COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mr. Laconia “Monk” Lisbon, 91, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, March 1, 2008.
Mr. Lisbon was born Nov. 23, 1916 in Jacksonville, Fla., a son of Robert and Beatrice Lisbon.
He was raised in Timmonsville, S.C., moving to Youngstown, Ohio in 1939 where he attended Wood Street School.
In 1934, he joined the U.S. CCC Training Camp in Fort Knox, Ky. During his stay in the CCC Camp, he took up boxing and became a favorite in the lightweight division. He was also an avid baseball player in those days. After CCC Camp, he returned to Youngstown and worked at Republic Steel Mill leaving in 1959, to work for the Youngstown City Sanitation Department. He retired from the city in 1981 after 22 and one half years of service.
He was a member of the Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Youngstown for approximately 49 years serving faithfully on the Stewards Board and becoming Steward Emeritus in 2006. In 2007, the Men’s Day Committee honored him as “Man of the Year.” He was also a member of the Covenant Lodge No. 59.
Mr. Lisbon married Mae Gilford in 1939 and to this union they had seven children. In 1966, as a widower, he married Mattie Mitchell and they raised four stepdaughters.
Mr. Lisbon leaves to cherish his memory, his family, Donald (Alberta) Lisbon of Struthers, Ohio; LaVerne (Reginald) Wallace of Columbus, Ohio with whom he made his home, Richard (Cynthia) Lisbon of Youngstown, Darryl Lisbon and Madie Duncan of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Michael Lisbon of Campbell, Ohio; stepdaughters, Barbara (Vernon) Gilbert, Gayle Mitchell, and Juanita (Jerry) Young, all of Youngstown; a brother-in-law, Elder Herman (Jean) Gilford of Detroit; a daughter-in-law, Lorenia Lisbon of Detroit; 34 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wives, Mae Gilford and Mattie Mitchell; a sister, Deloris “Doe” Wilson; a brother, Robert Therrio; one son, Robert Lisbon; a stepdaughter, Jacqueline Gore; and a son-in-law, John Lee Duncan.
Friends may call Saturday, March 8, 2008 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
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