Image:Mary Louise Love    Ms. Mary Louise Love

Ms. Mary Louise Love, daughter of the late GL Goldman and Lucy Love was born on August 9, 1948 in Winona, Mississippi.
Mary attended Mississippi Public Schools in Winona, Mississippi until she relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1966. She professed a hope in Christ at an early age at Love’s Chapel in Winona. Mary worked at Marion County Home and IU for many years in the role of a nurse’s aide. Mary was a former member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Greater Elam Missionary Baptist Church, True Vine Baptist Church and was a current member of Empowerment Worship Center. She was a faithful member that gave in her time, talent, and treasure and was a prayer warrior. “Mother Love” as she was known by her church family served as a dedicated usher and the president of the usher’s ministry for many years even during her illness.
Mary loved to cook and was known for her good down home cooking especially her dressing, fried fish, homemade biscuits, and sweet potato pies. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren that she bragged about every chance she could. She enjoyed playing cards and making others laugh with her sense of humor and wit. Mary was a loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Friend who was affectionately known as “Tootie” by her family.
Mary departed this earthly life to meet her Savior on Sunday, November 5, 2017. She was preceded by her mother, Lucy Love and brother, Willie Love.
She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Nina Fitzgerald and Bridgette Love; one son, Pastor Damon Love (Tamica); one foster daughter, Rhoda Jones; two sisters, Connie Abron and Vivian Fitch (William); eleven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.  
Celebration will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 1301 N. Goodlet Ave, with visitation there from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Interment will be in New Crown Cemetery. Final arrangements are entrusted to Ellis Mortuary.

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Ellis Mortuary Staff November 12th, 2017 04:25:41 PM

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Sister Dorothy Mae Johnson Goodson
Dorothy May Johnson Goodson was born on May 19, 1920 to the parents of William and Birdie Fitzhugh Johnson. She was the oldest of 14, nine of whom lived.

Dorothy graduated sixth in her class from Crispus Attucks High School and received a scholarship to attend Ball State Teacher’s College in Muncie, Indiana. She later transferred to Indiana Central College which is currently named University of Indianapolis. She graduated in 1948 and briefly worked as a substitute teacher.

She marriage George Albert Goodson in 1947 and they had four children together, Robert Franklin, Angela Rose, Millicent Marie and Dwight William (deceased). Our parents worked diligently together in the house of the Lord. She worked hard as a homemaker and career woman. Many times, she questioned whether to give up working to be at home with her family. The need, however was great for a person of integrity in the Marion County Welfare Department. She worked for the Marion County Welfare Department, Social Services Division in Indianapolis, Indiana rising from Caseworker to supervisor and finally to Administrative Assistant to the director, Elizabeth Samkowski. She retired after twenty years of service.

Dorothy had a love for altar ministry. She loved to work with people who had made the decision to live for Christ. She and the other altar ministers rejoiced when a person was filled with the Holy Ghost. During her lifetime, Dorothy fulfilled many areas of Church ministry. She was a choir member, Sunday School Youth Department Leader, Sunday morning service announcer, Sunday School Administrator, Evangelist and President of the Indiana Missionaries and Women’s Workers Auxiliary of the A.B.S.A.

Above all, she believed in the power of prayer. She believed in praying for those in leadership positions including Pastors, Bishops District Elders as well as friends, family members and all workers in God’s kingdom.

She leaves to cherish her memory, Siblings, Sylvia Davis, Alma Owens, Alfred Johnson; children, Robert F. (Jamesetta) Goodson, Angela Goodson, Millicent (Daniel) Collins, a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends and fellow laborers in the gospel.

Homegoing Celebration will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12:00pm at Christ Temple Apostolic Church, 430 W. Fall Creek Parkway, with visitation there from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Entombment will be at Washington Park North Cemetery

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Karmen Franklin October 26th, 2017 08:45:42 AM

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Marian Perkins Franklin, 93, died October 21, 2017. She was born in Indianapolis on December 30, 1923, to Edward and Bessie Hudson Perkins. She graduated with honors from Crispus Attucks High School, and was employed by the Lukas-Harold Corporation and the state of Indiana before spending the rest of her years as a homemaker. A 50-year member of Mt. Zion Apostolic Church, she lent her spiritual gifts as a musician and Sunday School teacher under her husband’s 20-year pastorate. A multi-talented person with many interests, she played classical piano, was an excellent seamstress, and followed end-time prophecy, politics, and genealogy with great passion. She was preceded in death by her parents; 10 brothers and sisters; her husband Bishop James O. Franklin; grandson Frederick Franklin; and great-grandson Gabriel Franklin. She is survived by two sisters, Betty Perkins Finney and Jacquelyn Perkins Starks; 11 children, Stephen Franklin (Verbena); Paul Franklin (Yvonne); Marshall Franklin; Bishop Jonathan Franklin (Terri Jean); Teresa Kilpatrick; David Franklin; Anita Preddie (Aloysius); Timothy Franklin; Gordon Franklin; Nancy Gates (Bishop Lambert W. Sr.); and Kathleen Preddie (Andrew Sr.). Survivors also include 27 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. The homegoing service will be conducted by Ellis Mortuary at Mt. Zion Apostolic Church, 4900 E. 38th Street, on Friday, October 27, with visitation at 5 p.m. followed by the service at 7 p.m. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery on Saturday, October 28 at 9 a.m. The family extends special thanks for the excellent care given by the staffs at Hooverwood nursing facility and St. Vincent Hospice.

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Karmen Franklin October 24th, 2017 09:02:12 AM

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Mother Cherry Key Hill was born to the late Mr. Willie Williams and Mrs. Rose Lee Hampton (Hopkins). On August 10, 1939 in Belzoni Mississippi.
Mother Cherry Key Hill professed Christ at an early age of twelve and was baptized in Jesus name and filled with the gift of the holy ghost at the age of twelve. She later moved to Indianapolis where she became a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church for over 30 years  and  Mt. Zion Apostolic Church.
Mother Cherry Key Hill was united in holy matrimony to Andrew Lee Hill Sr. February 17, 1965. To this union, they happy raised ten children.
Mother Cherry Key Hill truly allowed the life that she live speak for her. She exemplified a woman of God. She loved the Lord and lived as such. She was faithful, honest, humble, kind, selfless, nurturing but most importantly a loving mother and wife. Momma Cherry was a true servant of God she would give her very last to other less fortunate. She dedicated her life to God and her family as she was a homemaker, she made her house a home filled with love, peace, and most important Christ. She enjoyed living for Christ, attending bible study, Sunday school and Sunday morning services. As her Shepard feed her the word of God she feed her family the word of God. Momma Cherry always had a sermon to share with her children in a time of trouble, in a time of celebration, in a time of uncertainty she had a word.  Momma Cherry had the word of God on her lips not just some of the time but at all time.  She would tell her children “ love is an action word”. Without speaking you would know that she was a child of God. One of her favorite songs was “I am a living testimony” and she was. 
On Friday, October,6 2017 @ 7:30pm at her home in loving care of her Husband and daughter, her angle was ordered to rock her to sleep and as she left the arms of her husband, angle she enter the arms of Jesus. Momma Cherry’s legacy continues in the hearts and minds of:  Husband, Andrew lee Hill Sr., Mother, Rose lee Hopkins, Sister Ethel Hopkins, three Daughters, Merlinda Williams, Brenda Jenkins, Gloria Hill and seven sons, Andrew lee Hill Jr., Charles (Kathy) Hill Sr., Larry (Nikki) Hill Sr., Michael (Danielle) Hill Sr., Anthony (Tinisha) Hill, Jamie (Felicia) Hill, Calvin (Heather) Hill Sr., two step children; Linda Jones, Washington D.C and James Jones of Mississippi. Fond and Cherished memories also remain in the lives of three brother -in- laws: Amos (Gladys) Hill Jr., Cleotha (Debbie) Hill, Otha Hill all of Mississippi;  Forty grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Karmen Franklin October 24th, 2017 08:57:45 AM

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Frank L. Johnson
65, Indianapolis, passed away on October 1, 2017
He was a member of New Light Missionary Baptist Church,
2525 W. 11th St. where services will be held at 12:00 noon,
Saturday, October 7, 2017 with visitation there from 10:00a.m.
Frank was employed with Ed Tutwiler Cadillac, American Can Company,
and Dollar General. Frank was preceded in death by his mother, Charlene Price.
He is survived by his brother, Johnnie (Dorothy) Price, III; sister, Carolyn
(Gary) Price-Coleman. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Final
arrangements have been entrusted to Ellis Mortuary.

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Karmen Franklin October 8th, 2017 10:11:04 AM

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Karmen Franklin October 4th, 2017 11:20:42 PM

Image:Carol Renee (Mills) JonesCarol Renee (Mills) Jones affectionately known as Ne-Ne was born on December 13, 1973 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Hezzie J. Mills and Linda J. Brand.  Carol graduated Arsenal Technical High School in 1992 and then went on to receive her Masters of Business Administration Degree from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Carol was an extremely dedicated employee of J.P. Morgan Chase Bank from 1994 until her passing.  She worked dutifully in several job roles during her career.  She always excelled in every position and was known for her strong effective communication, analytics, and leadership skills.
Carol and her family joined Lamb of God Assembly Apostolic Church in 2009.  Under the leadership of  Bishop Robert A. Hornberger she began to grow more in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Her church family meant a lot to her and she considered them her extended family.
Carol was united in holy matrimony to the love of her life Willard I. Jones on June 27, 2010 in Maui, Hawaii.  Will was not only her life partner but her world travelling buddy. Due to their bi-annual birthdates, you could find them on a cruise, an exquisite restaurant, lying on a beach or all of the above every year faithfully in June and December.
To know Carol was to know that she was a “first class” lady and everything around her she made extravagant.  Carol enjoyed the finer things in life; this was evidenced by her great love of fine cuisine she would drive for miles and miles to dine at the restaurant of choosing.  She truly enjoyed travelling; her passport was fully stamped with travels that included England and Aruba and a myriad of other countries in between.  Carol also enjoyed being a trend setter, she had an eye for fashion; Coach, Michael Kors, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton was her favorite designers just to name a few.  
Most of all Carol enjoyed being with her family. Carol would do any and everything possible to give her children the world. Once her children were grown she passed on that love and devotion to her nieces and nephews. Carol was truly a devoted sister and friend; she would do anything in her power to uplift or support her loved ones.
Carol was very proud of Asia joining the U.S. Navy.  She believed this was God’s plan for Asia’s life.  Once Asia graduated Navy boot camp in March 2016 Carol knew that Asia would make an excellent Construction Electrician.  Carol proudly wore her “Navy Mom” attire and she enjoyed talking about her daughter the Seabee!
Carol departed this earthly life on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7:59am at the age of 43.  Carol was preceded in death by her father Hezzie J. Mills, her grandmother Margaret E. Grady, her son Kenneth J. Mills-Tucker, and her niece Tana Tyler.
Carol leaves behind to cherish her beloved memory: her loving husband Willard I. Jones, her beautiful daughter Asia A. Tucker; her step-children Tajee Jones, Donovan Blackmon, Jaaz Jones, and Willard Jones Jr., her mother and step-father Linda and Henry Brand; her grandfather Hugh Matthew Grady Jr., her three sisters LaDonna Mills, Kelly E. Williams (Elijah), Ashley M. Brand-Jones; her three nephews Tyrone Mills, Elijah L. Williams II, Kaleb J. Brand-Pearson; her niece Olivia E. Williams; her great-nieces Aaliyah S.Tyler and Cherish Mills; her great-nephew Chace L. Tyler and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.  She will be deeply missed.

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Karmen Franklin August 25th, 2017 05:20:09 PM

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Brittany Shontona Mitchell was born June 6, 2000 in Indianapolis,
Indiana at Wishard Memorial Hospital to Rosemary Mitchell and
the late Bobby Leroy Smith.
Brittany was christened at birth at Riley Hospital and became a
member of Mount Bethel Apostolic Church in 2002. Brittany
received her primary education at Indianapolis Public Schools –
John Marshall.
Brittany loved music and riding around the city. She was
fascinated with decorating her room. She had a fun personality and
was a joyful, happy child. Brittany touched many people’s lives.
She was a fighter, a gift from God for seventeen years.
Brittany departed this life August 5, 2017. Brittany was proceeded
in death by her Father, Bobby Leroy Smith and Sister Myesha Cherie Cobbins.
She leaves to cherish her memory, mother, Rosemary Mitchell; sister, Ieicia Taylor; great-aunt,
Katherine Hugley; god-mother, Rosalyn Barnett; niece, Aireya Taylor; nephews, Ronte Jones
and Khalil Massey; thirteen brothers and sisters; and an uncle in Mississippi; and a host of aunts, uncle, cousins and friends.
Services will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11:00a.m. at Mt Bethel Apostolic Church with visitation there from

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Ellis Mortuary August 12th, 2017 01:19:22 AM

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Elder John E. Randolph,
80, Indianapolis, went to sleep in Jesus on July 21, 2017.
John Randolph was self employed as a Appliance Repairman and
was the Assistant Pastor at Faith Tabernacle Church for
many years. He retired from the United States Navy in 1965.  
Homegoing Celebration will be at 12:00 noon, Friday, July 28, 2017 at Bethesda
Temple Apostolic Church, 2147 W. 63rd St. with visitation from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
He is survived by sons, Michael Randolph, Peter Randolph; daughters, Jeanette Britten,
Nedra Moore, Deborah Cooley, Meagan Washington; brother, Isaac Randolph;
sisters, Crissie Davis, Anne Wilburn, Ruby Jones, Yvonne Mitchell. Interment will
be at Floral Park. Final arrangements entrusted to Ellis Mortuary


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Ellis Mortuary July 27th, 2017 11:43:49 PM

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Hattie W. Green

Hattie W. Green the daughter of John Webb and Beatrice Webb was born on June 30, 1921 in Lexington, Kentucky, where she attended elementary and High school. Hattie was the eldest of seven children.

She was a member of Bethany Apostolic Church under the leadership of the late Elder Roger Tobey, Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church, under the leadership of the late, Bishop Edwin Vaughn and Christ Church Apostolic under the leadership of the late Bishop James E. Tyson.

Homegoing Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 12:00pm in Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church, with visitation there from 11:00am until service time. Burial will be at Washington Park North Cemetery. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Ellis Mortuary.  

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, Robert (Fay) Green, James Lee (Anna) Green; three grandchildren, Ray Green, Sherri' (Michael) Anthony, Anitra (James) Morrison, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members and friends.

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Ellis Mortuary July 20th, 2017 07:13:16 AM