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    CLYDIE EDWARD EVANS, SR   Houston, Missouri

    CLYDIE EDWARD EVANS SR of Houston, MO died January 19, 2019 at the age of 87. A licensed funeral director, he owned and operated Evans Funeral Home alongside his wife, Jean, for 46 years. They sold the business in 2005.

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    JOHN P. "SONNY" COX   Charleston, West Virginia

    JOHN P. "SONNY" COX of Charleston, WV died January 12, 2019 at the age of 88. A licensed funeral director for sixty-nine years, he was the owner and operator of Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home. In 1955, he received the Charles E. Dodd Award for Outstanding Funeral Director of the Year. Cox was a member of the National Selected Morticians Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association,...

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    ALTON C. BENTON   Killeen, Georgia

    ALTON C. BENTON of Killeen, GA died January 10, 2019 at the age of 64. He worked as a pre-need counselor and funeral director for Branford/Dawson Funeral Home for 24 years. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 2004.

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    RUSSELL H. "RUSS" SPRING   McConnelsville, Ohio

    RUSSELL H. "RUSS" SPRING of McConnelsville and Zanesville, OH died January 9, 2019 at the age of 62. A retried funeral director and embalmer, he worked at the DeLong-Baker and Lanning Funeral Home in Zanesville and later the Vorhis Funeral Home in Cincinnati. A 1986 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.

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    RICHARD A. "DICK" STOWERS   Brandon, Florida

    RICHARD A. "DICK" STOWERS of Brandon, FL died January 9, 2019 at the age of 89. He established Stowers Funeral Home and Ambulance Service, Tampa Chapel, Riverview Chapel, B. Marion Reed, and Marsicano Funeral Home. He graduated from the Dallas Institute-Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1959.

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    FRANCIS J. BERUBE   Haverhill, Massachusetts

    FRANCIS J. BERUBE of Haverhill, MA died January 8, 2019 at the age of 88. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was the owner and operator of Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, which he purchased in 1968. He graduated from the New England Institute of Mortuary Science in 1966.

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    DONALD S. "DONZIE" RUSSELL   Springdale, Ohio

    DONALD S. "DONZIE" RUSSELL of Springdale, OH died January 8, 2019 at the age of 83. In 1978 he became the president of Vorhis Funeral Homes, Inc upon the death of his father. He retired in 2004 after 49 years of service.

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    REVEREND MONSIGNOR JOHN W. "JACK" DALTON   Naperville, Illinois

    REVEREND MONSIGNOR JOHN W. "JACK" DALTON of Naperville, IL died January 7, 2019 at the age of 95. He was a longtime Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, IA. Following three years of association with the Catholic Cemeteries of Chicago, he began his studies for the priesthood at Loras College in Dubuque. He was ordained as a priest on February 1, 1958 and named an Honorary Prelate on July 30, 1987. In 1989, he was appointed national...

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    JAMES THOMAS MURPHY   Stamford, Connecticut

    JAMES THOMAS MURPHY of Stamford, CT died January 7, 2019 at the age of 67. He was a long-time funeral director and embalmer for the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home in Darien. He graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in 1972.

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    JAMES R ZETTLER   Hamilton, Ohio

    JAMES R. ZETTLER of Hamilton, OH died January 7, 2019 at the age of 95. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 72 years, he served as chairman and president of Zettler Funeral Home, which he founded alongside his wife, Marian in 1951. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1941.

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    CARLTON RAINGE   Blackshear, Georgia

    CARLTON RAINGE of Blackshear, GA died January 6, 2019 at the age of 67. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he owned and operated Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc, which he established in 2005. He served his internship at the McDowell's Funeral Home in Griffin, and later became assistant operations manager. In 1993 he moved to South Georgia to operate a family business and had worked for several funeral homes in Baxley, Blackshear and Waycross....

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    HERBERT C. BARKER   Chicago, Illinois

    HERBERT C. BARKER of Chicago, IL died January 2, 2019 at the age of 96. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was the owner of Barker's Mortuary and Cremation. A 1948 graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Illinois Select Funeral Directors Association, Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, and the 100 Black Men of Funeral Service, Inc., where he...

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    BENNEY LEE HALLER   Chillicothe, Ohio

    BENNEY LEE HALLER of Chillicothe, OH died January 1, 2019 at the age of 74. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was co-owner of the Haller Funeral Home & Crematory. A 1966 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.

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    HARRY C. COWPER   Eastlake, Ohio

    HARRY C. COWPER of Eastlake, OH died December 31, 2018 at the age of 90. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he was employed at Monreal Funeral Home for over 50 years.

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    THEODORE "TED" RAGSDALE, JR   Muskogee, Oklahoma

    THEODORE "TED" RAGSDALE JR of Muskogee, OK died December 29, 2018 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director, he was the previous owner and operator of Ragsdale Funeral Home. He served on the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

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    HELEN HOYMAN SNYDER   Ligonier, Pennsylvania

    HELEN HOYMAN SNYDER of Ligonier, PA died December 22, 2018 at the age of 77. A licensed funeral director, she worked alongside her husband, the late Gordon O. Snyder in owning and operating Snyder Funeral Home Inc in Ligonier and the former L. Boyd Snyder Funeral Home Inc in Donegal for over 50 years. She continued to operate the funeral homes after her husband died in 2009 as well as the Laurel Highlands Crematory and Pet Cremation Service in...

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    GERALD "JERRY" BRYAN, SR   Deland, Florida

    GERALD "JERRY" BRYAN SR of Deland, FL formerly of Pittsburgh and Murrysville, PA died December 21, 2018 at the age of 65. . He graduated from the Pitts-burgh Institute of Embalming, where he later taught embalming. A licensed Florida and Pennsylvania funeral director and embalmer, he was employed at the Baldauff Funeral Home in Orange City, FL.

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    JOSEPH A. MISENCIK   Avon, Ohio

    JOSEPH A. MISENCIK of Avon, OH and formerly of Lakewood, OH died December 19, 2018 at the age of 82. A licensed funeral director and embalmer, he worked alongside his father, the late Joseph B. Misencik until his death in 1967 and continued to own and operate the Joseph Misencik Funeral Home in Lakewood. In 1982, he and his wife, Marilyn pur-chased the Garland Funeral Home in Amherst, now the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home and in 1996 they built...

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    ANDREW J. POLLARD   Countryside, Illinois

    ANDREW J. POLLARD of Countryside, IL died December 15, 2018 at the age of 94. He was a devoted employee of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Cemeteries, having served there for 56 years, most recently as director of finance, until his retirement at age 82.

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    DOROTHY SPROWL WILLIS   Dalton, Georgia

    DOROTHY SPROWL WILLIS of Dalton, GA died December 12, 2018 at the age of 92. A licensed funeral director, she co-founded Willis Funeral Home along-side her husband, the late Williams J. Willis, Sr in 1949.

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