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Funeral service for Mother Melvina Kelly Brown, 89 yrs., a resident of Firetrail Road & formerly of Rolleville, Exuma, who died on 7th April, 2012, will be held at Mount Nebo Union Baptist Church, Marshall Road on Baillou Hill Road South, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Charles E. Rolle, assisted by other Ministers. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
Left to cherish her memories are her 2 Sons: Ivan Bowe and Rev. Rudolph Patrick Brown; Daughters in law: Eugyneel Bowe and Sheila Brown; 18 Grandchildren: Margareta, Janice, Bradley, Bruce, Brenden, Kirk, Wrescot, Cort and Chivarre Bowe, Kevin Thompson, Kaynet Pinder, Inspector Kendall and Megan Smith, Kimmy and Estelle Smith, Kayshell and Kevin Burrows, Kirk and Gia Smith, Anastasia, Sherika, and PJ Brown; Great-grandchildren: Jarrad Thompson, Shantique Miller, Levardo, Shekera and Lemond Deveaux, Whitney and Geovarney Pinder, Keshown, Javaughn, Kendal Jr., Kendanique and Kenva Smith, Kevanique Burrows, Katlyn, Elano and Kirk Smith, Shevaniques, Olivia and LJ Smith, Maverick Kevin Moxey, Jarrad Thompson Jr., Lavardo Deveaux and Chelsea Deveaux; Nieces and Nephews: Patricia Deveaux, Dr. Thomas Rolle, John W. Rolle, Etoy Bethel, Rev. Dr. John S. Rolle, Evangeline Fowler, Rev. Dr. Charles Rolle, Alice Rolle, Godfrey Rolle and Elder Vernnita Josey, Wellington, Leslie, Harcourt and David Rolle, Mabelean Hemmings, Norma Rolle, Mary Ann Rolle, Phyllis Kelly and Denise Clarke. A host of other relatives and including: Hervis Rolle and family, Mt. Nebo Union Baptist Church Family, Rev. Dr. William Thompson and Faith United Missionary Baptist Church Family, Ceyamae Sweeting and family, Althea Ferguson and Family.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demritte'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.
By STAFF REPORTER
Guardian News Desk
Bahamas National Trust(BNT)officials revealed that their most recently launched park was vandalized sometime this week after suspects used park signs for target practice,The Nassau Guardianhas learned.
BNT officials said the matter has been turned over to police, who are now treating it as a criminal investigation.
Senior Park Warden for the Bonefish Pond National Park Rudolph Burrows said park signs were vandalized twice this week.
Burrows added that he made the initial discovery on Monday.
"Somebody just didnt have anything to do and on Monday the sign was shot with what appeared to be shotgun pellets so I took it down, got it fixed and on Wednesday ...
Funeral Service for Christopher Taylor, age 51 years a resident of Oxford Avenue, Nassau East will be held Saturday 21st April 2012, 11:00a.m. at Christ Community Church, Bellott Road. Officiating will be Pastor Elvin Taylor assisted by other Ministers. Cremation will follow.
He will forever be remembered and cherished in the hearts of his parents Rev. Dr. Clayton & Carmeta Taylor; estranged wife, Stella Taylor and family; his son Duran Taylor Jr.; 2 Grandsons, Isaaic & Duran Taylor, 3 sisters, Mrs Brenda Cargill, Max and Marcel Taylor; 1 brother-in-law Adrian Cargill Sr. 1 Niece Miquisha Cargill (Houston), 2 Nephews Dr. Adrian Cargill,Jr. & Christie Cargill & Ayden Cargill. Aunts/Uncles: Prophetess Thelma Helen Duncanson &Family ; Alvine & James Gay & Family, Elra & Errol Ward & Family; Velna Burrows & Family; Janet Taylor & Family; Elton Carlis Taylor & Family; Eddins Taylor & Family; Limus &Augusta Taylor & Family; Elvin & Donell Taylor & Family; Flexie & Ronald Jones & Family; Great Grand Aunt Mrs. Dorothy Johnson,( Brooklyn, N.Y).; Fletcher Miller & Glenda Ammon (Brooklyn N.Y); Donna/Everette Taneale. Baltimore & Andrea & Family, Georgia; Purchasing Dept.,B.E.C.; Whitney Stubbs; Michael & Bernadette Saunders; Warren & Audry; Mrs Gloria Reid & Phylicia; Glenda Hepburn; Daron Hepburn; Jennie & Leon Edwards & family; Francis Clarke; Cynthia Dean & Family; Karen Higgs ,Peter, Alexander, Robert & Miriam Merritt ( Hollywood, Fla); Shirley Rolle of Atlanta, Georgia; Drs. Blake & Ancela Blakely of Baltimore; Joseph Harris & Family; Mr & Mrs Alton Cargill & Family; Ms Peggy Pinder Portia & Family; Maude Cartwright & family;Rev Joseph Thompson & family,Johnilee & Prophetess,Carnetta Fergurson, Rev Fredrick & Pamela Stubbs & family, Rev Carla Culmer & Wesley Methodist Church family: Pastor Rudolph Cooper & the Emmanuel Baptist Church, & the Balmn in Gilead Ministry & family; Cynthia Brown & Family; Marilyn Munroe & Family; Bernie, Travis Edwards, Megan Clarke; Geneva Pinder & Family and others too numerous to mention.
Instead of floral contributions, donations may be sent to the Educational fund for Duran and Isaac Taylor c/o Royal Bank of Canada, main Branch Account # 701-7056
In Celebration of Christopher's spirit in life the family has suggested that bright colors be worn to the service.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road & First Street on Friday from 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until to service time.
There was some movement of teams in the basketball standings in both the 15-and-under and 19-and-under divisions of the Baptist Sports Council (BSC) on Saturday, as the league continued its regular season before the rain washed out the majority of the men's games.
In the 15-and-under division, both the defending champions Macedonia and the runners-up, Eagles Nest, finished the regular season with 4-1 win/loss records, but by virtue of winning the head-to-head match-up, Macedonia clinched the pennant. Temple Fellowship ended up in third at 3-2 and will now play Eagles Nest in the sudden death playoff in May. Macedonia will have to wait to see the outcome of Saturday's game between Hope Centre and St. John's No. 2 to determine who their opponents will be.
Both Macedonia No. 1 and Eagles Nest are 5-1, but the pennant is still up for grabs with Macedonia No. 2 and Golden Gates right on their trail at 4-2 and Temple Fellowship knocking on the door at 4-3, in the 19-and-under division. The pennant will be decided on Saturday.
As for the men, Macedonia is still undefeated in the 'A' division with an unblemished 3-0 win/loss record, and could still wrap up the pennant with two games left. If not, the defending champions Temple Fellowship are sitting in waiting at 4-1 in second place. In the men's 'B' division, there are two undefeated teams in St. Mark's and the Hope Centre, who are 4-0 and 2-0 respectively. Their pennant is also still hanging in the balance with Golden Gates No. 2 in third with a 3-1 record.
Temple Fellowship defeated St. John's No. 1 41-24, Eagles Nest defeated St. John's No. 2 29-24, and Macedonia defeated the Hope Centre, 22-18.
Christian Tabernacle defeated St. John's 36-30, Macedonia No. 2 defeated Temple Fellowship 40-23, Macedonia No. 2 defeated St. Mark's, 46-25, Macedonia No. 1 defeated Temple Fellowship 65-37, and Eagles Nest outlasted Golden Gates, 34-23.
St. Mark's defeated BIBA,
Here's a summary of some of the games played:
Temple Fellowship 41, St. John's No. 1 24
Demetrius Charlton scored 12, Dominique Bethel had 10, Ellison Greenslade scored eight and Kamal Murphy had seven in their 15-and-under win. Jamal Simon had a game-high 17 in the loss.
Macedonia 22, Hope Centre 18
Larecus Armbrister scored six and both Davon Adderley and Shamar Burrows had five apiece in their 15-and-under win. Michael Sweeting scored a game-high 10 in the loss.
Macedonia No. 2 46, St. Mark's 25
Delano Knowles scored a game-high 16, Alexio Newman had 12 and Lamar Saunders scored six in their 19-and-under win. D. Brown had eight in a losing effort.
Macedonia No. 1 65, Temple Fellowship 37
Van Hutchinson had a game-high 20, Delroy Grandison scored 19, Levigi Forbes had 16 and Ray Stubbs scored seven in their 19-and-under win. Randy Miller scored 12 and Kevin Eugene had seven in the loss.
Eagles Nest 34, Golden Gates 23
Kenneth Pratt scored a game-high 21 points and Vano Miller added six in their 19-and-under win.
Following a discussion recently, with my friend, Philip Burrows, about the fact that the arts and we Bahamian artists do not seem at all to be on the minds of politicians of any party - or to factor into the goings on leading to elections - the thought that has just occurred to me is that in no one's mind are we a body within the larger body politic. We are not a community.
It has always been my desire that Bahamian artists - in fact, artists the world over - should love and support each other. Instead of a family, the bonds among us are often, dishearteningly, so very weak. It is easy therefore for us to be ignored, treated as if we did not even exist.
- Obediah Micheal Smith
Funeral Service for Ethel Ann Miller age 73 years a resident of Florida Court and formerly of Arthurs Town Cat Island will be held on Saturday 21st April 2012, 10:00a.m. at St Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road. Officiating will be Rev'd Fr Neil Nairn and Rev'd Cannon Warren Rolle. Interment will be made in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F Kennedy Drive.
Left to cherish her wonderful memories here on earth are her: Nine Children: Karen, Dale, Mark, Louis, Kevin, Sean, Boyd, Janelle and Tamla, Twenty-One Grandchildren: Romel, Velliceia, Ebony, Quinderia, Tori, Shemica, Kayvonna, Ken Jr., Keva, Jamie, Denaj, Mark Jr. Torran, Dale Jr., Brandon, Rajia, Travis, Kevin Jr., Derick, Kenesha and Devon; Three Great-Grandchildren: Lakazia, Z'nae and Jasmine; One Brother: Harold Miller Seven Sisters, Joyce Miller, Melvina Bonomy, Betty Reckley, Kaye Forbes, Donna Miller, Fayedora Miller and Ida Miller One Aunt: Gertlene Miller, Three Daughters-In laws: Velvy Rose, Sherry Rose and Sadonie Nairn One Son-In-Law: Lubert Josue, Two Brothers - In-Law: Anthony Forbes and Daniel Reckley, One Sister - In- Law: Saralee Miller, Two Grand Sons - In- Laws: Lindrick Douglass & Perdo Rogby; Nieces: Kerry, Clover, Kaylene, Candida, Inga, Teneisha, Kayshanna, Barbara, Melody, Caro, Andrea, Henrietta, Janet, Gercle, Tracey, Joy and Lawonda & Family; Nephews: Barry & Family, Christopher & Family, Kingsly, Godfrey, Donavon, Lealdo & Family, Lance & Family, Melvin Jr., Ramon & Family, Nikos, Santino, Stephen, Doyle & Family, Novardo, Alex, Jordan, Sharron, Shamal, Sharad, Perry, Keith and Charles. One God-Son: Leanardo Aritis, Cousins: Children of the late Rebecca Williams, Rose LaCroix and Family, Family of the late Birde Farah, The late Avis Armbrister & Family, The Larrimore Family, Edris Miller & Family, Family of the late Evangeline Gibson, Family of the late Doris Newbold, Family of the late Daisy Baillou, Christine Green & Family, Marcus Storr & Family, Lynden & Angel Hepburn, Larry & Family, Idamae Dumcombe & Family, Hiram & Felix Larrimore, Barbra Holder, Naomi Pinder & Family, Gloria Riley & Family, Samuel Miller & Family, Charlie Miller & Family, Pat and Fr. Rex Seymour, The Dean Family, The late Bill and Roy Dean. Other Relatives & Friends: Overseer Helen McPhee, Latasha Collie & Family, Melane Russell & Family, Beverly Cooper & Family, Glendia Huyler & Family, Kirk Beneby & Family, Jerry Smith & Family, Donita Pickering & Family, Margret Morley & Family , Clint Williams & Family, Randy,Gloria Stuart, , Sherel Miller & Family, Daniel Russell, Crystal Johnson, Sean (Poboy), Douglass Taylor, Tony Cadet, Pandora Charlton, Shelly Bullard-Rolle, Heather Evans & Family, Irene Sawyer & Family, Shorn Lightfoot & Family, Linda Hall & Family, Omena (mama) Adderley & Family, Carlen Dessomes, Ethera Pyfrom & Family, Rosalee Sweeting & Family , Eric Smith Jr., Barette & Lavette Smith, Patrice Colebrook, Gordon Tomlins, Clayton Miller, Brent Burrows &Family, Jenifer Johnson, Lindsy Aritis & Family, Sylvia Musgrove & Family, Corene Saunders & Family, Yvonne Murray & Family, Gloria Rose-Culmer & Family, Mercy Albury & Family, Leonard Adderley & Family, The Campbells, The Isaacs-Storr, Ms. Clarenda & Family and thers too numerous to mention..
Special thanks to Dr. Raleigh Butler, Dr. Christine Chin, Dr. Madline Joseph, Patrice Nairn, The Staff of Accident & Emergency Dept, Staff of NAD Finance Dept. Staff of Nassau Flight Services, Staff of The Royal Bahamas Defence Force, The All Saints Church Family, The Agape F.G.B.Church Family, The Salvation Army Church Family, The Staff of Bahamas National Drug Agency, Father Warren Rolle & Family, The Florida Court Family, The Arthurs Town Community.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road & First Street on Friday from 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:00a.m. until service time.
Funeral Service for Phillip Aloysius Kemp Sr., age 65 years, of Prince Charles Drive, will be held on Sunday October 23rd,, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Temple Ministries International, No. 901 Prince Charles Drive. Officiating will be Pastor Philemon R. Wilson J.P., D.D. assisted by Rev. Andrew Burrows; Pastor Carlos Thompson, Pastor Dr. Kirk Smith, Bishop John N. Humes, Bishop Thomas Sands and Pastor Lyle Bethel. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Suzanne Kemp; one son: Phillip A. Kemp II;
one daughter: Tara Ferguson; one daughter-in-law: Sandra Kemp; one son-in- law: Dwayne Ferguson; five grandsons: Brandon, Dorion and Jayden Kemp, Dwayne and Taray Ferguson; four brothers: Daniel, Joseph, Kevin and Keith Kemp; three sisters: Constance Carroll, Genevieve Russell and Rosie Bowleg; three aunts: Joylean and Euralee Bain and Elaine Kemp: one uncle: Richard Kemp; three brothers-in-law: Edgar Walker Sr., Kendall Carroll Sr. and Eric Russell Sr.; twelve sisters-in-law: Anita, Beverly, Eunice, Linda, Jacquelyn, Angie, Vashti and Wilamae Kemp, Maulese Walker, Magnol, Gloren and Paulette Walker; thirty seven nieces: Kencene Mingo, Kendalee Carroll, Shurn Brown-Penn, Joanne Sands, Arlene Nichols, Natasha Curtis, Erica Russell, Tiffany Smith, Annair ( Buffee) and Simone Cooper,Valderine Butler, Charlene Kemp, Kayci and Danielle Kemp,Vanessa and Natasha Kemp, Sherone, Lashante, Keithera, Keila, Shakandra, Kaylesia and Kooseiea Kemp, Renee Carthers, Felicia Irvin and Donna Kemp, Maria Deleveaux, Jennie Bowleg, Margo Wilson, Suzette Sweeting, Nicola Walker, Shannelle Russell, Andrea and Sandra Walker, Natasha Russell, Mary and Brenda Johnson; twenty one nephews: Kendall Carroll, Jefferson and Michael Brown, Don, Joey, Jacques, Aloysius, Charles III, Shantino, Kevin Jr., Kwin, Kory, Kenzo, Kendric, Kapre, Kasmin, Koseleo and Kyle Kemp, Opee Cooper, Eric Jr. and Erwin Russell; numerous grand nieces and nephews; twelve god-children: Juan Thompson, Ryan Moree, Neon Glinton, Edward Shephard, Ashlyn Bethel, Wanda Dean, Danielle Bartlett, Melissa Wong, Kirshae Smith, Indera, Adona and Elzina: other relatives and friends including: Malachi Lundy and family, Leoni McPhee, Nancy Stuart and family, Reginald and Dame Ivy Dumont and family, Herbert and Lorraine Diah and family, Elizabeth Carey and family, Rosie Cartwright and family, Shirley Cartwright and family, Milicent Cave, Wilbur and Brenda Major and family, Antoinette Weech, Bishop Philemon and Lorna Wilson and the Faith Temple family, Bishop John Humes and the entire Church of God family, Dr. Leonard and Pat Albert, Pastor Thomas and Joyce Sands and family, Pastor Delton Harne and family, Pastor Donnie Weaver and family, Dr. Jay Simms and Christian Life Church family, Rev. Kirk and Sheryl Smith and family, Rev. Andrew and Millicent Wong and family, Pastor Rick Dean, Franklyn and Annette Bethel and Family of Faith, Rev. Edward and Mary Godet, Cresil and Prophetess Joan Laing and family, Rev. Birthlon Newbold and the Cat Island Church family, Rev. Edmond Ellis and the Bimini Church family, Evangelist Stanwich Butler and the San Salvador Church family, Pastor Lyall and Janell Bethel and Grace Community Church family, Leo, Renee and the Bethel family, Nathaniel and Val Dean, Clive and Beverley Hylton and family, Judith Theophilus and family, Roseland Hall and family, Junior and Dot Moxey and family, The Bartlett Family, Ricardo and Acacia Rolle, Marcia Thompson and family, Michelle Knowles and family, D'Arcy and Benita Rahming and family, Kevin and Kathy Knowles and family, Wayne and Patrina Farquharson and family, Charles and Rochelle Sealey and family, Ricardo and Donnie Treco and family, The Kemp, Johnson and Rolle Families, Junior Baseball League of Nassau, The Staff of Esso On The Run Faith Avenue and Carmichael Road and many others.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Saturday October 22nd, 2011, from 10:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m. and at the church on Sunday October 23rd, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. until service time.
Taja Burrows' first grade teacher said yesterday her class will never be the same without the presence of the happy five-year-old girl whose body was found floating in waters near Prince George Wharf Tuesday.
The girl was a student of St. John's College where news of her death shocked teachers, parents and students alike.
Annalicia Allison, Taja's teacher, said the child was jovial and will be greatly missed. She added that returning to the class without Taja will take a toll on her.
"Knowing that when you enter the classroom the seat is empty and knowing that, that is for a little girl who you've known for a period of time, it's going to be very difficult. Every time looking at the seat knowing she will not be with us... she will be surely missed."
Royal Bahamas Defence Force marines pulled the bodies of Taja and her mother, Amanda Seymour Burrows, 32, of Stapledon, from the waters at about 7:30 a.m. The girl was found still wearing pajamas.
Allison said Taja was one of the bright spots in her class. "She was a happy child. She was always running around telling me 'teacher I love you'. She was so friendly. She got along well with all students. She would always be the one to help you. She's just that kind of child who was always helping," Allison said.
She taught Taja during summer school and the short time she spent in the first grade class.
St. John's College principal Antoinette Storr said the news came as a shock to the entire school population.
"We got word [on Wednesday] that police identified the body," Storr said. "We immediately got into action. The crisis management team came in and we made contact with the chaplain who got in contact with [Taja's] teachers."
Storr said the school had a combined mass yesterday where the message was centered on dealing with grief and death.
"It is a very, very difficult day for us," the principal said. "She is one of those loving students."
Taja's former teacher Eva Dawkins also described her as a happy student. "There was never a dull moment with Taja. I enjoyed having her in my class. It's so hard," she said as tears ran down her face.
Police were questioning a man in connection with the deaths yesterday. The deaths have been classified as "sudden".
Police said they had not uncovered any evidence to suggest that there was any foul play involved.
Funeral Service for the late Kendrick Livingstone Williams 81 years of #34 Sea Breeze Lane who died at his residence on Tuesday April 24th, 2012 will be held on Saturday April 28th, 2012 at 2:30pm at Holy Cross Anglican Church, Highbury off Solider Road. Officiating will be Father Norman Lightbourn, assisted by other ministers of the religion. Interment will follow inWoodlawn Gardens, Solider Road.
He is survived by his Loving Wife: Daisy Williams; Daughter: Penelope Nottage; Son: Darius Williams; Adopted Daughter:Lydia Rahming; Grandchildren: Zina and Trent Williams, Deangelo and Lily Nottage; Brothers: Carleton, Edward, Rodney;Sisters: Gloria Hanna, Shirley Francis, Jackie Smith; Brothers in Law: Swinbourne, Randolph, Wellington "Buster" (Mary), Rodney, Edward (Althea), and Louis Burrows, Ivan Francis, Roland McCardy, Roderick Wells; Sisters in Law: Iris Farquharson, Theresa Higgs, Joan Burrows, Katrina Williams, Frances Williams; Neices and their families: Debbie Hancock, Cindy Rahming, Celeste Williams, Karen Williams-Bartlett, Yasmin Robinson, Tina Hanna, Prisca Hanna, Cheryl Welles, Charmaine Stone, Jewel Julien, Angela Coleby, Flora Smith, Betsy Cenatus, Debra & Andrea Burrows, Charlotte and Stephanie Burrows, Rema Martin, Nekeria Burrows, Rochelle McKenzie, Nina Adderley, Melanie Dean, Michelle Simmons, Celeste Mullings, Tonya Ferguson, Venessa Burrows, Tara Rolle, Judy Rigby, Kayla & Tanya Farqhuarson, Alexandria Brown, Rachel Culmer; Nephews and their families: Mickey, Patrick & Neil Williams; Colin, Oswald, Adrian and Andrew Hanna; Stephen & Michael Wells, Clifford, Joseph, Benjamin, Makarios & David Smith, Stephen, Ronald, Talmon & Bruce Burrows; Andrew, Dario & Jamil Higgs; Casper & Gian Burrows; Norris Turnquest, Matthew Rolle, Jamie Gardiner; Other Family Members including: the families of Albertha Bethel, Orman Heastie, Jenathan Heastie, Otean Rahming, Albertha Whylly, Aramintha Hanna, Mary Moss, Kathleen Hanna, Hilton, Wilbert & Theophilus Williams; Neighbours: The Clarke family, Rosemary Hanna, The Pinder Family, The Moss Family, Major Family, Mr Thompson, Mr Saunders, The Davis family and many others. Numerous Friends including: Mr Saunders the mechanic, The Powells, Coopers, Higgs, families; Berchanal Moss Agency, CAP Smith, The Holy Cross family, Patrick and Eula Edwards, Patricia and Ken Murray, The Holy Cross Senior Choir family, Fr Roland Hamilton, Fr Norman Lightbourn, Fr. Alvardo Adderley, Bishop Gilbert Thompson and family Bishop Laish Boyd, The ACW and ACM, Table tennis group at St Annes Church, the Hanna, Heastie, Tynes Family, Mary Davis, Thomas Williams.
Viewing will be held in the Serenity Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads on Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and at the church on Saturday from 1:00pm until service time.
Funeral Service for the Late Olga L. Burrows, 73 years of Collins Avenue, will be held on Saturday April 28th, 10:00 a.m. at St. Georges Anglican Church, Montrose Avenue. Archdeacon G. Kingsley Knowles assisted by Rev. Fr. Andrew Toppin will officiate. Cremation will follow.
Olga Louise Burrows is survived and remembered by her loving Husband: Basil Burrows, Brother: Eric Moree; Sisters: Pauline Pavon and Rosemary Knowles; Children: Shelley Schmid, Gregory Burrows and Pietro Burrows; Sisters-in-law: Sylvia Kemp, Gloria Mortimer, Brothers-in-law: Eric and Sidney Burrows and Angelo Pavon; Grandsons: Heinz, Heino and Steven Schmid; Granddaughter: Krystal Campbell; Great-Grand Children: Raine, Talon, Torren & Nasir Schmid; Nephews & Nieces: Eric Moree Jr. Linda Pinder, Lisa Ranck, Angelo Pavon Jr., Kevin Knowles Jr., Brian Knowles, Raquel Prabhu, Sean Sands, Tara (Ticie) Armbrister, Nadia Sands and Lenross Best; Grand Niece: Sade Bowleg and other family and friends.
She is Pre-Deceased by her Sister: Roslyn Best, Brother-in-law: Kevin Knowles, Sisiter-in-law: Ethelyn Isaacs.
Special thanks to her niece Tara and sister-in-law Gloria, who were there all through her sickness. God bless you both. To Adrian Fox and Sabas Bastian and your Step-daughter Diane Curtis, Ortland H. Bodie Jr. and Rudy Grant from more 94. FM. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
Thank you for your Prayers Pastor Alan Lee and Bishop Braithwaite. Special Thanks to Dr. Phyllis Armbrister & the Staff at the Walk-In Clinic, PMH staff and Centerville Pharmacy. Horace, and the staff at the Centerville Food store, Physical Therapist, Mrs. Maysleur Burguete. Ben Miller, Lester Perigord, Dororthy Holbert & Family, and the Staff at Island Luck.
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 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Nassau, Bahamas -
The cabinet office announced May 17, 2012 that Prime Minister,
The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, has advised his excellency the governor
general to appoint the following persons as senators under article 39
(2) of the constitution :
Frank Smith; Gregory Burrows, Jerome Gomez, Julian Russell, Gary Sawyer, Alex Storr and Tanisha Tynes...
Funeral service for Eunice Lorraine Anderson, age 59 years, of Petrea Street, Eastwood Subdivision will be held on Saturday May 19th, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., at New Lively Hope Baptist Church, Jerome Avenue and Chesapeake Road. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. A. Shelton Higgs, Rev. Hilbert Flowers, Rev. James Pennerman, Minister Julian V. Anderson and Minister Paula Moncur. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Solider Road.
Left to cherish her fondest memories are her daughter: Ashley Lorell Sweeting; one sister: Marjorie Anderson of Miami Florida; one brother: Claudius Anderson of Chicago Illinois; one sister-in-law: Patricia Anderson, nieces and nephews: Sandra, Terrence and Julian Anderson, Michelle and Freddie Robinson, Todd Anderson, Carla and Jason Hollis, Amber and Anishka Anderson, Patrice, Sherryann, Shantell, Charlene, Gwennie and Shenique Anderson, Silrita and Timothy Knowles, Claudette Anderson and Catherine Webb; grand nieces and nephews including: Khalin, Julian, Calvin and Julianne Anderson, Kasha, Alicia (Donnie) and Fred (JR) Robinson, Erica and Thomas Irvine, Rodney Williams, Percival (PJ) Curry, Deann Anderson and Christian Burrows; great grand nieces and nephews; other family members: Olive Vernett, Antoinette Curtis and family, Carolyn Sands, Myrtle Dean, Lucy Sands, Laverne Marche, the Andersons, Thompsons, Gibson, Sands and Delancy descendants of Deep Creek, Eleuthera, the Penn family, Ball's Alley family, Miriam Finley and Sheniqua Saunders, Leonie and Mavalo Duncanson, Vernell and Marsha Fawkes and family and The Pratt family; Special Friends and Neighbours: Tyrone Sweeting and children, Rose Thompson and family, Lillian Smith and family, Helen Rolle and family, Shirley Knowles and Wilfred Dorsett, Idamae Williams and family, Mary Clarke and Louise Ritchie, Vera Bain, Sonia Knowles and Veronica Jones, Mr. Harry and Audrey Knowles and children, The neighbours of Petrea Street and Angel Road, Eastwood Subdivision, Judy Knowles and Sharon (Sherry) Williams and family, Carolyn Seymour and Family, Jane Davis and family, Jackie Brice and family, Steve and Charlene Simmons, Steven and Magdalene Wilson and family, Lynette Minnis and Glynnis Rolle, Dulcie Armbrister and family, Clara (Mama) Dean, Valarie Dean and Dorothy Smith, Geraldine Higgs, Deborah Hall, Roscoe Sturrup, Persis Mackey, Dorothy Kemp, Randy and Christa Thurston and family; god children: Anndra Alday, Alvardo Deaveaux, Eugene (Ghandi) Clarke, Brunee Dorsett and Aldreco Rolle, Friends from Miami Florida: Margaret Brown, Janet Brown and family; Former colleagues of Batelco Poinciana and Camperdown Offices, Colleagues from the Telephone Department of Princess Margaret Hospital: Marina Laing -Supervisor, Grace Stubbs, Christine Toote, Eva Roker, Sandy Bethel, Deondra Butler, Keisha Pinder, Tabitha Josey, Nadia Saunders, other staff members of Princess Margaret Hospital, Nurses and Doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital: Dr. Eugene Gray, Dr. Akeem Minnis, Dr. Magnus, Dr. Munroe, Dr. Colette Thompson, Dr. Farquharson, Dr. Ricky Davis, Nurses of the Eye ward, Sister Pinder and Sister Butler; Church Family: Rev. Dr. A. Shelton and Lady Ingrid Higgs, Rev Hilbert and Victoria Flowers, Rev. James and Margaret Pennerman along with Ministers and the officers and members of New Lively Hope Baptist Church.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday May 18th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday May 19th, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
By next week, five new young ladies will acquire beauty queen status as the Miss Bahamas Galaxy pageant stages its third competition this weekend.
On Sunday, April 22, Miss Bahamas Galaxy, Miss Teen Bahamas Galaxy and a new addition to the competition will see three Little Misses crowned at the Rainforest Theatre at the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino. Curtains go up on the competition at 7:30 p.m.
Unlike other beauty pageants, organizers say this pageant has a greater focus on inner beauty and community mindedness.
"This year's pageant will be dynamic," said pageant assistant director, D'Vanya Hinsey. "We have a lot that will be going on and a few changes that will impress spectators. This year the competition is different because so far we've only crowned a Miss Bahamas Galaxy and a Miss Teen Bahamas Galaxy. But this time around we are introducing three junior categories that will make the competition a lot more interesting."
Vying for the Little Miss title in the six to eight age group will be Dejanique Pratt, Carlisa Forbes, Adrielle Miller, Brinika Burrows, Deija Albury and Oryse' Darville.
The pre-teen contestants between nine and 11 years old are Halle Bowe and Ivrinique Johnson.
The Junior Miss category for the 12 to 14-year-old contestants includes Alexis Hamilton and Kendicia Clarke.
The 15 to 18-year-olds going after the teen crown are Genecia Russell, Jadesha Culmer, Keiandrea Fowler and Zanardee Fernander.
Vying for the senior category, including contestants 19 to 27 years old, are Brithney Thurston, Melody Sweeting, Samantha McCartney and Shante Knowles.
Hinsey said the pageant celebrates diversity and support of feminine inner strength and encouraging self-love, from the youngest to the most senior contestant. It also focuses on community service and building young ladies.
"It's not all about the crown and sash but instead about understanding the importance of giving back," she said. As a result, the contestants are encouraged to pick a platform that they are passionate about. "Our pageant isn't about being the most beautiful and superficial. It's about personality and having a community spirit. This is why community service and civic-mindedness is an important part of being a contestant in this competition. This does not mean we don't do other things pageants do like evening gowns and fashion wear, but we ensure that the girls know they will live up to their promises."
Mrs. Galaxy International, Kellie Lightbourn along with Karel Pinder, Miss Bahamas Earth will host the pageant.
Winners will compete in the Miss Galaxy International Pageant on Saturday, July 28 at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Miss Bahamas Galaxy is a subsidiary of Galaxy Pageants International which was founded in 1988 by Maria Torres. It was introduced to The Bahamas in 2009.
When: Sunday, April 22
Where: Rainforest Theatre, Crystal Palace
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: General $35, VIP $50, Balcony $25, Children (12 and under) $10
The Bahamas has won one gold medal, two silver medals, and one bronze medal in the relays at the Olympic Games.
Bahamians all over the world can remember that morning in 2000 when the Golden Girls captured the gold in the 4x100m at the Sydney Olympics, defeating the great USA with Marion Jones in the process. This was the end of a long march to success.
The start of our women
In 1962 at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Kingston, some 50 years ago, the first women's team represented The Bahamas in track an field. The team consisted of Elaine Thompson, Christine Jones, Gail North, and Althea Rolle. The team finished in fifth place and ran 48.7 seconds.
It took 22 years for The Bahamas to compete in the relay in the Olympics when Eldece Clarke, Debbie Greene, Oralee Fowler, and Pauline Davis finished in sixth place at the Los Angeles Games, running 44.18 seconds. No women's relay team ran in the Olympics again until 12 years later, 1996 in Atlanta, where they won the silver medal in 43.14 seconds.
Pauline Davis-Thompson and Eldece Clarke-Lewis both retired after the 2000 Games.
The new women
The Bahamas placed fourth in Athens in 2004 with Timicka Clarke, Chandra Sturrup, Shandria Brown, and Debbie Ferguson in 42.69 seconds. Sturrup, Clarke, and Brown are all descended from Exuma.
The Bahamas has never captured a medal in the men's 4x100m relay. Way back in Mexico City in 1968 The Bahamas seemed to be the team to beat in the men's 4x100m relay.
In the quarter-final the team of Norris Stubbs, Tommy Robinson on the second leg, Bernard Nottage on the third leg, and Kevin Johnson on the final ran a Bahamian record of 39.45 seconds, which would last for 25 years. Robinson pulled up in the semi-final and the hopes and dreams of The Bahamas were dashed.
It took another 28 years for a men's 4x100m relay team to make it to the Games. In Atlanta, a team of Iram Lewis, Rendward Wells, Andrew Tynes, and Joseph Styles made it the semi-finals. Dwight Ferguson ran the second leg in the semi-final and the team was disqualified. Ferguson took off too fast for Rendward Wells, and even though he was not out of the zone he stopped running.
Prior to Sydney, The Bahamas had a camp in Montabaun, France, where the team of Rendward Wells, Sylvannues Hepburn, Iram Lewis, and Dominic Demeritte ran 38.98 seconds for a new Bahamian national record. At the Games in Sydney, Wellington Saunders replaced Iram Lewis and the team placed fourth in the heats in 39.57 seconds. The Bahamas has not fielded a men's 4x100m relay team in the Olympics since.
The Silver Knights
The Bahamas first competed in the men's 4x400m relay in Atlanta where they the team of Carl Oliver, Troy Mcintosh, Dennis Darling, and Timothy Munnings finished seventh in 3:02.71. They had made the final due to the disqualification of Nigeria's team.
In Sydney the team of Avard Moncur, Troy McIntosh, Carl Oliver, and Chris Brown
finished in fourth place in 3:59.23. The USA team was disqualified because of doping infractions and The Bahamas moved up to third place. For whatever reason they have not been presented with their medals yet, although Pauline Davis-Thompson has been presented with her gold medal after Marion Jones was disqualified due to a doping infraction.
In Athens, the team of Nathaniel Mckinney, Aaron Cleare, Andrae Williams, and Chris Brown finished in sixth place in 3:01.88. Dennis Darling was requested to run the starting leg but refused. He was sacked and Cleare brought in. The men got their act together in Beijing when they finished in second place in 2:58.03. On the team were Andrae Williams, Micheal Mathieu, Andretti Bain and Chris Brown. Avard Moncur and Ramon Miller were reserves.
With their gold medal in Edmonton, and silver medals in Helsinki and at the Osaka World Championships, the men got the name the Silver Knights.
Much has happened since Beijing. The Bahamas women's 4x100m relay team of Sheniqua Ferguson, Chandra Sturrup, Christine Amertil and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie won the silver medal in the Berlin World Championships in 42.29 seconds. In Berlin, The Bahamas made history when they entered a women's 4x400m relay team. That team of Sasha Rolle, Shakethia Henfield, Rashan Brown and Katrina Seymour was disqualified.
The men's 4x400m relay was disqualified in Berlin for stepping out of the zone at the beginning of the leg. Last year the team of Avard Moncur, Ramon Miller, Andrae Williams and LaToy Williams missed the final in Daegu. They ran 3:01.54. Neither Chris Brown nor Demetrius Pinder ran in the preliminary round.
The women's team had a misfortune when Nivea Smith ran up on Anthonique Strachan and the baton dropped. Strachan was able to retrieve the baton but the tam was unable to make it to the final.
Preparation for London and Beyond
After the Daegu relay debacle, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) decided to appoint a relay coordination team for the London Olympics. They were leaving nothing to chance. Appointed as coordinator was Henry Rolle, an assistant coach at Auburn University. His local assistants are Tyrone Burrows, David Charlton and Dianne Woodside. Rolle has appointed Bahamian George Cleare, an assistant coach at the University of Georgia, as his U.S. assistant.
Rolle has reached out to all Bahamian athletes, in The Bahamas and abroad for their involvement in the "relay pool". Teams will have the opportunity to participate in meets prior to the Scotiabank Olympic Trials and after the Trials, prior to the Games. There will be a training camp near to London prior to the Games.
The BAAA will approve all participants of teams prior to the Trials and after the Trials. Rolle and Cleare will have no responsibility for the team once the Games begin. Rolle has several athletes from various countries that he trains. The Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) will provide funding for teams to travel to the competition where they are unable to obtain funding from the meet director.
The final relay pools will be selected by the BAAA after the Scotiabank Olympic Trials. Individuals who never participated on teams prior to the Trials are eligible to be named to the pool for the Games. In every instance, athletes must show fitness. In order for any relay team to make the London Games they need to have a time which is in the top 16 in the world. There is no specific qualifying time needed.
At the moment, based upon top times from 2011, The Bahamas has the 12th top time in the men's 4x400m relay of 3:01.33. The national record is 2:57.32 done by Nathaniel Mckinney, Avard Moncur, Andrae Williams, and Chris Brown in Helsinki. The women's 4x100m has the 14th best time in the world of 43.62 seconds done in Freeport at the BTC Jr. & Sr. National Track and Field Championships last June. The team consisted of V'Alonee Robinson, Nivea Smith, Sheniqua Ferguson and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie. The national record is 41.92 seconds done in Seville in 1999.
The men's 4x100m sit in 27th place with a time of 39.29 seconds done in Puerto Rico last July. On that team were Adrian Griffith, Rodney Greene, Demetrius Pinder and Michael Mathieu. The women's senior 4x400m relay team did not participate last year. The national record in that event is 3:29.53 done by Christine Amertil, Sasha Rolle, Shakethia Henfield and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie at the Penn Relays in 2009.
The first outing for our teams will be this weekend at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. The squads confirmed and approved by the BAAA for Philadelphia are: Women's 4x100m - Chandra Sturrup, Anthonique Strachan, Sheniqua Ferguson, Nivea Smith, Tynia Gaither and V'Alonee Robinson; men's 4x100m - Derrick Atkins, Jamial Rolle, Warren Fraser, Jonathan Farquharson, Michael Mathieu and Demetrius Pinder; men's 4x400m - Chris Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu, Ramon Miller and Avard Moncur. Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie was not available for this meet.
There are several athletes who will be included in the pool once their college duties are completed. The Penn Relays features the USA vs. the World in these relays. The Bahamas' 4x400m relay teams have done well in their outings over the years. Several other meets are already scheduled. The men's 4x100m relay will participate in Ponce, Puerto Rico on May 12. The men's 4x400m is scheduled to participate in the Golden Gala in Rome on May 31.
Possible Scheduling Conflicts
As both the Daegu World Championships and Istanbul World Indoor Championships had challenges with availability of athletes we have looked at the schedule for the Olympic Games and note that there should be only one conflict with the team. If Michael Mathieu decides to participate in the 200m, which he did in Daegu, the semi-final of the 4x400m relay will be held the morning of the final of the 200m.
For those men participating in the individual 400m, and Brown, Pinder, and Miller have already qualified, the heats will be held on August 4, semi-finals on August 5, and final on August 6, a full three days before the semi-finals of the 4x400m. For our women participating in the 4x100m relay, the heats of the 100m will be contested on August 3, and the semi-finals and final on August 4.
The heats of the 200m are scheduled for August 6, the semi-final for August 7, and the final on August 8. The semi-final of the 4x100m relay is scheduled for August 9. There should therefore be no conflicts other than Michael Mathieu in the 200m and 4x400m relay.
Just how the women's 4x400m will fit in will be seen. The plans for the preparation of The Bahamas' relay teams for the London Olympics are solid. It provides numerous athletes the opportunity to compete as a member of a team before the Scotiabank Olympic Trials on June 22 and 23. Selection to the team will be made after the Trials.
At that point the names are recommended to the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) which makes the final decision. Bahamians can look forward to solid relay teams in London this summer. There is definitely hope for The Bahamas relays in London. As Scotiabank says, Let's 'Discover What's Possible.'
Funeral Service for Levi Reginald Laramore age 70 of Annes Drive Winton Estates, who died at his residence April 5th, will be held on Saturday 10:00 a.m. at Christ The King Anglican Church Ridgeland Park West. Canon Curtis Robinson assisted by Arch-deacon I. Ranfurly Brown, Fr. Bradley Miller, Fr. Atma Budhu, Fr. Rodney Burrows and Fr. Joseph Mycklewhyte will officiate and interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memory are:
Wife: Margaret Olive Laramore
Children: Michael Laramore (Ellen); Sylvia Major (Malcolm); Shawn Laramore; Michelle Pinder; Lisa Pinder; Jackie Taylor (Scott); Natasha Cartwright (Roswell); Tameko Laramore (Raquel); Margo Bosfield (Antoine)
Grandchildren: Michael Jr.; Jermaine; Melissa; Malconique; Melani; Shawn Jr; Ashanti; Devante'; Deangelo; Lakeria; Keron; Eudane; Laron; Shantese; Cheyanne; Rotaj; Triniti; Sereniti, Rashae.
Great Grandchildren: Kiera; Syniah; Keyanna; Kayshawn
Brother : Stafford ( & Doral) Laramore
Sister: Brenetta-Mae Johnson
In-Laws: Mary Laramore, John White (Grace), George Young, Marina (John) Young, Sybilene (Ronald) Taylor, Georgina (Walter "Rim") Curtis, Ronald (Ernestine) Young, Mildred Young.
Uncle in law: Charles (Anita) Mckinney
Nieces : Jo'ann White; Patricia ( & Berkley) Chisolm; Rose ( & Leo) Kirby; Maxcine ( & Brian) Stubbs; Beatrice ( & Nehemiah) Hield; Ruth Poitier; Anita ( & Craig) Knowles; Sherry Laramore (of New York) Marge, June, Wendy ( & Wayne) Rolle; Sharon ( & Leroy) Sturrup; Theresa, Sandra ( & Terrence) Taylor; Lillian ( & James) Smith; Maedon, Indiana ( & Albert) Darville; Charlotte, Linda, and Natalie White; Alicia, Blakely and Brie Young; Sheila and Janice Young; Billi-Charra Taylor; Chia Young and Rhonda Young.
Nephews: Pastor Michael ( & Patrice) Johnson; Richard ( & Odea) Johnson; Julian ( & Antoinette); Joseph and William ; Kendal ( & Kim); Charles ( & Tina); Randy; Rev. Samuel ( & Renee); Roger; David Jr.; John Jr. "Super", Calvin (Carla), Rudolph, Frankie, Louis "Boogie", Desiree, Christopher ; Gerrad (Margo), Glenn, Graham, Theodore, Braven and Lucas ; Marlin Young; Owen (Bekera), Justin, William, Valentino Taylor; Ronald Jr "Ron J", Ramon Young.
Grand Nieces and Nephews: Nadia; Theo; Tenille; Jonathon; Abigail; Catherine; Trenae; Keiliah; Omar; Perez; Anecia; Juliet; Jade; Aisha; Joeliese; Jon-Michael; Jordan; Dion (Kenya); Kelly (Okellen);Prince; Kia (Ory), Rashad, Rashida, Rachel, Beth-Anne, Michael Jr., John-Thomas III, Kent, Chiteria, Lashanda, Phylicia, Felicia, Anesha, Teddy Jr, Da'nai, Phillip Jr, Hilbert, Hildra, Tyrone, Travis, Stephonya, Tinika, Sasha, Indira, Allie, Jhade, Nivea, Rivere Young, Zantae and Savannah Pelletier, Owbeon Taylor.
Cousins: Sandra Sealy, Gwenn Forbes-Kelly, Robert Carter, Larry Thomas, Marion Forbes, Erin Knowles, Van and Cordell Thompson, Gigi Mackey and Family, Nathaniel Dorsett and Family, John and Marlene Dorsett, Cecil Dorsett and Family, Lillian and Glenn McPhee and Family, Lavenia Dorsett and Family, Lekita and Randy Chambers and Family, Luella McDonald and Family, Joyce, Hyacinth, Joan and Family, Joanna Armbrister and Family, Audrey Laramore-Forbes and Family, Jennifer, Derek, Sidney, Robbie Smith and Families, Carolyn, Peaches, Blondell, Sean, Raymond Laramore, Mary Basden, Rose Huyler and Family, Emerald and Lawrence Bethell and Family, Rosemary Capron-Thompson, Pat and Bursil Gibson, Louise Gibson and Family, Gloria Sears, Melvin Seymour, The Forbes family, The Hamilton family, The Capron family, The Outten family, The Thurston family, and The Seymour family. The Fort-Lauderdale Family: George, David "Junior", James, Winston "Pop", Shirley, Evangeline "Vangie", Catherine Laramore, Bridget Ruffing, Geseta Smith, Bernice Laramore, Leslie and Chad Laramore.
God-Children: Walter Curtis; Jeron Pratt; Bradley
Adopted Children: Derek Whymms, Charlie, Andrea, Marie, Edith,
Special Friends and other Relatives: Fr. Joseph Mycklewhyte and family, Elgin (Olive) Rahming, Nathaniel Bosfield and family, Anthony Bosfield and Family, Fr. Rodney Burrows and family, Portia, Desiree, Anthia, and Ralph Williams Jr., Richard and Hazel Harden of Florida, The Parada family of Boston MA, Winifred (Michael) Thompson and family, Andrew McKinney, Janet (Derek) Davis and family, Anthony (Keva) McKinney and family, Edgar & Florence Symonette, Carol (E.R.) Hanna and family, Henry, Gennie and Willamae Dean, Valarie Sands, Ann Thompson, Danny & Ingrid Knowles, Ferlease Knowles and family, Cherry, Andy (Jan), Walter Gibson and families, Petrona Kemp and family, Judith, Rudolph, Willard, Kelsey and Roosevelt (Quella) Williams, Stephanie Rolle and family, Patty McKinney and family, Vianna Pinder and family; Allan Rolle Jr and family, Ozzie Moore and family, Dougal Small and family, Asa Ferguson and family, Anthony Craig and family, Bismark Coakley and family, Lesa Edwards and family, Delano Knowles and family, Euthalee Brown & family, Suzette Dean and family, Archdeacon I Ranfurly Brown and family, Fr, Bradley Miller and family, Fr. Atma Budhu and family, Fr. Andrew Toppin, Fr. Chester Burton and family, Fr. Ormond Wright and family, Bishop Laish Boyd Sr. and family.
Neighbours: Mark Fox and family, The Pratt Family, The Mingos, Anastacia Thompson and family, Georgette Dames and family, Pearline Whylly and family, Simon Miller and family, Jeffrey and Rose Pratt, Sean Edgecombe and family, Derek Knowles and family, Norma Allen & family; Beverly Taylor; The Staff of Moe's Road Building Construction Company, The Eneas Jumper Corner family, The Farm Road Community, Kelcine Johnson and family, Shavon Peet and family and Aisha Sweeting and family,The Temple Christian High School family, , The Custom Computers family, Suntee family, First Caribbean Sandyport family, The Hilton family, Christ the King Anglican Church family, especially The March "Aquamarines" Birthday Club, The Winton Community, The South Eleuthera Community and The Cat Island Community.
Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at THE CHAPEL OF MEMORIES COMMONWEALTH FUNERAL HOME INDEPENDENCE DRIVE on Friday from 11:00-7:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to service time.
Memorial Service for the Late Deaconess Retella Mary Petty-Davis, 67 years of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, will be held on Friday April 20th, 7:30 p.m. at National Church of God, Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera. Rev'd. Audley Hepburn will officiate.
Funeral Service for the Late Deaconess Retella Mary Petty-Davis, 67 years of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera will e held on Saturday April 21st, 10:00 a.m. at the Worker's House Hall, Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera. Bishop Clifford N. Petty, assisted by Bishop Lipton McKenzie, Bishop Sylvanus Petty and Rev'd. Lockwood Deleveaux will officiate. Interment will follow in the Governor's Harbour Public Cemetery.
She is survived by her Husband: Gerald Davis; 7 Daughters: Janet Burrows, Dale Hepburn, Dorothy Davis, Pattie Davis (Hepburn), Carol, Kathy And Leah Davis; 1 Son: Jerome Davis; 2 Sisters: Emily Russell, Lisa Similien; 7 Brothers: Bishops Clifford And Sylvanus Petty, Prince, Franklyn, Brent, Anthony And Leo Petty; 27 Grandchildren: Jennifer, Fiona, Jonathan, Phillip Jr. Dehlya, Esterlitha, Shaniqua, Vashti, Whitney, Cyril, Justin, Lashanda, Curby, Kendrick, Phylicia, Daniel, Jeremy, Kenneth, Michesia, Daraldo, Dana, Aaroniqua, Dorothy, Jerome Jr, Kayden, William(Josiah) And Kylin; 10 Great-Grand Children: McCale, Marissa, Cameron, Shameko, Rashad, Anton, Ranaria, Shandira, Salaya And Shakara; 2 Sons-In-Law: Phillip Hepburn Sr. and David Burrows; 3 Brothers-In-Law: Eric Russell, George Petty Sr., And Sydney Similien; 8 Sisters-In-Law: Evangelist Velma Petty, Dolly, Lillian, Antionette, Beulah, Vernell, Patsy Petty And Caroline Bethel.; 4 Adopted Sons: Don Wood, Kirklyn Pinder, Charles Jones, and Prophet Randolph Barr; 33 Nieces and Their Husbands, 19 Nephews And Their Wives, 45 Grand Nieces, 37 Grand Nephews, 4 Great Grand Nieces, 2 Great Grand Nephews and other Step Children Too Numerous To Mention. Special Friends: Lillian Demeritte, Min. Eddie Belle Curry, Maize Pinder, Inez Cooper, Tessie Stubbs, Dr Smith, Astrid Fernander, Agnes Bethel, Austin Knowles Jr., Debra Bethel, Joyce Colebrooke, Sharon Homer, Calae Burrows, Andrea Butler, Irene Griffin, Juliette Lewis, Michelle Johnson, Thomasina, Scott, Kim, Charmaine, And Melanie (PMH), Joanna Coakley, Trudy, And Norma(Doctor's Hospital). Other Relatives And Friends: National Church Of God Families (Nassau, Bahamas And United States), Apostle Leon Wallace And Voice Of Deliverance Family (Nassau), Linda Haschker, Ruthmae Burrows And Family, Marion Neal Of Miami Florida, Albon Johnson And Family. Mary Fernander And Family, Governor's Harbour Men's Fellowship, The Petty, Davis, Johnson, Gardiner, Bacchus, Gierzewski, Pinder, Bethel, Prescod And Griffin Families Of Governor's Harbour. The Culmer and Cooper Families Of Savannah Sound Eleuthera, The Pinder, Bethel, Scavella, And McCardy Families (Hatchet Bay). The Barr Family (Nassau), Mr. Damien Gomez And Family, Rev. William Hepburn And Rev. Raymond Hepburn And Families (Nassau). William And Constance Rahming, Dellerese Nottage, Andrea Adderley And Lotricia Ferguson. Nursing Staff Of The Levy Medical Clinic, Doctors And Staff Of The Bahamas Health And Healing Centre, Doctors And Staff Of Doctor's And Princess Margaret Hospitals Especially Nurse Butler, Nurse Akebon, Nurse McCoy And Nurse Johnson (Female Medical 1).
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday at National Church of God, Governor's Harbour from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Saturday at the Workers House Hall from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral Service for the Late Linda Louise Veronica Willis, 51 years of #20 Warren Street, Oakes Field, will be held on Friday May 11th, 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Boyd Road. Msgr. Alfred Culmer will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's cemetery, Tyler Street.
She is survived by her mother: Irene Louise Willis; sisters: Miriam T. Willis and Patricia Willis-Coleby; brothers: Leslie, Anthony and Christopher Willis; aunts: Dyllis Ingraham, Mildred McKinney, Verdell Esther and Annis McPhee Sylvia Willis, Patsy Frater, Toni Thomas of Jamaica; grand aunts: Mary Sweetnum and Kathleen Demeritte, uncles: Troy McPhee, Lawrence, Ernest, Gettis and Newton Willis; grand uncle: Robert McPhee; Brother-in-law: Carlton Coleby; and a host of other relatives and friends including: Brenda nad Bert McKinney and family, Margaret and Lawrence Thurston, Sheralyn and James McCartney and family, Annette and Michael Allen and family, Stephen, and Shervin Seymour and their families, Valarie and Roger Carpenter and family, Margaret Russell and family, Deborah Bassett and family, Stephanie Mackey and family, Gregory Ingraham, Julian Ingraham and family, Donald Grey and family, Diana Sands and family, Santina Smith and family, Carlton Grey and family, Sheilamae Adderley and family, Carolee Grey and family, Almarie Reid and family, Robert Arthur and family, Danette Arthur, Belfield Arthur, Veldira Arthur-Diop and family, Pam Adderley and family, Cheryl Collie and family, Garfield McPhee and family, Bertha, Garnell McPhee and family, Brantis Adderley and family, The children of the late Priscilla Carey and their respective families, The Demerittes; James, Donna, Michael, Karlas, Kayla, Virginia and Edward and their respective families, Luther McDonald and family, Donna Smith and family, The children or Verdell,Esther and Annis McPhee and their respective families, Alfred Sears and family, Mrs. Olive McKenzie and family, Mrs. Meta Bethell and family, Mrs. Una Elliot and family, The Francis family, Mrs. Keva Nethersole and family, Mrs. Joyce Bain and family, Mrs. Geneva Thorton and family, Mrs. Trudy Miller and family, Mrs. Constance Mackey and family, Ivan and Nancy Conliffe, The Seymour family, Mrs. Florinda Bastian and family, The McCartneys, The Stuart family, The Moncurs, Douglas Major and family, Derek Roach, Mrs. Marie Cash, Mrs. Flora Davis, Mrs. Laurel Lundy, Ms. Joann Savin, Mrs. Angela Smith, The Braithwaites, Mrs. Marcia Bannister, Hermean Thompson, The University of Warren Street, The Warren Street family, Mrs. Una Burrows, all the health care providers especially Nurse Forbes, Nurse Hutchinson, Doctors Kemp, McDowell, Roper, Richardson and Taylor, the nurses of the chest pain unit, female medical two and accident and emergency, especially Nurse Wood and Sister Rolle.
There will be no public viewing
Rashan Williams had big dreams. She wanted to teach. She dreamt about getting married, and starting a family. She also wanted to make a difference in her community. But the one thing she never dreamed of was a life riddled with pain.
Seven years ago, at age 16, Williams was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body's antibodies cannot differentiate between good cells and foreign threats and therefore attack healthy cells within the body.
The most affected parts of the body include the brain, kidneys, joints and skin. But the most defining mark in Lupus is usually the butterfly rash that spreads across the patient's nose.
It started out with unexplained joint pain. The teenager simply assumed she was worn out from schoolwork and just needed to rest.
"I was in grade 10 when the pain began. It was near the end of the school year and since I was a very studious and active student I felt maybe I was pushing myself too much and my body was just telling me that I needed to rest," said a now 24-year-old Williams. "Summer came and I felt better. No pain or problems at all. It was only when school started again that the pain returned. But instead of going away as I went about my day, it got worse over time. At first I was just waking up with an ache in my joints but as the months went by it started to stay with me throughout the day and then even through the night."
The intensity of it made her realize that it was something more than just fatigue. And the pain spread to her shoulders, neck, fingers and feet. It was so painful at times she could barely button her blouses -- and fixing her hair was nearly impossible. As the year ended and the pain got worse despite constantly popping pain killers, her family began to get worried that something was really wrong with her.
Her initial visits to clinics and physicians saw little results. At one point she was told she had rheumatoid arthritis or even growing pains. And although she hoped what was happening to her was as simple as that, Williams knew that the amount of pain she was in could indicate that it was something more.
"I didn't know what to do for a long time. The pain was so intense and pain killers only made it worse. They would help the pain to subside but when they wore off, the pain came back 10-fold. It was excruciating."
She and her mom, Elaine Burrows, sought medical assistance in the United States. During the visit her blood pressure soared, and she was admitted into hospital where she underwent a series of blood tests. In February 2004 she was officially diagnosed with Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Williams initially was given steroids to treat her lupus. Once stable she was sent home. A few weeks after her return, her ankles started to swell and she started gaining weight. Medical officials told her that her kidneys had begun to fail. She was given a chemotherapy drug to reverse the kidney failure, but that failed. She began dialysis treatment. But rather than deal with the double dose of facing the daily struggles with lupus and kidney failure, Williams opted out of traditional dialysis treatment (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis), which would mean she would have to be hooked up to a machine for three hours, four times a week. Instead she chose Peritoneal dialysis, a treatment she can perform herself three to four times a day with little hassle.
"I like that the dialysis treatment I use isn't disruptive to my life as much as the regular dialysis treatment would be. It's 100 percent better to me and it was easy to deal with when I was working. I just attach my bag of Peritoneal fluid to my stomach and the fluid goes in. After about 15 minutes the fluid comes back out with toxins and other bad chemicals from my body that diffused into the liquid. I do this four times a day. Once in the morning, another time at work when I was working and twice in the evening. I can do this without missing a beat in my life. So although the pain of lupus and my kidney failure are a permanent part of my life they don't have to slow me down."
Williams said the two conditions can be challenging but she tries to not to let it get the best of her. And she is now looking to pursue studies in primary education. And she has a more positive outlook on life in comparison to when she had to adjust to her disease and was depressed all the time.
"The hardest part about having lupus for me was that at the very beginning, it was a very stressful thing to deal with... My mother had three other younger children to deal with, so she had to manage time between me and my healthcare and my smaller siblings. But everything went well because I had support on every front - family, friends and church. Even at school everyone even pitched in, but even though everyone was so good, I couldn't help but be angry when I wasn't able to do things."
Surprisingly for the teenaged Williams, her inspiration to fight and not let lupus get the best of her, came from someone younger (a 13-year-old who also suffered with lupus) and not someone who was older and wiser.
The girl died within six months of her diagnosis. It terrified the then 18-year-old Williams to watch the teenager deteriorate to the point where she could not even speak or move.
"I watched her die and I thought to myself that it could've just as easily have been me. I knew from then that my life had a purpose and I wanted to be an inspiration," she said. "Me having lupus wasn't about me I realized. I knew from then on I had to keep on doing the best I could and inspire others. I can't give up and neither should anyone else."
Even though she's a seven-year-survivor, Williams knows she's not out of the woods, but she is glad that everything is going well and she is feeling better daily. She is not plagued with pain as much anymore. She sometimes can even forget she has lupus until she overworks herself. (When she does that her body gets extremely tired and she can suffer a flare up like joint pain, joint swelling and fatigue).
Who it affects
The illness occurs more commonly in females than in males with a ratio of 11 females to one male, according to Dr. Patrick Whitfield who works out of the Oxford Medical Center. He said the disease affects women in their childbearing years normally in their 20s and 30s. In the United States, statistics show 52 cases per 100,000 are diagnosed with lupus. With this in mind the physician says if the Bahamian population follows a similar trend it is likely that with a population of about 400,000 that over 200 people are diagnosed with the illness.
Like many chronic diseases, lupus sometimes takes a while to be recognized and properly treated according to Dr. Whitfield. He said this is because the symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses and as a result sometimes people underestimate their problem. He said the constitutional symptoms of lupus include fatigue, fever, joint pain, weight changes, muscular and skeletal pain (joints of the hands, wrists), skin changes, photo sensitivity and hair loss.
"Even though you may have these symptoms, they may very well not be lupus, which is why to be sure you have to get a doctor's diagnosis," he said.
Dr. Whitfield said that although Lupus can seem depressing and is very painful, the mortality rate for this disease is relatively low. There is an 80 percent chance that patients will make it to at least 15 years after diagnosis. Also with regular care and treatment, mortality is also greatly reduced. However, there is a 50 percent chance that people with lupus will suffer from kidney disease, which is difficult and if it leads to kidney failure it can decrease their life expectancy. He also said that reports show that about a third of all lupus patients in the U.S. died below the age of 45, but even so chances were still good for people with the disease to live a relatively normal life if they are on the right medication and are vigilant about their health.
If lupus is left unmanaged people run the risk of developing symptoms that affect the kidneys and lead to failure with each new relapse, said the medical practitioner. Neuro-psychiatric features like seizures, psychosis with hallucination, delirium and meningitis can also occur. Sometimes antibodies can attack the spine so patients can develop a weakness in their lower body making it difficult to walk. Strokes can also happen as well as a cognitive disorder similar to Alzheimer's. Untreated patients or those who are lax in their follow-ups, even with a relapse can eventually get lung and heart diseases like pleurisy or pericarditis respectively which are illness where the linings of the organs are inflamed.
Dr. Whitfield said early treatment can decrease the damage that the disease can cause and allow a person diagnosed with lupus to live a normal life. He said it's a disease that should be taken seriously.
Lupus Awareness Month
On Sunday, May 20, the local lupus support group will also host a Purple Hat Tea Party Affair at St. Matthew's Anglican Parish Hall to raise funds for research.
Lupus Bahamas 242 was officially launched last month with the goal of increasing information and providing for people living with lupus in The Bahamas.
Despite it all, when it comes to dealing with lupus and other chronic illnesses, Williams' advice to young people is not to give up.
"You may be dealing with something that is unfamiliar to you. It's hard no matter how you look at it, but with the right management, proper healthcare, positive attitude and the will to live, you can lead a normal life whether you have lupus or any other chronic disease. And family and friends need to support, encourage and know that any small gesture or words mean a lot. Don't withhold them. They can help the person to see that they can lead a long life and be positive in their outlook. Stay strong. It's not a life sentence. You can make it. You don't have to lay there and die. Encourage yourself and take it one day at a time. With God's help life can still be beautiful."
o For more information on the group and for information on upcoming events, visit the Lupus Bahamas 242 page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lupus-Bahamas-242-Information-Support/161404860604123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funeral Service for the late Mother Berenus Loretta Cargill affectionately called "Titta and T.D" age 76 years of Mastic Point, Andros will be held on Sunday May 20th, 2012 at 10:30am at Cathedral of Olive, Morgan Bluff Drive, Andros. Officiating will be Bishop Philemon Wilson D.D. J.P. assisted by Bishop John Humes, Bishop Lewis Adderley, Elder Breacham Brennen and other ministers. Interment will follow in South Mastic Point Cemetery, Mastic Point, Andros.
Cherished memories will forever and always linger in the hearts of those she left behind, namely her devoted husband: Pastor Prince Cargill; daughter: Evang. Valderine Burrows; sons: Tommy, Danny, Pastor Lynden Cargill and Pastor Manix Cargill; Son-in-law: Wilfred Burrows; Daughter-in-law: Min. Bernadette Cargill; Adopted daughters: Vernamae Knowles; Phyllis Bain; Lavern Moxey; Cathy Martin; Helen Smith; Gwen Penigan; Loretta Farrington, Marie Adderley; Adopted Sons: Bishop Mark Knowles; Lorenzo Harris, Steve Hanna; Grand children: Sinatra, Lenthius, Valdez, Cordero, Laval, Lenora and Amanda Burrows, Cornelius and Carrington Thompson, Nickoya, Torry, Toran, Lynden Jr., Tameiko, and Jeremiah Cargill; Great grand children: Jada Burrows, Kyle Thompson; Sisters: Idell Reckley, Marionetta Smith, Doretta Jackson (California), and Ruthmae Francis; Brothers: Cardinal, Jonathan, Charlie and Bradley Fowler; Sister-in- laws: Karen, Linda, Bridgette, Beulahmae Fowler, Julia Hanna, Perlene Russell, Catherine Minnus, Gina Newton, Esther Cargill; Brother-in-laws: Edwin Francis, John Cargill; Aunt: Maria Martin; Numerous nieces and nephews including Derek Oliver, Angela Bowen, Dennis Smith, Meredith Miller, Lisa Bonaby, Vander Williams, Bridgette Beneby, Leading Seaman Dwayne McGregor, Edwin Jr. Stacy , Odesa Francis, Robertha Stuart, Paula Josey, Diann, Stacy Hanna, Michelle McGregor, Nadia and Marlin Turner, Sharmaine Evans, Darilyn Grant, Mevatta Cox, Carla, Lashanta and Berkley Fowler, Sophia Russell, Samantha Smith, Delareese Smith-Styles; Other relatives and friends including: Althea Sands, Isolene Rolle, Vernita Russell and family, Edgburt Tinker, Melsine Dorsett and family, Mary Rolle and family, Leanza Hanna, Ivy Ferguson and family, Diana Beneby and family, Ellen Bowleg and family, Pastor Max Roberts and family, Bishop Lewis Adderley and family, Pastor Samuel Fowler and family, Pastor Carl Oliver and family, Pastor Reginald Ferguson and family, Pastor Phillip Campbell and family, Carlton Bowleg and family, Lenard Newton and family, Agatha Cleare and family, Bertha Burrows and family, Uris Dames and family, Sis. Bodie and family, Ms. Turnquest and family, Micheal Finley and family, the Bodie family, Dorrell Higgs and family, Basil Martin and family, Deacon Alvin Burrows and family, Pastor Catherine Burrows and the Outreach Evangelic Church family, Pastor Romer and Ebenezar Church family, Roselda Woodside and family, Pastor Harold Mackey and family, Ms. McDonald and family, Derek & Iguline Oliver and family, Maude Romer and family, Mavis Gaitor and family, Pastor George Colebrooke and family, Deliverance Tabernacle family, the Prayer Band family, the Church of God family, the Colebrooke family, Bowleg family, Dr. Philip Campbell and family, Joyce Fowler and family, Bishop Charles Dean and family, Pastor Dorinda Dean and M.R.I Church family, Pearlene Simmons and family, the Ministry of Works family and many more too numerous to mention.
Viewing will be held in the Halcyon Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads, on Thursday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and again on Friday at Small Hope Church of God, Central Andros from 6:00pm to 12:00am, Saturday at Mastic Point Church of God, North Andros from 12noon to 12:00am and Sunday at 8:30am at Cathedral of Olive, Morgan Bluff Drive, Andros until service time.
Break out the popcorn. Bahamians now have the option of going to the movies like never before, without even leaving their homes.
Cable Bahamas Limited (CAB) officially launched its highly anticipated video on demand platform yesterday, completing its "triple play" suite of REVTV products.
"We're continuing to create new, convenient ways for our customers to experience entertainment and 500 REVTV on Demand does just that. Now, our subscribers have the ability to watch what they want, when they want, on demand," according to David Burrows, Cable Bahamas' marketing director.
Subscribers in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera that possess a digital set-top box will now have access to 500 REVTV on Demand.
"Using their TV remote, customers can navigate an easy-to-use menu and choose programs, and view at their leisure. Not only will movies be available in both standard and high definition but also concerts, over 300 karaoke titles, kids and local programming will also be available on demand," he explained. "We are very excited about the inclusion of our local content. Now film makers like Maria Govan, Kareem Mortimer and other filmmakers will have far greater reach into the Bahamian community with this platform."
Burrows revealed to Guardian Business during yesterday's launch that new titles are expected to be launched on a monthly basis and made available to REVTV subscribers. Broadband and television are now considered mature markets, according to CAB executives. Exploring new markets by enhancing its video product has been a priority for the BISX-listed company.
While NetFlix might be a competitor, CAB executives told Guardian Business that their offering should be far leaner.
More competition within the Bahamian marketplace is expected, although CAB now has a big head start.
Paramount, DreamWorks, Magnolia Pictures, Starz Cinemas, and Warner Brother's titles, along with HBO on demand, are all presently being featured on 500 REVTV on Demand.
Burrows noted that contracts have just been completed with Disney, Fox and Sony. These entities should be offering movies by the end of summer.
By year's end, Burrow estimates that at least another 100 titles will be added to the movie library.
"We are always striving to ensure Bahamians have the latest and greatest advancements in television entertainment and technology, and we're proud to announce the availability of 500 REVTV on Demand to our subscribers," according to Anthony Butler, Cable Bahamas' CEO.
"We also encourage parents to take advantage of the many parental control options our advanced digital boxes afford parents in both controlling purchases with their own access pin, and also helping them to ensure their children are viewing only what they want them to."
This announcement comes seven months after CAB launched REVOICE, a fixed-line service.
Mark Cabrelli, CAB's vice president in charge of sales and marketing, called the service a "big step in the company's evolution", as it seeks to present itself as an overall communications provider.