AFF In Memorium

Future Foundation Memorial Updates Last Updated: 9/1/2021 1:21 PM



Husband of Maxine and father to JoAnn and Janet



     David Marion HarnerDavid Marion Harner, 85, of Albany passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on January 11, 2021, at Grant Medical Center. 

     David was born October 20, 1935, in Albany, and  was the son of the late Marion and Erma (Lawson) Harner. A 1953 graduate of Albany High School and a recipient of a State Future Farmers of America Degree, he was drafted into the Army in 1958 serving two years.  David worked at Athens Mold and Machine,  Alexander Local Schools as a bus driver, and as a dairy farmer.  David also served as member of the Alexander Cemetery Board for 25 years.   Gardening and teaching others about farming and agriculture were valued interests, as were showing horses early in his life and later raising and selling Haflinger horses.

     David is survived by his wife of 58 years, Maxine; daughters, JoAnn (Scott) Pfeiffer and Janet Harner;  and two grandsons, Cody and Jared Pfeiffer.  He was quite proud of his family.

      Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jack (Leonard) Harner.

     Drive-through calling hours will be Thursday from 1:00-3:00 P.M. at Christ Community Wesleyan Church. Graveside services will follow  with Pastors Steve Warner and Denver Dodrill  at Alexander Cemetery.  Military Services by Albany VFW POST 9893 and K.T. Crossen Post 21 American Legion will be presented.   Arrangements are by Bigony Jordan Funeral Home in Albany.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Alexander's Future Foundation FFA Alumni Scholarship, P.O. Box 204, Albany, Ohio 45710.



Wife of Steve and mother to Wendy and John

Janel S. Sewell


     Janel S. Sewell, Albany, 62, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at her residence.  Janel was born  April 27, 1958, in Dayton, and  was the daughter of the late Harold B. and Winojean Muriel Archer Maue.  She was a registered nurse having worked at Appalachian Behavior Health Care System.  Janel was also a member of Jan's Fans.

     Surviving are her husband, Steve Sewell; a daughter, Wendy (Seth) Calaway of New Marshfield;  grandchildren, Chloe and Carter;  and brother, Joel Maue of Ironton.  In addition to her parents,  she was preceded in death by a son, John Sewell; and mother- and father-in-law,  Eloise and Reid Sewell.

     Graveside services will be held at a later date at Alexander Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Alexander FFA Alumni Scholarship Fund in care of Alexander's Future Foundation, P.O. Box 204, Albany, Ohio 45710.


Jeannie Johnson Dawson and Kerri Dawson Wagner Memorial

by Ronald E. Dawson, husband to Jeannie and father to Kerri


Gloria Jean (Jeannie) Johnson was born April 17, 1950 in Sheltering Arms Hospital, the daughter of Harlan G. Johnson Sr. and Helen Mae Linscott Johnson, life-long residents of Athens County in Alexander Township.  She grew up on a dairy farm and attended Shade School until the consolidation of the district into Alexander High School.  She was the first Sparky Spartan and graduated in the second class in 1968.  She attended Ohio University, left to become teller and then head teller of the Hocking Valley Bank in Athens.  She became a traveling bank auditor with the firm of Proctor Robb of Granville, Ohio.  She took a job as internal auditor of the Clinton County National Bank in Wilmington, Ohio where she met and married Ronald Dawson.  They had their first child Kerri Sue on January 26, 1980 before moving back to Athens County to live on the family farm.

Ron and Jeannie had a son, Neil Alan, born on January 22, 1982 and younger brother to Kerri.  Jeannie was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 1985.  Kerri and Neil both attended Shade Elementary School before their mother passed away from her disease on September 10, 1987.  Kerri and her younger brother attended Shade, Albany elementary, New Marshfield Elementary, Shade Junior High and then Alexander High School.  Kerri was in the marching band all four years, Science Olympiad for both teams that qualified for the nationals and was Prom Princess her junior year.

Kerri graduated from Alexander High School in 1998 and Ohio University in 2003 with a degree in Interior Architecture.  She lived in St. Louis and Cleveland in her adult life but always called Athens home.  She worked at Progressive Insurance as a claims adjuster.  She loved to tell of men in big jacked up trucks coming to their shop.  When asked to hand over the keys so she could see what was wrong, they asked ‘Can you drive a stick?’  She always replied, ‘Yep, just learned yesterday.’  She had been on a tractor since the age of nine. 

She met and married Richard Wagner Nov. 1, 2014.  Their daughter, Julia Jean was born on Oct. 6, 2015.  Kerri was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2018.  She was declared “cancer free” in December of that same year.  In March 2019, the cancer returned; she was diagnosed as terminal and died June 7, 2019.

After she passed, stories began to circulate about her compassion and caring for others; stories of having sleepovers in high school because her friends were having serious issues at home; stories of feeding high school friends who did not have money for food while attending college in Athens. Kerri was a known story teller and could laugh at a joke with the best of them.  She always held education as the direction one should pursue to better themselves, whether in the crafts or in college.

This endowment is a testament to the people who cared for either or both Jeannie and Kerri and their willingness to give something of themselves in their memories, whether for one or both.

The scholarship is to be merit based.  However, when two applicants are similarly rated, if one is a female and the other male, preference should be given the female.  Otherwise, the best applicant should prevail.