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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – January/February 2014

DORRELL Homer R. Dorrell, 89, of Mooresville, Indiana passed away peacefully October 19, 2013. Homer was born to Merrill and Lillian (Barnett) Dorrell on June 9, 1924, in West Newton, Indiana. He married Gladys W. (Westerfield) Dorrell on July 20, 1947. Homer graduated from Decatur Central High School in 1942. He received his B.S. in Secondary Education from Indiana University and went on to earn his Masters in Secondary Education from Ball State University. Homer was a high school science teacher for Wayne Township Schools for 21 years, retiring in 1985. He also taught in Kenya, East Africa for eight and a half years. Homer was a World War II Army Veteran. He was a member of West Newton Friends Meeting, a member of Western Yearly Meeting and Friends United Meeting where he and his wife served as missionaries in East Africa. Homer has lived in West Newton, Indiana, all of his life. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gladys W. (Westerfield) Dorrell of Mooresville, Indiana; three sons, Harold (Pat) Dorrell of Loogootee, Indiana, Dale (Karen) Dorrell of Newton, Iowa and Dean Dorrell of Washington, Indiana; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren; three brothers: Kenneth Dorrell of Indianapolis, Indiana, Chester Dorrell of Indianapolis, Indiana, and W. Ernest Dorrell of Florida and one sister, Mabel White of Franklin, Indiana. Homer is preceded in death by his parents, Merrill and Lillian (Barnett) Dorrell; his brother, Robert Dorrell; sister, Marjorie Imhausen; and his daughter-in-law (Dean’s wife), Karen Dorrell.

GARBERT Wayne Edward Garbert, 93, passed from this life Monday, October 28, 2013, at 8:30 P.M. at Fairmont Rehabilitation Center, where he had been a resident for seven years. A second generation German-American, he was born in Kokomo, Indiana, September 18, 1920, the son of Eduard Johann Wilhelm (Edward William) and Della Mae (Swing) Garbert. The family moved to Harrison Township, in Howard County, Indiana where Wayne attended Alto and West Middleton schools, then later moved to Taylor Township, also in Howard County, Indiana. He attended Kokomo High School and was graduated from Sharpsville High School in 1938. In his youth he played basketball and baseball, maintaining friendship with former teammates throughout his life. On June 29, 1941, he married Martha Doris Allee. Their early Sunday morning ceremony was followed by attendance at Sunday School and worship, then the annual church picnic. He was employed in 1940 as a meat cutter for Beuhler Brothers Meat Market in downtown Kokomo, Indiana. In 1944, he became a salesman for Colonial Baking Company and was a route man in southern Kokomo for 19 years. He loved people, making many friendships among his customers. They enjoyed his stops, as he would often sing, whistle or have a funny story to share. He was later employed by Greentown Locker, Miller Packing and Sycamore Food Shop, from which he retired. He valued his continuing friendship with Grady Martin, his last employer. For many years Wayne was a member of Hemlock Friends Church, (Western Yearly Meeting) where he provided music ministry every Sunday, morning and evening, and mid-week prayer meeting, as song leader and bringing special music. He led music for evangelistic meetings in central Indiana for a number of years, sometimes accompanied by his daughter on piano or organ. In 1969, he became a member of Union Street Friends Meeting (now Kokomo First Friends Meeting),where he participated in the choir, taught Sunday School and served on committees. At the time of his death, he was a member of Russiaville Friends Meeting, in Russiaville, Indiana (Western Yearly Meeting). He continued to provide music ministry into his later years, sometimes including poetry with his presentations. His grandchildren remember him as a fun-loving person of abiding faith and strong moral character. His enjoyment of automobiles, trains, bicycling, backyard wildlife and reading bedtime stories are fond memories. He especially enjoyed playing with his great granddaughter. He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann and husband, Daniel Wayne Carter, Russiaville, Indiana; a grandson, William Wayne Carter, Russiaville, Indiana; a granddaughter, Laurel Ann and husband, Dr. Bruce Allen Whisler, Clemson, South Carolina; and a great-granddaughter, Katherine Ann Whisler. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and a sister, Mary Louise Garbert.

HODGES John Ellsworth Hodges, 73, of Dunn, North Carolina died Thursday, October 31, 2013, at his home. He was born March 6, 1940, in Sampson County, North Carolina, and was the son of the late Leonard Ellsworth and Eloise (Dawson) Hodges. Mr. Hodges was a member of Bethesda Friends Meeting in Dunn, North Carolina, where he taught the Quaker Fellowship Sunday School class for many years. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and he enjoyed his family and friends tremendously. He was also a retired volunteer fireman with the Plainview Fire Department. Mr. Hodges is survived by his wife, Linda Hodges: one son, Johnny Hodges and wife, Leasa; one daughter, Debbie Summerlin and husband, Ray; two sisters, Peggy Core and husband, Dalma Lee; and Gloria Carroll all of Dunn, North Carolina; and five grandchildren, Erin, Samantha, and Ashley Summerlin, and Rachel and John Hodges.

MILLER Elizabeth “Libby” Miller, 101, peacefully departed this life on Sunday, November 3, 2013, surrounded by family. She was born February 4, 1912, to Henry and Rosa Catherine (Hipskind) Stouffer. She married E. Woodrow “Woody” Miller on May 19, 1940. He died September 18, 2012. Libby lived her entire life in rural Wabash County, Indiana, and graduated from Linlawn High School in 1930, where she played center on the girls’ basketball team. She graduated from International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was employed as a secretarial assistant to Mark Honeywell at the time he was planning the Honeywell Center. She later worked at Markhon. She had the honor of being the eldest member of the Wabash Friends Church where, for many years, she enjoyed singing in the choir and participating in the Linlawn Missionary Society. She was also a member of the first 4-H club established in Wabash County, Indiana. In addition to her homemaking skills, she was a passionate clothes designer, an avid seamstress and doll collector, adopting over 300 “orphaned” dolls, repairing and dressing them in costumes of her own design and creation and frequently giving them to needy children. She was inspired by the rural landscape of Wabash County, Indiana, to write poetry, and she loved spending time with family and friends, hosting many large family gatherings. Her flower and vegetable gardens were her pride and joy. She loved to play the piano and sing with her family, and enjoyed a great sense of humor. She left many friends and family, including two sisters: Frances Stewart of Monon, Indiana, and Ruth Barnett of North Manchester, Indiana; a sister-in-law, Alice Stouffer of Wabash, Indiana; her daughters: Beth (Dave) Purcell of Kirkwood, Missouri, Susan Fagin of Wabash, Indiana, Marianne Poston Briscoe of Roann, Indiana; and her son, Dan (Marilyn) Miller of Wabash, Indiana. She also leaves 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, cousins and wonderful friends to cherish her memory. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband; her eldest son, Thomas W. Miller; three sisters, Alice Myers Petry, Katherine Vrooman and Velma Mae Stouffer; two brothers, Joseph Stouffer and Robert Stouffer; and three infant great-grandchildren. Libby’s life of service to others and her Christian faith serve as a fine example to her family and friends. She will be sorely missed.

PHILLIPS Sheila (McGinnis) Phillips was born June 8, 1919, in Friendswood, Texas, a small Quaker community founded by her grandfather Frank Brown. She died December 20, 2012, in Lubbock, Texas, at the age of 93. Sheila is survived by her daughter, Jane Henry from Portales, New Mexico, and her son, Williams Phillips, from San Antonio, Texas, 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. After spending her childhood in Friendswood. Sheila met her husband, Harold Phillips, at a church camp in Camp Wood, Kansas. She was 16 and he was 20. Like Sheila, Harold was born and raised in another Quaker settlement in Havilland, Kansas. Harold once stated, “We met at Camp Wood playing table tennis. It was nearly love at first sight.” Sheila’s uncle, Cecil Brown, paid for Sheila to attend college at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, while Harold studied music at University of Kansas. Harold and Sheila were 125 miles apart but corresponded by letter and saw each other occasionally. After graduation they were married on August 9, 1940, in Friendswood. They lived in Ulysses, Kansas, from 1945-1952. Harold taught all grades music (instrumental and vocal) and Sheila operated a dry cleaning shop. They purchased an old hotel, which had been moved from the downtown area, lived in the bottom floor and rented the upper floor apartments. In 1953, Harold and Sheila cam to Clovis, New Mexico, to start a new life as music storeowners with Sheila as the store manager and Harold, the musician. Together, Sheila and Harold helped to foster the cultural enrichment of the citizens of Clovis by supporting music education. Sheila encouraged her children to do their best and set an example of a strong work ethic. She always had a keen sense of curiosity and loved adventure and traveling. She had a great sense of humor and strong intellect until the time of her death. She was also a prodigious reader, reading several books a week and was a good bridge player. Sheila drew strength from her faith and encouraged her family to read the Bible daily and memorize scripture. She had been the standard bearer of the Quaker and musical heritage and wanted her family members to remember their strong family roots. She was generous and encouraging and always set a wonderful Christian example by sharing her love and gifts. She embodied a positive attitude and chose to see the best potential in everyone. She demonstrated gratitude in her life and always said that being grateful was the best way to be happy in life. Sheila will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

PIERCE Lawrence Maxton Pierce, 81, passedaway peacefully on Sunday, November 3, 2013, at his home. Mack was born in Wayne County, North Carolina on July 3, 1932, to the late Bertie Lawrence Pierce and Alma Montague Pierce. Along with his family, Mack owned and operated Nahunta Pork Center. Nahunta Pork Center first opened its doors in 1975 to serve the small rural community of Nahunta, North Carolina, with sausage and fresh pork products. Nahunta Pork Center was actually a spin-off of Nahunta Hog Market and Slaughter House, which had been in business since the mid 1950s as a hog buying station and custom slaughtering plant. In May of 1975, Mack remodeled a bulk tobacco barn and began a small pork retail center. Today Nahunta Pork Center is the largest all pork retail displayer in the eastern United States. For over 70 years, Mack had been a member of Nahunta Friends Meeting. He was devoted to his church, sang in the church choir for over 62 years and was the song leader for Sunday school for 37 years. He also served the church as an elder, finance committee member, youth leader, Sunday school teacher and was involved in many other activities where he utilized his gifts and abilities to share the love of God. Mack lived a life of dedication to his family and friends and to his community. He served his community many ways from serving on the Branch Bank and Trust Company Board for 20 years to his work as a trustee at Mount Olive College for 10 years. He was also one of the founding members of the Nahunta Fire Department and served as a fireman for 15 years. Mack is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean Hardison Pierce; and his sons, Lawrence Maxton “Larry” Pierce, Jr. and wife, Rita Lynch Pierce of Goldsboro, North Carolina and James Frederick “Freddie” Pierce and wife, Amy Sutton Pierce of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brandon Pierce and wife, Mandy, Lauren Pierce, Lindley Pierce. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Milo Pierce and Cedric Pierce; and his sisters, Marjorie P. Radford, Blanche P. Davis and Wilda P. Haswell.

SAVAGE W. Jean Lindley Savage, 88, of Evansville, Indiana, formerly of Tipton County, Indiana, went home to be with the Lord August 25th, 2013, after suffering a stroke. Jean was a life-long Quaker and a member of Russiaville Friends Meeting of Russiaville, Indiana. Jean, the daughter of Walter & Gertrude (Morrison) Lindley, was born on the family farm in Prairie Township, Tipton County, Indiana, on March 7, 1925. She was the youngest of five sisters, all of whom preceded her in death. Opal (Brookbank), Ruby (Collier), Mary (Mitchell) and Betty. Jean graduated from Prairie High School in 1943 and Indiana Business College in 1945. She was a career bookkeeper in Kokomo, Indiana, retiring from Erik’s Chevrolet. Jean was an avid homemaker. In 1949, she married Roy T. Savage, who survives. She was a member of the United Society of Friends Women, County Extension Home Economics Club and the Indiana Society of Pioneers. Jean was a descendant of Indiana Settler Jonathan Lindley. After moving to Evansville, Indiana in 1995, she received much pleasure attending her grandsons’ activities. Jean is also survived by sons John of San Francisco, California, and David (Becky Price) of Evansville, Indiana; grandsons, Matthew of Indianapolis, Indiana, Luke of Evansville, Indiana and Andrew of West Lafayette, Indiana; as well as her many dear nieces and nephews.

WILSON James Edward Wilson, of Snow Camp, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, from injuries he suffered in a tractor accident. He was born in Burke County, North Carolina, July 12, 1943, the son of Ruby (Lingafelt) Wilson Wood and the late Robert Edward Wilson. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Wilson; and maternal grandmother, Ruth Chester Lingafelt Curtis. Survivors left to cherish his memories include his wife of 51 years, Louise; sons, Bryan Edward Wilson (Melodee) and Jonathan Wilson (Jennifer); eight grandchildren, Chelsey Wilson, Hayden Wilson, Tanner Wilson, Justen Murray (Kara), Jeremy Murray (Rebecca), Kaitlyn Wilson, Jonathan Wilson and Jeremiah Wilson; brothers, John Wilson (Sarah) of Morganton, North Carolina, and Larry Wilson (Shelia) of Burlington, North Carolina; sisters, Ann Wilson Bush and husband, the late Paul Bush of Morganton, North Carolina, and Joyce Wilson Penland (Edward) of Lakeland, Florida.; nieces, Lisa Bush Norman (Gary) and Heidi Bush Spiess (Jason), both of Morganton, North Carolina, Kristal Penland Boyce (Roger) and Kerri Penland Foster (Ryan), both of Lakeland, Florida, Katina Penland of Miami, Florida, Mindy Wilson of Asheville, North Carolina, and Melissa Wilson of Burlington, North Carolina; three nephews, Randy Bush (Nan) of Morganton, North Carolina, Paul Bush (Kim) of Granite Falls, North Carolina, and Scott Wilson of Marion, North Carolina; six great-nieces; nine great-nephews; and stepfather, Franklin Wood of Morganton, North Carolina. As the eldest of six children, he was always very attentive to the needs of his family and they always knew he was there for them in any situation; his presence will be greatly missed. James graduated from Glen Alpine High School, where he played basketball, football and baseball. He was captain of the 1961 undefeated football team that won the Western North Carolina State Championship, under Coach Jug Wilson, who was like a father to him. His first job was at the Twin Circle Grill, at the age of 14. Before he could drive he purchased his first car, a 1950 Mercury, which he still owned at the time of his death. He was working at Grace Hospital, when he met Louise Teague, whom he fell in love with and married in 1962. He later worked for Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton. James moved to Snow Camp, North Carolina, in 1965, with his wife and young son, Bryan, to start a new life in Alamance County. James was a member of Cane Creek Friends Meeting in Snow Camp, North Carolina. His ongoing interest in sports led him to establish the Sylvan Athletic Association in Southern Alamance County, where he went on to coach several sports teams. A former Glen Alpine High School teacher, Mrs. Lena Taylor, introduced James to acting and theatre. James had a desire to preserve the history of Snow Camp and in 1972, James and his brother, Bobby, came up with the idea of bringing an outdoor theatre to Snow Camp. James served on the Board of Directors and then as General Manager of the Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre, since 1975. He put his blood, sweat and tears into the theatre. For the past 40 years, the Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre has been a vital part of the community due to his passion, excellence and dedication to the Quaker community. He cared deeply for the company of actors who spent their summers with him and taught them the value of hard work, through his example. James could entertain family and friends, for hours, with his unique gift of storytelling. He was an incredibly loving and compassionate person. His greatest and most enduring legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren, whom he dearly loved and who brought him the greatest pleasure.