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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

31 December 2008

Mary Carr

Mary Ethel (Wagner) Carr, perhaps deciding to spend Christmas in heaven with her husband and three of her children, passed away Dec. 21 at the Village of St. Edwards where she was a resident.

Mary was born at Akron , Ohio on May 7, 1922 to Casper and Ethel Mary (Arnold) Wagner. She was one of eleven children, the first girl born after five boys. As such, she helped raise her little sister and four younger brothers, something she never let anyone forget.  Mary quit school after the 10th grade to help with the family income, working as a babysitter and housemaid. She then joined the war effort as a "Rosie the Riveter" at Goodyear Aerospace. After World War II, Mary was working at Quaker Oats when she went on a blind date with a handsome GI, Harold Carr.

They married seven months later on Jan. 24, 1947, and quickly began their family. Their first son, Gary, died of crib death at six weeks of age on Dec. 23, 1947. They had Susan Lorraine within a year of Gary's death. Susan died at the age of 46. Their next son, Larry died within an hour of birth.

Harold and Mary spent 61 years together until his death Aug. 22, 2008.  Daughters, Jeanette Carr, of Cleveland Ohio and Ruthann Carr and husband, Jeff Carr, of Palmyra, Va., survive, as well as son, Andrew Carr of Loudonville, Ohio. All were with Mary when she peacefully took her last breath. Mary is also survived by grandsons, Rudy Benjamin Robinson of Minneapolis, Minn., David Aaron Robinson, of Newport News, Va; granddaughters, Katie Carr of Loudonville, Ohio, Bobbie Jo Stouffer of Philadelphia, Pa. and Sarah Ann Robinson and her son David Benjamin Robinson, of Akron, Ohio; sister, Betty Bergdorf of Laughlin, Nev.; brothers, Edward "Bud" of Calif., Al of Akron, Ohio, Arnie and Jerry of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; and a host of in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews whose birthdays she never forgot.  Mary was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church working with the St. Monica's Guild and PTA. She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader with Sue's troop in 1958, and remained an active leader throughout the 1970s. Mary was a 50-year member of the Girl Scout's Order of the Silver Trefoil.  When she moved to her apartment in the Village of St. Ed's in 2002, Mary immersed herself in the activities, playing bingo, doing crafts, singing, reading at Mass and becoming the consummate jigsaw puzzle queen.

On Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, friends were received from noon until 12:45 p.m. at the Bright's Chapel Church at which time she was moved to the Bright's Chapel Cemetery where graveside services were conducted at 1 p.m. Fr. Timothy Grassi officiated and interment followed.  The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mary Ethel Wagner Carr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Josie Cooper

Josie S. Cooper, 96, of Harman, passed away Dec. 22 at Cortland Acres Nursing Home.

She was born Sept. 16, 1912, at Harman, a daughter of the late Henry and Dolly Vandevander Smith.  Survivors include two daughters Dorothy Waybright of Jenningston and Wilma Jean Fulmer of Chesterland, Ohio; two sisters, Gladys Harper of Harman and Mary Ellen Floyd of Akron, Ohio; 12 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson Abraham Cooper in 1983; two sons, Billy and Palmer Cooper; and five brothers, one sister, one grandson and one great-granddaughter.

Mrs. Cooper was a member of the Harman Church of the Brethren, Harman Farm Women's Club and the Harman Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Friends were received at the Harman Church of the Brethren on Friday, Dec 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 27, at Harman Church of the Brethren at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Moyers officiating. Interment followed in the Smith Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Blake Hinkle

Blake Roy Hinkle, 91, a resident of Hendricks, departed this life Monday afternoon, Dec. 22, at his home.

He was born Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1917, at Harman, a son of the late Charlie and Mary Bennett Hinkle.  On May 13, 1939, at Oakland, Md., he was married to the former Jessie Hazel Mason Hinkle, who preceded him in death March 7, 1986.

Surviving are four sons, Keith Hinkle and fiance, Marilyn, of Sebring, Ohio, Donald Hinkle and wife Linda of Diamond, Ohio, Larry Hinkle and wife Lorraine and John Hinkle, all of Hendricks; two daughters, Delores Coherd of Silver Spring, Md., and Glenda Hinkle of Hendricks; and thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

He is the last surviving member of his immediate family.  He was preceded in death by six brothers, Willie Hinkle, Boyd Hinkle, Russell, Harry Hinkle, Ralph Hinkle and Earl Hinkle; and two sisters, Nellie Day and Gay Judy.

He attended the schools at Harman and Canaan, and at the age of seventeen he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp and was there for four years. He had worked for Kelly Tires in Cumberland, Md., Goodyear in Ohio, for the former Dorman Mills for twenty-five years and he retired from the Tucker County Board of Education after sixteen years. He was a good man, who was liked by everyone. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, grafting apple trees and working in his garden and giving advice to his neighbors.

The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home on Sunday, Dec. 28 from 5 until 8 p.m. Final rites were conducted at the funeral home parlor Monday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. Pastor Allen Dale Croston officiated and interment followed at the Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons.  The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Blake Roy Hinkle. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Caroline Waynick

Caroline May Arnold Waynick, 73, of Mt. Juliet Tenn. went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Dec. 23.  she was the daughter of the late Paul T. and Beatrice I. Sherman Arnold. 

She is survived by sons David (Becky) Waynick and Mark (Donya) Waynick; daughters Rita (John) Abernathy, Joni (Kenny) Dyer and Cheri (Jimmy) Mason; brother Lewis Wayne Arnold; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28 at Grace United Methodist Church, 2905 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., and Jon Gray officiating.  Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, Tenn. 

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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