Friday, September 18, 2015

Circulation’s Jonah Lampley passes away

BJ Circulation Department retiree Jonathan “Jonah” Lampley, whose musical son dotted the “i” in “Ohio” THREE times with the Ohio State University marching band, passed away Tuesday, September 15.

Son Jon is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist based in Brooklyn, New York. He played the sousaphone in the OSU Marching Band when he dotted the “i.”

Jonah Lampley
Jonah’s son Jon studied with Kenyatta Beasley, who has performed with Jay-Z and Prince, and was influenced by church gospel and jazz music. He is a founding member of Brooklyn instrumental group the Huntertones and is the trumpet/sousaphone player and backing vocalist for the OAR (Of A Revolution) rock band, a trumpet player with Seattle-based soug singer Allen Stone and sousaphone player for funk/go-go/party grass band Red Baraat.

He also has performed with Ricky Martin, Felix Pastorius, The Beethoven Found Philharmonic Orchestra, Sean Jones and Reggie Jackson.

He plays a Yamaha Custom Model Trumphet, Antoine Courtois Paris Flugelhorn and Conn 20K Sousaphone.

The obituary for Jonah Lampley:

Jonathan (Jonah) Lampley

Jonathan (Jonah) Lampley went on to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

He was born on May 7, 1948, in Akron, Ohio, to Heskiah and Berniece Lampley (Gregory). Jonathan attended Akron Public Schools, he graduated from Central Hower in 1966. He then went on to college and graduated, from The University of Akron, with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. He was a member of First Apostolic Faith Church where he served as a Church Trustee and Business Manager. Jonathan worked for the Akron Beacon Journal in Circulation Management for 35 years.

Jonathan was an avid sports fan, especially of football and basketball. Until his illness, Jonathan attended all home games during the Ohio State University Football Season.

He was preceded in death by his father, Heskiah Lampley. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Rebekah McDonald Lampley of 33 years; and two children, Joye Marie Lampley of Akron, Ohio and Jonathan David Lampley of Tallmadge, Ohio; five grandchildren; brothers, Handy (Jo Ann) Lampley, Larry Lampley, Heskiah (Gloria) Lampley, Duyane (Betty) Lampley; sisters, Michelle Brown, Cherryln Lampley, Sabrena (James) Lampley-Talbert; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at First Apostolic Faith Church, 790 Easter Ave., Akron, OH 44307, Pastor Samuel L. Hampton II, eulogizing. Interment at Mt. Peace Cemetery. Friends may visit at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home on Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and friends may visit at the church from 11 a.m. until time of service. Condolences may be sent to 724 S. Munroe Rd., Tallmadge, OH 44278, and procession will form at 724 S. Munroe Rd. Tallmadge, Ohio, and 706 Inverness Rd., Tallmadge, Ohio.


Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2015

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