Born: July 30, 1932 
Died:: November 25, 2017 

HPIP James Roy (Jim) Brown Sr. was born July 30, 1932 in Portsmouth, Ohio to Roy Brown & Mary (Scales) Brown. Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1951 and while there, was in the band and very active in sports.

Jim moved to Akron in 1956, working for the John G. Ruhlin Construction Company. He started out as a truck driver and moved up in the ranks to become Safety Superintendent.  Jim worked for Ruhlin for 31 years, then transitioned to Construction Employers Association (CEA) where he was a certified OSHA instructor. Jim worked for CEA for 35 years as Safety Director and received numerous awards from State and National Safety Councils.  In 1993, Jim was elected as “Safety Professional of the Year” for the All Ohio Society of Safety Engineers.  In 2016, he received the CEA Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the inaugural class of the CEA Hall of Fame.

Jim married Patricia JoAnn Hollis on October 11, 1958 at Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church.  Together Jim and Patricia raised three children, James Jr. (Jimmy), Larry, and Twila.  Jim and Patricia bought land in Copley, and Jim and his sons, along with some friends, built their home by hand.

In his youth, Jim boxed Golden Gloves and touted a record of 15-0-1. He played fast pitch softball, bowled, loved playing horseshoes and cards, and was an excellent dancer.

Brother Brown was a member of the Prince Hall family of the Free Masonry.  Serving in York Rite and Scottish Rite, having served in all houses of Masonry and held offices at the Grand/State level.  Currently Past Master of Phoenix Lodge #112, United Supreme Council of the 33rd degree, and recently elevated to Hannibal Tabernacle #78 of Ohio.

Jim was a long-standing member of Wesley Temple and served the church and his community for over 60 years in different many roles.  Some of them include Sunday school superintendent and assistant superintendent, member of the male chorus and mass choir, teacher of both adults and youth, trustee board member, worship leader for the Wesley Temple evangelism department, and Wesley Temple Boy Scout leader.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Henry, Michael, Cornelius, David, and his sister Margaret.

Remaining to mourn Jim’s absence are his wife Patricia, children Jimmy (Alicia), Larry (Donna), and Twila. Brothers Leo (Bev), Tony (Yvette), and Dwight (Mary).  Sisters Shirley (Sylvester) and Dorothy Jean (Carl).  Jim also leaves behind 9 grand-children, 16 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

“Sweetly may he rest”
Alhamdu Lelahi




Born: August 22, 1936 
Died:: December 26, 2017 

Patricia (Pat) JoAnn Brown, (Hollis) was born August 22, 1936 in Akron, Ohio to Patt J. Hollis Sr. and Thessie (Watkins) Hollis. Patricia graduated from Central High in 1954.

Patricia worked at the Navy Finance Center in Cleveland when she married James Roy Brown on October 11, 1958.  Together Pat and Jim raised three children; James (Jimmy) Jr., Larry, and Twila.  After her marriage, Pat worked as a service representative for the Social Security office for over thirty-six years. Post retirement from Social Security, Patricia worked part-time at First Merit Bank.

Patricia enjoyed singing, bowling, dancing, sewing, fashion, traveling, and for several years had a business making fruit baskets.  She was a member of the Akron Suburbanites and the Sassy Red Hatters.

Patricia’s Prince Hall affiliations are: Past Worthy Matron Phoenix Chapter 96 OES, Past Grand Deputy Amaranth Grand Chapter OES, member of Heroines of Jericho, Court #5, Golgotha Guild #4, Heroines of Templar Crusades, Bezaleel Assembly #19, Order of the Golden Circle, Past Illustrious Commandress Al Kaf Court #144, and Past Imperial Deputy of the Oasis of Akron.

Patricia was long-time member of Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, class leader, director and member of the Christian Education Board for the children, member of the Missionary Department, the Silver Leaf Club, and sang in the Cathedral Choir.

Patricia was preceded in death by her loving husband of sixty years, James Roy Brown, who passed just one month prior.  Also preceding her were here parents, her sister Theelia and brother P.J.  Remaining to mourn Patricia’s absence are her children Jimmy (Alicia), Larry (Donna), and Twila along with brothers Winifred (Janet), Darryl (Phyllis), and Fred (Michele).  Patricia also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


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Noble Eugene (Gene) Hammonds

March 17th, 1951 - May 21st, 2019

Eugene was very active in the Masons and was a member of the following Prince Hall masonic Houses.  Phoenix Lodge No. 112 (Blue House), Zerubbabel Chapter No. 40 (Royal Arch), Golgotha Commandery No. 36 (Knights Templar), Bezaleel Consistory No. 15 and the Al Kaf Temple No. 109 (Shriners).  Gene was also a member of the Elks, I.B.P.O.E.W., Pride of Rubbertown No. 1594.

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Eugene (Gene) Hammonds passed peacefully from this life on the morning of May 21, 2019, surrounded by loving family members.  Gene was born on March 17, 1951 in Pittsburgh, PA to Leon and Ora Hammonds.  Gene attended school in Pittsburgh and graduated from Westinghouse High School in 1970.  In March of 1971, Gene started his career with AT&T in Pittsburgh and later in 1975 moved to the Arlington, VA and Washington DC area.  Gene was then transferred to Chicago, IL and later to Akron, Ohio where he retiredin July 2007.  Gene started a new career with H&R Block in 2015 amd continued to work there until his passing.  Gene enjoyed the outdoors and his travels took him to many places in the U.S. including many trips to Alaska, the Caribean and a trip to the Mediterranean were he visited six different European countries.

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Noble Mose L. Thompson

October 25th, 1934 - September 9th, 2017

Mose Thompson  was born in Akron, Ohio on October 25, 1934 to Katherine (Boyd) and Mose L. Thompson (both deceased). Mose was a truck driver for Fairlawn Concrete Supply until they closed their business. He retired from Akron Gasket and Packing Co. Mose accepted Christ during his illness. 

Mose was a Military Veteran, having served in the Navy and Air Force for a total of 13 years. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Lodge No. 76; Al Kaf Temple No. 109, where he received the Legion of Honor Award and elected to Honorary Past Potentate. A member of American Legion Post 272 for 43 yrs. 

For many years Mose worked tireless in the organization, doing fundraisers, having bus trips and barbecuing. He was an avid fisherman, traveled to many states including Canada. 


Mose L. Thompson entered those Pearlie Gates on Saturday, September 9, 2017. 

Mose was preceded in death by his sons, 

Rodney Thompson and Gregory Hicks; brother, John Boyd.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Eloise of 38 years; daughters, Michelle Thompson (Washington DC), Latoya Thompson (Akron), Karen (Eric) 

Bryant (Akron), Kimberly (Mercer) Mitchell, (Akron); sons, Terrance 

(Angela) Thompson, John (Toni) Thompson, Lee Thompson, and Kenneth Ray all of Akron; Karl Ray (Columbus, Ohio) and Kelly Ray (Killeen, Texas). Foster Daughters, Lawanda and Katrella Sherman (Akron). And a host of other relatives and friends.
Home Going celebration will take place on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Rhoden Memorial Home, 1101 Palmetto Ave. Akron, Ohio 44306. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. with Masonic Services at 10:45 a.m. and Service at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Pastor Reynard L. Monmouth, officiating. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 1702 Delia Ave., Akron, Ohio 44320.



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Marlon W. Shockley, Sr.

- - August 15th, 2017

Mr Marlon W. Shockley, Sr. was a graduate of the Calvin M. Woodward High School and received an Associate Degree from the ITT Tech.

Mr. Shockley served 30 years as a Police Officer for the City of Toledo, retiring in 2013.

He was a 33rd Degree Mason and was a Past Potentate of Mecca Temple #43, 32 Degree Sublime Prince of St. Matthew Consistory #24 and Past Deputy of the 7th Masonic District of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio and Past Worshipful Master of Composite Lodge #108.

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Mr. Shockley, 59, of Ottawa Hills, OH, passed away August 15, 2017 in his home in the presence of his loving family with the Lord and Savior as his witness. 

He is survived by wife, Danielle; son, Marlon W. Shockley, Jr.; daughters, Margaux Shockley, Crystal Lammers and Dayna Riley; mother, Martha Shockley; 5 grandchildren; sisters, Martha (Sidney) Roberson, Margretta "Candy" (Michael) Brandt and Marian (Kim) Lucky and a host of other loving relatives and kind friends. A family Hour/Wake with Masonic Rites will begin 10 a.m. Friday, August 25, 2017 with Funeral Services at 11 a.m. at the St. Paul MB Church, 1502 N. Detroit Avenue. The Reverend James H. Willis, Pastor and Officiant. He will be encrypted at the Historic Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Johnson, Sr. Larry W.

- - September 7th, 2016

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Larry Wayne Johnson Sr. was called to eternal rest in the arms of God on September 7, 2016. Born to Ophelia and Fred Johnson on February 11, 1942. Larry attended Defiance College where he played football for three years (1961-1964). It was there that he fell in love with the educational profession.  Before graduation, Larry joined the United States Marine Corps in 1964. As a Vietnam veteran he was discharged in 1968 and he returned to school to earn his B.S. in Education in 1970 and Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 1972 from Kent State University. He moved to Akron in 1970 and continued his passion of changing lives through education where he was employed with Akron Public Schools as a teacher and administrator for 36 years.

He began his professional career as a 5th grade teacher at David Hill Elementary. There he immediately started and supervised an intramural sports program. As an administrator he served as Unit Principal at Perkins Junior High, 1970-1979; Founding Principal, Riedinger Middle School, 1979-1991; Principal, Ritzman Elementary School, 1991-1999; Coordinator, Testing Research and Evaluation for the Akron Public Schools, 1999-2000, and Founding Principal, Stewart Afrocentric School, 2000-2004.  His passion for learning mentoring and service was obvious to all he served.

He continued serving his community through is efforts as a mason and was an establishing member of Samos Chapter Order of Pythagorans. He remained active in the Prince Hall Masonry in the area serving as Past Master of Phoenix Lodge No. 112 PH, F&AM, Past Patron of Phoenix Chapter No. 96, O.E.S, Past Commander and Chief of Bezaleel Consistory No. 15 in Cleveland. He served the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio as Chairman of the Scholarship Selection Committee and was Past R.W. Director of Youth Activities. He received his Honorary 33rd in 1987 and presently served as Regional Vice President of the Commanders of the Rite for Bezaleel Consistory. He was an Honorary Past Potentate Al Kaf Temple No. 109. Other organizations to which he belonged are Eta Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., NAACP, and Akron Council. His volunteer efforts continued after his retirement in 2004 serving on the Council of Elders at Stewart and PTA President and Treasurer. He also served as Treasurer of the Akron Council of Parent Teacher Associations and remained a strong advocate for parent involvement in schools.

He is a faithful member of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church where his son is the Pastor.

He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Ophelia Johnson, Brother Fred Johnson, III and Nephew James Holliman. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Vanessa W. Johnson, daughters; Kisha Vaughn of Atlanta, Georgia, Jeni Vaughn-King (Chris) of Bradenton, Florida, Taurus Vaughn of Atlanta, Georgia; his former spouse Joyce Cathey Anderson and their children; Kelley Davis (Melvin) of San Antonio, Texas, Larry W. Jr. (LaShonna), and Corey D. (Kelly) and Candace Johnson of Akron; sister  Allene Holliman (James) of Oberlin and Elizabeth Joyce of Holts Summit, Missouri; 17 grandchildren 2 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Service will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 442 Bell Street, Akron, Ohio 44307, Pastor Corey D. Johnson, Sr. Officiating.  Interment Thursday 10 a.m. Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Wednesday, from 4 p.m. until time of service.  Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 2015 Wyndham Road, Akron, Ohio 44313.

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Carl W. Lee, Sr.

1933 - September 7th, 2016

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<span background-color:="" new="" span="" style="" color:"="">Lee, Sr. Carl W. Lee, Sr., age 83, went from labor to rest on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Born in Queens, N.Y., Carl retired with 40 years of combined service with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Postal Services. He was a devoted member of the Prince Hall Masonic Family for over 50 years, where he held several offices to include: Past Master, King David Lodge #116; Past Potentate, Alla Baba Temple #53; and he was appointed Imperial Deputy of the Desert for the State of Ohio. He was elevated to a 33rd Degree Mason, and was a dedicated member of Grace Chapter #100, O.E.S. He was predeceased by his parents Wayman and and Lillian Lee, brother Donald Lee, sons Carl Lee, Jr., Ronald and Arnold Lee. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Kathryn (Marshall) Robinson, Kim Lee; a son, Franklin Lee; brothers, Wayman Lee, Lawrence (Fran) Lee of Virginia Beach, VA, Wilbert Lee of Boston, MA; daughter-in-law, Nickie Lee; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family and friends. Funeral service 12 noon Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Faith Ministries Church, 2747 Agler Rd. The family will receive friends at the church, Friday, 10 a.m. until the start of funeral (Masonic Service at 10 a.m.). Interment in Green Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to DIEHL-WHITTAKER FUNERAL SERVICE, 720 E. Long St. 

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