12-31-2020 Obituaries

LAURIE DAWN PRADON On Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, Laurie Dawn Pradon, mother of two children and two grandchildren, passed away at age 70 in Mishawaka.

Laurie was born on Oct. 5, 1950, in Watervliet, MI to Lois and Don Rose.

She spent several years abroad in her youth, before returning to Michigan and graduating from Hartford High School in 1968, finally moving to Indiana to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. During her working career, she worked in finance and healthcare, spending many years at Memorial Health Systems, then Ireland Road Medical Group, and particularly enjoyed her time at OBGYN Associates.

Laurie loved musicals, and attended any musical production or touring Broadway performance that came her way. An enthusiastic supporter of her grandchildren, she never missed a marching band performance, football game, or theatrical production and shared their love of football (although rooting for different teams). A woman of firm opinions, where she stood on any debate was clear as evidenced by many varied and lengthy family Thanksgiving dinner table discussions.

Laurie is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, David. She is survived by two children, Micael and Stephanie, her beloved grandsons Jacob and Noah, and her sister, Sharon, along with several nieces. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Palmer Funeral Home – Bubb Chapel, 3910 North Main Street, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545 is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to the Pradon family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.

She will be missed and remembered fondly.

JOHNIE SANSOM JR. Johnie Sansom Jr., our dad, 92, of Coloma, received the greatest Christmas gift ever when he slipped into the Eternal presence of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Services celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at the Apostolic Tabernacle, 1881 Greenly, Benton Harbor with Bishop Billy Long officiating. Visitation will be from noon until time of service at the church. Cremation will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Tabernacle in Johnie’s name. Arrangements are by the Fairplain Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Benton Township. Please share memories, messages and photos at www.florin.net.

Johnie Sansom Jr. was born Oct. 29, 1928 in McCarr, Pike County, Kentucky to John and Elizabeth “Betty” (Gibson) Sansom. On June 28, 1952 he married the love of his life Gretna Oma Blankenship. They were married in Williamson, WV. Shortly after marriage they moved to Chicago where they resided for 15 years before moving to Southwest Michigan. They have lived for 53 years in the Coloma area. The past couple years he has called Royalton Manor in Royalton Township his home.

Johnie was a hardworking individual. He was first employed in the Coal Mines of Kentucky and then he was employed for the railroad as a track inspector where he walked the tracks six miles each day inspecting and driving spikes. His latest employment was for Bendix / Bosch Corporation in Lincoln Township where he retired in 1991 after 20 years. Johnie was also a minister of the Gospel which was his first love for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Gretna Oma (Blankenship) Sansom in 2018.

Johnie is survived by five sons, Dexter (Delia) Sansom of Bridgman, Randall (Debby) Sansom of Bridgman, Danny (Maxine) Sansom of Coloma, Dennis Sansom of Watervliet, and Johnny (Darla) Sansom of Goodletts, TN. He is also survived by a brother, Earling Sansom, a sister, Geraldine Conroy, a sister-in-law Deloris Blankenship, and a whole host of nieces and nephews, and many great friends. He leaves behind to cherish his memory 23 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren.

He was a great man of Prayer, Faith and Character, a true Disciple of Jesus Christ. May the world follow his example of loving God and loving people. John 3:16 For God So Loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not Perish but Have Everlasting Life.

DAVID W. ELLIOTT David W. Elliott, 72, of Sonoma, California, passed away at home Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Cremation has been held.

Mr. Elliott was born Oct. 7, 1948. He graduated from Coloma High School in 1966 and Michigan State University in 1970. He worked for a time with his father at Elliott Farm Equipment in Coloma.

Survivors include: his wife, Sharon Horton, whom he married August 7, 1999; three daughters, Amy Shultz of Whitestown, Indiana, Stephanie Perez of Placerville, California, and Meghan Elliott of San Francisco, California; and two step-daughters, Emily Horton, of London, England, and Laural Horton of Traverse City, Michigan; ten grandchildren, Solomon, Xochitl, Russell, Anna, Jeremiah, Jacob, Fedlaine, Nico, Eliana and Sofia.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in his name to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. Link https://www.theaftd.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/ Duggan’s Mission Chapel in Sonoma, CA is assisting David’s family with arrangements, visit www.duggansmissionchapel.com.

JACKIE RAY HESS Jackie Ray Hess, 70 of Covert was called home Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

A service celebrating his life was held Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma. Burial followed in Fish Cemetery in Covert. Donations in memory of Jack may be made to the Covert Fire Station EMS Training or the Covert Police Training Program. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Jack was born Sept. 23, 1950 to Alfred and Hazel (Kendall) Hess of Moberly, MO. He was the youngest boy of 10 children. He married Mary (Shearn) Hess Dec. 5, 1969 in Newark, OH where they started their family of four children. They moved to Coloma in 1984, where he was the owner and operator of Jack’s Excavating & Trucking, LLC and JH Mobile Home Moving Services, LLC.

Jack was a pillar of the Covert and Coloma communities, where he was always giving back. Whether it was giving to families in need or popping in with donuts for the fire department or township hall. He was awarded Lion of the Year and an honorary member of the Son’s of Amvets. His home was always open to family and friends, where he had many gatherings. Jack was always the life of the party and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his four children, Tracy Looney, Arnold (Sonya) Hess, Hazel Hess, and Christina (D.J.) Clayton, all of Coloma; seven grandchildren, Joshua & Becca, Tre’Michael Ray, Zanye, Zackary, Bridget & Mason, Kristofer & Kristen and Erin & Nick; eight great-grandchildren, Jackson, Callum, Kolten, Reagan, Scarlett, Eli, Landon and Hunter Ray. Also surviving is a brother, Big Al (Val) Hess; a sister Barbara Johnson, and sister-in-law, Pam Hess, many nieces and nephews, and his devoted companions Dawn Alspaugh and Lucky Duck.

He is preceded in death by his parents Hazel & Alfred and Oris & Marion; his wife Mary in 2018; his brothers & sisters, Paul, Doris, Melvin, Patty, Bobby, Wayne and Junior.

EVELYN P. KIMBROUGH Evelyn P. Kimbrough, 95, of Coloma, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 at The Willows in St. Joseph.

Due to the current pandemic, private family services will take place followed by burial next to her husband Ed at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Watervliet. Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma is assisting the family. Memorial donations in Evelyn’s honor may be given to Caring Circle Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan. Those wishing to leave a message or share a memory with the family online may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Evelyn was born Nov. 18, 1925 in Manila, Arkansas to Alfred and Lousette (Walker) Thompson. She graduated from Manila High School in 1946 and then moved to the Coloma area where she worked on a farm. Later that year, on Nov. 2, she married James “Ed” Kimbrough, who had followed Evelyn from Arkansas to Michigan. Evelyn loved to golf and was a member of the Paw Paw Lake Golf Club. She was also a church member and sang in the choir at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Watervliet. The family would like to thank the staff at The Willows for the wonderful care they provided for Evelyn during the past eight years.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Phyllis (James) Boyle of Coloma and Barbara Wier of Seaford, Delaware; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ed; her sister Dorothy McFarlin; and brothers Andy, Jerry and James Thompson.