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Katherine Hutchins

November 5, 1928 - August 21, 2015


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Shelia Marie Bruno-Lowe

April 12, 1962 - August 15, 2015


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David James Anderson

December 4, 1941 - August 11, 2015


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Viola Mitchell Matthews

November 9, 1922 - August 10, 2015


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Alton Bradford Holmes

November 16, 1923 - August 9, 2015

Alton Bradford Holmes was born on November 16, 1923 to the union of Mary and Will Holmes in Jackson, Tennessee. He was one of six children, with siblings as follows: Aaron, Lulvina, Lennon, Willie and Jessie. Alton received his formal education in Jackson. It was there that he was taught about the love of God, and was saved at a very early age in the Rock Temple Church of God in Christ. Alton...
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Aaron Lucas

July 2, 1964 - August 6, 2015

Mr. Aaron Lucas, son of the late James Henderson and Elizabeth Lucas, was born in Newellton, LA on July 2, 1964. Aaron accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, united with Solomon Temple Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized as a public confession of faith in Christ. He received his education in Antioch, CA and graduated from Antioch High School. Aaron served in the United States Air...
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A'Tierra La Shaye Westbrook

January 10, 1994 - August 3, 2015

People are like stained-glass windows, they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in: their true beauty is revealed only if their light is from within. A'Tierra LaShaye' Westbrook was a true beautiful, shining light. A'ti, as she was affectionately known by her family and friends was born on January 10, 1994 to the most proud parents Senika Shields-Levias and...
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Willie Mae Mills

October 8, 1929 - July 26, 2015

Mrs. Willie Mae Mills, daughter of the late Matthew and Edna Mae Wilson, was born in Hamlin, Texas on October 8, 1929. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at Solomon Temple Baptist Church in Pittsburg, CA. Willie Mae attended school and received her degree in nursing from San Francisco Community College. She was later employed at Mervyn's Department Store, serving in the gift...
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Eva Lue Flippen

February 25, 1923 - July 11, 2015

Eva Lue Randolph was born to Charlie K. Randolph and Marzella Cromer-Randolph on February 25, 1923, in Chilton, Texas. Eva came to know Christ at an early age. She married Isaac Howard Flippin on December 24, 1942, and celebrated over 63 years of marriage before his death in 2005. Eva and Isacc moved from Oklahoma to Vallejo California in 1943 and were both employed at Mare Island Naval...
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Christine A. Neal

April 23, 1931 - July 9, 2015

On July 9, 2015 God heard the sigh, I'm Tired" from the lips of his daughter, Cristina Miranda Neal who was affectionately known by all who knew and loved her as "Christine". Because of God's great love, tender mercy and compassion for her, he opened his arms and received unto himself where he released her from all earthy discomforts. Cristina "Christine" Miranda Neal was born on April 23,...
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Anita Yvonne Jones-Caraway

February 23, 1956 - July 6, 2015

Anita Jones-Caraway, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend went to be with the Lord on July 6, 2015. The lives of those she touched along her journey were never the same. Anita Jones was born in Fort Worth, Texas on February 23, 1956 to Eula Mae Jones and Leroy Lawson. She received her early education at Paul Lawrence Dunbar School in Fort Worth, Texas, she finished her education...
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Henry Nataniel Crosby

January 25, 1938 - July 6, 2015

Henry (affectionately known as Bubba and/or Hank) Nathaniel Crosby, 77, our devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend entered into eternal rest on July 6, 2015 after an extended period of illness, at his home in Pittsburg, CA. He is preceded in death by his parents Sally and Zeke Crosby, Princella Crosby-James, Gerald Crosby and grandson Andrew Osborne Jr. Henry was born,...
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Percy Mae Owens

September 25, 1924 - July 5, 2015

Percy Mae Owens was born on September 25, 1924 in Beaumont, Texas to her parents, Eloise Bernice Lewis and Percy James Anderson. She was raised in Beaumont, Texas and moved to California in 1942. Percy Mae started her career in nursing in 1954 and enjoyed a long nursing career of 36 years. She met and later married Alex Owens Jr. in the Bay Area in 1947. This union was blessed with two sons,...
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Ernest Leroy Grayson Jr.

July 13, 1966 - June 29, 2015

Ernest Leroy Grayson Jr. was the only child born to the union of Ernest Grayson Sr. and Noreen Grayson (Woodfork) on July 13, 1966 in Oakland, California. He was a special gift, arriving on his parents' third wedding anniversary. Ernest was born into a Christian family. He was indoctrinated into the Greater New Galilee M.B. Church at birth, where his grandfather, the late Rev. Dr. L.H. Murphy was...
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Christell Lowery

October 20, 1934 - June 29, 2015

Christell Lowery was born October 20, 1934, to the late Harper Williams and Lillie Kilgore-Williams in Mount Willy, Arkansas. The family consisted of nine children: six sons and three daughters. Christell accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, uniting with the Salem Baptist Church, and as a public confession of faith in Christ, she was baptized by Reverend Hildred. She loved the Lord and...
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Derick Allyn Bonds

February 20, 1965 - June 22, 2015


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Anthony L. Williams

April 26, 1957 - June 6, 2015

Anthony Lionell Williams, affectionately known as "Twan" or "Uncle Twan", was born on April 26, 1957 in Martinez, California to the union of Doris Mae Daniels and Sylvester Williams Sr.. He was raised by his grandparents, Mary "Mah" and Robert "Buddy" Daniels, Sr.. Anthony attended elementary and middle schools in Pittsburg and graduated from Pittsburg High School. Anthony worked for Crown...
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Ernestine Wallace Melton

June 17, 1932 - June 3, 2015

Ernestine Melton was born June 17, 1932 in Louisiana to the late Deacon J. H. and Mother Sallie Wallace. In 1941 the family relocated to Pittsburg, CA. She accepted Christ as a young Lady at Solomon Temple MBC, under the Leadership of M.T. Thompson. In April of 1954, she married Albert Melton with this union two children were born Melody and Albert Jr. (Hitch). Ernestine became a widow in 1957...
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Catherine Smith

February 6, 1935 - June 2, 2015

Catherine Smith was born in Texarkana, Texas on February 6th, 1935. She was the only child born to Sarah and James Johnson. Sarah and James Johnson left the south to move to California in 1940. Catherine grew to love the city of Richmond and spent her teenaged years attending Roosevelt High School. In 1949 she met and married Lee Roy Edmond, Sr. and started her family. Mrs. Smith's interest...
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Fannie Mae Allen

April 15, 1922 - June 1, 2015

Easter Fannie Mae Allen (known to her family as Fannie Mae) peacefully departed this life on Monday evening, June 1, 2015, at Hayes Convalescent Hospital in San Francisco, California. Fannie Mae was born on April 15, 1922, in Medon, Tennessee to the late Thomas and Mariah (Merriweather) Tyson. She was the youngest of eleven children. She spent her younger years in Medon, Tennessee and picked...
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Moses Lawrence Pinkins

September 5, 1934 - June 1, 2015

Moses Lawrence Pinkins was born on September 5, 1934, in Batesville, Mississippi. He was the third child of Mr. Lawrence Pinkins and Mrs. Viola Bobo Pinkins. Moses did not finish his formal education. He began a life of hard, industrious work and providing for family, which was the pinnacle of how he lived his life. He worked for San Francisco General Hospital for many tears and retired in...
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Jeff Williams

March 24, 1932 - May 31, 2015

Mr. Jeff Williams was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana (LA) on March 24, 1932 to the late Violetter Williams and Bud Wiggens. The youngest of eight children, he accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Gilgal Baptist Church where the late Andrew Harris was pastor. Jeff attended Luella Elementary School where he excelled but would leave before graduating to work and help support his...
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Calvin E. Bennett

June 2, 1929 - May 30, 2015

Calvin Eugene Bennett was born June 2, 1929 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Cleo Davis Momon and Eugene Bennett. At the age of 2 his mom died during childbirth. He and his older sister Athelena Marie (aka Red) were raised by their grandmother, Lula Jordan, who gave them all of the love possible, but could still raise a stern hand if she had to! In his early years he attended Catholic school and remained of...
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Harry Rougeau

August 8, 1925 - May 26, 2015

Mr. Harry Rougeau, son of the late Artemon Rougeau and the late Ida Daigle, was born in Eunice, Louisiana on August 8, 1925. He was one of seven children. Harry settled in San Francisco, CA after serving in World War II and received an honorable discharge. He loved San Francisco and made it his home for almost 70 years, raising a family and working briefly at the Presidio Army Base before he...
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James Hall

April 10, 1932 - May 19, 2015

Brother James Hall was born in Opelousas, Louisiana on April 10, 1932 to Hammay Hall and Armenia Hall. In 1966, James moved his family from New Orleans, LA and began working at Nationwide Papers, Inc. while working part-time at the Port of San Francisco Shipyard. He retired from Nationwide Papers, Inc. in 1997 and joined St. Paul of the Shipwreck Catholic Church. He met and married Flordeliza...
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Minerva Ponnell

February 29, 1924 - May 16, 2015

Mother Minerva Ponnell after living 91 strong years serving her Lord and her family, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon on May 16, 2015 in her home of 43 years in Bay Point, California. Mother Ponnell was born in Saint Joseph, Louisiana, February 29, 1924. She was a beautiful baby born to these loving parents: Elva House and Jessie James. Mother Ponnell was the fifth of seven...
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Houston James Jackson

November 1, 1928 - May 11, 2015

Pastor Houston James Jackson was born to the late Clarence and Dimple May Jackson on November 1, 1928 in Greensburg, LA. Also known as "Jack". Pastor Jackson received the gift of singing at an early age. He loved to sing and praise the name of The Lord. Education and music was all he knew. He sang with the Golden Harp Singers in Hammond, LA. God directed Pastor Jackson to move to San...
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Fernando Diaz

May 29, 1946 - May 2, 2015


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Freddie L. Douglas

July 3, 1951 - April 29, 2015

Freddie L. Douglas was born July 3, 1951 in Attapulgus, Georgia to Valisha Fletcher. He was educated in Attapulgus, GA and he attended Bethel A.M.E. Church. He later moved to San Francisco, California in 1969. Freddie was employed as a San Francisco street cleaner. He was preceded in death by his sisters: Joyce Douglas, Patricia Bellamy and Janice Burnette. He leaves to cherish his...
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Loreatta Carr

May 17, 1941 - April 27, 2015

Loreatta Carr was the oldest of 12 children born to Luis and Ollie B. Cross on May 17, 1941 in Blue Lake, Mississippi. Upon accepting Jesus Christ at an early age as her Savior and Lord, She united with St. John Baptist Church in Blue Lake, MS. She lataer moved to California and moved her membership in 1978 to Solomon Temple Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. P...
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Anita Vernette McDowell

July 2, 1955 - April 25, 2015

Anita V. McDowell-Martin was born on July 2, 1955 in California to her proud parents, Willa & Monroe McDowell . She confessed Christ at an early age uniting with Destiny Christian Center where she was baptized by Pastor Gregory Bell. She attended Pittsburg Senior High School. Anita later met and married Reginald E. Martin in Reno, Nevada on March 15, 2008. She has four sons: Marcel, Tyree,...
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Annie Lee Britten

March 17, 1947 - April 24, 2015

Annie Lee Britten was born on March 11, 1940, in Bastrop, Texas, to Ninah Mae and Modesta Sanders. She was the eighth of twelve children. Sister Britten accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Willie Clark. She graduated from Mission High School in San Francisco, California and also graduated from Skyline College where she...
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Richard Feyisayo Soyombo

March 25, 1959 - April 20, 2015

Nigerian born, Richard F.A. Soyombo was the Dean, Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. Prior to that he was the Director of the Bay Area Center for International Trade Development (CITD) also at Skyline College. With almost two decades of experience in international business development, Richard played various roles in both the public and...
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Gill Whitney Williams

January 21, 1951 - April 20, 2015

Gill Williams was born on January 21, 1951 to Charles A. and Willie Mae Williams in Baton Rouge, LA. and was the eldest of three children. Gill and his two sisters, Gwendoyln and Youlinda, were reared by his grandparents- Willie John and Ethel Lee Haynes and their mother in Gloster, Mississippi. Willie Mae Williams later united in marriage with Andrew Peter Brown, and they moved to San Francisco,...
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Linda Marie Bean

December 30, 1948 - April 19, 2015

Linda Marie Bean who was born December 30, 1948, in Pittsburg, CA passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Walnut Creek. She was the second daughter and second child of five children of Melvin and Addie Bean. She was a member of two of the earliest African American families, the Beans and the McCrees, who settled in the early 1900's in Pittsburg. Linda attended...
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Claudia A. Green

October 8, 1954 - April 18, 2015

Mrs. Claudia Anita Green, daughter of the late Wilmer Osibin, Sr. and the late Louise Osibin, was born in Oakland, CA on October 8, 1954. She accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior as a young lady. She received her education through the Oakland Unified School District and graduated from Oakland Technical High School in Oakland, CA. Claudia Green was employed with Wells Fargo, Taggart...
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Johnathan Matthew Cox

September 2, 1973 - April 17, 2015

John Cox, 41, of Pittsburg, CA unexpectedly passed away on April 17, 2015. John was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana. Shortly after graduating from Bosse High School in 1992, he joined the US Marine Corp. In the military, he spent time in Japan, the middle east, as well as Camp Pendleton. John worked in several jobs but most enjoyed being a driving instructor for Laidlaw in San Mateo...
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Ellis Ray Johnson

May 25, 1943 - April 15, 2015

Mr. Ellis "Ray" Johnson, son of the late John S. Johnson and the late Willie D. Johnson, was born in Jackson, Mississippi on May 25, 1943. He accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized as a public confession of faith in Christ. Ray received his education through the Pittsburg Unified School District and graduated from Pittsburg Senior High School in Pittsburg,...
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Helen Hornbeak

December 25, 1928 - April 15, 2015

Mrs. Helen Hornbeak, daughter of the late Jordan Johnson and the late Hattie Sullivan, was born in Eudora, AR on December 25, 1928. She accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, uniting with St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Reland, AR and was baptized as a public confession of faith in Christ. She received her education in Arkansas and graduated from Galileo High School in San...
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Johnnie Kemple Lewis, Jr.

November 15, 1938 - April 14, 2015

Johnnie Kemple Lewis, Jr. was born on November 15, 1938 in Beaumont, Texas. He was born to the union of Johnnie and Irene Lewis. John attended Balboa High in San Francisco, CA. On October 7, 1960, John married Shirley Wilson and to this union two sons: Gregory and Gary; and one daughter Charisse, were born. John and Shirley enjoyed a strong marriage for over 37 years before her passing. On...
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Romon Charles Hart

October 4, 1979 - March 29, 2015


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Henry Houston Ganther IV

June 7, 1961 - March 26, 2015

Henry "Boo" Houston Ganther IV, was born June 7, 1961 to the proud parents of Audrey and the late Henry Houston Ganther III in Martinez, CA. Henry was the second child to this union. Boo attended Richmond Public Schools, graduating from El Cerrito High School in 1979. He loved sports and was an exceptional athlete. He lettered in both wrestling and football. He also attended Contra Costa...
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Ben James Stancil

August 18, 1926 - March 25, 2015

Ben James Stancil affectionately known as "Benny" was born on August 18, 1926 in Bakersfield, California to the loving parents, Ben and Flora Stancil. He was preceded in death by his parents. Benny grew up in Bakersfield attending elementary through high school then immediately launched out on his adventurous life as a Merchant Marine. He traveled extensively seeing the world visiting 38...
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Alexander Morton Thompson

October 21, 1926 - March 23, 2015

Alexander M. Thompson was born on October 21, 1926 in Charlottesville, Virginia to Ms Elizabeth Morton Thompson. Alexander, affectionately known as "Baby Ray" grew up in the country, and was raised by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Thompson. As a teenager young Alexander moved to Maryland and there he joined the US Navy. It was during this time, while stationed at Treasure Island in...
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Kevin Lawrence Coleman

November 20, 1968 - March 22, 2015

Kevin Lawrence Coleman was born in San Francisco, CA on November 20, 1968, to Katherine Palmer Coleman and Kenneth Coleman. Kevin attended Jefferson High School in Daly City where he was an outstanding soccer player. He later moved to Sacramento and graduated from Luther Burbank High School where he played football. Upon graduation, Kevin enrolled in Alcorn State University, a historically Black...
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Beatrice Lee Chitman

October 6, 1939 - March 16, 2015

Ms. Beatrice Chitman, 75, departed this world on Monday March 16, 2015 at Seton Hospital in Daly City, CA. She was last visited by her loving Nephew Joseph Simon and Aunt Sarah Simon. Beatrice was born on October 6, 1939 to the late Roger Chitman and Margret E. Moore in Arkansas. Beatrice and her family moved to San Francisco, CA where she resided the rest of her life. Beatrice enjoyed...
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Ewell Bernard Levy

October 13, 1962 - March 16, 2015

Ewell Bernard Levy, Sr. was born October 10, 1962 in Lewisville, Arkansas. He moved to Pittsburg, California with his family in 1964. His parents, Herman and Annie Levy, reared him with the love of Christ at an early age. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at Solomon Temple Missionary Baptist Church by the late Rev. P.N. Sumpter in 1972. Growing up in the church, he sang...
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Ethel Lee Reed

January 3, 1932 - March 14, 2015

Ethel Lee Reed was born January 3, 1932, in Waterproof, LA to the late William Curtis and the late Viola Reed of Waterproof, LA. She accepted Christ into her life at an early age. She was a long-time member of Solomon Temple Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. P.N. Sumpter. She served in the church choir, on the Usher board, and also cooked in the kitchen. Ethel remained in...
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Roberta Marie Red

February 28, 1924 - March 12, 2015

Roberta Marie Red was born on February 28, 1924 to Andrew Booker and Katie Johnson. She was the seventh of 14 children. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; husband, Joseph Red Jr.; daughter, Dolores Y. Red; nine brothers: Elijah , Claybon, Terry, Henry, R.C., Nathaniel, Leroy, Andrew Jr., and L.C. Booker; two sisters: Geneva Brown and Bessie Booker; and one brother-in-law, George...
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Carlota P. Subia

September 11, 1922 - March 6, 2015


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Earline Corey

November 19, 1934 - March 2, 2015

Mrs. Earline B. Corey, daughter of the late N.Z. Bryant, Sr. and the late Allie Mae Bryant, was born in Brookhaven, MS on November 20, 1934. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, uniting with Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Brookhaven, MS and was baptized as a public confession of her faith in Christ. After relocating to Pittsburg, CA, she united with Solomon Temple Missionary Baptist...
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Anna Williams

June 17, 1911 - February 27, 2015

Mrs. Anna Williams, daughter of Laura Randall, was born in Arkansas on June 17, 1911. Anna was a housewife. She met and married Lee Williams in 1936 and this union was blessed with one daughter, Laura Hawkins. Anna departed this life on February 27, 2015 and was preceded in death by her mother, Laura Randall; husband Lee Williams; and sister, Lillian. She leaves to cherish her memory,...
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Robert N. Ellis

April 16, 1919 - February 23, 2015

Robert Nathaniel Ellis was born on April 16, 1919 in Hooks, Texas to Sam Ellis and Caroline Ellis. He was the sixth child out of twelve born to this blessed union. Robert had nine brothers and two sisters. Robert received his education in Hooks, Texas. He joined Cedar Grove Baptist Church in 1938 where Reverend Smith was the Pastor. He had a special affinity for his beloved hometown, Hooks. ...
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Pearl Elizabeth Calhoun

March 23, 1920 - February 22, 2015

Pearl E. Thompson was born March 7, 1920. She was the sixth of 13 children, born to Levan and Pauleaner Thompson. Both parents and nine siblings preceded her in death. She attended school in Harris County Texas and began her life as a young adult in Houston, Texas. She accepted Christ as her savior at an early age. She was brought up in a family with strong Baptist beliefs. At the age of 18,...
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Moses Wontah Yarnway

April 26, 1988 - February 21, 2015


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Ron Edward Easterling

February 9, 1975 - February 20, 2015


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William Pryer

January 13, 1925 - February 20, 2015

William Pryer, son of Sampson Pryer and Katie Neely was born in Memphis, Tennessee on January 13, 1925. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. at an early age uniting with St. Paul Church in Drummends, Tennessee and was baptized as a public confession of faith in Jesus. William was employed with Pan American Airlines. He liked to gamble, he was a winner. Candlestick park for exercise,...
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Karen Kay Satterfield

December 13, 1954 - February 16, 2015

Karen "Kay" Satterfield, age 60, entered into rest on February 16, 2015, after a valiant battle with a long illness. Her devotion to her family and her belief in God supported her in her many health challenges and gave her peace. Karen was born to Elmo and Evelyn Satterfield in Sacramento, CA on December 13, 1954. She was blessed with a large and loving family. Karen loved the outdoors;...
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Ramon Angel Alvidrez

December 22, 1977 - February 10, 2015

Ramon was a son, a brother, a father, a man who is loved by many. Since a young boy, Ramon was a strong, a guardian of his precious loved ones. He lived his life to the fullest, loved the deepest. He embraced all, not fearing all that life had to offer but embraced it and understood. Ramon lived his life following his heart beat for a new discovery each day. Even though sometimes he acted...
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Loyd Harrison

February 8, 1937 - February 8, 2015

Mr. Loyd Harrison, son of the late William and Eloise Harrison was born in Morrow, Louisiana February 8, 1937. He received his education in Morrow, Louisiana and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957. Loyd retired fro Grief Company in Pittsburg, CA after 35 years of service where he was an active member of the Teamsters Union. He leaves behind his cherished wife Eddie Mae Harrison of 50...
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Ozetta Avery

September 13, 1950 - February 7, 2015

Ozetta was born on September 13, 1950 to the union of Hosea and Georgia Avery. Ozetta was preceded in death by her father and her eldest son Sylvester Jones. Ozetta was the third child born to this union of ten children. Ozetta accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age at the Good Hope Baptist Church by the late Reverend Rance Whiteside. Ozetta AKA, Rose Nooda, Moon Dog, Messy, Auntie...
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Valester Mollique

March 1, 1960 - January 31, 2015

Mr. Valester Mollique, son of the late Alfred Modicue and the late Lucinda Modicue was born in Rayville, LA on March 1, 1960. He accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, uniting with True Light Missionary Baptist Church in Pittsburg and was baptized as a public confession of faith in Christ by Pastor Emmett S. Mapp. He received in his education in Rayville, Louisiana. Valester was...
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Ronald Jean Lawson

January 9, 1940 - January 30, 2015

Ronald Jean Lawson was born on January 9, 1940 in Martinez, CA and raised in Pittsburg, CA. He was the fifth child of eight born to the late Elliott and Donia (Morgan) Lawson. Ronald accepted Christ early in his life, uniting with First Baptist Church of Pittsburg, CA. Ron attended schools in Pittsburg, CA and graduated from Pittsburg Senior High in 1967. He belonged to several singing groups,...
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Rhudean Blanchett

November 26, 1928 - January 27, 2015


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Mary Joyce Doss

November 26, 1936 - January 17, 2015

Beloved wife. mother and grandmother. Avid bowler and years or passionate volunteer service. She will be deeply missed and will never be forgotten.
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Rosie Lee Howard

August 19, 1926 - January 9, 2015

Rosie Lee Caston was born August 19, 1926 in Edwards, Mississippi to Matilda Clay and Milton Caston. At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized at St. James Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Fred Black. Her education was received from the public schools in Edwards, Mississippi. At the age sixteen, she moved to San Francisco, California with her Aunt and...
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Gladys Thomas

September 10, 1934 - January 6, 2015

Gladys Thomas was born on September 10, 1934 in Leesville, Louisiana to the parentage of William and Rosie Goode. At an early age, her parents moved her along with her brothers and sister to San Francisco, CA to begin a new life. Gladys accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age, following his teaching throughout her life. Gladys attended Commerce High School in San...
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Aline Francis Banks

August 13, 1920 - December 31, 2014

After a full and accomplished life, Aline Francis Banks passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 31, 2014 in San Francisco. Aline was born August 13, 1930 in Donaldsonville, Louisiana to her parents Melanie Wise and Altare Francis. She was raised by her mother and came of age during hard times of the Great Depression. She was baptized into the Catholic faith and attended St. Augustine...
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Abner Jett

September 16, 1916 - December 25, 2014

David Abner Jett was born September 16, 1916 in Bastrop, Texas to the union of Gibb and Sallie Jett. Affectionately known as Abner, he accepted Christ and joined David Chapel Baptist Church at an early age. While attending schools in Bastrop and Austin, Texas, he met Katie Lee Axel which led to a six year courtship that ultimately blossomed to their union of marriage in 1936. This union lasted...
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Floyd Glen Finks

September 4, 1968 - December 14, 2014

The cooing sounds coming from the bedroom down the hall one early September morning caught the attention of Joe Hicks. "What's that noise?" Mr. Hicks, with a mischievous grin, asked his son, Larry, who was getting ready for the first day of school. The cooing grew louder. "It sounds like a pigeon," Mr. Hicks said with a wink. The newest member of the family had come home, a bright-eyed baby...
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Odell Burnell

September 14, 1924 - December 14, 2014

Mr. Odell Burnell, son of the late Dessie Foster and the late Dan Burnell, was born in Stephens, Arkansas on September 14, 1924. He was employed as a laborer for a construction company. His passions were fishing, hunting and training his hunting dogs. He was also known for hauling steel and iron in his truck. Odell Burnell departed this life on December 14, 2014 and was preceded in death by...
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Velma Jean Jones

August 25, 1948 - December 11, 2014

Velma Jeans Jones (Harrell) blessed this world on August 25, 1948 in Oakland, California. She received her angel wings and was called home on December 11, 2014, surrounded by her family. What a life she lived! She attended McClymonds High School in Oakland, CA where she strutted her stuff with the Dance Department. Shortly thereafter she obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood...
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Neva C. Holland

January 18, 1928 - December 8, 2014

Neva C Holland affectionately known as "Granny", "Auntie Neva" and "Neva C", was born January 18, 1928, in Jackson Parish, Ansley, Louisiana. She was the youngest of eight children born to the late Lewis and Ophelia Hill. Neva's father passed away prior to her birth. To mark this event, her mother named her, "Never See Hill". After leaving the saw mill town of Ansley and traveling to metropolitan...
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Jabar Aries Banks

December 14, 1974 - December 7, 2014

Jabar Banks, son of the late John Leroy Banks and the late June Marie Braxton Banks was born on December 14, 1974. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior uniting with Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose, California and was baptized as a public confession of faith by Pastor Michael Cantwell. Jabar was educated in the San Francisco and Daly City Unified School Districts. He...
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A Dee Hannah , Jr.

August 14, 1957 - December 5, 2014

A.Dee Hannah, Jr. was born in Forrest City, Arkansas on August 14, 1957 to the proud parents Flora and A.Dee Hannah, Sr. The family soon moved to California where he grew up in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. He was the eldest of four children. A.Dee attended the Starr King Elementary School, Horace Mann Jr. High School and later graduated from the Galileo High School class of 1975. A.Dee then...
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Andrew Jackson

September 6, 1953 - December 3, 2014

Andrew Jackson was the youngest of three children and the only son born to the union of the late Elnor Jackson and Julia M. Jackson on Sunday September 6, 1953 in the city of San Francisco. H was born two days before his mother's birthday and six days before his father's birthday. What a celebration it was! Andrew grew up in San Francisco's Hunters Point and attended Jedidiah Smith Elementary...
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Marvin Martin

December 30, 1950 - December 1, 2014

Marvin Martin Jr., was born on December 30, 1950 in San Francisco, California to the proud Parents of Marvin Martin Sr. and Edna Martin. He had one brother , Robert Turner, who preceded him in death, and one sister Andrea Martin, whose location is unknown. At an early age, Martin joined the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church and accepted Christ at an early age, and was baptized under the...
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Velma Beatrice Crouchett

December 15, 1916 - November 30, 2014

Mrs. Velma B. Harrison Crouchett, daughter of the late Bernard Harrison and the late Mary Jane Bateman, was born in Beaumont, Texas on December 15, 1916. Velma accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized as a public confession of her faith in Christ She received her early education in Texas and later graduated from Prairie View A & M University. She was...
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Ruthania Jeannie Ford

December 12, 1943 - November 25, 2014

Mrs. Jeannie McClough-Ford, daughter of the late T.L. Johnson and the late Lillie B. Lawson, was born in Stockton, CA on December 12, 1943. Jeannie accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, uniting with First Baptist Church of Pittsburg, CA and was a public confession of faith in Christ by Rev. W. S. Woods. She received her education through the Pittsburg Unified School District and...
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Mildred Grigsby

July 16, 1935 - November 24, 2014

Mildred Norflin-Grigsby was born in St. Francisville, Louisiana on July 16, 1935 to the proud parents of Hampton and Zayzell Norflin who preceded her in death. She was the eldest of 10 children. Affectionately known as "Mutt". Mildred received her High School education at John Dawson High School in St. Francisville, Louisiana. After completing her high school education, Mildred met and married...
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Bobbie Jean Franklin

January 20, 1944 - November 22, 2014

On January 20, 1944, Bobbie Jean Lofton was born to the proud parents, Ossie Lee Lofton & Martin Lofton in Trenton, Mississippi. Bobbie Jean Lofton grew up in Trenton, MS and attended school in Raleigh, MS. She also attended church at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church where she was baptized. Bobbie Jean Lofton was blessed with one child, Martin Lofton, before she united in Holy Matrimony...
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Bertha Mae Moore

March 13, 1935 - November 21, 2014

Mrs. Bertha Moore, daughter of the late Carlton Graffenread and the late Laura Fulton, was born in Forest, Mississippi on March 13, 1935. She accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, uniting with Lone Pilgrim Church at an early age. She then joined True Light Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized as a public confession of faith in Christ by Pastor Russ. She received her education in...
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Beverly Jean Waite

June 10, 1948 - November 20, 2014

Beverly was born in Martinez, California, the eldest child of the late Bertha and Chester Sims. She was raised in Pittsburg, California and grew up on Carpino Avenue. She graduated from Pittsburg Senior High in June 1966. Beverly passed away peacefully on November 20 , 2014, after 15 years of dealing with the debilitating effects of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), a progressive neurological...
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Drusilla Ora Tipton

July 28, 1950 - November 12, 2014

Ms. Drusilla Tipton (Dru) was born July 28, 1950 in Martinez, CA. to Joy Coleman and Warren (Bill) McCree. She graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1968. Drusilla pursued a career working for Contra Costa Social Services as a county clerk for over 28 years. After an early retirement, she moved to Palm Springs, CA. to be closer to her mother. Her family and friends would describe her as...
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Leonard Davis

March 31, 1924 - November 11, 2014

Mr. Leonard Davis was born in Georgia on March 31, 1924. He received his education in Philadelphia. Leonard served in the United States Navy. He met and later united in holy matrimony to Carrie Bell Evans. This union was blessed with one daughter, Sherie Davis. Leonard Davis departed this life on November 11, 2014 and was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Sherie Davis; and two...
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Charles Carney , Jr.

May 5, 1950 - November 7, 2014

Charles was born on May 5th, 1950 to Margie L. Warren and Charles Carney in New Orleans, Louisiana. Charles confessed Christ at an early age. He united with Allen Temple Baptist Church and remained a member until his death. He was employed with Pacific Gas and Electric Company as a foreman and heavy equipment technician. He leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory his loving wife...
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Ella Price

March 22, 1950 - October 29, 2014

Ella Patricia Price, daughter of the late Aretha Price (father) and Selma Price (mother) was born in San Francisco, California on March 22, 1950. She accepted Christ at an early age uniting with several churches, before becoming a member of Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church. Ella received her education from the San Francisco Unified School District, graduating from Galileo High School. ...
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Jessie Lee Davis

February 23, 1936 - October 28, 2014

On February 23, 1936 in the big state of Texas, in a little town called Lufkin, Jessie Lee Carrington, was born to the late Ellis Carrington, Sr. and Gladys (Johnson) Carrington, the 3rd child of this union. Jessie accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by the late Pastor Joseph J. Finley of the New Zion Baptist Church in Lufkin. In 1952, at the age of 16, Jessie was the talk of...
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Lucille W. Sterling

May 14, 1937 - October 28, 2014

Lucille Silket Sterling, 77, returned to her heavenly home on October 28, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her throughout her life. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She will never be forgotten. Lucille was born on May 14, 1937 in Perthshire, Mississippi to George Lott and Elnora Shade. She was adopted as an...
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Reola D. Henderson

January 17, 1934 - October 24, 2014

The book of life opened for Reola Debbra (Smith) Henderson on January 17, 1934 in Gaffney, South Carolina. She was the second child born to the union of the late Alexander Smith and the late Clara (Reid) Smith. Mother Reola Debbra Henderson entered rest on Friday October 24, 2014 Mother Henderson received her elementary and secondary education in the Gaffney public school system. Her...
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Hattye D. Stingily

May 11, 1928 - October 21, 2014

Hattye Parker Stingily passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 21, 2014, at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her family. Born May 11, 1928 in Lake, Mississippi, Hattye was the third child and first daughter of Mary Dixon Parker and Artis Parker, Sr. A member of the Galilee Baptist Church community, she began her school days at the Galilee Line School, a one-room school house....
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Hilton Gordon

December 19, 1969 - October 8, 2014

Hilton Gordon the son of Joe Finister Sr. and the late Mary Lee Finister was born in Monroe, Louisiana on December 19, 1969 to Mary Lee Finister and Hilton Shanete. Upon accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, he grew his Christian faith through the Baptist Church. Hilton received his education through the Pittsburg Unified School District. As a young adult he aspired to further his...
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La Sharal Malvo

September 17, 1953 - October 7, 2014

LaSharal Malvo was the only child of Oscar and May D. Malvo. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska. She moved to California as an infant. LaSharal was loved by friends and family alike. She accepted Christ at an early age which shined through to all that she came in to contact with. She was raised in San Francisco, CA and graduated from Serremonte High School. Upon graduation, she went on to...
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Jaya Nicole Craig

December 15, 1993 - October 5, 2014

On December 15, 1993, God Blessed Claude "JJ" Craig and Jonile Fields-Watts with a beautiful baby girl, and they names her Jaya Nicole Craig. Jaya accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by her uncle Deacon LaShon Craig under the leadership of Rodney G. McNab, Sr. at St. Mark Baptist Church. Jaya was very active in the Junior Choir and attended church until her health began to fail...
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Louis Minor , Jr.

July 3, 1926 - September 23, 2014

Louis Minor Jr. was born July 3, 1926 to Louis and Esther Minor in Oroville, California, coming to Pittsburg at the age of one month. He grew up and attended school in the Pittsburg Unified School District. Junior, as he was affectionately called joined First Baptist Church under the pastorate of the Reverend J. T. Muse, at the age of 10. He was active in Sunday School and B.Y.P.U. throughout...
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Lloyd Raymond Williams , Jr.

April 1, 1953 - September 19, 2014

Lloyd R. Williams, Jr. was born on April 1, 1953 to the union of Delores and Lloyd Williams, Sr. He was the first born of 12 siblings. He was educated in the San Francisco Unified School District. At an early age Lloyd accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and became a member of Evergreen Baptist Church. Lloyd went into the US Army at the age of 18. After receiving an Honorable Discharge...
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Estella Phillips

May 16, 1924 - September 17, 2014

Mother Estella (Jack) Killion-Phillips was born in Grace, Mississippi to the union of John Killion and Rachel (Gildron) Killion on May 16, 1924. She was one of eight children born to this marriage; Beulah Matthews, Carrie (Flo) Pinkins, Pearlean (Bee) Willis, WalterKillion, James (Muggy) Killion, Leroy Killion all preceded her in death. One sister, Emola (Clark) Ellis resides in Chicago. She...
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Alfred Emmanuel Winston

September 1, 1930 - September 11, 2014

Alfred Emmanuel Winston was born on September 1, 1930 in Boomer, West Virginia to Odell Richard Winston and Maude Ora Saunders Winston. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Walter, Shelby, Richard, Ira and his sisters Ellen and Carol. Alfred accepted Christ at an early age and upon graduation from Simmons High School in Boomer, he went immediately into the military where he...
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Jewelle Annette Bell

May 14, 1939 - September 9, 2014

Jewelle Annette Bell was born on May 14, 1939 to loving parents- Marggie Jackson and Joe Henry Bell in Weimar, Texas. Jewelle accepted Christ at an early age, was a devoted Catholic and was baptized at a church in Weimar, Texas. Jewelle came to join her mother in San Francisco, CA in the 1950's. While continuing her college education, Jewelle aspired to be an actress, singer and model and...
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Wayman Wardell Gaffney

July 25, 1938 - September 6, 2014

Wayman Wardell Gaffney was born in Columbia, South Carolina on July 25, 1938 to the late Augusta and Sarah Gaffney. He was the sixth child of eight children. Wayman graduated from C. A. Johnson High School. At the young age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served his country proudly as an air policeman for ten years. Based in San Francisco, Wayman began working at the United...
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