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Future Foundation Memorial Updates


NEW AS OF October 20, 2022:


Darlene was the grandmother of Noah Gillogy. The family suggests donations to his

endowed memorial scholarship.

Darlene Smith


Darlene Smith, 74, of Albany, Ohio, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2022, at her home following a battle with leukemia. The family extends their sincere gratitude to Hospice of Athens for their care.

Darlene was born July 16, 1948, in Parkersburg, WV, to Wilmer Sealey and Madge Irene Potts Sealey. After retirement from her own daycare business, she was a homemaker who enjoyed family, gardening, shopping, feeding hummingbirds, and beach trips.  She was a member of Calvary Assembly of God in McArthur, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband, William H. Smith;  children, Tammy (Bruce) Gillogly of Albany, Irene (Thomas) Well of Fleming, William H. Smith Jr, (Cassie) of Albany, Crystle (Harry) Pugh of Jackson, Mark Smith of Torch;  brothers, Charles (Shirley) Sealey, Gene (Debbie) Sealey, Gary (Ruth) Sealey; nine grandchildren, Nicholas, Judah, Riagan, Brandon, Cody, Logan, Alexis, Brianna, and Zeke;  and two great-grandchildren, Sophia and Anastasia.

Darlene is preceded in death by her parents;  a grandson,  Noah Gillogly;  brother,  Wayne Sealey; sisters, Bernice Pickering, Pauline Funk, Gladys Flesher, Carrie Mae Turner, and Mary Cottrell.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 24, 2022, at 2:00 PM, with Pastor Carl Radcliff officiating. Family will greet friends at the funeral home the same day beginning at 12:00 PM. Graveside services will be held at Temple Cemetery in Albany.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations to the Noah Gillogly Memorial Scholarship through Alexander's Future Foundation, P.O. Box, 204, Albany, Ohio 45710. Electronic donations may be accepted at  Alexander's Future Foundation link is located at the bottom left of the home page.  


NEW AS OF October 19, 2022:

IN LOVING MEMORY OF Patricia "Pat" Olbers

Pat was an Alexander teacher and former member of Alexander's Future Foundation.

Patricia L. Olbers, 88, formerly of Millfield, died early Tuesday morning, October 18, 2022, at The Lindley Inn.  Pat was born July 28, 1934, in Athens County and was the daughter of the late Chester and Florence Smart Howard.

She graduated from Chauncey Dover High School and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Ohio University. Pat's teaching career spanned over 30 years with service in Lancaster, Chauncey, and Alexander Local School District from where she retired.

She is survived by three children, Karin (David) Bright, Don (Sheila) Olbers, Jr., Robert (Zonna) Olbers; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Don Olbers, Sr.; two siblings, Ruth Ann Brown and Louis Howard.

Services will be 1:00 PM Monday, October 24, 2022 at Hughes-Moquin Funeral Home with Naomi Calkins-Golter officiating. Burial will be in Hilltop Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alexander's Future Foundation or Good Works. You may send a message of sympathy to the family or view a video tribute at



NEW AS OF October 11, 2022:

IN LOVING MEMORY OF Charles "Chuck" Edward Lee

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Charles “Chuck” Edward Lee of Shade, Ohio, passed away on October 11, 2022, in James Cancer Center, Columbus, Ohio with his family at his side. Chuck was born on June 1, 1956, in Athens, Ohio, the son of the late Harry (Razz) Eldon Lee.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Roberta “Bobbi” Lee; his son, Chad Lee with fiancée Anna Meckley; Grandchildren, Mason and Madi Lee;  a sister,  Patricia Lee (John Willison);  his mother-in-law,  Marlene Reinhart; sister-in-law, Angie and George Stout; brother- in- law, Dennis and Mary Jean Reinhart; sister -in-law, Jana and Bill Hyatt; and brother-in-law, Sam Reinhart. Chuck is also survived by many nieces and nephews representing both sides of his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Linda Norris, Joann Willard, and Betty Blankenship.

Chuck was a long-time member of the Hocking Valley Sportsman Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, and the American Angus Association. He was also well known as an avid and respected farmer for his horses and cattle. Chuck enjoyed drag racing in his 1971 Dodge Dart Swinger and baking the best apple pies. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. A true friend to all, Chuck was always willing and ready to help anyone. He will be greatly missed at home and in the community.

Funeral services will be Saturday, October 15, 2022, 11:00 AM at Bigony-Jordan Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Warner officiating Burial will be at the Athens Memorial Gardens. Visitation for friends and family is scheduled for  Friday, October 14, 2022, from 5-8 PM  at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for Charles E. Lee, can be made to Alexander's Future Foundation for an applicant in  the agriculture program  The address is Alexander's Future Foundation, P.O. Box 204, Albany, Ohio 45710-0204.


NEW AS OF AUGUST 18, 2022:


U.S. VeteranDavid L. HamillU.S. Veteran

Son of Alexander employees John and Virginia, husband of Alexander graduate Teresa,

and father of Alexander graduates Tiffany and Kate.

David Llande Hamill, age 72, of Albany, passed away unexpectedly on August 15, 2022, at his home. Born in Hamilton, OH on December 15, 1949, he was the son of John Pershing Hamill and Virginia Mae Ellis, brother to Stephen J. Hamill. He was raised in Southern Ohio and spent most of his life there.

He served in the Army from 1968-1975 where he was stationed in Germany, Japan and Thailand. He served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade during the Vietnam War. Years later, Dave returned to service with the Ohio Air National Guard, serving with the 160th Air Refueling Group as a crew chief on the KC-135 E model Stratotanker during Operation Desert Storm.

A 1967 graduate of Alexander High School, Dave was the first ever Homecoming King and a member of the 1965 Albany Red Devils state finals boys’ basketball team. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Ohio University. Dave retired from Ohio University in 2009 as the Assistant Director of Grounds Maintenance. He was a member of the Albany Lodge 723 F&AM, Albany VFW Post 9893 and the Albany United Methodist Church. Dave was a girls varsity basketball coach, a lifelong fan of Spartans basketball, an avid NASCAR and Sprint Car race fan, a lover of travel and in retirement he developed a love for travel writing and photography. Every morning you could find Dave having breakfast and coffee with his friends in Albany and most recently Ray’s Harvest House.

Dave is survived by his wife, Teresa; two daughters with his late wife, Tiffany and Kate; two grand-daughters Gabriella and Isabella; a sister-in- law, Pat Hamill; many nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law and father-in law, Roger and Norma Bartlett.

Dave is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, his first wife Susan (Ashworth) Hamill and a brother-in-law, Gary Bartlett.

Funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens, with Mark Ervin officiating.  K.T. Crossen Post 21 American Legion and VFW Post 9893 Honor Guard will hold Military Rites following the funeral at the funeral home.  Friends may call Friday 3-6 p.m. at the funeral home.  Albany Lodge 723 F&AM will hold Masonic Rites Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.  No graveside services will follow the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hamill Family Scholarship or the Gary Bartlett Scholarship in care of Alexander's Future Foundation, PO Box 204, Albany, OH 45710.  Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register at

NEW AS OF JUNE 21, 2022:


Uva Marie McHarg

Wife of former Alexander's Future Foundation Charter Member Jim

and mother of Alexander graduates Kim and Jill

Uva Marie McHarg went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022, after a 6-year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born on September 8, 1934, in Smallett, MO. Uva was a much beloved mother, wife, Gammy, sister, aunt, and dear friend to many.

She is survived by daughters, Kim McHarg Frazier (Taylor) and Jill McHarg Miller (Joe); grandchildren, Ian Frazier, Riley Miller, and Garret Miller; sister, Charlene Luallen; Brother-in-Law, Jerry Sutherland; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, James McHarg; parents; Byron and Anna Cory, and sisters; CloElla Leverenz and Suanne Sutherland.

To everyone who knew her, Uva McHarg’s life revolved around her family, her faith, and her friends. She was a long-standing member of the Alexander Presbyterian Church. She loved being very involved with her church family and volunteered her time to helping with meals,  planning, and organizing. Uva was always willing to assist.

Uva was a very devoted and loving mother and was very involved in volunteering at the Albany Elementary and Alexander High Schools in any way she could. She was in the PTA,  a leader in the Brownies and Girl Scouts, and  worked tirelessly in the Alexander Band Boosters, just to name a few.

She had a love of cooking and sewing and was gifted with a great talent in both. She cooked tirelessly for her family,  friends, and community when needed. Uva did all with love with Custard Pie being one of her specialties. She was also extremely gifted as a seamstress. She would construct and design her daughters’ clothing and doll’s clothes, as well as making beautiful afghans and blankets for her family and as gifts.

Uva was a dedicated employee of Ohio University for 23 years before retiring in May of 1997. She served as Administrative Assistant to The Chairman of the Math Department at Morton Hall. She truly loved her job and took great joy in working with the many math professors and chairmen throughout the years.

A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at the Alexander Presbyterian Church in the future. A date is still to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Alexander's Future Foundation in Uva’s memory.

Here is the link to donate to the AFF:




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.