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Barbara A. Madry


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Barbara A. Madry, 73, of Bellevue, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, February 21, 2019 at her home.  She was born in Ann Arbor on March 12, 1945, the daughter of Lewis and Viola (Mortimer) Bradway. Barbara married the love of her life, Barry Madry and together had three children. She was employed with Kellogg’s for several years, where she later retired.  Barbara was part of their 25-year club. She was part of the 4-H Rodeo for several years, the treasurer for the Bellevue Alumni Banquet, she delivered meals for Meals on Wheels, enjoyed painting, and loved working on her family’s genealogy.  Most of all, she loved her family and watching her three great-grandchildren.   

Barbara is survived by her children, Garett (Kellie) Madry, Thad Madry, Wade Madry all of Bellevue; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Barry; and her parents.  

A memorial gathering was held at the Convis Township Hall, 19500 15 Mile Road in Marshall on Friday, March 1, 2019, from 4 to 8 p.m. 

Friends may send condolences or share a memory at  

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Gary W. Crews, Jr.


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On February 8, 2019, Gary Wayne Crews, Jr., formerly of Charlotte, passed away suddenly. Gary was the beloved husband of Colleen Cleary Crews; devoted father of Taylor and Brandon Crews; loving son of Gary Wayne Crews, Sr. and the late Sue Crews; dear brother of Tammy (David) Partridge and Tracy (Jim) Bishop.

A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at The Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Baltimore, Md.   

In Gary’s memory, contributions may be made to The Josh Hamer Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o The John Carroll School, 703 E. Churchville Rd., Bel Air, MD 21014.

Family and friends are encouraged to share memories of Gary at or Charlotte Orioles Lost Classmates.

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David L. Eaton


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David L. Eaton, 68, of Charlotte, peacefully passed away on the evening of February 19, 1929. He left this world surrounded by love, with his favorite television show (Jeopardy) playing in the background. David was truly an inspiring man. He had polio as a young boy and faced several obstacles as a result. None of these obstacles stopped him from becoming a successful man. He worked hard and had an amazing wife and two children who he was extremely proud of. 

David was born January 30, 1951 and grew up in Harrison. His dream was to someday play baseball with his father, Howard Eaton. We believe that David is doing just that. On the sidelines are his mother, Lois Eaton and brother, Gary Eaton. 

David was also a life member and Past Master of John J. Carton Masonic Lodge, F. & A.M. No. 436, in Harrison. 

Surviving is his wife, Tina; son, Jack Eaton (Dwaina); daughter, Jayme Fast (Rich); grandchildren, Lewis Jo David Eaton, Lucia Renae Fast and Ille; brother, Jeff Eaton (Kim) and the Case Family. 

He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. 

Services were held at 1 p.m. Friday at Field & Leik Funeral Home in Dimondale, followed by Masonic rites.

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Garry Perkins


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Garry Perkins, 80, of Charlotte, passed away on January 31, 2019 in Bartow, Fla. He was a retired master electrician. He also had a contractor’s license. 

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Myra; daughters, Debora (Jay), and Cheryl (Jerome); and son, Scott (Teresa); eight grandchildren, Kendra, Phillip (Jenifer), Alison (Josh), Dreux (Jill), Tyler, Jessica, Morgan (Michael), and Logan; seven great-grandchildren, Jackson, Lorelei, Reese, Cole, Wyatt and Wesley.

He was preceded in death by son, Steven; and great-granddaughters, Dawson and Ryan.

There was a memorial for him in the clubhouse at Sleepy Hollow Park 1 in Zephyrhills, Fla., where had spent winters for the last 20 years. He loved to hunt, fish, golf and any function at Sleepy Hollow Park 1. He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends. 

There will be a memorial in Michigan at a later date.

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Michael G. Cary


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Michael Guy Cary, 61, of Charlotte, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019, at his home in Charlotte with his wife by his side. He was born November 16, 1957, in Columbia City, Ind., the son of Guy and Letha Joan Cary. Mike graduated from Olivet High School with the class of 1976. He married Pamela Louise Crittenden on March 24, 1996, in Charlotte. He worked for Shrontz Trucking for more than 20 years. Mike enjoyed hunting, trips to the casino, and working with wood. 

He is survived by his wife, Pam; children, Jason (Tatum) Cary of Charlotte, Nicole (Justin) Breard of Eagle, Paul (Angela) Hume of Illinois, Kristy (Kyle) Grinold of Vermontville; six grandchildren; siblings, Linda (Mike) Allman of Florida, Debra Burton of Portage, Cheryl Halsey of Battle Creek, Christine Halsey of Potterville, Brad (Cindy) Halsey of White Cloud.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Tom Halsey; and sister, Dee Cary. 

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, with Pastor Dan Wilkinson officiating. 

Those desiring, may make contributions in Mike’s honor to the family or the American Cancer Society. 

To view Mike’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit

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Jan P. Benedict


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A celebration of life for Jan Paul “J.P.” Benedict of Alba, Texas was held Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Lake Fork Baptist Church with Bro. Perry Crisp officiating. J.P. passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and dear friends on February 14, 2019, in Texas. He was born June 7, 1944, in Hastings, Mich., to Gretchen and Paul Benedict. He was a member of the Epsilon Nu Chapter of Psi Upsilon Fraternity at Michigan State University, Class of 1967 and graduated from MSU with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Zoology/Chemistry. J.P. was called to serve in the armed forces during his senior year of college and enlisted in the United States Army for Officer Candidate School. During his tour in Vietnam, he was 1st Lt. and Platoon Leader of the 1099 Transportation Company, nicknamed the 1099th River Rats. He received the following citations/commendation awards:  N.D.S.M, USM, VCM, ARCOM and two O/S Bars. After serving our country in the Vietnam War and receiving an Honorable Discharge, he pursued and obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree at the Valparaiso School of Law in 1973. He was a member of the State Bar of Michigan and began his career as a prosecuting attorney for Ingham County before going on to private practice until 2004. J.P. and Brenda married in 1998. After moving to Texas in 2004, they purchased a Dairy Queen, which they are very proud of.  J.P. was also an instrument rated, private pilot. He was an avid outdoorsman. J.P.’s love for horses began at their farm in Michigan. He was an active member of the NCHA (National Cutting Horse Association), ACHA (American Cutting Horse Association) and WCHA (World Cutting Horse Association). He was very passionate about his horses and won numerous awards in cutting competitions.

J.P. always said that he wasn’t born in Texas, but he got here as fast as he could! His sons remember him as a strong leader who encouraged them to pursue their goals. He adored and enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow and loved teasing them; especially telling his little granddaughter that he was going to be better looking than her in the morning!  His friends remember him as a warm, gentle and caring man; strong and determined with a wonderful sense of humor.  He was a loving husband, father and “Bapa” and will be greatly and dearly missed by his family, friends and brothers in arms.

J.P. leaves behind his loving wife, Brenda of Texas; two sons, Tyler (Jaclyn) Ripley of Charlotte, and Travis (Katie) Ripley of Lindale, Texas; three loving grandchildren, Max, Kylee, and Beau Paul Ripley of Lindale, Texas. J.P. is also survived by his sister, Susan Benedict of Charlotte, North Carolina; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Martin of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Tonya (Barry) Ashley of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Linda Willis of Dimondale; sister-in-law, Carol (Travis) Combs of Kingwood, Texas; sister-in-law, Janice Ward of Dimondale; sister-in-law, Kathy (Tom) Jones of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Dan (Barb) Martin of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Dennis (Renee) Martin of Mulliken; and numerous extended family members around the country.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Peter Benedict, of Michigan.

A special thank you to Dr. Bernard Taylor and his staff and the medical professionals at Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center. 

 Memorial contributions can be made in his honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,

Arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home. The online register can be signed at

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Linda  Clarke


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Linda Mae (Stadel) Clarke, 78, of Kalamo Township, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 11, 2019 at her home. Linda was born in Charlotte on February 5, 1941, the daughter of the late DeVere and Thelma (Barlond) Stadel. She was raised in the Bellevue area and attended local schools, graduating in 1959.

She was the wife of Dean Clarke. The couple was married in Charlotte on April 22, 1961. They began their lives together on a small family farm in the Eaton Rapids area. Early in their relationship, Linda worked as a switchboard operator for Michigan Bell Telephone Company, but when her family began to grow, she focused all her attention on caring for her children and her home. After a short time at the Eaton Rapids farm, the couple purchased a farm in the Bellevue area where they raised their family together. Linda always wanted a large family, and took great pride in tending to her home, and her families needs. Each year she would spend time in the kitchen canning fresh food for her family to eat throughout the year.

In her spare time Linda enjoyed Sudoku puzzles, crossword puzzles, and word searches. Linda loved animals, and named each animal on the couple’s farm. She had a special affinity for cats, and rescued every stray cat should could.

Linda is survived by her beloved husband, Dean; and six children, Scott Clarke, Kevin (Susan) Clarke, Brad (Tiffany) Clarke, Brian (Nicole) Clarke, Deanna (Roger) Ladd, Brent (Kara) Clarke; her brother, Norman (Mary) Stadel; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Walker.

Funeral Services were held at Nashville Baptist Church in Nashville on Thursday, February 14, 2019, with Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society, or the Humane Society.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. For further details, please visit

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Linda L. Ames


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Linda Lou (Halsey) Ames, of Manchester, passed away peacefully with her daughters at her side on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 while under the care of Hospice of Lenawee at Cambrian Assisted Living in Tecumseh, Mich. Linda was born to George and Rhea (Peg) Halsey on February 24, 1939 in Charlotte. She completed high school in three years, graduating as Salutatorian of the Vermontville High School Class of 1956. Linda married Joseph (Bill) Ames on September 11, 1958. They lived in Charlotte, Springport, Vicksburg and Chelsea before settling into their home in Manchester in 1970. Linda had various jobs over the years, including working in the kitchen at Chelsea Hospital and sorting mailings at Unit Packaging in Ann Arbor. She was also a volunteer for Arbor Hospice for many years. After graduating with an associate’s degree from Washtenaw Community College at age 50 with a 4.0 GPA, Linda began her most treasured job of all — teaching creative writing at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. She enjoyed writing poetry and attending writing conferences. Linda spent many enjoyable hours reading to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and many especially remember her incredible cookies. Throughout her entire life, she found joy spending time with her many cherished pets and was often seen walking her dogs or working outside in her yard.

Linda is survived by daughters, Stacey Ames, Vanessa (Philip) Albee, Theresa Ames, Stephanie (Bruce) Carlton; grandchildren, Ben (Stephanie) Carlton, Matthew (Danielle) Carlton, Chett (Kathryn) Albee, Megan Carlton, Ryan Albee; and 12 great-grandchildren, Madison, Hunter, Matilda and Bruce Carlton; Claire, Caleb, Luke, Lydia, Anna, Isaac and Levi Carlton; and Tyson Pidcock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph (Bill); parents, George and Peg Halsey; stepfather, Robert Halsey; and granddaughter, Angela Luree. 

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Manchester Chapel. A private interment of her cremains will take place at a later date. Flowers or donations are not necessary; instead, take time to thank a health care worker or express your love to family and friends.  If you would like, donations are always appreciated at Hospice of Lenawee, any Humane Society, or any other charity of your choice. 

Please leave a message of comfort for Linda’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign her guestbook at

Linda’s family would like to express deep appreciation to the staff at Tecumseh Cambrian Assisted Living where she was a resident for three years.

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Leland E. Carpenter


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Leland E. “Lee” Carpenter, 69, of Whitehall, formerly of Charlotte, passed away, Monday, February 18, 2019. Lee was born April 25, 1949, in Lansing, the son of Edward W. and Shirley (Feier) Carpenter. Lee graduated from Charlotte High School in 1967. Soon after graduation he honorably served his country in the United States Army in Korea during the Vietnam War. On July 18, 1970, Lee married Susan Elizabeth Green at the First Congregational Church in Charlotte. Lee retired after many faithful years of service from the State of Michigan Liquor Control Commission and National Wine and Spirits. One of Lee’s favorite pastimes was cruising the Lake Michigan shoreline with Susie in their boat. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing, and watching MSU sports and Detroit Tigers baseball. Lee was active throughout his life in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at White Lake Assisted Living and Harbor Hospice for their loving and compassionate care. 

Lee is survived by his wife of 48 years, Susan; mother, Shirley Carpenter of Whitehall, formerly of Charlotte; sister, Lois (Rudi) Semen of Lansing; brother, Kevin (Cindy) Carpenter of Tennessee; brother-in-law, Charley (LeAnn) Green of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Marguerite (Doug) Burkhead of Williamsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward W. Carpenter, nephew, LCpl Andrew Carpenter. 

Funeral services were held on Friday, February 22, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, with Rev. John Brooks officiating. Interment followed at Millerburg Cemetery. There will also be a memorial service held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 8945 Stebbins St., Montague, MI 49437 with visitation one hour prior to the service. 

Those desiring, may make contributions in Lee’s honor to the White Lake Assisted Living, 6827 Whitehall Road, Whitehall, MI 49461 or Harbor Hospice, 1050 W. Western Ave., Suite 400, Muskegon, MI 49441.

To view Lee’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit

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Marie L. Franks


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Marie Louise Franks, 90, of Satsuma, passed from this life on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at her home following an extended illness. She was a native of Okmulgee, Okla., and had lived in Satsuma for the past 10 years, coming from Charlotte. She enjoyed Bingo, horse races, scratch-offs and watching game shows on TV. Marie was of the Baptist faith.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James Franks; and parents, Carson McDaniels and Sarah Myrtle Virginia Byford.

She is survived by her son, Lonnie Lee Ackley of Charlotte; her daughter, Karen Palmer (James) of Satsuma; 16 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

No services are scheduled at this time.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257.

Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Marie’s Book of Memories page at Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.

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