Obituaries Feb. 21

February 20, 2014

Theodore D. Brown

Phi Sigma Epsilon member

Theodore D. “Dauda” Brown, 67, of Washington, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, died unexpectedly Monday, February 17, 2014, in his home.

He was born March 19, 1946, in Washington, a son of Lucille W. Watkins Brown and the late Joseph Z. Brown.

Dr. Brown was a 1963 Washington High School graduate, where he wrestled. In the ’60s, he worked as a sales representative, and then eventually as an owner/operator for Gulf Oil in Cincinnati. Dr. Brown went on to obtain his doctorate in education from Miami University of Ohio. He taught in the Cincinnati area for many years. He also loved to fish and coach wrestling.

Dr. Brown was a Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity member and also a member of the Zion Baptist Church in Cincinnati. He was active on the community advisory board of Washington School District and a staunch community activist for the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are three sons, David J. Brown of London, Ohio, Anthony L. Brown of Columbus, Ohio, and Dauda (Nancy) Pressley of Las Vegas, Nev.; three daughters, Janella (Anthony) McKinney, Ntatu N. (Lamar) North and Nosine M. Brown, all of Cincinnati; two sisters, Joy (Phillip) Freeman of Kent, Ohio, and Tina Brown of Washington; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Irving B. Kerr; his special friend, Rod Burke; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Deceased are a brother, William Brown, and a sister, Beverly Kerr.

Dr. Brown’s favorite message was “Forward Ever; Backward Never!”

Friends will be received Saturday, February 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the hour of services, in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, with the Rev. Debra Mason of John Wesley United Methodist Church officiating. All other services will be private. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Condolences may be expressed at, and photos uploaded to,

John Andrew Slovik

Bartender at Bunnies Tavern and WWII veteran

John Andrew Slovik, 89, of Bishop, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in Golden Living Center, Canonsburg.

He was born August 18, 1924 in Presto, a son of the late Florian and Anna Bandik Slovik.

Slovik was proud of his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II and earned five medals and nine service stars. He was a member of St. Mary Parish, Cecil; Granish Club, Bishop; Croatian Fraternal Union, Canonsburg; and a 50-plus year member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America. He worked as a construction laborer, then for a short time on the railroad and also as a longtime bartender at Bunnies Tavern in Bishop.

Slovik enjoyed going to the farmer’s market and Trader Jacks, sitting and talking with friends, and sitting on the bench at Bunnies Tavern, watching the passing traffic.

Surviving are two nephews, Andy (Cathy) Cshusta of Cecil and Joseph (Laurie) Slovik of Bishop; two nieces, Kathy Quaresima of Bishop and Diane Gray of Bridgeville; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.

Deceased are a sister, Marge Cshusta; a brother, Florian “Bunnie” Slovik; and a niece, Donna Irwin.

Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at Coleman-Taylor Funeral Services, 3378 Millers Run Road (Route 50), Cecil, where a blessing service will be held Monday at noon with Father Stan Gregorek officiating. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military honors accorded by the VFW 191 Honor Guard, Canonsburg. Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant Street, Suite 900, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219.

Willie Lee Lemons Wood

Waynesburg Central High School head cook

Willie Lee Lemons Wood, 96, of Waynesburg, died at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in her home.

She was born Wednesday, February 28, 1917, in Jermyn, Texas, a daughter of the late Walter Thomas Lemons and Bess Lee Petty Lemons.

Mrs. Wood was a member of Washington Street United Methodist Church in Waynesburg for 65 years. She also was a member of the Women of the Moose 888 of Waynesburg. She was a graduate of Guthrie High School, and attended Amarillo Texas Business School and Pennsylvania State University, Uniontown campus. Mrs. Wood worked at the former Greene County Memorial Hospital Lobby Shop, helped organize civil defense in Waynesburg and worked as head cook for 24 years at Waynesburg Central High School, retiring in 1995.

She married Charles Gorden Wood April 13, 1942. He died February 8, 1978.

Surviving are a daughter, Rebecca L.(Charles W.) Garber, of Waynesburg; six grandchildren, Jessica Lee (Bill) Price of New Castle, Jacquilyn Ruth (Mike) Bihum of Graysville, Katheryn Bess (Thomas A.) Policz of Waynesburg, Daphna Christine (Walter) Kessner of Brave, Damon Michael (Karen) Garber of Waynesburg, and Charles Jackson (Julie) Garber of Westbrook, Maine; 21 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Eris L.(LeRoy) Denton, of The Colony, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, deceased are two brothers and their wives, Murray (Geneva) Lemons and Coyt (Maxine) Lemons.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, February 23, in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton Owner/Director, 197 North Maiden Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. William Parker officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Whiteley Township, Greene County. Information is available at



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