MOUNT VERNON — Kenneth James Black, 79, of Mount Vernon, surrounded by his family, lost his struggle with Parkinson’s disease on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon.
He was born Feb. 5, 1925, in Mount Vernon to Clyde and Margaret (Tulloss) Black. A retired farmer, he was employed 30 years with Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. He was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, the Ohio Archaeological Society, and was an honorary life member of the Kokosing Chapter of that society. He served in the World War II European Theater of Operations in the 445th AAA and was awarded the Bronze Star.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Ellen (Jackson) Black; three sons, Lee (Julie) Black of Mount Vernon, Andrew Black of Mount Vernon and Timothy Black (Donna) of Gambier; three daughters, Mary Kinsman of Mount Vernon, Rebecca Black of Mount Vernon and Nanette Black (Mike Andorfer) of Mount Vernon; five grandchildren, Kenneth Lee Black, Alex Kinsman, Carly Faye Black, Kaitlin and Max Andorfer; four great-grandchildren, Allyson, Connor and Mason Black and Darrien Kinsman; and three brothers, Roger (Marcene) Black of California, Thomas (Jo Ann) Black of Mount Vernon and David (Jo Ellen) Black of Mount Vernon.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Mount Vernon. Funeral will be Thursday at 1 p.m. with Dr. Keith Stuart officiating. Military services will be provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County. This obituary and guest registry can be viewed online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Ralph L. Rice
MOUNT VERNON — Ralph Lybarger Rice, 90, of Mount Vernon died Oct. 31, 2004, at Knox Community Hospital.
He was born June 1, 1914, in Danville to Roy J. and Vinnie (Lybarger) Rice. He was a member of Gay Street United Methodist Church and was a 60-year member of Ohio Lodge 199 F&AM. He was a graduate of Danville High School and Ohio University in Athens. He had been a teacher in Mount Vernon schools for 28 years and was a former employee of First-Knox National Bank and G.R. Smith Hardware. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
He is survived by one son Ralph “Cordy” (Susan) Rice of Mount Vernon; two daughters, Nancy L. Noce and Connie A. Rice of Mesa, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Kirk (Lori) Noce, Lisa (Steve) Parker, Suzie (Tim) Bishop, Todd (Lisa) Noce, Rob (Heidi) Noce, Shelley (Jake) Thompson, Lindsey (J.B.) Myers and Mark Rice; 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Simmons of Memphis, Tenn.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Lynde Rice; and two brothers, Clair J. and Charles M. Rice.
Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North-Dilley Funeral Home, where the funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. David A. Baker will officiate. Burial with military honors by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will be in Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gay Street United Methodist Church Living Memorial Fund, 18 N. Gay St.; Mount Vernon 43050. This obituary may be viewed online at www.dilleyfuneralservice.com.
James F. Smith
LEXINGTON, Ky. — James Francis Smith, 63, of Lexington, Ky., formerly of Mount Vernon, died at 12:45 a.m., Oct. 24, 2004, at the home of his daughter in Lexington, Ky.
He was born May 11, 1941, in Mount Vernon to Alexander J. and Dorothy Rose (Mathewson) Smith, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Smith graduated from Lima Central Catholic High School in 1959 and attended Ohio Northern University in Ada. He served in the U.S. Army Special Forces, Green Berets, from 1963-65. On Dec. 1, 1999, he retired as a Nitriles Operations Maintenance Technician from BP Chemical Plant; he was a member, officer and chairman of his local OCAW/PACE union. After retirement, he was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union. He was a member of BPOE Lodge, American Legion, Loyal Order of Moose and Jim Smith Society. He served as marshal for the annual Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Golf Course in Columbus for the past 15 years. During retirement, Mr. Smith developed a keen interest in computers and genealogy. Genealogy research prompted two trips to his ancestral Scotland. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan and a golf enthusiast. Jim was dedicated to his two daughters and two grandchildren.
Survivors include two daughters, Leslie S. (Michael) Becker of San Jose, Calif., and Christine D. (Joseph) Clabes of Lexington, Ky.; two grandchildren, Lauren Mary Becker and Joseph Andrew Clabes Jr.; three brothers, Alexander J. (Sue) Smith of Tulsa, Okla., William J. (Kathy) Smith of Chicago, Ill., and Wayne E. (Karen) Smith of Englewood; one sister, Mary Rita (Jerry) Briner of Phoenix, Ariz.; five nieces; six nephews; and seven great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Church in Lima, followed by a reception at BPOE Elks Club, North Street, Lima.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.