Ray A. Darnell
Ray Arthur Darnell of Eaton Rapids, passed away September 6, 2021, at the age of 67. Ray was born in Howell, Mich., January 8, 1954, the son of Clarence and Lillian (Bunker) Darnell. He worked for DecraLac and Fast Eddies in Holt. Ray was an avid outdoorsman enjoying camping, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, watching NASCAR and westerns. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Ray is survived by his fiancé, Brenda Lee Richardson; children, Ray, Jenny, Bruce and Mark Darnell; step-children, Robert, Paul, Caleb (Kalynn), Jason (Amanda), Cody (Alyssa) Richardson and Heidi (Rod) Pyers; nine grandchildren; brother, Ronald Darnell; sisters, Lois (Dave) Clark, Karen Roebuck and Ila (Larry) Collins; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Kenny.
Funeral services were held Thursday, September 9, 2021, at the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the Mills Funeral Home. To leave online condolences for the family, please visit our website, www.millsfuneral.com.
Dennis J. Lawhead
Dennis Jerome Lawhead of Eaton Rapids, passed away surrounded by his beloved family on September 18, 2021, at the age of 73. Dennis was born in Lansing, June 25, 1948, the son of Duane and Irma Gayle (Walker) Lawhead. He graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 1967 and went on to proudly serve with the US Army until his retirement in 1989. Dennis continued his employment as a corrections officer retiring in 2011 after 20 years. He was a member of the Masonic Temple in Eaton Rapids and Charlotte, the American Legion in Jackson and a lifetime member of the NRA. Dennis enjoyed riding his Harley Motorcycle, hunting and fishing. He was an amazing father and beloved husband and will be greatly missed.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Olivia Lawhead; children, Danah (Chris) Klinger of Georgia, Desi (Seth) Sohn of Wisconsin, Dennis (Christina) Lawhead Jr. of Kalkaska; grandchildren, Emily, Carlina, Clara, Max, Oscar and Juniper; brother, David Lawhead of Onstead; sister, Dorothy Parsley of Florida; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jack Swan.
Funeral services were held at 12 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021, at Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Please visit our website to place online condolences for the family, www.millsfuneral.com.
Sandra K. Eggleston
Sandra Kay Eggleston, 68, of Charlotte, died Saturday, September 11, 2021, in Lansing, surrounded by her family. Sandra was born October 31, 1952, in Charlotte, the daughter of Albert and Nellie (Johnson) Brandon. She graduated from Charlotte High School in 1971, and the next week married Billy Eggleston on June 19, 1971. Shortly after, the two started their family with the birth of their son, Keith. Sandra worked many years as a grill cook, at the Eaton Place, Big Boy, and the County Gavel, as well as working at Mickey’s Party Store. She and Billy enjoyed bowling together on their Friday night league, and Sandra also played softball. She loved to cook, not only on the job, but baking cookies for her family, especially grandchildren. Sandra cherished her grandchildren, and her family.
Sandra is survived by her husband of 50 years, Billy Douglas Eggleston; son, Keith LaVerne Eggleston and his significant other, Heather Collins; daughter, Rose Marie Eggleston and her fiancé Devrin Beebe; four grandchildren, Amber (Ian) Nichols, Blake Peffer, Brandon Eggleston, and Jamie Collins; and her sister, Ruth Lawcock. She was predeceased by her parents and her siblings, Virginia Potter, Albert “Vern” Brandon, Mary Myers, Robert Brandon, Glen Brandon, Dixie Weaver, Donald Brandon, Ronald Brandon.
Friends are encouraged to support Sandra’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her tribute page at prayfuneral.com. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021, at Pray Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m., prior to the service. Interment took place at Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Relay for Life. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Harriett M. Tarnowski
Harriett Mae Tarnowski, age 85, of Charlotte, formerly of Henderson, Nev., and Metro-Detroit, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Saturday, September 11, 2021. She was born October 6, 1935, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania the daughter of William and Loretta (Barker) Dowling. Harriett was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was always concerned about the needs of others and did her best to see that everyone was well cared for. She enjoyed bowling, canning, and working as a server in several high-end restaurants. Her family always loved her spaghetti sauce, chili, stuffed porkchops, and honey baked ham. Harriett was a devoted Christian and enjoyed serving others. She was a member of the Henderson United Methodist Church in Henderson, Nevada and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte.
Harriett is survived by her children, Laura (Robert) Vipond of Charlotte, John (Debra) Tarnowski of Cal., Loretta (Glenn) Bouse of Ypsilanti; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Laura Rademacher of Miss.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph Tarnowski; daughter, Mary Young; siblings, Betty Lewis, Loretta (Orin) Rush, William Dowling Jr.; brother-in-law, Melvin Rademacher; and sister-in-law, Marcie Dowling.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastors Tim Potter and Mark Booth officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial took place at Parkview Memorial Park in Livonia.
Those desiring may make contributions in Harriett’s memory to your local food bank or charity of your choice.
To view Harriett’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-green-kilgo.com.
Irene Jewett, of Duck Lake, Springport, Mich., our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, September 11, 2021, after a brave fight with lung cancer.
Irene was born August 6, 1937, in Grand Rapids, Mich., the daughter of Howard and Ruth (Davis) Hill. She resided in Charlotte for 68 years after moving here at age 15. She proudly and loyally served her community as City Clerk for 31 years, until retiring. After retirement she joined her beloved husband traveling and causing fish to tremble in fear in numerous lakes, oceans, and states around the country.
She was a member of the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church. Her generosity and caring spirit showed in her love for many family members and friends. She held a special place in her heart for her six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, with whom she practiced her favorite hobby of gift giving. Many family members, friends, and those in the community sought her wise advice and counsel.
Surviving are her children, Greg (Corinne) Cooper, Shelley (Denny) Hagman, Rob (Karry) Jewett, Kelly (Mark) Wojtysiak, Andrea Jewett; grandchildren, Lindsey (Josh) Buckner, Brad Hagman, Cody (Brittany) Cooper, Kyli (Josh) Logsdon, Elizabeth Wojtysiak, Jordan Jewett; great-grandchildren, Dylan Buckner, Braylan Buckner, Cason Cooper and Kinzley Logsdon; brother, Mark (Robin) Lapham; and brother-in-law, Dan (Lisa) Driessen.
Irene was preceded in death by her loyal and loving husband of 40 years, Bob Jewett; her parents; sisters, Joan Frankowski and Helen Driessen.
In keeping with Irene’s wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Those desiring may make contributions in Irene’s memory to the Eaton Area Senior Center or Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice.
To view Irene’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit burkhead-green-kilgo.com.
The family is being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.
Richard Rulison, son of Kay and Robert Rulison, passed away on July 11, 2021 at his home in the UP, from a heart attack.
The Interment of Dick’s ashes will take place on October 2, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the family plot in Section “U” of Maple Hill Cemetery, in Charlotte, Michigan.
Harold P. Clements
Harold Paul Clements, a gentle, kind and fun-loving gentleman, passed away on September 3, 2021. He was born on March 31, 1932 to Paul and Mildred (Royston) Clements and graduated from Charlotte High School. On June 18, 1955, Harold married the love of his life, Donna Jean Batdorff. This past June they celebrated 66 years together. Together they raised five children putting them in private Seventh-Day Adventist schools from elementary through college. Most people remember Harold as the Vice President and General Manager of Carefree Aluminum in Charlotte. As an upstanding and ethical businessperson he was very successful within the community. Most recently he published a book entitled, ‘The Day the Sun Rose in the West,’ which holds many inspiring stories about a faith-filled life growing up on a farm and raising family.
Always on the go, Harold was not one to sit around. He loved sports and was an active participant with friends and family in golf, tennis, volleyball, and basketball games. He also loved competing in the Senior Olympics in his Florida community of Winter Haven. His ability to compete in the 100-yard dash and other short sprint races earned him numerous gold medals.
Above all Harold dearly loved his family and his Savior, Jesus Christ. Many a church service was blessed with vocal specials as the Clements family sang in perfect acapella harmony with Harold leading an altar call pleading with those in the audience to give their lives fully to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Harold is survived by his wife, Donna Jean (Batdorff); children, Steven (June) Clements, Scott (Ann) Clements, Simeon (Dee) Clements, Michael (Pennie) Clements, Melinda (Robert) Rolle; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Darrell (Sue) Clements, Karen (Rick) Rickerd; many nieces, nephews, cousins and precious friends. He was predeceased by his parents; grandparents; sister, Wilma Crossman; his grandson, Craig Junior DeWitt; and his great-granddaughter, Gabriella Grace Morrison.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Harold on his tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.The Funeral Service was held September 7, 2021, at the Charlotte Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor Charles Hanlon officiating. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Charlotte Adventist Christian School. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
David L. Carpenter
David Lloyd Carpenter, of Charlotte, a guy who never met a stranger because he was always friends instantly with new acquaintances, died September 4, 2021 at the age of 80. Born in Charlotte, David grew up and graduated from Potterville High School, and lived his entire life in the area. He was born on August 11, 1941, to Rholland and Cora (Bowser) Carpenter. He married his sweetheart, Diane Raglin, 59 years ago, and they enjoyed many adventures together, including raising three children and then enjoying being grandparents and great-grandparents. He was very proud of his family and truly enjoyed the relationships he had with them and how involved he was in their lives.
Looking to the positive, David was always in a good mood and could often be heard singing and cracking jokes. Golf was one of his favorite pastimes, belonging to a league at his church, Charlotte First Baptist. He also enjoyed reading westerns, singing in the church choir, using his woodworking skills to make furniture, and traveling whenever possible, with his favorite destination in Tennessee.
Many in Charlotte and the surrounding communities will remember David as Vice President and Loan Officer at Eaton Federal Bank. He was there for over 30 years before his retirement. He was also a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Charlotte and Kiwanis Homes Board, as well as an active member and volunteer at his church.
David is survived by his wife of 59 years, Diane Carpenter; children, Holly (Jim) Shirely, Becky (Kim) Dahlgren, and Michael Carpenter; grandchildren, Jimmy, Nate, Joey, Austen, Hunter, and Dalton; great-granddaughter, Cora; sister, Carol Carpenter; and brother and sister-in-law, Dallas and Nancy Hamilton. He was predeceased by his parents.
Friends are encouraged to support David’s family by attending services or sharing memories on his tribute page at prayfuneral.com. A Celebration of David’s Life is scheduled for Friday, October 1, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Charlotte with Rev. Robin Crouch officiating. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to First Baptist Building Fund. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Alma L. Baker
Alma Lucille Baker of Olivet, a friendly woman who loved devoting time to her church, passed away on September 10, 2021. Alma, age 77, was born January 24, 1944, at her home in Clarence Township, Mich.; the only girl of four children to Almon and Rebecca Lucile (Shepherd) Sebolt. Alma graduated from Olivet Community School in 1962. In 1965 Alma married Larry Baker.
Before she became a homemaker to raise their children in 1966, Alma worked on an assembly line, she waitressed, and she packed bottles at Owens Illinois glass factory. Outside of her volunteer work at the church, Alma, who loved children, also led Cub Scouts and Missionettes. In retirement, the Bakers enjoyed traveling in their converted Greyhound bus-motorhome. Alma enjoyed collecting refrigerator magnets from their travels, baking, doing puzzles, and spending time with her grandkids.
Alma is survived by her husband Larry; her children Keith Baker, Mark (Deb) Baker, Lisa (Mark) Gill, and Larry Baker Jr.; and brother Earl Sebolt. She had ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, John Matthew Baker; brothers, Dennis Richardson and Almon Sebolt II; and her parents.
Friends are encouraged to support Alma’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her tribute page at prayfuneral.com. Funeral services were Thursday, September 16, at Charlotte Assembly of God in Charlotte with Pastor Shane Bryant officiating. The funeral was webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to prayfuneral.com, click on Alma’s tribute, then click on photos and videos from your computer (or media from your smart phone). If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Charlotte Assembly of God. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.
Pamela J. Lilly
Pamela J. Lilly, a dedicated provider who took care of all, passed away peacefully on September 12, 2021. Pam, 69, of Grand Ledge was born September 9, 1952, in Charlotte, Mich., the daughter of Lenard and Arlene Root. Pam was an outspoken yet compassionate person. She met her husband Doug on the school bus and later married him, recently celebrating their 50th anniversary this past June. A wonderful cook, she provided her family with home cooked meals every day and she always had enough for everyone, no one ever went hungry. Pam was the “ring leader” of the circus that is Lilly’s Dam Dairy. She was a crucial part in the day-to-day operations of the family dairy farm. Loving her family and caring for them, especially her grandchildren and favorite “fur baby child” Charlie was one of the highlights of her life. She always considered friends and neighbors family too.
Pam is survived by her husband Doug; children, Jim (Naomi) Lilly, Jodi (Marc) Harag; sister, Marlene Smith; grandchildren, Mackenzi Harag, Cole Harag and Kyle Lilly; bonus grandchildren, Ashton (Chelsey) Wood, Brennon (Paige) Wood, Alexus (Joe) Wood, Brooke (Graham) Wood and Karmyn Winkler; and countless close friends and neighbors.
Friends are encouraged to support Pam’s family by attending services or sharing memories on her tribute page at prayfuneral.com. Visitation was Friday, September 17, 2021, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home Gardens in Charlotte. Funeral services are Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Pray Funeral Home Gardens in Charlotte with Celebrant Laura Cooper officiating. Interment will be in Needmore Cemetery. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.