Image:Evangelist Lucille DavisEvangelist Lucille Davis

Evangelist Lucille Davis was born on December 28, 1931 in Dothan, Alabama.
After moving to Indianapolis to be with her uncle and aunt, District Elder Grover C. and Evangelist Estelle Mills at the age of sixteen. She faithfully served at Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Church and New day Pentecostal Church under the leadership of her uncle, District Elder Grover C. Mills, Suffragan Bishop Thomas E. Griffith, Bishop J.W. Jones, Bishop C.W. Turner, and her spiritual son, Bishop Artie Montgomery. She went to sleep in Jesus on December 12, 2017 with her family by her side and a smile on her face. She leaves to cherish her loving memories, sons, Thomas Lyles (Jasenka), Charles Davis; daughters, Patricia Pippens, Marie Holder (Samuel), Debora Farrell (Charles); brother, Pastor James Sullen; sisters, Lillie Pearl, Maye Pearl; grandsons; Dominic, Trey, Samuel III, Christian H., Chameron, Christopher and Christian D.; granddaughters, Destini, Tanika, Liesah, Bria, Ebony, Tiera, Leah, Daphne, Denise, Jasmine; a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, God-children, friends and Church family. Homegoing Celebration will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 12:00p.m. at Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Church with visitation there from 10:00a.m. Burial will be at Washington Park North. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Ellis Mortuary    

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Ellis Mortuary December 15th, 2017 05:54:38 PM

 Image:Mr. Jamontez Deondre’ Woods Mr. Jamontez Deondre’ Woods


Mr. Jamontez Deondre’ Woods was born in Indianapolis, IN on October 23, 1993. He was born to Gayla Whitsey and Johnny Woods. Later in life Jamontez met his birth father Gerald Demario Eldridge who proceeded Jamontez in death.

Jamontez attended Indianapolis Public Schools and graduated from Warren Central High School. Jamontez gave his life to the Lord at a very young age and was baptized at Greater St. Mark Baptist Church. Montez recently became a member of New Beginnings Church.

The biggest heart is what Jamontez had and was loved by so many. Jamontez was a great cook and was recently employed at Community East Hospital as a chef.
Jamontez was a soon-to-be dad to Baby Jai’lee with his companion Daishai Luster. As many  know, Montez had a love for children. He spoiled all of his nieces and nephews. Montez was excited about having his own child. When he found out he was going to be a father,  he said, “It was about that time”.

Jamontez departed this life on November 22, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father Gerald “Demario” Eldridge, grandparents Jocelyn Bradley, Barbara Golder, Laura Woods, Johnny Woods, Sr. and step grandmother Shannon Bradley.

Jamontez is survived by his mother Gayla Denise Whitsey, Johnny Woods, his step-father Rodney Batts,Sr., stepmothers Hadessa and Latasha.
His brothers Rodney Batts, Jr, Javontai, Jailyn, Tristen and John Woods, Gerald Jr. and Joryl Eldridge and his sisters Ginayla Crosby, Keiyala Woodson, Anisha, Ahpree, Meonda and Na’Talya Eldridge. Step-brothers and step-sisters Lashauntia, Lydia, Lyric  and Victor.
Grandparents Ransome Bradley, James Whitsey (Carolyn), Gerald Eldridge , Debra Whitfield (Lonnie).

Celebration Services will be on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:00am at New Beginnings Fellowship Church with visitation there from 9:00am until service time. Burial will take place at New Crown Cemetery. Final arrangements entrusted to Ellis Mortuary. www.ellismortuary.com

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Ellis Mortuary December 1st, 2017 08:50:48 AM

Image:Elder Armer McNeil McGee Elder Armer McNeil McGee


Elder Armer McNeil McGee passed away November 27, at the tender age of 86 years, 9 months and 27 days. He was born in Cadiz, Kentucky to Shelly and Amanda (Greenwade) McGee. Armer was the 9th child of 11 siblings. He attended school in Cadiz and later graduated from Crispus Attucks High School, Indianapolis, IN. He attended Aenon Bible College and was later ordained at the P.A.W. Tennessee State Council as an Elder. He was a certified Chaplain for several hospitals in Indiana and Tennessee.
Armer was filled with the Holy Ghost in 1947 in the C.O.G.I.C. He was baptized in Jesus Name by the late Bishop Morris E. Golder on Northwestern Street. He then fellowshipped in at Bethel Tabernacle Apostolic Church under the pastorship of the late Bishop Owen Q. Young. He married Mary Ann Griffin in 1976 and together they have five children. They became members of Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Faith Church under the pastorship of the late Suffragan Bishop Joseph D. Farris. There they answered God’s call to start a work in Tennessee. Elder and Evangelist McGee founded and pastored Macedonia Apostolic Church in Dickson, TN. (1992-2000). Upon returning back to Indianapolis, due to health issues, they placed their membership at the Church of the Apostolic Faith, under the pastorship of Elder Charles Miller. He now, is a returned member of Bethel Tabernacle, now under the pastorship of District Elder Alfred Amos.
He retired from Methodist Hospital and was owner of McGee’s Christian Bookstore.
Leaving to cherish his memories are his wife, Evangelist Mary McGee, children: Dwight McGee, Alice Rosetia McGee, Rhonda Paige (Ronnie), Melvin Griffin (Lori) and Donnita Smith. He now has one sibling left, Kitty Smoot, one sister-in-law, Betty McGee and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Homegoing Celebration will be at 12:00pm, Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Bethel Tabernacle Apostolic Church, 2002 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave, with visitation there from 10:00am until service time. Burial will take place at Washington Park North. Final arrangements entrusted to Ellis Mortuary. www.ellismortuary.com

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Ellis Mortuary December 1st, 2017 08:49:09 AM

Image:James Allen    Mr. James Edward Allen Jr

Mr. James Edward Allen Jr., was born January 26, 1966 to parents James Allen Sr. and Martha A. Allen in Detroit, MI. James was the second of five children. His siblings would always call him by his middle name, Edward.

James received his elementary education in the IPS school system and was a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School, class of 1984. James also attended ITT technical institute.

His last job was at Ocean World restaurant where he worked for over 20 years.

James and Vickie Thatch were married on January 23, 1999 and to this union Jordann Anthony Allen entered the world on April 11, 2007.  James was a devoted husband and father to his family.

James served the Lord at Christ Church Apostolic where he served as a bus driver, the senior usher board and as a cook in the kitchen.

James went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents James Sr. and Martha Allen. He leaves to cherish his wife, Vickie Thatch-Allen; one son, Jordann Allen; four siblings; Michael McGrady (Yolanda), Barbara Allen, Charles Allen, Samantha Allen and one uncle; Taylor Cothern. Also host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friend.

Celebration Services for James will be at 12:00 noon, November 17, 2017 at Christ Church Apostolic, 6601 N. Grandview Drive, with visitation there from 10:00am until time of service. Final arrangements entrusted to Ellis Mortuary

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Ellis Mortuary November 30th, 2017 08:31:13 AM

Image:Jeffrey Clayton Murray   Jeffrey Clayton Murray

Jeffrey Clayton Murray was the youngest of six children born to J. C. Murray and Lena Ridley Murray.

Jeffrey attended Cold Springs Schools and graduated.  He later attended Noble Industries Adult Day Program until December 2016.

Jeffrey enjoyed football especially the Indianapolis Colts and Pacers Basketball.  

Jeffrey was preceded in death by his father, J. C. Murray.  Jeffrey leaves to cherish his loving memory his mother, Lena Ridley Murray Wooden; siblings Ramona Powell Crabtree (Raymond), Myra D. Byrd, Daryl Murray, Charles T. Murray (Tiffany), Brian K. Murray (Michelle), Ava M. Johnson (Carl).  He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and friends.

Celebration services will be on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 12:00 noon at Mt Zion Apostolic Church, 4900 E. 38th St. with visitation there from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Burial will take place at Washington Park North. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Ellis Mortuary

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Ellis MOrtuary November 30th, 2017 08:22:46 AM

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

Image:Dorothy Mae Johnson Goodson

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

Image:Marian Perkins Franklin

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

Image:Mother Cherry Key Hill
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

Image:Frank L Johnson

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. www.ellismortuary.com

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