Jan. 23, 1935 - Sept. 7, 2007
BERLIN HEIGHTS - Florine J. "Flo" (Acord) Belcher, 72, of Berlin Heights for 40 years, died Sept. 7 in Tampa, Fla., during surgery for lung cancer.
She was born Jan. 23, 1935 in the rugged coal mining "camp" of Lando Mines, Mingo County, West Virginia. She married George Belcher Oct. 7, 1950 and they remained married for 54 years until his death Oct. 7, 2004. In the mid 50s they moved to Berlin Heights when most of her family (the Canterbury's and Acords) migrated north to get factory jobs. Flo and George had five children and Flo worked full time at the Fanny Farmer's Candy factory in Norwalk for 30 years. She retired in the 90s, they moved to Tampa, Fla. During the summer they came north and stayed with her sister, Barbara, in Berlin Heights so that they could be close to everyone here. Family was always her first priority and she was always ready to help people. She enjoyed doing favors for others. She loved to cook and had a huge collection of recipe cards from which she lovingly prepared many delicious foods. Nobody ever left her home hungry or without "care" packages of good home-cooked food. She was a die-hard Cleveland Indians and Browns fan and often wore team logo clothing and jewelry. When she got her first cell phone with free long distance, she was in telephone heaven. She could talk for hours to family and friends in Ohio while she was in Tampa for the long winter season. She could stay connected to all the people she cared about. He favorite prayer was "This is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."
She is survived by her children, Tommy Belcher and Phyllis Butler of Tampa, Fla., Terry Belcher of Dallas, Texas and Tim Belcher of Norwalk; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Shelby Jean (Acord) Hendrickson of Norwalk; a brother, Charles Ray Acord of Avon Lake; two uncles and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Belcher; an infant son, Gary Belcher; grandparents, Rebecca and Shelby Canterbury; parents, Ruby and Tom Acord; and a sister, Barbara Acord, all of Berlin Heights; and brothers, Dewey Acord of Vermilion, Curtis Acord and Emmet Acord both of Mich.; and numerous Canterbury's.
International Casket and Urn Funeral Home, Tampa, Fla. assisted the family.
A Memorial gathering for family and friends will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Berlin Heights American Legion Hall on Ohio 61, north of town.
Cards and condolences may be sent to: 9640 Lake Pine Place, Tampa, Fla. 33635.
April 25, 1948 Aug. 29, 2007
CLARKSFIELD Ray Boyd, 59, of Clarksfield, died Aug. 29 at Stein Hospice due to complications from a brief battle with brain cancer.
He was born April 25, 1948 in Banner, Ky.
He was a graduate of Betsy Lane High School in Kentucky. He worked at the Ford Motor Company in Lorain as a relief man on the assembly line, before retiring in 1997. He enjoyed working in the yard, washing his cars and having cookouts with his family.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Tammy Boyd of Norwalk; father, Luther Boyd of Kentucky; brothers, Dewey Boyd of Tennessee, Curtis Boyd of North Carolina, and Roy Boyd of Columbus; sisters, Bonnie Boyd of Kentucky and Evelyn McNeely (Boyd) of Lorain; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Cora (Akers) Boyd; and brothers, Jay Boyd and Kermit Boyd.
The funeral for Mr. Boyd was held at the Little Salmon Baptist Church in Banner, Ky. Sept. 2. Burial in Davison Memorial Gardens in Ivel, Ky.
Jan. 4, 1942 Sept. 12, 2007
Frances K. Marie Greene, 65, of Gibsonburg, died Wednesday at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
She was born Jan. 4, 1942 in Cleveland to the now deceased Francis and Esther (Van Wagner) Organ. Kay was a 1959 graduate of Fremont Ross High School and graduated from the Tiffin Academy of Hair Design and Terra Tech. In April 1959, she married Charles D. Greene and he preceded her in death in March of 2005. She was a homemaker and a managing Cosmetologist.
She enjoyed giving to Christian charities. Years ago she worked in children's ministries with Harvest Temple and Assembly of God in Bellevue. She sang at church and played the violin and piano. She also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing and painting.
She is survived by her children, Leslie Kay (Paul) Allard, of Milan, Stephanie K. Lorain (Brian Lee Waggener) of Norwalk, and Kevin Mark (Jill Marie) Brant of Hessville; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; brothers, Jack Brooks, Edward (Pat) Brooks and Van (Sharon) Brooks, all of Missouri.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sons, Charles D. Greene, Jr. (1997) and Jonathan Haden-Blair (2004); sister, Ruth Ann Biller and an infant brother, Danny.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Herman-Kinn-Veh Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Gibsonburg. Services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Lewis officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude & Feed the Children.