March 4, 1934 – April 27, 2016
MRS. HELENE WOLF was born and raised by her mother, Kate Collins and step-father, Jeff Brown in the small community of Union Town, Alabama. She received her education in the great state of Alabama. After completing her education, she moved to Chicago, Illinois to work for the United States Army. There, she met and married Navy career Chief Petty Officer, Joseph Wolf II. In the 1960’s, during the early years of married life, they moved to San Diego, California and began building the business apartment complex Wolf Rentals. These same busy years, Helene continued to work first for the United States Marine Corp and then accepted a position with the United States Treasury Department. She also made time to add to her education in several areas and completed her degree in law. To their great joy, they wthe Congress of the United States was presented to Helene for continuous superior service. Helene had a deep and abiding faith in her dear Lord. In the true spirit of Catholic faith, Helene volunteered her numerous talents throughout a multitude of years were blessed with the birth of their son, Joseph in 1961. After thirty-five years as a senior tariff specialist of the Federal Customs Service, she retired in 2000. A well-deserved special accommodation from or the causes of the Cancer Society, Salvation Army and especially, Father Joe’s Villages. Also, Helene is dearly remembered for one of her favored experiences of teaching Sunday School at Holy Spirit Catholic Church for several decades. Her mother, Kate Collins and stepfather, Jeff Brown preceded her in death early in her life. On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Mrs. Helene Wolf was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Joseph Wolf IIl and his wife, Johanna; other relatives and many friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life. Services were held Monday, May 16, 2016 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church; Entombment at Holy Cross Mausoleum. Final arrangements entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
Annie Ruth Allen
August 13, 1931 – April 14, 2016
It was the cool of the early morning on August 13, 1931 in Gibsland, Louisiana that a baby girl was born. She was the third of twelve children born to the union of Leonard and Catherine Scott-Pearson. They named her Annie Ruth. Annie Ruth accepted Jesus Christ into her life and was baptized at the Riverside Baptist Church in Gibsland. She received her formal education from Coleman High School in Arcadia, Louisiana. A short time later, her mother was approached by a family friend seeking the help of Annie Ruth for a job that would take her to San Diego, California. There, she caught the eye of a young Edward Charles Allen. After courting for only six months, on February 19, 1956, the two united in Holy Matrimony and to this union the Lord blessed them with four beautiful children. On February 19, 2006, after fifty years of marriage, Edward and Annie Ruth renewed their vows in a wedding ceremony. Side by side, Annie and her husband, Edward, served faithfully at Greater Trinity Missionary Baptist Church and were very active members for over sixty years until their health started failing. Annie Ruth was a member of the Senior Choir, Junior Mission, Senior Mission, Matrons and the Ministers’ Wives Auxiliary. Hard working and dedicated, Annie Ruth worked full time as a Linen Inventory and Press Operations Manager for Alsco Linen Supply and Service Company for over thirty-five years. Annie Ruth was also a member of the National Council for Negro Women (NCNW), where she was able to further devote an effort to help build a stronger black America, both locally and nationally. In May 1998, she was an honoree for “Mother of the Year” sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. During her tenure with the NCNW, she served as Parliamentarian and later as Chaplain. Annie Ruth loved to travel and experienced some of the most beautiful places in the world. Some of her favorite travels included Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean and also her hometown Arcadia, Louisiana. On Thursday, April 14, 2016, God called Annie Ruth Allen home to Glory. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward Allen; her son, Marvin Allen; two brothers, Blenard and Bobby Pearson and four sisters, Ruby Herbert, Annie Oliver, Bertha Pearson and LaVerne Pearson. Annie Ruth Allen will be greatly missed. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Donald Allen (Marissa) of Holtville, California; Sandra Allen of Chatsworth, California, and Cheryl Allen of Sacramento, California; three sisters, Lennie Jean Foster (Edward) and Casceal Moore both of Dallas, Texas and Pearl Pearson of Arcadia, Louisiana; three brothers; Rudolph and Albert Pearson both of Dallas, Texas and Willie Arthur Pearson of Arcadia, Louisiana. Her legacy extends and carries on through the lives of nine grandchildren, Jonnea Allen, Marcia Thomas (Tremell), Nikol Davis, Deric Davis, Antonia Craig, Bernadette Craig, Omani Kirkendall, Danyelle Allen and Cydney Allen; along with five great-grandchildren, Amarri Johnson, Jordan Allen, Tamia Thomas, Olivia Thomas and Kendall Davis and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends that will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life. Services were held Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Greater Trinity Baptist Church; interment at Glen Abbey Memorial Park. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
Ira Clifford Hudson Jr.
September 21, 1940 – April 16, 2016
IRA CLIFFORD HUDSON, JR. was born on September 21 1940 in Jackson, Mississippi to the late Mittie and Ira C. Hudson Sr. He was the youngest of his two siblings, who preceded him in death. Ira was home schooled until the age of ten. Afterwards, he enrolled in public school, graduating from Lanier High School. In 1958, Ira enlisted into the United States Navy. He completed basic training at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. As a “Navy Man”, Ira served as a veteran of the Vietnam War and travelled throughout the country and abroad. During his stint in the Navy, he received numerous medals and commendations, including the Good Conduct Medal, Veteran’s Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. On February 25, 1978, Ira retired after more than twenty years of dedicated service to his country. After receiving his Honorable Discharge, Ira began employment with the San Diego Unified
School District as a Maintenance Engineer, making many friends along the way. He retired once again, after twenty-two years of exemplary service. In pursuit of his thirst for knowledge, Ira enrolled at Southwestern College, where he earned his Associate Degree in Human Services in June 1980. Ira was a dedicated member of Prince Hall Affiliated Free and Accepted Mason. He served as Past Master of Gibraltar Lodge #58, serving two successful terms as Worshipful Master and Past Patron of Ione Chapter #58. He also served as a member of the following Prince Hall Affiliated Masonic Orders: Mt. Moriah #4, San Diego Consistory #91 and Azeem Temple Number #102 A.E.A.O.N.M.S. Ira was a lifetime member of VFW #5179 and Disabled American Veterans. He was the proud recipient of numerous civic and masonic awards and recognitions. In 1997, Ira united with Bethel A.M.E. Church under the leadership of Reverend, Dr. C. Dennis Williams and continued under Reverend Harvey L. Vaughn III and remained a faithful member until his recent illness. In 2014, Ira received the Bethel Man of Godly Ways Award. His favorite scripture was Psalm 133, which he knew by heart. Ira was a very loving and devoted husband; where you saw one, you saw the other. He was known throughout the community as a mentor and father figure. He was a man of standards to be followed. He was affectionately known by many names, including “Dad”, “Pops” and “Mr. Smooth”. No matter what you called him, he was known by all as a man of standards. On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Ira Clifford Hudson, Jr. was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. He leaves to cherish his memory, the love of his life and beloved wife of twenty-seven years, Carroll Hudson; mother-in-law, Aileene O. Bennett; sister-in-law, Margie Barnes; nephew, Flomond Barnes; spiritual daughters, Pastor Gloria Roberts and Kathy Woods; Masonic father, Charles T. Garrett; Masonic brothers, Olester Brandon, John Taylor, James Henderson, Howard T. Lovelace, Michael Trapps and Reverend Dr. Larry Campbell and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and an abundance of friends. Services were held Monday, May 2, 2016 at Bethel A.M.E. Church; interment at Miramar National Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
Sarah Ernestine McNeely
August 4, 1924 – April 14, 2016
A TIME TO BE BORN
Sarah Ernestine McNeely was born on August 4, 1924 in Austin, Texas. She was the only child born to loving parents,
Walter and Mable White. In her formative years, Sarah became a member of Rock Quarry Baptist Church. When her
family moved to a different part of Austin, she transferred her membership to David Chapel Baptist Church.
A TIME TO LIVE
Sarah received her primary and secondary education in Austin, Texas. Shortly after graduating from high school, her
parents divorced. Her mother remained in Austin, Texas; however, her father moved to San Diego, California. On Saint
Patrick’s Day in 1944, Sarah travelled to San Diego to visit her father. Her plan to visit for only a month culminated into a
72 year long stay. Within a few months after her arrival to San Diego, Sarah gained employment with Convair, now
known as General Dynamic.
A TIME TO LOVE
While working the graveyard shift, she Sarah met Arthur Johnson. Arthur and Sarah were united in holy matrimony on
December 30, 1945. The newlyweds, while living in Linda Vista, decided that Sarah would leave her position at Convair
in anticipation of having children. They became members of Linda Vista Second Baptist Church, under Pastor of O.T.
McWilliams. They later relocated to Southeast San Diego when they purchased their own home and united with Bethel
Baptist Church. Although she was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, her favorite worship services were Easter
Sunrise Services at Calvary Baptist Church under Dr. S.M. Lockridge. The Lord blessed their union with three sons and
four daughters. After 16 years of marriage, Sarah suffered the loss of her husband. She became a widow, with the
awesome responsibility of caring for and raising 7 children ranging in age from 15 years old to 15 months. As time
passed, Sarah was united in holy matrimony to Wesley McNeely on March 26, 1963. To this union, one daughter was
As a wife and stay at home mother, Sarah was devoted to her family. She took pride in caring for and meeting their dayto-
day needs. She was also blessed to be able to see her husband off to work, prepare her children and send them off to
school each morning and to be present to greet each of them when they returned home. Her love and devotion crossed
generational lines as she moved from the role of mother to grandmother to great-grandmother and great-greatgrandmother.
Many children in her lineage were blessed to receive the same love and nurturing care their parents had
received while growing up. Sarah was very sociable and was well-known by many in her community. She was also
affectionately known as “Aunt Sarah” to the children of her friends and neighbors.
A TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wesley, her great granddaughter Tierra Easter and her sonsin-
law Larry Allen and Eugene Williams.
A TIME TO DIE
On Thursday, April 14, 2016, Sarah was called from earthly labor to eternal rest at La Jolla Nursing & Rehab Center, in
La Jolla, CA. She is cherished in memory by her 8 children which include three sons, William Johnson (Doris), Steven
Johnson and John Johnson Sr. (Saundra); five daughters, Darlene Johnson, Margaret Johnson, Terri Allen, Mary
Johnson (J.R.) and Fayrene Weaver (Marvin), all of San Diego, CA; 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 8 greatgreat-
grandchildren and a host of cousins and many other relatives and friends who will mourn her passing, yet
celebrate her life.
A TIME TO CELEBRATE LIFE & LEGACY
Sarah leaves with each of us her rich legacy which lives on in the long lineage of her family. Although Sarah’s physical
body is gone, she is still with us in our hearts and precious memories forever. As we celebrate her life and reflect on all
the good times we shared along the way, we celebrate the blessed gift of her presence in the hearts and lives of so
many during her 91 years.
Daren Jerome Bevelyn
November 17, 1964 – April 5, 2016
On November 17, 1964, a beautiful baby boy was born to the proud parents of Freddie Bevelyn and Ruby Nell Purter. Daren Jerome Bevelyn was a happy baby full of joy and promise. He was the youngest son of 4 boys born to Ms. Purter. Daren departed from this life on the afternoon of April 5, 2016 at UCSD Hospital. While growing up Daren attended Meade and Webster Elementary as well as Gompers High School and ECC. He excelled in reading and math, science was his strongest subject. Daren was always curious about how things were made and operated, especially various mechanical gadgets and insects. He was a talented free handed artist and a poet. Daren was an old soul who loved and collected R and B music of the 60’s and 70’s. Daren developed into an ardent reader. His favorite book to read was the Bible. He loved to debate with others on his knowledge of the Bible and Black History. Like his father, Daren was an avid football and basketball enthusiast. He was a loyal Dallas Cowboys fan. Daren was a gentle and humble soul who would never say an unkind word about anybody. He worked many years as a driver for various moving companies including Two Guys will Move U. He was briefly married to Tammie. There were no children from this union. Daren accepted and knew God as his Lord and Savior. He attended Christian Fellowship in El Cajon, CA. He was a dedicated attendee in the worship service and Bible study. Daren leaves to mourn his passing his father Freddie (Patricia) Bevelyn, San Diego, CA; mother Ruby Nell Purter of Los Angeles, CA; maternal grandmother Ruby Purter, San Diego, CA; brothers Elvert (Mavis) Waltower, Wildomar, CA; Maurice Waltower and Gary Waltower, San Diego, CA; Charles Thompson, Las Vegas, NV; Alvert Waltower, Las Vegas, NV; Andre (Andrea) Waltower, Los Angeles, CA; Lemont Waltower, San Diego, CA; Stepsister Kyelunye (Larry) Worthy of San Diego, CA; 4 nieces and 5 nephews and good friends.
Services were held Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Memory Chapel of Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary, interment at Greenwood Memorial Park.
Lt. Col. Archie Joe Biggers
October 14, 1943 – March 25, 2016
ARCHIE “JOE” BIGGERS was a man of many passions and talents. Most notably, Joe was a great patriot and war hero. He also excelled at golf, had a great love of horses and the rodeo, spent countless hours as a dedicated Elk and constantly gave back to his community. He was a loyal friend to those of us fortunate enough to have known him. Joe was born in Colorado City, Texas on October 14, 1943. After high school, he attended Jarvis Christian College, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History and Health & Physical Education. A former 4-sport letterman in college, he taught History & Biology and coached basketball, baseball and tennis at Fouke-Hawkins High School from 1965-1966. That summer, he served as Camp Director of Flanner House, a non-profit organization in Indianapolis, Indiana. He later joined the Camp Atterbury Job Corp Center as a Recreation Leader, coaching football, golf and tennis. Joe joined the United States Marine Corps in 1967 as a Private and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the time of his retirement in 1991. Joe received the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts for his heroic actions in Vietnam, while serving as a Platoon and Company Commander during Operation Dewey Canyon in 1969. His platoon was responsible for capturing the first Russian made 122mm artillery guns. He commanded a Reconnaissance Battalion in Okinawa, Japan and served with the United States Southern Command as the Non-Combatant Evacuation Planning Officer. In this capacity, he was a liaison between the Department of State, National Security Agency, CIA and military commands on the evacuation of all government officials and civilians living and working in Central and South America. His last assignment prior to retirement was Chief, Operations and Training Branch, Landing Force Training Command, Pacific, Coronado, where he helped certify all Marine Expeditionary Units as Special Operations capable. Throughout his career, Joe received over twenty ribbons, awards and commendations. Beginning his second career in 1992, Joe worked as a management assistant for the City Manager of San Diego, California, serving with the San Diego Police Department. He was the Operations Director for the Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) from 1992-1994. Joe started the Sports Training, Academic, and Recreation (S.T.A.R.) program designed to deter juvenile delinquency. By 1995, he became the Executive Director of the Greater San Diego Inner City Games, a program for needy and underprivileged youth, founded by actor and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He served in this position until September 1, 2003. In January 1998, Joe became a Special Advisor to the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In 2005, he was appointed a Commissioner, Youth Authority Board, State of California by the Governor. He was later reappointed Commissioner, Board of Parole Hearings, where he presided over cases of inmates who were sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. In 2010, Joe was appointed as a member of the Committee of Bar Examiners for the State. Joe was an active member of Poway Lodge #2543 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE). He served as Exalted Ruler in 2011-2012. With his fervent love of the military, Joe served as both the Vice Chair and Chair of the California-Hawaii Association National Veterans Services. In this capacity, he was responsible for Veterans activities in 19 Districts and over 170 Lodges. He was also a member of the American Legion and a Life Member of the Poway Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7907. In his spare time, Joe had served as a Trustee of the Mount Soledad Memorial Association, Inc., a Board Member of the Poway Valley Riders Association, the Marine Corps Historical Society, the Girl Scouts Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties and the International Association of Blacks in Dance. He was also a member of the Century Club of San Diego, the Social Service Advisory Board, County of San Diego, and was the former President of the Society Club, American Cancer Society. Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Wilson; father, Lovey Biggers; his sister, Beverly Calhoun and his nephew, Rodney Calhoun. He is survived by his sister, Gloria Dixon of San Antonio, Texas; his niece, Debra Calhoun; three great nieces, Micca Steen, Lowanda Steen and Beverly Calhoun; four nephews, Rory Calhoun, Ray Wilson, Jr, Bryan Wilson and Davonte Dixon; his cousins, Sharon Landon, Janie Carr, Charles Howard, William Jackson, Larry Jackson, Eric Jackson, Bonnie Jordan, Marva Biggers, Carol Payne, Sherry Biggers and Debbie Biggers of California, and many more cousins throughout the state of Texas. Services were held Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at MCAS Miramar Base Chapel, interment at Miramar National Cemetery; Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
Dorothy Lee Elizabeth Jerail Zero Dixison Knight
October 1, 1930 – March 31, 2016
Dorothy was born October 1, 1930 to Jerry and Bertha Dixison, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She received her formal education in Bastrop, Louisiana and San Diego, California. Dorothy met and united in holy matrimony to Roosevelt Knight, on March 22, 1947 and to this union, eight children were born. She was affectionately called “Bay” by her children and was the endearing name used by her family and others close to the family. Bay possessed a quiet nature; until she had to discipline, then it was a different story. Preceding her in death were her daughter, Laverne (Speedy), two sons – Robert and Levell, and her caring husband Roosevelt. Caring for other was a gift from God. Dorothy’s long career in health care was evident for nearly five decades employed at Kearny Mesa Convalescent Home. The patients loved her gentle touch and warm smiles. After 46 years and the beautiful age of 78, she retired in 2008. Reaching out and looking out for others continued to be a ministry for Dorothy. She gathered food from food banks to give to the shut in and young mothers. Often her home was was a home to others until they could get back on their feet. She just didn’t stop! Dorothy was an active and dedicated member of the Thirty-first Street Seventh-day Adventist Church, for over fifty years, serving in Community Services, as a Deaconess (Dorcas Society), on the Usher Board, in kitchen ministries with her best friend Evelyn Rowe, and with King’s Daughters. Dorothy was a faithful member and witness for Christ. On Thursday morning, at 12:01 a.m., March 31, 2016, Dorothy woke up in Paradise to Eternal Life with no more pain or sorrow. She now resides in a new building not made by hands. She is survived by her five daughters: Rose Knight, Aline Sanders (Jim), Bertha Knight Marshall, Genetha Knight, and Deborah Knight – all of San Diego; eleven grandchildren: Maurice Hickerson, Portland, OR, Latisha McCellan, LaTonya McCellan, David Knight (Vanessa), Roshaun Crooms, Fredericksburg, VA, Raymond (Jack) Robinson, Lanell Spencer, Kenya Thomas (Jase), My’eshia Steward, Kennetha Jones (De’anne), Nar’vesha Price all of San Diego; thirty – two great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, one brother-in-law Leon (Joann) Knight of Los Angeles, sister-in-law Esteen Knight of Los Angeles, and a host of nieces, nephews, church family, friends to mourn her passing. A special thanks to Evelyn Rodriguez and Evelyn Rowe – for your special support, and her special son, Donald Reed, and the Thirty-first Street Seventh-day Adventist Church. Sleep on Bay, sleep on…take your rest. We all loved you dearly, but God loved you best. Services were held Monday, April 11, 2016 at 31st Street Seventh-day Adventist Church, interment at Greenwood Memorial Park; Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
Alberta Savannah Singleton
July 6, 1934 – March 17, 2016
Alberta Savannah Singleton was born July 6, 1934 in Ada, Oklahoma. She was the third child of seven children born to loving parents, Leslie Gillespie and Jewel Frazier Gillespie. She received her formal education in Ada, where she graduated from Natier High School. She also accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized in Ada. In 1958, Alberta relocated to San Diego, California, where she united with New Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church under the spiritual guidance of the late Reverend LaSalle Jones. Alberta, who was known by all for her strong work ethics, worked a variety of jobs, including General Dynamics and private duty nursing. Shortly after her arrival to San Diego, she met the love of her life, Mr. David Singleton of the United States Army and on December 29, 1960, they were united in Holy Matrimony. Alberta was known by many as “Momma Berta”. She was blessed with a gift from God to care for others; she made it a point to make sure everyone was always taking care of no matter what the circumstances were. She had a loving, kind heart and was willing to move you in her home if you had nowhere else to go. For her greatest priority in life was to help others. She was preceded in death by her husband, David; her son, William D. Singleton; grandson, David Todd Singleton; both of her parents; her brother, Leslie Gillespie; four sisters, Ruby Stevenson, Winoa Barrington, Darnice Kinsler and Geneva Stewart. On Thursday, March 17, 2016, God called Alberta from earthly labor to eternal rest; for we loved her dearly but God loved her more. She leaves to cherish her loving memory her two sons, Sheldon Singleton and his wife, Sheleshia and Stacy Singleton; daughter, Stephanie Singleton; sister, Augusta Terry; grandchildren, Sheldon Jr., Shaniqua, Rekeya, Sheltona, Laquisha, Tamela, Stacie, William, Startae, Jalae, Little Stacy, Charlie, Kelvin “Tink” and Michelle and a host of greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life. Services were held Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Memory Chapel of Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary, interment at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
November 22, 1951 – March 31, 2016
TYRONE JOHNSON was born November 22, 1951, in Clayton, Alabama. He was the fifth of eight children born to the late Lang Sr. and Melnee Johnson. In 1957, his mother and grandmother moved the family to San Diego, California, where Tyrone attended Emerson Elementary School, Memorial Junior High School and graduated from San Diego High School with the “Class of 1970”. Tyrone joined New Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church at a very young age and was Baptize under the spiritual guidance of the late Pastor LaSalle Jones. During the mid-1970s, Tyrone began his employed with Atlas Chemical Company as a driver. He made many long, lasting friendships along the way. He retired in 1993 after seventeen years of exemplary service. Tyrone was a very carrying and loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was indeed, the best friend one could ever have. He loved his family unconditionally and they truly loved him. He had a very special and loving bond with his best friend, his son Darnell. He adored his grandchildren and they adored him. Tyrone was a lover of all all sports particularly, baseball and football and was an avid Padre and Charger fan. He will be deeply missed by his family and all of those who came to know him. He was preceded in death by both of his parents and two brothers, Ricky Johnson Sr. and Lang Johnson Jr. On Thursday, March 31, 2016, Tyrone Johnson was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. He leaves to cherish his memory, his son, Darnell Terry; four grandchildren, Sarai, Darnell Jr., Selae and Reminise Terry all of San Diego, CA; two brothers, Willie Johnson of San Diego, CA and Michael Harris of Sacramento, CA.; three sisters, Annie Jackson of Atlanta, GA, Louise Mothershed of San Diego, CA. and Betty Johnson of Surprise, AZ.; A special cousin, Willie Pearl Clayton of San Diego, CA; twenty-four nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and many friends who will mourn his passing, yet celebrate his life. Services were held Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Memory Chapel of Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
November 8, 1962 – 2016
Donnie Shoaf was born on November 8, 1962 to Florene Shoaf & Lincoln Taft Shoaf Jr. Donnie was born in Lemoore, CA. He received Christ at an early age. He came to settle in San Diego, CA where he received his High School education. Donnie lived his life freely and enjoyed life. Donnie enjoyed hanging with his family, listening to oldies and watching Kung Fu movies. Donnie was preceded in death by his grandmothers Carrie Lee Roy and Mamie Nowlin, his grandfather’s Luis Roy and Lincoln Taft Shoaf Sr. and his son Earnest Jackson. Donnie leaves behind his mother and father Florene Shoaf and Lincoln Shoaf Jr., his grandchild Aaliyah Jackson, his siblings Marian Williams, Antonio Shoaf, Donna Shoaf (his twin), Cheryl Bond, David Shoaf, Ingrid Shoaf, Nicole Shoaf, Roxanne Smith, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Services were held Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Memory Chapel of Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary; interment at Glen Abbey Memorial Park.
Fannie F. Camper
March 28, 1928 – March 25, 2016
FANNIE FAYE CAMPER was called home to be with the Lord at the age of eighty-seven on Friday, March 25, 2016 at her residence in San Diego, California after a courageous battle with cancer. Fannie was born on March 28, 1928 in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She was the youngest of three daughters born to the late Victor and Nealie Edwards. In 1939, at the age of eleven, Fannie accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized at Old Saint Mary Baptist Church in Red River Parish, Coushatta, Louisiana. During the early 1960s, Fannie moved to San Diego, California. Shortly afterwards, she met the love of her life, Robert Camper. They were united in Holy Matrimony in 1965. Together, they raised two beautiful children, Harry and Denise. Fannie was employed as a cook for eighteen years at Mission Convalescent Hospital. In 1993, Fannie and Robert joined Bethel Baptist Church under the spiritual guidance of Dr. John W. Ringgold. Fannie was a faithful and active member of the Senior Usher Board, Ruth Circle of the Missions Ministry, and also served as a Deaconess. Fannie enjoyed cooking, gardening, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends. She was a very loving, caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She had a giving nature, a wonderful sense of humor and was also a great storyteller. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by both of her parents and her sister, Elizabeth E. Landers. Fannie is survived by her devoted husband of fifty years, Robert Camper; her son, Harry Williams (Elaine) of Chula Vista, CA; her daughter, Denise Camper-Williams (John) of Portsmouth, VA; her sister, Vera Edwards of Shreveport, LA; grandchildren, Bryana, Johniece and Jamal; and a host of other relatives and dear friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life.
October 25, 1936 – March 8, 2016
HERBERT LOMACK JR., lovingly known as “Blue”, was born on October 25, 1936 in New Orleans, LA. He was the eldest of three children born to the late Herbert Lomack Sr. and Aline Mack-Lomack. He received his formal education through the Louisiana School District and graduated from Kenner High School with the “Class of 1954”. On May 26, 1955, Herbert enlisted into the United States Navy, Where he served his country for ten years before he was forced into early retirement due to medical reasons. Herbert married the love of his life, Ms. Shirley Williams on September 24, 1956. In that same year, Herbert received orders, and relocated to San Diego, CA. In 1958, the love birds had their first son, Herbert III; in 1959, their second son, Kevin and finally in 1961 their daughter Kim was born. He worked for the United States Navy Public Works until he retired on November 6, 1974. After retirement, Blue found enjoyment spending time with his family and friends. He loved attending his children and grandchildren’s track meets, football and baseball games. He was a proud man, who stood tall in stature amongst his family. He had a giving heart and a strong stance. He said what he meant, and meant what he said. He didn’t tolerate any nonsense, if you know what I mean. He loved to talk, and was blessed with the gift of gab. He was a member of the Dennis T. Williams American Legion for over twenty-five years, where you would find him in deep conversation with his brothers. Blue enjoyed dancing, and would often be teaching others how to do the electric slide amongst other dances. He also found enjoyment for horse racing and western movies. Blue also showed his talents in the kitchen fixing his favorite foods; fried fish, gumbo, popcorn and topping it off with a bowl of chocolate ice cream. On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Herbert Lomack, Jr. made his transition from this life to be with our heavenly Father. He is now reunited with his mother, Aline Lomack; father, Herbert Sr.; stepmother, Mary Lomack; one brother, Murray Lomack and one sister, Viola Walton. He leaves to cherish fifty-nine years of love and memories with his wife, Shirley Lomack; two sons, Herbert III (Inna) and Kevin Lomack; one daughter, Kim Marie George (Ronald); nine grandchildren, Nicole Franks, Ezell Lomack, Herbert Lomack IV, Damien Lomack, Chaz Lomack, Kayla George, Lorenzo Lomack (Amber), Kiara Dennard and Xavier Lomack; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Wilmareen James (Wilson) of New Orleans, LA and Cora Williams of Lumberton, MS; two brothers- in-law, Anderson Williams of Atlanta, GA and Charles Williams Sr. of New Orleans, LA and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Services were held Monday, March 21, 2016 at the Memory Chapel of Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary; interment at Miramar National Cemetery.
June 26, 1947 – March 11, 2016
Elizabeth Williams Fentress was born June 26, 1947, in Greenwood, Mississippi, where she was given the nickname “Cliddy” in which she has been lovingly known throughout adulthood. She moved to Anderson, Indiana as a child and attended elementary, junior high and later graduated from Anderson High School. While rearing three children and working, she went on to take college courses at Ball State University and Anderson (College) University. Elizabeth strived to provide the best life for her family while being employed by Brockway Glass, General Motors, and Martin Murrieta. She also received a certificate in nursing from Delgado College in New Orleans, LA, which later permitted her to pursue her passion for helping others. Through nursing, she was able to demonstrate her love and compassion for people. She would eventually retire from the home health care field, which allowed her to make lasting memories and friendships. In 1984, Elizabeth relocated to southern California where she remained until her eternal rest. While living in Oceanside, California, she met the love of her life Mr. William Fentress and once again received another nickname “Sapphire” by her loving husband. Elizabeth received Christ into her life at an early age and later on in her life’s journey rededicated her life to the Lord and became a member of New Venture Christian Fellowship in Oceanside, CA. She volunteered her services at various church events and was a member of small groups at the church. Elizabeth has always had compassion for helping others whenever there was a need. Throughout the years, she was actively involved with the homeless ministry and has even invited a homeless single mother and her children for Christmas dinner. She had a spirit of hospitality, and whenever you entered her home, you always felt welcomed and loved. Elizabeth was also a member of various social and civic organizations, which included Order of Eastern Star and the NAACP. She loved to travel, spend time with family and friends and was an avid Fan of the San Diego Chargers. Elizabeth is survived by her loving husband, William Fentress; children, Vonda K. (Tim) Rogers of Apostle George (Anngel) Pearson and Mary Elizabeth (Ken) Francis. Siblings Hattie May Lark, Freddie Mae (Robert) Davis, Neda Watson, Lesteen (Andre) Ford, Angela Williams and Robert James( RJ) Booker and Pastor Anthony Hopgood Sr. Grandchildren include Teairra Graves, Janeeka Pearson, Stedman Graves, Zenetric Fields, Mel’quisha Pearson, Darren ( Devinae) Broussard Jr., Timothy Rogers Jr., Elizabeth Christine Rogers and Darrius Broussard. Two Great-Grandchildren, Ta’Riah Perine and Darren Broussard III. Along with an uncle, John Brooks Sr., and Aunts, Annie Williams, Queen Brooks, Vinnie Foster and Myrtle(Bill) Curry along with special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Elizabeth is preceded in death, by her mother Mary B. Hopgood and fathers Freddie Williams and Joseph Hopgood Jr. Brothers, Freddie Williams Jr., and Joseph Hopgood III. Uncles, Oliver Brooks Jr., Floyd Hopgood Sr. and Jester Brooks. Aunts, Minnie(Mose) Booker and a Great-Aunt Cassie Brumfield. Also a grandson Norman Douglas Broussard.
November 23, 1955 – March 5, 2016
DERRICK LENN HENDERSON was born on November 23, 1955 in San Diego, CA. He was the second of two children born to the union of Cary Lee Henderson and LaManda Crosby Henderson. His father preceded him in death. Derrick received his formal education in San Diego and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1973. He was a star athlete and mastered every sport he participated in, especially football. After graduation, he joined the United States Navy, where he served our country from 1974 until he was honorably discharged in 1976. Later the same year of his discharge from the Navy, he met Lisa Martinez of Chicago, IL. This union was blessed with a daughter, Chalise Nichole. In 1979, Derrick pursued his natural talent for cosmetology and went to Bay Vista Beauty College, where he met and fell in love with Wanda Doxey of San Diego. They were married on March 27, 1981. Their union was blessed with his youngest daughter, Whitney Lynn. During this time, Derrick had become established and well-known as a cosmetologist extraordinaire, until he saw fit to make a career change, and went on to work with the elderly at the Neighborhood House Association until God called him home. Derrick had impeccable taste in his attire, cars and jewelry. He had no problems entering a fashion show or two. In 1981, he was nominated one of the ten best dressed in San Diego. His love for God was evident through his faithful attendance at his church, Logan Temple A.M.E Zion, weekly bible study, his service on the usher board, and the youth choir during his younger years. God saw the road was getting rough, the hills were hard to climb, and he gently closed those loving eyes and whispered “Peace Be Thine”. Derrick Lenn Henderson passed away at his residence on March 5, 2016 at 10:55 P.M. He will be greatly remembered for his vibrant and infectious smile, his fun loving ways and his giving spirit. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. His legacy will live on in the hearts of his loving family: two loving daughters, Chalise Henderson Vorise and Whitney Henderson; his devoted mother, LaManda Henderson; his brother, Christopher L. Henderson; son in-law Jerome Vorise Jr; six grandchildren, Frederick McClure Jr., Destiny M. Lewis, Sha’Maya C. McClendon, Myjah R. Robinson, Jordan N. Robinson, and Jerome Vorise III all of San Diego, CA, and a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends. Services were held Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Logan Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
Raymond A. Yarbrough Sr.
August 29, 1954 – March 8, 2016
DEACON RAYMOND ALBERT YARBROUGH, SR., affectionately known as “Ray” by family and friends, was born in Washington, Pennsylvania on August 29, 1954. He was the youngest of ten children born to the late Moses E. and Jeannette A. Yarbrough. He transitioned from this life to a peaceful rest on Tuesday March 8, 2016. Raymond was raised in Southview, Pennsylvania and attended Fort Cherry High School. While in high school, he was an exceptional wrestler, advancing to the state championship. Ray soon met the love of his life Beverly Ward in Pittsburgh in 1978. They later married and relocated to San Diego in July of 1991. He continued his education by attending Grossmont College where he received his certification in Computer Technology. He worked various jobs here in San Diego, the longest of which was with CSCI, where he worked as a Computer Technician until his health started to decline. Working on computers became Ray’s passion as well as his hobby until his transition. Upon his relocation to San Diego, he was baptized in Jesus name on September 18, 1994 at the Church of Jesus Christ, Apostolic Faith and later received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Since 2000, Ray has been a faithful member and later installed as the first deacon of the Voices of Victory under the direction of Bishop Dr. Willie J. Moore. He loved praising the Lord playing the organ, drums, keyboard and singing with the praise team. Ray was extremely dedicated to his church family extending his self-taught musical gifts to a host of other church families in San Diego. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Beverly; his three children, Fabyonne (Sheldon) Williams of Homestead, PA, Devon (Joscelyn) Ward of Waldorf, MD, Raymond Yarbrough Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA and Malonzo Dixon who looked to him as a father; his grandchildren, Sheldon (Casaundra) Williams, Shelona and Sheltaya Williams, Nylah and Kamille Ward; three great-grandchildren, Sydni Williams, Keylon McCarter and Sheldon Williams III; his siblings, Gwendolyn (Thomas) Terry, Robert Yarbrough, Eva (James) Cargile and Harriet Dailey; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Moses and his wife Rebecca, Louis and William Yarbrough; his sisters, Jeannette Yarbrough, and Mary Taylor and stepdaughter, LaShawna Ward. Services were held Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Church of Jesus Christ , Apostolic Faith; interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
October 8, 1927 – March 4, 2016
A time to be born…
Katherine Steffen was born October 8, 1927 in Newton, Mississippi to Floyd Brown, Sr. and Bessie Watts. She was one of 13 children. A time to grow…
Katherine attended Lawrence Middle and Senior High school. She married Morris Simmons in 1946. They moved from Newton, Mississippi to San Diego, California in 1952. A time to embrace…
Katherine joined in holy matrimony to the late Morris Simmons in 1946 and from that union they were blessed with 7 children, Larry, Kenny, Charles, Carolyn, Marolyn, Craig and Kelvin. Katherine enjoyed motherhood and over the years developed a closed knit bond and friendship with both of her children. There was rarely a day that would pass, that they would not be on the phone laughing, talking, or sharing life experiences. Katherine (affectionately known as “Kat”) was also the beloved “Grandmama” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was her mission in life to spoil her grand babies rotten and that she did…very well! To know Katherine is to know that her love extended far beyond her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her nieces, nephews, church family and friends all received her love and attention. On December 1972, Katherine was remarried to Roy Steffen and became a step-mother to his 4 young children, Robert “Bob”, Bruce, Linda and Nancy. A time to serve…
Katherine’s life was marked by her selfless act of service to her family, extended family, the community, the needy and the broken hearted. In 1976, she was instrumental in the co-founding of Good News Missionary Baptist Church, where her younger brother, Floyd Brown, Jr. us the pastor. Katherine loved her church family and was a strong supporter of church functions. She served as Choir President and was a driving force behind all church activities. A time to give…
Not only giving back to Good News Missionary Baptist Church as a financial contributor, she was also an advocate for the church. Katherine lived to give! Each day Katherine found opportunities to bless someone’s life. Katherine was a virtuous woman of God. She was a mother to many, an encourager to the lost and needy and a true servant. A time to mourn…
Katherine leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Roy Steffen, her sister, Rosie Humphrey; her brother, Rev. Floyd Brown, Jr.; six children,: Larry Simmons, Kenny Simmons (Sharon), Charles Simmons (Billie), Carolyn Randle (Ezzard), Craig Simmons (Cassandra) and Marolyn Simmons; 4 step-children: Robert “Bob” Steffen, Bruce Steffen, Linda Wolfe and Nancy Steffen; twenty-one grandchildren; Theresa Lashley, Shon King, Tara Leigh Simmons, Tiffany Simmons, Tamanika Randle, Ahmad Simmons, Rashid Scott (Shatima), Kalila Walker (Derrick), Joy Solomon, Abdula Randle (Erika), Ramisi Briggs (Jeremy), Jomo Randle, Adisa Randle, Annie Coker, Rae Rae Simmons, Anna Matthews, Tasha Matthews, Caleb Steffen, Brianna Steffen, Harmony Steffen, and Adrienne Randle; thirty-three great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews, church family and friends. Katherine was preceded in death by her mother, Bessie Watts and father, Floyd Brown, Sr.; brothers Benson, Brooksie, Vilbert, Selby, Howard, British and Obie; sisters Olinda, Della, and Beulah; son, Kelvin “Tiny” Simmons; grandchildren, Alicia Simmons (Kenneth Simmons), Phalandra Betria Simmons, Batuni Simmons (Craig Simmons), Jared Steffen (Bruce Steffen) and Miesha Simmons (Charles Simmons); and one great-grandchild, Ayana Scott (Tamanika Randle).
Claudette J. Hampton
March 7, 1935 – February 27, 2016
Claudette J. Hampton was welcomed into God’s journey of life on March 7th, 1935 to the late Clyde and Margaret Jones. Claudette walked, lived and explored this journey until God requested her presence with Him on February 27, 2016. Claudette was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and moved to San Diego, California on October 1998 with her late husband, John L. Hampton who succeeded her in death on November 22nd, 1998. Claudette wore many faces throughout her life’s journey.
A daughter to Clyde and Margaret Jones;
A niece to Annie Guy Strickland;
A sister to Colbert Jones, Vernon/Sharon Spann, Vivian/William McCoy, Charlotte/Leonard Robinson, Howard, Sr./Yvonne Spann, Rubye/Myron Favors and Floyd “Woodie” Spann;
A wife to John L. Hampton;
A mother to Patsy/Bernard Johnson, Clyde Jackson Jr., Phillip Jackson, Pamela/Ricky Carter and Zenobia “Donna”/Devonie Morrow;
A proud grandmother to Orlando/Doris Stanley, Jacquetta Jackson, Andre Westfield, Brianna Morrow, Paige Banks and Brian Morrow;
A sister-in-law to Yvonne/Howard Spann Sr.;
An aunt to Tesha/Lorenzo Winslow, Tasha/Donald McCall, Tameeka Spann, Vanessa Spann, Edna Huggins, Vincent Spann, Howard Spann Jr., Zyamere Favors (Myron Favors Jr.)
A niece to Queen “Queenie” Evelyn Jones, Gracelia/Ronnie Moore, Deborah Jean Allen, Rodger/Georgia Daniel, Michael Daniel, Reba Nealy and Delores Appleberry;
A cousin to Sarah Lott;
A devoted friend to Beverly Billingslea La Sonja/Greg Peisker, Odie/Gene Beaty, Quintella Smith, Marilyn Wallace, Bobbie Burton and Terence V. Banks
June 15, 1922 – March 5, 2016
CLEVEN RILEY was born on June 15, 1922 in Scott, Mississippi. He was one of eight children born to parents, Fannie and George Riley. He spent his childhood in Mississippi, where he also received his formal education. When he became of age, Cleven enlisted into the military, where he served his country during World War II. After completing his military assignment, he moved to San Diego, California in 1947, making it his permanent residence. Shortly afterwards, he began his employment at North Island Air Station, where he was employed as a painter for thirty-five years. While at North Island, Cleven made numerous friendships before retiring during the mid- 1980s. After retirement, Cleven began a successful landscaping business, which he operated for several years. Cleven was a very proud member of the 69th Street Church of Christ. The congregation loved him as much as he loved them and they quickly became his family. Cleven was a very loving and caring father, grandfather and a friend to many. His grandson, Alonzo and grandchildren, whom he also raised, affectionately called him “PoePoe”. One of his favorite pastimes was gardening and landscaping. His lawn always looked impeccable. He also enjoyed playing dominoes with his friends. Cleven was known for having a heart of gold, a giving nature and always helping others. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha; sons, Cleveland and Milton; stepson, Charles; parents, Fannie and George Riley; his sisters, Lillie Mae and Annie Mae and his brothers, George, Alex, Roosevelt and OB. On Tuesday, March 5, 2016, Cleven Riley, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the blessed age of ninety-three. He leaves to cherish his memory his son, Robert Lee (Joyce), daughter, Christine Riley-Cook; stepson, Tommy Gladney (Marie); stepdaughter, Claudette Gladney-Leday (Michael); his brother, John Henry; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Graveside Services were held Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at La Vista Memorial Park. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
Alice Kay Gross
June 1, 1947 – February 28, 2016
ALICE KAY ROBINSON was born in Berkeley, CA on June 1, 1947 to Wilson Woodrow Robinson and Mildred Lee Maiden. After completing her elementary and secondary schooling, she graduated from California State University, Hayward in 1973 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and also in 1974 with a Bachelor’s degree in Black Studies. While at CSUH, she met an English major from Oakland named Gregory Alan Gross. Three years later, they were married on the front lawn of her grandparents’ Berkeley home in 1974. They began their life together in San Jose, CA, where Alice Kay began her teaching career at J.W. Fair Middle School. Four months later, a job transfer for her husband sent the couple to San Diego, CA, where they spent the next 41 years together. Alice Kay Gross joined the San Diego Unified School District, teaching a variety of subjects at several schools in the district, including Taft Junior High School and Hoover High School. During those early years in San Diego, she earned a Master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University. She would go on to teach drug education and sex education at secondary schools around the district. She spent the last decade of her career at Alba Community Day School in Park,
where she served as Dean of Students. Despite being responsible for disciplining students, her loving, caring attitude and gentle manner made her one of the most beloved staff members on campus by students, faculty and staff alike. As a high school student, she had lived for a time in Cuernavaca, Mexico to learn Spanish. Now as a teacher, she led junior high school students on Spanish language study trips and that took her across Mexico to cities like Guadalajara, Taxco, Leon and Mexico City, deepening her love for the country, its people and their culture.
That experience also kindled a desire to see more of the world. She persuaded her husband to put off buying their first home for a year to take a ten-day summer trip across Asia. Over the next 41 years, they would set foot together on 21 countries and four of the world’s seven continents. Her three favorite cities were London, Venice and especially Paris. She also became an enthusiastic cruise traveler, taking more than a dozen cruises in the Eastern and Western Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest and the Mediterranean. With the help of physicians at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, notably Dr. Eugene Rumsey Jr., Alice Kay was a breast cancer survivor for 18 years. Although not having a regular church home, she was deeply religious, with an intense curiosity about the roots of Christianity. Her travels took her to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the mountain monastery of Montserrat in Spain, and
cathedrals in England, France and Germany. She also was an unabashed lover of all things having to do with Christmas, tracing the pagan origins of its holiday traditions to Christmas markets across Europe. In the last week of February, she went to Kaiser Foundation Hospital complaining of shortness of breath. She passed away there on the morning of February, 28, 2016. In addition to her husband, Alice Kay Gross is survived by sisters, Jerri Billie, Pam
Griffin and her husband, Mack, of Oakland, CA; and Lisa Maiden Nixon, her husband Jeff and their sons, Amari and Reggie; niece, Sharday Nixon and her daughter, Layliah Franklin, of Fairfield, CA; as well as numerous cousins in Texas. She also is survived by brothers-in-law George A. Gross Jr., of Las Vegas, NV and Thaddeus Gross of San Antonio, TX. Her elder sister, Beverly Jean Robinson, preceded Alice Kay in death. Services were held Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Memory Chapel of Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
October 22, 1920 – February 28, 2016
ROSANNA COLLINS was born on October 22, 1920 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was the fourth of ten children born to loving parents, Millard and Ora Ingram. She received her formal education in Oklahoma, where she also accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a very young age. In 1945, Rosanna married the love of her life, Easter Collins. Although no children were born to their union, their lives were richly blessed with numerous nieces and nephews and her goddaughter whom they dearly loved. In 1952, Rosanna and Easter moved to San Diego, California, where they joined Greater Trinity Church. Rosanna served under three pastors over a span of sixty-four years; Reverend W. L. Gayton, Reverend. G. J. Washington and Reverend Clyde E. Gaines. She was a faithful member of Sunday School, BTU, Mission Department, Greater trinity Choir and the Pastor’s Aide. Her favorite scriptures were; Psalms 34 and Isaiah 40. Her favorite hymns were “Oh I Want to See Him” “Without God I Could Do Nothing” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”. She loved her church, her church family and her pastor; but above all she truly loved the Lord with all of her heart. In 1999, her beloved husband of fifty-four years was called home to Glory Rosanna was also very active in her community; volunteering wherever she was needed; visiting the sick and shut- in, including nursing homes. She was known as “Aunt Nana” and “Mother Collins” to many whom adored her. Aunt Nana’s love for Jesus was evidenced in her life; all that she did was credited to the love she had for her Savior. She spent the last years of her life in Temecula being cared for by her great niece, Karen Logan; meditating always on the love, faithfulness and peace that can only come from Jesus. Rosanna was the best homemaker. She enjoyed baking scrumptious, mouth-watering cakes, cookies, rolls, and carrot and banana bread. You name it, she baked it with a heart full of love. Rosanna, who had heart of gold, loved to feed and take care of others. She was also a connoisseur of fine foods; she especially enjoyed her own cooking. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; four sisters, Minerva, Katherine, Almetta and Dorothy and four brothers, Curtis, Melvin, William Monroe and Earl. On Sunday, February 28, 2016, Rosanna Collins was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her memory her sister, Erma Jean Reaves of Muskogee, OK; goddaughter, Darlene Tottress of East Point, GA; nephew, Vernon L. Logan Sr. of Muskogee, OK; great nephews, Vernon L. Logan Jr. (Tina) of Rialto, CA; and Dwayne K. Logan of Fullerton, CA; niece, Rena M. Logan of San Diego, CA; great nieces, Karen L. Logan of Temecula. CA and Trisha R. Thomas of Riverside, CA; two brothers-in-law in Kansas and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Services were held Friday, March 11, 2016 at Greater Trinity Baptist Church; interment at Greenwood Memorial Park. Final arrangements entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
Keith M. Shivers
June 9, 1955 – February 2, 2016
KEITH M. SHIVERS was born on June 9, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan to loving parents, Ernest and Middie. He received his education in Detroit, where he graduated from Southeastern High School in 1972. After receiving a scholarship in track, Keith continued his education at Ohio State University, where he received an Associate Degree. In 1973, Keith enlisted into the United States Navy, where he served as a radio man and eventually moved up in rank to Chief Petty Officer (E-7). He retired in 1997 after 24 years of service to his county. While in the service, He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Chapman University. In the early 1980s, Keith met and married the lovely Sharon Robertson. Their union was blessed with their only child, Pierre. Keith was a longtime member of a local San Diego Masonic Lodge. He was a great professional disc jockey at numerous clubs, private events and weddings. He enjoyed book reading, fishing, bowling, basketball and listening to music. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Shivers; his father, Ernest Shivers; his sister, Adora Marie Dixon and his brother, Joseph Lockwood. Keith is survived by his son, Pierre Shivers; his mother, Middie Farrow; his sisters: Vickie (Kenny) Banks, JoA’ (Nate) Clark and Carole Morris; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Services were held Friday, March, 4, 2016 at Miramar National Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
Effie R. Primas
January 3, 1912 – February 24, 2016
MRS. EFFIE RICHARDSON PRIMAS, affectionately known as “Darling” by family and friends, was born January 3, 1912 in Hankamer, TX. She was the fourth of eight children born to the late D. Forest Richardson and Birdie Whittington Richardson. She received her formal education in Texas, where she also accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a very young age. Darling later met the love of her life, Mr. Antoine Primas. In 1937, they were united in Holy Matrimony. Their union was blessed with a son, Antoine Primas Jr. In 1939, “Darling and her family moved to San Diego, CA, where she started her
glorious life at Bethel Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. Charles Hampton and continued under Dr. John W. Ringgold. She enjoyed serving as a Sunday School Teacher, in the Nurses Ministry, & the Altar Guild. She also went to Jerusalem on four occasions with the Church. Darling attended the California School of Practical Nursing in Los Angeles. She applied her nursing skills in taking care of actress, Esther Williams and family. She
later returned to San Diego, where she served as a private duty nurse in the homes of the affluent and wealthy such as the Fleet Family, the Admiral Roache Family, Mrs. Engelhorn and others. They all spoke very highly of Darling and her work ethics. Darling loved to dance while singing her favorite gospel songs, and would ask you to join in, even if you didn’t know the words. If a camera was pointed at her, she would quickly strike a pose with a smile as big as the moon. She often participated in the church fashion shows, where she displayed her classy and impeccable style. She said her secret to living a long life was the “Three W Therapy”; The Word, Walking and Water. Darling will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Antoine Primas Sr.; her son, Antoine Primas Jr.; her siblings, Olivan Richardson Jacquett, Leon Richardson, Arthur Richardson, Mattie Mae Richardson, Bertha Gill, Forest Richardson, and Sherfield
Richardson. On Wednesday, February, 24, 2016, at the age of “104”, the lovely Effie Richardson “Darling” Primas was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving grandson, Antoine Primas III; great-granddaughter, Racquel Primas; nine nieces and nephews, a host of great nieces and nephews; over 100 great-great nieces and nephews, the members of the Bethel Baptist Church and many, many friends who loved her dearly. Services were held Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Bethel Baptist Church; Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
September 23, 1934 – January 16, 2016
VELMA WHITE-ARRINGTON was born September 23, 1934 in Hazelhurst, MS. She was the third of nine children born to the late Anderson Curry and Ida Mae Curry. Velma, accepted Christ at a young age in Hazelhurst, where she also began her education. The Curry Family later moved to Michigan City, IN, and then to Gary, IN, where she attended and graduated from Roosevelt high School. Shortly after high school, Velma married Robert Lee White, Sr. Their union was blessed with four beautiful children; Corliss, Deborah, Brenda and Robert Jr. In 1961, the family Moved to Oceanside, CA and united with Walker Chapel A.M.E. Church under the spiritual guidance of Reverend W. W. Fisher and continued under Pastor Donna Davis. Velma, who embraced and enjoyed singing since early childhood, was a member of the choir; she also enjoyed doing “This is your life”, program where she would do an autobiography on other church members and would recite their life by memory. She was amazing! She loved her church, her pastor and her church family. Velma was a faithful member in attendance and service until her illness prevented her. Shortly after her move to Oceanside, Velma enrolled at Mira Costa College, where she majored and earned a degree in English. Afterwards, she began working as a tutor for the Oceanside Unified School District. Velma also served her community as an event planner and organizer. She was an active member of the PTA wherever her children attended school. She was also involved and assisted with the youth little league teams and after school programs. Velma very much enjoyed working with children. Velma later met and fell in love with CharlieArrington, Jr. They were united in marriage on December 28, 2008; shortly afterwards, he joined her at Walker Chapel A.M.E. Church. They were inseparable; they did everything together. Charlie preceded her in death on March 29, 2014. Velma loved and lived life to the fullest. She was full of love, charisma and joy. She was a very loving and caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt and a friend to many. She enjoyed spending quality time with family and friends. Velma, who enjoyed singing and listening to music, had the opportunity to meet many great artists such as James Brown and BB King. Her most favorite pastime was shopping; her second most favorite was more shopping! On Saturday, January 16, 2016, Velma White-Arrington was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Corliss Jean White of Diamond Bar, CA, Deborah Jean White-Bradley (Raymond) of Tampa, FL, Brenda White Gross of San Diego, CA and Robert Lee White, Jr. (Contessa) of Laguna Niguel, CA; one brother, Bobby Curry of San Diego, CA; sisters, Liberty Corley (James Sr.) of San Diego, CA and Ann Howell (John) of Gary, Indiana; her longtime friend and confidant, Robert White, Sr. of Oceanside, CA; six grandchildren, seventeen greatgrandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life.
Pastor Celie Stokes Davis Gooden
April 5, 1939 – February 4, 2016
CELIE STOKES DAVIS GOODEN was born in Jonestown, Mississippi on April 5, 1939 to Hill and Beatrice Stokes. Celie was the eleventh child out of seventeen children born into the Stokes Family. Celie was baptized at the age of eight at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Jonestown, Mississippi and continued to walk with Christ her entire life. Celie attended Jonestown Elementary and continued her education in San Diego, California. She graduated from Lincoln High School and then attended San Diego City College for two-years. She obtained a certificate in Electronics. Always dedicated to education, Celie pursed additional degrees at the Theological University, also located in San Diego, California. On December 14, 1954, in Jonestown, Mississippi, Celie married Lake Davis, Sr. and to this union five children were born; Mary Francis, Willie Mae, Lake Jr.,Derotha Ann and Richard Earl. The marriage lasted for over twenty-four years and the couple always remained close friends. Lake, Sr. passed away in 2001, and he will always be remembered. After many years, Celie married Ephron Gooden (Ephron preceded her in death). Celie was employed by Data Graphic, located in El Cajon, California, as a Lead Supervisor for over sixteen-years. After retiring from Data Graphic, Celie entered the ministry full-time in 1993 and received her “calling” to become the Pastor of the Church of Divinity. Under Pastor Gooden’s leadership, the church faithfully; lead people to Christ, provided Bible Study, fed the homeless, provided finances to keep people in their homes, provided scholarships for college to local youth and much, much more. Pastor Gooden always “listened” intently to the voice of the Lord and provided prayer for any and every one. You would find Pastor Gooden stopping to pray for people in the grocery store, on the street, in the bank or wherever the Lord said there was a need. Day and night, people called on Pastor Gooden for her unconditional love and wisdom. Marriages have been saved, children reunited with their parents, and families restored all under the direction and guidance of Pastor Gooden. Pastor Gooden’s, Church of Divinity held services on Saturdays instead of Sundays. When asked why; Pastor Gooden said that the first day of the WEEK IS SUNDAY ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE. PASTOR GOODEN ALSO SAID; EVERY DAY IS GOD’S DAY. Pastor Gooden actively participated in local politics and was a member of the “Jonestown Concerned Citizens Committee”; and worked tirelessly for the benefit of the residents of Jonestown. Pastor Gooden attended the local Jonestown City Council Meetings and Gatherings on a regular basis. Pastor Gooden LOVED to go fishing and she could be found fishing at the, “The Bridge, Pay Lake or Johnson Bottom”, with her niece Florence “Duck” Johnson or youngest daughter Derotha. On one fishing trip Pastor Gooden caught “95” fish. The ultimate gardener, you could find Pastor Gooden gardening in her yard, whenever possible. Pastor Gooden had a “green thumb” and could bring a plant back to life with her tender touch. Pastor Gooden has dedicated her life to “Demonstrating the Will of God”. Although the Church of Divinity originated in San Diego, California the church relocated to Pastor Gooden’s hometown of Jonestown, Mississippi. The Church of Divinity was called by many; the “Church on the Hill”. On Thursday, February 4th, 2016, Pastor Gooden was called home to be with her heavenly Father. She was preceded in death by her loving mother, Beatrice Marshall, her father, Hill Stokes, Sr., four sisters; Rosie Lee Daughetery, Vester Mae Rose, Lady B. Stokes and Florida Belle Sherls; six brothers; L.G. Anderson, L.A. Stokes, T.J. Stokes, George Stokes, Charles Stokes and John Stokes. Pastor Gooden is preceded in death by her two Loving Sons; Lake Davis, Jr. and Richard Earl Davis. Pastor Gooden leaves to mourn her passing, her Caring Brothers; Roosevelt Stokes and wife, Rose (Ft. Myers, Florida), Joe Eddie Stokes (Marks, Mississippi), Hill Stokes, Jr. (Jonestown, Mississippi) and sister, Annie B. Ewing (Jonestown, Mississippi). Devoted Daughters’ and Son-in-Laws; Mary Welch and her husband Oliver (Riverside, California), Willie Mae Robinson and her husband Leonard (Murrieta, California) and Derotha Thompson (Jonestown, Mississippi); Precious Grandchildren, Marlon Tigner, Lake Davis III, Nikki Morrow, Shalisa Robinson, Payton Lowe, Lakeisha Davis, Bradley Lowe, Edwaina Pruitt-Owens, Anthony Owens, Justin Lowe, Breanna Davis, David Pruitt and Isaiah Robinson. She also has Much-loved Great-grandchildren; Elijah Robinson, Nasaya Lowe, Astaria Tigner, Madison Tigner, Faqua Tigner and Donnesha Tigner. A host of grandnephews, grandnieces, cousins, relatives and friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life.
Annie Mae Holmes
February 27, 1932 – January 31, 2016
Mother Annie Mae Holmes was born on February 27, 1932 in Summerfield, Louisiana. She was the third child of eight children born to loving and proud parents, Will and Thelma Taylor. Annie Mae who was raised in a family of strong Christian belief, accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a very early age. The Taylor Family later moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where she completed her education. Being the eldest daughter, Annie Mae assisted her parent greatly, by helping take care of her siblings; which she in a very loving and nurturing way. Growing up and throughout her life, Annie Mae was always looked upon and treated as a well-respected mother and considered a Matriarch of the family. Annie Mae arrived in San Diego, California in 1962. She held a variety of different professions such as a cook, housekeeper and janitorial duties. She later met the love of her life, Hurbert Holmes of the United States Army. They were united in Holy Matrimony on April 17, 1971. They spent many years fishing and praising the Lord together. Annie Mae also loved horse racing and bingo. She was known as the “Bingo Queen”. Annie Mae was kind-hearted, full of love, compassion and wisdom. She displayed leadership not only to her family, but also to her friends and their families as well. Annie Mae always encouraged everyone to better themselves and trust in the Lord. She impacted so many lives as a mother figure to each and every one who has crossed her path. Her smile and laughter exuded radiance that was unforgettable. She encouraged all families to build a bridge to unite as one. She was “The Matriarch” who exemplified the true nature of an Angel and a Child of GOD! Sometime, after moving to San Diego, Annie Mae united with the New Horizon Missionary Baptist church under the leadership of the late Reverend William R. Charles. In 1994, Annie Mae, along with her husband, moved their membership to New Jerusalem Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Thomas A. Maddox. During her tenure at New Jerusalem, Annie Mae became the Mother of the church in 2003. She received several awards and recognition for her dedication and faithfulness. Her favorite songs were “Amazing Grace” and “I Won’t Complain”. Mother Holmes served as President of the Women’s Mission Department and Chairperson of the Mothers’ Board. Mother and Deacon Holmes were very faithful members of the Sunday School, mid-week prayer and Bible Study classes until her health began to decline. Mother Holmes had a way of correcting you with love when you got out of place. She and Deacon Holmes were dedicated members who continuously contributed their tithes faithfully. Mother Holmes loved her church and her church family; but above all, she truly loved the Lord. She was always looking at ways to improve the fellowship. Mother Holmes was committed and dedicated to the very end. She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-four years, Hurbert Holmes; son, Robert Lee Meadows; her parents, Will and Thelma Taylor; three brothers, Wilbert, Paul and L.C. Taylor; three sisters, Berdiabe, Cora and Ruthele Harris; grandson, Carey Campbell Jr. and granddaughter, Annie Campbell. On Sunday, January 31, 2016, surrounded by loved ones, Mother Annie Mae Holmes was called home to Glory to be with her Lord. She leave to cherish her memories: her children, Aquilla Breveard, Kathy Tucker, Sandra Holmes, Willie Meadows and Stanley Holmes; grandchildren, Terry Simon, Mary Campbell, Sha Rhonda Lane, Curtis Campbell, Gary Campbell Jr., Jerry Campbell, Sandra Parker, Felisha Parker, Kenya Gant, Derrick Watkins, Bonita Meadows, Willie Meadows Jr. and Lolita Meadows and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces ,nephews, other relatives and many friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate a life well-lived. Services were held Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Memory Chapel of Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary; interment at Miramar National Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
Clarina Vanecia Williams
October 30, 1923 – February 7, 2016
Clarina Vanecia Williams was born October 30, 1923, in Pine
Bluff, Arkansas. She was the last of fourteen children born to Frank
Braxton Self and Joanna West Self. Known to family and close friends as “Boss,” Clarina received her formal education in Pine Bluff and Little Rock, Arkansas. After graduating high school, at the age of sixteen, Clarina went to live with her sister Faye in Toledo, Ohio. In 1944, on a visit to Oakland, California, she met Charles Nathaniel Williams, the love of her life. On August 13, 1945, the two were joined in Holy Matrimony. They moved to San Diego, California in 1947, raising a family of four in one home during a marriage that lasted for sixty-five years. As a house wife and mother, Clarina was active in her community with the San Diego Urban League, The League of Women Voters, The San Diego NAACP and Logan Temple A.M.E. Zion Church. On Sunday, February 7, 2016, God called Clarina Vanecia Williams home to walk eternally with her husband, Charles. Clarina is survived by her children: Kenneth Williams, Beverly Kilbourne, Michael Williams and Michelle Wilbert; two siblings; Nolan Self of Junction City, Kansas and Loretta Williams of Richmond, California. She also leaves behind to cherish her memory, eighteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones. Graveside Services were held Monday, February 15, 2016 at Riverside National Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
Joy Ann Stephens
May 12, 1940 – February 4, 2016
Joy Ann Stephens lived to be seventy-five years old, until Our Lord called her Home on February 4, 2016. She was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas before moving to San Diego, California where she became a resident for sixty years. Joy is survived by her seven children; Renee Stephens, Lynn Stephens, Clifford Stephens Jr., Kimberly Addie, Steven Berry, Gregory Rosemore Sr. and Carla Stephens, her ten grandchildren; Jameel, Kyron, Tonia, Kayla, Gregory Jr., Paris, Ashley, Carla, Stephanie and Jordin and her three great-grandchildren; Gannon, Trinity and Averie. Of her immediate family, her mother, Letha Mae Anderson and her younger sister, Elnora “Little Sister”, preceded Joy. Joy worked as a CNA in San Diego for a good portion of her lifetime, but her proudest accomplishment she would say was her family. Together, they share some of the best memories of Joy, and to them and many others, Joy was one of the funniest people they knew; most often by not even trying, but simply by the way she told stories. Joy is loved and will be missed by many. May Joy rest peacefully, while others rejoice in her memory. Services were held Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Memory Chapel of Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary; interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Jean Chizer Williams
September 12, 1939 – January 26, 2016
WILLIE JEAN FALKNER, affectionately known as “Jean” by family and friends, was born September 12, 1939 in Bonita, Louisiana to very loving and proud parents, the late Eugene and Willie Vee Falkner. Jean was the eldest of her three siblings. During the early 1940s, the Falkner Family moved to Los Angeles, California, where she received her formal education and graduated from Centennial High School. During her teen years, Jean accepted Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized. After high school, Jean began employment with Mattel Toys Company, where she worked for several years. In 1969, Jean relocated to San Diego, California, where she was employed as a Nurses Assistance at a local nursing facility and later with Xerox. Jean later developed an interest in doing hair. With determination and perseverance, she became a licensed cosmetologist and a successful entrepreneur, owning two beauty salons. Jean’s love and passion for cosmetology continued throughout her life. She was also an accomplished quilt maker and an artist of crafts and was very successful in marketing her creations. She later met Lawrence Williams, Sr., affectionately known as “Larry”. They were united in Holy Matrimony in 1972. After thirty-two years of love and marriage, her beloved Lawrence was called home to Glory in 2004. Jean was adventurous and was never afraid to try something new. As a young woman, she was always the life of the party. Although she was the smallest of all her cousins, they called on her whenever there was trouble or concern. Jean also enjoyed singing, dancing, music, traveling and food; spaghetti was her favorite dish. One of her life’s dreams was to visit Africa and in 2007, her dream came true. She collected African art and of all the animals in Africa, the elephant was her favorite; by far, this was her most memorable and amazing trip ever. Over the last few years, Jean had experienced some health issues, yet she remained resilient. For she never gave up, she fought a good fight, finished the course and kept the faith. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, while on her way to her weekly hobby class to make angels, Jean was called home to be with the Lord. She leaves to cherish her beloved memory, five devoted and loving children, Llyris Chizer “Dobie”, Floriska Byas “Fee” (Clyde), Perrone Chizer “Fella”, Linda Childress and Lawrence Williams, Jr., all of San Diego, CA; two brothers, P. W. Williams “Pee Wee” of Temecula CA and Al White of Escondido, CA; one sister, Roslyn Anderson of San Diego, CA; seven grandsons, Tyrell, Chauncy, Quincy, Kameren, Suran, Casemi and Zamora; and a host of other relative and friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life. Services were held Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Memory Chapel of Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary; interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Bennie L. Nash
September 26, 1920 – January 19, 2016
Bennie Lee Miller Nash, she was born to Walter Miller and Lillie Wallace Miller on September 26, 1920 in Reagan, Texas. Bennie was the older of two children; she had a baby sister Beatrice. Little did the Miller sisters know, they would grow up to marry the Nash brothers! She received her primary education in Reagan, Texas and graduated high school in Houston, Texas. Her grandparents, Tom and Pearl Wallace played a significant role in raising Bennie and her sister. Her grandfather was the first Black sheriff in Reagan, he taught Bennie to drive at the young age of thirteen so she could be his “driver”. In 1939, Bennie started working as a nanny for a baby boy who would soon become her son, and the man who would become her husband. On May 15, 1941 Bennie married Monroe Nash, Sr., three more boys joined big brother John over the next eight years. Billy in 1942, Walter in 1944, and Monroe Jr. in 1949. Being the mother of four rambunctious boys kept Bennie on her toes, they were always involved in sports or eating! She always said her kitchen had a revolving door, she mopped her kitchen floor twice a day so if the boys dropped any food, they could pick it up and eat it! In 1958, Monroe and Bennie moved their family from Houston to San Diego, California. Bennie’s sister Beatrice was living there with her husband, Monroe’s brother. In 1958, Bennie began working for General Dynamics Convair; she remained there until she retired in 1979. Bennie was an excellent seamstress, a skill she learned from her grandmother. She could make anything without a pattern. This skill came in handy as she altered clothes for her growing boys. She even made some of the clothes for her son that soon grew over six feet four inches tall! In the early 70s, Bennie became affectionately known as “Gramma” to family and close friends. After retirement Bennie became an avid traveler, active in social and charity clubs, and also somewhat of a physical fitness “buff”. Bennie was also an entrepreneur of successful businesses; she was co-owner with her sons: Allstate Insurance franchise, Benjowali Winery, Cuzin Roe’s Catering. Bennie was a huge supporter of family; her home was somewhat of a “half-way” house for family and friends over the years. She loved entertaining and her jokes left everyone in stitches. Bennie was a member of Mt. Erie Baptist Church for many years. She later united with Grace Missionary Baptist Church where she became a “Mother” of the church. She was a faithful member until her health declined. As a woman Bennie possessed a strong sense of independence and courage, and she held a strong belief in God’s sovereignty. Her strength, independence and faith are her trademark and legacy. We saw it displayed everyday with her spirit for living life to the fullest, and her bold sense of festiveness. She didn’t care who you were or what your status was, if she felt you needed to hear it —— you were going to hear it! She trusted that her faith and belief in God was bigger than anything or anybody, and it would carry her through any circumstance presented. It carried her through racism, segregation and discrimination in the South. It carried her through love and death of family and friends. It carried her through other life tragedies including her own illnesses; she survived breast cancer not once but twice. After a lengthy illness Bennie was called home to rest and to get her reward on January 19, 2016. She slept away peacefully and painlessly. God knew she was tired and weary. She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving son Walter Nash, Sr. (Juanita), Daughter-in-law Betty Nash, Daughter-in-love Myrna Anderson. 8 Grandchildren, Martin Nash, Deedra Nash-Colston (Todd), Kevin Nash, Walter Nash, Jr., John Nash, Erecca Nash-Thomas, Dax Pierson, and Lykai Nash-Johnson (Matthew). 17 Great-Grandchildren; 4 Great-Great Grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. Bennie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Monroe Sr., her sister Beatrice, and three of her sons John, Billy, and Monroe Jr. What a Heavenly greeting she received!
Larry Jenkins Jr., a thirty-seven year native of Gainsville, Florida, separated from this life on January 24, 2016 in San Diego, California. He graduated from Buchholz, High School, “Class of 1997”. He enlisted in the United States Marines, where he served from 1997 to 2001, The United States Navy from 2001 to 2011, The Reserve from 2011 to Present. Larry received numerous Awards and Medals throughout his Military Career. He is survived by his wife, Nadine Jenkins; children, Shaheem Jenkins, Tianna Jenkins, Ariannna Jenkins and Joshua Mayberry; mother, Valarie Jenkins; father, Larry Jenkins (Lenora); siblings, Lamar Jenkins, Marsha Jenkins, Jamie Jenkins, Katrina M. Lee, Aleysha Jenkins and Artaisha Brooks (Aaron); mother in law, Debra Williams. Services were held on Saturday, February 06, 2016, Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Gainesville, Florida; interment & Military Honors at Rutledge Cemetery, Gainesville, Florida. Arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary, San Diego, CA and Carnegie Funeral Home in Chiefland, FL.
April 2, 1940 – January 30, 2016
BETTY L. (MASHBURN) BRYSON, a longtime administrator for Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, died Saturday at her home in San Diego. She was 75. Mrs. Bryson, born April 2, 1940 in Chattahoochee, Florida, was a proud alumna of Carter Parramore High School in Quincy. She graduated in 1957, the year she was student body president. She went on to Atlanta’s Grady Memorial nursing school and was just 20 years old when she earned the title of registered nurse. She was president of the Grady class of 1960 and her fellow students voted her “cutest.’’ Her first job was as a surgical nurse at Grady, where she met her husband, Andrew Bryson, then a clinical chemist at the hospital. When an Army civilian posting took Andrew Bryson to Savannah, Illinois in the 1960s, the city hospital was so eager to have the services of both Brysons that junior nurses were sent to their home to babysit their two young daughters. This in a town where the family initially found it difficult to rent an apartment because of racism. White landlords would see the black couple approach and flip signs from “vacancy to “no vacancy.’’ The Brysons persevered and helped build a community that had been ready to reject them. The family later moved to Pueblo, Colorado, where Andrew worked for the Army Depot and Betty for the state hospital. After moving with her husband and two daughters to San Diego in the 1970s, Mrs. Bryson earned a degree in hospital administration from the then Chapman College. She began working for Mesa Vista, a psychiatric facility, in 1975, and continued when it was acquired by Sharp in 1998. Upon her retirement in 2006, a co-worker wrote that she was “a sage lady who carries herself with grace and power.’’ And she carried herself with style. She wore street clothes to Mesa Vista, and her gorgeous suits and improbably high heels were an expression of her personality her self assurance, her sense of beauty and her willingness to try new things. She loved to shop for clothes, for art and for over-the-top costume jewelry, with rings the size of golf balls a particular favorite. She also found great pleasure in beating her daughters at Scrabble, going to the theater with her dear friend the late Iris Hirshberg, tending her roses and listening to the music of Gladys Knight, Dinah Washington, Dionne Warwick Nancy Wilson and Brook Benton. She responded with pained patience when her husband crooned his imitation of Johnny Mathis. At home, she had a room of her own with a wall of books. She enjoyed Toni Morrison and Anne Tyler, Zora Neale Hurston and John Irving. Owen Meany made her laugh out loud. Under a lace doily inherited from her grandmother sat a sewing machine she had not used since her daughters were young. The room also was where she kept the stationery supplies she used liberally _ something well-known to the many recipients of the loving and encouraging notes she was in the habit of writing in her bold, beautiful calligraphy. At Grady she had been a member of Chi Eta Phi, a sorority whose motto _ “service for humanity’’ _ expressed her personal philosophy. She was for many years an active member of the nursing ministry at San Diego’s Bethel Baptist Church. Knowing what to do and doing it with confidence and competence were a way of caring. When Mrs. Bryson was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, she was frightened and angered. She imagined she would lose her ability to show her love. But another nursing skill she had perfected was the ability to be a calm and reassuring presence. Even when her illness robbed her of so much, there were still times when her family could draw strength from simply being with her. Mrs. Bryson will live on in the hearts of her husband of 53 years; her daughters Crystal and Donna (Fredrick Glick); her grandchildren Kiefer Gatlin of San Diego and Thandi Glick of Denver; her sister Delores Mathews (Raymond Mathews Sr.) of Tampa, Fla.; her brother Richard Mashburn (Dorothy) of Tallahassee, Fla.; cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives and friends.
February 24, 1911 – January 11, 2016
Daisy Smith was born on February 24, 1911, in Pilot Point, Texas, to the parents of Jim Smith and Ann Jackson. Daisy matriculated through school in Pilot Point and became quite a seamstress. She was preceded in death by her parents and three children, Jesse and Tommy Wilkins and one daughter. Daisy was raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and grew up in the “Holiness” church Her family was very musical, and, as a child, she traveled with them to local churches in the area including Wetumka, Oklahoma. There, she and her whole family would minister in music, playing the guitar, triangle, cymbals, piano and harmonica and singing songs of praise. Whichever church they were visiting, that local pastor would yield the entire worship and ministry to her family; hence, they would conduct the complete church service for the day. Daisy married Jesse Wilkins, moved to San Diego, California in the late 1930’s and joined fellowship with Jackson Memorial Church of God in Christ (later renamed Fountain of Life Church of God in Christ) under the pastorate of the founding Pastor, Elder Jackson. Later, Elder Junious A. Blake, Sr., (future Bishop of the First Jurisdiction, Southern California) became her pastor, and, in her latter years, she served under her Pastor, Bishop J.A. Blake, Jr. Mother Bishop was a pillar at Fountain of Life, reigning as the oldest member and one of the most tenured members. Being a widow, she married Edd Allison Bishop in 1960. At Jackson Memorial, in her younger years, Mother Bishop participated in the Youth Department, YPWW, Women’s Department and other areas. As she matured in the church, she served on the Deaconess and Mother’s Boards and sang in the Adult Choir. When her health began to fail, she was unable to attend church on a regular basis; however, she became very active in the church’s telephone prayer ministry. She would sing songs and praise God over the phone with other seniors and those who, along with herself, were unable to attend service and were shut-in. At Mother Daisy’s age of 104, her mind was very clear and sharp. When the saints called her, she immediately recognized their voices and chatted with them. She would often initiate calls to certain of her peers and have long conversations as well. At Mother Bishop’s 100 birthday party celebration, she was showered with love from her family and friends. She was a “sweet potato” pie connoisseur and was deemed the best “sweet potato” pie maker in San Diego. She was friendly, family oriented and prayer warrior and was dedicated to and treasured her boys and loved all of her extended family. She leaves to celebrate her home going, three devoted sons, Jimmy, James and John Wilkins; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Services were held Tuesday, February, 2, 2016 at Fountain of Life Church of God in Christ; interment, Mt. Hope Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary.
Jerrad Cardae Scott
February 15, 1991 – January 17, 2016
Services were held Saturday, January 30, 2016 at The Rock Church; interment at Glen Abbey Memorial Park. Final arrangements entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary. Jerrad Cardae Scott began his journey on February 15, 1991. Born the youngest of three boys in the city of San Diego, California to his parents Veda Jackson and Edward Kendall. At an early age he accepted Christ as his Lord and savior and attended Christian church. In 2009, he graduated from Monte Vista High School where he was an accomplished basketball, track, and football star. Soon after graduating, he dedicated himself to the family businesses that he managed and help grow. Jerrad was known for his infectious smile that brought joy to others around him. His astonishing personality and playful behavior allowed family and friends to remember him as being a goofy, generous, free spirit. An athlete growing up, Jerrad especially excelled in football, He also enjoyed food, with the ultimate dream of starting culinary school and opening his own restaurant. Most of all, Jerrad was passionate about family. His children, Cardae and Jayce were the most important part of his life and he always looked forward to Sunday dinners with his mother Veda and his brothers James and Jonathan. He was a hard worker with a positive attitude that would conquer any obstacle in front of him with a smile on his face. On January 17th 2016, Jerrad Scott passed away. To cherish his memory, he leaves his loving mother Veda Jackson and Father Edward Kendall, his children Cardae Scott and Jayce Scott, brothers, James Moore, Jonathan Moore, Tyrell, Tyrae and Khris, sister Sherelle, along with a host of cousins, relatives and dear friends. Dominique Gray February 19, 1953 – 2016
Graveside services were held Saturday, January 16, 2015 at Walnut Hills Cemetery in Cincinnati. Final arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary of San Diego, CA and Thompson, Hall & Jordan Funeral Home of Cincinnati, OH. Dominique Gray was born on February 19, 1953 to the late Mildred and Robert H. Gray of Cincinnati, Ohio. Dominique was the youngest of three children. Dominique lived the life Christ wants all of us to live. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Trinity Baptist Church (Cincinnati, Ohio). Through Christian experience, Dominique also belonged to several Churches in the cities where she was employed – Second Baptist Church of Evanston (Illinois), Union Baptist Church (White Plains, New York), Hartford Memorial Baptist Church (Detroit, Michigan), and New Life Missionary Baptist Church (Spring Valley, California). Dominique was a member of the BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) International during the past seven years. She also taught Church School, volunteered, taught Vacation Bible School; held membership in the Christian Singles Ministry, Women of New Life. Dominique graduated from Walnut Hills Preparatory High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) and completed Undergraduate Studies at The Ohio State University. Dominique held various leadership positions while at Ohio State University – The Edward S. Beanie Drake Student Leadership Endowment Fund Award and Scholarship, Freshman and Sophomore Student Council Representative, Chimes National Honor Society. Dominique held other Leadership positions: Illinois Bell Careers in Telecommunications Spokesperson; National Child Evangelism Fellowship Certification. Following her graduation, she was employed at Illinois Bell in Chicago, Illinois and attended the University of Chicago Business School. Dominique completed an MBA Degree (concentration Finance, Marketing) in 1988. She began her corporate career with Kraft General Foods (White Plains, New York); Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, Michigan). In 1996, Dominique was diagnosed with a chronic illness and changed to a Teaching (Substitute) Career in the Farmington, Michigan School District. In 2008, she relocated to San Diego, California and continued this career in the Grossmont School District (El Cajon), and the San Diego Unified School District. Dominique received Citations of Excellence from the School Superintendents in each of these Districts.
Dominique was involved in many community endeavors – Candy Striper at Christ Hospital (Ohio) in her teen years; member/violinist in the Cincinnati Junior Symphony Orchestra; Girl Scout; Campus Activities – The Ohio State University; Chicago Public Schools/Illinois Bell Partnership – Science Fair Judge; Delegate – Progressive National Baptist Conference; member, officer, National Black MBA Association (Chicago, Detroit Chapters); Volunteer Oakdale Senior Living Facility (La Mesa, California). Dominique had so many friends during her lifetime: childhood friends from Cincinnati; friends from Ohio State; Chicago; New York; New Jersey; Michigan; North Carolina; Kansas; Georgia; Maryland; California. She travelled to over half of the United States; Europe; Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea; Caribbean Islands; Mexico. She loved outings with friends and family such as Art Exhibits, Museums, and Fine Arts Films. Dominique kept friends and family updated with her Annual Holiday Newsletter. Dominique was affectionately called Nita, “Auntie Nit” by family members. Dominique loved visiting with family; staying in touch and connecting relatives with other family members. She loved baking cookies and cupcakes for her nephews and god daughters. Dominique leaves to mourn loving brother and sister-in-law Dwight and Myra Gray (San Luis Obispo, CA); loving sister Antoinette Rance (Southfield, MI); two devoted nephews – Jacob E. Gray (Marcria) Bend, Oregon and Robert S. Rance (Southfield, MI); loving niece Shalena R. Rance (Atlanta, Georgia); two loving Goddaughters – Chelsea Mary Elise Johnson (Brooklyn, New York) and Lindsay Monique Tucker (Toledo, Ohio); a host of cousins, Aunts – Mrs. Bessie Tillery, Mrs. Eugenia Ewing (Cincinnati, Ohio), Mrs. Johnnie Wilder (Tuscaloosa, Alabama); Uncles – Mr. Jesse Hamilton (Matlyn) (Washington, D.C.), Mr. Frank Hamilton (Carrie Nell) (Cleveland, OH), Mr. Philip Gray (Nancy), Mr. Reginald Gray (Cincinnati, OH); a host of relatives, and special friends – Darryl Bailey, Gabrielle Flemeister, Bonita Johnson, Cheryl Breech, Germaine Glass, James Lamb, Barbara Lewis, Yameena Hollifield, Clarita Mays, Donna Pergeau, Carnell Jones (MI); Alice and Gordon Nelson (NY); Brenda and Fred Lindsay (Clinton, MS); Marilyn and Rev Herndon Anderson; Dr. Donna and John Ebron; Dr. Craig Williams (OH); Cynthia and Rhonnie Johnson (Charlotte, NC); Pam and Annanias Rose, Vondell and Weldon Cook, Glenda Johnson, Dr. Wantzu and Dr. Wen-Shin Liu (San Diego, CA); Dr. Marvella Ford (Charleston, South Carolina); John and Elaine St. Laurent (Oregon); Bridgett and Elliott Heller (New Jersey); Martha and Milton Fan (Maryland); Kathyrn Lauderdale (District of Columbia); Serethea and Ronald Reid (Illinois). Graveside services will be held at Walnut Hills Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH. Local arrangements were with Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary in San Diego. Thompson-Hall & Jordan Funeral Home in Cincinnati.
Alex Barnell Bolden
November 22, 1935 – December 31, 2015
Alex Barnell Bolden was born in Delhi, Louisiana on November 22, 1935. He was the youngest son of eleven children born to the late Mr. Charles E. Bolden and Mrs. Evelyn K. Bolden (Kelly). Alex accepted Christ at an early age and united with Cloudy Creek Baptist Church in Delhi, Louisiana. During his younger years he met Geraldine King who became his high school sweetheart. Alex graduated form Ester Toombs High School in 1955 and later moved to Oakland, California to find work since his older brother Tim lived there. In 1957, Alex decided to leave Oakland and move to San Diego. He began working for R.E. Hazard Construction Company as a forklift operator and joined the Local 89 Laborers Union where he retired in 1997 after 42 years of service. Geraldine joined Alex in San Diego after she graduated from college and they were wed July 27, 1959. From that union, two children were born, Alex Bernard Bolden and Beverly Ann Bolden (Dill); six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Alex was a family man and loved his family deary. He was a very proud husband, father, and grandfather. Alex was a very outgoing person and loved his community. He never met a stranger. He is known and loved by those he has met. His laugh and smile was unforgettable. Alex leaves to cherish his loving memories: His devoted wife of 56 years, Geraldine Bolden, a son, Alex Bolden (Wife: Lisa Bolden) of Albuquerque, NM, a daughter, Beverly Dill (Husband: Tony Dill) of Chula Vista, CA; grandchildren, Alexandria Bolden, Angela Bolden, Nicholas Bolden, Alesa Bolden, Kylah Dill, and Jaden Dill, and a great grandchild, Kyree Bolden; a living sister, Joe Marie Ross (Husband: Ardell V. Ross) of Jamul, CA; and a host of very special nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Five sisters, Leola Watson, Bell Hilton, Jennie V. Prater, Hortense Williams, and Katie Bee; three brothers, Willie Lee Bolden, James Bolden, and Timothy Bolden preceded him in death.
June 8, 1954 – December 24, 2015
God called Michelle (“Tiny”) Greer, forth to HIS glory and eternity on December 24, 2015 after a lengthy illness. She was the youngest of three girls, born to James and Edwina Perry in San Diego, California who preceded her death. In 1970, Michelle united in Holy Matrimony with Danny Greer of San Diego, CA who also preceded her in death. Created from their union were three children, a daughter and two sons. Michelle accepted Christ at an early age at Trinity Baptist Church and later as an adult, she rededicated her life to Him, ending her days quoting scripture with her sister, Ewan Mason. Michelle attended grade school in San Diego, CA, later receiving her GED. She graduated from Pacific Coast College, with a Certificate of Completion as a Medical Assistant. Michelle worked at the Naval Hospital and later transferred to the VA Hospital, working in the mortuary. From her adversities in life, Michelle was lead to volunteer as a Drug and Rehabilitation Counselor Assistant because she wanted to help others in their struggles as she related to their hardships and could encourage and offer hope. Michelle was known to be an encourager of others as she shared her life’s testimony to anyone who would listen. She loved to read and watch movies with criminal investigation and forensic content as she would attempted to solve each case. Most of all, Michelle loved her family. She anticipated the Holidays so that she could fellowship with them and partake in down home cuisines. She is survived by her Children: Tina Marie, Danny Jr., and Edward Douglas (Bettina); her two sisters Maxine Smith (Thomas) and Ewana Mason (James), and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, other relatives, and beloved friends. Michelle will forever be in our hearts.
Gladys Armstrong Amos
July 2, 1917 – 2015
Ms. Gladys Ruth Amos, the seventh of ten children, was born to Robert L. Armstrong and Ada Armstrong in Brawley California on July 2, 1917. With a host of brothers and sisters, Gladys was a dedicated Christian, who immersed herself into her church and Christian community. She and her family attended Bethel Baptist Church where she served the Lord by being on the Usher Board, Sunday School Teacher and Deaconess. From the beginning, Gladys loved the Lord. Gladys and her family moved to San Diego when she was a young girl, where she graduated from San Diego High School, the first high school in San Diego. She would often share stories of her youth, telling everybody how she loved being raised on a farm where she rode horses, milked cows and retrieved eggs from the many chickens her family owned. She often said, some of her best times was on the farm. After she graduated, Gladys met and married Thomas Grayson. They raised three children, Alyce Y. Walker, David L. Grayson Sr. and Arteena Allen. After the untimely death of Thomas; Gladys took on the responsibility of raising and supporting her three children while working two jobs. Gladys then met and married her sweetheart, Leroy Amos with whom she married on December 11, 1954. Their love spanned 5 decades until he went on to be with the Lord. Gladys retired from North Island Naval Station after 38 years as a dispatcher. When she retired, she still had two years of sick leave which showed her dedication to both her job and the people she assisted daily. The Navy allocated those 2 years as time served and credited her for being on the job for almost 40 years. Gladys lived to see the passing of her beloved husband, Leroy Amos, her parents, brothers, sisters, and her daughter Alyce and granddaughters Deborah, Wanda, and Roxanne. She leaves behind her son, David L. Grayson Sr., daughter Arteena Allen (Melvin); her grandsons, Steve Grayson, David Lee Grayson Jr. (Lauren) and Anthony Allen (Alma). She also leaves behind her granddaughters, Patricia Raspberry (Elliott), Ynell Lawson (Harold), Cynthia Harper (Charlie) and Jacqueline Guerrero; 20 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pearlie M. Brown
July 24, 1935 – January 1, 2016
Pearlie M. Brown was the youngest of three children born to Albert and Elsie House in Sherburne, Louisiana on July 24, 1935. She received her eternal reward on January 1, 2016. Pearlie moved to Houston, Texas at the tender age of 17 to live with her sister. She was baptized at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Texas under the pastorate of Rev. McCardell. Pearlie moved to Oceanside, California in 1957. She enrolled in and graduated from Business School as a Secretary. Under the pastorate of Rev. J.L. Rowson, she joined the St. John Missionary Baptist Church in 1957. Her pastor assisted her with getting a job at the combined campuses of Oceanside – Carlsbad High School and Mira Costa College as a Security Guard. The Lord sent Pearlie a special man who captured her heart in the person of Herbert J. Brown. They united in holy matrimony on December 1, 1967 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lord blessed this union with one son, Herbert J. Brown, II. They built a life together working, fishing, bowling, being involved in community events, and attending plays and banquets, where many times they were the only African Americans in attendance. Pearlie was a businesswoman who operated a Licensed Day Care in her home from 1970 – 1993. Many of Oceanside’s children reaped the benefits of the “Pearlie Brown Special Brand of Love”. She honored Herbert J. Brown as the priest of her family for 34 years until his death on November 9, 2002. Throughout her membership at St. John, she served as Superintendent of the BYU, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, served as a deacon’s wife, served as President of the Women’s Missionary Union for 20 years (1977-1997), and was a member of Ruth Circle where she served as Vice President. She was appointed as a Mother of the Church in 2005 by her former pastor, Rev. Anthony C. Frazier, Sr. She served on the 2013-2014 Pastoral Search Committee and was instrumental in identifying God’s choice in the person of our new pastor, Rev. Kadri J. Webb and oh how she loved her pastor. She faithfully attended worship, Praying Meeting, Bible Study and was a faithful tither and grace giver. Mother Brown began participating in the Progressive Baptist District Association in 1975 under the leadership of Moderator, Dr. S.M. Lockridge. She served first as Financial Secretary under the leadership of Sis. Exie Howard and then later gave dynamic leadership herself as President of the Progressive Baptist District Association Senior Women’s Auxiliary. She remained faithful in the work even when she was serving as President Emeritus and the Marketing Strategist for the Arts and Crafts Department whose sales benefited the Progressive Scholarship Fund. Mother Brown especially loved the work of the union. At the state level, she was a faithful member of the California Missionary Baptist State Convention, where she served in many capacities, but most recently as the Vice President of the Women’s Auxiliary, where her leadership and wealth of knowledge of the work were respected by all. And for her, it was a natural progression to attend and participate in the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Women’s Auxiliary. Pearlie lovingly embraced the values and concepts of the Order of the Eastern Star for nearly 62 years. She became a member of the Most Worthy Mount Olive Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star on January 18, 1964 and St. Mary’s Chapter #105 Order of the Eastern Star where she was the Worthy Matron. Her community involvement included: Past President of the Women’s Community Club, a member of the Friendly Seniors, and a member of the Lutheran Church Quilters. Pearlie was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert J. Brown; her parents, Albert and Elsie House; her sister and her brother. She leaves to cherish her memory: her son, Herbert J. Brown, II (Francesetta); three sisters-in-law, Emma Brown (Clarence), Evelyn Williams (Arthur), and Carrie Adams (Lionel); her goddaughters, Saundra Cummings, Adrian Williamson, and Carmen Coleman; her children by divine assignment, Patricia Frazier, Ella Greer, Sabrina Hurst, Mel Laurent, Yvonne Turner, and Corlett Bunns; her “Golden Girls,” Mary Anderson, Veodie Boatman, Emma Davis, and Kay Montgomery; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Mother Pearlie Brown spent her years on this earth investing herself in her family and the lives of others. Mrs. Brown opened her heart and shared her finances and her home with anyone in need. She had a ready smile for anyone who would received God’s unique brand of love through her. We praise God for His unspeakable gift to us through this strong, regal woman of God.
Andrew Christopher Bailey
December 10, 1969 – December 27, 2015
On December 10, 1969, a beautiful baby boy was born named Andrew Christopher Bailey, to Ethel Audrey Bailey and Ronald Bailey, Sr., in Newport News, Virginia. To the family and friends, he’s also known as Chris or “B”. He was the second of three children. As a child, he attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary school and Newsome Park Middle School. Then he attended Ferguson High School and he graduated in 1987, in Newport News, Virginia. After High School, Andrew joined the United States Navy. While serving in the military, he traveled around the world. He served on many ships, but I will name a few: The USS Barbey, USS John Paul Jones and The USS Benfold. He boldly served his country for twenty years before he retired. He went on to work with the Civil Service for eight years. Ge net and united with Kim Medley and to that union a child was born: Corey Medley. While in the military, he was stationed in San Diego, CA, where he met and united with Shonda Cox. To that union, he has three daughters: Samara Smith, Brittnee Bailey, and Audrey Bailey. One son: Andrew Christopher Bailey. One grandson: Andrew Ichiro Bailey of San Diego, CA. One of his pass times was cooking. He loved to cook and he was good at it. He was also good in the technology field. He could take a computer apart and rebuild it. He was also a die-hard Steelers fan. He loved his family. While he was a patient at Balboa Naval Hospital, he accepted Christ during a conversation with Orlando Franklin. Through all his trials and all his pain, he still tried to keep a smile on his face. God knew that he didn’t want His child to suffer any more so on December 27, 2015, He reached out His hand and “Bee” accepted the invitation and went home to be with his Heavenly Father. While at home, surrounded by his loved ones, Andrew closed his eyes and entered into eternal rest. The Lord accepted Andrew, so he was escorted by God’s Angels to Heaven. God waited in Heaven for his arrival. He doesn’t have to cry or feel no more pain. He has been redeemed. Andrew is preceded in death by both of his parents: Ethel Audrey Bailey and Ronald Bailey Sr., a sister, Rhonda Lynn Bailey, and his grand-parents, along with other relatives, and friends. His mother, father, sister and grandparents are waiting for his arrival along with our other relatives and friends on the other shore. He leaves to cherish his memories; Shonda Cox, his common-law wife. Three daughters: Samara Smith, Brittnee Bailey, and Audrey Bailey of San Diego, California. Two sons: Andrew Bailey, Jr. of San Diego, California; Corley Medley of Lawton, Oklahoma. One Grand-son: Andrew Ichiro Bailey of San Diego, CA. One brother: Ronald Bailey, Jr. of Newport News, Virginia. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives, and friends.
Larry Ollie Smith, Sr.
January 16, 1947 – December 23, 2015
LARRY OLLIE SMITH, SR. was born January 26, 1947 in Dayton, Ohio. He was called by his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. He was a resident of San Diego County since 1981, where he had continued his love for all things which travel at supersonic speeds. He will be remembered for his love of race cars and motorcycles, his generosity and willingness to help anyone in need, his friendly disposition and sense of humor and his devotion to family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ollie Smith. He leaves to mourn his passing his lifelong friend and devoted wife, Delores; his children, Larry Jr., Miranda and Tarmatra; his mother, Ceola Dawson; brother, Marvin Smith, Sr.; sister, Olivia Smith; grandchildren, Marcel, Michael, Isaiah, Randy, Reagan, Serena, Paris, Alexis and Sophia; special friends, Mina Winston, Robert Jackson, Will Bailey, Ken Route and Chuey Vargas and a host of other relatives and many friends. He was special to all who knew him.
August 5, 1962 – December 23, 2015
Dyvonuette Wicker, affectionately known as” Dyvie” by family and friends,
would like for everyone to know that her work here on earth has been completed. On Wednesday, December 23, 2015, Dyvie received a call from the Lord with an offer she could not refuse. For she received a very special appointment, which she will not be returning this way again. Her new assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus and a glorious reunion with loved ones and dear friends. She now has a job security of 110 percent. Her new mission takes her to a wonderful place, where she can walk, breath and live in peace without the burden of health issues nor troubles of the world. Dyvie was born August 5, 1962 in Saginaw, Michigan to Dorothy J. Calhoun Wicker and Lawrence Wicker Jr. Dyvie accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. She joined Tabernacle Baptist Church and served in the Jr. Choir in Saginaw, where she also graduated from Arthur Hill High School. After spending half of her adult life in Saginaw, Dyvie relocated to San Diego, California to join her mother. She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Wicker Jr.; grandparents, Mattie P. and Joe Calhoun and Willie Mae and Lawrence Wicker Sr. and her aunt, Erma Wicker. Dyvonuette “Dyvie” Wicker will be sadly missed, yet cherished in loving memory by her two devoted children, Dyamiond and Dominque Wicker (Melissa), six grandchildren, Kimani Dawes, Armani Dennis, Da’Marion, Dominque Jr, A’myia and Devin Wicker; six siblings, Dawn Wicker, Kathi Foster, Darrion Wicker, Dionne Taylor (Quinten), Larry Wicker, III and Stacy Wicker; five aunts, Betty, Gloria, Margie, Beatrice and Mary; two uncles, Tommy Wicker (Molly) and Joe Calhoun (Kelly); special nephews, Darrion Wicker Jr and DeUndra Harkins; best friend, Davida Quinn; goddaughter, MarChelle Young, very special brother-in-law, Kelvin Harkins; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life.
Annie Hazel Graham, PhD
December 7, 1935 – December 23, 2015
Dr. Annie Hazel Britt Graham was born to loving parents, Henon Britt, Sr. and Hazel Knox Britt on December 7, 1935 in Jackson County, Florida in a little town called Campbellton. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a very early age and joined the Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church and graduated from the St. Paul High School. Annie continued her education at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida and graduated in 1959, earning her Bachelors of Science Degree in Education. After completing her education, she taught school in Florida. In early 1961, Annie met the love of her life, Robert Lee Graham of the United States Navy. On June 27, 1961, they were united in Holy Matrimony. In 1973, Annie joined her husband in San Diego, California where he was stationed. It did not take long for them to decide that San Diego was going to be their permanent residence. Although no children were born to Robert and Annie, they enjoyed and cherished their many nieces and nephews as though they were their very own. Annie continued her passion for teaching after moving to San Diego. With a thirst for knowledge, she went back to school and earned her Masters and later her PhD. She taught in several elementary schools throughout the county, including one of the oldest historical schools and also her last place of service, Logan Elementary. She retired in 1989 with a teaching career which spanned over thirty years. Annie was truly a credit to her profession. Around the mid-1973, Annie united with the Community Missionary Baptist Church under the spiritual guidance of the late Reverend Dr. Charles E. Gayton and continued under Reverend Stephen E. McIntosh. There, she served for many, many years as the Announcement Clerk; she also sung in the Choir and taught Sunday School. One of her favorite songs was “Storm’s Almost Gone” (I can see the sun peeping through the clouds) and “Amazing Grace”. Her favorite scriptures were 23rd Psalm and the 34th Psalm. She truly loved the Lord, and she knew He loved her! After retirement, Annie and Robert began their travels, visiting family and friends in Florida; going to the Grand Canyon, seeing Hollywood up close and even visiting Las Vegas. On March 2, 1993, after thirty-two years of marriage, her beloved Robert was called home to Glory. Annie had many talents and hobbies, including making decorative souvenir boxes out of cigar boxes and beautiful handmade dolls. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; five brothers, Elloyd, Robert, Henon, Emily and King and her sister, Nodest. On Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Dr. Annie Hazel Britt Graham was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her memory, two devoted brothers, John L. Britt of Columbus, GA and Jimmy Britt of San Diego, CA; longtime friends, Sharon White, Sis. Greer and Sis. Estella Solomon and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, her church family and many friends.
February 14, 1922 December 4, 2015
WILL BROWN was born February 14, 1922 in Walls, Louisiana. He was the
second of eleven children born to Hillary Brown and Edna Bourgeois Brown. He received his formal education in Walls. In 1941, Will enlisted in the United States Army, where he served his country proudly during World War II. After receiving his Honorable Discharge, Will moved to San Diego, CA in 1945 to join his brother, Johnny and his sisters, Corrine and Edna. There, he began his employment at North Island Naval Air Station, where he spent the next fifty years as a top-notch Aircraft Mechanic. During his tenure at North Island, Will was awarded four sick leave awards in recognition for his attainment of zero sick leaves. On October 1, 1951, Will married his soulmate, Margarette Isabelle Cole. Although no children were born to their union, Will and Margarette enjoyed and loved their many nieces and nephews as their very own. After retiring in 1997, Will enjoyed spending quality time with Margarette. He also continued working as a general mechanic. He was known for fixing anything; you name it, you broke it, he’d fix it. He also enjoyed raising blue Dobermans Pinchers and Rottweilers at his home. After fifty-seven years of marriage, Will’s beloved Margarette was called home to Glory on November 18, 2008. Will had a very kind and gentle soul, and he enjoyed helping others. He was a father to many and was loved by everyone. Although he was slow to anger, you knew when he meant business. He will be greatly remembered for his loving nature and kind spirit. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. On Friday, December 4, 2015 at 12:16 P.M., Will Brown was called home to be
with the Lord. Waiting at Heaven’s gates to greet him was his wife, Margarette; his parents; sisters, Edna Fain, Bell Brimmer, Ruby Blanchard and Marguerite Robertson; brother, Lionel Brown and brother-in-law, Ivory Tansiel. He leaves to cherish his loving memory his brothers and sisters, Lucille Matthews, Corrine Tansiel, Johnny Brown, Jimmy Brown, and Leroy Brown; nephews and nieces, Leon Fain (Deborah), Lorraine Gholston (Cody Sr.), David Fain, Michelle Fain and Calvin Brimmer (Charlotte); niece and goddaughter, Yvonne Fain; a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
May 23, 1943 – December 26, 2015
Margaret Gates Johnson Ellis was born May 23rd, 1943 in Tipolo, Mississippi, to Lizzy and Frank Gates. Her interest included Kingdom Hall services, family, gardening, sewing and reading. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members. Her charm and smile set enlightened any given moment. Margaret Gates Johnson Ellis was a loving wife and mother and step-parent. She embodied all of the attributes of a light-hearted individual. She was caring, thoughtful, hardworking, compassionate, and so much more. It was so difficult to think of the right words to describe her as a sincere person and how much she meant to so many. Margaret is survived by her husband Harold C. Ellis, brother Quincy Gates, and children, Kenneth, Phylis, and Keith Johnson.
John Handley, Jr.
May 1, 1939 – December 17, 2015
JOHN HANDLEY, JR. was born May 1, 1939 to John Handley, Sr. and Effie Jackson in Vernon, Texas. The family later moved to Lawton, Oklahoma, where he was received his formal education. During the mid-1950s, John moved to San Diego, California. He later met and married Diane. In 2009, after accepting Christ into his life and his heart as his personal Savior, John joined the St. Stephens Cathedral Church of God In Christ under the spiritual guidance of Bishop George D. McKinney. John was a family man. Every step he took was to make a better way for his family. He watched over his family with love. He gave everyone that infectious smile; the smile you’ll always remember and too precious to forget. Every opportunity, John would gather his family together and discuss his new plan to make them all rich. He had many ideas and never gave up on them. He wanted everyone to be happy, to be together and to be rich. John was a very strong willed man with a goal in life, a smile that would light up the room and radiate joy to everyone he came in contact with. For many years before he became ill, every Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter, John would gather as many people as he could from the rehabilitation homes and prepare a huge meal for them people to enjoy and brighten their holidays. He wanted to touch as many lives as he could with the time he had on earth. He wanted his life to have purpose; and yes, John did accomplish that. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him; for he was loved so much. He was preceded in death by his parents; seven siblings, C.B. Little John, Russell White, John Stewart, Weldon Stewart, Bobby Stewart, Shirley Hackett, Lena Jennings and Robbie Lewis; including the family’s beloved matriarch of the family, his grandmother, Maggie Murray and grandfather, “Grand Pap” Murray. On Thursday, December 17, 2016, John Handley, Jr. was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Diane Handley; son, Corey Handley; daughter, Takeysha Stone; youngest sister, Patsy Burton; granddaughter, Evangeline Nakeysha Joanne Detwiler; great-grandchildren, Janova Rose and Jade Ritu Detwiler; five nieces, nephews, and a host of great nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends who will mourn his passing, yet celebrate his life.
Kimberly L. Cooper
October 14, 1968 – December 1, 2015
Kimberly L. Cooper was born October 14, 1968 in Stockton, CA to the union of the late Jimmy and Joyce Cooper. Kimberly received Christ at a young age and united with the Emmanuel Baptist Church. After growing unto her own, Kimberly joined Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church under the leadership of Bishop Stallworth. She later moved her membership to Strong Tower Apostolic Church. Kimberly attended and graduated from Edison High School; she also attended San Joaquin Delta College until she moved to Los Angeles, where she continued her education while working. She later relocated to San Diego, CA. Kimberly, being the person that she was, would later move to Meridian, MS to nurse her grandfather back to health. Finally she moved back to San Diego and began working for Airgas, where she was employed for many years. She also worked for her church, City of Hope International Church under Pastor Terrell Fletcher, which led to employment at San Diego Community. She was then hired by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, where she worked until her illness would no longer allow her to continue. Kim loved many things, GOD being first; people, “she never met a stranger”; reading, especially cook books; music; movies and line dancing. Kim had a beautiful penmanship and loved to draw. Her wide smile was infectious and anyone who met her will never forget her. Kimberly was the essence of love to others and was loved by so many. She will be truly missed. She was preceded in death by her father; her uncles, Kenneth and Roy Chambliss and James Cooper; aunt, Hazel Burden and her fraternal and maternal grandparents. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Kimberly L. Cooper was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Keanna Jarmon and Joshua Cooper both of Imperial Beach, CA; her mother, Joyce Cooper of Oakland, CA; one grandson, Ki’Mari Applewhite; brothers; Kevin (Lisa) Cooper of Virginia Beach, VA, Jim Cooper, III (De Alva) of Mississippi; sisters, Katrina Cooper-Hightower of Chesapeake, VA and Candice Cooper of Stockton, CA; aunts, Kathy Martin and Sharon Ashley both of Imperial Beach, CA; Wanda Price of San Leandro, CA, Lilly Priest of Stockton, CA; uncles, Rev. Donnie R. (Cheryl) Chambliss of Dallas, TX and Pell Cooper of Germany and a host of other family members whom she dearly loved, far too many to name and many, many friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life.
Agnes Nadean Allen Brooks
July 24, 1930 – November 28, 2015
Mother Agnes Nadean Allen Brooks was the second of four children born to the late Norfolk and Cecelia Allen in Parkdale, Arkansas on July 24, 1930. She entered eternal rest on November 28, 2015. Mother Brooks’ family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1932 where Agnes attended public school. Agnes received Christ in 1944 at Holy Temple Church of God in Christ under the leaderships of the late Overseer Minor Jones. She married Thomas Withers Brooks on November 5, 1951 in Little Rock, Arkansas. To this union were born eleven children. One son James Michael preceded her in death. Agnes and her husband relocated to San Diego, California in June 1955. Agnes joined with Israelite Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Elder Brown. Upon Elder Brown’s demise in 1959, Elder Cox became pastor and gave her the nickname of “Brooksie”. After the passing of Elder Cox in 1961, Elder Harvey Jessie became pastor. Who so often could not remember her name and called her Sister Hospitality or Sister Gotell’s friend. Agnes has served under Elder Jessie for 54 years. Israelite is where Agnes met her adopted sister and best friend “Mother Mary Gotell” and her adopted mother “Mother Marjorie Conedy” (known to the children as Mother C). Agnes was well known for her spirit of hospitality and her cooking ability. She worked in the restaurant business for the majority of her working career. Her career climaxed when she opened her own business. “Nadean’s Cafe” in San Diego. Her career ended in 1975 due to illness. Agnes was greatly blessed by the Lord through her children. She traveled to various cities and states with her children. She had recently relocated to Jonesboro, Georgia. Those who are left to cherish her memory are four sons, Thomas Arthur, Wayne, New Jersey, Richard Allen, Knoxville, Tennessee, Merlin, Laguna Beach, California and Anthony, San Diego, California; six daughters, Rosie Lee, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Dorothy Evelyn, Knoxville, Tennessee, Addie Beatrice, Jonesboro, Georgia, Agnes Regina, Angela Renee, Anita Racine, Upper Marlboro, Maryland; two son-in-laws Anthony Britt and Joseph Wilson; three daughter-in-laws Donna, Winona, Bertha; and two adopted daughters Julia Hutcheson and Thelma Hill; thirty-seven grandchildren, thirty-five great-grandchildren, seven nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.
Helen V. Murchison
October 17, 1931 – December 6, 2015
Helen Cooper Murchison was born October 17, 1931 in Hempstead County, Arkansas. She was one of twin girls born to the late Andrew Cooper and Narciss McElroy Cooper. She accepted Christ at an early age and attended the Mars Hill Baptist Church under the pastorate of Reverend Perkins. After completing high school, she and her twin sister, Merilon moved to Little Rock, Arkansas and attended Arkansas Baptist College. Upon graduation, she began a lifelong career in education that spanned over thirty years; beginning in Arkansas and ending in San Diego, California. Helen met William Murchison, affectionately known as “Bill”, while attending college. They married and relocated to San Diego in 1957 when Bill enlisted in the United States Navy. Two daughters were born of their union. Mrs. Murchison resumed her teaching career after joining the San Diego Unified School District. She taught elementary school at the following schools; Horton, Chollas, Jefferson and Perry. During her career, Helen earned her Master of Science Degree in Education from Pepperdine University. She retired in 1990 after touching the lives of countless students. Helen was an incredible mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to travel with family, baking delicious desserts and spend time with her family and friends. Helen was a devoted member of the St. Rita Catholic Church for over forty years. Helen Cooper Murchison reached the end of her earthly journey and made her transition to her new heavenly home on Sunday, December 6, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Murchison; twin sister, Merilon Faucette and both of her parents. She leaves to cherish her memory, her two loving daughters, Jean Freeman and her husband, Sam and Mary Edwords and her husband, Fred; four grandchildren, Gregory and Michael Elston and Livia & Julia Edwords; two great-grandchildren, Gregory Elston, Jr. and Amaya Elston; extended family members and a host of friends.
Edward Colman Gibson
August 4, 1931 – November 12, 2015
Edward Colman Gibson was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 4, 1931 to Edward Colman Gibson and Roberta Gibson. The Gibsons had 2 children, Edward and Ida. Edward used to refer to his sister, Ida as “my one and only”. At the age of 16, Edward began working for the Ford Motor Company. He bought his first car at 16 so that he could transport his cousins around the city of Detroit. Edward was a shy person with a lot of dreams and goals. As a young man, Edward married his childhood sweetheart, Barbara. During their 27 year marriage, Edward and Barbara had 3 children: Deborah (now deceased), Dennise and Eddie, III. They shared the blessing of having seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Edward loved athletic activities such as basketball and skating. He even tried out for the Harlem Globetrotters. He also enjoyed the arts and loved to attend plays. In 1976, after his divorce, Ed was introduced to Joyce Rainey by a patient at San Francisco General Hospital. Ed fell instantly in love with Joyce. He showered Joyce and her family with love, and new adventures. He proposed marriage in 1977 and happiness began for the entire family. He exposed Joyce’s sons, Dab and Derrick to an exploratory life of yearly vacations, motor home excursions; fatherly love, guidance and assistance in raising six grandchildren. Ed opened up a new world to Joyce’s family. He was greatly loved and respected by all. He showered his family with much love, both spiritual and financial. He was a very generous man. Ed enjoyed great friendships with Shirley Simpson-Baker and Ben Baker. Ed and Ben drove buses at San Francisco Municipal Railways for 32 years. They were inseparable. During Ed and Joyce’s 44 year marriage, they ventured into entrepreneurship by owning two restaurants, Ed & Joyce’s Elegant Dining and Ed and Joyce – “You Buy, We Fry” where they worked together for 12 years. Ed later became involved with Model Ex-Offenders where he worked for 28 years as a correctional monitor. Edward was a long-time member of Pilgrim Progressive Baptist Church for 40 years. Edward answered God’s call to leave his earthly home and enter into his final resting place on November 12, 2015. He leaves to cherish loving memories, his wife Joyce; children Dennise and Eddie, III; step-sons, Dohan Blevins and Derrick Grays; close friends, Shirley and Ben Baker; 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, a host of family, friends, and co-workers. Be was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Roberta Gibson and his daughter, Deborah.
Allen Charles Reddix Sr.
January 3, 1939 – November 15, 2015
Allen C. Reddix was born on January 3, 1939 to Ruby Reddix and Mary Ella Collins in Tarry ARK. He was the third child of four born to this union. His parents and two brothers Ruby Jr. and Arthur Reddix preceded him in death. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age under the leadership of Rev. H.S. Carrydine, Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Rayville, Louisiana. He was educated in the Rayville,Louisiana school system. He worked many janitorial jobs in Louisiana and California. His last job worked was a tile maker of nine years before he retired in 1975 due to health issues. In 1957 he became the proud father to a daughter, Marilyn Reddix. In 1959 he moved to San Diego, California and married Connie Jennings. To this union four children were born: Sandra, Allen Jr., Kevin and Shawn Reddix. In 1970, he moved to Los Angels, California and married Henri Jean Collins to this union one child was born, Angie Reddix. Allen loved to be around family and kept them laughing, he had a great sense of humor. He loved to dress and was very particular about the food he ate. His food had to have a special taste or he didn’t care who cooked it, he wouldn’t eat it. He leaves to cherish special memories: Three daughters: Marilyn Reddix-McDowell, Angie Reddix of Los Angeles, CA and Sandra Reddix-Jennis of San Diego, CA; Three sons: Allen C. Reddix, Shawn Reddix of San Diego, CA and Kevin Reddix of Los Angeles, CA. Twenty grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His sisters: Ollie Allen of Compton, CA; Ruby Vernon-Fields and Earslane Reddix of Fresno, CA; Geneva Grigsby of Yorktown, ARK; Dorothy McCombs of Ladd, AR; Alive Hawkins, Zeathera, Willie Mae, Gloria, Sara, Pearlie, Zellah of Tarry, ARK; and Brothers: James Compare of San Diego, CA; Sylvester, Joe, David, Randolph, Ben, Hosea, Melvin and Joshua Reddix of Tarry, ARK; Great-Aunt:Rosa Bennett; God-Sister: Nannie Lee of Rancho Cucamonga. A host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Richard Earl Davis
July 4, 1963 – November 4, 2015
RICHARD EARL DAVIS was born on July 4, 1963 in San Diego, California. He was the youngest of five children born to Lake Davis, Sr. and Celie Davis. Richard received his formal education through the San Diego Unified School District, graduating from Morse High School. He continued his education at Grossmont College, studying courses associated with Water Equipment Inspection. Richard had numerous hobbies and personal interest throughout his life. As a youth, he played baseball. As a teenager, he began playing the bass guitar and eventually joined a local band. The enjoyment of playing his guitar carried over into his adult life. Richard developed an interest in jazz music, eating at fine restaurants and also was an avid reader. He was also interested in local politics. Richard, who greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, attended numerous family outings and family reunions. Richard was an entrepreneur, who owned and successfully operated Mobile Auto Detailing Business in San Diego. He was also employed for many years with the City of San Diego in the Water Department, where he received numerous awards and recognition. Richard was a longtime member of the Church of Divinity, where his mother served as Pastor. He dearly loved the Lord with all of his heart. He was preceded in death by his father, Lake Davis, Sr. and his brother, Lake Davis, Jr. Family members that were instrumental in Richards’ life who also preceded him in death includes his uncle and aunt, Henry and Vester Mae Rose, Aunt Flordia Sherls and his cousin, Mae Lizzie Stokes. On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, Richard Earl Davis was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. He leaves to celebrate his life: his mother, Reverend Celie Gooden, Pastor of Church of Divinity, Jonestown, Mississippi; daughter, Breanna Davis of Yuma, Arizona; sisters, Mary Welch and her husband, Oliver of Riverside, California, Willie Mae Robinson and her husband, Leonard of Murietta, California and Derotha Thompson of Jonestown, Mississippi; nieces and nephews, Payton Lowe, Bradley Lowe, Justin Lowe, Shalisa Robinson, Isaiah Robinson, Lake Davis III, Nicki Morrow, Lakisha Davis, Marlon Tigner, Edwaina Pruitt-Owens, Anthony Owens, David Pruitt, and a host of grandnephews, grandnieces, cousins other relatives and friends who will mourn his passing, yet celebrate his life.
Hattie Lee Jeffries
July 19, 1931 – November 8, 2015
Her smile was as bright as the sun and warmed the hearts of those who crossed her path. She had a beautiful sense of humor which was delightful to embrace. Her greatness will forever be measured by her kindness and generosity. She was a strong, independent, and a phenomenal woman whose shoes can never be filled. Her faith surpassed all understanding. Most importantly, she was a child of God whose soul was anchored in the Lord. Hattie Lee Jeffries was born on July 19, 1931 in Talladega, Alabama. She was the third of nine children born to Charlie and Emma Lou Perkins. She received her formal education in Talladega. At the age of eighteen, Hattie moved from Alabama to San Diego, California where she became a faithful member of Mount Zion Baptist Church for over fifty years. She loved serving the Lord. Hattie was an usher, a Sunday School Teacher, and a consistent top fundraiser for Mount Zion Baptist Church. On the weekends Hattie held garage sales and would donate the money to the church. On August 30, 1954, Hattie was united in holy matrimony to Coyes Jeffries. Their union was beautifully blessed with two sons, Milton and Dwight. As a family, they enjoyed spending their summers at the Del Mar Fair, weekends fishing at Shelter Island Pier and visiting family in Los Angeles, California. Hattie was a very independent woman. She worked as a housekeeper up until she was eighty-two years young. The people who she worked for became her family and she was their family. She would always say that she was going to keep on working, so she would not be a burden to her children. Hattie never drove a car; but that did not stop her from catching the bus to get to wherever she needed to go. And wherever the bus didn’t go, her sons, granddaughters, daughters-in-law or her dear friend, Mrs. Hawthorne would take her and pick her up. Hattie loved to shop and was a bargain hunter. She would find greats deal at her favorite stores, Macys, Sears and Ross. She was also an excellent cook. She made the best beef ribs, turkey and cornbread dressing, macaroni salad, oatmeal cookies with raisins and walnuts, homemade pancakes, “drop” biscuits and apple pies. Hattie loved to get the family together and eat at her favorite restaurants, Olive Garden, Black Angus, and Chilies. Hattie Loved to sit in her rocking chair and watch Trinity Broadcasting Network, Bobby Jones Gospel, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, I love Lucy and read her bible to prepare her Sunday School Lesson. On Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 12:25 P.M., Hattie Lee Jeffries slipped away peacefully while surrounded by family and friends with family at Shea Family Mission Hills. She now stands at the gates of heaven to receive her wings. Many are called but only a few are chosen, and Hattie was chosen. She was a good and faithful servant of the Lord. And when God called her home he said, “Well Done.” She was preceded in death by her husband, Coyes; both of her parents; her brother, Steve and her sister, Dora. She leaves to cherish her memory her two loving sons, Milton Jeffries (Rochelle) and Dwight Jeffries (Carol); three granddaughters, Markesha Jeffries, Jessica Jeffries and Ashley Jeffries; one great-granddaughter, Marliyah Love Jeffries all of San Diego, California; three brothers, Otis Perkins, of Los Angeles, California, Willie Perkins and William Perkins of Talladega, Alabama; two sisters, Ella Perkins, of Talladega, Alabama and Mattie Perkins of Columbus, Ohio and a host of other relatives, church family and many, many friends, who will mourn her passing, yet
celebrate her life.
George Richard Lee Davis
November 22, 1934 – November 5, 2015
GEORGE RICHARD LEE DAVIS was born on November 22, 1934 in San Diego, California to loving parents, Pastor George Reuben Davis and Mary Josephine Davis. George grew up along with his two younger brothers, Paul and Harold and his sister, Mildred. Being raised in the Christian faith, He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age. He received his formal education through the San Diego Unified School District, graduating from Grossmont High School, where he was a member of the track team as a cross country runner. After high school, George enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he spent the next four years proudly serving his country during the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts. While in the Air Force, he was awarded the National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals. He received his Honorable Discharge on April 1, 1958. George later started his career with the United States Post Office, where he made many long, lasting friendships along the way. George retired after thirty-five years of dedication and exemplary service. On March 17, 1976, George married the love of his life, Gwendoyln Hackler. Their union was blessed with a son, George, and a daughter, Tiffany, along with Gwenn’s daughters, Rochelle and Darlene, and son, Kevin, whom George embraced with love as his very own. George and Gwenn also helped raise three of their grandsons, Nicholas, Jason and Kyle. After retirement, George became a faithful and active member of The Covenant Christian Fellowship Church, under the spiritual guidance of Pastor Ronald E. Stanfield. He was diligent and always willing to volunteer his help wherever he was needed. He enjoyed studying the scriptures, listening to gospel music and praising God. He loved his Church and church family, but above all, he dearly loved the Lord. On Thursday, November 5, 2015, George Richard Lee Davis was called home by his Father in heaven. Those waiting to greet him at heaven’s gates are his beloved wife, Gwendolyn; his son, George Ryan Lee Davis; granddaughter, Donnita Dove; both of his parents, George and Mary Davis; brothers, Paul and Harold Davis and sister, Mildred Davis. George leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Tiffany Davis and Darlene Dove of Las Vegas, Nevada and Rochelle Davis of Denver, Colorado; his son Kevin Harris, of Oakland Park, Florida; his grandsons, Nicholas Nelson of Van Nuys, California, Jason Majors, Kyle Davis, Christopher Whittington and Donn Dove Jr. of Las Vegas Nevada; granddaughters, Donnisha Dove, Donnique Dove and Donntice Dove of Las Vegas Nevada; sisters in-law, Kimberly Diggs, Bethany Harris and Karen Harris of San Diego, California; brother-in-law, Jonathan Harris; niece, Gail Montgomery of Anthem, Arizona; other relatives and a host of friends who shall mourn his passing, yet celebrate his life.
August 12, 1942 – October 10, 2015
Henrietta Littleton, affectionately known as “Henri” by family and friends, was born on August 12, 1942 in Coyle, Oklahoma of Payne County. She was the eldest of eight children born to loving and caring parents, Moses and Celester Edwards. The Edwards Family moved to San Diego, California when Henrietta was very young. She received her formal education through the San Diego Unified School District, graduating from Point Loma High School. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at a very young age. On November 1, 1958, Henri united in Holy Matrimony with Vince Littleton, III, affectionately known as “Baldy”. Their union was blessed with four beautiful children. How she “Loved her some Baldy”. She took great pride in running their house on the hill. During the early years, she belonged to a motorcycle club, where she was known as “Patches”. Whenever Baldy rode his motorcycle, you could always find her riding on the rear. In 1968, Henri began her employment with UCSD Hospital, making many friendships along the way. She retired in 1987 as a Central Services Technician. Henri was a social butterfly who never met a stranger. She was friendly to everyone. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and friend. She enjoyed cooking, fishing and shopping. Her warm and genuine spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-six years, Vince Littleton, III; three children, Yolanda Glenn, Tracy Littleton and Vince Littleton, IV; both of her parents, Moses and Celester Edwards; two brothers, Clarence Edwards and Alphonso Edwards. On Friday October 10, 2015, Henrietta “Henri” Littleton was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Stacey Littleton and his wife Trina; sisters: Linda Edwards, Patricia Reed and her husband Jerome, Erma Barnett and her husband Delvin and Ernestine Edwards; brother, Johnny Edwards and significant other Yvonne Tillman; mother-in law, Odelia Littleton; grandchildren, Lakisha Glenn-Holmes, Misha Sanders-Glenn, Stacy Littleton Jr., Cody Littleton, Destiny Littleton, Michael Longnecker, Heather Longnecker and Kevin Longnecker; greatgrandchildren, Michelle Brown, Myisha Brown, Alyisha Baker, Alayisha Brown, Rahall Thompson, Anthony and Zharia all of San Diego, Naomi, Kali; great-great grandchildren, Amayia and Major; and a host of other relatives and many friends.
January 14, 1933 – October 11, 2015
On January 14, 1933, God delivered a beautiful baby girl, Helen Marie, to Reverend Fred D. Stuart and Octavia Gray Stuart of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She was the fourth of seven children. Helen was christened into the Methodist faith at Avery Chapel A.M.E., Broken Bow and confirmed at Wards Chapel A.M.E. in McAlester. At an early age, she learned The Apostle’s Creed, Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. She and her siblings also had to learn the names of all the books in the Bible. Her favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalm. Helen enjoyed reading, and as a child, it was not a surprise to see her reading and eating a banana (another favorite). She also enjoyed completing crossword puzzles. Helen and her sister Jennie were inseparable as children. Their mother even dressed them alike; many people thought they were twins. When one of them had a birthday the other one shared it, even to receiving a gift. Helen, Archie and Jennie were dubbed the “bad” Stuart kids, and they were. No one in the neighborhood ever bullied them as they took care of all of them. Helen along with her siblings attended Dunbar, the local school, from pre-school through fifth grade. In 1944, during the Second World War, the family relocated to McAlester, Oklahoma. Her parents worked at the U.S. Naval Base making ammunition to help fight the war. McAlester provided the family with better economic and educational opportunities. Helen attended L’ouverture School, where she was a member of the Girls Glee Club, sang in the high school choir, and played on the girls’ basketball team, along with many other extracurricular activities. Helen was an above average student. In her junior year of school, she began dating L.C. Mason, Jr. and in 1949 they married. To their union four children were born, Lucien Charles “June”, Michael Duane, Cheryl Annette and Stephanie Marie “Stevie”. In the fall of 1954, Michael became ill with an unknown virus and died suddenly. This was very devastating to Helen, and it took many years for her to accept it as the Will of God. Shortly after the birth of Stevie, the couple decided to go their separate ways. Helen, along with her children, moved to Oklahoma City, where she resided with her sister Anna Lee and brother-in-law James Sanders. During the late 1950’s, she and her children moved to Delano, California, where her parents lived. Helen left Delano and moved to San Diego, California and then to Las Vegas, Nevada, finally settling in San Diego, During this time, she
reacquainted with J.D. Applewhite, who was also known as “Jab”. They had previously met while Helen was living in Delano. Their relationship was blessed with two children, Jeffery Donald and Glennie Sue. Jab remained an integral part of Helen and her children’s lives up to his death. In 1966, a beautiful baby girl, Lisa Michelle, the daughter of her sister, Jennie came to live with Helen. Helen called Lisa her gift and she adored Lisa. Helen became her mom and the two of them had an unbreakable bond. Helen really enjoyed being a stay at home mom but decided to get training as a CNA. This was not only a pivotal point in her life, but also in the lives of her children. This decision afforded her the opportunity to purchase a home in 1969 in Skyline Hills, and offered her children improved educational opportunities. Helen worked as a CNA at Edgemore Hospital for many years. In 1972, she married Robert J. Oliver. The two of them traveled, entertained and fished together. He preceded her in death in 1976. Although their time together was brief, this was a very happy time in her life. In 1984, Helen who was now working as a switchboard operator for the Navy (NTC), gave up this career and moved to Virginia to help her daughter Cheryl (who at that time was completing her medical residency at Georgetown University), with her two young children. Although Helen traveled from Virginia to California often, Virginia would become her new home. In the early afternoon, on Sunday, October 11, 2015, God sent a special angel to deliver Helen to Him in his eternal home called Heaven. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Oliver, her son Michael Mason, her parents, Fred and Octavia, Stuart her sister Anna Lee Smith, brother Fred James Stuart and, her aunt Jurdy Poole. Helen leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved children, L. Charles Mason, lll and his wife Lita, Cheryl A. Mason, Stephanie A. Mason-Flowers and her husband Johnnie, Jeffery D. Applewhite, Glennie Applewhite-Tucker and Lisa M. Beaird, her grandchildren Michael, Charles, Andrea, Alisha, Samuel, Laurence, Billy, Cedric, Stephen, Essence, Jamar, Laneisha, J’dan, LaShawn, Helen, JéLisa, Justin, and Jordan, twenty-five great grandchildren, one great-great grandson, her siblings, Archie D. Stuart, Jennie F. Harris, John E. Stuart, Samuel W. Stuart, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will mourn her passing yet celebrate her life.
Deacon Hurbert Holmes
December 28, 1932 – September 14, 2015
Hurbert Holmes was born December 28, 1932 to the union of Adam Davis and Marie Shepherd Holmes in Heflin, Louisiana. Hurbert was the second child of eight children born to this union. Hurbert accepted Jesus Christ into his life at an early age and was baptized in Dubberly, Louisiana by Reverend J.P. Huey, Pastor of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. Hurbert received his formal education in Heflin, Louisiana after graduating from Central Consolidated High School. Hurbert moved to California and joined the United States Army and served our country for twenty years and received honorable discharge from the Army for his dedicated service. After he retired from the U.S. Army, he joined the Army reserves for several more years of service. After all of Hurbert’s service to the country in the Army and Reserves he received many certificates and honors for his great service and other accolades. Hurbert worked for the City of San Diego for 37 years where he also received many certificates for his work for the City of San Diego Waste Management Department of Refuse Collection Division; upon his retirement on March 15, 1991. Hurbert was a former member of New Horizon Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. William R. Charles. Later, Hurbert united with The New Jerusalem Community Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Thomas A. Maddox. Hurbert remained faithful in his service to the Lord, under the leadership of Rev. Alonzo Brooks, until he was called home. During his tenure at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Hurbert served as Superintendent of Sunday School, Chairman of the Deacon Board and also as President and Trustee of the Brotherhood. Hurbert’s love for singing did not go without merit for he would sing with the Men’s Choir and could be heard on many Sunday mornings rendering the old hymns of the church in song. He loved to sing “Amazing Grace” and “Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah.” Hurbert met and married the love of his life Annie Mae Taylor. They were married forty-four years ago on April 17, 1971. Hurbert and Annie spent many hours together fishing and praising the Lord in their church. Hurbert was a kind-hearted man and would exemplify the true nature of a child of GOD with his love for his fellow man. He was not shy when it came to telling others about the Lord. Hurbert was proceeded in death by his parents: Adam Davis And Marie Shepherd Holmes, sister Viola Richardson, brothers: James J. Holmes, Nathaniel Holmes, son: Robert Lee Meadows and great-grandson Cary Campbell, Jr. Hurbert leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 44 years Annie Mae Holmes. His children: 3 daughters: Sandra, Aquilla, and Kathy 2 sons: Stanley (Raynette) and Willie, 18 grandchildren a host of a great-grand children and nieces and nephews.
Arthur Lee Lloyd Sr.
April 5, 1934 – September 20, 2015
ARTHUR LEE LLOYD, SR. was born on April 5, 1934 in Greenville, Mississippi to Dewitt and Rosie Lloyd. He was raised and received his formal education in Greenville. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at a young age. In September of 1952, after graduating from high school, Arthur enlisted into the United States Navy, where he served his country with pride and honor during the Korean Conflict. During his stint in the Navy, he received several commendations, including three Good Conduct Medals and the China Service Medal. He received his Honorable Discharge in February of 1961. Afterwards, he began employment with Gulf Atomic, where he worked numerous years making many friendships along the way. He later worked for U. S. Civil Service in the Hazardous Waste Department at the 32nd Street Naval Station. He retired in 1996 as a Department Supervisor. On February 2, 1973, Arthur united in marriage with the lovely Alice Harris. To this union five children were united. Arthur coached Encanto Little League for many years. He created lasting memories for the children on the team with his bright smile, patience and generosity. Many of the children he coached would visit Arthur in their adult years to remind him of his coaching days. In his spare time, he enjoyed going to the horse races. He also loved telling stories about his adventures in the Navy to anyone who would listen. His grandchildren were all familiar with his “war stories” that he shared with each generation. Arthur was a dedicated member of St. Paul United Methodist Church for over twenty years until his health began to decline. He once served as the President of the United Methodist Men’s Ministry and was a faithful usher. Arthur enjoyed helping others and volunteered tirelessly to deliver “Share Packages” for the less fortunate. He was an easy going and patient man who was willing to help anyone in need. He was preceded in death by both of his parents and his only sister, Mabel Lloyd. On Sunday, September 20, 2015, Arthur Lee Lloyd, Sr. was called home to eternal rest. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who dedicated his life to his family. Arthur will be greatly missed by his wife of forty-two years, Alice; five children, Arthur Lloyd Jr. (Sheila), Kimberly Foster, Katrina Foster, Kevin Landrum (Karlena) and Kent Landrum; brothers-in-law, David Harris (Bernadette) and Larry Harris; sister-in-law, Patricia Kennedy; fourteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and a host of friends and other relatives who will mourn his passing, yet celebrate his life.
George Nelson, Jr.
December 2, 1932 – September 6, 2015
George Nelson, Jr. was born December 2, 1932 in New Boston, Texas. He was the second of three children born to loving parents, the late George Nelson Sr. and Julia Nelson. His eldest sister, Ella Mae Turner preceded him in death. At the early age of twelve, George accepted Christ as his personal Savior under the pastorate of the late Reverend Shepard Bizzell at Antioch Baptist Church in New Boston. He also received his formal education in New Boston, graduating from Central High School. He continued his education at Prairie View A&M College. In 1952, while in his second year in college, George was drafted into the United States Navy, where he served his country proudly during the Korean Conflict. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1956. George later met and married the lovely Evelyn Smith. Shortly afterwards, they moved to San Diego, California where, together they raised ten beautiful children. George began his employment with the City of San Diego in the Refuse Collection Division as a truck driver and ultimately rose to the position of Supervisor. He retired after thirty-five years of excellent and commendable service. Following his retirement from the City of San Diego, George decided to work at a place that he and his wife, Evelyn enjoyed. He was employed where “The Turf Meets the Surf”, Del Mar Thorough Breed Club for over twenty years. He was well-known and loved by all those who had the pleasure to encounter him as he went about his work day with a smile and a kind and encouraging word. Shortly after arriving to San Diego, George and Evelyn united with the Pilgrim Progressive Baptist Church Family under the pastorate of the late Reverend Marvin C. Hines and continued as a dedicated and faithful member under Reverend, Dr. Joseph Foxworth, Sr. George employed his many God given talents in the service of our Lord. He served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Trustee and President of Brotherhood. He loved his church, his pastor and church family; but above all, he really loved the Lord. Also preceding him in death was his adoring wife, Evelyn who passed away on April 28, 2005. On Sunday, September 6, 2015, George Nelson, Jr. departed this life. He leaves to mourn his passing, five sons, James of Terrell, TX Robert of New Boston, TX, Mark of Texarkana, TX, Talmadge (Adria) of Turlock, CA and Michael (Danielle) of San Diego, CA; five daughters, Shirley of Texarkana, TX, Kathy (Rogers), Evelyn, Vicky (TJ) and Beverly all residing in San Diego, CA; sister, Thelma Nelson of New Boston, TX; twenty-seven grandchildren, thirty two great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson, his nieces, nephews, other relatives, his church family and a host of loving friends.
Rance W. Hankerson, Jr.
December 17, 1938 – August 24, 2015
On December 17, 1938 in Daytona Beach, Florida, Rance and Roxie Hankerson were blessed with the birth of a beloved son, Rance Hankerson, Jr., affectionately known as “Hank”. He was raised and received his formal education in Daytona Beach. After completing his education, Hank enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country and received an Honorable Discharge. Following his transfer to the Fleet Reserve, he remained in San Diego and made it his permanent home. Hank was a member of New Creation Church under the leadership of Pastor Reginald Gary. He was employed at the Naval Submarine Base, San Diego upon his retirement. Hank was committed to his fraternal organizations. He was also a 33° Mason and a member and Worship Master of Henry A. Willis Lodge No. 68. He was an elected officer in all five houses of the Most Worshipful Sons of Light Grand Lodge A. F. and A.M. On Monday, August 24, 2015, Rance W. Hankerson, Jr. was called home to Glory. He joyfully joined his son, Darold Hankerson, his parents and siblings who all preceded him in death. He is survived by two daughters, Audrinee Y. Johnson of Lancaster, California and Niko M. Hankerson of Chula Vista, California; his grandchildren, niece, nephews, his New Creation Church Family and many special friends.
Lydia Ann Dean June 12, 1917 – September 5, 2015 Mrs. Lydia Ann Dean was born on June 12, 1917 in Grimes County, Texas. She was one of ten children born to loving parents, Elder Jerry Hall and Enora Easley Hall. Lydia Ann began her formal education in Navasota, Texas, where she also attended the Church of the Living God under her father’s pastorate. She professed a hope in Christ and was baptized at the age of nine. She also taught Sunday school as a teenager. This solid Christian foundation would carry and sustain Lydia Ann, bearing much fruit in later years. In 1940, Lydia Ann met Cornwallis “C.W.” Dean and they were united in holy matrimony on June 14, 1940. Afterwards, Lydia Ann joined her husband at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. In 1944, they relocated to San Diego, California. Shortly afterwards, she began employment with Convair (later known as General Dynamics) where she worked for many years. She also worked alongside her husband for many years in the family business, C.W. Dean’s Record City. She completed her education at Lincoln Adult High School and continued at San Diego City College and the Educational Cultural Complex. Upon their arrival to San Diego, Lydia Ann and C.W. united with the Bethel Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Dr. Charles H. Hampton and continued under Dr. John W. Ringgold. During the early 1980s, Lydia Ann became a member of the Deaconess Assistants, which was formed at Bethel to support Deaconess Ministry #1. The Deaconess Assistants later became Deaconess Ministry #2 with Lydia Ann serving as the ministry leader for many years. She was a very conscientious and devoted leader who set a beautiful example for her fellow deaconesses; she served faithfully and willingly until her health began to fail. She was also a faithful member of the Missions Ministry, where she served as leader of the Lydia Circle and later participated with the Ruth Circle. She faithfully attended Sunday School Class #16. In 1990, Lydia Ann was crowned Mrs. Bethel and in 2006, she was celebrated as “Great-Grandmother of the Year” by the Sunday School Department. In 2010, Lydia Ann was honored by the Center for Hundredfold Living for her staunch support of world missions and evangelism. She said, “If you are not able to go, you should be willing to help send somebody. If you can’t give and won’t go, then don’t say anything.” Lydia Ann was a life member of the Women’s Department of the Western Baptist State Convention. She was also a member of the Ruth Chapter #11 of the Eastern Star, Golden State Grand Chapter, O.E.S. She was preceded by her beloved husband, C.W. on July 4, 1994; her parents; her two grandchildren, Wally Dean and Cheryl Dean; one great-grandchild, Arnold Adkins and all of her siblings. On Saturday, September 5, 2015, Lydia Ann Dean was called from labor to eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Norvell Dean Word; son, Rudolph Dean (Elsie) both of San Diego, CA; sister-in-law, Bertha Hall of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Rosalind Lanette Vinson, Lorrie Ann Vinson, Roy Vinson, Kevin Dean and Keith Dean all of San Diego, CA; great-grandchildren, Shawana, Ashunta, Leticia, Terrill (whom she helped raise), LaTroya, Jermaine, Adrian, LaShonda (whom she helped raise), Dwight, Dwayne, Sharonda, Leandra, Willie, Ronneal, Walter, Deonte, Deon, Tierra, Tamia, Kevin Jr. and DaRon and a host of great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Freddie Mack Williams
February 8, 1935 – September 1, 2015
FREDDIE MACK WILLIAMS was born on February 8, 1935 in Gadsden, South Carolina. He was the fourth of six children born to Mack and Corine Williams. Freddie Mack grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ at an early age and joined Antioch Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Dr. James P. Neal, Sr. At the age of ten, Freddie Mack and his family moved to Columbia, South Carolina, where he completed his childhood education. He attended Booker T. Washington High School, where he was an excellent student, an outstanding athlete and played on the varsity football team as a defensive lineman. After graduating from high school, Freddie Mack continued his education at Benedict College, a private black college in Columbia, South Carolina with a focus in the teaching and preaching professions. While attending Benedict College, Freddie Mack met the beautiful Miss Vera Lee Epps, affectionately known as “Bibbie”, a native of La Jolla, California. In 1956, they were united in Holy Matrimony in Columbia, where their first two daughters were born. Freddie Mack taught at Lincoln High School in Sumter, South Carolina after receiving his Bachelors of Arts Degree. In 1959, the family moved to La Jolla, California and were blessed with three more daughters. In 1964, the family moved to San Diego, California. After moving to California, he became known as Fred. He was always a hardworking and resourceful man. He was employed at La Jolla Presbyterian Church from 1959 to 1989. Fred started as a night custodian. The Senior Pastor later saw Fred’s leadership ability, business sense and integrity and was determined and instrumental in Fred becoming the Building and Property Administrator in 1968. In 1974, he was made Church Business Administrator. Fred retired after thirty years of dedication and exemplary service. Afterwards, he established and operated a successful janitorial business, called Select Building Services. Shortly after their move to San Diego, Fred and his family joined the Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. S. M. Lockridge. Fred served in several areas. He was a long time deacon, a trustee and had a passion for teaching in the Church School. In 1996, Fred became a charter member of the newly organized United Missionary Baptist Church. In 2005, he moved his membership to the New Paradise Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor James Moore, Jr., where he continued to serve until his failing health. Throughout his entire life, Freddie Mack was an avid sports fan. He loved football, basketball and above all, his beloved Dodgers. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He loved teaching and sharing knowledge, especially when it came to the Word of God. Throughout his illness, Fred never complained; he fought a good fight, stayed on course and kept the faith. He will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Corine Williams; his sister, Siretha “Queen” Willis, and granddaughter, Jeniece Camille Daniels. On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, while surrounded by loved ones at his home, Freddie Mack Williams was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of fifty-nine years, Vera; children, Teri Williams, Pamela Williams, Patricia Daniels (Richard), Linda Martin, and DeJeanette Williams; brother, Reverend John C. Williams (Jeannette); sisters, Sarah Wilson (Harry), Ernestine Dawkins, Edna Thompson (David); grandchildren, Daniel Martin, Korynn Daniels, and Kayla Martin, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends
Doris J. Curry
May 10, 1939 – May 28, 2015
Doris Jean Curry was born on May 10, 1939 in Anniston, Alabama. She was the youngest of our four and only daughter born to loving and proud parents, Barto and Jewell Buchanan. She received her formal education in Anniston, graduating from Cobb High School in 1957. Doris was adored by her peers and was elected homecoming queen. She later attended Alabama A&M University. On December 24, 1958, Doris united in marriage with her childhood sweetheart, Fred Douglas Curry of the United States Navy. Their union was blessed with three sons, Roderick, Frederick and Cornelius. In 1973, the Curry Family was transferred to San Diego, California from Naval Air Station New Orleans, Louisiana. There, she began working with the Sweetwater School District. She retired in 1995 after twenty-two years of exemplary service and dedication. She was a credit to her profession. Doris, who was a devout catholic, was a member of the Naval Station Chapel, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister for numerous years. She will be remembered as one who embodied the qualities of a Christian woman. Doris will always be remembered for her generosity and ability to make others feel welcomed and loved. She enjoyed collecting dolls and hosting countless parties, all things blue and butterflies. Most of all Doris loved people, her family and friends were always at the top of her list. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, sister-in-law and friend. She was extremely proud of being a grandmother and great grandmother to Ceciley, Layla and Nova whose presence always brightened her day. After retirement, Doris and Fred traveled extensively and on occasion, accompanied by their sons. Their world travels included such faraway places as Europe, South America, Australia, Fuji, Africa and New Zealand, just to name a few. One of their most memorable trips was a religious pilgrimage to Ireland in 2006. Doris will be greatly remembered as a phenomenal woman who touched the hearts of many with her love. She was the epitome of grace, kindness and love. On Thursday, May 28, 2015, Doris Jean Curry was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, George Buchanan, Sr. She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband of fifty-six years, Retired Master Chief, Fred Douglas Curry; three sons, Roderick Curry, Frederick Curry and Cornelius Curry; daughter-in-law, Elysia Baca; grand-daughter Ceciley Curry, great granddaughters, Layla and Nova; brothers, Barto Buchanan, Jr. (Lula) and Clint Buchanan; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life.
John T. Lykes
February 28, 1942 – May 27, 2015
JOHN T. LYKES was born February 28, 1942 in Jemison, Alabama to loving parents, John and Rosia Lykes. He received his education in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Howard High School. After high school, John enlisted into the United States Air Force, where he served his country with pride and honor during the Vietnam Conflict. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1968. After his stint in the Air Force, John enrolled at Riverside City College, Riverside, CA, where he earned his Associate’s Degree. Afterwards, he furthered his education at Cal Poly Pomona University, Pomona, CA, where he majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. He graduated in 1972, earning his Bachelor of Science Degree. While in Riverside, John united with Friendship Baptist Church. In 1976, John moved to San Diego, California, where he worked several jobs, including numerous years at Rohr Aircraft Corporation. Ultimately, John joined the San Diego County Sheriff Department as a Stock Clerk. He retired in 2012 after numerous years of exemplary service. Upon John’s arrival to San Diego, he united with Bethel Baptist Church under the spiritual guidance of the late Dr. Charles H. Hampton and continued under Dr. John W. Ringgold. He was a member of the Usher’s Ministry. John was a very proud member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Throughout the years, he maintained a very close relationship with his fraternity brothers. John was strong-willed and opinionated, yet deeply caring. He never forgot a birthday, especially his grandchildren, whom he adored. He enjoyed gardening, cars, leather crafting, bingo, playing dominoes with friends and traveling and spending quality time with his family. John especially enjoyed keeping informed about the stock market. He would talk about stock investments to anyone who had an ear. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a friend you could always count on. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, John was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. He was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves to cherish his memory two loving daughters, Kimberly Lykes and Jacqueline D. Jones, both of Chattanooga, TN; three sisters, Annie Roberts (James) of Windermere, FL, Leila Merryman of Houston, TX and Ola Jones (James) of Plymouth, FL; one brother, Asper Dawson, Jr. of Plymouth, FL; four grandchildren, Ellyn, Rachel, Melissa and Kenneth all of Chattanooga, TN; sorrowing friend, James Sanford and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends who will mourn his passing, yet celebrate his life.
Janice L. Kelliehan
September 8, 1953 – May 31, 2015
JANICE LAVERNE KELLIEHAN was born September 8, 1953 in Bronx, New York. She was the sixth child of eleven children born to Walter Lee and Annie Kelliehan. The family later moved to Savanah, Georgia, where she accepted Christ at a young age and was baptized at Bethlehem Baptist Church. The family later moved to Staten Island, New York, where she completed her formal education. In early 2009, Janice moved to San Diego, California to assist her sister, Mozella, in the care of her dad. In October 2009, she joined Bethel Baptist Church under the pastorage of Dr. John W. Ringgold. Janice enjoyed cooking, crocheting, meeting people and watching the Soaps (her favorite was “The Young and the Restless”). Janice had a special flair for fashion. Her most favorite pastime was shopping; and her second favorite was “More Shopping!” She was a loving and devoted mother. She adored her grandchildren and great-grand-children. She can best be remembered for her infectious laugh. On Sunday, May 31, 2015, Janice Lavern Kelliehan transcended from this life to be with our Lord and Savior. She was preceded in death by her mother, and her brother, James Kelliehan. Janice is survived by her loving children, Tonya Kelliehan and Hassan Kelliehan (Jaynese) all of New York; her father, Walter Lee Kelliehan, Sr. of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Antoinette Kelliehan, Tikierra Kelliehan, Hashawna Kelliehan, Darrell Spragion, Jr., Donte Kelliehan, Janaya Kelliehan, Jayla Kelliehan and Jordyn Kelliehan; great-grandchildren, Tysheen Williams Jr., Dwight Williams, Sanaii Spragion and Annisti Kelliehan all of New York; her brothers and sisters, Walter Lee Kelliehan, Jr. ( Bernardine) of North Carolina, David Kelliehan, Deborah Young, Ronnie Kelliehan, Stacy Alfred (Jerry) Patricia Bray of Gary, Indiana, Evone Kelliehan of New York, Mozella Brown of San Diego, CA and Deidra Kelliehan of Alabama; cousin, Barney Smith of San Diego, CA; god-daughters, Iasi Ross and LaQuasia Artis all of New York and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
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Raymond Darnell Lipscomb II
November 23, 1988 – April 12, 2016
Raymond Darnell Lipscomb, II, known to us all as “Dudey” was born November 23, 1988 in San Diego, California to Raymond and Sandra Lipscomb. Raymond was raised in National City, California. He received his formal education in the Sweetwater High School District attending Robert E. Lee and Lincoln Acres Elementary, Granger Jr. High and Sweetwater High School, graduating in 2006; He loved sports and played football, baseball, track and field and was an early stand out in wrestling. Ray was loved and admired by all in his inner circle. He was a brother, cousin, friend, and dreamer. He enjoyed being with family and friends and was a mentor to his young niece., Taya Selmon and nephew, Robert Selmon. Ray held several jobs; most recently a commercial landscaper. On April 12, 2016, Ray was called home. He was preceded in death by his only brother, Robert Selmon, Jr. and leaves to remember his life mother (Sandra Sebastian), step-father (Walter Sebastian), father (Raymond Lipscomb, Sr.), his heart and soul, son, (Harlem Lipscomb), girlfriend (Keyanna Ray), two sisters (Gladys Bowden and Melissa Lipscomb) grandmother (Joyce Burgess), 4 Nephews (Diante, Gary, Robert, Milton), 2 Nieces (Taya and Ashley), and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Dudey will be extremely missed, but never forgotten.
January 18, 1950 – April 12, 2016
Ruth Veneitta Derr Taylor Nelson was born a twin in Detroit, MI on January 18, 1950 to Thomas V. Derr, Sr. and Ruth Harriston Derr. Her parents, her brother Ronald Derr and sister Lorna Clark preceded in death. Her early education was in Detroit, MI. Then she moved to Urban Crest, Ohio where she graduated from Whittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. While in college she met Johnny Neal Stewart from this relationship she conceived a son, Keith Neal Stewart, Sr. of San Diego. Ruth moved to Fresno, California to be closer to her twin brother Thomas Derr, Jr. Ruth became baptized a Jehovah’s Witness on February 26, 1974. She met Brandt Taylor, a Jehovah’s Witness as well and in 1975 married him and moved to San Diego, California (Brandt preceded her in death). To this Union two children were born. A son, Ebon Taylor (who preceded her in death) and a daughter Ebony Taylor of San Diego, California. Ruth was employed by Pacific Bell for 17 years and Walmart for 20 plus years. Ruth loved to travel and did so extensively. Ruth was kind hearted, loving, giving and was always opening up her home to those in need. She also provided dormitory supplies every year to Morse High School seniors embarking to college. In 1995 Ruth Nelson married Elmus Nelson, Jr. He also preceded her in death. From that union they raised two daughters: Aynmarie Nelson of Richmond, VA and Erica Nelson of Washington, DC. Ruth leaves to celebrate her life and previous memories: Her loving children her son Keith Stewart, Sr. of San Diego, CA, a son Wesley Harris (Rebekkah), her daughter Ebony Taylor of San Diego, CA, a daughter Aynmarie Nelson of Richmond,V A, a daughter Erica Nelson of Washington, DC. 7 Grandchildren Duron Stewart, Keith Stewart, Jr., Lexi Harris, Gentry Harris, Silver Carter, Sensi Carter, Osaro Nelson and 1 Great grandchild Jayden Stewart. Her siblings: Her twin brother Thomas V. Derr of Seattle, WA, brother Willie L. Smith of Detroit, MI, sister Grace V. Stewart of Detroit, MI, a sister Lora V. Yanni (Edward) of Columbus, OH. An Aunt Joan Jones of Detroit, MI and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Victor Jess Edwards
April 3rd, 1958 – April 11th, 2016
Victor Jess Edwards was born on April 3rd, 1958 in Baylor County Texas; He moved to San Diego California in nineteen hundred and sixty-two (1962), at the age of four. He was the second of four children born to the union of Cleveland Edwards and Naomi Edwards. He completed his education at, Stockton Elementary, Baker Elementary, and Chollas Elementary. He also attended Gompers Junior High, and graduated from Lincoln High School, all in San Diego, California. Victor accepted Jesus Christ at a very young age at Greater Fellowship Baptist Church, in the year of nineteen hundred and seventy (1970), under Reverend Thompson. He later joined AACTS International Ministries, Inc. under Dr. Brenda Harper, Pastor, & Bishop Andrew Harper, Overseer, in November 2015. Victor rededicated his life to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He loved talking about his awesome relationship with God. After graduation he joined the United States Army, he was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas where he served for four years. While in Texas, his passion for music, led him to be instrumental in forming a band called Natural Look, where he composed beautiful music. He was also a lead vocalist in a band called the Grand City Band, where he composed music by ear. He loved the many arts, such as singing, and dancing, he danced with the African Boots Dance Company, which was called The Boot Connection. He was truly an Artist. He began to do music and beats with young men in the neighborhood. He was also an awesome drawing artistic; he loved drawing people and animals. His favorite animal to draw was an eagle. He was loved by many… Victor was very independent and he loved helping many love ones and friends. His Aka, (nick name), was Vamp. On Monday, April 11, 2016, Victor Jess Edwards was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. He is survived by three siblings, sister, Patricia Segrest of San Diego, CA, brothers, Gary Edwards and Anthony Edwards of San Diego, CA, daughter Natasha Matson of Las Vegas, NV and son, Imshala (Candace) Edwards of Mexico City, Mexico, nephews Dicey Griffin of Los Angeles, CA, Imshay Segrest of San Diego, CA, Kazi Cooksey of San Diego, CA; niece Cheree Edwards, Barkia Edwards, Maskekia Edwards, Roneka Edwards Taveon Edwards, DaJanna Edwards of San Diego, CA, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Evangelist Barbara McDaniels
August 23rd, 1936 – April 23rd, 2016
Our Mother Barbara McDaniels was born August 23rd, 1936 in Jersey City New Jersey. She was born to parents Elsie Sizemore – Brisby and Jesse Brisby at Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey. Barbara attended Lincoln High School in the Jersey City school district. She accepted Christ at an early age. She was married in 1952 to Cornell McDaniels Sr. from this union they had five children, Cornell Jr, Christine, Evonne, Robert and Glenn. After being a devoted stay and home mother for many years Barbara decided to continue her education by attending and graduating from Jersey City State College with a degree in Psychology. After achieving her degree Barbara worked as a Counselor in the East Orange New Jersey school system. She had a gift of encouraging others especially the youth. She had a heart for the young people, inspiring them to grow and develop their God given talents while working in the after care school programs. She was a faithful member of the Church of God in Christ in Jersey City for many years before moving to San Diego in 1991 to be with her daughter Christine. Barbara became an active member of Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Pastor Cooper. Using her gifts as a leader, speaker and an Evangelist. Barbara loved the Lord and could be seen praising him outwardly by running around the church. When Barbara was not working she loved spending her extra time being a seamstress making clothes for her two daughters Christine and Evonne. Barbara had a flair for fashion and loved dressing up by adorning herself with the latest fashion outfits, and to top it off with one of her many hats, and fur stole. She resided in Oceanside, Ca until her death. After many years on the battlefield on Saturday morning April 22nd, 2016 Barbara was called from labor to reward. She is preceded in her home going by her husband, Elder Cornell McDaniels Sr., daughter Evonne McDaniels, daughter Christine Grace (Robert), and son Glenn McDaniels. She leaves to mourn, her 2 sons Cornell McDaniels Jr., (Mary) of San Diego, CA, Robert McDaniels, (Yuko), Vallejo, CA, one sister Irene Bell of Bayonne, New Jersey, Edward Brisby of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 10 grandchildren Kimberly Smith, Sharie McDaniels, Diana McDaniels, Tiffany McGowen (Lonnie), Crystal Barnett, Gabriel, Khalil, Faheem, and Najee, Muwwakkil, and Sharon Wright (Marquie) 10 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Jerald Wayne Arellano
May 29th, 1959 – March 31st, 2016
Jerald Wayne Arellano was born May 29, 1959 in Santa Monica, California, to the parents of Phillip & Patricia Arellano Jerald aka “Jerry” was the eldest of three children. The Arellano family purchased their first home in La Mesa, California in 1963, where he grew up and received his formative education from Maryland Avenue Elementary, La Mesa Jr. High, and Helix High School where he graduated in 1977. Jerry and his siblings grew up playing and loving sports. Jerry was an outstanding football player and track runner while he attended Helix and had dreams of pursuing football at the next level. Unfortunately he suffered an injury, but during this time of recovery he discovered his true calling. Jerry furthered his education at Mesa College and obtained his Associates Degree in Building Construction Technology. While taking courses and working to complete his apprenticeship, he became a Journeyman Cement Mason and joined the Cement Mason’s Union Local 744 in 1982. Construction work was a passion of Jerry’s and he put his true talents and independent way of being to work on many projects and jobs. He even worked on laying the cobblestone at our famed Seaport Village. There was this challenge of building a home in under 4 hours. Jerry and his brother Tony were both apart of this record breaking event, which can be seen on YouTube. Throughout Jerry’s Life he worked for several construction companies early in his career, however, he eventually became an entrepreneur and as a result he and his brother Tony started “Kustom Koncrete” construction company in 1990. Jerry went on to do construction work for the rest of his life and worked in various parts of California including Fresno, Clovis and Big Bear. Jerry had an abiding faith in God as he accepted Christ at an early age, and he rededicated his life to our Lord and Savior in 1978. Jerry was a Deacon at North Park Apostolic under the leadership of Pastor Joel Trout Sr. Jerry loved the Word of God and knew scripture forward and back. You could often find Jerry sharing his love for the Lord with others through Facebook and just good ol’ conversation. Jerry met his first love, Pixie Hawkins, while in high school and they later married in 1978. From this union Jerry and Pixie were blessed with their only child Andre. Although his first marriage ended, they remained friends. Jerry had a second union of marriage to Stacey Caha in 2000. Stacey was blessed with two children of her own, Ashley and Dominique. Stacey and Jerry were later blessed with the birth of their daughter Angelica. The family relocated to Fresno where Jerry utilized his trade and helped raise his family. His marriage to Stacey also ended on paper and Kerry found himself back in La Mesa working independently and helping those that he grew up in and you can see signs of his craft all over. In his last years he was able to share his knowledge with his son and helped work on some house flipping projects with the business that his son Andre and Andre’s best friend Jimmie started. Jerry was a devoted father, an excellent provider, and a very hard worker. Jerry loved God, his children and his parents. He truly valued God’s word as Exodus 20-12 states “Honor your Father and Mother” and he did exactly that. Jerry was called to be with the Lord on March 31st 2016 in the very home that he grew up in and shared so many fond memories with his family. But the Lord found fit to give him a new home not made with man’s hands. Surviving to celebrate Jerry’s kind, humble and caring life are his parents, Phil & Patricia; brother, Tony (Kami Arellano); sister, Susan (Roy Rozok); children Andre and Angelica; stepchildren, Ashley and Dominique; as well as a host of Aunts, Nieces, Nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Leonard Ray Nash
December 12, 1933 – April 10, 2016
On a snowy day in Springfield, Ohio, Heaven sent Leonard Ray Nash to begin his Christian journey. Leonard was the last male child born to Robert and Mabel Nash. He received Christ at a very young age at Second Baptist of Springfield, Ohio. After graduating from Springfield Sr. High in 1952 his love for travel inspired him to enlist in the United States Navy. Later, he relocated to San Diego, California. Leonard had difficulty finding a church home so he called his Mother for help. His mother told him to look for a Second Baptist Church because there is one in every city. He soon found Linda Vista Second Baptist Church and made it his church home. There he proudly laid the spiritual bricks that helped build the foundation of a church where the family still worships to this day. During the same time he was searching for a church home he met and married the love of his life Lebeth Crawford whom he cherished and loved for 56 years. This union was blessed with three children, Cynthia, Michael Sr., and Barbara. He later became a founding member of Philadelphia Baptist under the direction of Pastor Rev. Herman King who was also his Brother-in-Law. Eventually, Leonard returned to Linda Vista Second Baptist serving as a “Door Keeper” for his Lord. The only time he didn’t wear a tie to church was when Pastor declared Summer casual. Leonard’s shoes always shined. God, family, community, and sports was always the order of his life. His love for the youth of Linda Vista inspired him to help bring the first Black teacher to teach Black History at Kearny High. Leonard also helped the youth get city jobs and he was the Director of the teen post. As a Boy Scout Master he took his troop to the Grand Canyon were they earned their swimming badge by hiking to the bottom of the canyon and swimming in the Colorado River. Leonard was a die hard Laker’s and Charger’s fan. He was able to fulfill one of his bucket list two weeks ago by going to the Staple Center for the first time. In his past he attended the second ever home game of the Chargers at Balboa Stadium and continued as a season ticket holder. His loving legacy will be carried on by his daughters Cynthia and Barbara and son Michael Sr. Grandchildren Michael Jr. (Glory), LaKrisha, Jordan. Great Grand-Children; Cierra, Mikayla, Dejah, Amari, Jada. Godson; Roshawn Brady all of San Diego, Ca. Sisters; Winifred Horton, Faith Jackson: Brothers Robert and Donald Nash. Brother and Son in Christ Nate Reed and Stuart Jacobs. Devoted spiritual sister and neighbor Mary Caldwell. A host of nieces, nephews and cousins, usher ministry, Men’s Power class and spiritual friends of Linda Vista Second Baptist.
Aaron Antwan Yujuandes Allison
March 26, 1972 – April 3, 2016
The life book of Aaron A Allison was opened on March 26, 1972 in San Diego, CA. He was the baby boy of Wayne Allison and Renell Victoria. He accepted Christ and was baptized by Rev. Dwight McDonald. Aaron loved attending church with his mother, spending time with family and close friends (day ones); going on road trips, riding dirt bikes in the desert, playing basketball, fishing and chilling at the beach. In his spare time he would visit the casino, enjoying the company of others while on the craps table and according to him he was always a winner. Aaron’s smile would light up a room wherever he went and welcomed and cared for those he loved. No matter what or who was around, Aaron remained true to himself and never changed for anyone. Aaron, also known as “A$E” is preceded in death by his grandparents; Blonzy and Reola Patton, Grandmother Mary Allison, Uncles Fred Patton, Robert Chapman, and his nephew Job Allison. On Sunday, April 3, 2016 Aaron was called home for eternal rest. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother Renell Victoria (Adam); father Wayne Allison; his uncles James Patton (Barbara) and Charles Patton; siblings Arthur Allison (Andrea), Angelique Allison, Ardena Allison, Terrika Allison and Waynetta Allison; and his five beautiful children; Aayona Allison, Aaron Allison Jr. (AJ). Aarianna Allison, Aarayah Allison and Aarrion Allison; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and close friends.
Jack Arthur Hutchinson, Jr.
July 31, 1950 – April 9, 2016
Jack Arthur Hutchinson Jr. “the Gentle Giant” was born to Jack Arthur Sr. & Christine Effie Hutchinson on July 31, 1950 at Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. Jack graduated from George Washington High School, Naval Station, Guam in 1968. While living in Guam he taught himself how to surf and became quite good at it competing with some of the best local islanders. Upon his return to the United States, he attended City College where he played football. In 1970 Jack enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served two years before being honorably discharged. In 1974, Jack enlisted in the United States Army where he served 4 years as a Gunner for the Abrams Main Battle Tank. A note of interest: While in the Army, Jack served his last two years in Germany. In 1976 he became the middleweight boxing champion for the Army. During that time, being in the right place at the wrong time, Jack found himself in a position to deliver a baby, using his shoelace to tie off the baby’s cord. Army based newspaper headlines read “Army’s Middleweight Boxing Chap Delivers Baby”, that was our Jack; he had the hands of a boxer yet gentle enough to deliver a baby; he was truly “The Gentle Giant”. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Jack’s employment varied in nature. He held jobs such as Construction Worker, Liquor Store Clerk at Paul Lowes, School Bus Driver and Instructor for Laidlaw Transportation, Bingo Caller at Barona Indian Reservation, long haul truck driver, a Pipe fitter at Pacific Production Plumbing in El Cajon and finally he worked as a sheet metal specialist at the Paul Revere Copper Company in Massachusetts. Jack’s favorite pastimes were listening to old school music, playing dominoes and card games, watching TV and most of all making people laugh. Jacks grand-kids and great-grand-kids were crazy about their Papa Jack. One of Jacks greatest joys was interacting with them, teaching them how to play baseball, football and how to ride their bikes. He was their doctor when they got their “ow-ees”, a human trampoline for the little ones to jump up and down on, a counselor when the older kids needed someone to talk to and the family comedian when we needed a little laugh. He was very protective of all his family members. He enjoyed the weekend get-aways to his sister’s home in Oceanside and the family gatherings frequently held at his brother’s home. Jack truly loved his family and being a part of family events and you could always count on him being the life and laughter of the party. Anyone who knew Jack will tell you that Jacks biggest asset was his sense of humor and his ability to make people laugh. He had such a big heart which is why he was able to give so much love to his family and friends. It didn’t take much to make Jack happy. He was non-materialistic, even tempered individual with a kindred soul; a man who derived pleasure from the simple things in life; a warm snuggly blanket and Law & Order on TV made him a contented man. He expressed the love he had for Carole, his soul mate and companion who for 20 years stood by his side weathering the storms and basking in the sunshine. Jack will be sorely missed and now sadly the light that once shined brightly in his presence for so many years has forever gone out. Jack is preceded in death by; his Father and Mother, Jack Arthur and Christine Effie Hutchinson, Sister, Sharon Ann Polk, younger Brother, Anthony Lee Hutchinson and Step-Daughter, Stacey Silva. Jack leaves to mourn his passing; his Loving Companion and Lifelong Partner, Carole Chantre, Daughter, Christine Hutchinson; Sister and Husband, Cynthia Marie and Lester William Steptoe; younger Brother and Wife, Steven and Lorraine Hutchinson; Brother-in-Law, Leonard Polk; Sister-in-Laws, Donna Noblin and Brenda Howard, Step-daughter, Renee’ Davis, Step-son Craig Chantre; and a host of nieces, nephews, grand-kids, great grand-kids, relatives and friends.
Rose E, Taylor
May 25, 1932 – March 29, 2016
Rose Evelyn Wilson Taylor was born May 25, 1932 in Texarkana, Texas to her loving parents, Willie E. Wilson and Cenie Bell Wilson. She attended Sunset Elementary School and Dunbar High School in Texarkana. Throughout school, Rose was an honor student. Her favorite subject was math. She graduated from Terrell High School in Denison, Texas with high honors where she participated in Chorus and was a member of the Girl’s Basketball Team. She continued her education at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. She retired employment from the U.S. Postal Service with over thirty (30) years of service. Rose attended St. John’s Baptist Church (Texarkana) as a child actively participating in Sunday School, regular Sunday services and all weekly services. She loved singing in the choir and began teaching herself to play the piano. In 1943 her family moved to Denison, Texas and she began attending Mt. Olive Baptist Church where her grandfather was the pastor. She began playing the piano for Antioch Baptist Church (Denison) at the tender age of 14. She later moved to San Diego and became the musician at Community Baptist Church for almost sixty (60) years. She was very active participating in multiple ministries. She served as secretary in the *Silver Stars* church auxiliary and Sunday School. She was a devoted member and received many honors and awards including *Silver Stars This Is Your Life* dedication celebration and *Community Baptist Church Outstanding Musician* recognition and celebration. Her hobbies were reading, shopping, playing piano, sewing, working crossword puzzles and reciting poetry. pink was her favorite color and she loved all shades. She was the proud, loving and nurturing mother of thirteen (13) children! First, marrying Cleveland Armstead – two (2) children and later marrying Uvonne Thomas – eleven (11) children. She leaves to cherish her loving memory – six (6) children; Beverly Armstead-Covington (Snellville, Ga), Reginald (Kim) Thomas (Douglasville, Ga., (San Diego, CA.) Lisa (San Diego, CA.). Three (3) sisters; Tommie Turner (Ft. Worth, TX), Cenie Nelson (Las Vegas, NV.) Lillian Nelson (Ft. Worth, TX) Brother: David Wilson (Texarkana, TX) God-Brother/Uncle; Dr. Charles Bell (Texas) and Cousin: Theodore Harris (California) along with a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Girlene Ivy Mae (Campbell) Garcia
July 25, 1932 – March 5, 2016
Girlene Ivy Mae (Campbell) Garcia was the second child born to Floyd and Arvillie Campbell of Beaumont, Mississippi. On July 25, 1932, known as Girlie by her parents and siblings arrived in Beaumont. She graduated Beaumont High School. Following graduation from high school, she married Rufus Herman Ramsey and moved to Los Angeles. Together they had six children: Francis (Morrow), Michael, Donnie, Terry, Tim, and Tyrone. Upon her death she was reunited with her four oldest children, her parents and all of her siblings. Tim and Tyrone remain to mourn her death. Girlene was the life of the party – always laughing and telling stories. A bit of a flirt and an absolute truth-teller. You always knew how Girlene honestly felt about any situation. With a bit of humor, she would bring up the family secrets and tell you the real dirt. Girlene was an excellent cook, making melt in your mouth biscuits, delicious fried chicken, dressing, and Tim’s favorite hoghead cheese. Her family enjoyed and appreciated her cooking. She worked as a dietician for the Veteran’s Hospital in San Diego where lucky veterans were able to enjoy her good cooking. After working for more than 30 years she retired and began spending more time doing two of her favorite things: fishing, watching baseball and playing the slots at the casino. Girlene could work the penny and nickel slots. She loved the Padres and seldom missed a game (on TV). She could often be found on the banks of Santee Lakes casting a line. Fishing made her happy, she said it was a peaceful way to spend your time.
As a preacher’s kid, Girlene stayed connected to her faith. She was long time member of Bayview Baptist Church. She seldom missed Sunday service until failing health kept her at home. She enjoyed singing in church. Girlene was preceded in death by her last husband Joe Garcia, her parents Arvillie and Floyd Campbell, her siblings Floyd, Elgin, Benjamin, Williesteen and Perry, in-laws: Alex Hunter, Lois V. Campbell and Marie Campbell. She leaves to mourn her passing her sons Tim (wife Lilian) and Tyrone (wife Lynn), daughter-in-law Olivia (Terry’s wife), her sister-in-laws Mary Campbell and Wanda Campbell, her grandchildren Tracie, Tanesha, Tyrone, Jr., Terry and Courtney. She will also be mourned by a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
August 26, 1951 – March 29, 2016
Gwendolyn Blair was born on August 26, 1951 to the late Verlyn and Bevely Walker in San Diego, California. She departed this life on March 29, 2016 at her home in Chula Vista, California. Gwendolyn graduated from Kearny High School in 1969 and went on to attend Community College. She then worked as a Legal Secretary/Paralegal for over 28 years. Later in life she also attended and graduated from UC Berkley were she majored in Anthropology/Museum Studies. Over the course of her life span, she has obtained 5 degrees. Gwendolyn loved to see the world. She had visited such places like Belize, Jamaica, Amsterdam, Spain, London and many more places. Each time she brought back more culture and education to share. Gwen is survived by two children: Amber Muhammad (Delano), Sekou Ndiaye (Misty); six grandchildren: Hakeem, A’ishah, Kareemah, Abdul Rahman, Sayidana, Njeri; and two great grandchildren: Gwen is also survived by her sisters Beverly Robinson (Rory), Gale Walker, Denise Walker, Nelisha Mitchell (Gregory). She is preceded in death by her brother Richard Walker. All of which are from San Diego, California.
Rose Lee Jackson
January 11, 1936 – March 20, 2016
Rose Lee Jackson was born on January 11, 1936 in McComb, Mississippi to Elizabeth White. Rose worked at Gingerbread as a preschool teacher for 7 years. In her free time Rose attended city college where she studied criminal justice and nursing. Rose loved to have open bible discussions, where she would teach others her love for the Lord. Rose was a sweet and honest woman and a mother figure to all. She welcomed everyone with open arms and a hot plate. On March 20, 2016, Rose was called home to be with the Lord. She is preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth White; grandson, Dwayne; niece, Debbie; great grandson, Trevion; and great great grandson, Sincere. Rose leaves to cherish her memories, her husband Eugene Jackson; children, Mary Thompson (James), Charles Jackson (Diane), and Johnny Jackson; her sister, Gldes Copeland (GiGi); close friend, Lena Johnson; grandchildren, Rose (James), Barbara, Sonya, Jerome, Ferna, Shawn, Elizabeth, Eliot, Theresa, Lil Faye and Tracey; 46 great grandchildren and 43 great great grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, cousins and friends who loved and adored her.
Mack Arthur “MacArthur” Jackson
November 30, 1936 – March 5, 2016
On November 30, 1936 the earth and his parents, Isaiah (Shack) and Orene Preston- Jackson was Blessed with their 7th child MacArthur Jackson, a.k.a. Mack Jackson – born in Fairfield, TX. MacArthur was called home on March 5th, 2016 at his home in San Diego, California surrounded by his family. During his younger years, MacArthur attended the school for the death and hard of hearing in Tulsa, OK as well as earning a certificate at The Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas in 1966. Not long after that he moved to San Diego, CA with his sisters Mary Lynn Crowley and Ann Rebecca Weaver; where he worked part time in the Liquor store and full time at sheltered work shop, where he met and then later on married the love of his life Joy Baby Hawkins, which was in 1969, at the end of that year, they had their daughter Jenoni, born in December. They were married for 46 great years. Mack Jackson was a loyal and faithful member of Lighthouse Baptist Church for over 15 years where he served in their Deaf and Usher Ministries until April 2015. MacArthur leaves behind to remember him, his wife Joy B. Jackson, their daughter, Jenoni (JJ/Lil Mack) Jackson; three step daughters: Diane Lofton, Denise Palmer, and Dorette Williams. His grandchildren Isaiah M. Jackson Sr., Aaron J. Watson; Nathelia J. Lofton, Fred R. Bailey, Lonnie Bailey, Candace Allen; Nathaniel E. Palmer, Natasha L. Williams, Myia Hubbard, and Kayla Palmer. His great-grandchildren: Isaiah M. Jackson Jr., Robin G. Jackson, Jaidyn A.C. Watson; Rayna Souce, Javon Bailey, Jailen Bailey, LeiLani L. Bailey; Cornell Rogers III, Elijah Edward; Demetrius, Demarius, and Darius Allen; four brothers, Audrey Lee, Clarence Wayne, Jeffery Dwight of Texas and Reginald Craig of Indiana, five sisters, Ginger Crowley of Oklahoma, Linda Flanders of Texas, Paulette Jackson, Michelle Phears of California, and Deborah Denise Michele of So. Carolina and a whole host of family and friends. Preceding him in death, waiting to welcome him with open arms are his parents Isaiah & Orene Preston-Jackson , four brothers: Hoover Isaiah, Billy Burt, Larry Kenneth and Errol Stanley Sr., six sisters: Lillian Celestine, Eunice, Mary Frances – Mary Lynn, Ann Rebecca, and Gurlie, along with several other family members.
Patricia Ann Weaver
October 17, 1950 – March 09, 2016
Patricia Ann Weaver was born in Shreveport Louisiana on October 17, 1950. She was the first of four children. At a very early age she moved to San Diego, California with her parents Norvell and Lige “Billy” Williams. At an early age Patricia accepted Jesus Christ. Upon graduating high school, Patricia went on to cosmetology school, graduating in 1982, where she became a beautician, Patricia had one lovely daughter Keiko, and in 1984 she went in to marry David Weaver. To this union was born 3 lovely daughters, Keinesha, Keishaun and Keileisha. Patricia was kind, caring and giving person who was always willing to help others. She played a key role in the upbringing of her grandchildren. She was such a loving person and she nurtured everyone she came in contact with. Patricia loved and embraced every child that came her way, she was known for spoiling and potty training other kids. There wasn’t a meal she could not cook and there wasn’t a child she did not embrace and love. While her cooking skills were renowned with family, her legendary macaroni and cheese and dirty rice was enjoyed and appreciated by friends. When you saw Patricia you were sure to see her with Tiki punch nail polish paired with a “sharp” dress suit as she would say. On Wednesday, March 09, 2016, God called Patricia home to be with Him. She leaves to celebrate fond memories and her loving spirit, her parents, Billy and Norvell Williams; four daughters, Keiko Alderson, Keinesha Weaver, Keishaun Weaver, and Keileisha Weaver; one sister, Barbara George; two brothers, Andrew Williams and Lamont “Billy” Williams; Six grandchildren, Kalayah Wilson, Keysean Weaver, Kiarra Johnson, Kanayjah Weaver, Zyairre Duarte and Ty’reahna Shine as well as a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will miss her deeply.
Gloria Dean Leger
December 9, 1945 – March 8, 2016
Gloria Dean Leger was born on December 9, 1945 in Lake Charles, LA to Cobby and Vella Green. Gloria was the second born of eight children. She played a huge part in caring for her young siblings. Gloria attended both grade school and high school in the Lake Charles school district. She graduated from WO Boston High school. Gloria was an amazing cook which led her to employment as a cook at the Greyhound bus station where she worked for several years. She later devoted her time to being a homemaker, caring for her husband and children. Gloria was a caregiver by nature; she met no strangers and was always looking for ways to brighten up someone’s day. She had an undeniably genuine heart for people. She didn’t care who you were and where you came from she treated everyone as if they were important to her. She was intelligent, loving and extremely faithful, Gloria was a rare jewel. Gloria moved to San Diego, CA in 1976 with her children where she remained until the Lord called her home. Gloria joined Miracle Deliverance Temple church of God in Christ in 1978 under the leadership of Pastor John L. Wilson. Gloria was a faithful member who willingly took on every task assigned by her Pastor. Gloria was an ardent church worker, she was a Sunday School Teacher fir a number of years, Hospitality Board President, Member of the trustee board, Church fiance secretary, Finance Board Director, She was the very first Vice President of the women’t ministry under the leadership of the late Mother Bertha Wilson, a member of the Board of Directors, the Mother of the Youth Ministries and most importantly a very effective soul winner. Her Pastor knew he could always count on her to work diligently with a spirit of excellence. Gloria would often tell her Pastor that he was her best friend, He loved and cared for her unconditionally. She also had a deep love and respect for her church family, the members of Miracle Deliverance Temple held a special place in her heart. On Tuesday, March 8th the Lord decided that Gloria had ran a good race, she had kept the faith and now it was time for her to reap her eternal reward. She did what the Lord placed her on this earth to do, she fed the hungry, took care of the sick, visited those in prison and took care of the poor. You could often find her ministering to the youth, they all loved her and would reach out to her when they felt no one else understood or cared, she would know the worst about a person, yet still loved them with God’s kind of love. Gloria will be sorely missed She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Roy Paul Willis Jr, Michael Jerome Willis, Sharon Yvette Hall/Theodore Hall Sr. (preceded in death) all of San Diego, Ca. and Marian Louise Green/Woodrow Miller, III of Lake Charles, LA. Her oldest son, Dwayne Willis who preceded her in death. She also was an amazing grandmother of 12 grandsons, Maurice Willis, Michael Willis Jr., Davon Harris, Malcolm Johnson, Miquel Willis, Malik Hayes, Roy Paul Willis III, Theodore Hall Jr., Daniel Willis, Micah Willis and Tristan Miller. Six granddaughters, Monica Willis, Mychael Willis, Michelle Willis, Brequanna Willis, Khadijah Green and Ronique Willis. Her great grandchildren Heaven Harris, Anila Willis, Jay’Ceon Green and Marilyn Johnson. Her siblings Herbert Green/Ida Green, Bernadine Wattley/Elisha Wattley and Etta Green of Lake Charles, LA. Four siblings that proceeded her in death, James Green, Melvin Green, Jerry Le Blanc, Diane Green and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
John Richard Butler “Big D”
April 9, 1930 – March 9, 2016
John Richard Butler was born in Kansas City, MO on April 9, 1930 and was the oldest of three children and the only son of John Henry and Alma Butler. He accepted Christ at an early age in the Baptist Church and converted to Catholicism during his military travels. While in high school he met his sweet heart, future wife and lifelong partner, Charleszetta Reed. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy where he began his journey to various cities in the U.S., traveled around the world, and eventually settling with his family in San Diego CA. He and his wife had 9 children, 6 boys and 3 girls. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 25 years of service. After the military, he returned to school, obtained his Associate of Arts degree, worked various jobs, and retired a second and final time as an electrician for the University of California at San Diego. John recognized his civic duty; and community was very important to him. He gave back by working with others to better the community and create a safe and positive environment for our youth. As an example, he fought for and was successful in bringing a teen center to Linda Vista for the youth and advocated for a traffic light on an unsafe corner in front of Chesterton Elementary School, which was installed as a result of their efforts. The Catholic Church was very important to John. His fellowship with Holy Family began in 1962 and continued until his passing. Working fervently in the church as a mentor to the new Catholic members, an Eucharistic Minister and a member of the RCIA. “The family that prays together stays together” that was one of his strongest beliefs and lessons to us, his family. He prayed with us and taught us how to pray. Every Friday night we prayed together and in spite of all of life’s challenges, we stayed together. He promoted education by encouraging his children and others to further their knowledge in institutions of higher learning, vocational, or trade schools. He believed education opened doors to opportunities and a better quality of life, and that learning is continuous and should never end. On another note, all of those that really knew John know he was a prankster and had a sense of humor. Some of JB’s famous quotes were:
– Illiteracy is predominant where ignorance is profound;
– I’m not fattening up frogs for snakes;
– You don’t believe fat meat’s greasy;
– If you ain’t got nothing you’ve got to have something;
– I can’t pin you down for that right now, but if I do…you’ll answer for it;
– Don’t burn your bridges because you may have to cross them again.
There are so many more and we will forever remember them. In his life he touched many people and was touched by many more. As he reflected on all those he met, helped, sparred with, and loved, his family was at the core of all he was. He was thankful to have had the opportunity to impart into his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives. Very recently he said to his daughters “I’m blessed to see a the seeds I planted in my children come to fruition”. That gave him peace and joy. We celebrate the life of John Richard Butler and thank him for loving, teaching an showing us what it meant to have been the Husband, Father, and the “Head” of our home. John was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Alma Butler, sister, Iraceale Gleason, son, Brian Eugene Butler, grandson, Gregory R. Butler and granddaughter, Unita Butler. To cherish his memory, he leaves his loving wife, Charleszetta Butler, sister Donna Darks, Daughters, Rhonda Adway, Tina Harris, and Joan Johnson. Sons, Steven Butler, Gregory Butler, George Butler, Robert Butler and David Butler. Daughter in laws, Frances Butler and Sandra Butler. Son in law, Willie Adway Jr. 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. A host of nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends.
April 16, 1953 – March 2, 2016
Born the last child and only son to Sherman and Juanita Nance on 16 April, 1953 with his twin sister Vickie Nance in San Diego California. Rickie began school at Stockton Elementary where he would sit and wait for Vickie to come do his work that was in 1958 and to this day twins are not allowed to be in the same classroom. He went on to graduate from Horton elementary, Gompers Jr. High and Hoover High School. In 1985 Rickie was blessed with his only son, Richard Alexander Nance whom he shared with Mary Williams. Not long after, he moved to Tucson, AZ and later Oakland, Ca, to learn how to build homes from his Uncles. Rickie also fished commercially in Alaska and this was one of his most memorable experiences. Rickie returned to San Diego in 2007 to be with his twin. He met Carmen “Shorty” Abercrombie whom he shared his life with to the end. Although we loved him God loved him more. He is preceded in death by Parents Sherman Nance and Juanita “Foots” Weaver, Grandparents McKinley and Sarah Tarpley, Bernard and Hazel Nance and Sister Anna Mae Cazon. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving partner, Shorty, Son Richard Nance (Bree), Grandsons Tyler and Kyle, Granddaughters Jenessa and Addison Nance, Sisters Shirlee Lott, Floy Porter, Vera Daniel-Willis, Janice North (Willie), Henry Edwards, Donna Williams (John) Sheila Edwards (Carl), Karlisa Jones, and Twin Vickie Vines. Brothers, Tony Weaver (Esther), and Irvin Nance and a host of nieces and nephews spanning four generations.
Thelma H. Shorter
December 27, 1927 – March 5, 2016
Thelma Harris was born on December 27, 1927 in Pine Praire, Louisiana to parents, Calvin Harris and Susie Lee, who both preceded her in death. Thelma was married to Curlee Thompson and Ernest Shorter who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her two son’s. Norris Dixson and Curtis Thompson; three brothers, Raymond, Joseph and Johnny; and two sisters, Essie Mae and Rosie Lee. Thelma lived in Lufkin, Texas and in Wichita Falls, Texas. She moved to San Diego, California in 1986. She met Edward Scott in 1991, and they became inseparable, remaining together until her passing. Thelma was a child of God and was a member of Christ Temple where she was baptized. Thelma continued to do what she loved most, helping others and loving her family. She was a collector of fine and rare antiques, including china plates and magnets. She loved to spend her time with her sister, Alean Ellis playing cards, going to the casino and cooking. Everyone loved her cooking and as they would always say….”She put her foot in it!” She had a personality out of this world. She was the one woman that could cry at the drop of a dime and cuss you out too….LOL…. and then say “You know I love you.” Her charisma and warmth in her personality will not be forgotten. Thelma leaves to cherish her memory, her sister, Alean Ellis of LaVeen, Arizona; two sons, Clarence and Marvin Thompson, of Wichita Falls, Texas; her partner of 25 years, Edward Scott, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to cherish her memory.
Leslie Vanesse Lathan
December 26, 1954 – February 27, 2016
Leslie Lathan 61 left us on February 27, 2016 at Kaiser Hospital in San Diego. Leslie was born on December 26, 1954 in San Diego. She was the daughter of Alfonzo and Judith Lathan. She graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1973. Leslie was employed by the City of San Diego for over 30 years. She was a Teacher’s Aide at Lincoln High School for many years and then worked for the Water Department for nearly 10 years. In 1997, Leslie married Grady Lucas. She was instrumental in raising his 6 children over the course of 17 years. Leslie was a very giving and loving person committed to her family. Leslie enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, watching sporting events, going to local casinos and having a good time with her family and friends. Leslie is survived by her loving mother, Judith Lathan, brothers Alfonzo Lathan, Gregory Lathan. and Robert Woods; her children, Anthony White and Shauna Harris, grandchildren, Alen Sams, Omar McFadden Jr., Stephen McFadden, and her favorite cousin Vicky. Additionally, Leslie leaves many other relatives and friends.
Charlotte Ann “Solid Ann” Davis
April 3, 1945 – February 12, 2016
Charlotte Ann Davis was born as Charlotte Ann White on April 3, 1945 to Isaiah and Glister Mae White(Both preceded in death) in San Francisco, California. She later moved to San Diego with her mother and brother Ronald White. She attended school in the San Diego Unified School District. She held various jobs such as a homemaker, electronic assembly, nurses assistant, child care provider, bartender, dj and she was also a receptionist at the Joan Kroc Center. At times she held two or more of these positions at once. Charlotte was a proud member of the Black Sabbath Motorcycle Club. She really enjoyed riding motorcycles, swimming, volleyball, reading, especially comics and health books. She liked watching scary movies, musicals, dramas, history channels and listening and playing music for others. She enjoyed dancing and was known for her dance that her grandchildren who called the “Nanny Dance”. She leaves to mourn and cherish all her precious memories, her loving brother Ronnie; baby sister Cheryl; her children, Oscar, Francisca, Yolanda, Vontina, and her adopted daughter/granddaughter Olivia; 12 grandchildren, Deon, Jason, Tanisha, Kaleef, Akeem, Shakeena, Kevin, Shanika, Anthony, Chrissy, Jasmine and Ramon; 16 great-grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild; nephews, Sean and Sherman; cousins, Barbara, Shirley, Pokie, Kim, Chris, Charles Ray Guyton, Lydiann, James Tyler and Cathy Tyler; her best friend’s Joann, Theodora and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly. Charlotte was preceded in death by her daughter, Enrika; grandchildren, Moray, Charles, Shanievia and Othell, Tracey, Dorothy, Lee, Ida Jean, Dejon, Barbara and others. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was one “Tuff Cookie” she was a very independent strong minded and level headed woman. There was never a dull moment with Charlotte Ann. “CA– USE SHE HAD IT LIKE THAT AS SHE WOULD SAY” She would say what she meant and meant what she said and wouldn’t take it back. She will be truly missed and loved always “Never take what you have for granted because you never know how long you have it.”
Athowan Maurice Bullard
October 26, 1974 – February 12, 2016
Athowan Maurice Bullard affectionately known as “Bugg” was born October 26th, 1974. He was the oldest of seven children born to the union of Patrice Tone (who preceded him in death) and Billy Bullard. Athowan was born and raised in San Diego, California. Athowan attended Lincoln High School. Bugg was baptized in 1995 at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the direction of Pastor Whitmill. Bugg loved God and had no problem praying. Athowan was a participant of St. Madeleine Sophie’s center (serving individuals with disabilities) his day program where he could work and earn a paycheck. On a daily basis he could go swimming, gardening, attend the computer lab or go to Sophie’s gallery where they created their own image of art. St. Madeline’s staff was truly amazing. Bugg enjoyed dancing, listening to music, bowling with his aunty Shelia and spending time with his family and friends. Bugg was a true gentleman who didn’t mind picking flowers and giving them to his sisters and loved ones. Bugg respected his aunts, looked up to his uncles, protected his nieces and nephews, loved Shavon and all his cousins. The Bible was never far from Buggs he knew there was a God that loved him. With great sadness and joy Bugg was set free from this world’s burden on February 12, 2016. His memory will continue to live in the heart and mind of all that knew and loved him. Left to cherish his memory, Bugg is survived by his sisters, Sherita Campbell Marilyn Foster; Uncles David Foster; Bruce Foster and Jeffery Foster; Great Aunts Mary Jones, Viola Willis and Bennett Truman; Great uncle Lee Carey Francis and a whole host of loving relatives in and faithful friends. He was predeceased by his mother Patrice Tone; grandmother Willie Mae Foster; grandfather Marion Foster; uncle Michael Foster.
March 29, 1960 – February 18, 2016
Reginald Quillar came into this world on the 29th day of March, 1960. Born to parents Freddie Ree Cooper and Lee Virt Quillar. He was born and raised in San Diego and was known by many. Reggie attended Sherman Elementary. Memorial Junior High and graduated from San Diego High School in 1977. Reggie was a caregiver to his grandparents and maintained his mother’s household, assisting her with her daily routines. We each have our own fond memories of Reggie. We cannot forget his very audible humming that announced his arrival and departures. Now he’ll be humming all day with the angels. Reggie was his mother’s 6th child, yet he always felt he was the eldest and would often say to his siblings, “I am grown” acting like he was serious, we just laughed at him. We’re going to miss those phrases and more. His employment history includes Aero Food Mart. ACE Parking and The Port of San Diego. He was a member of the usher board at Calvary Baptist Church; thereafter he attended St. Stephens Cathedral before becoming an active member of the Rock Church. He cared for the homeless, often preparing large meals for them in his mother’s kitchen and bringing them hot coffee on cold nights. He also collected clothing and blankets to keep the homeless warm. He would spend his paychecks on personal items and other necessities for those in need. He was always opening his wallet for others before taking care of himself. He passed along scriptures and ministered to the homeless and to his community. Seeing him Downtown with his bible open, wearing his glasses and ministering, is another fond memory. He was the most kind hearted, friendliest person one would ever hope to meet. Reginald Quillar, so loved by so, so many. Reggie was preceded in death by his sister Carolyn Lorraine Quillar. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother Freddie Ree Cooper, siblings Charles Gray, Larry Quillar, Lee Virt Quillar, Jr., Gary Quillar, Wanda Ivory. Eric Calloway and an extended host of family and friends.
Pearl Beatrice Burks
October 10, 1943 – February 16, 2016
Pearl Street Burks was born on October 10, 1943 to the late Elmer R. Street and Pearl “Florine” Daisey in Harbeson, Delware. Pearl graduated from Jason High School in Georgetown, DE in 1961. On July 29, 1962 shortly after graduation, she joined the United States Women’s Army Corps. In October of 1962, she completed her basic training in FT. McClellan, Alabama. She spent a portion of her army career working in the children’s clinic caring for newborns. While still serving in the military she met & married the love of her life, Ronald Burks, in San Francisco, California on September 12, 1964. She was honorably discharged as an E-5, a year later before she gave birth to her first son, Chanti Burks, on November 11, 1965 in San Francisco. Due to her husband’s extensive career in the military, Pearl found herself traveling the world; during this time she gave birth to Andre Burks, on January 17, 1968 in Germany. Followed by KeAnte Burks on March 1, 1974, in Hawaii. Continuing on her career, Pearl worked in administration as a computer specialist. During her 30 years of Civil Service, she received numerous awards and letters of appreciation for dedication, loyalty, diligence, and conscientious attention to detail. She also served as a Master Key Operator for C.O.D.A and was a site manager for three Navel bases in San Diego, CA. Due to her invaluable knowledge of the system in place, the government created a new rank of GS-11, to secure Pearl’s highly qualified skills, an honor which had never been given to a civilian by the military. Upon her retirement, she became more involved as a member of the Nanticoke Indian Association. As a grandmother of 9 grandchildren: Danielle, KeAnte II, KeVante, Nantai, Khody, Heiress, Lyric, Aaliyah Madison, and Kamden; they were the love of her life & brought her the greatest joy. It was not unusual to see her go to all lengths for her grandchildren, especially on holidays. Her favorite was Christmas when she would gather the grandchildren to help her decorate several Christmas trees, build the Christmas villages and most of all, delectable gingerbread houses.
October 12, 2012 – January 29, 2016
Mariah Augustine was born on October 12, 2012, to the proud parents of Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Jessica Augustine. In San Diego, California. Mariah was the answer to her parents prayers, being blessed with a Beautiful Baby Girl. She was the pride & joy of their life. Although Mariah began to have some challenges in her young age, her parents were supportive and continued to be her guide. Mariah passed after having complications from open heart surgery. Although she didn’t survive, her life lives on. Mariah received, It’s the “Gift of Life” medal. Like the superhero she was. Mariah saved lives–even as her last act. After having passed, Mariah’s kidneys were donated to one child and her liver to another. Children’s Hospital stated that the kidney transplant was a success, and that child is recovering well. It’s such a blessing to know that, even though she’s no longer with us, Mariah became the help to humanity as her parents knew she would, changing lives for the better. She will always be missed, but, we know she’s with God. Baby Mariah is, indeed, a hero. Moreover, the baby she helped — as well as that baby’s parents –will always remember her contribution to humanity. Just as Mariah dressed for Halloween in 2015 as Wonder Woman, she became that Wonder Woman! Mariah is survived by her Father & Mother, Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Jessica Augustine, Brother, Makai Thomas, Gran Parents, Mr. & Mrs. Judson & Deborah Davis, Mr. & Mrs. Raymond & Pauline Augustine, Kendrick Williams, & Michael Chriss. Great Grand Parents, Mr. & Mrs. Greenlee, Mr. & Mrs. Judson Davis Sr., Uncles, Judson Davis III, Jeremy Augustine, & Rob Garner. Aunties, Jaylyn, Amber, Melissa and Trinise along with a host of Aunts, Cousins and extended Family members.
August 14, 1986 – February 7, 2016
Dwayne Smalls was born to Beverly Smalls in Sacramento, CA on August 14, 1986. Dwayne was raised in South Carolina before beginning a career with the United States Navy. It was in A-School where he met his match and then soon to be wife, Dominique. They were both stationed in San Diego, CA and they were married on February 14, 2011. They welcomed their son Dwayne “Rodell” Tyrone on March 18, 2012. Dwayne was immediately loved by everyone who met him. His smile and personality were larger than life and you could not be in his presence without cracking a smile. Whether it was dancing or singing or simply being his funny self, Dwayne made our day and our lives brighter. Dwayne was preceded in death by a brother, Tyrone Smalls. Dwayne is survived by his loving wife, Dominique Smalls, and his son Rodell Smalls of San Diego, CA. A daughter, Kaliyah Smalls of North Carolina. Mother, Beverly Smalls and brother, Shannon Smalls of San Diego, CA. A sister Pamela Smalls, a niece Talieha, nephews: Tyrone, Traevon, Jameir, Jayden, & Joel all of North Carolina and a host of extended family and friends. As we mourn the loss of our loved one, we choose to REMEMBER
the fullness of the life that Dwayne led instead of dwelling on our loss. We must continue to keep Dwayne’s spirit and greatness alive in the way he would have lived.
Bonita G. Crite
February 10, 1950 – February 3, 2016
Bonita G. Crite was born on February 10, 1950 in San Diego, CA. She was one of five children born to Emery and Lorita Crite. Bonita attended and graduated from San Diego High School in 1968. Bonita met and fell in love with Ulysses Clemons and they were married on October 25, 1967. From that marriage came two children, Vernon Ray Clemons and Carla Renee Wright. Bonita attended Maric College where she received a CNA Certificate. Bonita went on to work at Southwestern/Time Warner Cable where she retired in 2006. Bonita loved life and loved to travel. She enjoyed visiting new places and meeting new people. Our beloved Bonita enjoyed a long happy fulfilling life. Bonita enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially her grand kids. One of her favorite thing to do was Karaoke. She loved to sing and always had a smile on her face. Bonita was dearly loved by all who knew her. Family was the heartbeat of her life. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend known for her generous and caring spirit. People were simply drawn to her when they met. Bonita was baptized Catholic and later was a dedicated Christian. Bonita made her transition to glory on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, CA surrounded by a host of family and friends. Her brother Emery Jr. preceded her in death. Bonita leaves to cherish her memories: siblings –Greta McCoy, Gary Crite, and Jan Sangster; two children — Vernon Jr., Shondell, Christiana, Gabriella, Roderick, Jacob, Serenity, and Lovell Jr. Bonita is leaving a host of nieces, nephews, and adopted kids. Bonita has touched a countless number of hearts.
Walter W. Bailey
May 30, 1956 – January 23, 2016
Walter Wilson Bailey was born May 30, 1956 in San Diego, CA to Robert Walter Wilson and Edmonia Murry Webb. Walter was the sixth of eight children and a proud father of five. He received his education through the San Diego Unified School District. Walter then applied for the City of San Diego: where he was a loyal employee with Water Services for more than 18+ years until his retirement. Walter excepted God as his Lord and Savior at a very young age and attended 31st St. Seventh Day of Adventist Church in San Diego, CA, where he was baptized. Walter lobed working on his Cadillac and Motorcycle. Walter loved his Old school music and taking road trips in his Old White Ford 100 truck, for those who knew Walter knew that he loved that truck very much. His second love was for motorcycles. Walter was an active member with the Motorcycle Club Brothers of Sun and a former member of the Legends where he collaborated with the MC’s Black Sabbaths. Walter was loved and respected by his club members. Walter W. Bailey was a loving Son, Brother, Father and Grandfather. Walter is survived by his children; Walter Bailey Jr., Nayema Bailey, Nyah Bey Wilson, Josefina Edmonia Wilson, and Justina Wilson. Nieces; Tracy Porter Monique Brown, Tameka Brown, Melvina Evans, and a host of great nieces and nephews.
Derrick Alvin White
September 16, 1955 – February 4, 2016
Derrick Alvin White was born on Sept. 16, 1955 in Brawley, Ca. He was the second of four children born to Alvin and Joyce White. When Derrick was 9 years old the family moved to San Diego. Derrick attended Valencia Park Elementary, Bell Jr. High and Lincoln High School. Derrick always loved taking things apart and putting them back together again. When he was 16 years old, he had a Volkswagen. He would drive up and down the neighborhood at night and have the car taken apart during the day. He would have pieces all over the driveway but would always have the car back together by night so he could drive up and down the neighborhood again. Derrick’s first love was Paula Rogers, and from that relationship, his daughter Kristina was born. After high school, Derrick began working with his father in construction and he continued in this field for 40 years. The last 2 years were spent taking care of his ailing father. Derrick met Lori Teran in 1986, she was the love of his life. After being together for a number of years, they were married in 2001. He and Lori raised her son Steven from birth. Derrick joined Bayview Baptist Church where he was baptized. He later joined New Season Church and said that he had found his home. He loved working at the church and attending church services and Sunday school. Derrick would not rest until he made sure his younger brother was baptized. That was one of the happiest days of his life. Derrick loved reading his bible. He would often call his older sister up to give her scriptures. Derrick was loved by everybody and was big brother to his friends. He loved playing with his nieces and nephews and spoiling them with gifts. Derrick loved his family dearly. He would always talk about getting together with all his kin folks. He never refused to help anyone who needed it. Derrick was also a great rigger, he could rig almost anything. He had a special name for it. which shall not be mentioned here. He was in the process of rigging his drums when he passed. Derrick lovingly started calling himself D-Romeo (from Romeo and Juliet) which was later shortened to Dero by all his friends. Derrick’s favorite hobbies were fishing, playing the harmonica, playing the drums and gardening. His specialty was growing roses, but he also loved growing vegetables. His favorite music was old school and Reggae and his favorite singer was James Brown, and the Reggae artist Luciano. On Thursday February 4th, God called Derrick home. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, his wife, Lori White of San Diego, Ca; daughter Kristina White, San Diego, Ca; sons, Steven Teran, San Diego, Ca, and Darius White, San Diego, Ca; father Alvin White, of San Jacinto, Ca; His mother Joyce Jones of San Diego, Ca; Sister Cynthia Jackson (Douglas) San Diego, Ca; brother Timothy White, San Diego, Ca; sister Veronica Henderson (Dereck) Palm Desert, Ca; nephew Michael Davis, Hanford, Ca; nephew Tavon White, San Diego, Ca; niece Simon Henderson, Albuquerque, New Mexico; nephews Patrick and Ryan Henderson of Palm Desert, Ca; nephew and niece Brandon and Desire White, Kalamazoo, MI; great nephew Nathanal White, great niece Laila White, of San Diego, Ca; and a host of relatives and friends.
Major Verneir Godwin
August 7, 1952 – January 23, 2016
Major Verneir Godwin was born August 07, 1952 to Senicia Godwin and the late Mary Louise Godwin. Major attended Will Anger in Serra Mesa and Chesteron Elementary in Linda Vista, CA. He attended Montgomery Jr. and then Kearny Senior High School, where he graduated and received his high school diploma. Major fell in love with Dana, they married and to this union two children were born; daughter Bianca and son Major Jr. (Little Major). Major was a man of many talents; a very good artist and could fix ANYTHING. He enjoyed cooking, eating popcorn and drinking Pepsi. Major always found a way to make light of a situation; he was a jokester and when times got touch, he knew where to go. Major was extremely loving to everyone, not just family; he was a people person and would never say no to anyone who needed his help. Major left this life on Saturday, January 23, 2016 on his mother’s birthday. She must have been calling him to those family members who preceded him in death: mother, Mary, his brother Seneca III, his sister Sheryl, his younger brother Michael and his loving wife, Dana. Major leaves to cherish his memory: his father, Senicia Jr.; his loving children Bianca Godwin and Major Godwin Jr.; sisters, Glennita Ollison (Lawrence) and Veronica Godwin; one brother, Bryon Godwin; grandchildren, Little Major III and Maliha; nephews, Anthony and Micahel Godwin Jr.; niece, Nicole Godwin as well as a host of other relatives, friends and loved ones.
Specialist Kevin Tyron Jones
October 9, 1994 – January 6, 2016
Our Beloved Solider, Kevin Tyron Jones was born in Glendale, CA on October 9, 1994 to Veronica Marie White and Keith Eric Jones, Sr. Kevin attended Rohr Elementary, Castle Park Middle School, Castle Park High School in Carson, CA while in his junior year and graduated from there in 2012. On January 8, 2013, Kevin enlisted into the United States Army. He received his basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. In June 2013, Kevin was deployed to Camp Humphries in Korea. In July 2014, he returned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Kevin has tremendous passion for the Army and met many people who soon became good friends. Kevin was very charismatic, witty and had an unquenchable thirst for humor at a very young age. His charm and wit were matchless. He could light up a room with a smile and bring you to tears of joy and laughter with his witty comments and sarcastic humor….even if you were angry with him. As a friend, he was loyal and always dependable. As a family member, he not only spoke of his love, he also acted upon it. His mother was always his first love. His brothers and little sister were his pride and joy. He was very close to his cousins while growing up and considered them brothers and sisters. He was especially close to his cousins Ca’Von and E’maniee. He considered himself a confident protector and “big brother” to his younger cousins. Kevin had a passion for life and lived it daily to the fullest. He had a great love for God and had his own personal relationship with Him. Kevin was a devoted and loving son. He was the apple of his grandparents eyes. A dependable and generous brother and an amazing friend. Kevin leaves to mourn with the greatest of pain and sorrow, his mother, Veronica Marie White. His father, Keith Eric Jones, Sr. His step-father, Kyle Pierre. His three brothers Brandon Jones, Keith Eric Jones, Jr. and Koree Jones. His baby sister Keyana Pierre and his step sister Shanell Pierre. Maternal grandparents Eddie and Mary White. Paternal grandparents Patty Mangang and Mizel Jones. His uncles, Eddie White, Jr. and Kurk Jones. His aunts, De’Von White Scatliffe and Summer White. His loving cousins. Two very special friends, Jane Hwang and childhood friend Akida Lucas. His Army “family” and countless friends.
Melissa Geanine Hayes-Spencer
June 14, 1985 – January 11, 2016
Melissa Geanine Hayes-Spencer affectionately known by her big brother as Meek -Meek was born on June 14, 1985 in San Diego, CA. Melissa’s parents are C.M. Spencer and the late Geneva Hayes Anderson. Melissa attended St. Stephen’s COGIC where she was the drummer for the children’s Church and later attended Christian Life Center. Melissa’s early childhood years were spent at Clay Elementary and Pershing Middle School in San Diego, CA. Melissa graduated from Grossmont High School in San Diego, CA. While attending high school she received her first job as a bank teller with Washington Mutual. Furthermore, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University. While at San Diego State Melissa served as an intern with the United States Custom and Border Protection. Once she graduated Melissa was offered a full time position as an officer assigned to the Otay Mesa cargo Port of Entry. Melissa was a true fashionista that was admired for her style. She was adventurous, enjoyed traveling, rock climbing, sky diving and more. She was a kind and generous spirit with a bubbly personality. Melissa would hand out Blessing bags to the homeless and in memory of her mother she would support and do the Walk for Breast Cancer. She always greeted everyone with a smile. She is preceded in death by her mother Geneva Hayes Anderson and her brother Christopher Spencer. Grandparents, Sylvester and Myrtle Hayes; C.M. Spencer Sr. and Katherine Spencer. On January 11, 2016 Melissa stepped out of time and entered into eternity. She leaves
to cherish her memory her father C.M. Spencer Jr. of San Diego, CA; four brothers Mark Hayes of Hawaii, Keith Spencer (Chris) of San Jose, Ricky Spencer of San Diego, Tyrone Spencer of Huntsville Alabama; one sister Joy Spencer Warrior of San Diego. Four nieces Celestine, Morgan, Genevieva, and Siobh’an; and a host of other close relatives and friends who will miss her deeply.
Charles Allen Wright, Sr.
February 3, 1930 – December 1, 2015
Charles Allen Wright Sr. was born February 3, 1930 in Los Angeles California and was the eldest of two children. Charles received his formal education in Galveston Texas where he graduated from Central High School in Galveston receiving awards and accolades for his band participation. After high school, longing for adventure Charles enlisted in the Navy where he served for two years and received an honorable discharge. Longing for the Sea he then joined the Merchant Marines and traveled the world for the next twenty years. Charles met and married Rosemary Palmer and to this union four beautiful children were born, Charles Jr., Pamela, Lilliann and Joseph. After becoming a family man Charles retired from the Merchant Marines and started selling Insurance with American General Life insurance company in Los Angeles California and contracted in sales until his retirement. Charles loved cooking, traveling, meeting new people and jokingly threatening his children with his cane. “Heeey Bae Bae” was his favorite greeting to loved ones. While living in Los Angels his health began to decline and he returned to San Diego where he spent the remainder of his time being loved by his sons, Charles and Joseph and cared for by his daughter Lilliann. One of his favorite phrases were from the “Womb to the Tomb”. He was preceded in death by his mother Frances Wright, his beautiful daughter, Pamela Wright Thomas and sister Nancy Hanley. Charles leaves to morn his passing; his sons, Charles Allen Wright Jr., Joseph Aaron Wright (Sandra) Robert Wright (Mona) and Jerome Wright (Donna) all of San Diego, CA., his daughter; Lilliann Wright Fleck and four grandchildren and other relative and friends to celebrate his life.
Dolores Sylvia Bridges
October 24, 1932 – January 10, 2016
Dolores Sylvia Bridges was born October 24, 1932 in Biloxi, Mississippi. She was the eldest child born to Nathanuel Reddix and Sarah Edna Jordon. She spent her childhood in Mississippi where she received her formal education. She was in the high school graduating class of 1951 from Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School in Biloxi, Mississippi. On October 2, 1951, she was united in Holy Matrimony to her high school sweetheart Joseph Eugene Bridges. They were blessed with seven children born to this union. In 1954, Joseph and Dolores relocated to San Diego, California with their three eldest daughters (Linda, Patricia and Sylvia) due to Joseph’s United States Naval commitment. Dolores was a loving, caring, considerate and nurturing individual. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was was an avid speed reader, enjoyed watching her westerns, loved cooking and being a mother to her children as well as many other children. She had a beautiful smile that would light up any room, a heart of gold willingness to go above and beyond to help anyone in need. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Her caring and loving spirit will live on through family as well as others she touched along her life’s journey. Dolores was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Eugene Bridges; her sisters, Joann Murphy and Rose Marie Murphy and brother, W.D. Murphy, Jr. On Sunday, January 10, 2016, God saw His child was weary. He called Dolores from her earthly labor to eternal rest. She leaves to mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life, daughters, Linda Green, Patricia Harris and Mary (Derold) Walls of San Diego, CA; Sylvia Bridges of San Jose, CA; Valerie Bridges of Louisville, KY; sons, Joseph F. (Vanessa) Bridges of Kent, WA; Christopher Bridges of San Diego, CA; brothers, Hal Clint Murphy of Los Angeles, CA and Elbert Murphy (who visited Dolores often throughout the years) of Alexandria, VA; sisters, Shirley Lee and Sarah Nell Murphy of Hattiesburg, MS; Judy Charles of Austin, TX; Evelmer Arrington and Frances Murphy of Ocean Springs, MS; eleven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and a host of many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Macie C. Logan
November 30, 1940 – December 20, 2015
Macie C Logan was the proud daughter of Robert Harris and Johnie B. Harris. She was born on November 30, 1940 in Ruston Louisiana. After spending the early portion of her life in Louisiana she moved to California with the Harris family. She completed her formal education in San Diego, graduating from San Diego High. While in High School she was an active participant in several sports teams including basketball, tennis and volleyball. After graduation she married Leroy Logan and started a family of her own. Leroy was a proud member of the U.S. Navy for 20 years and during his service the family lived in several cities in California including Alameda, San Pedro and San Diego. While her children were attending school Macie was an active participant in the PTA and other school organizations. She also remained active in sports playing in a women’s softball military league along with her daughters Denise and Gretchen. She worked in the food service industry for over 20 years where she made a large number of friends among her coworkers. Later in life she was an avid bowler on several teams consisting of family and friends. She was a wonderful wife, loving mother and proud grandmother and great-grandmother. All that knew her loved her. Preceding her in death were her parents, Robert and Johnie, and two siblings, Cornell and Ozell. She leaves to cherish her memory, a loving family, husband Leroy Logan, four children, Denise, Gretchen, Cedric (wife Kate) and Cherryl (husband Rick), adopted daughter Silvia (husband Al) eight grandchildren, Michael (wife Valerie), Anthony, Jasmine, Avery, Cade, Mia, and Alannah, and countless other family and friends who became family.
Memorial services will be held in the California Burial Chapel, San Diego, CA on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, by the Bishop Grady Harris.The family suggests that memorials may be made in the name of Macie Logan to the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen or the charity of one’s choice.
Traves Leroy Warren
July 15, 1986 – January 1, 2016
Traves Leroy Warren aka “Scooter” was on July 15, 1986 in San Diego, California. He joined his heavenly Father on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2016 in San Francisco, California. With hard work and determination, Traves completed three Associate of Arts degree in communication, humanities, and math at City College of San Francisco. Traves applied and was accepted into the University of San Francisco. He expressed his elation at this on his Facebook page, writing: “Yes, funky time! I got accepted into University of San Francisco! I could have started today, but I am going to wait until fall semester. So we have to celebrate now! I know you all care and JC He is real!”
(Traves always referred to Jesus Christ as “JC”.) Traves enjoyed reading and had an extensive collection of books. His book collection included the Holy Bible and he read this one often. His friends and family enjoyed his humor and jokes. He related well to children and loved his daughter, Amaya with all his heart. He was a caring and blessed Spirit. In addition to his enjoyment of reading, Traves also had several other interests: skateboarding, baseball, animals, going to the beach, being outside in nature, playing video games, music, sports, and was a true “San Diego Chargers” fan. Traves is survived by his mother Johnnie M. Warren, his sister Indira Saldana, his brother Stefan N. Warren, his daughter Theresa Amaya Contreras (9 years old), his grandmother Dorothy Jeanette Warren, and his nephews Drevon Warren, Shamar Warren, Narcel Saldana, and his niece Nasiah Saldana. His nieces and nephews and loved visits from their Uncle Traves who plated with them and took them on fun outings. Traves also has a large number cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends who all love him. Traves Warren was preceded in death by his grandfather, John L. Warren, Sr. and uncle, Calvin Bernard Warren.
Alonzo Ladell Manson Jr.
March 17, 1966 – December 30, 2015
Alonzo Ladell Manson Jr. was born to Alonzo Ladell Manson Sr. and Betty Jean Manson on March 17, 1966 in San Diego, California. He was the third of four children. Alonzo grew up in the communities of South Crest and Skyline. He received his education at Emerson Elementary, Bell Junior High, and became a graduate of University City High School. He later met his wife Shawn Manson, to whom he was married for many years. Two children became of this union: Alondria and Alonzo III, One loving grandchild, Shawn -Aiden Hampton. Whom he loved dearly. Alonzo became a member of the Glorious Church of Jesus Christ under the leadership of Dr. Jillett Grantonz, where he was baptized and became a member of Shiloh Temple Apostolic Church, pastored by Elder Clarence Oates. He was dearly loved by is church family and he loved them as well. Alonzo maintained employment by working at Phone Net and Johnson Controls. Alonzo had many nicknames. Some called him the “Philosopher”, he knew much about every topic in life and “Louie.” He always had a great sense of humor, and he always knew the right things to say. He was also known for his great sense of style; always suited and booted in his “Sunday Best”. His hobbies were going to Caliente, exercising, and watching the football games on television, bossing his younger brother Fonzo around all the time and most importantly playing with his nephew Fonzo Jr. Alonzo Jr. was called home on December 30, 2015 to be with his Lord and Savior. He is preceded in death by his wife Shawn Manson, his father Deacon Alonzo Manson Sr., his mother Evangelist Betty Manson, Grandmother Beatrice Manson, grandfather Daniel William Manson Sr., his aunt Tina Manson and his Richard Dupree. He leaves to cherish his memory two children, Alondria Manson and Alonzo Manson III, one loving grandchild, Shawn -Aiden Hampton two sisters, Annette Manson-Coleman (Robert), Tamara Manson-Collins (Jerome) and one brother: Fonzo Manson (Tasha), He also leaves a host of relatives and friends.
William Lee Campbell, Sr.
June 2, 1946 – November 20, 2015
William Lee Campbell, Sr. was born in Le Flore County, Mississippi June 2nd, 1946 to Lexie and Catherine Campbell. As a young man William joined the Navy and left Mississippi and traveled the world. While serving in the Vietnam was and stationed overseas he met and married Cresencia Campbell and they have three children; Marcia, William Jr. & Chris. William settled in San Diego, CA, with his children and family and he continued to live in San Diego even after he retired from the Navy. William was a loving and caring man who loved his family above all else. He loved life and found humor and joy in some of the oddest places. William relocated to Los Angeles to be with his daughter and he has lived there for the last 15 years of his life. He was disabled but when he was physically capable he liked to spend his time with his fellow vets who were ill and had no family, he tried to be a comfort to those who had no one. His other favorite past time was spending time with his grandchildren, Cresencia, Zoe & Famous, they were the light of his life and seeing them happy brought him an endless amount of joy. He is preceded to Heaven by his parents Catherine and Lexie, his brothers Clyde, Lexie (Bo) & Henry. William leaves behind his children, Marcia, Coffe & Chris and his beloved grandchildren, Cresencia, Zoe and Famous. He also leaves behind his siblings that he loved so dearly; Hattie Lee, James & Juanita, O.C. & Nora, Ira & Stacy, Grain & Cynthia & Thelma. William also has a long list of nieces, nephews and his brothers and sisters in law. He will be missed by all.
Joyce Ann Sills
March 23, 1953 – December 19, 2015
Joyce Sills was born on March 23, 1953 in the state of Louisiana and moved to California in 1959, where she matriculated through the San Diego City Schools and last attended Lincoln High School. Joyce was a member of Greater Saint Luke Church of God in Christ in San Diego, CA where Superintended Gary Watkins Sr. is the Pastor. She always enjoyed making a joyful noise for the Lord and was always seeking a closer relationship with Him. Joyce enjoyed the casino, dancing, spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed a good yard sale on Saturday mornings. In her last days she enjoyed hanging in the park with her friends playing spades and using creative communications. For the past ten years Joyce has lived between California and Georgia always making sure she spent time with all of her children, family and friends. Joyce lived her life looking out for others and opened her home to anyone who needed a place to stay. Joyce was nick named Jazzy Joyce for being beautiful, her creative dressing style and youthful features. Joyce went to be with the Lord on December 20, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles Edward Mellion and Lillie Mae Mitchell; and brother, Donald Ray Mellion. She is survived by her children, Miesha Purvy, Rashad Lamar Burns and Shelita Denise Murry (Vincent); grandchildren, Vincent Mellion, Jordan Mellion, Tyree Mellion, Porschea Burns, Genesis Burn, Imani Barnes and Kadence Taylor; one great grandchild, Silas Guzman; sisters, Jacqueline Holmes, Bajuana Blanchard and Unika Smith; brothers, Percy Thompson, Michael Thompson and Kevin Mitchell; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Joyce’s memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved her.
Dolores Ann Roberts-Swanegan
April 29, 1940 – November 30, 2015
Dolores Ann Roberts-Swanegan, better known as “Dee Dee” was born April 29, 1940 in San Diego, California and was a gift to the late Marvin James Roberts and Opal L. Roberts. She was the eldest of five children born. Dolores grew up in San Diego, California and received her formal education by attending Stockton Elementary, Memorial Jr. High and San Diego High School where she graduated. Upon completion of High School, Dolores got married to Ernest Witherspoon and to this union her first son Michael Dewayne Witherspoon was born. Dolores continued her education and became a Certified Nurse and was employed at the Edgemoor Hospital for 37 years where she retired. When Dolores was a young girl she would always try to help whoever was sick. Becoming an awesome caregiver was so natural to her because she would do whatever it took to make sure everyone around her was okay at all times. She loved people and had the ability always to see the brighter side of things and there were no limits to the things she would do to make sure everyone was happy and always with a smile. She had a heart of gold and would lend a helping hand to anyone, so it was her calling to be a Nurse. In 1975, Dolores was married to Alfonzo Swanegan and to this union two children were born – Larry Swanegan and Sonya Swanegan. Dolores accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and was raised in church by her grandparents Reverend and Mrs. Willie Liggins where she attended City Heights Prayer Temple. Dolores was a loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother and her greatest passion was her sons, daughter and grandchildren that she cherished unconditionally no matter what!!! Dolores Ann Roberts-Swanegan was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on November 30, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. She was surrounded by her loved ones and was completely at peace. Her father Marvin Roberts and mother Opal Roberts; husband Alfonzo Swanegan; 2 brothers Marvin Roberts, Jr. and Ronald Roberts; son Michael DeWayne Witherspoon and grandson Diante`Dave all preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her loving memories son Larry Swanegan (Mary), daughter Sonya Swanegan, all of San Diego, CA, stepson Edward Swanegan (Molly), El Centro, CA; brother Raymond Roberts (Bernice) of Hemet, CA; sister Shelia Roberts, San Diego, CA; 8 grandchildren Mariano Derrell Bradford, Michael Philip Mitchell, Michael D. Witherspoon, Jr., Chance Mitchell Witherspoon, Kaishaun Chardonay Mitchell, Raishaun Neleh Mitchell, Edrika Lanay Dave and Edward Matthew Dave IV, all of San Diego, CA; and a host of other family and friends.
Mother Tommie Elizabeth Anderson
September 2, 1933 – December 14, 2015
Mother Tommie Elizabeth Anderson was the first of ten siblings born to Miami and Willie Thomas on September 2, 1933 in Blossom, Texas. Mother Anderson loved attending church with her family and received the Lord at a young age. Mother Anderson received her early education while growing up in Blossom, Texas. At age 17 she moved to Phoenix, Arizona with her aunt Ganner Atkins. Shortly after she was joined in holy matrimony to Donald Lee Anderson, Sr. (who preceded her in death), twelve children were born to this union. In 1967, the Anderson’s relocated to San Diego, California where Mother Anderson served as an Usher and on the Hospitality Board at Gethsemane COGIC, under the leadership of Pastor C.L. Hubbard. Also at Mount Olive COGIC, she served as a Deaconess and was on the Mother’s Board. She also faithfully served at El Shaddai Christian Ministries as the Church Mother from 2007 until the Lord called her home. After raising twelve children, she worked outside of the home as a loving caregiver for over ten years. Mother Anderson in addition to raising her own twelve children, also raised four grandchildren in the home. Mother Anderson was well loved by the community. She was a prayer warrior and was instrumental in leading many to Christ, including her own family. Mother Anderson leaves a legacy of love to all who knew her, including Her Children: Donald Lee Anderson II, Kenneth (Waunda) Anderson, Marilyn Curry, Diane (Melvin) Tate, (Dianna preceded her in death). Timmy Anderson, Ronnie (Daphne) Anderson, Victor (Ann) Anderson, Brenda Anderson and (Richard Slaughter), (Brenda preceded her in death). Jeffery Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson, Marshall (Melanie) Anderson, Melvin (Dalundra) Anderson; Four Grand Children who were raised in the home, Charmaine Palmer, Jabari Wilson, Jermaine Wheeler, and Angie Anderson Hicks (Asim). Her bloodline consist of four generations. Besides her children, there are a total of 200 grand, great grand, and great great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, friends and her loving church family who will miss her dearly. Mother Anderson had ten siblings, seven proceeded her in death:Remaining are one sister, Gail Moore; three brothers: Willie Thomas, Jr. (Deena), Robert Thomas, and Neal Thomas.
Barbara Dean Dunn-Johnson
January 31, 1952 – October 31, 2015
Barbara Dean Dunn-Johnson was called homed on October 31, 2015. She was the fifth child of eight. Born on January 31, 1952, to the late Paul Dunn Sr. & Mary Helen Dunn in Little Rock, Arkansas. Barbara’s family moved to San Diego, California in 1953 from Little Rock. She accepted Christ at an early age at Mount Zion Baptist Church under Dr. C.R. Johnson and later moved her membership to the Mount Olive Baptist Church under the late Rev. Joseph W. Scott, where she joined the choir and loved to sing for the Lord. Barbara was a God-fearing woman. She attended both San Diego and Lincoln High School. While attending Lincoln High school she sang faithfully in the Lincoln Chorus and was very gifted and talented with her voice. She was known for her fabulous clothing and always dressed to impress on a daily: makeup-up, shoe, purse and jewelry all had to coordinate. Who do you know wore 6-inch stilettos rolling around in a foot-operated wheelchair? Only Barbara…She received best dressed honors during her senior year at Lincoln High school and always dressed like she in a fashion show while attending Dialysis and Doctor’s appointments. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Paul Dunn Sr. and Mary Helen Dunn, brother: Larry Dunn, two sisters: Juanita and Rosalind Dunn. Two nephews Albert F. Pargo Jr. and Christopher Ellis Dunn and one niece Barbara “Cat” Pargo. Barbara Dean Dunn-Johnson leaves to cherish her memories, a special friend Joseph Simpson of 23 years, three brothers: David L. Dunn Sr. (Saundra), Paul Dunn Jr. (Jacqueline) and John Dunn Sr. of San Diego, A. One sister: Ruthie Mae Dunn-Pargo, of San Diego, CA. She also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great, great-great nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends to cherish her memories.
Deon F. Peterson
December 4, 1987 – November 1, 2015
Deon F. Peterson son of Herman Peterson and Angela Williams was born on December 4, 1987 in Oceanside, CA. He attended schools in San Diego and Oceanside. He loved football, playing for Skyline Tigers, Crawford High Colts and Oceanside High Pirates, as well as bragging about his Oakland Raiders. He took pride in fathering his two young boys, they were his world. Shopping for the latest fashions, BBQs, and being with his family and friends were just some of the things he loved to do. In the early hours of November 1, 2915 he was called home to be with our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. He’s survived by his father Herman Peterson, mothers Angela Williams and Dionne Humphrey, significant other Ana Ramirez, sons Isaiah and Malachi Toluao mothered by Andra Toluao, sister Shania Peterson, brothers Derian Walker, Vincent Johnson III, DaShawn Peterson and Devonte Peterson, 2 nieces and nephew Jayvon Peterson, grandmothers: Comella Nicholas Williams (Louisiana), Thelma Peterson (Florida), Sandra Pierce (Virginia) and a host of family & friends from coast to coast. He was loved by all and will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.
April 7, 1993 – October 11, 2015
Lamar Jerome Mack-Santos was born on April 7, 1993, to Crystal Renee Santos and Lennel Jabbar Mack. He attended Lincoln High School Nursery as a young infant and Kennedy Elementary for Head Start. He then went to Baker and Johnson for elementary schools and spent junior high at Keiller Middle School. He furthered his education at Lincoln High School and completed his senior year studies at Camp Barrett. Later, Lamar became a part-time student at Grossmont College. Growing up, Lamar loved music and would dance to every beat in his own unique style. He loved to swim like a fish and ride recklessly on his skateboard. He had interests in machinery and aircraft, practically anything that was fast and/or loud. Lamar fell in love with riding dirt bikes at the age of five and like many other people from California he enjoyed chowing down on authentic Mexican food. He loved playing baseball and rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals. Moreover, Lamar was a true die-hard Raiders fan and a persuasive conversationalist, from beginning to end. For example, when Lamar was four years old he was at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas riding the elevator with his grandparents. A woman was in the elevator with her son holding a large inflatable crayon that was obviously her son’s. By the time the woman and her son got off of the elevator Lamar had talked her out of the crayon. But, you couldn’t tell him anything when his mind was made up. Because of his polite and thoughtful ways, he would hear you out and give you the chance to share your opinion, but would still do his own thing, often saying, “I got this; it’s gonna be ok.” In hearing him willingly talk to anyone that crossed his path, it was evident that Lamar had a big loving heart full of compassion for others. That motivated his desires to pursue a career in the law enforcement field and personal security, which was his profession. He aspired to one day serve as an officer in the military. Lamar was determined to be a great example before his peers. His independence enabled him to purchase his dream mode of transportation – a motorcycle. That passion led him to find solidarity with the Above Average San Diego Motorcycle Club. He was a genuine and caring young man who lived life fearlessly to the end. In his short span of life, he made sure every moment counted. He was a real thrill seeker, living life and moving fast, seeking excitement in all things. Even in all that he did, Lamar made sure to make time to give God His due glory from time to time in worship. Lamar attended Fountain of Life Church, where he learned about the love of God and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and savior at a young age. He was so excited to be baptized that he jumped into the pool head first at the Pine Valley Bible Camp. His early foundation of faith allowed his character to be established based on the truth of the Word of God. His heart was full of love for everyone he encountered; for all persons of every creed and color. In the whole entire world, there was only one Lamar Mack-Santos. You can look high and low, search on Google, ask around, but you will never find another Lamar Mack-Santos. Left behind to cherish his memory are his loving parents Crystal Santos (Arthur Sam) and Lennel Mack; sister Tahneyah “Bubbles” Reese; grandparents Marc and Cynthia Santos, Celintia Meshack “Grandma Ninny”. Great grandparents Doris Hines “Granny” (Autie R. Hines, Sr. deceased), Dimples Santos “Grams” (James W. “Bob” Santos, deceased) and great aunt Luella Gafford “Aunt Lou”. Godparents Stacey Gary, Wendell Parker, Diana Santos, and Rochelle Perazich. Uncles and aunts: Marc Santos Jr. (Patrice), Danielle Santos-Dorsey (Alex), Leonard Mack (Ciara), LaDree Mack, Tiffany Morrell, and Larry Parker, Sr. Favorite cousins, Larry Parker Jr. and Audraneese Tovar; best friends, Carlton Jenkins and Shawn Maye-Williams; girlfriend, Denecia Morris; mentors, Det. Eric Stafford, Sheriff Reggie Griddine and Grady “Tre” Gordon and a host of family and friends. Acknowledgements of thanks to his special aunties (you know who you are) and to Tony Morrell and family. Lamar was a loving son, brother, grandson, great-grandson, god-son, nephew, cousin and friend. He surely will be missed, yet his lively spirit will live in the hearts of all that loved him.
Helen L. Preston-Scott
November 30, 1928 – October 17, 2015
Helen Leola Preston-Scott was born to the union of Willie and Ruth Mayfield-Peachie in Hampton, Virginia on November 30, 1928. She was the eldest of two children. Helen attended Union Street School and graduated from George P. Phenix High School as Valedictorian. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Queen Street Baptist Church. Helen was always very social and actively involved in her community and church activities. As a teen, she was crowned Miss Lucky Vet for selling the most tickets to charity events for veterans. In 1951, Helen relocated to San Diego, California to accompany her sister. Helen was a faithful member of the Mount Sinai Baptist Church where she joined under the leadership of Reverend Will H. Coleman. She served diligently on the usher board in several capacities including president, secretary and training instructor. She served with high distinction with the Southeast District Ushers and held many roles. She was named 2003 Usher of the Year for the State of California and in 2007 she was a recipient of the William H. Davis Honor Club. Helen was a devoted servant of the Lord and His doorkeeper for more than 43 years, until physical limitations prevented her from serving any longer. Helen lived life to the fullest. If there was a social gathering, be it family or friends, she was there. She had many, many hobbies. She enjoyed sewing and spent time as a professional designer and seamstress. She also enjoyed cooking, listening to jazz, dancing, attending Charger and Padre games, working her word search puzzles and entertaining family and friends. Another cherished past time was traveling. If someone said “Let’s”, Helen was ready with “Go!” She was a member of the San Diego Roadrunners, an association of the Southeast District Usher Board, where they traveled to various states during the Thanksgiving holidays. She enjoyed attending family reunions in her native Virginia, keeping in touch with cousins all over the East Coast. She also enjoyed cruising with her daughters and was great company on family road trips. Helen was employed at Honeywell for several years. Later she worked at Data Graphix as a scientific technician for 15 years until her retirement. Even in retirement Helen kept herself busy. She was actively involved at the Neighborhood House Senior Center. There she made new friends and was reacquainted with friends from her past. One of her proudest moments was when she won Queen of the Senior Center. Helen always had a smile and a kind word for everyone she met. She lived by the rule “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” “It was just a suggestion.” On October 17, 2015 Helen finally earned her crown and robe of glory. She was preceded in death by her two husbands Barry Preston, Sr. and Alex “Joe” Scott, her beloved mother, Ruth Carey and father Willie Peachie, and her only son Barry Preston, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory one sister, Mary Hill, San Diego, CA, daughters Ruth Ann Hall, San Diego, CA, Joan Brown (Tyrone), Denver, CO, Debra Preston, Phoenix, AZ, and Alyce Drew (Calvin), San Diego, CA. One step-son Todd Preston (Shante) Las Vegas, TX. Nine grandchildren: Kelley Graves, Tracey Whalen, Kimberley Hall, Edward Gosha III. (Chante), Keira Knotts, Kevin Accuardi-Gilliam Jr. (Joe), Krystal Carmichael (Ric), Skyler Gilliam (Andrea), and Darienne Robinson. Fourteen great-grandchildren: Tramel Norman (Marquiscia), Christian Bailey, Kendelle Graves, Treasure Whalen, Ethan Gilliam, Madilyn Gilliam, Kamryn Knotts, Ceaira Gilliam, Edward John Gosha IV, Kevyn Knotts, Andrew Gosha, Tyler Gosha, Erykah Carmichael, Eva Carmichael, and two great, great grandchildren, Bradley Norman, and Micah Bailey-Gilliam. One niece Brenda Jackson (Carl) and one nephew Harold Roberts. One cousin, Ruth McCullerses of Virginia and a host of other relatives, family and friends.
Magdaline Rabb McCullough
July 24, 1932 – October 11, 2015
Magdaline Rabb McCullough was born July 24, 1932 in Shreveport, La. She was the eighth child of eleven born to Prentiss Gladly and Ora LeeRabb. In 1938 she moved West to Imperial, Ca and later relocated to Perris, Ca. She received her formal Education in the Perris Union School District. She accepted Christ at an early at First Baptist Church of Perris, Ca under the spiritual guidance of Rev. A.M. Cobbs where was an active member of the senior and junior choir. In 1950 she married Rev. Ernest Mack McCullough Sr. and to this union was born four children: Ernest Mack Jr., Deborah Ann, Denise Zepolia, and Noah Alexander. She later became the First Lady of The First Baptist Church when her husband was appointed Pastor. After moving to San Diego she united with New Bethel Baptist Church under Pastor Rev. L.R. Sanford. She worked in the restaurant business for many years until she was able to start her own restaurant, which she operated until her retirement at the age of 65. Magdaline was kind and charitable to all she encountered, a natural born Mother. All that knew her called her Miss Maggie and she was well known for her “Fat Burgers” and scrumptious peach cobbler as well as any other dish her kitchen produced. Miss Maggie lived full life of love and happiness surrounded by many cherished loved ones. Magdaline McCullough departed this life on Oct. 11, 2015. Her husband and two daughters preceded her in death. She leaves to celebrate her Homegoing: Sons Ernest Mack and Noah Alexander McCullough of San Diego, her brother David S. Rabb of Perris, and her sister Josephine Jones of Merced, Ca. She also leaves three Aunts: Thelma Webb of Palmdale, Jennie Joubert and Willie Ruth Bowser both of Las Vegas as well as her uncle Charlie Lee Rabb of Sacramento. Miss Maggie also leaves many grand children: John and Jamal Henderson and Ernest Mack McCullough III, Serena Charmaine, Cathalinea Rochell, Tashia Henderson, Demetrice Yevette, Acquilla Nisreen Jowharah, Zepolia AAliyah, Toni McCullough, Noziah Alexandria, Noah Alexander Jr., Alexandra J. McCullough,. Maggie also leaves 44 great grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
November 27, 1946 – September 15, 2025
On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, God visited the hospital room of C.L. Madkins at UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, California and delivered him from all pain and worldly concerns. God told C.L. “You don’t have to fight any longer, the battle is over and you have won, now come home”. C.L. knowing that his years of hard work on this earth were finished, he gladly grasped the hand of his Father and departed. C.L. Madkins was born on November 27, 1946 to the late Amos and Hattie Madkins. He was blessed with a sister, the late Pauline Baily who he loved dearly and a loving niece Sheila Howard. C.L. received his formal education in the Henderson public schools. He became a commercial operator at an early age and drove until his health declined. He moved to California in the early 1970’s and that is where he called home. He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Angie Madkins; six children, Terressa Madkins, Linda Cummins (Bruce), Barbara Cuffee (Adonis), Bernard Madkins, Dominick Madkins all of Las Vegas, Nevada and Don Madkins (Denise) of San Diego, California; four stepchildren, Joseph Glenn, Roshanda Glenn, Ebony Glenn, and Joeshay Glenn; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Kevinisha Leanne Cochran
August 27, 2000 – September 22, 2015
Kevinesh Leanna Cochran was born August 27, 2000 in San Diego, CA. At the age of 1 1/2 she was adopted by her mother Cynthia Cochran. Instantly she became a little sister to Rotisha and LaShonna Cochran. From that day forward it was nothing but Cynthia, her girls, joy and happiness. Kevinesh attended Robert Fulton School, where she was a member of the step team. She loved to sing and dance. Kevinesh was a very happy child and a giving person. Her smile could steal your heart. One of her favorite things to say to her mom was“But Mom I love You”. She loved going to church with her grandmother. Her favorite song was “Our God is an Awesome God” She was diagnosed with colon cancer December 2013 which ultimately would take her life. Kevinesh was a valiant fighter. No matter how she felt, she was very brave. She would always smile and give you thumbs up. Her motto was“Never, Never, Ever Give Up!” and she never gave up. Kevinesh kept a positive outlook regardless of what she was going through. God decided to give her, her wings on September 22, 2015 and now Heaven has gained an Angel. Baby girl will be missed. Kevinesh leaves to cherish her memories to, a loving mother Cynthia Cochran, two sisters, Rotisha Cochran and LaShonna Cochran, grandmother Lillian Simmons; one aunt Mashaeella Simmon, one niece Laniyah Cochran all of San Diego, California; Three uncles, Tony Bonner (Linda) of Canton Mississippi, Derrick Bonner and Cedrick Bonner all of San Diego, California; and a host of relatives and friends.
Robert Thomas Davis, Sr.
January 13, 1931 – September 2, 2015
Robert Thomas Davis, Sr. was born on January 13th, 1931, to the proud parents of Mr. Ivory Pearl Davis and Mrs. Gladys (Gingery) Davis in Haywood County near the town of Henning, TN. Ivory and Gladys were farmers, providing for their family from the fruits of their labors. Robert was the third oldest of seven children. He and his siblings, Mary Elizabeth, James Ivory, Oscar Lewis, Flora Dean, Betty Jean and Mack William had a very active and fun-filled childhood. Robert and his older Brother, James, were inseparable; spending their days playing various sports, hunting and fishing, in addition to being the “jokesters” among their friends. When Robert graduated from elementary school (8th grade), he began to work full time with his father on the farm. Robert enlisted in the United States Army on July 10th, 1951, at the age of 20. Robert completed boot camp at Fort Jackson, SC and was stationed in Germany during his tour of duty in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on June 18th, 1953. When Robert returned home to Henning, TN he married his sweetheart, Barbara Jean Burris. They were married on June 5th, 1953. Robert and Barbara became the proud parents of Robert, Jr. on April 21st, 1955 and moved to Chicago, IL one year later. The couple’s second child, Pamela Diane, was born in Chicago on January 28th, 1958. Robert settled is family on the West Side of Chicago. Even though he lacked formal secondary education, his attitude, ability to learn quickly and ability to easily get along with people enabled him to excel in numerous occupations in various industries. Some of the more interesting industries included working in a chemical factory, soup cannery, steel mill, and public works. Robert eventually retired from the Village of Oak Park, IL as a civil servant with over 20 years of service and at the age of 62. Robert was very friendly and had an engaging personality. He had a strong sense of humor and was committed to the welfare of his family. He was an avid ” Do It Yourself” handyman. Before he’d call a professional tradesman; Robert had to at least try to do it himself. Because of this, he became a very competent carpenter, electrician, plumber and mason. He successfully completed countless projects around his home and for friends and family at their homes. Robert was blessed with the ability to engage in thoughtful conversation and to make friends easily. He really enjoyed the art of conversing: some of his favorite topics were politics, sports and anything else that was appearing in the news. Robert also loved his hats! He collected them the way that many women collect shoes and purses. He was rarely seen outside without one and they often served as conversation starters with new people he met. Strangers would often come up to him and compliment him on ” the hat of the day” and that would be the beginning of a 20 minute conversation. He was often seen riding around his community on his electric mobility scooter and he would usually stop and talk with the mailman, utility workers, landscapers and neighbors about any or all of his favorite topics. He was loved by his family and will be missed by all who knew him. Robert was called home by the Lord Jesus Christ during his sleep in the early morning hours of September 2nd, 2015. He believe in God ad raised his children with godly principles and values and formally accepted Jesus Christ as his savior shortly after his retirement in 1992. Robert was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara; father – Ivory; mother – Gladys; sister – Mary and brother – Oscar. He is survived by his son, Robert Jr. and daughters Pamela and Gladys. Robert is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren.
January 12, 1959 – August 28, 2015
Busara McLeod was born January 12, 1959 in Los Angeles, California to Genevieve Brown, who preceded her in death in 1988. Busara was the youngest of six children. As a young girl, Busara loved animals, especially her favorite cat named Tomagin, who chewed on everything in sight and would run to Busara for protection. Busara and family relocated to San Diego in 1971, wherein she received her primary education in the San Diego public schools and graduated from Lincoln High School. After her extended stay in San Diego for twenty five years, Busara decided to move to San Francisco wherein she met and married Doug McLeod. Busara later became divorced and moved back to San Diego furthering her education. She accomplished one of her many lifelong goals when she graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Psychology. She then went on to work at various Law Firms as a Legal Secretary for many years. Busara was a passionate strong woman. She was extremely resilient and was able to draw on her many qualities and strengths when faced with adversity. She loved discussions that challenged her ideas and had an incredible hunger for learning new things. She was an excellent student, a lifelong learner and every teacher’s dream. She was extremely smart, and at a very young age, she was able to demonstrate her incredible intellect. Busara read voraciously and had the ability to remember the characters and plots. Busara was passionate about Social Justice. She had been engaged in politics and promoted societal change from the time she was a teenager. She embraced the tenor of her times and truly believed in righting injustice. She loved to laugh and make those around her laugh. She enjoyed hiking and camping, and also loved to travel and discover new places; she would have traveled the world if time had allowed. She had a motorcycle for many years and enjoyed the freedom of riding. Busara was a spiritual person; she studied Buddhism and enjoyed many of the Jewish traditions. Music was important to Busara; she was able to join the San Diego Women’s Choir and participated in their yearly concerts. On Friday, August 28, 2015, Busara received her heavenly summons and was called home to glory. She will be truly missed; she leaves to cherish her memories and mourn her passing, four brothers, Virgil Smith, John Wong, Andrew Harris and Richard Harris; one sister, Althea Harris, as well as a host of family members and many precious friends, and also her loyal cat named Trance.
Kimberly Ann Simmons-Coleman
July 1, 1981 – September 7, 2015
Kimberly Ann Simmons was born on July 1, 1981 to Edward W. Simmons and Elizabeth V. Hurich at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA. Kim has an older brother, Jason W. Simmons. After remarrying, her mom had four more sons, Joshua and John Hurich, Ronald Bennett, and adopted brother Jonathan, whom Kim did not have the opportunity to meet. As a child, Kim was sweet, smart, and very energetic. She had such an infectious smile and so many friends. Kim attended Montgomery High School in San Diego, CA where she met the love of her life, Richard “Boo” Coleman. At a very young age she earned a job as a commercial escrow officer at Old Republic North American in which she was well respected and appreciated by all of her colleagues. In May 2007, Kim and Boo began fostering Boo’s four cousins, Kierra, Kadiedra, Charles, and Timothy Crawford. They took them in to raise and love them as their own. On June 26, 2009, Kim gave birth to their beautiful daughter, Jordyn Leann Coleman. Later that year, Kim and Boo married on November 6, 2009. Kim has always been extremely devoted, protective, and loyal to her family, as well as a hard worker and provider. Kim was definitely a nurturing and loving person, who put family first before anything. In December 2011, Kim was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She received treatment in January 2012, and in December 2012 she learned she was in remission. One year later in December 2013, the cancer returned at an extremely aggressive rate. Kim spent the last two years in and out of the hospital while she endured such profuse amounts of pain. On Monday, September 7, 2015, Kim was called to go home to be with our Lord where she is now free of pain and will have everlasting life! Kimberly Ann Simmons-Coleman leaves to cherish behind memories with her husband, Richard “Boo” Coleman; sons, Charles and Timothy Crawford; daughters, Kierra and Kadiedra Crawford, and Jordyn Coleman; brothers, Jason Simmons, Joshua and John Hurich, and Ronald Bennett; brother-in-laws Mark Hector, Rufus Howard And James Johnson; sister-in-laws Eurika Simmons, and Lolita Coleman; nephews, Jason Andrew, Joseph, and Jeremiah Simmons; nieces, Emilyse and Elliana Simmons; In-laws Richard Sr, and Jacqueline Coleman; Uncle Earl Coleman; Cousin Kayla Higgins-Smothers; Step Family Michael Hurich, Vangie Howard, Ernesto Eide and Ronald Bennett; And so many close and loving friends. Her father, Edward, precedes Kim in death. The whereabouts of her mother Elizabeth are unknown.
Georgia Mae Poynter
08/23/1928 – 09/09/2015
As the gentle winds blew on August 28, 1928 a beautiful baby girl was born to Charlie and Sarah Harris in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and they named her Georgia Mae Harris. Georgia was one of seven children to this union. Georgia fulfilled all of her education in Arkansas and attended college studying administration. She loved the Lord and was a faithful member of the Mt. Ollie A.M.E. Church as well as the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Arkansas. Georgia met, fell in love and married Elmo Poynter in Arkansas who proceeded her in death. They were married a loving 41 years and to this union one child was born nine years later; Elma Jean Poynter whom was given the nick name “Jeannie”. Shortly after marriage they moved to San Diego California and united with the Calvary Baptist Church in 1952 under the pastoral ship of the Late Dr. S.M. Lockridge. While at Calvary she diligently served with the Missionary and Sunday School Boards and was a member of the Gospel Choir. After the Late Dr. S.M. Lockridge passed away Georgia united with the Greater Fellowship Baptist Church family under the direction of the late Dr. Luther E. Thompson where she faithfully served as the President of the Deaconess Board for 18 years eventually becoming the “Mother” of the church. After Dr. L.E. Thompson passed she remained in place and served under Rev. Dornell Kelly. Don’t you fell it’s so befitting of her to be called the Mother of the church as so many people called her “Mother” in their day to day real lives. Georgia has a total of six siblings and four of them proceeded her in death,. Charlie Harris Jr., Lynette Daniels, Cleva Wooten, and Esther Gaddie. Georgia leaves to mourn two sisters Ivory Asbell of Dover, New Jersey, Nellie Childs of Wilmington, DE. One Daughter Elma Jean Poynter Jackson of San Diego, CA who became a military wife and mother of four of Georgia’s grandchildren, Janine Mullen of San Diego, CA., Sarai Jackson of Virginia Beach, VA, Avniel Jackson of Virginia Beach, VA, and Jesse Blackshear of Atlanta, GA. One Future grandson in Law, Mike Barker. Five Great Grandchildren Terry Davis, Anthony Davis, Alexander Holland, Nalani Barker, and Alora Barker. The Lord places blessings in our lives via people and we are so thankful for Reverend Gregory Mitchell and Marvin Locke for their love and stewardship given and shown to our mother as we lived out of town. Words cannot express our gratitude of thanks. Mother leaves to mourn a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends who mourn her passing and will miss her dearly. She is gone but will never be forgotten.
George Timothy Jones
November 23, 1962 – September 7, 2015
George Timothy Jones was born November 23, 1962 in San Diego, California. He was the youngest child born to Jesse Ray and Dorothy Marie (McNeil) Jones. George attended Johnson Elementary, Lewis Junior High and Patrick Henry High School(s). George was a stand-out/star athlete where he lettered in football, baseball and track. Over the years, he worked various jobs at Sharp Hospital and he also worked at National Steel and Ship Building as an electrician apprentice and welder apprentice. He loved to laugh and joke and bring a smile to your face. He especially loved his children and his family. George departed this life Monday, September 7, 2015 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He leaves to cherish his memory one daughter, Sharay Rochelle Jones and one son, George Timothy Jones, Jr.; one sister, Estalita D. Jones; two brothers, Roger Dion Jones and Jesse Ray Jones, IV; nephews Conrad Sulpacio Jones, Zion Conrad Jones, Jesse Ray Jones, V, Dion Maurice Jones and nieces Ashley Danielle Jones, Raven Nakia Jones and Hazel Lynne Jones. In addition to the family George will be missed by a host of friends and acquaintances.
January 18, 1983 – May 17, 2015
Crystal Rochelle Santisteban was born at 2:53 A.M. on January 18, 1983 in San Diego, California to Nery Fernando Santisteban and Wendy Santisteban. Crystal was affectionately known as “Gordy”. She was called to rest on May 17, 2015. Crystal received her formal education at Doyle Elementary, Stanley Junior High and graduated from Garfield Adult Education Center. Crystal was a member of Linda Vista Second Baptist Church, under the spiritual guidance of Rev. Dr. David C. Greene. Crystal worked in retail and customer service. She also worked as a Home Health Aide for the County of San Diego and was attending culinary class. Her favorite hobby was designing Jewelry. Crystal was well loved and will be truly missed. She leaves to cherish her memory: Her Loving parents, Nery Fernando and Wendy Santisteban; two brothers, Myles Mendoza-Santisteban and Brandan King-Santisteban of San Diego, California; Her loving grandparents, Fernando and Martha Santisteban of Guatemala City, Bettie Givens of San Diego, California and Benjamin and Margaret Brown of San Diego, California; uncles and aunts, Russell (Adrianne) Pete, Michael Brown, Eric (Dana) Brown, Betty L. Brown-Hodges, Kristina Hunter, Byron, Lamont Pete, Willie J. (Katherine) Brown, Annie Mae Davis, Barbra Harris, Florene Wiggers, Karla Wong, Marie Chu Brown, Brandy and Michele Bussell; great aunts and uncles, Sam (Jorie) Jackson, Luster (Ruth) Calvin and Mose Calvin & a host of cousins and friends.
Joyce Yvonne Scott
August 5, 1955 – May 29, 2015
Joyce Yvonne Whiteside was born August 5, 1955 in Hudson, New York to her father Grover Whiteside and mother Juanita Jenkins. She was the youngest of three siblings; Betty Ann Harris better known as “Big Betty”, who precedes her in death and Grover Whiteside Jr. In 1966 when she was 11 years old, the family moved to San Diego, California. She attended Balboa Elementary, Memorial Junior High, and San Diego High School where she graduated in 1972. On April 8, 1972 she got married to Dwight Timothy Scott, better known as “Butch”. She was blessed with her first child, Dwight T. Scott Jr. on September 11, 1972. On April 12, 1984 she was remarried to Kenneth Ray Anders and was blessed with her second child, Kenneth Raymond Anders on March 16, 1983. In the early 1980’s she received her two Associate’s Degree in Business Management and Computer Technology. Over the years she had numerous jobs; Robert Powers Modeling (1972 – 1973), UCSD ( 1975 – 1977), Qualcomm ( 1989- 1992) and NASCCO (1992-2001). Survivors are: son Dwight T. Scott, Jr. and Raymond Anders, both of San Diego, grand children; Dwight T. Scott, III of San Diego, Damone T. Scott of New Jersey, Kandi S. Rich of San Diego, Malcolm J. Scott of San Diego and Mary A. Scott of San Diego, great-grandchildren; Sa’Niyah Rich, Aria Scott and Odin Scott, Brother; Grover Whiteside of San Diego, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins to cherish her memory.
Malory Flourney Jr.
January 6, 1954 – May 7, 2015
Malory was born January 6, 1954 to Malory Sr. & Lelia Mae Joiner Harris in St. Louis, MO. The family moved to San Diego when he was 10 years old. He attended Emmerson Elm, Memorial Jr. High. Graduated from Hoover High. He accepted Christ under the leadership of Rev. Marvin C. Hines at Pilgram Baptist Church. At the age of 10 he was involved with the Archie Moore “ANY BOY CAN” program. He joined the United States Navy and retired after 20 years of service. He moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado and worked as a Satellite Equipment Operator for the military. His memories will be cherished by his wife Waka Flourney, daughter Joy Flourney and Janine Flourney Zielinski. Mother Lelia Mae Joiner Harris and Brother Shelton Flourney of San Diego, CA. Two Aunts Almarie in St. Louis, MO and Margrett of Florida and a cousin George Young of San Diego. Malory departed on May 7, 2015. Entertainment: Memorial Garden Cemetery of Colorado Springs, CO.
Edward Lee Hayes
March 1, 1957 – May 25, 2015
Edward Lee Hayes was born on March 1, 1957 in Orange, Texas. The first born proud parents Edward and Ozella Hayes. Eddie grew up in San Diego, California where he attended Morse High School and graduated with the class of 1974. He began the pursuit of his dreams at an early age At 13 he worked in the Laundry of a nursing home. One year later he worked for a grocery store in the warehouse shipping and receiving, well into his twenties. After which he became a buyer for a company named Fluid Systems into his thirties, then for a number of years he worked for General Dynamics, over the years he developed many skills which served him well in the later years when he was self-employed. Eddie loved helping people and was truly appreciated by all whose lives he came in contact with. He had a philosophical view of nature and a respect for life, Eddie loved to analyze everything and would make known his findings, opinions, and observations, to anyone who would listen. Eddie was a kind and loving man who would help anyone if he had the power to do so, he would ask for nothing in return, he loved to read and write and was always open to learning new things, he was well liked by his acquaintances and well loved by his family and friends. He was a man of strength who loved his family and gave all he could when they needed him, being raised by his mother who is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses had a profound impact on him. He respected the Bible and took comfort in scripture, he knew that one day Jehovah’s Kingdom would alleviate all of mankinds pain and suffering. (Rev 21:3-4). Edward is survived by his loving mother Ozella Marie Hayes, six brothers and one sister with their families. Jerry and Yolanda Hayes, Terri and Richard Brown, Michael, Donald, Roy, Troy and Pay Hauls and Paul, as well as many nieces and nephews Melanie, Ta-Tanisha, LaToya, Janiece, Lil Roy, Lil Michael, Sequoia, Joshua, Na-Na, Matthew, Lexus, Tatiana, Tyler, Christian, Teresa, Enrique, Diego, Logan, and many aunts and uncles, cousins as well as in-laws. His family is comforted by scriptures such as John 5:28-29 ‘Do not be amazed at this for the hour is coming in which all in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out…” Eddie went to sleep on May 25, 2015
Lucile Barnes November 30, 1929 – April 19, 2016
LUCILE WAS BORN, NOVEMBER 30, 1929 IN BASTROP, TEXAS SHE WAS THE OLDEST CHILD BORN TO THE LATE GEORGE WAITES,II AND EULA M. (WAITES) WILLIAMS. LUCILE ACCEPTED CHRIST AT AN EARLY AGE AND WAS BAPTIZED UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE LATE REV. DR. HAROLD T. BRANCH IN CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS; LUCILE’S FORMAL EDUCATION WAS RECEIVED THROUGH THE CORPUS CHRISTI SCHOOL SYSTEM WHERE SHE ATTENDED SOLOMON M. COLES HIGH SCHOOL. LUCILE MARRIED WILLIAM EDWARD BARNES FOLLOWING A BRIEF COURTSHIP WHILE HE WAS STATIONED AT THE NAVAL AIR STATION LOCATED IN KINGSVILLE, TEXAS. TOGETHER THEY RAISED FIVE CHILDREN; LINDA, JAMES, JUDY, BRENDA AND TERESA. AS A FAMILY THEY TRAVELLED AND LIVED IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA; AND EVENTUALLY MOVED AND SETTLED IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, WHERE WILLIAM RETIRED AFTER SERVING HIS COUNTRY FOR OVER FORTY YEARS WITH HONORS. LUCILE WAS EMPLOYED AT THE THIRTY-SECOND STREET, NAVAL BASE GALLEY WHERE SHE WAS EMPLOYED FOR OVER TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN FOOD SERVICE. LUCILE ENJOYED ALL SPORTING EVENTS AND HER FAVORITE WAS WATCHING THE LA LAKERS, THERE WAS NOTHING BETTER ON A SUMMER NIGHT THAN TAKING HER OLDEST GRANDSON TO A PADRES BASEBALL GAME. FAMILY AND FRIENDS WERE A BIG PART OF HER LIFE. LUCILE WAS AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN BY ALL WHO KNEW HER AS “CILE” SHE WAS A LOVING, CARING AND DEVOTED WIFE, MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, SISTER, AUNT AND FRIEND. SHE HAD A WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR, AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW AND LOVED HER. LUCILE BARNES WAS CALLED HOME TO BE WITH THE LORD ON APRIL 19, 2016 AT THE HOME OF HER DAUGHTER LOCATED IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA; CARE PROVIDED BY LINDA AND JUDY UNDER THE DIRECTIONS OF SCRIPPS HOSPICE FOLLOWING COMPLICATIONS RELATED TO ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. LUCILE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY BOTH OF HER PARENTS; HUSBAND WILLIAM BARNES, BROTHER CLAUDE WAITES III, AND SON JAMES EARL COCHRAN. LUCILE IS SURVIVED BY HER DAUGHTERS; LINDA COCHRAN-JOHNSON, JUDY (WAYNE) DAWSON, BRENDA (JERRY) EVERETTE OF SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA AND TERESA BARNES OF BALTIMORE, MARYLAND; SISTER GEORGIA McCUTCHEN OF WASHINGTON, DC; AUNT, EUNICE COLEMAN OF PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA; GRANDCHILDREN; MIKO (LINDA) UHURU, M. DARNELL DAWSON, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, BRIAN (CHRISTI) DAWSON, AND SHARISE (ANTWAN) EASTER-FORMAN; GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, HASSAN, ADIRA, AND BREEA; ALONG WITH A HOST OF RELATIVES AND DEAR FRIENDS WHO WILL MOURN HER PASSING, YET CELEBRATE HER LIFE.
Merle Maurice Woods was born in Osawatomie, Kansas, to Mary Ethel Woods. He went to Osawatomie High School where he graduated, and soon after enlisted in the United States Navy, where he was stationed in San Diego, CA. In 1957 he ventured to Riverside, CA., where he met the love of his life, Patricia Frances Evans, and they were married on September 25, 1958. In 1965 the family relocated to San Diego, CA where Merle began working at National Steel and Ship Building Company. He quickly advanced through the ranks as a Master Welder to Supervisor. Merle worked at Nascco for twenty-two years where he was given the nickname “Woody” and later retired at the tender age of fifty-five. Merle soon became known as, “Mr. Mom” while he spent quality time with his children, grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren. Merle was baptized in his younger years when he attended church with his grandmother; who was the pianist in their local church. He rededicated his life in 2013 and became a member of Greater Victory Church. He enjoyed serving in the kitchen, as well as serving his community by giving back at the local food bank distribution; which is located at Greater Victory. Merle was always willing to lend a helping hand for whatever was needed. Merle was known for many things: his salsa, his eye for a good deal, his witty comments, picking up a penny, having a rubber band handy, having his own personal style, a mohawk, a pony tail, a bandana on his head, and gray hair at the young age of twenty-one. From this love he was blessed with ten children Nadine, Merle Jr., Leondra, Mark, Myron, Christina, Mercedes, Diana, Yolanda, and Michelle; fifteen grandchildren Frances, Ricky Jr., Felismina, Merle III, Patricia, Mary, Daniel, Alexandra, Andreas, Brandi, Jacques, Delvon, Niger, Kai, and Darren; twelve great-grandchildren Cheyenne, Derris Jr., Lea Belle, Malachi, Caleb, Devin, Micah, Aliyah, Mariah, Tai, Queen, and Exodus. A special love for Princess and Jesayha. He also leaves a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, and close family friends that he loved dearly with all his heart.
Rose Marie Bradley April 17, 1954 – April 8, 2016
Rose Marie Bradley was born on April 17, 1954 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Eunice Marie Bradley and Wade Thomas. In 1957 the family relocated to San Diego, California where Rose received her formal education. After graduating high school Rose worked in nursing, where she was employed at Golden Hill Convalescent Hospital and Cloisters of the Valley. In 1970 Rose married and to this union two daughters were born. In 1977 Rose remarried and to this union one son was born. In 1989 Rose also adopted another son and raised him as her own. Rose had a passion for helping people. In between working and being a mother, Rose went on to fulfill a lifetime goal of becoming a teacher. She set out on her journey and attended San Diego City College where she received her Associate’s degree in 1993, San Diego State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1996. She also received her teacher’s credential in Special Education in 1998. She loved teaching and had a special gift of working with children with special needs, which she taught at many schools within the San Diego School District. Rose had a passion for cooking large meals, having bar-be-ques, reading books, playing crossword puzzles, watching thriller movies, traveling, shopping, sewing, crocheting, and spending time with family especially her grandchildren. Rose was baptized into Christ at an early age at 38th Street Church of Christ. On April 8, 2016, Rose was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. Rose was preceded in death by her father, mother, and one brother Walter Ray Bradley. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters Regina Mayfield of San Diego, CA, and Tanisha (Donavon) Thomas of Murrieta, CA; two sons Marshall (Marvasia) Smith and Lavell Bryan Bradley of San Diego, CA; four brothers John (Dorothy) Lewis, Wade Bradley, Jr., Cornell Bradley and Edward Savage, Jr., all of San Diego, CA; five sisters Jacqueline Bradley of Portland, Oregon, Angelina Bradley and Sheila (Al) Bradley Easton of Los Angeles, Belinda (Edwin) Bradley Wesson of San Diego, and Joanette White of Oregon; eight grandchildren Shante and Brandy McCrea, Romean Hampton, Rayvon Thomas, Dmante Mayfield, O’Shea Smith, Kanesha and Deja Thomas; Seven Great-grandchildren: Gaziya, Shiriah, Jonathon, Aiyana, Rhina, Kayvon and Leondre; Uncles: Roy J. Bradley, and Joe Richards; aunts Annie Nicholson, Gertrude Baker, Nellie Bradley, and Carol Davis all of Los Angeles, CA, Valerie and Veronica King, Lottie Jones and Lois White of San Diego, CA; and one dear sister-friend, Shirley Jackson of Arizona, a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
David Michael Harris September 15, 1959 – April 5, 2016
David Michael Harris was born in San Diego, California and was the youngest of four children born to David “A” and Margaret Jean Harris on September 15, 1959. As a young boy he played baseball and Pop Warner football. David worked cutting lawns and at jobs in the neighborhood. As a teenager, he worked for the San Diego Regional Employment Program. David had a passion for cooking. He fed children in the neighborhood, cooked at the mission in downtown San Diego, and baked cakes at the assisted living facility in which he lived. He worked at 32nd Street Naval Station, and for the state of California fighting forest fires. He was a handyman. Everyone that knew David knows that he loved to fish and garden. He shared the fruits and vegetables he grew with neighbors and friends. After a long illness, on Thursday, April 5, 2016 David fell asleep in death. David will be missed but not forgotten. We look forward to the day when we all will be perfect and the earth will be restored to a beautiful paradise in which to live. David leaves to cherish his memory one brother, Don J. Harris (Gwendolyn); two sisters, Leisa A. Harris (Michael) and Ivy J. Allen (RL); three nephews, Michael A. Murphy, James D. Harris, and Eric R. Harris; and two nieces Tasha Harris and Alicia Harris; one uncle, Robert Hardaway (Barbara); three great- nephews; two great-nieces; cousins and friends.
Eva Mae Franklin Wheatfall
March 28, 1932 – April 3, 2016
Eva Mae Franklin Wheatfall, was the eldest daughter of six children born to the loving couple, Costromer and Mattie Franklin on March 28, 1932 in Navasota, TX. Her four older brothers showered her with much love along with her baby sister. She received her formal education at George Washington Carver High School in Navasota, TX. At an early age she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and was baptized by Rev. Stephens of the Salem Baptist Church.In 1946 she met the handsome AC Wheatfall who became the love of her life. The two were wed in holy matrimony on October 23, 1948. To their union, three beautiful children were born. The newly married AC and Eva Mae Franklin Wheatfall and their son Arthur Charles relocated to San Diego, California in 1951. A dietician by profession, Eva Mae had a passion for culinary arts and retired as a Nutritionist from Mission Bay Hospital. This same passion extended to family, friends and neighbors. Not one who came to her door, left hungry. The Wheatfall’s hospitality was legendary, and their home became a mainstay for barbecues, Sunday dinners, birthdays, holidays and any occasion for loved ones to gather to enjoy fellowship and fine cuisine. Eva Mae was an avid reader and quite talented with crochet and needle point. This Matriarch was compassionate and kind, and was always willing to listen to a friend in need. Her wisdom and guidance was a blessing to so many youth and young adults who were fortunate to know her generous heart. She always cared for the young people and she believed that they are our future. A faithful servant of the Lord, Jesus Christ, she was an active leader in the Missions Department of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. As a Charter Member, her dedication to the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church reflected her commitment to her Christian principles and her love for her Pastors and Christian family. Her support of the ministry continued even as her health declined.
The Lord welcomed her to her heavenly home on April 3, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents Costromer Sr. and Mattie Franklin, her sister, Barbara Jean Franklin, her brothers George, Costromer Jr., and Jesse Franklin, her son Arthur Charles Wheatfall, and her beloved husband of sixty-five years, AC Wheatfall. Eva Mae leaves to cherish her memory two doting daughters, Lena Wheatfall of Houston, TX and Gwendolyn Grant of San Diego, CA; five grandchildren: Isaac Grant, Daniel Wheatfall, Derricca Grant, Natalie Wheatfall, and Jewelyn Grant Wright all of San Diego, CA; five great-grandchildren: Naliyah Wright, Malachi Battle, Demarion Wright, Isaac Grant, Jr., and Isaiah Grant also of San Diego, CA. She is also survived by her brother Ira Franklin of San Diego, CA; two brother-in-laws Rudolph (Dora) Wheatfall, Sr. of Kerrville, TX and Bobby (Dorothy) Wheatfall of Houston, TX. A godchild Karl Bailey, Jr. of San Diego, CA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends to celebrate her life and legacy.
August 28, 1952 – February 17, 2016
Mildred Tucker, lovingly known as Tuck, was born August 28, 1952 in Bastrop, Louisiana to the late Webster & Bertha Tucker. She was the second of four children born to Bertha. Early in life, Mildred suffered from a severe childhood illness that would ultimately leave her disabled. Years later, Mildred along with her mother and siblings relocated to San Diego, CA, where she’d spend the remainder of her years. Despite her physical disabilities, Mildred lived a full life. She attended an Adult Activity Center known as ARC San Diego, where she served on the Board of Consumers for many years. She would go on to attend this program for more than fifteen years and was greatly loved there and will truly be missed. Mildred had many other activities she enjoyed including spending time with family and friends, listening to music, flipping pages through books, and enjoying a nice cold Pepsi. But of all things she enjoyed, one stuck out the most, her fixation for money; which was a possession that brought her pure joy. Mildred was also known for having a captivating smile that would light up any room. On February 17, 2016, Mildred’s soul was called home. Mildred was preceded in death by her mother and father. She leaves behind three sisters, Lula Haynes-Poole (San Diego, CA, Shirley R. Cooper of San Diego, CA, and Beverly Tucker Brooks (Charles) of San Diego, CA. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
May 11, 1955 – March 2, 2016
Ralph Douglas Thomas was born in San Diego, California on May 11, 1955, to Mable Chaffers and A. Griffin. He attended primary school at Logan Elementary and graduated from San Diego which after which he spent a good portion of his career in the construction industry. He loved being involved with family and friends, watching football and listening to his old school music, and going to the park. Ralph loved to laugh and had a passion for his shoes. Ralph quietly left us on March 2, 2016. Ralph was preceded in death by his mother and father, his step-father James Smith, and his siblings Robert and Patrick Thomas, Debra and Wendell Smith. Ralph is survived by siblings Gary Stewart, Gregory Stewart, Yvonne Thomas Knight, Anthony Thomas, Craig Smith, Cynthia Smith, and Damita Ward, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Alfred Lee Bennett November 3, 1941 – January 14, 2016 Alfred Lee Bennett, affectionately called “Little Pin,” was born November 3, 1941 in Linden, Alabama to David and Alma Bennett. He was the second of five children born to this union. The family later relocated to San Diego, CA, where he attended Frontier Elementary, Dana Jr High and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1960. Later, Alfred met a very special lady and after many dates he asked for Betty Lambert’s hand in marriage. On December 9, 1964, Alfred and Betty Bennett where united in holy matrimony. To this union four children were born Michelle, Trena, Cheryl, and Alfred Jr. Alfred loved to read and will long be remembered for wrestling and track. He was on the varsity wrestling team at Lincoln High School, he was undefeated in all of his matches and received the “Most Outstanding Wrestler” award and the CIF Championship. Alfred’s picture remained on the gym wall as Most Outstanding Wrestler until Lincoln was remodeled in 2007. Alfred would be most remembered for his singing and cosmetology skills (conks and finger waves). Alfred was employed as a manager at Jack-In-The-Box on 24th and Market in San Diego. He retired after thirty years at National Steel and Ship Building Company, commonly referred to as NASSCO. Alfred was baptized at an early age at Mt. Erie Baptist Church. He rededicated his life to Christ and reunited with his home church, Mt Erie, in April, 2012. Alfred also attended and completed Mt. Erie’s new member’s class in May 2012. On Thursday, January 14, 2016, Alfred Bennett passed away quietly at Norwalk Community Hospital surrounded by family. Alfred was preceded in death by his daughter, Michelle Bennett, mother, Alma Onetia Bennett, sister, Shirley Rea Bennett-Carroll, Brother, Johnny Lenear Bennett, and best friend and former wife, Betty Louise Bennett. He leaves to cherish his memory his father, David Bennett of San Diego; three daughters Trena Bennett, Cheryl Burton (Terry), and Monique Bennett, all of San Diego, CA; two sons, Alfred Lee Bennett, Jr. (Bessie) and Alfonzo Johnson Bennett of San Diego; eleven grandchildren Keith Rutledge (Yvette), of Houston, TX, Terry Burton, Jr. (Veronica), Tranisha Burton, Tre’Shel Burton, Caesar Bennett, Janelle Bennett, Alea Bennett, Tiaja Bennett, Kiana Bennett, Alfred Bennett, III, and Makayla Jasper of San Diego, CA; six great-grandchildren: Nija Rutledge, Makayla Rutledge, Keimora Rutledge, Keleyah Rutledge, Keith Rutledge, Jr. of Houston, TX, and Mason Burton of San Diego; two sisters Norma Fields (Edward) and Grace McMurray (Garland) of San Diego, CA; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Bart Roberto Boyd Bart Roberto Boyd was born to Mary Marjorie Boyd and Clifford Scott in San Antonio, Texas. As a child, Bart, battled and overcame the effects of polio giving him a passion for life early on. Finding joy in sports Bart excelled at basketball, and gained a life long love of music.
Bart attended school in San Antonio until 1969, when he moved to San Diego, CA. At the age of fourteen he met the mother of his child, Chere Henderson, and began to develop lasting friendships in his new home, finally graduating from Samuel Morse High School in 1972. Bart began his career working as a Skycap with National Airlines, moving on to cargo with Air California where he surprised everyone by modeling in the company brochure. Later with American Airlines he held various positions, retiring as a Crew Chief, after giving more than 35 years to the industry. Preceding Bart in death were his parents Marjorie and Clifford; a brother, three aunts, two uncles, and his dear nephew Stacy McCurrin. He leaves to mourn children Jeremy Curtis-Boyd (and Wife), Dana Horton, and Raymond Jackson; seven grandchildren, and a great-grandson; brothers, Clarence Washington, III, Ernest Boyd, and Eric Scott; sisters Carolyn Grundy Logan, Melody Scott Drew, and Lydia Scott Barnes; nephews Jamar Grundy, Jerome Logan, and Jonathan Washington; nieces Aisha Brown and Destiny Scott Drew; and a host of cousins.
October 12, 1956 – January 2, 2016
Howard James, born October 12, 1956, at Homer G. Phillip Hospital in St. Louis, MO. to Howard and Clara (James) Woodfork. He was the oldest of seven siblings.
He received his education at the Martin Luther King High school. Further his education at St. Louis Auto Tech. trade school. On complete of school, he work for his father at “Woodie Auto shop” as a Auto Mechanic. At an early age he accepted Jesus Christ as his person Saviour and united with the Prince of Peace Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo. He was an faithful and active member until he relocate to San Diego, ca in 1982. Later he met and married his late wife Mary James, who brought something special into his life. Howard was employed by AmVets as a truck driver for many years at the AmVets Thrift Store. He was a loyal employee until he became dis-able. He never gave up on life or felt sorry for himself. He continued his entrepreneur in helping other people and when he seen’s sowing seeds for Jesus church doors open; he came in to give an helping hand. He had a spirit of giving and sharing. He touched and befriended a host of people. He learn the bible and how joyful it was to bless some one else. He loved to talked and reminisce about the past. He had a great gift for Gab, and did not mind telling you what was on his mind. Whether you want to hear it or not. He could made you laugh or made you get away from him. Howard was affectionately referred to as “Butchie” by his Family and closest friends. He will be dearly missed on January 02, 2016, the Lord called Howard James from his favor to his reward. Preceding him in dead was his wife Mary James. His father Howard Woodfork, Sr. and two brother Ronald & Dietz James. He leaves to cherish his mother Clara Wordfork, three sons, Anthony Jones, Howard James, Jr. Three sisters Cynthia Smith, Gloria Roberts, Elsie Williams all from San Diego, CA. March Roger and one daughter Maggie Davis of Riverside, Ca and a host of Grand and great Grand Children, nephews, Nieces and friends.
December 29, 1943 – January 14, 2016
Gloria was born on December 29, 1943 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi to the late Levoll, Sr. and Alberta Harris. She was the youngest sister and the ninth of eleven children. She attended Parrish High School and Alcorn University in Lorman, Mississippi. After her college years Gloria moved to San Diego, CA where she lived a vibrant life. Gloria worked for The Naval Airbase in Mira Mesa for 31 years as a Computer Operator and was promoted to a Logistics Manager after completing her certification at San Diego State University. Gloria was committed as a great team leader.
Gloria was a member of Christ Temple Church of Christ Holiness, CA where she was Director of the Choir and taught Sunday school. She later became a member of St. Stephen’s Cathedral COGIC, San Diego until she was afflicted with illness. Gloria had a love for Jesus, which was instilled in her as a child and throughout her adulthood. During her sickness her eldest son witnessed her statement that she felt a life of freedom and that her cares, repentance, and tears were in the hands of God and that she felt the presence of the Holy Spirit guiding her life. Gloria had many hobbies, but she especially enjoyed sewing her unique styles of clothing and creative artifacts for her home. The thought of flowers or floral prints always gives such a radiant memory when you think of Gloria. Her love for cooking was celebrated with her delicious Pineapple Upside Down Cake and her Oven Baked Cookies. Gloria had a love for old time gospels by singers such as Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Shirley Caesar, and James Cleveland. She loved the heart of a close family and cherished her siblings and their support. Gloria was always the outgoing sister whom was always involved in planning of family events. Gloria went home to glory on the afternoon of January 14, 2016. She preceded in death by husband Michael Davis of eleven years; sister Nell Adams; brothers Charles Harris and Leroy Harris. Gloria leaves her children Reginald (Rage’) Bibbes-Richardson, Sharon, Eric, Anthony Bibbes, Patrick and Artemus Wright and many grandchildren to cherish her memory. She will be missed by her siblings Bertha Walker, Levoll (Bessie) Harris, James(Vera) Harris, Mae Speech, Thelma (Bunyan) Johnson, John Harris, George Harris. She also leaves many, many nieces and nephews.
October 26, 1935 – 2016
On October 26, 1935 in Hope, Arkansas God blessed Oscar and Pinkie (Brazzil) Hunter with their seventh child, Prince Olden.
Prince’s early education was at Yerger Elementary School in Hope, Arkansas before the family moved to San Diego, California where he attended Memorial Jr. High School and graduated in 1955 from San Diego High School. He continued his education at San Diego City College. Prince worked for Convair/General Dynamics and also in the construction industry before being drafted into the U. S. Army in 1958; he served his country well and was honorably discharged in 1964. Prince had two daughters, Jacquelyn Renee and Sharon Denise from his marriage to Gloria D. Flagg. Prince was employed by San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) from October 1962 until July 1995. He worked as a Laborer and was the first Black promoted to the position of Gas Serviceman. Prince’s personality was exceptional and his sense of humor was unique; he loved people and treated everyone with respect. His great customer service skills were rewarded with hundreds of “Thank You” letters from customers who appreciated the service that he provided them. Often customers would call to request him for any additional services they needed. The friendships that he formed were genuine and were lifetime! In May 1969, Prince married Gloria Beck; in April 1973, God blessed them with their only child, Jenene Devonne (Gigi). Prince only had three daughters, but many nieces and nephews he loved and treated like they were his own children.
Prince truly loved serving the Lord; he was baptized at an early age at Trinity Baptist Church. In 1993 he united with Bayview Baptist Church under the pastorage of Dr. Timothy Winters. Bayview’s Parking Lot Ministry was where he served and was a faithful, dedicated member. After retirement Prince relocated to Hereford, Texas and quickly united with the Son Rise Baptist Church under Pastor Alfred Sanders. He served as Bereavement and Church Anniversary Financial Treasurer. He was a faithful and dedicated member and attended services regularly until his health began to deteriorate. Prince’s favorite times were spent with family and friends; especially the time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His hobbies were gardening, cooking and watching western movies (shoot-em ups); he could watch them all day long. The Denver Broncos were his football team and he was a lover of good jazz music. Prince joyfully joins his parents, Oscar and Pinkie (Brazzil) Hunter and four brothers, O. J., Theodis, John and George Hunter in God’s heavenly mansion. Prince touched the lives of countless individuals who will treasure his life and wonderful memories; his loving wife, Gloria; three daughters, Jacquelyn (Jerry) McLeod of San Diego, CA, Sharon (Berhanu) Jacob of West Sacramento, CA and Jenene Hunter-Henderson of San Diego, CA; two brothers, James Hunter and Joe Hunter, both of San Diego, CA; one sister, Barbara Glanton of Chicago, IL; eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Bennie Beck of Hereford, TX, six sisters-in-law, Thelma (Robert) Mercer of Hereford, TX, Bennie Jewel Williams of McGregor, TX, Olivia Bradfield of San Francisco, CA, Dr. Mary E. Beck of Dallas, TX, Velvet Jean Hunter of San Diego, CA, Helene Hunter of Berkeley, CA; two brothers-in-law, Rev. Jim Scott, Sr. of Hereford, TX, V. T. Satchell of Waco, TX; two adopted by the heart daughters, Carmel Polk of Cedar Hills, TX and Karen Halkovich of Tarzana, CA; godsons, Marcus Allen, Pierce Wilkins and Berrot Rankin; goddaughter, Ryneshia Rankin; nieces, nephews, many relatives and friends.
Curtis William Bullard
June 12, 1955 – January 16, 2016
Curtis William Bullard was born on June 12, 1955, in the warm southwestern sun of Las Cruces, New Mexico and was raised by his parents Robert and Lacia Bullard.
In the formative years of his life, Curtis attended Sweetwater High School in National City, California. While acting upon his passion for continuing education, Curtis satisfied his academic interests by attending San Diego City College. Curtis worked in the mortgage industry for several years where he was employed by Greenpoint Mortgage. Later, his love for information technology set him on the career path to becoming an IT Analyst where he used his priceless skills to help one of California’s largest healthcare providers, Scripps Hospital. In 1999, Curtis married his best friend and the love of his life, Regina Wyatt. The two became one in spirit and the life-sustaining pulse for each other. Curtis was partial to the color blue and one of his favorite foods was chicken. Among the many favorite things that Curtis enjoyed doing, besides playing tennis and bowling, exercising and staying in shape topped the list. Curtis had a tender love for the Lord and a special place for the word of God in his heart. On October 6, 2001, after accepting an invitation to attend church and earnestly studying the Scriptures, Curtis was baptized by Pastor Ivan Williams, Sr. at the San Diego Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church where held his membership until his death. One of the sacred moments of his spiritual journey was reading the entire Bible with his wife Regina in three months. On Friday, January 16, 2016 God called Curtis to rest from the cares of this life. Curtis is preceded in death by his stepfather, Robert Bullard, but he leaves to honor and cherish his memory, his loving wife Regina Bullard of San Diego, CA; his mother, Lacia Bullard, of San Diego, CA; three brothers: Robert Bullard of San Diego, CA, Jerry Bullard, of Victorville, CA, and Barry Brooks, from Washington State; two sisters: Roxanne and Vanessa Bullard, of San Diego, CA; his children, three sons: Le Andre Bullard, of Los Angeles, CA; Jamal and Jarvis Bullard, of Duncanville, TX; one stepson, Kennuf Akbar (daughter-in-law, Hafeeza Akbar), and one stepdaughter, Monique Patterson (son-in-law, Renel Fenelon) all of San Diego; four aunts Ruth Cook and Carol Clipper of San Diego, Greta Coleman of Oklahoma City, OK, and Deena Ward of Houston, TX; two uncles Leroy Clipper of Sacramento, CA and Turner Clipper of Temecula, CA. He also leaves to lament his passing and celebrate his life, a host of dear friends, relatives and extended family.
Angie LaVett Stidum
May 16, 1966 – 2016
On May 16, 1966, a beautiful baby girl was born to the union of Luberta and Odis Stidum. They named her Angie LaVett Stidum.
Angie, as she was affectionately called by her family and friends, expressed a love for God and an incredible gift for music at an early age. She was gifted with a beautiful soprano voice and by age 8 was often featured as a singer and guest director of the adult choir of her church. Part of the joy in watching Angie was that she was fearless! No matter how many people were in the audience, she always sang and directed as if she were an adult professional. She attended public school in San Diego, and worked in various vocations in the area. Being the adventurous spirit God made her to be, she experienced a few detours before turning her life around and finding her true calling as a Substance Abuse Counselor. Her joyful personality and passion for helping others, combined with her incredible smile and warm caring spirit, made her a natural in her chosen field. This job was truly rewarding to her and she was very good at helping others overcome there struggles. Aunt Bea, Bea, Princess and “Diggas” (her nickname in the family) is remembered for her fun, loving and hospitable character. Angie loved her family immensely. Her Grandson Joivanni, who she often referred to as her “right hand man”, was the apple of her eye. She loved and adored her one and only child Emoney and took incredible pride in being an aunt. Even at the tender age of 4, she insisted that her nieces and nephews call her “Auntie”. She was after all, their aunt and she always reminded them of that. She leaves to celebrate her life and mourn her passing, her Daughter Emoney Hale of San Diego, CA; Grandson, Joivanni Burnett, of San Diego, CA; Mother Luberta Mellon of Phoenix, AZ; Father Odis Stidum of San Diego, CA; Long time Boyfriend, Reggie Wilson, of San Diego, CA; Sisters: Shirley Jackson of Phoenix, AZ; Lorraine Stidum; Brothers Thriwla Stidum (Ann) of Portland, Oregon; Michael Lyzer, of Portland, Oregon, Leodis Stidum (Gloria) of Vancouver, Washington; Douglas Stidum (Kim) of Portland, Oregon; Donald Stidum of Phoenix, Az; Ricky Stidum of San Diego, CA and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Clifford Rudolph Tillis August 20, 1949 – January 13, 2016
Clifford Rudolph Tillis was born August 20th 1949 to the proud parents of Rudolph and Geraldine Tillis in Oklahoma. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior early in life. At an early age Clifford moved to San Diego, where he met La Jauna, who would become his wife. To this union one son was born, Clifford, Jr. Clifford was employed as an aircraft assembler for many years. Clifford was also an avid listener of Jazz music and enjoyed the many different styles of various artist. He also loved watching sports. What he enjoyed most were the times spent with his family either at a picnic of simply talking on the phone. He will always be remembered for his outgoing personality. Clifford was preceded in death by his sister Glendola Tillis Henry, Eddie Lee Tillis, Leroy Tillis, and father Wit Tillis On January 13, 2016 our dear Clifford was called from labor to reward. Those left to cherish his memory are his mother Geraldine Tillis; son Clifford, Jr. of San Diego, CA; sister, Almeta Esters of San Diego; three brothers Rodger, Larry and Edgar Tillis of all of Oklahoma and his companion of thirty-six years, Mae Jones, and step-daughter Latosha Jones; grandson Darren McDonald; granddaughter Savannah Grove; seven nephews all of Oklahoma Robert Estes, Jr., Dwight and Stacy Brown, Dan, Terry, Tim and Jason Tillis all of Oklahoma; four nieces Pam Howard, Theresa, Rhonda, Carmen Tillis, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Joan Whitehurst was born in Norfolk Virginia in 1943 and lived a very solid life as a young adult. She finished high school in Norfolk Virginia and was soon married. She eventually had two children Delevain and Denise Whitehurst. After several years of being married; she was divorced and became a single parent. Joan with thoughts of future success decided to move her and her children to Southern San Diego in the year 1980. She transferred her nursing job to her new location. Joan while in San Diego continued to attend nursing school to provide and give her family a better way of life. She was successful in obtaining more advanced nursing credentials to be able to start her nursing career at Alvarado Hospital in her new location. Joan was a very dedicated nurse and continued to help people in this capacity. She would have the pleasure of serving 30+ years in the hospital environment where she was able to enjoy a stellar career, with a retirement. Joan, though retired from her first career was not done with helping others. Joan was able to create her own baby-sitting service, where she was able to help underprivileged mothers get affordable child care. This unselfish devotion to helping others allowed young single mothers to pursue their dreams. Joan was able to do this for several years, until she was ready for new adventures. Joan finally transferred her business from a baby sitting service to a foster care home where she helped, homeless and parentless children find their way to having a better a life. The foster kids all finished high school and would find permanent homes thereafter. This was a testament to her willingness to help others find their way. She was truly a giving, caring and resourceful single parent that was strong while becoming a solid role model for her children. She was predeceased by her parents, Lenard and Evelyn Hall, sisters and brothers, Clara Land, Melvin Hall, Rosetta Hall, Lenard Hall, Roland Hall, Alphonso Hall, and 11 still born children, and 3 deceased nephews. Joan has been survived by siblings, Robert (Christine) Hall, Johnny (Alice) Hall, Marilyn (Hall) Perry, James Hall, Clayton (Jessie) Hall, Floretta (Hall) Joan is also survived by her children Delevain Melanie Whitehurst, Denise Sammie (Whitehurst) Young, grandchildren Omar (Whitehurst)Young, Dalavaina Whitehurst, Sammie Young Jr., Lamar Young, Rodger Gladney. Great-grandchildren, La’shun Lee Young, Tre’sean Whitehurst, Lemarion Lee’Shun Young, Trinity Whitehurst.
Roderick Mills, Sr.
Roderick Mills, Sr. was born on December 27, 1954 in Los Angeles, California to the late Richard Mills, Sr. and Lula Mae Hardaway Mills. Roderick grew up in a large family with siblings Beverly Johnson, Richard Mills, Brenda Mills, Donna Mills, and Dawayne Mills (deceased). At an early age Roderick moved to San Diego, California where he graduated from Lincoln High School and anxiously started his engineering training through NASSCO. He was soon married to his high school sweet heart Cassandra and had two sons Roderick Mills, Jr. and Ryan Emmitt Mills and was furthermore blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, Arianna Mills. As an entrepreneur, Roderick started a transportation service in which he made connections with people and enjoyed helping others. In his transition in life he moved to Detroit, Michigan and became a chef that took pride in cooking and feeding hundreds to those that were less fortunate. Roderick expressed gratitude and loved God for all his blessings. Especially the privilege to become a grandfather and eventually make his way back home to San Diego where he was reunited with his sons, granddaughter, siblings, nephews, and nieces, loved ones, and friends. Roderick will always be remembered for his genuine spirit, love for others and his fashion. He loved his family and wanted nothing more than to see them prosper. Ronnie will be missed dearly by all the lives he touched.
Joe E. Brown
November 15, 1948 – January 12, 2016
Joe E. Brown was born November 15, 1948 to the union of Setlers Brown, Sr. and Emma Louise Brown. Joe attended Emerson Elementary, Memorial Jr. High School and San Diego High School, all in San Diego. He professed a Faith in Christ in his early years as he attended worship services with his mom (Louise) at one of the local Churches of Christ in San Diego. He later became a Deacon at another local church. Joe has served both God and his community in so many different roles throughout his life. He was notably involved in youth baseball as an umpire where he served as chief umpire for Memorial park little league for many years. Joe’s talents were not just limited to being on the baseball field. He worked as a counselor for Triple Crown and The Bachelors Flat in San Diego, CA. It didn’t stop there, he enjoyed time as an welder, butcher and a store manager. Joe was a dedicated family man who took care of his mother for many years right up to the time she passed. His dedication to his family was exhibited through his on purpose way of sharing, loving and teaching. On January 12, 2016, in San Diego, CA Joe made his transitioned from this time side of life to be with the Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters (Jackie Brown and Lorraine D. Taylor; and grandmother, Wilbie Booker). Joe leaves to cherish his memory: sons Joe Watani Brown, Morgan Earl Brown; daughters Malesha Shamone Brown and Mahogany Sharla Latay Brown; grandchildren Joe Brown-Cooper, Deonta Lamar Brown, Genesis Renee Brown, Mikayla Brown, Elijah Brown, Lovie Deasah Gaines-Brown, Kameron London Jahi Brown, Charles O’Neal Grisby, Marjanae Dominique Washington; great-grandchildren April Cooper, Kelly Cooper, Zoe Cooper, Aniya Cooper; brothers Leroy Brown, and Wasifu Tangalifu (Mark Brown); sisters Lera Brown-Johnson and Joyce Brown;. He also leaves a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends to cherish his memory.
December 21, 1949 – 2015
On a winter day December 21, 1949 a baby boy made his entrance into this world. His parents Louis and Lula were so happy because he was the fourth child, and the first boy. So they decided to name him Lawrence. Lawrence was born in San Diego, CA. And he received his education in San Diego Unified Schools.
Lawrence was a very hard worker, and he worked as a head driver for the Two Men Moving Company until he became ill and had to retire from the company. Lawrence and Rita would always have family cookouts at their home and he was the fun of the party. He would always say you got my money, or who do you belong to. All the kids loved him and would wait for him to take them out to the ice cream truck. Lawrence was preceded in death by his father Louis and mother Lula Harrison, two brothers Leon and Clarence Harrison and one sister Louise Williams.
Lawrence leaves to cherish his memory: The love of his life for over forty years Rita L. Harrison (Gotell); three sons Lawrence Harrison, Jr. (Sharon) Andre Harrison, and Charles 3X Alexander and one daughter Tracie Alexander; thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four brothers Le Otis, La Rue, Leonard, and Lonnie Harrison all of San Diego, CA; five sisters Lucille Davis, Lutricia Williams (Roosevelt, Sr.), Loretta Owens (Wills), Lanell Harvey (Curtis), and Edith Frazier; mother-in-law Mary A. Gotell, Auntie Emma Thomas, and Sandra, four sister-in-laws and three brother-in-laws, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. His long lasting friends Alex Williams, Grover Williams, Ezzard Randle, Robert Daly, Jerome Moore, and best friend and cousin Roy (Rocky) Walker. And many more cousins and friends to mourn his passing. Sleep on Lawrence and take your rest we will always love you, but God loved you best.
Zephyr Lee LaGrone
March 6, 1930 – October 15, 2015
Zephyr Lee LaGrone born on March 6, 1930 in Marshall, Texas was the daughter of the late Lilton Latson, Sr. and Ruth Latson. At an early age, she accepted Christ and was baptized at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Marshall, Texas. She attended Newtime Elementary School. Zephyr was first employed at Bishop College as a cafeteria worker and later worked at Whiley College. During this time, she met and married the love of her life, Leonard LaGrone, Sr. on February 24, 1947 in Marshall, Texas. Shortly after, they were blessed with three children: Leonard, Jr., Barbara and Virginia. In 1954, Zephyr and her family, along with best friends Odell and Marie Houston, moved to San Diego, California. Upon moving to San Diego, she devoted her time to raising her children and the family grew with the additions of Eddie, Richard, Carl, Vera and Tashon. During that same year, she joined and became a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor Cannie Johnson. Zephyr’s entire life has been one of service: she spent a lot of time singing praises unto God and serving her church family. Zephyr had a heart for singing. She was considered one of the “Best Altos in the World”. She could find her alto note on almost any song. Some of her favorite singers were Shirley Caesar and The Caravans, Walter Hawkins and The love Fellowship Choir. Zephyr loved working with the children. Some of her last days of serving included working with the youth. You could always find her sitting in the choir with the kids on the third Sunday making sure everyone was paying attention, but her greatest passion was serving the Lord and her family. She was preceded in death by her loving father, Lilton; mother Ruth Latson; beloved brothers – Buddie Latson, Curly Latson, Curtis Latson, Lilton Latson Jr., Milton Latson, Seamore Latson; beloved sisters- Rachel Bazinia, Mayola Collins and Annie Barkley; son-in-laws James Washington Sr., Freddie Garrett, Sr.; one daughter-in-law Deonne LaGrone; her three grandsons Terrell Garrett, Eddie Dean LaGarone Jr., and Marcus Garrett. She leaves to cherish her memory; her husband of over 60 years of marriage, Leonard LaGrone Sr. Sons Leonard LaGrone, Jr., Eddie Dean LaGrone, Sr., Richard LaGrone, Carl LaGrone (Lisa). Daughter Barbara Washington, Virginia Garrett, Vera White (Larry) and Tashon Baltrip (Cedric). Three sisters, Leanna Scott, Vera McDaniel and Sally Harrison all currently residing in the Bay Area, eighteen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving relatives and friends.
Virgie Hazel Price-McCain
August 24, 1910 – October 14, 2015
Virgie Hazel Price-McCain was born August 24, 1910 in Arcadia, Oklahoma, the oldest of nine children born to Alberta Harmon Price and George Washington Price. On October 14, 2015, after 105 glorious years, Almighty God called our mother home. Mother was a beautiful example of Motherhood and Femininity. She maintained her strong Christian beliefs her whole life. These beliefs were established at an early age: the Price Family would attend small Baptist churches in Oklahoma, traveling by wagon for the services. Mother and sister Opal were young women when they were chosen to represent the church at a convention. However, their father, George Price, would not let them go. He didn’t want his young daughters traveling around with other folks by themselves, so he went with them the next year. Mother was baptized in a dirty watering hole at the age of 14. It was cold and the deacons would not go into the water to assist the minister in the baptism, so her father went in and helped baptize his daughter. In her late 70’s she decided that she wanted to be re-baptized. She was never satisfied with the baptism that was performed in dirty water, and she was determined to change that. She was re-baptized by her current church, New Bethel Baptist, by Pastor Michael Wilson at Mission Bay in San Diego, California. On December 6, 1933, Virgie Hazel married Artway Jeff McCain. They were married for 47 years until his death in 1980. Their first four children were born in Wetumka, Oklahoma. Sometime later, Artway decided to move to Mojave, California in order to find work. In 1943, Mother and her children left Oklahoma to follow her husband. Her mother, her sister Beulah Pearl, and two daughters of her sister, Marjorie Opal, came with them. In was grueling, uncomfortable ride on a troop train, carrying soldiers to fight in Europe in WWII. After a few extended stops, they moved to Frontier Homes, where four more children were born. They eventually settled in East San Diego, where she lived until her passing. Mother was a remarkable woman with a kind heart. She was a foster mother, and helped anyone who needed it. Many of the neighborhood children called her “Grandma”. Her home was open to all, and she had a meal ready for those in need. Growing up in Oklahoma, Mother worked with her family as sharecroppers. She was only able to receive an 8th grade education. Even so, she excelled in math, and made up her own sewing designs. She created beautiful quilts, excelled at crocheting, and was a marvelous cook. She was also skilled at horseback riding. Decades later, she decided to go back to school to earn her high school diploma. In 1968, she graduated from Herbert Hoover Adult Night School. She earned her diploma, as well as her driver’s license, before her youngest child did. She was also a PTA member of the schools her children attended. Mother had many more accomplishments. She was a founded member and president of the board of directors of the City Heights Community Development Corporation. On August 28, 2010, in honor of her 100th birthday, she was given a legacy award from the CHCDC for her love and dedication to the City Heights community. She and Mr. Williams were responsible for the establishment of the City Heights Mini-Park located on 3033 39th Street, on December 2, 1972. It was recently renamed in their honor. Mother, along with her sisters Fairy Wanda Ruth and Beulah Pearl, and the late Rev. Ernest Albritten, walked the neighborhood to draw new members to the newly established New Bethel Baptist Church, of which she was a founding member. She became a Church Mother in 1956. Her last Communion was on September 7, 2015. Our Queen Mother was preceded in death by her mother and father; her husband Artway Jeff McCain; her son, James Alphonzo McCain; her sister in Christ, Willie Nero; her sisters – Dorothy Daisy and Beatrice Mae Price, Marjorie Opal Porter, Mary Helen Hemphill, Fairy Wanda Ruth Ponder,; and her brothers – John Arnold and James Alphonzo Price. She is survived by her sister, Beulah Pearl Frazier; her children: Love Rudolph McCain (Dorothy), Artie Fairy Muhammad, Sonja Cathy Hill, Prudence Blaine Taylor (John), Thurston John McCain (Valadia), Victor Curtis McCain (Elvena), Constance Yvonne Muhammad (Ronald); her adopted daughters Henrietta Jefferson (Nello), Makeda Dread; her adopted son William Carter (Catherine); 36 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and extended family and friends, all of whom she affectionately referred to as “her tribe”.
Emma Jewel Miller
September 30, 1916 – October 5, 2015
Emma Jewel Miller was born September 30, 1916 in Louisville, Mississippi, the sixth child born to Jim E. Miller and Lucinda Eiland-Miller. Her parents and all of her siblings preceded her in death. Emma accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the King’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Emma Jewel Miller’s ancestors: Great-Great Grandparents: Burrel Eiland b. 1811 (Georgia) d. 1883 (Louisville, MS) Lydia Forten-Eiland b. 1820 (Maryland) d. 1891 (Louisville, MS) Grand Parents: Jim M. Eiland b. 1852 (Louisville, MS) d. 1929 (Louisville, MS) Francis Gregory-Eiland b. 1856 (Louisville, MS) d. (L’ville, MS) Parents: Jim E. Miller b. 1883 (Louisville, MS) d. 1973 (Sikeston, MO) Lucinda Eiland-Miller b. 1883 (Louisville, MS) d. June 30, 1936 Siblings: James Burrel (J.B.) Miller b. Dec. 17, 1906 (Louisville,MS) d. Nov. 27, 1986 (Sikeston, MO) Oliver F. Miller b. Feb. 15, 1908 (Louisville, MS) d. Nov. 17, 1983 (Sikeston, MO) Levert Miller b. Dec. 5, 1910 (Louisville, MS) d. Jan, 1988 (Carbondale, IL) Fimon Miller, Sr. b. March 18, 1912 (Louisville, MS) d. Sept., 24, 1991 (Neelyville, MO) Emanual Miller, Sr. b. June 5, 1914 (Louisville, MS) d. March 24, 1993 (Carbondale, IL) Later she relocated to San Diego in 1966 and that is where she resided until her untimely death. During her time here, Emma was a member of the Lions club, attended the Blind Recreation Center, J street Community church, and First Baptist Church in Imperial Beach. She enjoyed being outdoors, going on nature walks, and making ceramics, as well as blankets among other ornaments that she would give as gifts to all her friends and family. Emma departed this life on Monday ~ October 5, 2015 at her home. She leaves to mourn her memory a daughter: Ernestine Phillips; two granddaughters: Danielle (Donald) and Philina; one grandson Hubert (Lisa); two great-granddaughters Latrese and Charlize; two great-grandsons Chauncey and Lavell, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friends. From your loved ones. Mom I will miss and love you so, Ernestine Grandma, we love and we’ll miss you dearly . . .
Jewell Dolores Patterson
May 4, 1919 – April 12, 2016
May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me
Jewell Dolores Patterson was born May 4, 1919 in Morrilton, Arkansas. She was the second of three children born to William and Bertha Patterson. Her parents, William and Bertha Patterson and her two siblings, Carrine and Joseph, preceded her in death. At an early age Jewell’s family relocated to Detroit, Michigan and she received her formal education in the Michigan and Virginia school systems. She graduated from St. Francis de Sales high school in Rock Castle, Virginia. Jewell attended Howard University and Miner Teachers College in Washington, DC. In 1957 Jewell along with her sister Carrine, brother-in-law John and her two young nephews relocated to San Diego, California. Jewell worked for Civil Service at the U.S. Naval Station and retired in 1970. In 1965 Jewell joined Calvary Baptist Church and was baptized by the late Dr. S. M. Lockridge, later under the leadership of Rev. Willie James Smith and most recently under the leadership of Dr. Emanuel Whipple, Sr. She was active in the Senior Women’s Mission, as a Bible teacher, served as parliamentarian of Church Women United and The League of Women Voters to name a few. She was a member of L.I.V.E. Incorporated (Ladies Involved in Vital Experiences) and served as chair of the scholarship committee. In 1998 Jewell was one of the original former board members for the Fourth District Seniors Resource Center and was very instrumental in securing funding for the George Stevens Senior Center. Her most recent participation in the volunteer community included: She became a member of AARP of San Diego Metro Chapter 4916 during it’s early beginning and held the positions of president, treasurer, parliamentarian as well As serving on many other committees. She was currently enrolled with the San Diego Community College District Continuing Education for Older Adults. AARP 55 Alive Mature Drivers Course, which she convinced the local AARP Chapter to offer as one aspect of community service. She taught the course for twenty years. Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) As a volunteer with the San Diego Police Department Jewell responded to local community needs, including checking up on seniors living alone, patrolling shopping centers, ATMs and school patrols. Jewell also served as the Vice Chair of the Sulpizio Center, the oldest advisory chapter of the ARC of San Diego. She was active in helping to empower persons with disabilities and their families. Through support from ARC, persons with disabilities work in partnership to create opportunities to achieve their individual goals and to live as independently as possible. Jewell was like the Energizer Bunny. She just kept going and going. She didn’t let age get in her way – she was 96! Among the many recognitions and awards Jewell received:
Lifetime Achievement Award by the San Diego Chapter of the NAACP – 2014
Lifetime Achievement Award as California Senior Leader in Sacramento, Ca. – 2014
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award – 2014
Senior Leadership Award -2014
KPBS Local Hero of the Year – 2002
San Diego County Volunteer of the Year – 2001
Educational Cultural Complex and S. D. Community College District for 25 years of Service – 2001
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. San Diego Chapter Tribute – 2000
The Cesar E. Chavez Social Justice Award – 2000
Starfish Award, The Aging Network of San Diego County – 2000
Martin Luther King, Jr. Shero Award, United African American Ministerial Action Council – 2000
City of San Diego Market Street Service Award – 1999
On Tuesday morning, April 12, 2016 at 11:44am with her best friend Cynthia at her side. Jewell closed her eyes on this side and woke up in Glory. Left to think of her often and remember her always are her two nephews John A. Doggett and Lawrence Doggett (his wife Peggie); one great-nephew Elliott Doggett; her best friend and confidant Cynthia Parks all of San Diego California and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, her church family at Calvary Baptist Church and extended family whose lives she touched. In memory of Jewell, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the following: Sulpizio Family Arc Center of San Diego
3030 Market Street San Diego, CA 92102-3245
Roslyn Sue Woodson-Davis
January 27, 1952 – April 17, 2016
Roslyn Sue Woodson-Davis was born January 27, 1952, in Hutchinson, Kansas, to James Fredrick Woodson and Lavenia F. Woodson. She was the youngest of six children. On August 23, 1969, Roslyn welcomed her first child, Cherelle P. Gogue and on April 23, 1971, a son, Andre’ LaMar DeSean Woodson and later stepson D’ Carlo Ray Davis. She was also a proud grandmother to Jourdain-DeSean Quitugua Gogue aka J.Q. and his younger sister Dajah-Sharae’ Alelei Arce Gogue. Dajah was married to James B. Tillman n 2015; they’re expecting their first child July 2, 2016. Roslyn was excited about the arrival of her first great-grandchild, Layla Brielle Tillman. In 1976 Roslyn relocated to San Diego and was later introduced to her loving and devoted husband of 27 years, Dale Keith Davis, they were married on April 30, 1989. Roslyn has been working with Dale as his Electrician’s Assistant and is known in San Diego by most of the Electricians, as she and Dale have shared many a job site over the last twenty-five years. On early Sunday evening, April 17, 2016 the Lord called her home. Roslyn leaves behind her beloved husband Dale Davis, daughter Cherelle Gogue, son Andre Woodson and step-son D’Carlo Davis; Mother Lavenia F. Woodson (94); Sisters Shirley Woodson, Carolyn Woodson, Julie Woodson,; Brothers Jim Woodson; Wayne proceeded her in death. Sister -and brother in-laws Donald and Carla Dill, Lee and Joy Davis. brother in-law Drake Davis and sister-in-law Laureen Davis; grandsons J.Q., D’Carlo Jr., grand-daughters Dajah and D’Carla, and a host of nephews, relatives and friends.
Clementine James January 23, 1949 – March 27, 2016
An exceptional woman with an extraordinary love for people, Clementine James opened her arms, heart and home to those she loved. Her character was one full of wisdom and knowledge she didn’t mind sharing and her conversations were sprinkled with a wit she couldn’t keep to herself. Clementine Antoinette Scott was born to Raleigh Scott and Julia Austin Scott in Richmond, Virginia, on January 23, 1949. Clementine attended Blackwell Elementary & Junior High School and Armstrong High School. She received her degree in Social Work from Hampton Institute and began her career as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for the Department of Social Services in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Clementine met Sargent First Class, Leon G. Carr, of the United States Army during her final year at Hampton Institute. They were married in 1973 and welcomed Cheryl Denise Carr into the world on September 13, 1974. The Carr family moved a few times during his career, including Germany in 1976. The marriage was dissolved soon after. In 1982 Clementine met Chief William James, United States Navy, while he was training at Rutgers, New Jersey. They were married and moved to San Diego, California, along with their children, William Andrew James, Jr., and Stephanie Louise James in 1983. Their daughter, Cheryl Carr, followed them in 1988. Once there, they joined fellowship with St. Stephen’s Cathedral Church of God in Christ pastored by Bishop George D. McKinney, Jr. In 1984 Clementine began working as an Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation Social Worker at the San Diego Naval Hospital. She continued to do so until 1993 when she became a Pediatric Social Worker after attaining her Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University. From 2000-2004 she worked as a Social Worker for the County of San Diego. One of her biggest hobbies was cooking and hosting holiday gatherings where she would ensure that everyone in attendance had a full plate, a full belly and wonderful fellowship. She worked for several years with the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters as a Precinct Inspector and joined her friends Evelyn Blackshire and Jacque Willis on many catering jobs. Clementine was beloved by her many relatives, friends and church family. Clementine served on the Sunrise Usher Board for 11 years. She served her church as a Deaconess. She began working with the Sunshine Band as the Treasurer and most recently was appointed their President. She will be dearly missed by all of those whose lives she touched. Clementine Scott James was preceded in death by her brothers Harold Warren Scott and Henry Austin. She is survived by her husband, William Andrew James, Sr.; her children: Cheryl Denise Carr, William Andrew James, Jr., Sandra Elizabeth James (wife), Stephanie Louise James Ellis, John Michael Ellis (husband); her grandchildren: Jeremiah Scott Alton Carr, Cooper James Ellis, Renee Josephine James and Isaiah William James; her sister, Cheryl Major-Cooper, Wayne Cooper (husband); her nephew Harold Scott, Jr., Jean B. Scott (wife), her niece Evelyn “Missy” Cooper; great nieces: Krys-Tina Scott, Aaliyah Jade Scott and Olivia Scott; her Goddaughter Morgan Elaine Cooper and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
April 5, 1952 – January 29, 2016
Sheila Yvonne Rather passed away January 29, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer. She was 63 years old. Sheila, who was lovingly called “She-She” by family and friends, was born April 5, 1952 in Oakland, California. When she was a child, her parents, Johnny Sr. and Louise Rather, moved the family to San Diego. As a youngster, Sheila played the violin. She attended City College after graduating from Morse High School, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. She served on several ships, such as the USNS Mercy at Hunters Point in San Francisco, during her military stint, and traveled around the world. She lived for a time in Oakland and served at Treasure Island and Moffett Field Naval Bases before moving back to San Diego and serving at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. Sheila earned an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1979, and went to work for the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, where she was a medical supply technician. She retired from her position in 2007. Sheila was known by friends and family to be proud, strong and fiercely independent. She lived life on her terms, and refused to give in to the rigid confines of societal conformity. She commanded respect from all. Sheila was her own woman, and loved her partner, family and friends deeply. She was an enthusiastic sports fan, whether it be football, basketball or baseball, and was a diehard Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Lakers supporter. Sheila often could be found enjoying a Miller High-Life beer while watching the games on television. She was also an avid reader and always had a book nearby. Sheila learned of the severity of her illness only a few months ago, and handled it with positivity and dignity. In fact, Sheila often comforted family members and friends with uplifting words during the last few months of her life. Her partner, Susan Young, sister Carole Nailon, niece Brandee Hassell and brother-in-law Dallas Nailon provided caretaker support to Sheila during her final days, in addition to the loving care provided by other family members and friends. Sheila was predeceased by her parents, Johnny Sr. and Louise, a brother, Johnny Jr., a niece, Christine Nailon, and a nephew, Nyzell Nailon. She is survived by her partner, Susan Young, and children Sean Davis and Candra Young; siblings Carole Nailon (Dallas Nailon) of San Diego, Dona Bates (Jesse Bates) of Henderson, Nevada, Victor Rather (Dessa Rather) of San Diego, Terry Rather of Hercules, California, Jason Rather (LaWana Richmond) of San Diego, and Ethel Louise Goode of Houston, Texas; close, lifelong friends Gino Quarles and Patricia Freeman; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Kenneth C. Featherston
Kenneth C. Featherston attends Greater Jackson Memorial Church of God in Christ where Elder J.A. Blake Jr. is the Pastor. He teaches the adult men’s Sunday school class. He has been a member there since 1956. He has served on the Usher Board, Deacon Board and as a Trustee. Kenneth loves young people. He has served as Young People Willing Worker (YPWW) President at Jackson Memorial, District President and Regional President. He also served as 2nd Vice President of Southern California’s Youth Department. Bro. Featherston retired from Federal Civil Service after 37 years. (Seven years active Navy service included). He was blessed to climb the ladder from Warehouseman to General Foreman over all the Warehouseman in 12 years. He retired as GS-11, Supply System Analyst. It took Ken 13 years to complete his higher education while working full time. In 1968 he received his degree from San Diego State College, Bachelor of Science in Management. While attending a class on supervision, he impressed the instructor so, that the instructor recommended Ken to the Dean of Southwestern College evening division. He was added to the staff and taught Basic Supervision classes at NAS North Island and on the main campus for 12 years. His organizational skills helped him to author the book “Bro. Ken’s Guide to Fun and Games with the Bible.” He has sold over 2000 copies. Now Brother Featherston is involved in God’s work on many fronts:
- Tutors with Police READ/SD Library Literacy Program
- Sunday School Teacher at Bates St. Resource Center
- Treasurer and Team member on Mamie Leonard Shut-In Ministries
- Interfaith Prayer Fellowship supporter (First Husband)
- Better Business Bureau Auto Line Arbitrator
- San Diego Police Department as a retired senior volunteer patrol
About every three years, Bro. Featherston leads a group of Christians to a different part of the world to attend the Worlds Pentecostal Conference. God has blessed them to travel safely to the Holy Land three times, and to the Far East, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Hing Kong, Singapore, and to several European countries including Switzerland, Denmark, England, France and Holland. Viewing: February 12th Anderson Ragsdale 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Funeral February 13, 2016 12:00 p.m. Bethel Baptist Church 1962 Euclid Ave. San Diego, CA 92102
DONALD HERBERT HUDSON
SEPTEMBER 30, 1949 – JANUARY 25, 2016
DONALD HERBERT HUDSON, departed on Monday, January 25, 2016. Donald was born on September 30, 1949 and raised in Jacksonville, FL. Donald moved to San Diego in 1968 and earned both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree
s from San Diego State University. Donald had a passion for helping others and worked with several social service agencies in the San Diego area. Donald will be dearly missed for his warm smile, sense of humor, loving heart and friendly demeanor. Donald was preceded in death by his parents. Donald is survived by: Andrew Geiger, Uncle; Barbara Geiger, Aunt; Edward Geiger, Uncle; William and Mildred Geiger, Uncle and Aunt; and a host of loving cousins, relatives, extended family and friends. Local arrangements were with Preferred Cremation and Burial in San Diego.
Rickey Dywane Martin
March 14, 1962 – January 29, 2016
Rickey Dywane Martin was born on March 14, 1962 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The family moved to San Diego, California in 1964. He was second eldest of three children born
to Billy D. Martin and Gladys (Love) Martin Wilson. He was preceded in death by his sister Gwenell Martin-Osby. Rickey, also known as “Magic”, was affectionately called “Pretty Rickey” by most. He attended Horton Elementary School, Gompers Junior High School and Lincoln High School. During his years as a Lincoln Hornet, he participated in football, basketball and track. He was a member of the yearbook committee and young men federation. Pretty Rickey was also voted as the “Biggest Flirt” in his senior year. Just like most Hornets, he is a Hornet for Life! Although a true Hornet, his first love was Marian, a Morse High School “Tiger”. From this special relationship was born a beautiful baby girl named Serena. She was daddy’s little girl and she always had Rickey’s heart. Rickey united in matrimony with Angela Darensbourg and from this union was born a handsome baby boy named Rickey Dewayne Martin, II, also known as “Little Rickey”. He too also had Rickey’s heart. His children often expressed how their friends and co-workers, who were parents themselves, wanted to be the kind of father that he was. Some expressed wanting to be like him! Rickey would frequently declare, “I love my kids more than life itself.” After high school Rickey began his career working as a machinist at Naval Air Station North Island. Rickey also worked in construction as a subcontractor for CalTrans. Rickey had a special connection with people and he enjoyed his friends. He was also there for anyone who needed him. Rickey spent many hours playing dominoes, chess and pool which were his favorite pass time activities. Often times you would find him in the backyard playing a game of chess with Mr. James! He enjoyed watching football and basketball and Rickey was thee Raider fan! Rickey enjoyed the outdoors; he loved to walk and would regularly walk with his Granddogs – Slate and Ninja! When Rickey received the diagnosis that he had cancer it only strengthened his resolve to live. Friends and family surrounded him with love and affection. His mother returned from Louisiana to take care of him along with his children, brothers, sister, and dear friend and companion Felicia Harrison (Nay-Nay). At times the hospital was overflowing with visitors to support him. His fellow Hornets continued to show their love by holding a fundraiser and a prayer vigil. Abundant love continued with friends and family contributing to a fundraiser organized by his children. During his last days, he had no doubt that he was loved. You could find him at times overwhelmed by the love he received to the point where he would have to go to his room to regroup and press on. With his family by his side and never left alone, he fought hard with unbelievable strength until the very end. On January 29, 2016, God called him home to glory. Rickey leaves to celebrate his life and cherish his memory, his lovely and devoted daughter Serena Martin-McAloney (Steven “Craig”) San Diego, CA; devoted son Rickey Dewayne Martin, II, San Diego, CA; mother Gladys Martin Wilson (Willie) San Diego, CA and Alexandria, LA; father Billy Martin, San Diego, CA; brother Tony Martin, San Diego, CA; brother Brad Martin, San Diego, CA; sister Karen Fearce (Joe), San Diego, CA; brother Reverend Randolph Martin (Charlotte) Hot Springs, AR, sister Brenda Martin-Howard (Tommie) Davenport, IA; Granddogs Ninja and Slate and a host of relatives and friends.
In Memory Of: Sylvia J. Love
Your tenderness and loving ways still get me through my lonely days. The picture carries in my mind with love that stands the test of time. You helped me find my walking shoes and taught me lessons I still use. Each time I think of you I smile I know I’ll see you after while……
Sincerely missed by your daughter Marnyce McKell-Flynn, Grandson TyRon Flynn and Wife Xan, and all seven of your great grand children.
Marjorie Ann Daniel Curry September 30, 1922 – October 14, 2015 Marjorie Ann Daniel Curry, was born September 30, 1922 in Detroit MI. to Horace “H.D” Daniel and Jesse Pauline Durham Daniel. On October 14, 2015, she passed away quietly at home in her youngest daughter, Kathryn’s arms, surrounded by her beloved pets, family and loved ones. She was the youngest of three children. She accepted Christ at an early age and attended Second Baptist Church in Detroit MI. Marjorie and some close friends formed a social group called the Penguins. They wrote and published a regular newsletters called Penguin’s Speaks to highlight the events and accomplishments of their African-American friends attending different schools and churches. They have remained friends since high school and have passed the torch to their daughters the Penquinettes. She attended Fisk University and Julliard for her undergrad degree. She received a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan in Music and Education. She met and later married her husband of 40 years, Jon Elsworth Curry at U of M. They settled in Detroit. In 1962. Along with their two girls, Margo “Anika” and Kathryn Ann they sailed on the SS France to Grenoble, where they studied music and French at Sorbonne University. Jon moved his family and mother-in-law Jesse Daniel to La Mesa where they both continued their careers in Education for the next 30 years. In 1996 Jon passed after an extended illness so her daughter, Kathryn moved in. She lived independently although she developed Alzheimer’s. Marjorie moved to Vancouver in 2013 to live with her first born daughter Anika in Vancouver, WA. Kathy joined them, so the family could be together. She passed at home on October 14, 2015. Marjorie will be remembered for her love for God, music, and helpful spirit to everyone. She is preceded in death by her parents Horace and Jesse Daniel, siblings Lucy Katherine and Oliver Daniel; husband, Dr. Jon E. Curry; She leaves behind daughters, Anika and Kathryn Curry, a grandson, Jonathan Elsworth Banks and father Elmer Banks. Special thanks to Pastor Nathan, and the staff at Christ United, Donald and Theresa Brown, Dorothy Smith, Sharon Coleman, Gary and Jane Hagan, the Ya-Yas, the Penguins and Penguinettes, her AKA and Link sisters and extended family across the globe. Funeral services will be held at Christ United Presbyterian Church; 3025 Fir Street, San Diego 92102 Saturday November 7th at 2:00 PM. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at Fort Rosecrans National Ceremony in Point Loma Calif.
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Daisey Beatrice “Peaches” Smith
June 25, 1934 – February 16, 2016
Daisey Beatrice Smith, affectionately known as “Peaches” was born June 25, 1934 in Little Rock, Arkansas , the second child born to the union of Edgar and Cicely Jackson. Daisey was baptized at Taylor Chapel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas by Rev. Collins Lambert. She attended school at Taylor Chapel Christian School and resided in Pine Bluff or Little Rock, Arkansas the majority of her young life. Daisey worked as a Nurse’s Aide for over 18 years and enjoyed baking and cooking for friends and family. Those who knew Daisey well, knew she had a very caring and giving heart. Daisey met and married Dave Smith in 1976 and in 1984 they relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. In 1991 she moved to San Diego, California and in 1992 she joined Pilgrim Progressive Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Joseph Foxworth, Sr. She was a member of the Senior Mission and the Gospel Choir and served as president of the Altar Guild for 17 years from 1998 until the Lord called her home to rest. The highlight of each year was the annual concert featuring Sis. Toot Bell. On February 10th her daughter, Louvina called from Little Rock and spoke to her mom. She said, “Mom I’m coming, wait for me.” Daisey said, “I’ll wait for you.” On Sunday, February 14th at approximately 2:00 pm Louvina arrived at the hospital. She greeted her mom with “Hello Ms. Peaches” and Daisey responded, “Hello Ms. Lou.” At 4:25 p.m., Daisey took her last breath in the arms of her daughter, Louvina and surrounded by children, grandchildren and family friends. Daisey was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Cicely Jackson, her husband, Dave Smith, her only brother, O. T. Hayes, three of her thirteen children, Morris, Willis and Edward Sykes and two grandsons, Na’sr Shabazz and Ata Shabazz. Left to cherish her memory are 10 of her 13 children, Mary Jackson, Khaleelah Shabazz, and Kim (Joseph) DeMartino all of San Diego, California; Richard (Doris) Brown of Malvern, Arkansas; Herman (Ruthie) Brown of Spokane, Washington; Elizabeth Toney, Louvina (Randy) Johnson, Beverly Sykes and Michael Brown, all of Little Rock, Arkansas; Kelly Bernard (Krystal) Shelton of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; 33 grandchildren, 65 great grandchildren, 32 great-great grandchildren – the last, a boy, Kayden Caery born on February 15th, the day after her passing. Others who will miss her presence are long time family and special friend Velma Thomas; and very special friend, Sis. Dorothy Clark. In spite of the fact that she had more than her fair share of children, she adopted many “God Children” including Lashundra Thomas, Marion Morris, Denise Chapman, Dora Gayden, Rachel Wooford, Angela Foxworth, Valarie Thompson, Dianne Greene, and Michael Hankins who will miss her very much. She also will be fondly remembered by other family members, neighbors, her Pilgrim Church Family and friends in California and Arkansas.
Rosie Lee Long
April 23, 1938 – February 16, 2016
Rosie Lee Long was the first of two children born to the late Washington and Carrie Long on April 23, 1938, in Vicksburg, Mississippi.Rosie was raised by her father in a God-fearing home which led her to accepting Christ and being baptized in Eagle Lake River at an early age. Rosie received her formal education in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Her paternal grandmother, Joeetha Jenkins was her primary teacher. When Rosie was four, her father met and married the late Margaret Brooks, together they raised fourteen children. In 1957, the family moved to San Diego, California and immediately united with Calvary Baptist Church under the late Dr. S.M. Lockridge. Rosie loved reading the bible; she thoroughly enjoyed attending BTU, Sunday school and VBS. After the death of Dr. Lockridge, Rosie united with Mt. Erie Baptist Church. Rosie, the eldest daughter was often task with taking care of her younger siblings. Each day, she prepared meals, washed clothes, combed and brushed hair, while her parents were at work. Rosie was a people person, who found it easy to talk to any and every one. She never let time restraints steer her from a good conversation. Although she didn’t drive, the mere fact that she was a passenger, never deterred her either. She loved shopping, especially if she could find a bargain. On any given day or at any given hour, you would find her and her sister Ethel Lee, standing in some long line, all in the name of “reduced”, “free” or “blow-out” sale. The two of them together was a sight to see. Rosie loved her children and grandchildren. She spent her entire life as a stay at home mother teaching the value of education, cheering them on at their sporting events and taking them to church every Sunday. She also enjoyed family gatherings. One of her favorite holidays was Christmas Eve. She enjoyed the family“gag gift exchange” tradition. After she discovered what was inside the nicely wrapped box, she would burst into laughter, with tears rolling down her face, causing everyone in the room to join in. Rosie lived in the same resident (Bay Vista Apartments.) for over 40 years; she left a remarkable imprint on the hearts of all who knew her. At times you would find her scolding a child on the playground about their vulgarity or feeding one of her children’s friends something from her kitchen. With that type of love for others, Rosie became a foster mother of two beautiful babies and later adopting them as her very own. Rosie was an excellent cook and didn’t mind sharing her recipes. On February 17, 2016, surrounded by family, Rosie made her final transition. She was preceded in death by her parents, Washington, Carrie and Margaret Long; son, Jeffrey Long; grandson, Cornelius Edgerton, Jr.; brothers, Ollie Long, David Strong, Leroy Lane, Calvin Tillman, and L.V. Tillman; sisters, Sammie Scruggs and Doristine Bolden. She leaves to cherished her memories, her four daughters, Rose Marie Long, Artila Watkins (Terrence), Alexis Long, Jeanesa Long; seven grandchildren, Michelle Taylor, Rochelle Patton, Lawanda Long, Terrence Watkins, Jr, Tiffany Long, Artisha Watkins, Lapree Long; seven great-grandchildren, Tempest Robinson, Darrell Tucker, Jr., Demaury Tucker, Jr., Rianna Patton, Lamaya Jones, Tenesha Tucker, Maryah Patton; eleven brothers, Kenneth Brooks, Roosevelt Wilson, Nathaniel Tillman (Mary), Eddie Tillman, Orzelle Long, Tim Long (Rhonda), Thomas Long (Mona), John Long (Cylnthia), Larry Tillman, Lemore Long, Anthony Long (Lisa); four sisters, Ethel Bracy (Greg), Dorothy Follins (Ronnie), Mary Williams, Rosie Lee Tillman; one uncle, Lee James Brooks (Stephanie), three aunts, Margaret Brooks, Vera Long, Alberta Long; God-daughter, Rhonda Hampton; special cousin, Hesstana “Hess”Sellers; special brother in-law Forney Johnson, special sister in-law, Mary Long, special son in-law, Michael Taylor; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.