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Bruce E. Sherman

Bruce E. Sherman, 80, of Charlotte, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018 at Eaton Community Palliative Care with his family by his side. He was born January 30, 1938 in Charlotte, the son of Allen and Barbara Sherman. Bruce graduated from Lansing Sexton High School with the class of 1956. Bruce loved his family with a fierce devotion and always saw to it that they were taken care of. He worked his entire career in road construction. Bruce was an extremely hard worker who always made sure that the job was done properly. In his younger years Bruce participated in many different sports. He enjoyed bowling, baseball, football, and running cross country. Bruce was also a Golden Glove boxer in Lansing. Bowling was a passion of Bruce’s. He could often be found bowling at many different places across the entire state. In 1990 Bruce was inducted into the Greater Lansing Bowling Hall of Fame. Bruce was a member of First Lutheran Church of Charlotte and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

Bruce is survived by his children, Bruce Dean Sherman of Charlotte, Robin Dixon of Texas, Gregory Sherman of Texas, Camila (John) Grider of Vermontville, Julie (Chris) Frank of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Jennifer (Meghan Reese) Sherman, Eric Sherman, Lawrence Julson, Samantha Julson, Audrey Dixon, Kaylin Sherman, Regan Sherman; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Duane (Roberta) Sherman, Douglas (Deanna) Sherman, Dennis (Tawni) Sherman, Joy Sherman-Hunt; special friend, Catherine Christiansen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenyon Sherman; and nephew, William Anderson.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at First Lutheran Church of Charlotte, with Pastor Tim Olson officiating.

Those desiring may make contributions in Bruce’s honor to the Eaton Community Palliative Care, 2675 S. Cochran Rd., Charlotte, MI 48813.

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Dolly Isham

Dolly Isham was born Zeatha Dolena Smith, the daughter of Allie (McLean) and Joseph “Harry” Smith, on March 11, 1928. Having always preferred the name Dolly, her friends and family remember her by this name.

Dolly passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in the company and comfort of family.

She was preceded in death by both her parents; her sisters, Cherry Michaud and Isabelle Smith; her brothers, William Smith and Frank Smith; her son, Scott Isham; and her granddaughter, Laura Isham.

She is survived by her husband, Neil G. Isham (Pete) with whom she celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on February 27, 2018. She is also survived by one brother, Donald Smith; her sons Michael (Don) Isham of Atlanta, Ga., Brian (Barbara) Isham of Traverse City, Gary (Terry) Isham of Charlotte, and Mark (Christine) Isham of Durango, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Joan Isham and Gary (Debbie) Christner who long ago become known as the sixth brother; grandchildren, Jason Isham, Alyssa James, Anne Kuhns, Will Ferguson, Casey Ferguson, Allison Isham, Matthew Isham, Erika Isham, Josh Isham; and two great-grandchildren, Kiera Isham and Zadie James. Many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and family friends will miss Dolly’s loving presence.

Dolly was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and maintained her Canadian citizenship throughout her life. She loved spending time with her family in Canada. It was a highlight to take her boys to visit their cousins in Canada each summer. The family bond that was developed during those years continues with the family reunions that were held at Sand Bay, Ontario and recently moved to the Sylvan Shores Estate near Cheboygan. Dolly and Pete married in 1948. During the early years they resided in different communities, including Charlotte. In 1957 they began construction on their family home in Albion, where they resided for over 60 years.

Pete and Dolly retired 31 years ago and early on they enjoyed traveling. They worked as campground hosts at Pictured Rocks National Park in northern Michigan and Junction Creek USFS campground near Durango, Colo. Both gave time and talents to the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Kentucky as well as dedicating many hours to their own church, Caring Community Church of Albion. Dolly was a person of strong Christian faith and she had a special heart for the children of the church.

Dolly’s family would like to thank the many people who honored her life by helping her through her last days. She was blessed to have received the best and kindest of care from all she came in contact with, but especially of note are the staff and friends at Maplewood of Marshall and at Eaton County Health and Rehabilitation Services.

Visitations are scheduled at Caring Community Church in Albion on Friday, March 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 17, from 10 to 11 a.m. The memorial service will be Saturday, March 17 starting at 11 a.m. Condolences can be sent to the family through Kempf Funeral Home of Marshall. The family suggest memorial contributions be sent to the Caring Community Church Building Fund. Dolly and Pete were early members of the church and strong supporters of its growth.

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Robert J. Briggs

Robert John Briggs, 66, of Charlotte, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018 at his home. He was born November 17, 1951 in Lansing the son of Benjamin F. and Ruby Briggs. Bob graduated from Charlotte High School in 1969. On October 26, 1987 Bob married Jennifer Beebe in Las Vegas, N.V. He worked 30 years at the Charlotte Post Office, where he served as a window clerk. Bob and Jen loved taking regular trips to the casino together. You could often see them walking together throughout Charlotte. He enjoyed bird watching, camping, golf, and all sports. Bob was a huge New England Patriots fan. He was usually never too busy to stop and watch the game.

Bob is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jennifer; sons, Randy (Melissa Wieting) Holton of Charlotte, Matthew J. (Heather M.) Briggs of Newago; grandchildren: Tyler Holton, Tahya Briggs, Avy Briggs; brother, Jerry (Joann) Briggs of Sunfield; sister, Phyllis Carr of Albion.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial visitation was held February 19, 2018 at Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home in Charlotte.

Those desiring may make contributions in Bob’s memory to the American Cancer Society.

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Jacqueline M. Nichols

Jacqueline Marie Nichols, 88, of Charleston, W.V., formerly of Charlotte, passed away, March 6, 2018, surrounded by her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo C. Nichols.

She was employed by Owens-Illinois Glass Plant in Charleston and was transferred and retired from Owens-Illinois Glass Plant in Charlotte. She attended North Charleston Apostolic Church.

Surviving is her son, Tom Cobb and wife, Peggy, of Anamosa, Iowa; daughter, Patti Ross and husband Jeffrey of Florence, Ky.; sisters, Eloise Gay Barker and Janice E. Kinder; and husband, Robert (with who she made her home) all of Charleston; grandchildren, Justin Ross and wife, Stacy, Lisa Ziehr and husband, Chris, Travis Ross and wife Samantha (Sam), Tammie Klaiber and husband Chris.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at North Charleston Apostolic Church. Friends may call from noon until service time at the church.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Graveside service and burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 1 p.m.  Arrangements in Michigan provided by Pray Funeral Home.

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Donald G. Ells

Donald Gary Ells, 81, of Charlotte, passed away at home on March 5, 2018, surrounded by his family.  Don was born June 15, 1936, in Charlotte, one of five children born to William and Aletha (Root) Ells. He married Katherine Ditchfield on September 15, 1962 and they enjoyed 55 years of marriage.

Don’s brothers, Mickey (Joyce) Ells and Bill (Sharon) Ells have gone before him to be with the Lord. Don will forever be remembered by his brother, Ted (Ann) Ells and loving sister, Marilyn (Carroll) Briggs; his beloved children, Donny Joe, Allen (Colleen) Ells, Linda (Scott) McDiarmid, Michael (Carmen) Ells, and Sandy (Robert) Wehr.  Don will also be missed by all of his treasured grandchildren, Deanna, Tanya, Victoria, Mark (Stephanie) Wehr, Matt (Timara) Wehr, Nichoal (Trevor) Kirkendall, Sarah McDiarmid, Amanda Ells, Ashley (Shawn) Smith, and great-grandchildren, Sadie Kirkendall, Ericka Smith, and Conner Wehr, a great-granddaughter on the way, and countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him.

Don loved his farm. He was often seen riding his quad around the farm perimeter daily and enjoyed watching deer and turkey cross over the farm from one woods line to the other. He loved mushrooming, visiting with family and friends on the porch while watching the birds and traffic go by. He also enjoyed playing Michigan Rummy with his children and grandchildren, going to the casino, motorcycle, and hunting.  Don never missed his grandchildren’s many sporting events. He was an active member of the Eagles Club in Charlotte and he will be missed by all his friends at the Club. He was also a member of the Moose Club and going to auctions.  Don was known to find four-leaf clovers, even on a wagon loading hay.  His bible holds hundreds of four-leaf clovers.  Don worked 36 years at General Motors in machine repair and served 9 years in the Michigan Army National Guard Charlotte Charlie Battery 1st of the 119th FA.

A celebration of life was held Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Pray Funeral Home, with Pastor Charles Jenson officiating. Don will be laid to rest in West Carmel Cemetery alongside Ells ancestors dating back to 1852.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Arie #3552 in Charlotte.  Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Don on his tribute page at

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