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family.


Zanesville: Craig LaMonte Brandford, 61, of Zanesville, passed away peacefully Wednesday,
January 6, 2021 after a lingering illness, at Genesis Hospital. Craig was born December 26, 1959 
in Zanesville, Ohio the son of Robert E. and the late Mary Anna (Harris) Brandford, Sr.
Craig was the second oldest of four children. In addition to his beloved mother, Craig is also
preceded in death by his older brother, Robert Brandford, Jr.

Craig leaves to cherish his memory, his father, Robert E. Brandford, Sr.; his beloved children,
Clarissa Brandford and Joshua Brandford; two granddaughters, Teriauna Brandford and Myla 
Brandford; brother, Jeffrey Alan Brandford and sister, Carolyn Louise Brandford; very dear and 
special sister-in-law, Sarah Beth Reid, to whom he felt closer than even a biological sister;
special niece, Eboni Brandford; nephews, Joseph Norris, Jr. and DeAndre Brandford; niece,
Staci Craig; great-nephew, Marques Greene, and the entire Barnett family; as well as other
friends and family too numerous to list.

Craig was a proud member of Morning Star Church of God in Christ. He was also a very gifted
singer and a gifted, very creative artist. Craig was an extremely friendly person who never 
met a stranger. Craig was a Zanesville High School graduate. He went on to dedicate 11 years 
of service as a government employee, serving on the local police force and also Muskingum
County fraud investigations. Craig was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Maple Avenue Kidney Care, as well as the 
medical staff of doctors and nurses at Genesis Hospital who so professionally and diligently 
took care of Craig.

Due to the present infectious pandemic now taking place, the family has chosen cremation
and no services will be observed at this time. BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family. 


Zanesville:  Hortense Jones, 96, went to be with The Lord, Saturday, February 27, 2021. 
Hortense was born December 26, 1924 to the late Henry and Flavia (Pendleton) Weatherspoon.
In addition to her parents, Hortense is also preceded in death by her beloved husband,
Paul Jones, Sr.; and her sons, James Jones and Kevin Jones. 

Hortense leaves to remember her wisdom, her loving children,  Paul (Sandy) Jones, 
Lisa Ayers, Eric Jones, and Brett Jones; grandchildren, Monica, Paul, Ted (Rachel), 
Aaron, Stephanie, James, Casey, Carletta, Christopher (Liz), Shari, Jamaica, Bryson 
and Keeta; several great and great-great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Hortense will be deeply missed by all who had the honor of knowing her.  She was an 
active member of The Order of the Eastern Stars for many years. She enjoyed serving
on the Steward Board, the Lay Organization, and the Grace Palmer Women's Missionary 
Society of  St. Paul AME Church Zanesville.  She loved engaging friends in lively discussions
about history and current events.

You may call on the family Friday, March 5, 2021 
from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m., with funeral service to  follow at 1 p.m., at Burrell Funeral 
Services in Zanesville. Reverend Clifton Kilpatrick officiating. Mrs. Jones will be laid to 
rest in Woodlawn Cemetery aside her husband. 
BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family. 


Columbus: Deborah Sue Wade Givens, 63, went home to eternal rest on May 1, 2021 at 
The James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio. Deborah was born to the late James E. and 
Lillie B. Wade, Sr. on April 14, 1958 in Zanesville, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was 
preceded in death by siblings, Harold, Ernest, Sylvester, Ella, and David.

Deborah leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband James Givens; her mother-in-law, 
Lillian Harris; stepchildren, James, Jerrone, Jeanne and Terrell; loving sisters, Deanna Martin, 
Rev. Dr. Gloria (Vermon) Dillion and Lucille (Wayne) Boyd; and loving brother,
James (Helen) Wade; sisters-in-law, Patricia (Marvin) O’Daniel and Brenda Givens; 
a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, other family members and friends; most of all, 
Deborah leaves her heart, grandson JaShad.

Deborah was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ. A private viewing will be 
held for family, followed by a private funeral service at Burrell Funeral Services.
Cremation has been chosen by the family. Be advised that per CDC recommendation, 
those attending will be asked to wear a self provided face covering. 
BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family.


Zanesville: Sandra Lee (Wooten) Jones went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 17, 2021. 
Sandra was born on April 13,1947 in Akron, Ohio to the late Cecil Fredrick and Harriett Emily
(Chandler) Wooten. In addition to her parents, Sandra was preceded in death by three 
brothers, Terrance Wooten, Cecil Wooten and Gary Wooten and one sister Rosetta Eloise Gomer; 
brother-in-law, Mark Hill and sister-in-law, Linda Wooten. 

Sandra is survived by her husband Paul W. Jones, her high school sweetheart with whom 
she shared over 53 years of marriage; her loving children Monica S. Jones of Columbus 
and Paul E. Jones of Zanesville; her granddaughter Langstyn M. Jones of Zanesville; 
two sisters, Carolyn (Gene) Berry and Janice “Jackie” Hill, both of Columbus, Ohio and 
one brother, Kenneth (Sondra) Wooten of Zanesville. She was blessed with an extended
family of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She has several individuals who were
special to her including Lisa Ayres, Kathy Dickinson, Barbara Howe, JoAnn Spencer, 
Sylvia Bordley, Flo Etta O’Neal and Betty Hodge; and her "four-legged" friend, Beau.

Sandra was a gifted seamstress and former owner of Closet to Closet. 
Throughout prior years Sandra was employed by Royal Cleaners and Adams Lane Care Center
where she shared her talents. She was last employed by the Muskingum County Head Start 

Sandra was a member of St. Paul AME Church Zanesville where she served on the 
Stewardess Board, was an usher, a member of the choir and the Grace Palmer Women’s 
Missionary Society. Sandra loved working with children and was a past Sunday School 
Superintendent and Sunday School Teacher. 

Sandra will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She never met a 
stranger and was a joyous spirit to be around. Even in the throes of Alzheimer’s Disease, 
she was focused on her faith and family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her
memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215.
The viewing will be on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
with the funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church Zanesville with 
Reverend Clifton R. Kilpatrick officiating. Caliman Funeral Services is serving the family.


Zanesville: Saundra Elizabeth Edwards, 81, of Zanesville, Ohio passed away Tuesday, 
May 25, 2021. Saundra was born May 27, 1939 in Zanesville, to the late Raymond and 
Rana (Stubblefield) Edwards. In addition to her parents, Saundra is also preceded in 
death by her two sisters, Karen and Ann; and her two brothers, Billy and David.

Saundra leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved children, Jennifer Edwards, 
Diedrea Edwards, Rana Carol Edwards, and Darren Edwards; grandchildren, Jair, 
Adrian and Christopher; niece and nephews, Debbie Edwards-Hodge, David Edwards
and Stacy Callahan; as well as other family members and friends.

Saundra dedicated many years to Genesis Hospitals' sanitization staff. Saundra 
was a faithful member of St. Paul AME Church where she loved to
spend time worshipping with her St. Paul A.M.E. church family. Saundra 
enjoyed serving as an usher and was a member of the Grace Palmer Missionary Society.

Saundra was a loving mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed by all who 
knew her.  Per her family's wishes, cremation has been chosen.  A memorial service 
will be held on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:00 noon at the BURRELL FUNERAL Home with 
Rev. Clifton R. Kilpatrick officiating. Burrell Funeral Services is serving the family.


Newark: William Anthony “Billy” Gilbert, 41, of Newark died Wednesday, June 23, 2021. 
He was born March 7, 1980, to William and Felicia (Burley) Gilbert Jr. 

Billy enjoyed playing disk golf and watching the History Channel. He was an avid 
Buckeye fan and cherished the times he was able to spend with his family and friends.
Billy loved spending time with his son, Trevor, and supporting him in everything he did.

He is survived by his wife, Haley Foreman Gilbert; parents, William Calvin Gilbert Jr.
and Felicia Kay Gilbert; brothers and sisters, Sudoria Gilbert, Anthony Gilbert, 
Tynisha Strickland, Anna (Roshone) Smith, Ryion Gilbert, and Sa-Mone Carter-Gilbert; 
maternal grandmother, Bonnie Jordan; son, Trevor; stepdaughters, Casey, Carley, and 
Teagan; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, William and Eleanora Frances 
Gilbert Sr.; maternal grandfather, Ronald Burley; grandfather, Edward Jordan; 
and uncles, Jonathan Gilbert, Dwight Gilbert, and Ronnie Burley.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Mental Health and Recovery Board of
Licking County, 1435 W. Main St. B, Newark, OH 43055.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 10am-12pm at the Brucker and 
Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark, where a celebration of life will follow 
at 12:00 PM. Burial will follow the service in Newark Memorial Gardens.

To sign an online guestbook, please visit


Cordova, Tennessee:  Stefon Louis Martin 59 of Cordova, TN, passed away Sunday
July 18, 2021 at home after a lengthy illness.  He was born on May 22, 1962, in
Zanesville, Ohio to Paul and Deanna Martin. In addition to his father, Stefon is preceded
in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

He graduated from Zanesville High School and Central State University. He was a life
member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He worked for several major food
manufacturing industries until retiring. Stefon loved his family, loved to play chess,
fish, scuba dive, shooting pool (billiards), swimming, playing spades during the holiday
and most of all he loved to cook and to feed others whether it was something simple or 
something exotic that he thought you should at least try once.

Stefon leaves to cherish his memory, the ultimate loves of his life his children, Dara Martin
and Andre Martin, mother of his children Monica Martin, his mother, siblings Samuel (Cathy),
Kim, Anthony (Tori), Kitra Martindavis (Kerry) and Leonard Napper, his partner Glenda Webster
and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends,

Per Stefon’s wish cremation has been chosen. A memorial service will be held at Union 
Baptist Church 56 8th Street Zanesville Ohio on Saturday, August 7, 2021. You may call 
on the family from11:00 until 11:30 a.m., the memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m. 
with Rev. Dr. Gloria Dillon officiating. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in 
Stefon’s name to: Delta Zeta Alumni Foundation 7452 Portbury Park Lane Suwanee, GA 30024 
or at BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family.

To leave an online condolence, please visit the link below.


William Benjamin Robinson of Columbus, Ohio was born August 15, 1965 to Joyce Robinson
and Jimmy McQueen both of Youngstown, Ohio. He unexpectedly transitioned on August 3, 2021 
at the age of 55. William was sweet, kind and a pleasant child with a huge smile on his face and a
big heart, but he could be mischievous at times. Some may remember him selling his bicycle parts
to purchase candy at the early age of five. He was always trying to find ways to getting candy 
as a kid. William’s big heart and kindness continued throughout his entire life. William graduated 
from South High School in Youngstown, Ohio where he played tailback, wide-receiver and was on
the kickoff return team. He wore the #38 for those four years as a South High Warrior. William 
attended North Iowa Area Community College where he played football and studied to be a
mechanical engineer.

William came back to Youngstown where he began working at Kaleel Brothers, Diamond Head 
Nursing Home and Turning Point. In January, William finally got his dream job working at
SeaCrest Rehab Center as a Behavioral Health Technician, where he took pride in making a
difference in young men’s lives whom were recovering from alcohol and drug abuse.

To mourn his loss are his sons, William (Courtney) Robinson and Kevin (Cianna) Hunter
both of Columbus, Ohio; 10 grandchildren;  his mother, Joyce Jones of Columbus, Ohio; siblings,
Cynthia (Neal) Sleppy of Ruskin, Florida, Harold (Monique) Robinson of Twinsburg, Ohio, and 
Tony (Regina) Robinson of Naperville, Illinois; several uncles, aunts; a host of nieces, 
nephews, cousins, and friends to cherish his memory. William also shared the later part of his
life with his companion, Stella Haley.

Proceeding him in death, longtime partner – Classie Brown; father, Jimmy McQueen; uncles, 
aunts and maternal grandparents, Elizabeth and Thomas Robinson.
William was an active member of Unity Christian Fellowship and faithfully served as an usher.
A Private Visitation will take place at 2:00 PM and a Private Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m. 
on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at Unity Christian Fellowship Church located at 3833 Westerville Rd. 
Columbus, Ohio. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, 
THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. To order flowers, view video tribute and
offer condolences to the Robinson Family, visit


Zanesville:  Flo Etta O'Neal Gillard, 77, of Alabama, gained her wings August 20, 2021 at Genesis Hospital. 
She was born April 20, 1944 in Fowl River, Alabama, daughter of the late Myers, Sr. and Ethel Harris.
In addition to her parents, Flo is also preceded in death by the father of her children,
William Floyd O'Neal, Sr.; two brothers, Myers Harris, Jr. and Rodney "Berry" Harris; 
two grandchildren, Ashlin O'Neal and Taylor O'Neal; great-great grandson, Ashton O'Neal;
daughter-in-law, Karen O'Neal; and her very best friend, Sandra Jones, whom she loved dearly.

Flo leaves to cherish her memory, her five children, Karla O'Neal, William "Floyd" O'Neal, 
Kurt (Valerie) O'Neal, all of Zanesville, Shawn (Denise) O'Neal, of Florida, and Keith O'Neal
of Mobile, AL; siblings, Octavia "Sally" Wright, Agnes Hunter, of Mobile, Zachary (Marie) Harris,
of Newark, Rachelle Harris, of Mobile, Cheryl (Sam) Watson, of Columbus, and Regnald Harris, 
of Atlanta; her grandchildren, Antionette Daniel, of Akron, Tyne O'Neal, of New Jersey, 
Acacia Damion, Thane O'Neal, Jasmine (Dan) Barnes, Erika O'Neal, all of Zanesville, 
Ashley Allen, of Florida, Alexis O'Neal, Keith O'Neal, Jr., and Desirae O'Neal; 
13 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson, Kashlin Lee; and a host of nieces, nephews, 
other family and many friends.

Flo was a hard working matriarch. She dedicated employment to Brockway Glass and Essex Wire. 
Flo went on to dedicate 27 years of service to Burnham Foundry before retiring. She was a home
maker, she loved to cook and have family gatherings, especially around the holidays. Flo had a 
very big heart, and she never shied away from telling you what was on her mind. She was a very
involved grandmother, she loved her grandchildren as her own. She will be deeply missed by many.
You may call on the family Friday, August 27, 2021 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., with funeral service
to follow at 1 p.m., at Burrell Funeral Services, in Zanesville. Reverend Clifton Kilpatrick officiating. 
Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. BURRELL FUNERAL SERVICES is serving the family.


Kenya, Africa: It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Joshua Muema Nyamai  earned his 
wings on August 26, 2021 after a short illness. He was an Engineer  and served as a Partner at 
Armitech Consulting Engineers.  He was born on June 20, 1966. 
He was the son of the late Philip Nyamai Mbuvi and Ruth Kavuli Nyamai.
He was a loving husband to Laurency Errand Wyatt and a caring father to Samuel Mwendwa, 
Victor Mutua, Virginia Ndanu, Xiomara Munanie and Ebonie Renee.

Joshua was the brother of the late Welington Munguti, Richard Kimindu, Alice Leperes,
Agnes Mutua, Dominic Mboya, James Wambua, Redempter Katunge, Jackson Mutinda
and Martin Muli. He was a brother-in-law to Clarice Kimindu, Jacinta Wambua, Beatrice Mutinda.

Joshua was a cousin to Gregory, Yvonne, Mariam, Makau, Kivuva, Wambua and others.
He was an uncle to Sophy, Davis, Joy, Irene, Lekunga,Agnes, Florence, Wambua,
Michael, Mwendwa, Katungwa Daniel, the late Saitoti and others. He was a friend to many.

Joshua's burial will be on September 4, 2021, at his Isinya home, Kajiado County.
Condolences and expressions of sympathy can be sent to Laurency via Messenger on Facebook
or directly to her  Facebook account at Laurency Nyamai Wyatt.


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.