Death Notices & Obituaries: Charlene Jacobs, Kenneth Taylor, Ruthie Birt

Friday, August 22, 2014 

Charlene Jacobs

The Celebration of Life Service for Charlene Jacobs, niece of Maureen Taylor, will be held at Corbin funeral Chapel, Madison Street, Chicago, IL. Viewing: Friday, August 22, 2014 from 3 PM to 7 PM. Wake and Funeral: Saturday August 23, 2014, 10 AM to 11 AM. Funeral: 11 AM until.

Screenshot 2014-08-22 at 2.11.01 PM Kenneth Marlin Taylor (June 28, 1950 – August 1, 2014)

Kenneth Marlin Taylor was born to Jessie C. Taylor and Carrie Mae White Taylor on June 28, 1950. Ken fathered two children, Kendra Marie and Kyle Marlon with Katrina Marie Bullock. Ken was later married to Celia Williams and from this union one son, Kameron McKenzie, was born.

At an early age, Ken professed his faith in God and was baptized by Reverend Isaac Bowen at Paradise Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. He later joined Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Maywood, under the leadership of Rev. Marvin E. Wiley. At Rock of Ages, Ken served as a church greeter.

Ken attended Bryant Elementary School in Chicago, Washington Elementary School in Maywood and Proviso East High School. Ken later obtained his MBA from Kellog Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

In 1975, Ken was employed by E.G. & G Sealol, where he managed the Easter States, Paris (France), Madrid (Spain) and Mexico. He was employed there for 20 years. After retiring, Ken became an entrepreneur in accounting and finances. He specialized in organizing small businesses’ accounting departments, financial advisory and mortgage brokerage until his health began to fail him.

Ken coached Little League Baseball, was an avid golfer, pool player and was a member of the Maywood Broadview Tennis Club. He also enjoyed working every Friday night at PADS to assist the homeless at St. Eulalia Church in Maywood.

From 1988 until his illness in 2013, Ken volunteered and served as a member of the John C. Vaughn’s Scholarship Fund, Inc., where he was an escort guidance and treasurer. Ken was always setting the example to the young men on how to be the perfect gentleman.

During his illness, Ken’s great-niece, Shaniece Henry-Hoy, was a great help to him. As a Registered Nurse, she was able to assure that Ken was cared for by family until he was called home.

Ken was preceded in death by his mother; his father; his only daughter, Kendra Moore Taylor; his brother, Kittrell Stephen; and his sister, Lorraine Taylor Robinson.

Ken leaves to cherish his memories: his two sons, Kyle Marlon and Kameron McKinzie; three sisters, Andrea Faye (John) Perry, Reatha Sue Henry and Valerie Lerise Taylor; one brother, Jesse Jerome Taylor; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


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Ruthie L. Birt (June 28, 1934 – August 12, 2014)

Ruthie L. Birt was born on June 28, 1934, in Inverness, Mississippi, to the late Arlee Thompson and Willie Goff. She was one of three siblings, two of whom, sisters Ann L. Phillips and Ora D. Robinson, preceded her in death. Ruthie confessed Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of 12 and united with the Pleasant Valley M.B. Church in Inverness under the leadership of Rev. L.R. Chandler. She served faithfully in the choir, was Secretary of the Sunday School and BTU.

Ruthie’s graduated from Gentry High School in Indianola in May 1953. She went on to Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, where she graduated with a BS Degree in May 1957.

Ruthie was joined in Holy Matrimony to Sylvester Birt, Jr., on May 13, 1953 and to this union was born one son, Quentin. In 1957, she joined her husband in Chicago, where she united with the Metropolitan M.B. Church in 1958 under the leadership of Rev. Ledbetter. At Metropolitan, she served with the Young Matrons under the leadership of Sister Anne Bell Holmes. In 1960, she joined Mt. Olive M.B. Church under Pastor James Baas, where she served as Sunday School teacher, New Membership teacher, Secretary of the Sunday School, President of the Young Matrons and was on the nursing staff. For 20 years, Ruthie had a bus ministry that took groups to Tulsa, Oklahoma for Kenneth Hagin’s Campmeeting.

In 1985, Ruthie joined Wheaton Christian Center under Pastor Carlton R. Arthurs, where she served faithfully as Sunday School teacher, in the office staff and as a counselor. Ruthie and two of her friends, Sisters Lorese Hill and Gail Tittle were prayer intercessors and visited the sick and elderly. She was always about her Father’s business.

Ruthie departed this life on August 12, 2014, and leaves to celebrate her life: devoted husband of 62 years, Sylvester; son Quentin (Angela); granddaughter Jasmine; several nieces, Dorothy, Shirley (Bill); nephews Alex and Archie; brother-in-laws James, Tom, Jim and Cliff (Bertella); sisters-in-laws Margaret, Willie Lee, Barbara and Deborah; two godsons, Jonathan and Jeremiah Evans; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. VFP

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