Obituaries

Tonette Machelle (Singleton) Thompson

Tonette Machelle (Singleton) Thompson, affectionately known as Toni, was born on December 19, 1962, to Freddie Marie Gaston Singleton and the late Richard Singleton of Beaver Falls, PA. She transitioned peacefully into the arms of Jesus Christ on November 22, 2021, at her home with her mother Freddie and sister Janette by her side.

Toni graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1981, and from there, she went to the Airline School of Trade in Kissimmee, FL. She returned home and worked at Temporary jobs until hired by Westinghouse Electric located in Green Tree, PA. There – she was employed for thirteen plus years before relocating to Long Beach, CA, with her sister Janette Childs.

Toni’s love for the Lord and the Church started at the tender age of four. One Sunday, Pastor John Davis was giving out “pray hours” for the noonday pray time, and when he finished, Toni stood up and said most politely, “ You didn’t give me one” he smiled down at her and replied, “ You can pray with your mother, on her hour!” She clapped her tiny little hands together, smiled, and said, “Thank you.” Every day thereafter, at 10 o’clock, she would say, “It’s time to pray, Mommie, and she did this until she started school.
In addition to going to church, Toni also enjoyed sports (especially football), movies, theater, slots at the casino, concerts, shopping, eating out with family, and just being with her children.

In addition to her father, Toni was preceded in death by two brothers and her aunt, Gregory L Singleton, Maurice J. Singleton, and Idella L. Harris.

Missing and cherishing her with sweet memories are her two children: Tamera Marie (Phillip) Franks, Pittsburg Pa, Terrance Lavon Thompson, New Brighton, Mother: Freddie M Singleton, Long Beach Ca, One Sister: Janette ( Ted ) Child’s, Long Beach Ca, one brother: Richard L Singleton, Long Beach, three aunts: Exia B Duke, St Antonio Texas, Mary Ann (Bill)Higgins Beaver Fall Pa, Trenece Singleton, Hampton Virginia, two uncles: Abner Gaston, San Diego Ca, and Andrew Singleton, Hampton Virginia, and five nieces nephews: Richard, Shianna,Maurice, Kiara, Cory Singleton all from Beaver Fall Pa. and host of great-nieces, and great- nephews, cousins, and friends. Also, one God-Sister, Sylvia Nolon, One God-Nephew, Derrick Wiley
Toni was a member of Full Life Deliverance MIS. Under The Leadership Of Bishop Peter And Pastor Myrna Hallenbeck and Pastor Norval Lyle

Visitation is scheduled at Washington Funeral Home for Sunday, December 5, 2021, from 5pm – 7pm, and on Monday, December 6, 2021, at 11:00 AM, Home Going Service
The arrangements are entrusted to WASHINGTON FUNERAL HOME, 1411 6TH AVE, BEAVER FALLS, PA 15010. Regina Washington Supervisor.

William “Buzzy” Robertson

William “Buzzy” Robertson, 76 of New Brighton went to be with the Lord on Friday November 19, 2021 at Heritage Valley Beaver. William was born March 23, 1945 in Wheeling West Virginia to the Late George F Robertson and Izora (Johnson) Robertson Mention.

William worked and retired from Babcock & Wilcox. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Rochester PA. He will be missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters Zora Mae Brady and Georgia (Peaches) Lee

Surviving is his loving daughter Qualla Robertson and granddaughter Meelah (Sweetheart) Robertson of New Brighton, PA. Sisters: Michelle Robertson Lane, Debra Slater and Carolyn Horn-Earl. Brother Michael G Robertson. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will take place at Washington Funeral Home, 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA, on Saturday, November 27, 2021, from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm Homegoing Service.

Ernest Wesley “TeetaBug” Dorsett Sr.

Ernest Wesley Dorsett Sr. of Aliquippa, PA, was born July 8, 1944, to the late Wesley and Myrtle Dorsett in Pittsboro, NC. He transitioned peacefully into the arms of Jesus on November 16, 2021, at Heritage Valley Beaver, surrounded by his family. He graduated from Hopewell High School, and from there, he joined the United States Army. He was a Vietnam War Veteran, and while in the Army, he was a Morse Code Intercept Operator. He later worked for and retired from Crucible Steel.

Ernest, or “TeetaBug” as he is known, was a jokester and a man who always had something to say. He loved to laugh, but more than that, he loved to make others laugh.

In addition to his parents, Ernest was preceded in death by three brothers: Melvin, Keith, and Tyrone Dorsett.

Missing and cherishing him with fond memories are his six children: Clarissa (Ronnie) Davis, Ernest (Lisa) Dorsett, Danita (Anthony) Dorsett, Desiree (Sam) Dorsett, Samantha (Alvin) Gipson, and Paul Dorsett; two sisters: Juanita (Rev. Richard) Kimbrough and Sheree Ross, one brother: Anthony (Janet) Dorsett; his long time companion Gloria Thornton and her four children that he loved as his own: Charona Thornton, Richie Thornton, Taira Alston, and Taraya Alston, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation is scheduled for Monday, November 22, 2021, from 10 am – 12 pm, with the Home Going Service commencing at 12 pm at GREATER MIRACLE MINISTRIES, 120 MERCHANT ST., AMBRIDGE, PA. Interment will follow in the Beaver Cemetery, Beaver, PA. The arrangements are entrusted to WASHINGTON FUNERAL HOME, 1411 6TH AVE, BEAVER FALLS, PA. REGINA WASHINGTON, FUNERAL DIRECTOR.

Melody Valentino

Melody Valentino 62, passed away in her home on Sunday, November 14th 2021. Melody was born on September 30, 1959 to the late Norman Freshcorn and Lucille Grazier.

Melody is preceded in death by her Beloved son, Joseph Valentino.

Melody is survived by her Brothers: Rumon Freshcorn and Norman Freshcorn. Sisters: Shelly Freshcorn and Charlotte French.
Melody will be laid to rest next to her son Joseph Valentino in the Clinton Cemetery, Wampum, PA

Friend will be received on Saturday, November 20 2021 at 3:00pm at Washington Funeral Home & Cremations, 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, Pa 15010. Regina Washington Supervisor

Marcella Gibbs

Marcella Gibbs, 67, Crescent, PA, loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend was called home by her Lord and Savior on November 13, 2021. She was born on June 19, 1954 in Beaver Falls, PA to the late Henry “Bubba” Gibbs and Lillian Brown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Billie Jean Gibbs and Veronica Jeannine Brown, her brothers, Thomas Gibbs and Bruce Gibbs, and her grandson, Gabriel Evans.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory: Sons, Charles (Cynthia) Sanders of Cleveland, OH, Montclair Gibbs of Crescent and Ricardo Evans of New Castle; her daughter, Dr. Shelana Gibbs-McElvy (Jason) of Crescent; her grandchildren, Corrine Sanders of Canton, OH, Nacia Gibbs, Marcel Gibbs, Leilani Evans and Avayah Gibbs all of New Castle and Jayana McElvy and Josh McElvy of Crescent; her great-grandchildren, Ricardo Dale Parker III and London Re’alle Walker of Canton, OH; her sisters, Carol Padgett and Henrietta Gibbs (Rickey) of Beaver Falls; her brothers: Zachary Gibbs of Columbia, SC, Timothy (Annette) Brown of Beaver Falls and James Franklin (Valerie) Brown of Monroeville; Step-father, George Brown of Rochester and Uncle, Johnny Padgett of Columbus, OH. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A memorial service will take place at Washington Funeral Home, 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA, on Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm Homegoing Service.

Kellen Jerome Mackey

Kellen Jerome Mackey, 26, from New Brighton, was called home unexpectedly the early morning of November 6, 2021. Kellen was born, December 29, 1994, to Keceia Renee Murray and Jeffrey Jerome Mackey in Tamuning, Guam.

Kellen graduated from New Brighton High School in 2013. He was an outstanding athlete, lettering in football and track. Kellen excelled on the gridiron for the Lions. He had such an infectious personality and laugh that touched every person he came in contact with as well as bringing joy and love to his family and friends. Kellen’s laugh was loud and unique which brought smiles and warmth to those around him and his heart was so immense that he would share his love to everyone and anyone. Those that met him could tell immediately how genuine of a soul he had and if a friend was in need, his calming demeanor gave them a sense of security and assurance that everything will be alright. He adored his family and treated his friends like family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jeffrey Jerome Mackey and his great grandparents, Samuel and Bessie Murray and Willie and Lessie Davis. Kellen leaves behind his son, Omaree Lee Mackey, New Brighton, his mother, Keceia Renee Murray, New Brighton, two brothers, Kary Anthony Murray, Pittsburgh, PA, and Jamaal Tyree Mackey, Lady Lake, FL. His grandparents, Dessa Mackey, Columbus, GA, Robert Sr. and Viola Murray, New Brighton, his two uncles, Robert Jr. (Jennifer) Murray, New Bern, NC, and Willie Murray, New Brighton. As well as a host other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and very close family friends.

In lieu of flowers, Kellen and the family would like donations sent to the Beaver County Humane Society in Monaca, PA.

Viewing Friday November, 12, 2021 from 5pm to 7pm followed by a Homegoing service on Saturday at 11am Second Baptist Church 2322 10th Avenue , Beaver Falls, PA Reverend Bernard Tench Jr. Officiating. Service entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremation. Regina Washington Supervisor.

Richard “Rick” Crawford

Richard “Rick” Crawford, 52 of Beaver Falls, PA. went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Rick was born on December 31, 1968, in Beaver Falls, PA.

Rick loved his church and was continually active in his community. He was involved in the prison and addiction ministries and was a member of The Men of Balance Street Ministry. Rick was a kind and gentle man; he was known for his generous loving spirit. He loved serving the LORD and spending time with his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Rick is preceded in death by his Mother: Ruth “Pegg” Horstman.

Rick is survived by his loving wife “Whom He Adored” Charla Crawford. Father: Aaron Crawford Son: Brandon Mixter. Daughters: Johnalynn (James) Buckinheimer and Elizabeth Crawford. Sister: Terri (Joseph) France. Grandchildren; Jayse and Jaxson Buckenheimer. His beloved Rottweiler: Bear. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and, friends.

Viewing and a Homegoing Celebration will be held at the Valley Baptist Church located at 1405 8th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA. Viewing on Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 2 pm to 4 pm and from 6 pm to 8 pm. Homegoing Celebration on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11 am.
Service entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremations 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA. Regina Washington Supervisor.

Delores “Lori” White

Heaven no longer waits for Delores “Lori” White. On October 02, 1937, Lori was born to the late James Franklin Law and Evelyn Miller law of Beaver Falls, PA. She shared her heart’s desires with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who agreed and called her home. She passed peacefully after her daring battle with lung and heart disease at Concordia-Villa St. Joseph Hospital at the age of 84 on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Lori was a lifelong resident of Beaver Falls, PA. It was there where she met her husband of 56 years, Richard White. They raised five daughters, and as Mimi and Papa, loved their grandchildren dearly. Lori was a proud graduate of Beaver Falls Class of 1955. She was known by many in Beaver County as “the lady who works at Rochester Kmart – she’s so nice.” Lori was an employee of Kmart Corporation for 35 years.

Since her youth, she was a member of Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church in New Brighton, and after St. John and Wayman Chapel merger, she became a member of St. John Wayman A.M.E. Church. She labored in loving service in several of the church’s organizations, such as the President of the Women’s Missionary Society, a member of the Lay Organization. She was a faithful Sunday school member and loved working with the Young People Department. In recognition of her service, in 2017, she was honored with the 2017 St. John-Wayman A.M.E. Church Woman of the Year. In 2019, she was honored to be named the Pittsburgh Conference Lay Organization of the A.M.E. Church Unsung Hero.
Lori spent her days working on the greeting card ministry she created, watching her favorite soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” doing word search puzzles, shopping for shoes, and attending stage plays. In addition, she enjoyed traveling to meetings, conferences, and conventions with the church, singing in the church choir, and traveling to Hampton University in Virginia to participate in their music workshops with Ms. Flo.

In addition to her late husband, Lori was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia; parents, Evelyn Miller Law and James Franklin Law; three sisters, Muriel “Bunchy” Jackson, Marion “Tookie” Bazemore, and Elizabeth “Aunt Liz” Sheffield; and two brothers, James “Jimmy” Law, and Melvin “BZ” Law.
She will be missed by Lo’s Angels; Jeri White, Texas; Judi Bellamy, Texas; Merri (Michael) Randolph, Philadelphia; Penny White, Minnesota; Sandy (Eugene) Garrett, Beaver Falls; and honorary daughter, Crystal (Keith) Morse, Florida. She also leaves grandchildren Wynter Snowden, Texas; Michael Randolph, Philadelphia; Kesia Bellamy, Texas; Laramei White, Texas; Aftden White, Minnesota; Shane Skinner-White, Texas; Galyn Garrett, Malik Garrett, Tyrese Garrett, all of Beaver Falls; and great-grandchildren Jermaine Snowden, Florida; Hailey Dunlap, Texas; Josiah White, Texas; Morgan and Sincere Randolph, Philadelphia; sister Jean Dawson, Beaver Falls; godson Mark (Suzie) Jackson, Georgia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family wishes to express gratitude and love to all who have shared their remembrances and condolences.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lori’s memory to The American Lung Association at https://www.lung.org/

Service will be streamed lived on Washington Funeral Home Facebook. com

Viewings will take place on Friday, November 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 13, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Washington Funeral Home, 1411 6th Avenue in Beaver Falls, PA. A celebration of life service will immediately follow.

Idella Lois Harris

Idella Lois Harris (nee Gaston) was born in Palestine, Texas, on January 16, 1926, to Abner and Katie Bell Gaston. She departed this earth after a brief illness at Providence Care Center on October 29, 2021. One of 12 children, Idella lived a whole and purposeful life devoted to God, her family, and her many friends.

Idella was predeceased in 1985 by her husband of 35 years, Warren Harris, of Beaver Falls. She was the proud mother of four children—Beverly Ann (who died in infancy), Warren Jr. (Karen) of Clayton, NC; Jerry Harris and Joni Elizabeth (Harris) Rawlings, both of Beaver Falls. In addition to her children, Idella is survived by her sister Exia Duke of San Antonio, TX; Abner Gaston Jr. of San Diego, CA; Freddie Singleton of Long Beach, CA; grandson Tristan Scott Harris (Jennifer) and her great-grandson Blair Ryker Harris of Canonsburg, PA. She was also the beloved aunt to numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Idella was a strong and dedicated wife and mother. She organized and managed her family throughout Warren Sr.’s many deployments over his long professional career in the U.S. Air Force, both stateside and overseas. Moving her children every few years as an Air Force wife was only one of Idella’s many accomplishments. Idella often worked outside of the home in addition to managing her family. She always ensured that her children were endowed with love, the teachings of Christ, respect for others and themselves.

Known to her children to be a tough task master, she was equally loving and kind. “Everyone knew not to mess with Miss Idella’s kids” said one of her children. Idella was a fierce protector of all those she loved, none more so than her husband and children.
Her love of God was equally abundant and clear to all. As a founder and eldest member of the Holy Spirit Fellowship Church in New Brighton, PA, she evangelized to bring the Word of God to others. She loved the Lord and shared Bible readings in her weekly calls with her sisters. Idella was affectionately known as “Mother Harris” in her church and community, and in her later years, she delighted in teaching Sunday School.

Until the pandemic, Idella was an avid bowler. Over many years she served alternately as treasurer and secretary of her bowling team, which gathered twice weekly at Sim’s Bowling Lanes. She had a wicked sense of humor and loved to laugh. Her laugh was an unmistakable deep-throated chuckle that alone would make people smile.

Idella Harris gave love to so many yet asked for so little in return. She will shine as a bright light in the hearts of us all forever.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to any of the following organizations: Holy Spirit Fellowship Church of New Brighton, the National Kidney Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The family wishes to express gratitude and love to all who have shared their remembrances and condolences.
Idella’s service will be live-streamed on Saturday at 11am on Washington Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

Viewing will be on Friday, November 5, from 5pm- 7pm followed by the Homegoing service on Saturday, November 6, at 11am at Holy Spirit Fellowship Church 1101 Sixth Street, New Brighton, PA. Pastor Oshea Vreen Officiating. Service entrusted to Washington Funeral Home & Cremations, 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA; Regina Washington Supervisor.

Joel Christopher Hodge

Joel Christopher Hodge went home to meet his heavenly Father on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Born August 6, 1957 in Beaver Falls, PA, he was the beloved son of Joel and Elizabeth Coleman Hodge.
Joel worked many years for the Conrail Railroad, after which he continued to work with computers, and as a skilled handyman. His great love for God and family was evident in everything he did. He will indeed be missed by many.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Valetta Hodge Peteet and Willa Boulding. He leaves to mourn his passing a daughter, Chanell (Steven) Rhoads and grandson, Alexander; a sister, Katherine (LaVonne) Cansler; a, nephew, Erik Hodge; two nieces, Marchelle and Kia Cansler; childhood best friend, Kevin Wiley and a host of other family and friends.
The family would like to thank everyone for the love and support during this difficult time.
Friends will be received Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Washington Funeral Home and Cremation, 1411 Sixth Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010 where a memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. with Pastor Oshea Vreen, Jr. officiating.

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