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CLEVELAND, John William 84, died at his home on Bevedere Island Plantation on Saturday, November 23, 2013. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on December 3, 1928 to the late William James Cleveland and Teresa Egelhoff Cleveland, He was pre-deceased by two sisters, Suzanne Cleveland Patronsky and Jacquelyn Cleveland Jackson. He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Betty Lee Ash Cleveland, whom he met while they were both students at The Ohio State University. They graduated together in 1951 from the College of Commerce and Administration. Mr. Cleveland also completed in 1971 the Program for Management Development of the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University. Mr. Cleveland is survived by three children: William James Cleveland II of Ft. Wayne, IN, John Andrew Cleveland (Melody) of Spring Valley, Ohio, Margery Cleveland Gianopoulos (John) of Newburgh, IN, his sister Virena Cleveland Cardoza of Matthews, NC and his brother-in-law, Fred Jackson of Dayton, Ohio, six grandchildren and two great-grand children, and several nieces and nephews. He served in the US Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War and was stationed at the Chief of Engineers Office in Washington, D.C. Upon his discharge, he joined The Mead Corporation in Chillicothe, Ohio and continued with the company for 25 years with assignments in Atlanta, GA and in Dayton, rising to the position of Vice-President of the Board and Related Group. He then went to work for Ponderosa Systems, Inc. as Senior Vice-President and was subsequently made Executive Vice-President of the Corporation. Mr. Cleveland started his own business in the early 1980's, Tetra Management Services, Inc., serving as President and CEO until he closed the business in 2011. He is a member of AlphaGamma Rho Fraternity, a 32nd degree Mason, and a Shriner. He is also a former member of the Kiwanis Club and a former member of the Rotary Club of Dayton, He served for a time as an adjunct professor of management of Wright State University in Dayton and on the Board of Directors of the Dayton YMCA. The Clevelands moved to McIntosh County in 2000 and Mr. Cleveland became active on a committee to create the Emergency 911 system, and along with others, he helped form the North End Citizen's Assn which eventually became the Citizens of McIntosh Assn, serving as president of each. More recently he, along with others, formed the McIntosh Theatre Arts Company, which he served as President until December 2011. Mr. Cleveland is a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Darien where a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 30 at 11:00 a.m.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Nov. 28, 2013