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Andrew G. Deveaux
May 15th 1960 - March 31st, 2012
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delighted in his way though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand." (Psalms 37: 23-24)
It was a joyous occasion May 15, 1960 in the home of Perlina Wright in the picturesque settlement of Devil's Point Cat Island, when a baby boy was born to Perlina Wright and Norris Deveaux, handsome, yes! Bouncing baby he was not. He was christened Andrew George Deveaux. Sr.,
Andrew, the second of three sons brought joy to his family and friends in his neighbor-hood. He received his early education at the Devils Point All-Aged School and later the Old Bight Senior High School. Andrew was a charmer and a heart-breaker of many girls he outwitted several of them, yet He was an ardent student and kept focus on his studies.
His childhood friends Sham Burrows, Charles Smith and Octavia Mackey, were always up to mischief. However, his grandmother Rapheletha Brown ruled him and his younger brother Inspector Nathan Mackey with an iron fist. They had to do chores that all family Island children did. Andrew was light skinned, he was afraid of the sun, so whenever they had to help their grand mother with the field chores he always choose the easy ones. He was hard working and loved to go fishing and crab catching. Andrew had and infectious smile and you knew when he was happy he would laugh and enjoyed himself to the fullest. He loved life and he loved his family.
Andrew the phenomenal man was a role model to his family. He was loved dearly by all who came into contact with him. He saw opportunities when many saw problems. Perseverance and hard work was the name of his game. He was trustworthy, talented; helpful are a few attributes that best described Andrew.
Upon graduation from High school, he migrated to Nassau and found employment at Super Value Warehouse. In October, 1979 he joined the Royal Bahamas Police Force and his first deportment was at the Airport Police Station. Andrew stayed at this location for a number of years. He was a dedicated staff to his employer and was well versed in his academic profession that allowed him a very rewarding career. His hard work and dedication enable Him to matriculate to the post as ASP of the K-9 Unit Royal Bahamas Police Force. There he served for thirty-three years until the time of his demise, he served his country well.
In 2008, Andrew became ill and had to seek medical care in the USA. There were days when he had to fight this dreadful disease called cancer, but with the help of the Holy Sprit, he was determined to win this battle. The doctors did all they could to assist Andrew and make life more comfortable for him. However, Andrew knew that he was made from the dust and to dust he shall returned. He spend his last hours with his family on March 30th, his eldest brother, Thaddeus, took him for a drive and they droved around Nassau all day.
During the early morning of Saturday March 31, he developed shortness of breath and was taken to Doctor's Hospital by his younger brother, Inspector Nathan Mackey. The doctors applied all the medical expertise but to no avail Andrew George Deveaux Sr., sojourn on this side of the master's vineyard had come to an end. Hence in the words of Paul the Apostle, Andrew had fought a good fight, he had kept the faith He had finished his course, henceforth there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness that the Lord himself will give him on that great coronation day.
Full Military Funeral Service for the Late Assistant Superintendent of Police Andrew George Deveaux Sr., 51 years of Cassarilla Street, Pinewood Gardens and Formerly of Devil's Point, Cat Island, will be held on Wednesday April 11th, 10:00 a.m. at New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Independence Drive. Rev. Dr. Everette Brown assisted by Bishop Benjamin Gibson, Fr. Stephan Davies, Chaplain RBPF, Rev. Dr. Errol Farquharson and other Ministers of the Gospel will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
Andrew's life will be lovingly remembered by his Mother: Perlina Wright; Father: Norris Deveaux, of Kemps Bay Andros; 3 Sons: Lavardo, Adrian and Andrew George Deveaux Jr., 6 Brothers: Thaddeus Wright, Inspector Nathan Mackey, John, Ivan, David and Alexander Mackey, 3 Adopted Brothers: D/Sergeant 80 Kevin Louis, Marine Seaman Deoroope Louis and Police Reservist 412 Anton Wilson; (formerly of the US Military); 8 Sisters: Alice Smith, Jestina Burrow, Barbara Mackey-Thompson, Cynthia, Paulette and Eva Mackey, Belinda Mackey-Gardiner, Addell Deveaux of USA; 1 Daughter-in-Law: Carla Barry-Deveaux; 5 Grandchildren: Jada, Unique, Andrew III, Lavardo Jr., Jason Hanna Jr., and Jayla (Mama) Deveaux; 9 Aunts: Matriarch Florence Brown, Luella, Miriam, Agnes, and Virginia Brown, Mary Bodie, Paulette Mackey, Jane Mackey-Morgan, and Sybil; 4 Uncles: David Brown, Felix Bodie, Harold Taylor and Dencil Nottage; Mentor and Cousin: David Johnson of John Road, 2 Sisters-in-Law: Marilyn Wright and Amanda Mackey; Nieces: Dominic, Denise, Bernice and Lakeshia Wright, Natavia Mackey, Amanda Mackey-Gibson, Shakiettra Major, Monalisa McPhee, Teki Mackey, Kendra Thompson, Vanessa Saunders, Minera Smith-Culmer, Crystal Smith-Rolle, Cyprianna Cunningham, Anastacia Ferguson, Lydia McHardy, Derick and Daneisha Mackey; Nephews: Bonnet and Owen Wright, Delmaro, Nathan Jr., and Nashad Mackey, Anthony and Reginald Smith, Whitfield Stubbs, Harris, Miller, Lawrence Edgecombe, Damon Mackey, Tario Mackey, Kendal Thompson Jr. and Alexander Mackey Jr.; Grandnieces: Karen, Renae and Gladys Brown; Grandnephews: Sargent 1957 Harrison Brown, Hubert, David Brown Jr., Kingman and Dwight Brown; Great-grandnieces: Terrinique Wright, Kenisha Thompson, Jessica, Jolice, Javanna, Britika and Cardissa Wright, Marissa, Brianna Mackey, Antonique, Anvaar and Adrianna (spoke-lady) Brown; Great-grandnephews: Harrison Jr. and Delmaro Mackey Jr., Bernard, Terran, Leonardo, Bennett, Kareem, Bonnet Wright Jr., and C.J.; Immediate Cousins: Geneva Dorsette, Mazie Simmons, Tezerene Gray, Ivan Rolle, Leroy , Frank, Lefred, Roosevelt and Junior, Verdell, Mavis, and Syblean Mackey, and Hazel McDonald, Charlotte Culmer, Mae, Clifford, Octavius, Anthony Mackey-Rolle and the entire descendant of Joel and Blossom Mackey, the descendant of Burke and Carlotta Clarke: Bloomfield, Esperline, Geletha, Annamae, Lorene, Charlene, Chris and Arnold Clarke, Steve, Dwight, Leslie, Tyrone, Trevor Miller and their families, Mrs. Lindsay Louis, Joan Stubbs and family, Pearline Johnson, Deborah Taylor-Edgecombe, Helena Morley, Reverend Benjamin and Mrs. Gibson, Pastor Emeritus Reverend Ishmael and Mrs. (Albertha Smith) deceased, Reverend Dr. Everette J. Brown and Minister Sheila Brown, Reverend Joseph and Mrs. Saunders, Charles Smith & family , Samuel Smith and family, Israel Smith and family, Idell, Martha and Sarah Smith, Mrs. Rosalie Major, DeAndra and Scieska Major, Mrs. Luceal Brown, Keva and Kenisha Louis, Catherine Evans, Linda and Christine Martin, Craig and Corey Burrows, Keno and Neil Johnson and Perry Darling; Special Friends: Tanya, Glendina Saunders, Janelle Wallace and Bernadette Bannister, home-boys and room-mates Sham Burrows and Leroy Saunders. Other relatives and friends including: the graduating class of 1978, Old Bight Senior High School, Christian Bain, Monica Martin & family, Lorna Hopkins and family, Eulean and Olive Dawkins, the entire Dawkins family, the descendant of Ruben and Hilda Smith, Henry and Rosabell Rolle, the descendants of Jerome and Mildred Gilbert, Hester Gray, Nathaniel Gilbert, the descendant of Sham and Francina Burrows and the entire community of Devil's Point and McQueen's Cat Island, The Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade and all his fellow officers, Supt. Kevin Rolle, Supt. Oscar Sands, Supt. Don Wilson, Supt. Samuel Butler, Supt. Ken Strachan, Supt. Ashton Greenslade, ASP Donna Francis, ASP Julian Butler, ASP Gregory Johnson, ASP Hurvin Curtis, ASP Dennis Sturrup, ASP Stewart Curtis, ASP E. Demeritte, ASP G. Demeritte, Sgt. 1169 Armbrister, W/Sgt. Johnson, Insp. Neeley, Insp. Thompson, Insp. Adrian Curry, Insp. Derek Ferguson, Insp. Roosevelt Curry, Insp. Cephas Rolle, Insp. Dencil Barr, Insp. Philip Rolle, Insp. Raymond Butler, Insp. Deborah McClure, Insp. Donna Barr, Insp. Bruce Thompson, Insp. Brian Miller, Insp. Ricardo Richardson, Insp. Robinson, Insp. Maycock, Insp. Zukie Rolle, Insp. E. Ramsey, Insp. V. Wells, ASP K. Hinsey-Rolle, ASP Hinsey, Supt. David Deveaux , Staff of Southern Police Station, Staff of South Central Police Station, and the entire staff of the K-9 Unit Royal Bahamas Police Force, Lesley Phillips, Mama Louise, Bernise Pinder, Robert Pinder, Lloyd Deveaux, Nelson Burrows, Jackie King, the Minnis Staff of the wood work shop John Road, and the entire John Road Community.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, #34 Nassau Street on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Wednesday at the Church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral Service for the Late Alfred McArthur Johnson, 55
Years of North Palmetto Point, Eleuthera and formerly of Governor's Harbour will be held on Saturday October 8th, 11:00 a.m. at Full Gospel House of God Temple, North Palmetto Point, Eleuthera. Rev. Leonard Culmer, assisted by Rev. Charles Sands and Fr. Scott Brennen will officiate. Interment will follow in Margaret View Cemetery.
He is survived by (2) Sons: Demetrius Johnson & Daniel Davis; (2) Daughters: Donnica Major & Nakita Taylor; (4) Grandchildren: Erin Major, Katelyn Major, Deryn Johnson & Amalio Taylor; (2) Brothers: David Johnson Sr., & Edison Sands; (5) Sisters: Shirley Gibson, Cynthia Lyles, Iva Bullard, Madeline Johnson, Deborah Johnson; (1) Daughter-in-Law: Deshon Johnson; (2) Sons-in-Law: Christopher Major & Leonard Taylor; (5) Sisters-in-Law: Karen, Alecia & Eleanor Johnson, Paula Saunders-Bethel & Sandra Saunders-Young; (4) Brother-in Law: Sherman Bullard, Algrie Johnson Sr., Oswald Bethel, Sidney Young; (22) Nephews: David Jr., Akeem, Alex, Andre, Andrew, Brandon, Brett, Craig, Carlton, Edward, Nolanza, Roland, Tyler, Shavardo, Denver, Algrie Jr., Kelin, Dorrington, Eurith, Deon, Luke, Akeem; (7) Nieces: Shavandrea, Shavante, Eulaunda, Faye, Flavia, Leah, Rebecca; (8) Aunts: Ella Delancy, Fredreka Johnson, Ellen Johnson, Myrtle Culmer of Nassau, Clearie Gardiner, Christine Major; Special Relatives & Friends Including: Stephanie & Vernal Bethel, Patsy Thompson & Family, Arnette Hanna, (cousins) Henry, Frankie, Francina, Theresa, Nikita Knowles & Families, Millard Bethel & Family, Clearie Bethel & Family, Stanton Cooper & Family, Mary, Crystal, Niedra, Lori, Nancy, Earla, Melany, Francine, & Ruth, Butch, Chestly, Andre, Hank, Leonard, Phillip, Paul, Chris & Family, Steven, Wilton, Irvin, Paulette, Janet, Shirleymae & Marion Culmer, Carolann Johnson, Arthur Turnquest, Patsy Sands, Ann Pinder, Sam, Sherwin, Sidney & Dencil Delancy, Jane Thomas, Rowena McKlewhyte, Janest Fernander, Ernest, Collins, Pastor Kipling, Madeline, Pam, & Charlene Johnson, Ava Gardiner & Deanne Sands, Sherine, Nathaniel, George & Donnie Johnson, Barbara Johnson & Janet Goins of Jacksonville Florida, Rev. Leonard Culmer & Family Kevin Johnson & Family, Brent Petty & Family, Gordon & Charles Sands & Family, Muriel Johnson & Family, Carol & Hawett Ingraham & Family, Melvin Sands & Family, Agnes Bethel & Family, Spencer & Rosemary Thompson & Family, Austin Knowles Sr. & Family, Theresa, Trecia, & Megan Thompson, Terry, Morris, Dewitt & Lavina Sands & Family, Alexander Sands, Dave McKlewhyte, Annie Culmer, Alban Johnson, Artie Johnson, Paul & Judy Simmons & Family, Linda Haschker & Family, Arlington Johnson & family, Hilton Johnson, Tommy Pinder & Family, Audley "J.J." Hepburn, Danny Cooper, Brindley & Elizabeth Cooper, Emmit "Clue" Campbell, Louis Johnson, Joe Deal Jr., Freddy Ingraham, David Brown, Glenville Thompson, Luke Bethel, Austin Ingraham, Chester Culmer, Clyde Bethel & Family, George Laddeus, Steve Culmer, Steve & Kelsey Rankine & Family, Andre Butler & Family, Donald & Eulie Fernander & Family, Lionel & Jayla Fernander, Billy Stubbs & Family, Steve Stubbs & Family, Mark Thompson & Family, Ormond & Charlotte Moss & Family, Diane Farrington, Diane Ingraham, Madeline Rolle, Alfreda Deal & Family, Mavis Johnson & Family, Butch, Naomi, Garnell, Portia, Linda, Adena, Theresa, Dereck, Pritchard, Brian Johnson & Families, Duke Davis & Greene of Harbour Island, Anthony Petty Sr., Loretta, Marlin, Bessie, Barbara, Frank, Lillymae, Marsha, Pauline, & Lincoln Bethel of Nassau, Veronica Sands & Family, Margaret Gibson of Savannah Sound, Irene Major & Doris Bethel of Nassau, Randy Petty, Ruthanne Griffin, Denise & Perry Clarke & Family, Kingsley Bethel, Peter Sands & Family, Elvis Cooper & Family.
May His Soul Rest In Peace.
Friends may pay their last respects at the Church Friday from 7:00 p.m. to midnight and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
David Johnson Jr., Brandon Johnson, Brett Johnson, Shavardo Bullard, Akeem Johnson, Edward Lyles, Nolanza Lyles, Roland Lyles
Honorary Pall Bearers
Demetrius Johnson, Daniel Davis, David Johnson Sr., Edison Sands, Craig Gibson, Carlton Gibson
Dunkirk, NY - David F. Allen, M.D., M.P.H. will speak on the topic "The Shame of Failure", Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy in Chautauqua Institution.
The director of the Renascence Institute in Nassau, Bahamas, Dr. Allen and his team of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts specialize in marital therapy, depression, grief and loss, addictions and crisis management.
Funeral Service for the Late David Bradshaw Major, 58 years of Koolacres will be held on Saturday January 14, 2012, 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk, Princess Street. Rev. Bryn MacPhail will officiate. Interment will follow in the Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.
He is survived by Wife: Janet; Children: Marcia, David, Daana, Nicholo, and Romeo; Mother: Delories Major-Culmer; Sister: Michelle; Grandchildren: Nicole, Robyn, Savannha, Anaya, Deondre, Denae, Dai, Willicia and Maleah; Uncle: Earle; Aunts: Renora and Grace; Daughters-in-law: Edris and Glenda; Sisters-In-Laws: Angelique and Rochelle; Brothers-In-Law: Mario and Miguel; Mother-In-Law: Syliva Roker, Father-In-Law: Ivan Davis; Nephews: Michael, Jai, Raynard, Michael and Jordan; Nieces: Mia, Lynann, Margo, Teneille and Marelle; Grand Nephews & Nieces: Javahreo, Jayden, Jared Trey, Valentino, Destiny, Crystal and Matai; Cousins: Antoinette and Kirk Thompson, Robert and Brian Sands, The Culmer Families of Philadelphia, New York and Detroit. Numerous other Relatives and Friends: Philip, Keddy and Kirk Culmer of Eleuthera, Whitfield, Freddie, Ishmael and Rev. Kenneth Major of Miami, Fla., Willard Ferguson of Grand Bahama, Mark Stubbs and Family, Ruth Darbouze and Family, Eddie Archer, Lester Taylor, Terry Thompson, Andrew 'Lil 5' Albury, Andrew 'Big 5' Albury, Kitty Culmer, Russ and Bob Thompson and Families, Dr. Austin Davis and Family, Mr. Donald Archer and Family, Families of Henry Sands and Ms. Anthrobus of Eleuthera, Edith Garnet and Family, Hortense Harris-Smith and Family, Patrick Edwards and Family, the Families of the Late Alfred & Clarita Thompson, Jackson Burnside and Family, Samuel & Alma Sands, Mary Sands, Raymond & Dorothy Culmer, Harold and Mursay Poitier, John and Constance Knowles, Roy and Sybil Miller, Corrine Mitchell, Ralph and Ruth Cartwright, the Staff of Templeton/Lyford Cay Foundation, the Staff of Security Commission of The Bahamas, Staff of Atlantis, Staff of RIU, Staff of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Members of the One Family Junkanoo Group, Members of the Antique Auto Club of The Bahamas, St. John's College Alumni Class of 1970, The Major, Sands, Davis, Culmer, McCartney, and Johnson Families, The Communities of Kool Acres, Fort Fincastle, Savannah Sound, Eleuthera, Members and Adherents of St. Andrew's Kirk, and the many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
David Marshall "Top Dog" age 28 years of White's Addition off Kemp Road died on May 9 2012.
He is survived by his parents: David Marshall Sr. & Bernadette Rolle; Two (2) Daughters: Shania & Dangela Marshall; Three (3) Brothers: Geno Andrew, Shanador Andrew and Dario McKinzie; Grand-mother: Meril Pinder; Numerous Nieces and Nephews and other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral Announcement has been entrusted to Evergreen Mortuary, located Collins Ave & 5th Terrace.
Funeral service for Donald "Porks, Doc" Neely, 50 yrs., a resident of #80 Palm Beach Street, will be held at New Bethany Baptist Cathedral, Key West Street, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Victor Cooper Jr. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
Left to cherish his memories are his Mother: Sylvia Neely; Sons: Donald III and Danavio Neely; Grandmother: Deaconess Evelyn Stuart; Sisters: Julie, Janet, Linda, Beverly Neely and Bernadette Colebrooke; Brothers: Eugene Sr., Adrian Neely Sr., and James Mackey; Aunts: Francis Stuart, Maria Cooper, Annamae Thurston of Grand Bahama, Anita and Yvonne McKenzie, Eleanor Wilson and Olive and Lauretta Neely; Uncles: Leonard Neely Jr., Freeman Thurston of Grand Bahama and Tyrone McKenzie; Nieces & Grand-nieces including: Latoya Neely-Fountain, Denise, Yolanda, Desarie, Alexis, Alicia, Symphony, Tameka, Evonie, Aleska, Adannika, Katonia and Latoya Neely, Priscilla Cox-Maxey, Lanisha Sands, Jeffette, Jesselle and Jaliyah Colebrooke, Lloydra Rolle, Milchand Adderley, Y'Sheika Glass, D'Andrea Sidra Sturrup, Rhordricia and Rhodisha Francis, Jatish Colebrooke, D'Asia and Devana Neely; Nephew's & Grand-nephew's including: Brian, Darrell, DeVaughn, Eugeno, Eugene Jr., Thomas Jr., Timothy, Prescott, Adrian Jr., and Kadin Neely, Jeffame and Javonta'e Colebrooke, Tameko Campbell, Terrell, Brian Jr., Lavon Sands Jr., Michael, Marlon and Joaquim Fountain, Jamie Moxey, D'Angelo Dawkins, Rodriquez Francis Jr., Camelo Moss, Javonta'e Jr., Jeffame Jr., Jeffrey and Javin Colebrooke, Lavon Sands III and Sidney Henfield III; Brother & Sisters-in-law: Jeffrey Colebrooke, Lynette and Karen Neely; Numerous cousins including: Samantha Stuart, Chauncey Thompson, Atwane Arnette, Andrew Colebrooke, Evangeline Hanna and family, Leatha Colbey-Smith, Patricia Whitfield, Coral Forbes, Claudia King, Julian, Michael, Patrick, Christopher & Kevin Russell Charlene Wilson, Dolce, Bradley, Queden, Devon, Sandy, Dalia, Sophia, Bertram Jr., Sean, Antoine, Devardo, Angel, Andrew, April and BeAngelo Cartwright, Faydora Miller & family, Brent and Keith Deveaux, Trevor Bostwick, Sharmaine Ferguson, Christopher Pennerman, Donna, Maria, Angela, Anthony, Sharon, Tyrone, Kevin & Caron Neely, Frank, Cheryl Thurston, Sandra Minnis, Marva Forbes-Minnis, Leon Bain of Miami Florida and family, Terry and Unika Neely; Godchildren: Kiprell Johnson and Sterling (Rambo) Strachan; Other relative and numerous friends including: Phillip Bethel & family, Franz Smith, Melbourne and Donald Miller, Ray Anthony and Diana Johnson, Kurt Stubbs, Lionel Rolle & family, Jeffrey and Marvin Johnson, Patrick Rolle, Calvin Rolle, Rio Major, Arnold Bain, George Rolle, Lavon Sands Sr. & family, Raymond Strachan, Pemmie and Michael Reckley, Sheila Gomez & family, Vanwright Dean & family, Valentino Josey, Mark Pedican & family, Harry and Veronica Seymour & family, Nicole Tinker & family, Shirley Adderley & family, Nyisha Smith, Kenneth Oliver, Carl Evans, Tashawn Cartwright, Yvelise Joseph, Merlinda Clayton, Jeancilia Lamond, Jerome Moss, David Adderley, Vernita Mackey & family, Wayne and Mavis Cartwright & family, Wilton Stubbs, Arlington Stuart, Robert Murphy, Ruth Johnson, Leah and Lisa Wright & family, Gwendolyn Thompson & family, Prescott Cooper & family, Debbie Adderley, Estella Gray & family, Bernard and Kenneth Bain, Reno Brennen, Hubert, Origin Fyne, Charmaine, Doril and Dornell Sturrup, Arthur Cooper & family, Maurice Armstrong. The entire Hanna's family (Hanna's Hardware & Plumbing Supplies), Rev. Dr. Victor Cooper, Elva Stubbs, Rhoda Munnings, Margaret Pratt & family, Glennis Hanna-Martin, (M.P), Jill Henry-Cooper, Mark Lett, The entire Palm Beach Street & Englerston Community, The entire Stuart, Stubbs, Newbold, Neely and Martin family, Cartwright Building Supply, Valley Boys, Bahamas Junior Brass Band, Bahamas All Star Band, RBDF Rangers, C. H. Reeves, Order of Eastern Star Youth Dept., and National Workers Credit Union and many, many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
HIGHGROVE SINGERS: A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols with The Highgrove Singers under the conduction of Adrian Archer and the Golden Gates Hand Bell Choir under the conduction of Navarro Gibson will take place on Sunday, December 22 at 6 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street. Music to be played will be by Bob Chilcott, Steve Pilkington, Benjamin Britten, Sean Ivory, Jan Sandstrom, Neil Harmon, Eleanor Daley, Dan Forrest, Craig Courtney, Laura Paige, Andrew Carter, Daniel Elder, David Danner, Paul Caldwell and congregational carol singing with musical arrangements by Sir David Willcocks. Admission is free.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD: The changing of the guard, a display of Bahamian music and military exercise, takes place each month on the last Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Government House. The changing of the guard has been a tradition since 1958. The ceremony features the world-renowned Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force guards.
JAZZ AT THE HILTON: Jazz group Vice Versa, featuring vocalist Naomi Taylor, performs every Tuesday and Thursday at British Colonial Hilton at 6:30 p.m.
SPEED WEEK: Bahamas Speed Week takes place December 4-8. This event, which started in the mid-1950s and took place for 13 years, was the dream of a man named Captain Sherman 'Red' Cruise, who created a series of automobile races held in Nassau. Internationally acclaimed drivers from around the globe attended to compete and to soak in the backdrop of sun, sea and scorching hot cars.
Schedule: Saturday, December 7 (6 p.m. - 8:3- p.m.) - Hill climb at Arawak Cay, Fort Charlotte. General viewing is free; Bleachers A, B, C $25; Race car paddock $50; VIP driver's lounger $175 (located in the center of the circuit, inclusive of food and beverage by Van Breugels, Young's Champagne, Sands Beer, assorted wine and liquor and soft drinks, exclusive bleacher seating, meet the drivers, browse the race car paddock, souvenir program and VIP parking) and Paddock club piazza $75 (located in the center of the circuit, a la carte food and beverage from vendors, exclusive bleacher seating, browse the car paddock, souvenir program and VIP parking). Sunday, December 8 - Race car sprint (9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) at Arawak Cay Sprint Circuit. General viewing is free; Bleachers A, B, C $25; Race car paddock $50; VIP driver's lounge $275 and Paddock club piazza $85.
CELEBRITY TENNIS: The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational takes place December 5-8. Established in 2001, the annual event is a fundraising event to support local charities throughout The Bahamas. For more information, telephone 357-9679.
GYMNASTICS: Teams from the United States, Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas converge on the Atlantis Crown Convention Center for the Atlantis Crown International Gymnastics Tournament, the largest competitive meet in the Caribbean, December 12-14. For more information, telephone 327-2154.
JUNKANOO: Boxing Day Junkanoo takes place Thursday, December 26. For more information, telephone 302-2000.
HAIR SHOW: Pizazz Beauty Shop presents Imagine Hair Show & Competition, dubbed The Ultimate Hair Show to be held on Sunday, December 15 at the Grand Lucayan Convention Center. Making an appearance will be Seven Adrin Washington, Karlie Redd and Derek J. Tickets are $40 general admission, $65 VIP and can be purchased at Gizmos & Gadgets.
FESTIVAL NOEL: Restaurants and students from around Grand Bahama are getting ready to deck the park with delicious cuisine at the 19th Annual Festival Noel on Friday, December 6 at the Rand Nature Centre. This year's committee has resurrected the Chef Noel competition in which local restaurants, Flying Fish, Sweet Affairs, Red Beard's and Agave will compete.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: The Annual Abaco Christmas Festival takes place on Saturday, December 7. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the popular Christmas festival that is known to attract family and friends. The event usually kicks off the holiday season in the Abacos with general holiday activities that include early Christmas shopping in the Arts & Crafts Bazaar, a food court filled with Bahamian dishes, performances from choirs, quartets, soloists, marching and Calypso bands, a Junkanoo parade, a Christmas float parade, a dog show and other activities. For more information, telephone 367-3067,
JUNKANOO: The Annual Christmas Junkanoo Competition takes place on Saturday, December 28 at Sea Spray Resort & Marina in Elbow Cay, featuring a number of local groups who compete for top honor and bragging rights. Residents of the cay are joined by locals and visitors who travel from the mainland to enjoy the elaborate costumes, music and lively performances that are paraded during the night-time event. For more information, telephone 366-0065.
BOXING DAY JUNKANOO: Boxing Day Junkanoo celebrations, the spectacular Bahamian street festival with the sounds of goat skin drums, horns, whistles, cow bells, dancers and bright dazzling costumes, will take place in Acklins & Crooked Island on Thursday, December 26. Food will be on sale. For more information, telephone 344-3250-1.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: The Berry Islands' Christmas Festival, which celebrates the yuletide season and features a Christmas tree lighting, visit by Santa and caroling, music, pantomime and liturgical dance expressions in concert, local cuisine reception, arts and craft and a Junkanoo parade, will take place on Friday, December 6. It is also a celebration of achievements within the community and a homecoming for residents and visitors to the Berry Islands. For more information, telephone 367-8291.
JUNKANOO: The Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade will take place on Thursday, December 26. It is a spectacular street festival with the sounds of goatskin drums, horns, whistles, cowbells and costumes featuring the competitive beats of Bimini Tum Tums and Bimini Stompers. The venue is Alice Town in North Bimini. For more information, telephone 347-3529.
Eleuthera & Harbour Island
JUNKANOO: Eleuthera and Harbour Island will take to the streets for the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade on Thursday, December 26. The venue is Tarpum Bay, South Eleuthera. For more information, telephone 332-2142.
TREE LIGHTING: Locals and visitors gather in Regatta Park to sing carols and see performances by local talent on Thursday, December 12. For the grand finale, Regatta Park is transformed with thousands of lights. For more information, contact Felicia Saunders at 336-2390.
JUNKANOO: The Christmas holidays culminate with a Junkanoo parade on Thursday, December 26. For more information, contact 336-2370.
BAZAAR: St. Peter's & Paul's Catholic Church's Annual Bazaar take place on Thursday, December 26. The fair raises funds to assist with the maintenance and building projects of the seven Catholic churches on the island. Native dishes, music and games will be the order of the day. The venue is The Big Yard Grounds in Clarence Town. For more information, telephone 333-8868.
FORMAL DINNER PARTY: Stella Maris Resort New Year's Eve Formal Dinner Party takes place December 31-January 1 and is the party of the year on Long Island. It is a great way to ring in the new year. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Dress is formal. For more information, telephone 338-8668.
TREE LIGHTING: The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place Sunday, December 15. For more information, telephone 428-4943 or 331-1870.
MINI-JUNKANOO: A mini-Junkanoo parade takes place on Rum Cay on Thursday, December 26. For more information, telephone 331-2816 or 331-2806.
MINI-JUNKANOO: A mini-Junkanoo parade takes place on Thursday, December 26. For more information, telephone 452-0161.
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Funeral Service for the Late Evelyn Mercianna Rodgers, 80 years of #12 Ocean Street, Golden Gates #1 and formerly of Deep Creek, South Andros will be held on Saturday May 19th, 11:00 a.m. at Golden Gates Native Baptist Church, Lobster Avenue, Golden Gates #1. Rev. Dr. Alonzo A. Hinzey assisted by Rev. Leonard Miller and Other Ministers of the Religion will officiate. Interment will follow in S. Mark's Cemetery, Romer Street, Fox Hill.Daughters: Nurse Cleomie Collymore, Assistant Superintendent of Prisons Bernardette Thompson-Murray, Kathy Thompson-Green of Springfield Missouri, USA
Adopted Daughter: Christine Thompson-Bailey
Sons: Christopher Thompson & Capt. Kim Thompson
Grandchildren: Lakito Rodgers, PC 2775 Jermicko Collymore, Kimberly, Demetrius, Tanganique, Danielle, Chantal & Aaliyah Thompson, Duane, Jr. & Daryn Murray, Ron Bethel, Antonio, Jr. & Anthony Green & Crystal Thompson -Bailey.
Sisters: (Twin) Mae Ellen Pratt, Eliza Miller, Maria Sweeting & Ruth Duncombe
Sister-in-law: Ruthnell Rodgers of Freeport, GrandBahama
Sons-in-law: Kemuel Duane Murray & Antonio Green
Granddaughter-in-law: Leslia Collymore & Ruthnell Bethel
Great-Grand Children: Jermicko Jr., Jamori & Christian Collymore, Renay & Robbin Bethel
Nephews: Roger, Charles & Derek Laing, Assistant Commissioner Police Glen, Ambrose, Luther & Cedric Miller, Stephen, Dave & Daniel Pratt, Frederick, Sgt. 1574 Andrew, Cpl. 818 Wayne, Daniel (Tony), David & Deon Rodgers, Douglas Duncombe, Glen Minus, Derek Higgs, Floyd Fernander, Paul Rahming, Cleveland Williams, Brian Johnson & Emmanuel Pelicanos.
Nieces: Elaine, Katherine & Margaurite Rodgers, Kathleen Fernander, Janet Cooper, Joycelyn Minus, Jacqueline Higgs, Carolyn Poiter, Euthalie Miller, Laverne Pinder, Lynette Farrington , Sandra Rahming, Denise, Cheryl, Kimberley & Michelle Pratt, Elva Sands, Zelva Johnson, Dianne Pelicanos, Donna & Stacy Rodgers, Miriam & Arabella Duncombe, Principal Nursing Officer Valarie, Dornell, Viola & Nathalie Miller, Portia & Melinda Laing.
Numerous Grand & Great Grand Nephews & Nieces.
Other Relatives & Friends including: Rev's Alonzo & Jessie Hinzey & Family, Mr. Frederick Murray & Family, Rev. Dr. Gloria Ferguson & Family, Dr. Elliston Rahming & Staff of Her Majesty's Prisons, Chaplain Leonard Clarke & Family, (Labora Dames), Catherine Johnson, Evangelist Colamae Collymore & Family. Her Medical Team of Dr's. Isaacs, Farquharson, Minnis, The Honorable Shane Gibson & Family, The caring Staff of Female Surgical 1 & II & The Children's Ward, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Bain & Family, Ismae Rahming & Family, Enamae Wright & Family, Mrs. Eureka Coleby & Family, Verona Bastian & Family, Mrs. Althea Sands & Family, The Fire Branch Services of Royal Bahamas Police Force Freeport GrandBahama, A. F. Adderley Junior High Family especially the Religion Department, John Curtis, Rev'd Dr. Gloria Ferguson & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Theophilus Rolle, Hannah Johnson, Andrea Moss, The entire families of Ocean St. Golden Gates 1, Golden Gates Native Baptist Church Family and others too numerous to mention.Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.