Ashes to Ashes


King Zan King Jr.
MAY 10, 2015
Relation: Farrel paternal, 4th cousin 1x removed



RELATION: 1st cousin 2x removed (Farrel, maternal)

Lucile Mattox, age 89, of Athens died January 30, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Pope Center, Washington, GA with interment in Clifford Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Rayle, GA. Viewing, Saturday 10 a.m. -7 p.m. at the funeral home. Survivors include: son, Rev. Jim R. Mattox; daughter, Betty Jean Hill; sisters, Mary Goolsby, Willie Bell Bolton; 13 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren. Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements. -

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Huddleston, Deacon Deacon Elbert Age 102, passed away Friday, January 2, 2015 at Briarwood Nursing Home. Family hour 10 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2015 at Living Word Ministries, 2001 W. Carpenter Rd. with funeral service commencing at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Kirk Whitmore officiating. Interment Lovedale Memorial Cemetery, G-5175 E. Bristol Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 10 a.m. Friday. Mr. Huddleston will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., and may be viewed from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. Deacon Elbert Huddleston made his peaceful transition from this life on January 2, 2015 with family at his side. He was born in Union, Mississippi on August 20, 1912 to the late George and Nancy (Laster) Huddleston. Deacon Huddleston was a husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, great, great grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. He leaves to cherish his memory 3 daughters, Cora Huddleston, Dorothy Brock, and Lexane Huddleston, all of Flint; 4 living sons, Elbert (Clementine) Huddleston, George (Betty) Huddleston, James (Gwen) Huddleston, all of Flint, Jesse (Gloria) Huddleston of Ann Arbor, MI; 28 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren,19 great great grandchildren:3 sisters-in-law, Minnie Huddleston of Detroit, MI, Arlethia Sanders of Rockford, IL and Ethel Huddleston of Orlando, FL., a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends. Special granddaughters, Ruby and Corlissa Huddleston and long-time friends, Willie Johnson, Rogerene Leflore, Leon Handley and Mary Buck. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, wives Vexie Laster and Dorothy Taylor and son, Pastor Willie James Huddleston. - See more at: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/flint/obituary.aspx?pid=173716025#sthash.LEZrZGTE.dpuf





Memorial Services for Olvin(Mack) Furcron Jr will be Saturday January 31st @ 10am
 Re-past, 11am Memorial. The location is New Faith Baptist Church International, 25 Central ave, Matteson, IL 60443.



RELATION: 1st cousin of wife of 2nd cousin 2x removed (Farrel, maternal)

 1926 -2015
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral service for Mrs. Louise Nunnally, 87, who entered into rest on Thursday, January 8, 2015, will be conducted on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Whole Life Ministries, Augusta, Ga. Burial will be at Thankful Baptist Church in Lincolnton, Ga. The family will have viewing from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial Funeral Home. Survivors include four sons, Willie Walter Nunnally, Ned (Gladys) Nunnally, Jessie James Nunnally, all of Augusta, Ga., Ted (Georgia) Nunnally of Warrenton, Ga.; two daughters, Ella Jeanetta Hall and Vanessa Micshelle Hookfin of Augusta, Ga. -
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BUSH, TALLIE LYNN - was born on September 5, 1960, in Knoxville, TN. The Lord called him home December 17, 2014, at his home in Knoxville, TN. A graduate of Holston High Class of 1978. After graduation he joined his father construction business Bush Construction Co., where he later took over the business. Tallie confessed Christ on October 26th, 2014, what a wonderful day. Tallie is preceded in death by his parents, Tallie and Louise Bush; and his brother, Reginald Darryl Bush. He leaves to cherish his loving memory two daughters, Kendra (Frankie) Brown and Brittney Bush; brother, Levolier Bush; three sisters, Faye B. Williams, Natalia (Raymond) Gibson, Katrina Capshaw; grandchildren, Tyron Jackson and Tayla Jackson; a host of aunts, uncles nephews, nieces, cousins; and special friends, Mark Canaday, Stanly Isom, Ronnie Cantrell and Doug Kirchhofer. Body will lie in state until 12 noon until time of service. Family will receive friends on December 22nd, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., service to follow at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church 2504 Cecil Ave Knoxville TN 37917. Elder Joe B. Maddox Pastor officiating and Elder Reginald Strong, eulogist. Interment to be Tuesday December 23rd, at New Gray Cemetery and service to conclude with full dove release. Professional arrangement entrusted to Patton Funeral Home Brian L. Buckmon LFD 1-800-824-8283 www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/knoxnews/obituary.aspx?n=tallie-lynn-bush&pid=173531540#sthash.Ohs1BH6r.dpuf



Mrs. Edna Viverette
  RELATION:  great aunt  (Jemal, maternal)

Mrs. Edna Viverette leaves to mourn her passing a devoted husband of 72 years, Tyree Viverette; two lovely daughters, Ella Janette Viverette and Teresha Ann Viverette; one son, Larry Tyree (Lucie) Viverette; two grandchildren, Amy Thompson and Breonne Viverette; six great-grandchildren and one aunt, Christine Stewart; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.




  RELATION:  1st cousin 1x removed  (Jemal, paternal)
  WEBB, Mrs. Bertha Marie - age 65, passed away Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at her residence. Family hour 10 a.m. Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Bethlehem Temple Church Of The Apostolic Faith, 3401 M.L. King Ave. with funeral service commencing at 11 a.m. District Elder Phillip Thompson Host Pastor and District Elder Theron Wiggins officiating. Interment Sunset Hills Cemetery, G-4413 Flushing Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 10 a.m. Saturday. Mrs. Webb will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd. and may be viewed from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday.





Evelyn Virginia Mapp “Puddin” was born in Winterville,
Georgia on August 2, 1947 to Charlie and Elizabeth
Mapp whom preceded her in death. She spent most of her
life in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Samuel Ach and
Hughes High School where she graduated in 1966. After
graduating, she started working at Bethesda Oak where
many people remember her inviting smile as a cashier.
After Bethesda closed, she went on to work at Good
Samaritan Hospital where she retired.
Puddin enjoyed and loved family. She always wanted to
be surrounded by her family. She knew everybody on
both sides of the family, so any history you needed to
know, she was the historian.
Puddin recently fell ill, but was recovering and rehabilitating
when she was suddenly called home. She leaves
behind: her loving and devoted daughter, Takisha Mapp;
two grandchildren, Nathalie and Noel Mapp whom she
adored and loved dearly; sister, Betty Hawkins; brother,
Bennie Mapp (Christine); sister-in-laws, Louise Mapp and
Carol Jean Chambers; and a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas



Mrs. Barbara Caudle Ellis departed this life March 26, 2014 in Wilmington, DE. Wife of the late Henderson A. Ellis, Sr. mother of Henderson A. Ellis, Jr. (LaTanya) of Wilmington, DE; sister of Hazel Caudle Morton of Wilmington, DE; sister-in-law of Walter Ellis (Evelyn) and Mattie Ellis Ikard of Newton, NC; 6 Grandchildren, Brittany Steele Williams (Tobias), Joshua Steele (Burgundi), Jai'Esha Bovell, Henderson A. Ellis, III, Earl Ellis and Heniah Collier-Ellis; 2 Great Grandchildren, Hayden Williams, Cameron Steele; 2nd Mother and favorite Aunt of: Kimberley Hampton-Morton. 

Mrs. Barbara Caudle Ellis worked and retired as an educator in the Christina School District for many years. She formerly taught in the public schools in North Carolina prior to coming to Delaware. She was educated in the public schools in North Carolina, was a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Barbara did further studies at the University of Connecticut. She was a bible scholar and received many degrees in biblical teaching. Barbara had a genuine love for music, sang in many choirs all over Delaware and North Carolina and was well known for her beautiful soprano voice. Barbara is survived by a host of other nieces, nephews and family members.

Funeral 11am, Thursday, April 3rd at Central Baptist Church, 839 North Pine Street, Wilmington, DE 19801; viewing: 9-10:45am. Burial: Saturday, April 5, 2014 – Evergreen Cemetery, Winston Salem, NC


RELATION: 2nd Cousin (Farrel, paternal)

Jerry Phillips Smith Jr. 28, of Winter Park Florida passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014.
He was born in Winter Park, on October 10, 1985, to the Jerry P. Smith Sr. &  Annetta Jordan.
Jerry (Disco Jr) was a beloved member of the community and could frequently be found at a microphone doing what he knows best (DJ).
Jerry (Disco Jr) is survived by five children (Jaylen, Justin, Jade, Jada, & Jules); Dad Jerry Smith Sr., Mother Annette Jordan, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and many relatives and friends).
Visitation will takes place at Bethel Baptist Church in Winter Park on Friday July 11, 2014 between 5:00 p.m – 8:00 p.. Followed by Funeral Services on Saturday July 12, 2014 @ First Baptist Orlando 3000 S. John Young Parkway Orlando FL. 32804 Building B @ 10:00 a.m.
Flowers for Disco Jr. can be sent to Golden’s Funeral Home Inc. between the hours of 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
May his soul rest in peace.



Tanita Marie Washington






AUSTIN, Roy Homegoing celebration for Mr. Roy Austin, of Monroe, will be Thursday, June 19, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at First African Baptist Church, Monroe. Rev. Edwin Beckles, pastor; Pastor Nathan Durham, eulogist. Remains will lie instate at 10:00 a.m. Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, College Park. Visitation TODAY 12:00 noon-8 p.m. Survivors are wife: Robert Ann Austin; 6 children; other loving relatives. Cortege to assemble 10:00 a.m. at 812 Evergreen Dr., Monroe. Young-Levett Funeral Home MONROE CHAPEL, (770) 267-2642. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?pid=171369311#sthash.KlbmZOeI.dpuf


Ralph Fortson, age 81 of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away August 11, 2014 at Sherman Home in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ralph was born May 20, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey to parents; Michael and Eleathia Fortson.
He is survived by his niece Natalie Troadec

Relation: 2nd cousin 1x removed  (Jemal, Paternal)

WARDLOW-SMOOT, Ms. Paulette Sue - age 62, passed away Monday, September 8, 2014 at her residence. Family hour 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 15, 2014 from the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd. with funeral service commencing at 11 a.m. Rev. Woody Etherly, Jr. officiating. Interment Lovedale Memorial Cemetery, 5175 E. Bristol Rd., Burton, MI. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the funeral home 10:30 a.m. Monday. Ms. Wardlow-Smoot will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home and may be viewed from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
Mrs. Paulette Sue Wardlow-Smoot was born on September 17, 1951 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Robert and Dovie Wardlow. Paulette was educated in the Flint Public Schools. She enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles and was an avid reader. Paulette loved her family, friends and especially her 6 grandchildren.
Mrs. Paulette Sue Wardlow-Smoot leaves to cherish her memory; husband, Virgil Smoot, Jr. of Flint; daughter, Telishia Rena Berry; son, Virgil Smoot III; 6 grandchildren, Kentisha of Los Angeles, CA, Kentoya of Riverside, CA, Kendre and Kennedy Berry, both of Atlanta, GA, Tae’lor and Torren Thomas, both of Shorewood, IL; mother, Dovie Wardlow; sister, Mary “LuLu” Wash; brother, James R. Wardlow; 3 nieces, Tonya (Jason) Smith, Veronica Hood and Brenda Buchanan; nephew, Dr. Charles (Aden) Wash, Jr.; 2 aunts, Mary Harris of Chicago, IL and Ruth Gates of Flint; sister-in-law, Wanda Smoot; a host of other relatives and friends including special friends, Sharon Reed-Walker, Mae Francis Thompson, Nana Polk and special son-in-law, Ken Berry.
Mrs. Wardlow-Smoot was proceeded in death by her father, Robert Wardlow; brother, Arthur G. Wardlow; grandparents, Newt and Ezra Tipton and James and Helen Wardlow; special cousin, Lovie Mitchell; 8 uncles and 4 aunts.
The family would like to express special thanks to Edith Tucker, Pat Huddleston, the State of Michigan, Lori Lee, Lovedale Memorial Cemetery, Sheldon Banks and the Serenity Funeral Home, Donna, Melecia and Natasha and My Sister My Friend.



Lovie Kate Mitchell 
Relation: 2nd cousin 1x removed  (Jemal, Paternal)
(August 5, 1938 - June 27, 2014) 


MITCHELL, Mrs. Lovie Kate- Age 75, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014 at Hurley Medical Center.
Family and friends will gather in the Comfort Chapel of Swanson Funeral Home 2210 M.L.King Ave. Flint, MI 48503 on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10AM, with service commencing promptly at 11AM. Rev. Patrick Sanders, Jr. officiating.
Mrs. Mitchell will lie in state at Swanson Funeral Home on Friday, July 11, 2014 and may be viewed 11AM-8PM. Interment Lovedale Cemetery.

Lovie Kate Mitchell was born August 5, 1938 in Dyersburg, TN. She was the daughter of Solomon Roundtree and Lovie Tipton. Mrs. Mitchell graduated from High School at the early age of 16 in Pulaski, IL and was a retiree of General Motors. She was also affiliated with the Local UAW. Lovie was very humorous and had sarcastic wit. She loved word games, arts and crafts (after retirement).
She leaves to cherish her memory: grandchildren, DeQuandra (E.S.) Mitchell, MonTikko (M.D.) Mitchell, Lovie (E.R.) Mitchell all of Flint, MI and Shartika (D.J.) Hogan of Ruston, LA; great-grandchildren, Lezlye, Jaylin, Shaydell, MonTikko Jr., Malik, Remi and D'Varrion; great-great grandson, SiVone (D.J.) Mitchell; step-mother, Mildred Roundtree-Jackson; brothers, Joe Roundtree of Decatur, IL, William Roundtree of Milwaukee, WI, Saul Eugene Roundtree of Decatur, IL, Richard N. Roundtree of Decatur, IL, Jerry R. Roundtree of Paducah, KY, Ronald D. Roundtree of Paducah, KY, Michael R. Roundtree of Metropolis, IL, and Charles P. Roundtree of Paducah, KY; sisters, Patti Roundtree-Bartfield of Paducah, KY, Marcia E. Roundtree of Milwaukee, WI, and Joyce M. Roundtree of Paducah, KY; special aunts, Dovie Wardlow, Ruth Gates both of Flint, MI, and Mary Harris of Chicago, IL; special cousins, James Wardlow, Paulette Wardlow, Mary Wash, Dovie Roberts, and Betty Sanders; honorary daughter, Sandy Neal; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by: parents, Lovie (Tipton) Roundtree and Solomon Roundtree; daughters, DeVonia Mitchell and Sonya Mitchell; brother, Odell Roundtree, special cousin, Arthur G. Wardlow; seven uncles and two aunts.
The family would like to express special thanks to: Diane Welkner, Hurley Hospice and Hartland Hospice.
MITCHELL, Mrs. Lovie Kate- Age 75, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014 at Hurley Medical Center.
Family and friends will gather in the Comfort Chapel of Swanson Funeral Home 2210 M.L.King Ave. Flint, MI 48503 on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10AM, with service commencing promptly at 11AM. Rev. Patrick Sanders, Jr. officiating.
Mrs. Mitchell will lie in state at Swanson Funeral Home on Friday, July 11, 2014 and may be viewed 11AM-8PM. Interment Lovedale Cemetery.











Evelyn M. Elliott, 68 of Austin St, New Haven, born August 1, 1945 in Atlanta, GA, to the late Alfred Booker, Sr. and Elency Booker passed away April 7, 2014. She was retired from St. Raphael's Hospital. Evelyn enjoyed ceramics, listening to R & B and gospel music.

She leaves to cherish her memory, sons, Jerome Monteeth, Jr., of East Haven; Matthew Monteeth of Hamden; daughter, Veronica Monteeth of Hamden; brother, Alfred Booker, Jr., MA; 3 grand children, 1 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her son, Reginald Monteeth, sister, Juanita Booker, husband, Jerome Monteeth, Sr.

Evelyn M Elliott
  • August 1, 1945 - April 7, 2014
  • New Haven, Connecticut




Darryl Sims



Darryl F. Sims CHARLOTTE - Mr. Darryl F. Sims, 50, of Manhatten, N..Y, formerly of Charlotte, passed on April 11, 2014 Beth Israel Hospital in Manhatten, N.Y. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in Grier Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Survivors are: daughters, Darchell Sims Herrington (Robert) and Daryce Sims Chavis (Jason); mother, Eutha Wingfield of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Barry W. Sims of Charlotte; two sisters, Deborah S. Hoyle of Charlotte and Tina S. McGill of Stanley; two grandchildren, Sean Carelock and Amaia Herrington. Grier Funeral Service, 115 John McCarroll Avenue, Charlotte (704)332-7109 is in charge. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/charlotte/obituary.aspx?pid=170696341#sthash.octtPZV3.dpuf



Relation: 2nd cousin 1x removed  (Jemal, )

COLLINS, Mr. Sammy Lee - Age 63, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Hurley Medical Center. Family hour 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., with funeral service commencing at 11 a.m. Pastor John Thornton officiating. Interment Lovedale Memorial Cemetery, 5175 E. Bristol Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the funeral home 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Mr. Collins will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, and may be viewed from 1-8 p.m. Monday.

Mr. Sammy Lee. Collins was born on November 2, 1950 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Garrison and Eldora (Tipton) Collins. He was a resident of Flint his entire life and attended Flint Public Schools. Sammy loved fancy cars.

Mr. Sammy L. Collins leaves to cherish his memory: sister, Dovie (Elmer Jr.) Roberts; brother, James Wardlow; aunts, Mary Harris of Chicago, IL, Ruth Gates, Dovie Wardlow and Kathryn Tipton, all of Flint; nieces, Sherri (Marcel) Tolbert, DeShon Tolbert, Zavonna Tolbert and Jerri (Ameer) Rozier; nephews, Steven Collins, Garrison Collins, Mark Roberts, Cameron Scott and Andre Tolbert.

Mr. Collins was preceded in death by his parents, Garrison and Eldora Collins; sisters, Myrtle (George) Tolbert and Doris (Elise) Scott; brother, James “Jake” (Joann) Collins; several aunts and uncles.




Relation: 1st cousin 3x removed 
1/13/2014

GOOLSBY, MELVIN C. Was born in Rayle, GA in Wilkes County on June 4, 1918. He was also affectionately known as 'Bo' to some of his relatives. He was brought to Grand Rapids, MI by his parents, Emmett and Lola Goolsby in 1923. He attended South High School and was the first African American baseball player to earn a Varsity letter for the sport. Not only did he excel at sports, but he was very often on the honor roll through high school. His love for knowledge never waned. His fascination with reading the paper led him to become a 'paperboy' in Grand Rapids, MI. His normal daily regimen consisted of his reading two newspapers per day and countless books. He often spent so much money on books, that his wife made him join the "Book of the Month Club" to save money. After reading, "Roots" by Alex Haley, he purchased a tape recorder and went South to reacquaint himself with the relatives he had lost touch with. He recorded hours of conversations and began to piece together the history of his family. He was also an avid researcher and contributor to The Allen Family Reunion (his wife's family), as well as documenting several Centennial Farms in Michigan. He has received many awards and honors for his contributions, one of which was the Albert Baxter Award, which he received from the Grand Rapids Historical Society, "for an outstanding contribution to the study, interpretation and preservation of the history of the Grand River Valley." He also had many articles published in the Grand Rapids Press outlining the national as well as local historical events. He was a WWII Veteran, serving in the Army, spending a good deal of time in Europe. He also worked at the US Post Office in Grand Rapids, MI and was the first African-American supervisor ever to work there before retiring in 1978. He loved Jazz and had the pleasure of meeting jazz greats Billie Holiday and Django Reinhardt in person. He received autographed photographs from both. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Opal (Allen) Goolsby. He is survived by his son, David Goolsby (Beverly); ten grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He will be missed by many. The viewing will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with services at Noon at Christ's Kingdom Ministries, 501 S. Elm St. (Corner of Elm & Plymouth). - See more at: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=melvin-c-goolsby&pid=169417440#sthash.0itm94yg.dpuf.

Melvin C. Goolsby, 95, a passionate researcher of family and community history, has died.
He was born in Georgia in 1918 and moved with his parents to Grand Rapids in 1923. At South High School, he was the first African-American student to earn a varsity letter in baseball.
He had a love of knowledge. He read countless books and typically read two newspapers a day. After reading “Roots” by Alex Haley, he bought a tape recorder and went south to reacquaint himself with his relatives. He recorded hours of conversations and began to piece together the history of his family.
In a 2003 Grand Rapids Press article, he said he was driven to learn the history of his country.
"That's my passion,” he said. “I know what went on in the various segments of this country and why and who the big players were, especially black folks. They didn't teach that stuff in school."
Goolsby advised anyone interested in family history to begin by talking to the oldest relative.
"When a person dies,” he said, "a library burns."
Goolsby also researched his wife’s family history and documented several centennial farms in Michigan.
He received many awards and honors for his contributions, including the Albert Baxter Award from the Grand Rapids Historical Society "for an outstanding contribution to the study, interpretation and preservation of the history of the Grand River Valley."
And he had many articles published in The Press about national and local historical events.
A World War II Army veteran, Goolsby worked at the U.S. Post Office in Grand Rapids and was the first African-American supervisor there.
He loved jazz and had the pleasure of meeting jazz greats Billie Holiday and Django Reinhardt.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Opal (Allen) Goolsby. He is survived by his son, David Goolsby (Beverly); 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
The viewing will be 11 a.m. Saturday, with services at noon, at Christ's Kingdom Ministries, 501 S. Elm St., in Jackson.












Relation: fiance of stepdaughter of sister & father of step-great niece

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. Delarrion Tremayne Smith Jr., affectionately known as "DJ", entered into rest on Monday, November 11, 2013. He attended Hephzibah High School and was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. DJ had a smile that could light up any room. His love for basketball lead him to play for several area teams. Delarrion leaves to cherish fond loving memories with his daughter, A'Mani Taylor Smith; parents, Aqui and LaTasha Henderson; father, Delarrion T. Smith Sr. of Odessa, Tx.; fiancee, Sierra Vann, five sisters, two brothers, grandfathers; Jerry Minnifield of Indiana, Richard (Mary) Parker of Keysville, great-grandfather; Albert Roberson of Blythe; grandmothers, Garylyn H. Kirksey of Hephzibah and Denise (Gene) Chavis of Ft. Bragg, NC, a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and sorrowing friends. Funeral services will be 12:00 noon, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, MT. Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road, with Reverend Matrise Mims, officiating. Interment will follow in Thankful Baptist Church cemetery, Blythe, Ga. The family will receive friends Monday, November 18, 2013 from 6 to 8:00pm at Kinsey & Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road. (706) 790-8858 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/augustachronicle/obituary.aspx?n=delarrion-smith&pid=168072494&fhid=6288#sthash.hoslcZoF.dpuf










Relation: great granddaughter of husband of 3rd great grandmother of husband

TAYLOR, Annie Funeral Service for Mother Annie Velma Taylor of Jonesboro Monday, November 18, 2013; 1:00 PM at New Macedonia Baptist Church, 7725 Hwy 85, Riverdale, GA. Gerry T. Anderson, Pastor. Remains instate 12 Noon. Cortege assembles 12 Noon at 207 Starr Dr. Jonesboro, GA. Interment Jonesboro City Cemetery. Survivors include daughters: Gwendolyn Reed (Joseph), Melinda J. Simpson, Juanita Daily (Morris), Earnestine Slaughter (Shirley), Diane Dowell (Dwight), Karen Taylor, Georgia Pye, and Grace Matthews (Dexter); sons: Larry Taylor, Gregory Taylor, Carlton Taylor (Lisa), Steven Taylor (Jill), and Robin Taylor (Tonja); brothers: Chester Gipson and Davis Gipson; sisters: Inell Robinson (Walter), and Martha Calhoun; sisters-in-law, Lorene Gipson, Hattie Gipson, Beatrice Atkins; brother-in-law, Thomas Taylor; 24 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. Viewing Sunday, November 17, 2013 12-6 and Wake from 4-5 at WATKINS FUNERAL HOME JONESBORO CHAPEL 163 North Ave. Jonesboro, GA 678-479-0806. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=annie-taylor&pid=168001874&#sthash.1ZoVjudC.dpuf







Relation: grandfather of nephew

EDMONDSON, Larry Homegoing Service for Mr. Larry Edmondson will be Saturday, November 9, 2013, 11 a.m. in our Chapel. Rev. Gregory A. Sutton officiating. Interment, Monday, Georgia National Cemetery. Survivors are daughter, Ingrid A. Edmondson; grandson, Justin E. Jones, other relatives and friends. Herschel Thornton Mortuary 3346 M.L. King Jr. Dr. (404) 691-4685. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=larry-edmondson&pid=167916323&fhid=5449#sthash.C5xmB4qP.dpuf




Relation: Paternal 2nd Cousin
BRANCH RHONDA Y. BRANCH. Age 56, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Beloved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, godmother and friend of many. Please make donations to the Rhonda Branch Memorial Fund at Key Bank. Friends may call Saturday, September 21st, 12:30 PM at the E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home, 15357 Euclid Ave., Memorial service 1 PM.



Relation: : Sister's aunt
TOMPKINS, Deborah Jean Celebration of Life for Ms. Deborah Jean Tompkins will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013, 10 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church, 1773 Hawthorne Ave. College Park, GA with remains to be placed in state at 9 a.m. Rev. Charles E. Nesbitt, Jr. Pastor, Rev. McKenzie Jones of Zoe Baptist Church, Eulogist. Interment South-View Cemetery. She leaves to cherish her memory four sisters: Priscilla Jones (Frank, Jr.); Gail Pryor (Samuel); Hilda and Tonia Tompkins. Four brothers: Tyrone, Abner, Jr., Alonzo, Sr. and Reginald Tompkins and a host of other loyal nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Open visitation will be TODAY from 12 noon until 5 p.m. at the mortuary. Wake Service will be from 7-8 p.m. at Zoe Baptist Church 1793 Cedar Grove Road Conley, GA. Goolsby Mortuary, 1375 Jonesboro Rd SE Atlanta, GA 30315 www.goolsbymortuary.com 404-588-0128 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=deborah-tompkins&pid=166418207&fhid=5320#fbID=1189689976







WALLER, Larry Homegoing Celebration for Mr. Larry Waller will be Saturday August 17, 2013 2 p.m. at Elizabeth Chapel Alfonso Dawson Mortuary. Interment Resthaven Cemetery. He leaves to cherish his memory wife Dorothy Waller, daughter Antrionette (Tyron) Christopher, four grandchildren, two sisters, two brothers and a host of other relatives and friends. Alfonso Dawson Mortuary 404-691-3810. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=166418209#sthash.oKexFJVH.dpuf





Relation: Wilkes County
Geraldine “Gerrie” Barwick, daughter of the late William Charles Barwick and Fannie Louella Jackson Barwick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 6, 1941. She departed this life peacefully on August 5, 2013.
As a teen Gerrie worked in her family’s neighborhood appliance store. She attended Cincinnati Public Schools and after completing her final years at St. Mary’s High School in Hyde Park, continued on to positions with the Cincinnati and Michigan Bell Telephone Companies. Gerrie also enjoyed a role as WCIN radio station’s midday on-air personality “Cindy Hamilton”, where Butternut Bread was her sponsor.
Gerrie loved the Lord and the Gospel, and spent her lifetime ministering to the spiritual needs of others. After accepting Christ as a young woman, in 1974 Gerrie joined Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church under the leadership of Elder Jasper Phillips where she was baptized and filled with the “Holy Spirit”. Gerrie continued her work in the ministry at Tryed Stone Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Anderson Culbreath until her relocation to Atlanta, Georgia in the late 1980′s. At the time of her “Homegoing”, Gerrie remained a member of Antioch A.M.E. Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where the Reverend Stafford J. Wicker presides as Pastor.
Inheriting her Father’s gift for sales and entrepreneurial spirit, Gerrie established Atlanta’s Harvester Pine Straw Company. As a successful landscape-supply wholesaler, Gerrie traveled throughout the Southeast Region for several years building her reputation and expanding her customer-base.
Fiercely loyal and devoted to family, Gerrie never hesitated to offer support and care to those she loved. In 1990 when Gerrie’s Mother was diagnosed with Lung Cancer, she committed herself to Fannie’s care, bringing Fannie home to Georgia until her passing in March of 1992.
Meticulously dressed, smelling divine and smiling, Gerrie always placed the needs of her children, grandchildren and family above her own! Blessed with the gift of unshakable faith, she overcame any life challenge that attempted to block her path.
Our Gerrie lived an abundant and exceptional life! We send her home to the welcoming arms of God and all those who loved her first. At last, there is rest for the weary!
Celebrating her “Homegoing” and honoring Gerrie’s life: her children, Hari Daniels Sr., Ingrid Stewart, William Marshall, Gina Leaks-Marr and Luckie (Dona Amechia) Daniels; a brother, Dr. Walter Barwick; maternal aunts Mitzi Jackson and Minnie Stewart; paternal aunts, Hannah Slaughter, Rev. Lena Hall and Helen Savage; her grandchildren, William Marshall, Hari Daniels, Jr., Antonio Daniels, Jerold Daniels, Jarelle Marshall, Jaimie Marshall, Gina Stewart, Jade Marr, Bryant Anthony, Jasmine Marr, Jeremy Marshall, Justis Daniels-Bezout and Jaiya Daniels; a niece, Mitzi Barwick, a nephew, Scott Barwick; and a host of loving cousins, extended family and friends.
 Obituary copied from original site: located here 

Janie E. "Lois" Tripplett



Relation: 1st cousin 1x removed of husband
Mrs. Janie E. Triplett ,65, passed on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Hinds County, Mississippi. Funeral Services will be held 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from the St. Paul M.B. Church in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Burial will take place in the St. Paul M.B. Church Cemetery in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Beck Funeral Home Philadelphia is in charge of all arrangements.



Nate Waters
Relation: 3rd cousin 1x removed

(1978-2013)





Full Obituary here.
 

Hiram "Bubba" Murphy (Sun Jul 4, 1948- Thu Apr 18, 2013)
Relation-  1st cousin 1x removed
Atlanta, Georgia Services: Covenant Baptist 5881 Phillips Dr, Forest Park, Clayton, Georgia 30297 @12pm.  
Hiram "Bubba" Murphy was born in Georgia on July 4, 1948 to Markin "MB" Murphy and Johnnie Lee (Jones). Husband of Brenda and father to Derrick, Kimberly, Lisa Murphy and Tracy Lopez. He leaves behind his sisters Jeanette Starks of Atlanta, Doris Smith of Atlanta, Joanne Murphy of Atlanta.  *Note* The author is the owner of the blog so if the obituary is incomplete feel free to email the blogger @ webbancestry@gmail.com.      

Cousin Sandra Taliaferro Relation: grand niece of wife of nephew of husband of sister of 1st great grand aunt   & DNA
Such a sweet spirit!
On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, God picked a beautiful flower to take home to heaven with Him. This beautiful flower was Sandra Jean Taliaferro. Waiting at the door were her ancestors – the ones she knew personally, the ones whose names she called during her years of genealogy research, and also the ones whom she longed to find. Sandra is with all of them now. She is overjoyed. Sandra was a member of AAHGS Metro Atlanta chapter for over five years. She was born and raised in Atlanta and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Life, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, from Georgia State University in 1979. She was employed as a Paralegal with the Office of the General Counsel for over 30 years. Sandra began researching her family history in 2001. Her ancestral journey included a number of counties in Georgia, including Henry, DeKalb, Clayton, Greene, Morgan, Newton, Meriwether, Pike, Harris, and Putnam counties. Her maternal surnames of interest were Gates, Middlebrooks, Thompson, Parks/Park and Guise. Her paternal surnames were Taliaferro, Toliver, Dorsey, Jackson, Gilbert, Butler, Askew, Brewer, Lawrence, Reid/Reed, Turner, and Little. Sandra researched feverishly and passionately for her ancestors. She was very active in the online genealogy community where she wrote about her family history research and other genealogy-related musings on her blog entitled “I Never Knew My Father” (http://ineverknewmyfather.com). In 2003, Sandra began researching her paternal line; her desire to uncover her paternal roots was sparked by the fact that she never knew her father. Equipped with only a few facts and clues provided by her mother, Sandra began her search, although the possibility of tracing her paternal ancestry was never an avenue she thought she'd pursue with much success. Nonetheless, her research was very successful beyond her imagination. After finding her father, John Lawrence Taliaferro, with his parents and siblings in the 1930 census, Sandra was able to trace her paternal line back to her great-great-grandfather, Miles Taliaferro. She located him in the 1870 census, a genealogical feat. Sandra also found Miles and his son John (her great-grandfather) on an 1856 slave inventory and appraisement for their former Taliaferro enslaver in Fulton County, Georgia. However, Sandra’s most significant and surprising research find was indeed a life-changing one. Through the message boards on Ancestry.com, she discovered and connected with the family of the father she never knew. She met four first cousins, an aunt (her father’s sister), and a brother. She and her brother Bernard officially met in July 2005, and Sandra’s research story was featured in the February 19, 2007 issue of Jet magazine. See that magazine article here: http://tinyurl.com/a9wt82y Upon meeting her brother Bernard, they instantly bonded; he moved back to Atlanta in 2006 and became her devoted care-giver. He was right there by her side for the remainder of her beautiful life. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace, Sandra. Enjoy this eternal time now with those ancestors you loved so dearly! published first here:http://aahgsatl.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-tribute-to-sandra-taliaferro.html Sandra's Blog: http://ineverknewmyfather.blogspot.com/


 
 Julius Windom 
January 31, 2013.

11 of his 14 children are featured here.

From Cousin Lenny Dickey:
Our cousin-in-law  ,84,passed away on Thursday. He was married to our cousin Annie Liza Pennyman. She was the daughter of my great grandfather's first cousin Hattie Calloway Pennyman. He leaves behind 15 children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They mostly live in Alabama. 



Obituary for Mr. David Mayes, Jr. Husband Paternal

MAYES, Mr. David - Age 55, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Avalon Hospice.  Family hour 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013 at New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1035 E. Carpenter Rd., with funeral service commencing at 11:00 a.m. Elder Patrick W. Sanders, Sr. officiating. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Mr. Mayes will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., and may be viewed from 12 noon - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.  Mr. David Mayes Jr., was born July 17, 1957 in Flint, Michigan, the son of David Mayes, Sr. and Mildred Mayes. He was a member of New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church. He retired from A.C. Spark Plug and enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends. David was a very dedicated, loving, hard working man.  He leaves to cherish his memory: daughter, Pauletta Mayes; 2 sons David Mayes and Bobby Jones; 2 step children; Sonya and Bobby Younger; grandchildren, Angel, David and Tanadia Younger; 3 sisters, Deloris A. Mayes, JoAnn Stocker and Ankanisha Ray; 3 brothers, William, Kevin and Michael Mayes, all of Flint; nieces, Laquana (Grant) Mayes, Sharikia Mayes, Keanna Mayes, Sherika Lamar, LaToya Stocker; nephew, Keon Robinson; special great nephew, Rudolph Wright III; a host of other relatives and friends including special cousin, Kevin S. Mayes, special niece, Laquana Grant, special friends, Greg Seabron, Chris Wilson, Jessie Mays, Dion Brown, Shawn Harris, Michael Taylor, Michael Cummings and Daniel L. Hall.  Mr. Mayes was preceded in death by his parents, David and Mildred Mayes.                          

Frank L. Mattox Jr. 
(1962-2012)
Relation: Distant Maternal cousin
USA
Frank Mattox, who starred at Acalanes High and Cal, then spent his professional career in baseball, mostly with the Seattle Mariners. He spent 17 years in the Mariners' organization, including six as scouting director, played at Cal in the early 1980s for coach Bob Milano. He was a second baseman on an infield that included Brian Guinn (whose son B.J. is a Padres minor leaguer) and big leaguer Lance Blankenship. Frank returned to Berkeley for Cal's Hall of Fame banquet to celebrate the induction of former Bear and current Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price. After leaving Cal, Mattox played seven seasons in the Brewers farm system, finishing his career in 1990 playing for Triple-A Denver. He then went on to work for Denver and then became a scout for the expansion Colorado Rockies. He joined the Mariners organization in 1995 as a West Coast crosschecker. Mattox became scouting director in September 1997, running six drafts for the organization while working for vice president of scouting and player development Roger Jongewaard, who is now a pro scout for the Marlins. “I scouted him and I hired him," Jongewaard said. "Frank's just a good guy and a good scout who had a good idea about players”. Left-hander Matt Thornton, now with the White Sox, was the first of Mattox's draft picks, in '98, and Seattle took Adam Jones with their top pick in the last draft he ran, in 2003. In between, he oversaw drafts that produced big leaguers such as Willie Bloomquist, J.J. Putz, Bryan LaHair and Eric O'Flaherty. Mattox also was featured in a Microsoft commercial in 1997, showing him working on a laptop computer with Microsoft software. "The best thing about the commercial," Mattox told BA's Alan Schwarz at the time, "is the recognition it gives to scouts and the profession itself. Some of us played, some didn't, but we're all trying to be ambassadors of the game."

Bernard Grant
October 19, 2012
Relation-  Great Uncle of Husband
Flint, Michigan GRANT, Mr. Bernard Rufus - Age 77, passed away Friday, October 19, 2012 at Hurley Medical Center. Family hour: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012 from the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd. with funeral service commencing at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Alfonzo Williams officiating. Interment Sunset Hills Cemetery, G-4413 Flushing Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the funeral home 10:30 a.m Saturday. Mr. Grant will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home and may be viewed from 12 Noon- 8:00 p.m. Friday

Yiddish D. Wingfield
October 12, 2012
Relation- Maternal 1st Cousin
Atlanta, Georgia
WINGFIELD, Yiddish D. Funeral Service for Ms. Yiddish D. Wingfield, 48 of Atlanta, GA, Friday, October 19, 2012, 11:00AM at Willie A. Watkins Historic West End Chapel, Rev. C. Harrison Braddy, Officiating. She is survived by son, Mr. Amari Wingfield; four grandchildren, mother, Ms. Rose A. Wingfield; father, Mr. Joseph L. Wingfield, Sr. (Deborah); two brothers, Rune Wingfield, Sr., Joseph L. Wingfield, Jr., and a host of other relatives and friends. Family and friends assemble 10:45AM at Willie A. Watkins Historic West End Chapel, 404-758-1731 Memorial: Ms. Yiddish Wingfield Celebration of Life Service for Ms. Yiddish Wingfield, of Atlanta, Friday, October 19, 2012, 11:00 AM at Willie A. Watkins West End Chapel. Viewing Thursday, October 18, 2012, 12:00-9:00 PM. Interment Private.

Francine Samuels Willis
August 15, 2012
Relation: Step Aunt - My Paternal Side
Decatur, GA

Mrs. Francine Willis of Decatur passed Wednesday, August 15, 2012.
Celebration of life for Mrs. Francine S. Willis will be held Monday, August 20, 2012 11:00 a.m. at Antioch-East Baptist Church 1223 Hardee St. SE. Rev. Dr. John F. Williams, Pastor. Pastor Mark A. Couch, Emmanuel Tabernacle Baptist Church, officiating. Interment, Kennedy Memorial Gardens. On November 28, 1954, Francine Samuel Willis was born to the late Deacon Weaver and Edith Samuel Jr. in Washington, Georgia. She joined Gibson Grove Baptist Church at an early age and later became an active member of Emmanuel Tabernacle Baptist Church where she served on the Usher Board and the Finance Committee. Fran, as she was affectionately called, graduated with honors from Washington Comprehensive High School and went to achieve a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Economics from Spelman College in 1976. Fran retired with 32 years of service from SunTrust Bank where she held the title of Executive Vice President of the Estate Tax Division. As a young lady, she met and married the love of her life, Roy Willis. They cherished 24 loving years and out if this union a son, Jonathan R. Willis was born. Her cheerful, kind and compassionate disposition never faltered as she was a blessing to all who came in contact with her soft spoken voice and beautiful smile. Fran was preceded in death by her sister, Marie Samuel. She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted husband, Roy Willis,; a dedicated son, Jonathan R. Willis; two step-sons, Andre and Marcus Willis; a step-daughter, Keisha Willis all of Riverdale; one goddaughter, Taila Norenberg; sisters, Valerie Gartrell of Washington, GA and Patricia S. Moore of Decatur, GA; brothers, Arthur (Gail) Samuel of Decatur, GA, Weaver (Beverly) Samuel of Leesburg, VA, Father Reginald Samuel of Houston, TX and Tommie Evans of Washington, GA; mother-in-law, Lula M. Willis of Washington, GA; sisters-in-law, Vivian (William) Brown of Ellenwood, GA and Jackie Willis of Philadelphia, PA; brothers-in-law, Bob (Jacque) Willis of Stone Mountain, GA, Arthur Willis of Washington, GA, Ozzie Willis of Philadelphia, PA and James (Ruby) Evans of Yeaton, PA and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation Sunday, August 19, 2012 from 2-8p.m. Grissom-Clark Funeral Home. 404-373-3191. www.grissom-clarkfh.com


Master Sergeant Leon "Sarge" Ball 
July 15, 2012
Relation: 4th cousin - My Maternal Side
Hamilton, TN


Phillip Johnson Jr.
July 4, 2012
Relation: 1st cousin - Husband's Paternal Side
Flint, Michigan

Atonzo Antwon "Mann" Smith
July 2, 2012
Relation: 1st cousin - My Paternal Side
Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia Atonzo Smith D. July 3, 2012 Mr. Atonzo Smith of 508 West 18th Avenue Cordele, Georgia passed away July 3, 2012 in the Crisp Regional Hospital of Cordele, Georgia. The funeral service will be announced at a later date pending the completion of the arrangements.  Bentley ~ Carson Memorial Funeral Home of Cordele, Georgia are entrusted with the arrangements.
My 1st cousin was robbed & shot to death earlier this morning…(#senseless killings) Please pray for our families as we have had many family members ascend this year.


Nellie Julia Jennings Freeman, 102, of Athens, died June 13, 2012.

Survivors include daughters, Dora Lumpkin, Mildred Billups; sons, Charles, David & Clifton Freeman; granddaughters raised in the home, Gail Freeman Bishop, Sarah Pass; sisters, Mozell Freeman, Annie Ruby Stroud, Geneva Forley, Lula Mae Madden; brothers, Jerry Jennings, Walter Raines; god-grandson, Gregory "Frog" Birks; 29 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, 26 great-great-great grandchildren, 3 great-great-great-great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., June 16, 2012 at the Springfield Baptist Church, Athens. Internment will follow at East Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Gardenview Funeral Chapel, Athens, has charge of arrangements.

Terrell Sloan
June 7, 2012
Relation: 2nd Cousin (marriage) - My Paternal Side
Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia
Mr. Terrell Sloan age 56, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2012. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 2:00p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. 

Obituary for Rosa Parks

PARKS, Mother Rosa - Age 96, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Avalon Hospice. Family hour 10 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012 at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 821 E. Court St., with funeral service commencing at 11 a.m. Pastor Orlando Goodman, officiating. Interment River Rest Cemetery, G-4413 Flushing Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 10 a.m. Thursday. Mother Parks will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., and may be viewed from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday. Mother Rosa Mae Parks was born September 8, 1915 in Odessadale, Georgia, the daughter of Mose and Frankie Parks. Mother Parks was a longtime resident of Flint. She was a founding member of St. Luke Baptist Church and a dedicated member of the Usher and Mother’s Board. Mother Parks loved going fishing and working in her garden. She lived a full life, complete with laughter and happy memories. Mother Parks will be deeply missed by family and friends.  She leaves to cherish her memory: 5 daughters, Ms. Virginia Griggs, Ms. Rosa Small, Ms. Frances Calvert, Ms. Lela Lovelace and Mrs. Ola (Waymon) Johnson; 2 sons, Mack and Bobby Lee Parks; 33 grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren; 85 great-great-grandchildren; first cousins, Bertha and Katherine Jackson; special friends, Mrs. Doans, Percy Williams, Mrs. Ann Woodson and Lorraine Lee.  Mother Parks was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Parks; sons, Oscar Parks, Jr. and Dewey Parks; daughters, Jewel Render, Mattie Smith and Mary Parks; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; parents, Mose and Frankie Parks; and brothers, Jake Parks and John H. Howard.
 


Rose Mary (White) Hunter | Michigan

May 13, 2012
2nd Cousin - Husband's Maternal Side Kansas,  Flint, Michigan
HUNTER, MRS. ROSE MARY
Age 80, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012 at Avalon Hospice. Family hour 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2012 from the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., where the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Omega Omega Service will be held form 1:30 -1:45 p.m. followed by The Links, Inc., Service from 1:45-2 p.m. with funeral service commencing at 2:30 p.m. Interment River Rest Cemetery, G-4413 Flushing Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the funeral home 1:30 p.m. Friday. Mrs. Hunter now lies in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, and may be viewed from 2-8 p.m. today. Mrs. Rose Mary White Hunter was born January 1, 1932 in Cherokee, Kansas to the Fletcher and Gladys White. Her early education was in the Kansas Public Schools. She later graduated from Kansas State Teachers College (currently Pittsburg State University) in Pittsburg, Kansas. Later, she completed her teaching certification from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1955. In 1955, she gained employment with Genesee County Treasurer's Office, where she worked 35 years. Rose was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc. In 1956, she married John W. Hunter and to this union two sons were born, Eric and Shaun. She leaves to cherish her memory: husband of over 55 years, John Hunter; son, Shaun Hunter; 4 sisters, Dorothy White of Kansas City, MO, Ann Louise Rose of Milwaukee, WI, Betty Noland of Lakewood, CO and Salena C. Officer of Gaithersburg, MD; 3 brothers, Wendell White, Billy Ray White and Fletcher White, Jr., all of Kansas City, MO; 3 sisters-in-law, Stephanie White of Kansas City, MO, Theresa Cousins of Flint and Leatrice White of Charleston, SC; 4 brothers-in-law, Harold Rose of Milwaukee, WI, Alvin D. Officer of Gaithersburg, MD, Fred Gaston of Sacramento, CA and Lester Wells of Flint. Mrs. Hunter was preceded in death by her son, Eric Hunter; parents, Fletcher and Gladys White; sister, Patricia Gaston; 2 brothers, Kenneth White and Donald Lee White; mother and father-in-law, Frank and Estella Hunter; sisters-in-law, Irma White and Velma Ruth Wells; and brother-in-law, Frank Hunter, Jr. The family would like to express special thanks to Avalon Hospice, Dr. Jagdish Shah, McLaren-Flint, Redwood Manor, friends, Addie George, Arlivia Henry, Paul and Arita Magee, special friend, Rayne "Little Girl" Magee.

Brian Smith
March 29, 2012 Relation:1st Cousin - My Paternal Side Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia
Brian Smith of Atlanta, Georgia, son of the Late Ernest Smith (GA,FL-2006) and Bazoline Woody. SMITH, Brian Memorial Service for Mr. Brian Keith Smith, Sr., of Austell, GA, Thursday, April 5, 2012; 11:00AM at Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church, 291 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr. NW Atlanta. Rev. Carlton Byrd, Eulogist. Family and friends assemble 10:45AM at the church. He is survived by his erstwhile wife Winifred Chapman Smith; son, Brian Keith Smith, Jr.; mother, Bazoline Smith; father, Guy Franklin Broughton; brothers, Marv Smith, Curtis Smith (Ericka); nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and a host of family members and friends. Willie A. Watkins Historic West End Chapel, (404)758-1731, www.williewatkins.com


Betsy Winkfield Wright March 15, 2012 1st cousin, 2x removed- my Maternal side Betsy Wright, 74, of Athens, died March 15, 2012.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Clifford Grove Baptist Church, in Rayle, with interment in the church cemetery.

Survivors include sisters, Lucille Mattox, May Goolsby, and Willie Bell Bolton, and nephew and caretaker, the Rev. Jim Mattox.Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home, Athens, has charge of arrangements.


Corban Dottin March 11, 2012 Relation: Distant Cousin - Husband's Paternal Side Massachusetts
Corban Dottin son of Darryl Dottin of Massachusetts, passed away on March 11, 2012.

Dorothy Jean Banks December 22, 2011 Relation: Mother's Second Cousin Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Clarke, Fulton, Texas SAN ANGELO Dorothy Jean Banks entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. Her life began on Aug. 30, 1937, in Athens, Ga. Her precious memories will be forever treasured by her children, Tommy (Sheila) Banks, Sherry (Theophilus) Coutain, Alesa (Charles) Dawson, Tina Banks-Gray and special son Dennis Flowers; her sister, Gloria (Paul) Coney; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of beloved family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Thomas N. Banks. A home-going celebration of her life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Antioch First Missionary Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas, 301 W. 23rd St. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Dorothy was a homemaker, a loyal community volunteer, loving mother/wife and a dedicated member of Antioch Baptist Church where she served as deaconess and prayer warrior. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, Adams & Starks Funeral Home, 122. W. 14th St.

Howard Winkfield December 9, 2011 Relation: 1st cousin 2x removed maternal Wilkes, Fulton County connection
Homegoing Services for Mr. Howard Winkfield, of Atlanta, will be held Friday, December 9, 2011, 11:00 A.M. at New Springfield Baptist Church, 2560 Sylvan Road, East Point, 30344, with remains placed in state at 9:30 A.M. Reverend Robert F. Broughton, Pastor, Officiant. Interment, Washington Cemetery, Decatur. Howard leaves to cherish, sisters, Sarah E. Ponder; Martha S. Carter; brother, Tommy Lee Benson; daughters, Linda Giles (Morris); Judith Brown (Garry); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the church, at 10:00 A.M. Donald Trimble Mortuary, Inc., 1876 Second Avenue, 404-371-0772-3.

Gwendolyn "Qui Qui" Rea November 18, 2011 Relation - niece of husband of grand aunt of husband  Flint, MI - Wynne Connection  Gwendolyn "Oui Oui" Rea has passed. Younger sister of cousin Larry Rea has passed. 6 passed away November 18, 2011. Family and Friends will gather in the Chapel of Swanson Funeral Home, 2210 Martin Luther King Ave., on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 11:00am with services starting at 12:00pm. Interment Lovedale Memorial Cemetery.  -------
PARKS, Mrs. Wanda Ann - Age 64, was called home to be with the her Lord and Savior, Monday, November 7, 2011. Family hour 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., with funeral service commencing immediately at 2 p.m. Supt. Lamar Griggs, officiating. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mrs. Parks will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, and may be viewed from 12Noon-8 p.m. Monday.  Mrs. Wanda Ann Parks was born August 17, 1947 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to the late Jay Broadus and Dolores Enda Robinson. Wanda grew up in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in the Manchester area and attended the Pittsburg Public Schools. Later, she moved to Flint, Michigan, where she met and married Mack Arthur Parks.  She leaves to mourn: husband, Mack A. Parks; son, Lester Robinson; daughter, Rhonette Robinson;  2 granddaughters, Sade Vaughn and T’gan Robinson; 4 grandson, Demeitrus Guise, DeAndre Robinson, Brandon Bonner and Tealc’ Robinson; 7 great-grandchildren, Destiny Vaugn, Keshon Vaughn, Sairah Vaughn, Tyree Crowe, Tyreeion Crowe, Jailen Guise and Donnaal Conway; 4 stepchildren, Mack Jr., Reginald Parks, Quenton Parks and Angela Gillen; sister, Victoria Robinson; 2 nephews, James Robinson and Yusef Burton; 3 beloved aunts, Betty Rutherford, Gaynell Etterson and Judith Rutherford; uncle, Authur Rutherford; godson, Donald Williams; a host of other relatives and friends.     

Eliza Knowles Sanford October 3,2011 Relation - sister-in-law of 3rd cousin 1x removed - Maternal's Mother's side Chickamauga, Chatooga, and Wilkes Connection

Daniel TiptonOctober 20 ,2011 Relation - 2nd cousin 1x removed of J's Flint, MI- Wynne Connection

Larry Rea  2 Jun 2011 Great Aunt - Husband's Paternal Relation - nephew of husband of grand aunt of husband  Flint, MI - Wynne Connection 
Mr. Larry L. Rea - 62, passed away June 2, 2011 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Family and Friends will gather in teh sanctuary of St. James Christian Methodist Episcopal Church on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 2:00pm. Interment River Rest Cemetery.
Brother Larry Lathon Rea was born May 26, 1949 in Flint, Michigan. The son of Allen and Ira C. Rea. Larry was a graduate of Flint Northwestern High School, Class of 1967, and obtained a Bachelors in Business. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. Larry retired from General Motors. He was a giving, loving and caring servant. He enjoyed singing, missionary work, acting at McCree Theatre, and was a faithful member of St. James C.M.E. Church. Mr. Larry Lathon Rea leaves to cherish his loving memory, three children: Makelia Thompson of Wilmer, TX, Raquelia “Kellie” Rea of Arlington, TX, and Suhn Rea of Irving, TX; father: Allen C. Rea; twin brother: Lonnie L. Rea of Flint, MI; three sisters: Gwendolyn Rea, Cynthia Caster, and Alvida (Kevin) Cross all of Flint, MI; five aunts: Louise Ray, Gertrude Lathon, Ivy Mae Williams, Joyce Rea all of Flint, MI, and Rochell Lofton of Chicago, IL; uncle: Ernest Rea of Flint, MI; mothers of his children: Janieve Sheila Sanders, and Cynthia Buford; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends including: Carol Scott, Gwen Bean, Jo Langston, Zachery Baskin, Milton Thomas, and Sister Barbara Stein. He was preceded in death by his mother: Ira C. Rea, grandparents: Clyde and Bertha Lathon, James and Della Ray, brother: Allen C. Rea-Hill, sisters: Sharon Lewis, Paulette Rea, and Avis Marshall.

Johnny Mack JC Mattox
May 25, 2011 2nd Cousin, 2x removed Clarke, Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Georgia Athens Johnny Mack J.C. Mattox, 65, of Athens, died May 25, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Mary W. Mattox; son, Demond (Vonda) Mattox; mother, Lucille Mattox; sister, Betty Jean Hill; brother, Jim Roger Mattox, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2011, at The Chapel of Gardenview, with interment in Athens Memory Garden. Gardenview Funeral Chapel, Athens, has charge of arrangements. Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at www.onlineathens.com Athens Banner-Herald, Sunday, May 29, 2011

Charles Webb
February 11, 1955 - April 16, 2011
May 25, 20111st cousin 1x removed of husband Flint, Michigan WEBB, Mr. Charles H. - Age 56, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011 at McLaren Regional Medical Center.  Family hour 11 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Southeast Christian Church, 4171 Lapeer Rd., with funeral service commencing at 11:30 a.m.  Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 11 a.m. Saturday.  Mr. Webb will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., and may be viewed from 12Noon - 8 p.m. Friday. Mr. Charles H. Webb was born February 11, 1955 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Sam and Ella Webb. Charles graduated from Flint Northwestern High School, “Class of 1973.” He loved fishing, cooking, drawing, playing dominoes, and visiting with family and friends.  Mr. Charles H. Webb leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Verlen Webb; 3 stepchildren, Angela, Ronnika and James Owens; 4 grandchildren, Jamaria, Deshawn, Taylor and Christopher; sister, Janet Webb; 2 brothers, James Green and Terry (Marie) Webb, all of Flint; 3 sisters-in-law, Celes Carroll, Shirley Bowen, both of Flint and Willy (Alan) Byrd of Pennsylvania; 3 brothers-in-law, Samuel Muldrew, Jr., Sidney (Gwen) Muldrew and Ricky (Tyra) Muldrew, all of Flint; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and freinds.  Mr. Webb was preceded in death by his parents, Sam Henry and Ella Pearl Webb; grandparents, Ginney Mae and Frank Webb; brother, Sam Webb, Jr.; nephew, Anthony Bowen; father-in-law, Samuel Muldrew; and sister-in-law, Ethel Withlow.  The family would like to express special thanks to the entire McLaren Regional Medical ICU staff, Dr. Duterte, Dr. Lo, Dr. Amlan, Dr. Mirchandani and RRC staff. 

Green Henry "Skill" Binns

March 2011 

grand nephew of wife of brother-in-law of grand uncle of husband of aunt of 1st cousin of wife of brother-in-law of 2nd great grand uncle
Washington, Georgia
Funeral services for Green Henry (Skill) Binns, 90, of Washington were held Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at the Rocky Mount Baptist Church, Washington, with Rev. Roy Andrews officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. He died March 18.
Mr. Binns was a native of Wilkes County and the son of the late Ed and Rebecca Binns of Washington. He was a member of the Rocky Mount Baptist Church where he served on the deacon board for 66 years. He was superintendent of the Sunday School for 40 years.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Leona Cullars Binns of Washington; a daughter and son-inlaw, Betty and Jim McClain; three sons, and a daughter-in-law, Henry and Helen Binns, Larry Binns, and Curtis Binns, all of Washington; 10 grandchildren and a host of greatgreat grandchildren.
McLendon Memorial Funeral Home of Washington was in charge of arrangements.


Dorothy Wynne Bibbs Tuesday, October 5, 2010 Great Aunt - Husband's Paternal Dyer, TN & Flint, MI - Wynne Connection
BIBBS, Mother Dorothy L. - Age 82, passed away Hurley Medical Center. Family hour 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2109 M.L. King Ave., with funeral service commencing at 11 a.m., Pastor Rodney Ellison officiating. Interment Lovedale Memorial Cemetery, G-5175 E. Bristol Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 10 a.m. Tuesday. Mother. Bibbs will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., and may be viewed from 12 Noon - 8 p.m. Monday. Mother Dorothy Lee Bibbs was born February, 17, 1928 in Dyersburg, Tennessee, the daughter of Mack and Belvie Wynne. Mother Bibbs accepted Christ at an early age and moved to Flint in her late teens. She and Arch O. Bibbs Jr., united in marriage, April 11, 1953. Mother Bibbs was a devoted member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where she served faithfully. She loved her family and church. Mother Bibbs also had a passion for baking cakes and pies. She leaves to cherish her memory: dear and devoted husband of 57 years, Arch Oneal Bibbs. The family would like to express sincere thanks to Pastor Rodney Ellison and the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church family for your expression of love.

Roger E. Wynne Sr. Tuesday, May 25, 2010  Great Uncle - Husband's Paternal Dyer, TN & Flint, MI - Wynne Connection


WYNNE, Mr. E. Roger, Sr. - Age 72, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at Hurley Medical Center. Family hour 11 a.m. Thursday, June 3, 2010 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2109 M.L. King Ave., with funeral service commencing at 11:30 a.m., Pastor Rodney Ellison officiating. Interment Sunset Hills Cemetery, G-4413 Flushing Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 11 a.m. Thursday. Mr. Wynne will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., and may be viewed from 12Noon-8 p.m. Wednesday.


Johnny Murphy

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 1st cousin, once removed - My Paternal Maternal (Dad's mom) Fulton counties (Georgia) Connection, Jones (Meriwether, Georgia connection) MURPHY, Johnny Funeral Services for Mr. Johnny L. Murphy will be held Tuesday October 12, 2010 at 1:00 PM our Chapel, Interment Chestnut Hill Cemetery. Viewing TODAY 12 Noon until 9 PM. William Gayleano Murray and Son Funeral Home 923 McDaniel Street SW 404-963-5634. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DIX, Gladys Memorial service for Mrs. Gladys Dix, of Decatur, GA , will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 12:00 NOON at Pollard Funeral Home Chapel, 827 Pollard Blvd SW, Atlanta. Rev. Jesse Walker officiating. She leaves to cherish her memories one daughter, Genenean Benitez-Davis (Stan); 2 grand sons, Orlando and Quienton; 1 granddaughter, Ashley; 2 sisters and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the funeral home at 11:30 AM. Pollard Funeral Home, Inc., (404) 688-7073. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?n=gladys-dix&pid=137143290&fhid=4931#sthash.Ffref3zO.dpuf


Reba (Lockhart) Wingfield

November 16, 2009 Grandmother Reba Wingfield - My Mother's Mother Wilkes, Fulton, & Dekalb counties (Georgia) Connection  I love you & I miss you!
WINGFIELD, Reba A Celebration of Life for Mother Reba L. Wingfield, of Atlanta, Georgia, will be held Saturday, November 21, 2009, 12:00 Noon, at The Little Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 315 Fifth Avenue, Decatur, GA., with remains placed in state at 10:00 A.M. The Reverend Robert S. Welch, Pastor, Officiating. Interment, Washington Memorial Gardens, Scottdale, GA. She is survived by two loving and devoted children, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph L. Wingfield, Sr. (Deborah) and Mr. & Mrs. Johnny Wilson, Jr. (Marsha Jean); thirteen loving and devoted grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law; cousins, other relatives and friends. Family and friends are asked to assemble at 611 Deerwood Lane, Stone Mountain, GA at 11:00 A.M.: 


Cora Whitehead 


Viverette


 March 7, 1914 and passed away on Monday, November 2, 2009.
Great Aunt - Husband Maternal Union, Mississippi - Chicago, Ill - Viverette & Whitehead Connection



Karen Harris 

1948 - 2009 - 2nd cousin of husband 

Flint, Michigan - Wynne Connection
HARRIS, Mrs. Karen J. (Drummond) - Age 60, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009 at Genesys Hospice in Goodrich, MI. Family hour 10:30AM Tuesday, March 24, 2009 from the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., with funeral service commencing immediately at 11AM, Dr. Henry L. Fuller, Jr., officiating.  Interment River Rest Cemetery, G-4413 Flushing Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the funeral home 10:30AM Tuesday. Mrs. Harris will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, and may be viewed from 12Noon-8PM Monday.   Ms. Karen Jeanette Harris was born on June 24, 1948 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Theresa (Hunter) Drummond and Iverson Drummond Sr. Ms. Harris confessed her allegiance to Christ at an early age at the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Karen currently worshipped at Christ of the Nazarene Church. She attended Flint schools, graduating from Flint Northern High School. Karen attended John Wesley College and retired from General Motors. Karen loved to read, travel and have a good laugh with family and friends.  Ms. Karen Jeanette Harris leaves to cherish her memories: 2 sons, Michael J. Harris, Jr. and Darius (Jamika) Harris; mother, Theresa Cousins; four grandchildren, Michael III, Nyonia, Dakari, and Aniyah Harris; four brothers, Iverson (Bennita) Drummond, Roy (Monica) Haney, and Kevin Haney, all of Flint, Loren Drummond of Indianapolis, IN; three sisters, Terry (Herbert) Hoey and Kimberly Davis, all of Flint, and Lisa (Samuel) Lee of Grand Blanc, MI; brother-in-law, Henry Polite, of Flint; very dear friend, Diane Lachota and the Maple Rd. residents, and staff; and a host of other relatives and friends.  Ms. Harris was preceded in death by her father, Iverson Drummond, Sr.; daughter, Tamiko Harris; sister, Linda J. Edwards; and grandparents, Frank & Estelle Hunter and Amos & Abelle Drummond.  The family would like to express special thanks to the Maple Rd. Home and Genesys Hospice of Goodrich.   

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 SMITH, Mrs. Mattie

 SMITH, Mrs. Mattie - Age 66, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2009 at Avalon Hospice. Family hour 1:30PM Saturday, February 28, 2009 from the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., with funeral service commencing immediately at 2PM, Supt. Lamarr Griggs officiating. Interment River Rest Cemetery, G-4413 Flushing Rd. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the funeral home 1:30PM Saturday. Mrs. Smith will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, and may be viewed from 12Noon-8PM Friday.   Ms. Mattie B. Smith was born September 23, 1942 in Odessadale, Georgia, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar (Rosa) Parks. Mattie was a resident of Flint and a very supportive member of Second Chance Ministries Deliverance Church. She retired, after 30 years of service from the City of Flint where she worked diligently in various positions, retiring as the Loan Portfolio Manager for City of Flint-EDC Loans. Mattie continued her employment working for the Flint Area Enterprise Community as a Financial Analyst for approximately ten years. She enjoyed spending quality time with family and friends.  Ms. Mattie B. Smith leaves to cherish her sweet memories: dear and loving mother, Rosa Mae Parks; 5 sisters, Ms. Virginia Griggs, Ms. Rose Small, Ms. Frances Calvert, Ms. Lela Lovelace and Ms. Ola (Waymon Johnson) Crawford; 2 brothers, Mr. Mack (Wanda) Parks and Mr. Bobby Lee Parks, all of Flint; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including special nieces, Ms. Tanga Davis and Ms. Hazel Mobley; special nephew, Anthony Parks; and friends, Nina Poole and Gloria Shaver.  Ms. Smith was preceded in death by her father, Oscar Parks; 2 sisters, Mary Parks and Jewel Render; brother, Oscar Parks, Jr and Dewey Parks.; and 2 uncles, John H. Howard and Jake Parks.  The family wishes to express special thanks to doctors and nurses of Hurley Medical Center (9th floor staff) and Avalon Hospice.  

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Jewel Render
June 10, 1937 - May 20, 2005 
Mrs. Jewel Lee - Age 67, passed away Friday, May 20, 2005 at Genesys Hospice in Goodrich, MI. Family hour 10:30AM Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at St. Luke Baptist Church, 821 E. Court St., with funeral service commencing immediately at 11AM. Pastor Orlando Goodman officiating. Interment Flint Memorial Park Cemetery G-9506 N. Dort Hwy. Friends and pallbearers will assemble at the church 10:30AM Wednesday. Mrs. Render will lie in state in the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd.,and may be viewed from 12Noon-8PM Tuesday. Mrs. Jewel Lee Render was born June 10, 1937 in Odessa Dale, Georgia, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar and Rosa Mae (Jackson) Parks. She retired in 1985, from the IMA Food Service. Jewel was a former member of Order of Eastern Stars, Daughter of Marion Anderson Chapter #40. She touched many lives; she was dearly loved and her presence will be greatly missed. Mrs. Render leaves in God's care: mother, Rosa Mae Parks; her loving children, Johnnie Mae (Juan) Guerrero, LaBrentha (Everett) Cole, Stephanie and Charise Render including Geraldine Yearby; 4 grandchildren, Cameron Cole, Jewelesha and Jermaine Guerrero and Hans Jones-Render; 2 great-grandchildren, Joshua and JaDen Murphy; 6 sisters, Virginia Griggs, Francis Calvert, Rose Small, Lela Lovelace, Mattie Smith and Ola (Tony) Crawford; 2 brothers, Mack (Wanda) Parks and Bobby Parks; 4 sisters-in-law, Emma Render, Evelyn Strickland, Carrie Roberts and Julia Doby; 2 brothers-in-law, James Knuckles and John Shields, all of Flint; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives including her best friends, Ola Riddles and Lydia Handley; and goddaughter, LaMonica Brooks. Mrs. Render was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Render, Jr.; son, Arthur Lee Render; and father, Oscar Parks. The family would like to express special thanks to the St. Luke Baptist Church family, Restoration Outreach Center, the Genesys Hospice staff, and all of the volunteers for their tender care and support.

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