JOHNSTOWN — HEMPHILL – Jesse Leroy Sr., 93, Johnstown, departed this life Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, following an acute illness. Born Jan. 24, 1920, in Lafayette, Ga., son of Samuel Emmett and Lonnie (Haselrig) Hemphill. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Elizabeth (Hill), who passed in 2000; and all of his brothers and sisters, Elizabeth (Richardson-Hardison), James, Ralph, Russell, Romaine Womack, Rayford and Raymond. Survived by his children, Lawrence, and wife, Gwendolyn; and Eileen, all of Washington, D.C.; Leroy Jr., and wife, Ronda; and Lester, all of Johnstown; and Penelope Kirkwood, Anchorage, Alaska. Leroy also leaves 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was a 1939 graduate of Johnstown High School and served in the Army during World War II as a first sergeant. He was an employee of Bethlehem Steel Corp. for several years and later retired from Conemaugh & Blacklick Railroad with 38 years of service. Following retirement, he immersed himself in projects and activities designed to improve his community and boost civic pride. He was a founding member and vice president of Prospect Community Action Council and a past recipient of NAACP Heritage Leader Award. His contributions as an oral historian are documented in the film “We’ll Make the Journey” produced by the Pennsylvania State Historical Commission. Most recently, he joined in launching the African American Heritage Society Inc., which seeks to establish a permanent presence in the Discovery Center in Johnstown. Leroy was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a former member of Trinity Asbury Methodist Church. He leaves a legacy of love and friendship to all those whose lives he touched. Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Somerset Street and Willow Street, Kernville, where homegoing service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Edward C. Patterson, officiating, the Rev. Louis M. Richardson Jr., eulogist. Committal, Grandview Cemetery. Moskal-Reid Funeral Home, West End, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to African American Heritage Society Inc., c/o First Summit Bank, 600 Main St., Johnstown, Pa. 15901.
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Georgia R. Brown
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John R. Franko Jr.
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Dorothy Mae Gillman
GILLMAN – Dorothy Mae, 93, Mount Hope, went to be with her Lord April 22, 2014.
Hulda Elmira Heslop
HESLOP – Hulda Elmira, 95, formerly of Ferndale and New Paris, died April 21, 2014, at Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Jean M. Holtz
HOLTZ – Jean M., 82, Hastings, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 21, 2014, at Golden Living-HAIDA.
Margaret Gloria Marsh
MARSH – Margaret Gloria, born Dec. 28, 1927, was called to her heavenly home April 19, 2014.
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Wayne R. Bailey
BAILEY – Wayne R., 53, South Fork, passed away unexpectedly on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home.
Sarah G. Balzano
BALZANO – Sarah G., 87, Dysart, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Altoona.
Michael Coleman Barabas
BARABAS – Michael Coleman, 75, Johnstown, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his loving family April 21, 2014, at home.
Richard N. Handel
HANDEL – Richard N., 72, Portage, passed away April 17, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
KLINE – Roseann, 84, Ebensburg, passed away suddenly April 19, 2014, at home.
Bobby Gene Lambert
LAMBERT – Bobby Gene, 72, Shanksville, died April 20, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
Ann M. Lashinsky
LASHINSKY – Mrs. Ann M., 94, Windber, went to be with the Lord April 21, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Elton, Pa.
Ruth V. Parkinson
PARKINSON – Ruth V., 86, Johnstown, passed away April 20, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home.
RISHELL – Joseph “Bud,” 76, Eighth Ward, formerly of East Conemaugh Borough, passed away April 20, 2014.
Amanda N. Sherry-Griffon
SHERRY-GRIFFON – Amanda N., 30, Northern Cambria, passed away April 19, 2014.
George William Smith
SMITH – George William “Smitty Bill” “Pap,” 81, Sidman, died suddenly Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Carol A. Vladic
VLADIC – Carol A., 74, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Johnstown, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 19, 2014.
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