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January 12, 2011
Saluting coach Bain's perspective

There is the Bobby Knight’s in-your-face intimidating character in coaching. Then, you have the cool, calm, steady approach, like that of the late John Wooden.
Coach Norris Bain has remarkable qualities and is knowledge of the game of basketball like Knight and Wooden, but, his sober perspective generally, is more in keeping with the former University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) hard-wood genius, Wooden.
The Bahamian basketball coach is the most prolific designer of court plays in the storied history of the Hugh Campbell Tournament. Starting in 1995, his Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy squads have won six Hugh Campbell titles, the last one in 2010. He is a smooth, even-tempered ...

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July 13, 2012
Some numbers you don't want to play

Dear Editor,

The issues surrounding gambling in The Bahamas have always been colored by whatever the popular political view prescribed them to be. There have been no formal announcements until recently as party leaders checked the temperature of the electorate through cautiously worded promises about the idea of a referendum or at the other extreme of telling us that we really cannot do anything about the problem. Although we are inclined to the latter, these two extremes allow the public all the space needed to discuss what is between. And, that is a very wide chasm indeed, a large smokescreen.
However, I have decided not to take the bait and deal with a more significant issue that has its beginnings more than 40 years ago. I think it was 1968 when the deputy prime minister was interviewed by a reporter in Miami on the gambling situation in The Bahamas. The Miami folks were on edge about the prospect of legalized gambling in The Bahamas for good reason; and the reporter was told at that time that all current gambling licenses would not be renewed when they expired.
This position was taken to the campaign trail in 1972, primarily due to the mess that erupted in Freeport in the early and mid-sixties, which was seen by many as one of the reasons the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) came to power in 1967. It was the first time I voted, 1973, and I remember the "independent theme" of that campaign. This nation was going on record as one that was not going to be turned around or be in subjection to any foreign power. We were going to plot our own course, but something happened a couple of months after July 10, 1973.
There was a statement in the press, which caused the Christian council of that time to call an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Lynden Pindling. Gambling was going to be legalized. The Reverend R.E. Cooper, who had preached the first sermon in an independent Bahamas, led the delegation to that meeting looking for an answer or trying to achieve a compromise, but to no avail.
Carlton Francis, a Cabinet minister in the Pindling administration and ordained Baptist minister, took a stand on the principle clause found in the preamble of a brand-new constitution and was crushed by his party. It was as if in the blink of an eye we had forgotten the promise we had made to the God who had kept His promise to us and "led us all the way", Deuteronomy 8:2.
There are many voices blaring out on the gambling issues and comparisons are being made to sway the populace into thinking that the benefits outweigh the vices, but those of us who see what is really at stake cannot afford to let this moment pass and not voice our concern.
The Baptist community may be concerned more than the rest of us, since one of their own has taken a stand that is diametrically opposed to the terrible price that a couple of their finest sons had to pay for their stand on the gambling issue almost 40 years ago. For those of us who are biblically inclined, the number 40 is something that you really don't want to play with.

- Edward Hutcheson

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June 16, 2011
Fidel Antonio Miller, 31

Funeral Service for Fidel Antonio Miller, 31 of Polhemus Street who died on Saturday May 28, 2011 will be held on Saturday June 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, Meeting Street. Officiating will be Pastor Timothy Stewart assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will follow in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.

Left to cherish found memories is His Mother Rosemarie Bain Deal, His Father Anthony Miller, His Son Teko Miller, Adopted Mother Mavis Miller Dean, Step-Father Delbert Deal, Sister(s) Daisy Qutell Almgreene, Samantha Rahming (of Los, Angeles), Latonia Miller, Sandra Dorsette, Royann Petty, Rochelle Brown, Michelle Miller, Denequa Carey, Simone Higgs, Kimya ...

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Volleyball championships set for Freeport
December 01, 2011
Volleyball championships set for Freeport

The first step toward crowning a national high school champion, from the various sporting disciplines in high school sports in the country, is now being taken by the Ministry of Education's Sports Unit.

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June 16, 2011
Ethel Bessiemae Curtis, 61

Last rites for Ethel Bessiemae Curtis, 61 of Pinewood Gardens and formerly of Harts, Exuma will be held on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Pigeon Plum Street, Pinewood Gardens. Officiating will be Pastor Daniel Nottage assisted by Pastor Bruce Davis and Overseer Randolph Deleveaux. Interment in Woodlawn Gardens.

She is survived by her Husband: Deacon Simeon Curtis; 4 Daughter: Karen Rolle, Shantell Rolle, Idena and Nakeisha Curtis; 3 Sons: Simeon Jr., Marvin and Wendon Curtis; 15 Grandchildren: William Rolle Jr., Martin Jr., Donavon, Shaquille and Jonathon Rolle, Jerome and Darren Wallace, Marvin Jr. and Alexio Curtis, Dario and Darren Turnquest, Feli ...

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August 06, 2010
Cardinal Vincent Johnson, 53

Funeral Service for Cardinal Vincent Johnson, 53 of Bamboo Blvd, Golden Gates #1, will be held at Baptist Bible Church, Old Trail Rd. on Saturday, August 7th at 11am. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Howard Mills. Interment will follow in the Southern Cemetery.

Left with cherished memories are his parents, Erskine and Vernita Johnson; sisters, Mrs. Melvern Davis, Mrs. Antoinette Deleveaux, Mrs. Stephanie Ferguson, Mrs. Marsha Hanna, Dr. Deborah Johnson-Dutton of North Carolina and Nurse Sheila Kemp of Freeport, Grand Bahama; brothers, Franklyn, Anthony, Dr. Oswald of Sacramento, California, and Reverend Jerome Johnson; aunts, Mrs. Iva Thompson, Mrs. Beverly Thacker, Roslyn and Mrs. Irene Johnson all o ...

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June 16, 2011
Melvinia Newman Johnson, 98

Funeral Service for Melvinia Newman Johnson, 98 of Cambridge Street and formerly of McClean’s Town, Freeport, Grand Bahama will be held on Saturday June 18th, 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Native Baptist Church, Meeting Street. Rev’d. Dr. Michael C. Symonette CBE, JP and Rev. Dr. Hervis Bain MBE, JP will officiate. Interment will follow in St. John’s Church Cemetery.

Left to cherish her memories are; Her son: Nelson Perry Johnson; Daughter-in-Law Donna Johnson; Five grand-children Jacinta Johnson, Nelson Johnson Junior, Micah Johnson, Aisha Johnson-Armstrong, Abdul Johnson and Rajiv Johnson; Three step-grandchildren Nakia Rahming, Cara Young ...

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October 01, 2010
Linda Patricia Rahming, 62

Funeral service for Linda Patricia Rahming, 62, a resident of Swan's Street, Perpall Tract, who passed away on 17 September, 2010, will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, Meeting Street, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Timothy Stewart, assisted by Pastor Dewitt Hutchinson. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

Left to cherish her memories are: CHILDREN: Deborah Ferguson, Lavaughn Fernander, Vernon Rahming, Kevin Rahming; MOTHER: Mavis Springer; STEP-FATHER, Samuel Springer; SONS-IN-LAW: Alvin Ferguson, Capt. Trevor Fernander; DAUGHTER-IN-LAW: Carla Rahming; GRAND CHILDREN: Robert Bethell III, Trevaughn Fernander,Deonte Rahming, Kellin, Kellian and Asia R ...

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Maressa Lynette Munroe-Rolle, 37
January 13, 2011
Maressa Lynette Munroe-Rolle, 37

A funeral service for Maressa Lynette Munroe-Rolle, 37, of St Charles Vincent Street, who died on Wednesday December 29, will be held on Saturday January 15, at 12pm at Cedars of Lebanon Baptist Cathedral in Buttonwood Drive, Nassau Village. Officiating will be Bishop Shawn Lundy assisted by Minister Vaughn Miller. Interment will follow in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Celebrating her legacy is her Husband: Patrick Rolle Sr.; Two Sons: Patrick Jr., and Jovano Rolle; Parents: Michael and Joanna Munroe; Two Sisters: Tamakita Munroe and Maquesa Strachan; Two Brothers: Jamal Munroe and Atario Munroe; Thirteen Aunts: Pauline McCartney, Estine Glass, Virginia Allen, Angela Bain, Sherland R ...

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August 01, 2012
Hall: Pastors divided on gambling issue

Bishop Simeon Hall, pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church, said last night that while he believes most pastors share the views of the Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) on gambling in principle, division exists on whether the industry should be regularized.
"The Christian Council is divided on the issue," Hall told around 70 people in attendance during a panel discussion at his church on the upcoming gambling referendum.
The panelists included Wallace Rolle, an attorney; Ortland H. Bodie Jr., former attorney and host of the popular radio talk show 'Real Talk Live', and Cedric Moss of Kingdom Life Church.

"On the one hand you will find it difficult to find a Bible quote that speaks directly against gambling, and yet on the other the basis for all forms of gambling is covetousness, which the scripture plainly speaks against.
"One church leader is on record as saying we should raise the issue [and] expose all sides, and let the Bahamian people make up their own minds.
"As a baptist, I understand and appreciate the baptist position as being against all games of chance, and yet in light of the reality of this activity, I believe something should be done to regularize this activity."
However, President of the BCC Dr. Ranford Patterson said just over two weeks ago that the church is not divided over the issue of legalizing gambling.
Amid comments by controversial Baptist pastor Dr. Philip McPhee, suggesting that there are potential benefits in regards to regulating the industry, Patterson said McPhee is the only clergyman who appears to be at odds with the church's anti-gambling position, and the religious community's movement is gaining momentum.
"Every leader of the denominations I've spoken to is in support; every one, there is no uproar as far as I am concerned."
He said he believed that successive governments' lacked the decisiveness and leadership to tackle the issue and are partly responsible for the industry's prevalence.
"If they had nipped it in the bud some time ago, it wouldn't be here," Hall said.
The Christie administration plans to bring a gambling referendum by December.
The ballot will only have to options: Establishing a national lottery or legalizing numbers houses.
If Bahamians vote in support of legalizing gambling then the government will tax the industry.
The government has not yet provided details on how a legalized numbers industry would work.
Prime Minister Perry Christie has said that if Bahamians vote against legalizing gambling, the government would strictly enforce the law.
Hall, who also spoke to The Nassau Guardian before the panel discussion, said he invited representatives of 'We Care', a coalition of web shop owners, but they declined because they did not desire any further press on the issue at this time.
He said he feels that 'We Care' has a right to publically express its views, but hoped that its representatives will be "responsible" in educating Bahamians on the pros and cons of a regularized industry.
Spokesperson for 'We Care' and CEO of Island Luck Sebas Bastian has said that the coalition will invest around $1.5 million to educate Bahamians on industry-related issues over the next few months, but has insisted that web shop owners do not intend to battle local churches in the lead-up to the gambling referendum.

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December 01, 2011
Tomal Kelson Stubbs, 31

Funeral Service for Tomal Kelson Stubbs, 31, of Springfield, Fox Dale, will be held on Saturday December 3rd, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Ebenezer Mission Baptist Church, St. Charles Vincent Street. Officiating will be Bishop Elkin Symonette, assisted by Rev. Michael Symonette. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Solider Road.
Left to cherish his precious memories are: his parents: Rev. Zendel and Sandra Stubbs; three brothers: Judson, Zendel Jr. and Jabari; his fiancé: Aisha Brown; nineteen aunts: Mary Canter, Sherry Baptiste, Elizabeth Cartalla, Michelle, Fredricka and Lorna Glinton, Barbara McDougal, Evan, Yvonne Stubbs-Rolle, Nicole and Nadia Rolle, Denice Stubbs-Lewis, Man ...

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December 01, 2011
Rosemary Barr Rodgers-Kerr, 74

Funeral Service for Rosemary Barr Rodgers-Kerr, 74, of Sands Addition, off Bernard Road will be held on Saturday December 3rd, 11:00 a.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church, St. James Road. Pastor Leroy N. Nottage assisted by other Ministers of Religion will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.

She is survived by her Husband– Sidney Kenneth Kerr; Daughters – Janice Rodgers, Kim Kerr of Atlanta, Georgia, and Susanne Fraser; Sons - Kenwood, Glenroy, Sherwin, Justin, and Devon Kerr; Granddaughter – Sydnee Kerr; Grandsons – Kamron, Kito, Kohen and Ian Kerr, Amaras and Myles Fraser; Sisters – Dr. Enderly Bush, Bo ...

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December 01, 2011
Rudolph Livingston Mott, 56

Funeral service for Rudolph Livingston Mott, 56, a resident of Durham Street West, who died on 22nd November, 2011, will be held at Mt. Calvary Baptist Cathedral, Baillou Hill Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Philip B. McPhee. Interment follows in Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Loretta Mott; 1 son: Rudolph Mott Jr.; 1 daughter: Antionette Mott; 2 stepsons: Alton Forbes & Rodney Moss; 1 stepdaughter: Rudell Arnett; 1 sister: Evamae Deveaux; grandchildren: Vincent, Danielle, Daniel, Jeremiah, Rodnique, Rodnicia & Rodney Jr; nieces: Donna Deveaux, Vivian Missick, Shavone, Lesley, Shavette, Shera Ashley, Tessacola ...

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December 01, 2011
Balmont Augustus Thompson, 49

Funeral service for Balmont Augustus Thompson, 49, a resident of Flamingo Ave. who died on 14th November, 2011, will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, Meeting Street, on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Pastor Timothy Stewart. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Cherished memories are held by: Parents: Vivian Thompson and Gwendolyn Brown-Thompson. Step mother: Maude Thompson; Two sons: Balmont Augustus Thompson Jr. and Micheal Viviano Thompson; Three Brothers: Rubeanstein "Russ" Thompson, Darious Omill"Ugly" Thompson and Frederick Thompson of U.S.A; Nephews: Darious and Damascus "Lil-D.O.T" Thompson, Devaughn Colebrooke, Javaughn an ...

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December 01, 2011
Sybil Peters, 69

Funeral service for Sybil Peters, 69, a resident of Chestnut Street, Pinewood Gardens, who died on 21st November, 2011, will be held at Zion Baptist Church, East & Shirley Streets, on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. T. G. Morrison, assisted by Rev. Anthony Sampson, other Associate Ministers, Deacons & Evangelist. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
Left to cherish her memories are her caring & devoted daughter: Roslyn Peters; 2 sons: Elton & John Peters; stepmother: Leona McClain; 5 sisters: Gwendolyn Oliver of Mastic Point, Andros, Hildred Clarke of Freeport, Val McClain Roberts, Patricia Rolle & Deborah Bain; 7 brothers: Wendell McC ...

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December 01, 2011
Cleamine Jason Forbes, 15

Funeral service for Cleamine Jason Forbes, 15, of Watlings Street, who died on November 19th, 2011, will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., a Shiloh Temple Baptist Church, Poinciana Avenue & Fourth Street, The Grove. Officiating will be Pastor Lewis Cash, assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads. Left to cherish his memories his parents: Harold and Jacqueline Forbes; three sisters: Pearline Gardiner of Turks & Caicos, Irene and Marion Forbes; two brothers: Kenneth and Sonny Forbes, (predeceased by Mack and Stanford Forbes), three sisters-in-law: Youthful, Beatrice and Pat Forbes; two brothers-in-law: Ro ...

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December 01, 2011
Oscar Lynden Roberts, 44

Funeral Service for Oscar Lynden Roberts, 44, of Pelican Point, Grand Bahama will be held on Saturday 3rd, November, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthews Baptist, Pelican Point. Officiating will be Pastor Preston Cooper Jr. assisted by Pastor Eddie Pinder.

Interment will follow in the Pelican Point Cemetery.

Left to cherish fond memories are his mother Violet Roberts three brothers Ralph, Brice and Ernest Roberts four sisters Clarice Beals, Madline Roberts, Althea Poitier and Susan Rolle two adopted brothers George and Darron two brother-in-laws Emil Poitier and Benito Rolle two sisters-in-law Linda Roberts and Claudette Roberts 13 nieces Alysia, Sharesia, Mol ...

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December 01, 2011
Randino Dinghy Devon Pratt, 28

Funeral Service for the late Randino “Dinghy” Devon Pratt, 28 years of Winton Meadows will be held on Saturday 3rd December, 2011 at 1:00pm at Macedonia Baptist Church, Bernard Road Fox Hill. Officiating will be Rev. Hartman Nixon and Rev Ernest Mcphee; assisted by Other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will follow in Fox Hill Cemetery, Fox Hill Road.

Predeceased by his mother & two brothers
Rosemary Wright Bennette, Jakeel Bennette & Deslin Nicolas

He will always be loved and missed by his 1 Daughter: Ayanna Pratt; Fiancé: Linda Belize; father: Randolph Pratt; step-father :Clifton Bennette; step-mother: Thomasina Pratt; grandp ...

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December 01, 2011
sports inbrief

BASKETBALL

NPBA SCHEDULE

THE New Providence Basketball Association is scheduled to continue its regular season with the following games at CI Gibson Gym:

Friday

7:30pm - RBDF Mariners vs Commonwealth Bank Giants

8:30pm - Phil's Rockets vs COB Caribs

Saturday

7:30pm - Conquerors vs RBPF Crimestoppers

8:30pm - MailBoat Cybots vs Real Deal Shockers

BASKETBALL

NPWBA SCHEDULE

THE New Providence Women's Basketball Association is slated to continue its regular season with the following games at DW Davis Gym:

Saturday

6:30pm - All-Stars vs Truckers

7:30pm - Cybots vs Saints

8:30pm - Angels vs College of the Bahamas

SOFTBALL

BSC SCHEDULE

THE Baptist Sports Cou ...

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December 02, 2011
Tomal Kelson Stubbs, 31

Funeral Service for Tomal Kelson Stubbs, age 31 years, of Springfield, Fox Dale, will be held on Saturday December 3rd, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Ebenezer Mission Baptist Church, St. Charles Vincent Street. Officiating will be Bishop Elkin Symonette, assisted by Rev. Michael Symonette. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Solider Road.
Left to cherish his precious memories are: his parents: Rev. Zendel and Sandra Stubbs; three brothers: Judson, Zendel Jr. and Jabari; his fiancé: Aisha Brown; nineteen aunts: Mary Canter, Sherry Baptiste,  Elizabeth Cartalla, Michelle, Fredricka and Lorna Glinton, Barbara McDougal, Evan, Yvonne Stubbs-Rolle, Nicole and Nadia Rolle, Denice Stubbs-Lewis, Manette Stubbs-Darling, Michelle Deveaux, Margaret, Arlina and Tatianna Stubbs, Beulah Hart and Shena Mortimore; fourteen uncles: Min. Patrick Glinton, Fred, Anthony and Lionel Glinton, Joseph Canter, Ruben, Perry and Geno Stubbs, Jeffrey McDougal, Geoffrey Stubbs-Deveaux, Darrel and Dhann Rolle, Kemuel Lewis and Phillip Knowles; nine grand aunts: Francina Cleare, Pamela, Precina, Claudine and Ruth Stubbs, Leah and Nora Rolle, Joyce McClean, and Leatha Brown; eight grand uncles: Rev. Freddie, Rev. JJ., Abraham and Jerry Stubbs, Cornelius Ambrose, Roosevelt Cleare, Leviticus Rolle and Alexander Newbold; nine great grand aunts: Jenny Smith, Florence Moultrie, Barbara Pitt, Icelyn Rolle, Lenora Stubbs, Rosabell, Maudline and Jessimae King and Dorothy Burns; numerous cousins including: Javado Thompson, Jameko Ferguson, Michael, Valentino, Melissa, Lamar, Ashton, Ashley, Sochia, Cedranique,  Tyler, Manesha, Daniella, Daniel, Kyle, Geran, Daria, Gere, Tavashio, Orval, Giovanni, Candia, Astra, Enoch, Mark Stubbs and Ruben Stubbs of Atlanta, Cpl 2052 Anton Hamilton, Cpl 2382 Jeffery Canter, Con.142 Monalisa Woodside, Ellen Archer, Helton and Anika Adderley, Sharon, William, Corrie, Athyma and Andrew Smith, Calvin Brown, Rosemary and Kirkland Glinton, Estelle, Danny, David, Nelson and Shirley King, Rena Wilson, Devon Daley, Owen Williams, Geno Forbes, Ronald and Kitonia Walcott, Kishanique Watson, Shantell, Geno, Geno Jr., Genniqqiah Forbes, Shaquille Moss, Tameka Clarke, Norma Brown, Barbara, Trevor, Demetrius, Valerie, Tanya, Deidre, Ingrid and Prescott Cleare, Doyle Gaitor, Joey, Ellis, Oral, Bobby, Teresa, Debbie, Christina, Mona, Donnie and Brian Ambrose, Keva Romer, Patricka Glinton, Stanley Pitt, Suziemae Dorsette and Leonard Smith of the R.B.D.F., three god parents: Fred Glinton, Noel Dale, Dorethia Bain; other relatives and friends including: Malfred Collie, Paula Crawley, Xavier Cartwright, Vado Major and family, Jakeil Cartwright, Annette Williams and family, Atlantis Laundry Choir, Drexel Newbold and family, Rakeish Major and family, Orie Godet and family, Ellen and Obie Archer, Ervin Moxey, Elcina Knowles, Dorcas Johnson, Elsiemae Stubbs, Alfred and Cindy, Willimae Pratt, Olgamae Meadows, Coralmae, Wendamae, Junior, Nat, Michael, Josey, Philip, Charles Stubbs, Rev Abraham Colebrook, Byron Missick, Karen Missick, Lloyd, Phillipa, Glen, Helena, Bridget, Shanette, Candi Rolle, Denise, Dennis, Bradley Rolle, Ingrid Gibson, Lana Knowles, Jennifer Braynan, Fr. Dwight Rolle, Janis Rolle, Marilyn Taylor, Leroy, Joanna, Bernadette, Diane Rolle, Ambri Close family, Springfield Road family, Charles Strachan, Judy Strachan, Munroe, Mr. Bobby Glinton and family, Canterbury Park family, the Adderely, the Curry, the Brown, Lewis, Bethel and Robinson families, Sidney Deveaux and family, and the Management and Staff of Atlantis Laundry Department.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday December 2nd, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday December 3rd, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

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