Gone But Not forgotten
In Loving Memory of Annie R Newell ( Aunt Annie Ruth)

Saying good-bye forever is completely untrue
So instead 1 will say, see you later or see you soon.
1 know you're in heaven and living the perfect life.
Maybe you can write me and tell me what it's like;
Sometimes I wish you could just come back and stay
But God said it was your time to come His way
I can never question his decisions and actions
Not all of them will come to our satisfaction
I love you very much and I'm glad you're no longer in pain
I promise I'll make you proud and not take being your
granddaughter in vain.
Love, your grandchild Olivia Newell

Leanna Newell Gavin

"Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant" Mother Leanna Newell Gavin, age 88, 3570 Tanager Drive, made her transition from this life to eternal glory on Thursday, July 8, 2010, at Brookside Homes. She was born February 9, 1922, in Jasper County, Miss., daughter of the late Robert and Hazel Lindsey Newell. Mother Gavin was a resident of Erie for over 65 years. For many years she was employed by Murata Electric of Erie and retired after 30 years of service. She was former Chaplain of the Perry Memorial Post #700 Women's Auxiliary. Mother Gavin was a member of Greater Calvary Full Gospel Baptist Church (FGBC) where she was a Church Mother, served as Deaconess, Sunday School teacher/consultant/ advisor, sang in the Adult and Combined Choirs, was active in the Seniors Ministry and volunteered in the Success Initiatives Program. She was a former member of Morning Star Baptist Church where upon its inception she was a charter member. She served in the following capacities: on the Board of Christian Education, Director of Vacation Bible School, Director of the Baptist Training Union, Primary Department Sunday School Superintendent, President of the Missionary Society, Finance Secretary for Sunday School, President of the Adult Choir, youth leader/worker, Women's Day Chairperson, and shared responsibility for many church committees. Her commitment to Kingdom building began early at Second Baptist Church where she was Director of the Junior Choir, Den Mother for Cub Scouts and sang in the Adult Choir. Her journey has touched the lives of many for the Kingdom. Mother Gavin was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed sewing for family and friends, specializing in prom, wedding and bridesmaid gowns. An avid gardener, her yard was always blooming with beautiful roses and fresh produce. She was a devoted wife and mother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buford Gavin; a daughter, Arlene F. Barney; four brothers, Willie, Lum, Arby and Curtis Newell; and three sisters, Drucilla Johnson, Fannie Harvell and Lavern Barnett. She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, John (Theresa) Gavin, of Columbus, Ohio and Bishop Jesse N. (Sandra) Gavin, Northeast, Pa; one daughter, Elder Barbra L. Wiley, Erie; four sisters, Samatha Thomas and Alice Asbury, Erie, Rose Weathersby (Will), Detroit, Mich., and Hazel Jones (William), Wheatland, Pa.; her grandchildren, Janeen Smith-Hughes (Christopher), Vedette R. Gavin, John R. Gavin,II, all of Columbus, Ohio, Alicia Barney-Duck (Glenn), of Erie, Robert O. Barney (Desiree) of Charlotte, N.C., Leela M. Barney of Atlanta, Ga., Jesse N. Gavin, II (Wanda), Colin G. Gavin, Michaele Parks (Alton) all of Erie, special granddaughter Shaniequa A. Johnson; her great-grandchildren Glenn Jaylen Elijah Duck, Anai Frances Lo'rin Duck, Jalisa Nicole Gavin, Jahmir Trebron Gavin, Kierra Maelee Hopkins, Kyndahl Arlene Barney, JaZiah Nyelle Gavin, Alivia Payton Leann Duck, Ava Michelle Parks; Godchildren, William (Mickey) Jones of Springdale, Md., Belinda Allen of Alexandria, Va., Rudenia Sansom of Erie, very special friend of the family Minister Sylvia Barnes and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, July 16, at Greater Calvary FGBC, 2624 German St. from 4 to 7 p.m. with a tribute service beginning at 7 p.m. A Homegoing Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 17, 11 a.m., at Shiloh Baptist Church, 901 East 5th Street, with Bishop Dalton Glenn, Pastor of Restoration Square FGBC, Houston, Texas, officiating and Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., International Presiding Bishop of the FGBC Fellowship, eulogizing. Interment in Erie County Memorial Gardens. Funeralization by Law Funeral Home, 2926 Pine Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Calvary Full Gospel Baptist Church.


Published in the Erie Times-News on July 15, 2010



ANNIE R. Newell

was born on September 30, 1935.  She was the fifth child born of

even children in Issac and Katie Hartfield. She was born in Heidelberg, Mississippi where she attended Shady Grove High School and completed one year at Jackson State University. Annie grew up in Fairview Presbyterian Church.

On July 8, 1955, Annie married Mr. Lum Newell and subsequently moved to Cleveland. Ohio. To this union, two children were born, Al and Robert. Annie took great pride in her role as wife and mother to her sons. She took particular delight in the grandchildren, Olivia Simone "Liwie", Alaina Ruth-Nicole "Baina" and Xavier Lumar affectionately known as "Zay Zay."

Annie was a faithful member of Everlasting Baptist Church for the past forty-seven years, where she served as a Deaconess and a member on the Mother Board. Annie's great passion was raising funds for the Leroy Smith Scholarship Fund. She deeply believed in higher education and encouraged all young people to pursue their dreams. She could also be counted on to help with the serving of dinners in the fellowship hall. She loved a beautifully set table.

Annie was known to loved ones from her hometown as "Pie Doll" which she continues to be called to this day. Annie Ruth as she was known to her loved ones up north was a loving auntie, sister-in-law (outlaw) and friend.

Annie was employed with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for thirty-five years. It was said by fellow co-workers that if you needed to know the answer to a job related question, you went to Annie. She was also a board certified Cosmetologist.

Annie departed this life on March 16, 2010. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of thirty years, Lum Newell; her parents, Issac and Katie Hartfield; brother. James "Jeff" Hartfield; and sister, Jimmie Louise "Lou" Clayton.

She leaves to cherish her memory: two sons, Al (Pat) of Concord. North Carolina and Robert (Cia) of Las Vegas, Nevada; three grandchildren. Olivia, Alaina and Xavier. one sister. Gladys Hartfield of Paulding. Mississippi; two brothers. Nathaniel Hartfield of Paulding, Mississippi and Billy Ray Hartfield of Chicago, Illinois. She will be deeply missed by her devoted sisters-in-law: brothers-in-law: and a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren, and friends.



Deacon Buford "POP" Gavin, 83 Went home to be with the Lord Sunday, February 4, 2007.

Deacon Gavin was born in Jasper County, Mississippi, the son of the late Jeddie Wheeler Gavin and Levi Gavin.

He was a member of the Morning Star Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee. He later united with the Greater Calvary Full Gospel Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and a member of the Levite Brotherhood. During his tenure with Greater Calvary, he was lovingly nicknamed "Pop" Gavin.

He served in the United States Army during WWII. After discharge from the military and moving to Erie, he was employed by Bucyrus Erie, Penn-Central Railroad, and retired from General Electric.

Gardening, landscaping his yard and bowling were activities he enjoyed. He enjoyed being around people, and through the years was affiliated with American Legion Perry Memorial Smith-Barney Post 700, Gem City Elks, the R. Benjamin Wiley Central City Senior Activity Center, formerly the Erie East Senior Center where he served in many volunteer capacities and was cited for his outstanding participation.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Jeddie and Levi Gavin, an Uncle who helped raise him, Earlie Gavin, a brother, JC Gavin, a sister, Ruthie Lee Brand, a daughter, Arlene Frances Barney and Son-in laws, Michael Simmelkjaer, R. Benjamin Wiley and Robert M. Barney.

Deacon Gavin leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 61 years, Mother Leanna Gavin of Erie, a sister, Johnnie Lee Deal of Chicago IL, his sons John Robert Gavin (Theresa) of Columbus, OH, Bishop Jesse Norbert Gavin (Sandra) and his daughter Barbara L. Wiley both of Erie, PA; his grandchildren, Janeen Smith-Hughes (Christopher), Vedette R. Gavin, John R. Gavin, II, all of Columbus,OH, Alicia N. Barney-Duck (Glenn), of Erie, PA, Robert O. Barney (Desiree) of Charlotte, NC, Leela M. Barney of Atlanta, GA, Jesse N. Gavin, II (Wanda), Colin G. Gavin, Michaele A. Gavin all of Erie, PA; seven great-grandchildren, Glenn Jaylen Elijah Duck, Anai Frances Lor'in Duck, Jalisa Nicole Gavin, Jahmir Trebron Gavin, Kierra Maelee Hopkins all of Erie, PA, Jasmine Naomi Smith-Hughes of Columbus, OH and Kyndahl Arlene Barney of Charlotte, NC; Godchildren, William (Mickey ) Jones of Springdale, MD and Belinda Allen of Alexandria, VA, and special granddaughters Shaniequa A. Johnson, Shalae and Laterra Bailey and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives

Curtis Newell    
CURTIS NEWELL, age 82. Beloved husband of the late Ola Mae Newell; cherished father of John, Alfreda, Thomas, Carolyn and Toya. Also survived by grand-children; great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. WAKE SATURDAY 9:00 A.M. at Everlasting Baptist Church, 579 Eddy Rd., with funeral services at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements by CUMMINGS AND DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, 13201 EUCLID AVE.

JOHN EDWARD NEWELL, son of John E. Newell Sr. and Shirley Thomas; father of Iayana J. Newell; fiance' of Samantha Small and brother to ten siblings, was taken home to be with the Lord on July 9, 2007. PUBLIC VIEWING FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007 FROM 4-8 P.M. AT LUCAS MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 5555 BARTLETT (AT ROCKSIDE). Life celebration will be Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 9 a.m. at Everlasting Baptist Church, 579 Eddy Rd. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions requested to an Educational 529 Fund being set up for his daughter, Iayana Newell. 440-735-3030 lucasfuneral

February 2007


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August 2006
It is again with great sadness that I  share with you the recent passing of Katherine A. Lewis after an extended illness in California. We will miss our mother sister cousin and niece but God loved her best.The services will be at Greater Calvary Full Gospel Baptist Church Erie,PA on Saturday August 26, 2006. 

August 2006

 Moffett, Patricia Ann
Patricia Ann Moffett Patricia Ann Moffett, 56, of Erie, made her transition form this life to the Celestial shores of Heaven on Monday, August 7, 2006 at Beverly Health Care Center, peacefully, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on March 29, 1950 in Erie, Pa. to the Late Reverend Eddie Johnson, Jr., and Drucilla Newell Johnson. She was a 1968 graduate of McDowell High School and a 1998 graduate of Mercyhurst College, where she obtained her associate of Science Degree. Patricia confessed Christ at and early age and was faithful to her walk with God. She was an active and faithful member of Morning Star Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and was a former Sunday School Teacher. Pat was a very hard worker, who helped provide for her family, she was employed by Penn Brass, Kaiser Aluminum, T.J. Max, Pet Foods, Erie City Iron, Hamot Hospital, and prior to her illness, she was a receiving clerk at Wal-Mart. Her hobbies included reading and knitting. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond Earl and Anthony Johnson; and her sister, Lois Ann Johnson. Pat leaves to embrace her legacy and cherish her memory, her loving and devoted husband of 35 years, Thomas F. Moffett, of Erie; a daughter, Tylonda Moffett; and two sons, Tyler A. and Thomas D. Moffett, all of Erie; her sister, Betty L. Campbell; brother, Eddie Ray Johnson, both of Erie; her Godchildren, Betty R. Martin, Kito Dixon, Arieon Rosendary, and Braylen Easter, all of Erie; her dear friend, Bobbie Dixon; and her birthday sister, Venita Jordan, both of Erie; along with a host of Aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Friends are invited to share with the family on Friday, August 11, 2006 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Schoolfield Funeral Home, 2926 Pine Ave. Homegoing Celebration will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Morning Star Baptist Church, 327 E. 23rd St., Rev. Amos Goodwine, Eulogist the Rev. Tracey Barnett, officiating.. Internment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery, Erie. Sign the guestbook at www.GoErie.com/obits.

April 2006
We are keeping the Barney family in our prayers as they lost their father Robert Barney this month. We are saddened by  the loss of another family member but we will remember that God knows best.

March  27, 2006
This past weekend  was the funeral services for Rev. Hunter  Thomas Jr. Many of us know him as Uncle H.T. We are saddened by his passing but we are glad that he has finished his race and has gone on to  receive his many rewards. He will be missed but never forgotten. If you wish to send a encouraging message to the family please go online to
www.GoErie.com/obits to sign the guest book.

 Winter 2005-2006
We recently lost three family members Frank Campbell, husband of Betty Campbell, Ota Mae Newell wife of Curits Newell and  Earl Barnett  Jr(the oldest grandchild of Hazel and Robert Newell)  They will be deeply missed.

Earl Barnett, 64, of Erie, made his peaceful transition from this life to his heavenly home on January 29, 2006, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family and friends. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Schoolfield Funeral Home, 536 W. 10 St., Erie. Sign the guestbook at www.GoErie.com/obits.
Published in the Erie Times-News on 1/30/2006.