funeral director, Charleston, Missouri, died October 28, 2017, at age 77. Williams graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1962 and served his apprenticeship under Lawrence H. Jones Sr. in Kansas City, Missouri. Upon completion, he moved to Charleston in 1966 to work for L.R. Sparks Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He later became part-owner and -operator of the funeral home. Charles had more than 55 years of experience and owned three funeral homes in Howardville, Sikeston and Charleston. He is survived by wife Marilyn Joann, son Charles, daughters Stephanie and Monica, brother Stephen, sister Lola Louise and four grandchildren.
Gordon C. Tappan, retired funeral director and owner, Allanson-Glanville Tap-pan Funeral Homes, Phoenix, New York, died October 28, 2017, at age 87. Tappan was a graduate of Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse. He served three years in the 174th Air National Guard, Mattydale. Tappan was a charter member of the Phoenix Lions Club, serving as secretary, treasurer and past president; a member of Schroeppel Historical Society; a Village of Phoenix trustee; deputy mayor; and Phoenix Public Library president since 1968. He is survived by children Douglas, Saralyn “Sunny” and Charles; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister Marlette.
Robert E. Kingston, retired funeral director and former owner, John J. Curran Funeral Home, Rochester, New York, died October 28, 2017. He is survived by daughters Kim, Karen and Kathleen; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
retired funeral director and embalmer, Richwood, West Virginia, died October 27, 2017, at age 90. Combs was a 1952 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served on the USS Providence and the USS Taconic. He was owner of Richwood Monuments, former owner of Mountainview Cemetery and Combs Funeral Home, Montgomery, and co-owner of Combs Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge. He is survived by wife Delores; children Michael, Patrick, Sarah and Christina; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
embalmer and former funeral home owner, Suffolk, Virginia, died December 25, 2107, at age 79. Minchew was a graduate of the 1960 class of Cincinnati College of Embalming and former owner of Sidney F. Harrell Funeral Home in Suffolk (1981-95). After selling the funeral home, he became associated with Loving Funeral Home, Churchland, and remained so until his death. Minchew was member of Suffolk Masonic Lodge 30, Khedive Shrine Temple, Southeastern Cushman Club and Cushman Club of America. He is survived by daughter Gay, son F. Michael and two grandchildren.
retired funeral director and owner of many funeral homes, Chillicothe, Missouri, died October 25, 2017, at age 90. Lindley served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a cook. He graduated from St. Louis College of Mortuary Science and received his Missouri funeral director and embalmer license in 1951. Lindley also served his community as a Livingston County sheriff deputy from 1961-74 and as Chillicothe Police Court judge during the mid-60s. He was also a member of the Livingston County Men’s Democratic Club; Pendleton Fund Board; Chillicothe Lions Club (more than 50 years); Chillicothe Elks Lodge 656; Chillicothe Country Club, where he served as president and board member; Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce; past president of Chillicothe Masonic Friendship Lodge 89 AF&AM for more than 50 years; Chillicothe Shrine Club; Moila Shrine Club of St. Joseph; and Vern R. Glick American Legion Post 25. He is survived by wife Dorothy; daughter Rebecca; sons J. Scott, Bruce and Timothy; and 10 grandchildren.
Billy “Jack” Lindley, retired funeral director, Stockton, Missouri, died October 25, 2017, at age 90. Lindley graduated from St. Louis College of Mortuary Science and received his Missouri funeral director’s and embalmer’s licenses in 1951. He also served his community as Livingston County sheriff deputy from 1961-74 and as Chillicothe Police Court judge during the mid-60s. Lindley was a member of the Livingston County Men’s Democratic Club, Pendleton Fund Board, Chillicothe Lions Club, Chillicothe Elks Lodge 656, Chillicothe Country Club, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, Chillicothe Masonic Friendship Lodge 89 AF&AM, Chillicothe Shrine Club, MOILA Shrine Club of St. Joseph and Vern R. Glick American Legion Post 25. He is survived by wife Dorothy; daughter Rebecca; sons J. Scott, Bruce and Timothy; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
funeral director, embalmer and owner, Wilson-Eichelberger Mortuary and Restlawn Cemetery, Sanford, Florida, died October 19, 2017, at age 100.
funeral director, Knightdale, North Carolina, died October 18, 2017, at age 48. Bennett attended Fayetteville Community College and graduated in May 2007 with an associate degree in funeral service. She is survived by husband Victor G., daughters Nicole and Katelyn, one granddaughter, sister Jeanine and brothers David and Joseph.
David E. “Ned” Hillis, retired funeral director and former co-owner, Hillis, Combs & Nestor Funeral Home, Zanesville, Ohio, died October 16, 2017, at age 72. Hillis served his country in the Mortuary Division of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He, along with brother Jim, were second-generation owners of Hillis Funeral Home, where they became involved in the funeral home at a very early age with their father. After graduating from mortuary school, Hillis joined the funeral home as an embalmer and funeral director. He remained active until his retirement in 2013 as co-owner and was also an active member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and Ohio Embalmers Association. He was involved in the community, giving his time and talents to many organizations, including the Zanesville Jaycees, Zanesville Noon Rotary, Muskingum County Health Department Board of Directors and Campaign Levy. He served as chairman of the Zanesville Board of Zoning Appeals and was a long-standing member of the Knights of Columbus 505, Eagles Lodge 302 and VFW Post 1058. Hillis was also a volunteer with Genesis Healthcare. He is survived by brother Jim and sisters Ellen and Carol.