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Mrs. Naomi Ruth McGinnis, 90, of Port Huron, MI., died December 15, 1998 in Mercy Hospital. She was born August 3, 1908 in Bedford, Indiana to the late Rev. Edgar & Clara Fleenor. Her father was the minister of the Church of God in Alexandria, Indiana. She married Clarence McGinnis on August 15, 1929 in Alexandria, Indiana. He died September 24, 1986.

She was a member of Griswold Street Baptist Church. Mrs. McGinnis is survived by a son, Gary McGinnis of Port Huron; two daughters, Shari Sue Chidester of Taylor, and Mr. & Mrs. John (Ruth Ann) Gauthier of Florida; nine grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by three brothers, Oris, Willard and William Fleenor.

A memorial service was held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 1998 in Griswold Street Baptist Church. The Rev. Daniel T. Stewart officiated.

Following are Press Releases of Rev. E. A. Fleenor's death:

The Rev. E. A. Fleenor

Everyone in Alexandria was touched this week by the passing of the Rev. E. A. Fleenor, 84 year old retired Church of God Pastor, for a third of a century, an active figure in that community's religious life.
A native of Crothersville, the Rev. became a pioneer in the Church of God-a religious movement that has become one of the most influential in the nation. Some 36 years ago, he came to Alexandria, established that community's first Church of God, and proceeded to occupy its pastorate for 30 eventful years until his retirement in 1949.

Under his direction, the Alexandria church grew both in membership and in stature. More important, the religious complexion of Alexandria took on new luster as a result of the diligence and devotion with which the Rev. Fleenor served his faith and his flock.

In many ways, it was fortunate that the Rev. Fleenor was able to enjoy six years of retirement-a period that bestowed upon him the opportunity to reflect over a lifetime of religious service, a lifetime of helping humanity and establishing enduring friendships. His long career, to be sure, will stand as a model for the clergymen of all faiths.

Rev. E. Fleenor, Church Founder, Dies at Home

The Rev. Edgar A. Fleenor, 84, founder and long-time pastor of Alexandria's Church of God, died at his home at 113 W. Monroe at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday following a year long illness.

Rev. Fleenor was born in Crothersville, IN., on April 07, 1871, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Sarah Grose Fleenor. He married Clara Luther on June 20, 1901, in Floyd Co. Rev. & Mrs. Fleenor celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1951.

Rev. & Mrs. Fleenor came to Alexandria from Bedford, where Rev. Fleenor was a Church of God Pastor for 13 years. He founded the Church of God in Alexandria and served as pastor here for 36 years until his retirement in 1948.

The original Church of God here was on N. Harrison St., in a building known as the "Little Match Box." Originally, the congregation included only a handful of people. As the church grew, the site of the original Methodist Church was purchased and the present building was built under the guidance of Rev. Fleenor. Rev. Fleenor served the ministry for a total of 49 years, most of them in Alexandria.

Surviving beside the widow are three sons, Willard Fleenor of Alexandria, William Fleenor of Cairo, Egypt, Oris Fleenor of Dayton, Ohio, one daughter, Mrs. Naomi McGinnis of Pt. Huron, MI., a sister, Mrs. Ella Beldon of Noblesville, and a half-sister, Mrs. Daisy Crowe of Bedford, IN.

The body was taken to the Davis and Strickler Funeral Home. Friends will be received at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today. Other arrangements are pending.

Following are remarks made at the Church of God-Aug 24, 1955 by the Rev. Milburn H. Miller:

In 1492 Columbus plowed through the briny deep to a new world-America. Since that time many others have followed him, until today many luxurious liners stream from continent to continent.

During the early seventeenth century our Pilgrim fathers landed at Plymouth Rock. Following them came many others of various nationalities to this new land. Early pioneers of our republic cut their way to the Cumberland Gap and established the Wilderness Trail. Other hardy settlers and their families moved westward because of this noble adventure.

Just now I am thinking of another pioneer. Around the turn of the century there came to Bedford one Edgar A. Fleenor and his wife. While working with his hands he conducted cottage prayer meetings and conducted religious services. Later a church was erected at the corner of 5th and P Streets. This was the beginning of the first Church of God of Bedford.

Many ministers have followed in the foot steps of E. A. Fleenor. From a humble and small beginning, the church has grown to large proportions.

And now brother Fleenor's labors are over, and he has inherited his reward which he deserved. But his work and influence ever live on. We are greatly indebted to the work of this godly man.

Now let us pause for a moment of silence in memory of our departed brother.

In Memory

FLEENOR, Jennie F., 86 of Dayton, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 1994. She is survived by a daughter Avis Henry of Snohomish, WA., a son John Fleenor and wife, Patricia of Dayton; a niece Dot Cord of Carmel, IN. She had 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Oris and daughter Kay. She was a member of Fairmont Presbyterian Church. She taught at Ruskin School of Dayton for 20 years. She was a member of Delta Theta Tau Sorority and was a past national president. She was a member of the College Women's Club and the Dayton Women's Club. She was also an active worker in Women's Aglow Fellowship. She was a graduate of Miami University, having attended the University of Wisconsin and Ball State. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Tobias Funeral Home, Belmont Chapel, 648 Watervliet Ave. Dr. Wayne McCoy officiating. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be to Dayton Christian Schools, 325 Homewood Ave., Dayton, OH. 45405. Burial will be at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Donaldsville, OH. she was loved by many and greatly missed.

Willard A. Fleenor

ALEXANDRIA - Willard A. Fleenor, 85, Rt. 4 Alexandria, died Tuesday afternoon at his residence following an extended illness.

A native of Bedford, he had resided in Alexandria since 1911 and was the founder of Fleenor Auto Part's in Alexandria in 1926. He was a member of the Church of God in Alexandria, and had attended Orestes Christian Church. He had served as an Alexandria city councilman and been mayor pro term. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 235 and Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis.

He was proceeded in death by his first wife, Alma Fleenor, in 1979. He is survived by his wife Zelma (McMahan) Fleenor; two sons, Rex D. Fleenor of Indianapolis and Larry R. Fleenor of Raleigh; a daughter Emily Moyal of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; a sister Naomi McGinnis of Port Huron, MI.; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 10 am Saturday at Owens Funeral Home with Revs. John R. Dunn and Jack Wachenschwanz officiating. Burial will be in Park view Cemetery, Alexandria.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm Friday at the funeral home. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted at 7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Scottish Rite Cathedral Foundation through the funeral home.

Sarah E. (Fleenor) Beldon Rites Saturday

Mrs. Sarah Ellen Beldon, 81, 135 N. 11th Street, died Tuesday evening in Riverview Hospital after an illness of 10 days following a fall in her home when she fractured her hip.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 2pm at the Coaltrin Funeral Home with Rev. Lloyd Hargett officiating. Interment will follow in Crowland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 o'clock this evening.

Mrs. Beldon was born in Jackson County, Indiana Jan 22, 1878, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fleenor. She lived her early life in that county. She had resided in Noblesville the past 41 years. Her father was a Church of God minister in Jackson County and her brother Rev. Edgar Fleenor was a Church of God minister in Alexandria, Ind. for many years. She and Charles M. Beldon were married in 1896 and he passed away in 1948.

The deceased was a member of the Church of God of Noblesville and the Royal Neighbors lodge.

surviving are 1 son, Jerry F. Beldon, of R. 1, Zionsville; one granddaughter, Barbara Beldon, Indianapolis; one grandson, David Beldon, Columbus, Ohio; one great-grandchild; one cousin and a number of nieces and nephews. A daughter Lucille Beldon, a city school teacher, passed away in 1930.

The Salem Democrat, Salem, IN. - Thurs. Dec. 3, 1998
Benjamin Fleenor

Benjamin Newton Fleenor, 83, Commerce City, Colo., died Thursday, November 26, 1998, at Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan, Colo.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Commerce City and was a retired truck driver.

He was born May 4, 1915, in Washington Co., to Benjamin and Dora Fleenor. On July 4, 1940, he married Dorothy Bowers. She preceded him in death. One brother also preceded him in death.

Survivors include: one son, Larry Fleenor, Fort Lupton, Colo., one daughter, Sharon Clark, Orchard, Colo., two sisters, Geneva Day and Mildred Bower, both of Salem, one grandson, one step grandson, and one great-granddaughter.

The body was cremated. No funeral services will be held. Inurnment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in Brighton, Colo.


Fred J. Fleenor, 74, went to be with the Lord Sunday (June 24, 2001) in the Brookhaven Health Care Center after a period of declining health. Fred was born March 26, 1927 in Scott County, Va., a son of the late William Samuel and Cordia Mary Ellen Whitaker Fleenor. He attended the Blue Springs Baptist Church in Hiltons, Va. He was a retired bus driver from the Sullivan County School Systems. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Sylvester; a brother, Clifford Fleenor; and a great-grandchild, Joshua Tate.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Belle Jackson and husband, Ralph, and Ellen Blakley and husband, Junior, all of Kingsport; two sons and daughters-in-law, John (Bill) Fleenor Sr. and wife, Betty, and Danny L. Fleenor and wife, Donna, all of Kingsport; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a very special friend and companion, Ilene Allen, Kingsport; and Special Buddy, Sam Arnold; two sisters, Virginia Reed, Bristol, Va., and Bessie Yates, Blountville; one brother, Dub Fleenor, Bennams, Va. Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the East Lawn Funeral Home, and anytime at the home of the daughter, Ellen and Junior Blakley. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Blue Springs Baptist Church in Hiltons, Va., with the Rev. John Bowlin and the Rev. I. W. McNamara officiating. Burial will follow in the East Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of Everlasting I. Pallbearers will be Ezra Whitaker, Jim Bowlin, Steve Allen, Jeremiah Williams, A.D. Howington and Tarrance Bradley.

IVEN RICHARDS - Former Chief Of Police Dies

Hubert Iven Richards, 290 North 5th Street, who twice served as Martinsville's chief of police, died Monday night at the Morgan County Memorial Hospital. The 60- year- old local resident, who had suffered from a heart ailment, had been at his work yesterday and entered the hospital about two hours before his death at 10 o'clock.

A native of Brown County, he was born March 27, 1900, and was the son of Julius and Mary Ann Whitaker Richards. After coming to Martinsville, he was appointed chief of police in 1943, serving until 1949, and again held the post from 1953 to 1956. He was a life member of the Indiana Chiefs of Police Association. In other years he was with the implement division of Hendrickson & Co., and currently was employed by the Morgan County Tractor Sales on Highway 37 South.

Surviving him are his widow, the former Lona Fleener, whom he married in Indianapolis, May 3, 1924; five daughters and a son, Mrs. Betty Petro, Edinburg; Mrs. Emma Critser, Kansas City, Mrs. Marion Kindred, Martinsville, Janice Richards, at home; Mrs. Doris Clark, and James Richards of Columbus, and 14 grandchildren. He also leaves three sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Hannah Bunge of Helmsburg, Mrs. Mildred Robertson, Mrs. Ruth Lawler, and Irving Richards of London, IN.

Friends may call at the Wilhite and Son Funeral Home after noon Wednesday. Funeral services will be at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Church of Christ on York Street.

HENRY B. POLING (spouse of Harriet Lorena Fleenor)

Henry B. Poling, age 63 years, died at his home in Needmore last Sunday, February 19, 1928. With the passing away of this native of our county, we suffer a loss that never can be regained. Why? Because he was a friend to all. He had no enemies, and it seemed he took delight in helping the needy. We doubt very much if there is a man in our county who has extended the hand of charity and has done more for the up build of a community than had Mr. Poling while living in his little home town, Needmore.

For more than three score years, Mr. Poling lived in Brown County, and was one of the best known businessmen of the county having been engaged in the general merchandise business for more than forty years at Needmore. He took an active interest in the civic affairs of his community and nation. His personal opinions exemplified his high regard of civic duty and integrity. He was an industrious, loving husband and father.

Henry Barrick Poling was born May 15, 1864, and was the son of Mr. & Mrs. D. W. Poling. He was united in marriage to Harriet Lorena Fleener, June 3, 1892. To this union were born thirteen children-Bertha, Rose, Wilson, Alvenia, Joseph, Esther, Louise, Cecil, Robert, Samuel, Margaret, Alice and Milton, all of whom are surviving except Milton, who died in infancy. He is also survived by the widow, two sisters; Mrs. Ida Legg of Dagmer, Mont., and Mrs. Susan Helfrich of Beford, IN., two brothers, Fletcher Poling of Nashville, and Hyder Poling of Grenora, North Dakota, and fifteen grandchildren.

While not officiated with organized fraternities, he was a brother to all men with whom he came in contact, and had a friendly smile of greeting and a hand of succor for the needy. He had a deep and abiding faith in the goodness of the Almighty. He placed a trust in the common causes and higher ideals of his fellowmen, which won for him many warm friends.

In his passing, his community is looser, but his soul passed on into that real of eternity where there are no infirmities of the flesh and where peace abides with the Giver of Peace.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. Vandeventer were held at the M. E. Church in Needmore, Wednesday morning at eleven o'clock. Burial was in the Needmore Cemetery, within a short distance of the home and store of H. B. as he was familiarly known by nearly all citizens of Brown County, and where he lived and served his community.

Bristol Herald Courier/Virginia-Tennessean - Wed., March 29, 2000

James C. Fleenor, 70, of Bristol, Tennessee, died Monday, March 27, 2000, at his home. He was born in Scott Co., VA., in 1974, before moving to Bristol, five years ago. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, of the Baptist faith and the widower of Bessie Mae Fleenor.

Survivors: stepson, Jerry Fleenor of Duffield, VA., a stepdaughter, Wanda Clark of Westfield, IN., a sister, Genevieve Marrs of Mendota, VA., three brothers, Tom Fleenor and Donald Fleenor, both of Bristol, VA., and Orbin Fleenor, Jr. of Mendota, VA., two step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Among survivors is fiancée Helen McDavid of Gate City, VA.

Funeral services: 8 p.m. Wed. in Weaver Funeral Chapel. The Rev. James Shaffer and Rev. Randall Shaffer will officiate. Graveside services: 11 a.m. Thurs. in Forest Hills Memory Gardens.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel, or friends may call anytime at the home of Tom Fleenor. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James C. Fleenor
b: 1930 - Scott Co., VA.
d: 27 March 2000 - Bristol, Sullivan Co., TN.
bur: Forest Hills Memory Gardens
m: Bessie Mae (Fleenor) Fleenor
(have no info. on Bessie)

The Indianapolis Star - Monday, March 8, 1999

Kenneth L. Fleener, 67, Indianapolis, IN., died March 6, 1999. He was a barber for 39 years, retiring in 1993. He had owned and operated Indiana Barber College. Memorial contributions may be made to Franklin Indiana Church of Christ, of which he was a member.

Services: 11 a.m. March 10 in the church. Calling: 4 to 9 p.m. March 9 in Neal and Summers Mortuary, Martinsville, and from 10 a.m. March 10 in the church. Burial: Gose Creek Cemetery, Martinsville, IN. Survivors: wife Phyllis M. Pryor Fleener; children Roger, Andre, Jon Rene, Jeremy Fleener, Anita Barr; stepchildren John E. Hansen, Tina Bryant, Linette Schoch, mother Shirley Schoolcraft Fleener, brothers Guy L., Lester K. Fleener; sisters Freida Wagerman, Betty Cox, eight grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.

NOTES: given by Kenneth Lee Fleener to Larry R. Fleenor in 1975 - "Jacob Fleener was my Great Grandfather. Aaron Fleener was my Great-Great Grandfather. Jacob Fleener married Elizabeth Richardson. Aaron Fleener worked on the Jackson, Licks, and Martinsville Roads in 1836 in Brown Co., IN. Jacob Fleener recorded a parcel of land in 1837 in Brown Co., IN., Jackson Twp., Range 10 North, 2 East, Section 2. Aaron and Jacob Fleener are both on record as paying Pool Tax in Brown Co., IN. in 1848." "While being raised on a 40 acre farm in Brown Co., IN., I decided I would grow up and make a million dollars. Well, I am pleased to say that I have far surpassed my goal. While it is not a Rockerfellow, I at least helped to put the Fleener Family in the 'Rich Bitch Class'. I now drive my three Rolls Royce cars on the road that my Great-Great Grandfather helped build."

Kenneth Lee Fleener
b: 13 January 1932 - Brown Co., IN.
d: 6 March 1999 - Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN.
bur: Goose Creek Cemetery - Martinsville, Morgan Co., IN.
m: (1) Ellen Nesmith
m: (2) Ernestine Baskerville on 9 Aug. 1958-Marion Co., IN. b: 16 Oct. 1938 - Gallatin, Sumner Co., TN.
1. Roger Lee Fleener
2. Anita Pamela
3. Jon Rene
4. Jeremy Arende (3) Phyllis M. Pryor

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