Obituaries

Joan Dessureau, a Personal Tribute

I am writing to celebrate the life of my friend, and everyone's friend, Joan Dessureau.  These few words are not intended as a comprehensive biography, but a fond remembrance of someone well known to all in the AAPA. It always seemed, at a convention, that Joan was the first to give welcome, and the last to send me safely on my way. Countless times, she surprised me at shows, leaving notes of encouragement and delighting me with her company. For many years, Joan proudly served as an AAPA Trustee and unofficial photographer.  She and her camera were omnipresent at pottery events.  The photos remain as her cherished contribution...the subjects always smiling at the lady behind the camera. Her exquisite taste and knowledge were universally recognized and eagerly sought.  She kindly informed me when I had made something especially fine, or when a piece had missed the mark.  I never failed to benefit from her observations, and always sought to live up to her standards.  It was easy to predict that an exceptional blue-hued vase would find its way into her accomplished hands. Joan was an early and ardent supporter of contemporary potters.  In the beginning, we were sometimes regarded with apprehension in the collector community.  She was foremost with an encouraging word, eager with genuinely helpful advice, and respectful of our efforts. On one occasion, during a show, she overheard an elderly lady make an unkind remark to me about my work.  I laughed it off.  Joan, however, with motherly indignation, produced her ubiquitous cane, and extracted major contrition from the offending party. Joan had been a career school teacher.  She remained a good teacher throughout her life, and in all her endeavors.  She educated, [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Obituaries|Comments Off on Joan Dessureau, a Personal Tribute

Wes Miller Obituary

Dwight Wesley Miller November 07, 1946 – November 09, 2015 Wesley was born on November 7, 1946 in Gainesville to Clarence "Slats" and Gladys (Langford) Miller. He passed away on November 9, 2015 in Pilot Point. 


Wes attended school in Sivells Bend until entering and graduating from Gainesville High School. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Upon returning, he graduated with a Bachelors degree from the University of North Texas. He was a lifelong artist. 


He is survived by his life partner of 44 years, Konrad "Bill" Shields of Pilot Point; nephew Randy Miller and his wife Lisa of Muenster; great-nephew Garrett Miller of Muenster; and numerous cousins. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Charles "Mac" Miller; and brother Carroll Miller.

By | 2015-12-26T18:19:10+00:00 December 26th, 2015|Obituaries|Comments Off on Wes Miller Obituary

In Memoriam: DOD STEWART

George S. “Dod” Stewart, Jr. of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015. Dod was an artist, musician, avid art collector, pottery collector and patron of the arts. Professionally, he was internationally known in the organ transplant community. Dod was Vice President of the AAPA from 1999 to 2001 and its President from 2001 to 2003. Dod was afflicted with Huntington’s disease and his health had been declining for several years, but despite his physical challenges he desperately wanted to attend the Pottery Lovers annual gathering in Zanesville Ohio in early July. He brought his beloved pots, saw his friends, and delighted us all once again with his wonderful presence and delightful sense of honor. Less than a week after returning to his home in Slidell, Louisiana, Dod passed away peacefully. Attempting to sum up a life such as his is impossible and so, we let the tributes of his life long friends express their thoughts on hearing of his passing. “…yet though we mourn and mourn, a good man never dies.” – James Whitcomb Riley “He will be missed. He was a classmate of mine and I am so happy that he came to our 50th class reunion, Slidell High School Class of 1965, this past May. It was an honor to call him my friend. I was a thrilled in my early days of collecting Shearwater to help him set up all his super rare pots for the show in Florida. Such a generous person and a hoot too. It’s been a very long time since seeing, Dod, but we all were next door neighbors growing up for many years, hopped the fence many times, so sad and I know he [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 July 31st, 2015|Obituaries|Comments Off on In Memoriam: DOD STEWART

James C. Fleming Obituary

James Felming, of Mt. Washington, died Friday, November 21, 2014 at the age of 67. He is survived by his sister, Susanne (Tom) Sebree of Anderson Township, his brother, Richard Fleming, of Nashville, Tennessee, and his friend and former wife, Nancy LeClair. He is also survived by many dear family and friends. He was a proud graduate of St. Xavier High School, The University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. Jim retired from the Hamilton County Adult Probation Department and after that he worked at Cincinnati Art Galleries specializing in Rookwood Pottery. He was on the Board of Directors of the Mt. Washington Community Council and was a volunteer for Citizens on Patrol. Per his request, his body was donated to The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. A memorial Mass will take place at Guardian Angels Church, 6531 Beechmont Ave., Mt. Washington, on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Jim brought us love and laughter and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association , 5211 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH. 45227. Condolences may be expressed at www.tpwhite.com

By | 2014-12-05T18:13:00+00:00 December 3rd, 2014|Obituaries|Comments Off on James C. Fleming Obituary

David D. Dilley Obituary

David D. Dilley, age 43, of Marion died Friday, September, 19, 2014. He was born in Marion, Indiana to the late Jerry “JD” Dilley and Deborah Ann (Scott) Sprinkle, and she survives. David was a 1990 graduate of Marion High School. He loved landscaping, gardening, flowers, and cats. He was a Heager pottery enthusiast and enjoyed antiques. While working for L.W. Books, David published books about Heager pottery. He was an awesome Uncle and loved his nieces and nephews. Survivors include mom, Deborah Sprinkle of North Carolina; step-mom, Terrie Dilley of Marion; sister, Andréa Dilley of Marion; nieces, Kristin Nemes and Laney Joseph; nephew, Chase Cox; partner, Daniel Frey; and many aunts and uncles. Preceding him in death are his father, Jerry “JD” Dilley and grandparents, Mary and Harry Dilley and Harmon and Rose Mary Benbow and uncle Richard Dilley. Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. (Noon) to 6:00 p.m., at Raven-Choate Funeral Home, 1202 Kem Road, Marion, Indiana. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Howard Clayton officiating. Online Condolences may be made at www.ravenchoate.com.

By | 2014-10-29T20:02:25+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Obituaries|Comments Off on David D. Dilley Obituary

Billie L. McCoy Obituary

Billie L. McCoy ZANESVILLE: Billie L. McCoy, 90, of Zanesville, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014, at her home. Billie was born March 7, 1924, in Groom, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Jess and Ayme Ritter. She graduated from Gulf Port College. She married Nelson McCoy in 1945 and moved to Zanesville. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She worked for years in the design department of Nelson McCoy Pottery and was an enthusiastic collector of older McCoy pottery. She was an active member of the Zanesville community and enjoyed her time and friends at the Zanesville Country Club. Mostly, she enjoyed her family: her husband Nelson, her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Surviving are her husband of 69 years and her daughter, Margaret (Perry) Smith of Wilmington, NC; also surviving are a sister, Margaret Brownfield of Moberly, Missouri, and a brother, Keith Ritter, of Amarillo Texas; three grandchildren, Perry (Emily) Smith, Lindsay (Chris) Grider and Derek (Elizabeth) Smith; and three great grandchildren, Peter Smith, Matthew Smith, and Margaret Grider. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and by her beloved son, William "Mac" McCoy Jr.

By | 2014-12-05T18:13:20+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Obituaries|Comments Off on Billie L. McCoy Obituary

RIP Jack Omar Vinales

Jack Omar Vinales July 5, 1946 – July 5, 2014 Jack O. Vinales died peacefully at home and passed into The Great Silence on July 5, 2014, his sixty-eighth birthday. He will be sadly missed but remembered with great joy by his many friends and extended family members. He is survived by his husband of many years. Brian H. Fitz-Harris. Jack received some notoriety as the creator and proprietor of Jack Vinales Antiques/20th Century Classics, an antique shop in Sarasota, Florida but with customers and admirers worldwide. Services will be private. Charitable donations in Jack's name may be made to "The Jack 0 . and Rosa G. Vinales Scholarship Fund For Hispanic Students" at The Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Published In Herald Tribune from July 9 to July 10, 2014   Below is an article about Jack from a local newspaper.

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 July 17th, 2014|Obituaries|Comments Off on RIP Jack Omar Vinales

William S. Lieth, Collector

William S. Lieth (Bill) of Burke, VA passed away on April 9th, 2013 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, surrounded by his loving family. Dear son of Dolores (Nutt Lieth) and Stanley W. Lieth. He was the beloved husband of his wife, Suzanne Matason. He is also survived by his stepsons, Michael Matason of Arlington, VA and Thomas Matason of Bozeman, MT, cherished sister, Leslie Lieth Tedeschi (Philip) of New York City and brother, Douglas Lieth, of Warwick, NY. He leaves a niece, Katherine Tedeschi and nephews, Paul Tedeschi and Ryan Lieth. Bill grew up in Brooklyn, NY. After graduation from C.W. Post College of Long Island University, he lived in the Washington metropolitan area for most of his life. He earned his JD from George Washington University and was a government contracts attorney during most of his legal career. At his death, Bill was employed by Deloitte LLP and was a Director in the Office of General Counsel (OGC), Federal Practice. Bill’s colleague in the OGC, shared that “he was an outstanding attorney and dedicated team member. His friends and colleagues loved Bill for his often biting and hilarious wit, and his propensity to always tell it as he saw it.”   Bill was an avid pottery collector and his collection was recently sold. FALLS CHURCH, VA.- The 1,000-piece art pottery collection of William S. Lieth will be auctioned by Quinn’s Auction Galleries on Saturday, Dec. 7. A vast and impressive array, the Lieth collection includes masterworks from such great names as George Ohr, Kataro Shirayamadani, R. Guy Cowan, Newcomb and Wayland Gregory. Lieth amassed one of the largest and most diverse collections of Cowan pottery in private ownership. It contains more than 500 [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 December 29th, 2013|Obituaries|Comments Off on William S. Lieth, Collector

Author Virginia Buxton (1919-2013)

Virginia Buxton Published on www.johnsoncitypress.com November 23rd, 2013 9:02 pm Mrs. Virginia Buxton, age 94, Jonesborough, passed away Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Four Oaks Health Care Center.
Mrs. Buxton was born August 1, 1919, in Minnesota, daughter of the late William Herman & Martha Milbrett Hillway.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Robert Edward Buxton; and two brothers, Tyrus Hillway and Bayard Hillway
Mrs. Buxton grew up in Minneapolis, and Sheridan, Oregon, and attended Oregon State University, where she met her husband.
From 1959 to 1967, the Buxton family lived in Johnson City, where Mrs. Buxton worked for WETB radio and owned The Stitching Post knit shop for several years. After living in the Buffalo, New York, area for more than a decade, Mr. and Mrs. Buxton retired to Jonesborough, where Mrs. Buxton lived for the past thirty years. Mrs. Buxton was a published author; among her works were “Roseville Pottery for Love or Money” and “Knitting Know-How,” and she was a contributor to “History of Washington County Tennessee,” along with articles in many other publications. She was also an Architect, designing homes for builders in Ventura, California. Mrs. Buxton attended Jonesborough Presbyterian Church and was a past member of the Schubert Club and the Monday Club.
Survivors include three sons, Tye Buxton, Jonesborough, Brian Buxton, Atlanta, GA, and Tim Buxton, New Hampshire; brother, Charles Hillway, Los Angeles, California; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Allen Huff officiating.
 Pallbearers were family & friends.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church or charitable organization of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the Buxton family online [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 December 27th, 2013|Obituaries|Comments Off on Author Virginia Buxton (1919-2013)

Robert V. (Bob) Palko (1926–2012)

Robert V. (Bob) Palko was born in Cleveland, OH on October 20, 1926 and died in Houston, TX on July 10, 2012. After graduating high school Bob served in the US Navy from 1944-1946 serving in the Pacific Theater in WWII. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy Bob attended and graduated from Ohio University. In 1952 he married his wife Barbara and they moved to Texas where they had 3 sons. Bob went to work for Western Auto and retired from there in 1970. He then entered his second career in education and taught DECA. He retired from GPISD in 1987 and enjoyed golfing and collecting antique Weller pottery in his retirement. Bob achieved what few golfers do; not 1 or 2 but 3 holes in one. Bob was a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the Cowan Pottery Associates, the United States Golf Association and Texaco Country Club. Preceded in death by his wife Barbara and his eldest and youngest sons Bob, Jr. and Bruce, Bob is survived by his middle son and daughter-in-law Bill and Debbie Palko of Houston; granddaughter Abby Cantrell of Ada, OK; grandson and granddaughter Steven and Michelle Palko of Houston, TX; great grandsons Tyler and Oliver Cantrell of Ada, OK and sister Joan Munson of Idyllwild, CA. A celebration of Bob's life was held at 10 am Friday, July 20 at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church in Houston with the Reverend Paul May officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Houston Hospice, Holy Trinity or the charity of your choice. Published in Houston Chronicle on July 15, 2012

By | 2013-12-27T22:31:11+00:00 December 27th, 2013|Obituaries|Comments Off on Robert V. (Bob) Palko (1926–2012)