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People need to look at where they are compared to where they came from and have hope and never give up, according to Reverend Carla Culmer as Wesley Methodist Church members celebrated their 173rd anniversary.
"I want people to remember that God is positioning us to move forward and continue to make His word relevant in the age we are in now," said Rev. Culmer during the Sunday sermon. "While God's word does not change, I believe it is important that we as a Christian people see that it is our duty to reach out in this digital age. We have so many unchurched in our communities and we cannot ignore them which is why I challenge believers to undergo their own self-discovery as to what their work for God entails. We all have tasks that God gives us and I hope more of us take the time to listen and hear what God has planned for our lives."
The pastor encouraged her members to do their part in making the Word relevant to every age and every person. And she said that although the church had been around for over a century it always aimed to find ways to bring the message in a new way to people. And she said it was this quality a great church must have.
"Much like the poem, 'Till All the Jails are Empty' by Carl P. Daw Jr., which speaks about the level of global peace, social fulfillment and perfection the world must be in, before the church's job is done. Christians today need to keep on doing their job," said the minister. "No matter how old you may be, or how much you have accomplished, if there is one unsaved person, one suffering soul your job is not done. As long as there is a church, there is work for a Christian. I hope to inspire more people to do their best and not just suffice in their own salvation but look to help those who are still lost."
The minister acknowledged the recent rough years, and how hard the lives of some individuals have been. She reminded them that the storm would end, but that they must carry on. That there is always hope in the church and that they should not despair -- despite their situations.
She told them that God still loves them and will provide for them if they believe in Him and continue to do good works. And that what they are going through physically, mentally and spiritually is a test from God and that they will see the end if they believe.
Rev. Culmer encouraged people to continue to seek help and counsel at church before they make a mistake that may be more costly than they are willing to pay. And she reminded them that everyone is a child of God which means everyone is their brother's keeper. She urged them to be compassionate, look out for one another and to never be shy about seeking help in their darkest hour.
Rev. Culmer's message was one she hoped the congregation would remember as the church continues to find ways to grow and provide for the community in the many years to come.
The Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church was established in 1839. It was originally a wooden one-story structure neatly walled on three sides with a fenced front. In 1869, the first stone chapel was erected but was destroyed by a hurricane in 1926 and rebuilt in 1929. According to records, extensive repairs and renovations were carried out and the result is the structure that stands today on the corner of Baillou Hill Road and Chapel Street.
The church, which was established soon after the abolition of slavery in The Bahamas and catered to less than 100 members, initially has grown steadily throughout the years to a congregation size of well over a 1,000 members. Besides its weekly Sunday services, the iconic church in the Grants Town community and has remained active in the community even today through several ministries such as prayer groups, bible study, visitations teams, Sunday school, the Wesley guild, youth and young adult meetings, women's league, men's fellowship, Boys and Girls Brigade, Brownies, Girl Guides, a day nursery, junior choir, soup kitchen and brass band.
The members of Wesley Methodist Church celebrated its anniversary with midweek renewal services to an island challenge competition on Methodist history and songs to a scavenger hunt for the young people, along with a Saturday morning prayer breakfast.
We can't appreciate the greatness of Jesus' resurrection unless we acknowledge the full reality of His death. Jesus was a real man, who felt real pain. Stress and isolation were stark realities of His life, especially as He faced the reality of the cross. Jesus died in darkness. But He trusted enough in God to face the darkness, and to wait for the resurrection. The scriptures and the early church seldom said, "Jesus rose from the dead." What they said was, "God raised Jesus from the dead." Jesus too had to make that leap of faith which we will one day be called upon to make.
Jesus entered the dark kingdom of death and emerged victorious. He has won His victory. He has conquered death. The church teaches that He descended into hell. This was the grave, and there he preached to souls who had died and was buried before He came. To them He offered hope. Resurrection victory was therefore retroactive hope. Resurrection victory was therefore retroactive to those who had died before Jesus came in the flesh. This victory must work its way through and become a reality in us - His people. His victory was won in our nature -- human flesh. If the battle had not been fought and won in our human nature, we would be incapable of profiting from His victory. We would still be under the power of death.
The resurrection itself was never in doubt -- God cannot die. But the surprise and gift of Easter is that the resurrection is for us too. Jesus has been raised in our flesh and blood. It is our death that has been defeated. Because of the resurrection, we have hope beyond the grave, that when we are dead we are not done.
As we go on in life we become increasingly conscious of our mortality and the inevitable journey towards death. Death constitutes a huge challenge to our faith, for we see beyond death only as through a darkened glass. But at Easter we breathe the pure air of everlasting life.
We must live in hope as Christians, joyful hope. The forces of darkness may seem overwhelming, but the victory is already won. We must trust that victory, and not live as if death still dominates us.
Too many of us Bahamians live a shackled life, although professing to be Christians. The pressure of life puts us under. Relationships is the heaviest of all burdens we carry. It's so fragile we must learn to handle it with prayers. Life is a living hell for far too many. Many a spouse are afraid to go home or stay home. We just struggle to be civil, we become unlivable. I know of teenage girls who "force-ripe" their marriage just to get out of homes that are "hell-holes" with parents who heap live burning coals on their heads. Some people I know are even afraid to wake up some mornings. It's only another drag, boring and unexciting life. They have allowed some intimidator to choke the joy out of their living. Then, so many have no one who loves them or show them care. They will prostitute their very souls to find these necessary ingredients that make life worth living. A lady once told me, she comes to church only to get hugged. That's the only place she is guaranteed a hug. Out of this graveyard of death we must find resurrection life to be celebrated. Celebration of life is resurrection.
To be a Christian is to be a person of hope because of what happened on Easter. But Christian hope is not a superficial optimum based on a refusal to look at the faults. Rather, it is a deep trust in God. Trust deeply in God and claim victory.
Good Friday, day of darkness and death, comes to everyone. So does Holy Saturday, that day of emptiness and sorrow. On such days it's hard to believe. But Easter Sunday, day of life and joy, will come as surely as the dawn. Easter says, death, the last enemy, has been overcome. Live life in hope or be dead in despair. We can smile because of the resurrection when we apply it to ourselves. Rise above your despair, claim victory over your despair. Live it as you say it and believe it.
May the Lord in his goodness open our minds and hearts so that we may believe and live the good news of His victory over death.
"I serve a risen Savior; He is in this world today. I know He is living whatever men may say. I see His hands of mercy. I hear His voice of cheer, and just the time I need Him He's always there. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart, you ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart. Rejoice, rejoice oh Christian, lift up your voice and sing, Eternal Hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King. The hope of all who seek him, the help of all who find, none other is so loving, so good and kind."
-- Rev. Fr. S. Sebastian Campbell,
rector at St. Gregory's Anglican Church
He's a man who never considered himself to be "in perfect standing" with the Lord. Still, for a quarter of a century, Reverend Dr Robert Lerond Colebrook has trained ministers of the gospel and church musicians in his bid to win souls for Christ...
CONSTITUTIONAL watchdogs, the Bahamas Christian Council (BCC), are up to their old tricks again. Against the backdrop of the Bahamas constitution, they are making outlandish claims in defence of public morality.
The BCC took great interest in reviewing channels 874 to 895 from service provider Cable Bahamas, outlining in detail the scope and nature of the pornographic material available to Bahamian viewers. The council itemised a sampling of 12 pornographic movie offerings, with titles and descriptions, including: Real Big Bouncing Boobs, the MILF Café, Latin All Stars and Best BJ Contest. In the latter inst ...
Even though members of the Seventh-day Adventist faith must believe and teach their distinctive truth and doctrines, they were reminded that salvation would only come from Jesus, according to Ted Wilson, president of the General Council of Seventh-day Adventists.
Speaking at the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) recently before an audience of more than 1,800 people who came together to worship and hear the leader of the Seventh-day Adventist...
With the Lenten season well underway, most Christians are still working hard to continue their sacrifice of shedding a bad habit or taking on a good one. Many pay attention to attending all the Sunday services during this solemn occasion and others may take it a step further by reflecting daily on their lives and seeking ways to make their walk closer in the Lord. But there is one feature of this period that people are not as diligent about - Stations of the Cross.
The Bahamas played host to the 42nd Annual CARIFTA Games. The event drew hundreds of sporting enthusiasts from throughout the Caribbean, which consequently translated into business for hotels, restaurants and taxi drivers in Nassau. The eyes of the entire Caribbean were fixated on The Bahamas as athletes from 26 countries competed at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. I think it was a very good idea for the country to host the CARIFTA games. Having said that, I believe that the government and organizers of CARIFTA showed poor discretion in holding the sporting event during the Good Friday and Easter holidays. In my view, it was disrespectful towards God and His church. The opening ceremony was held on Good Friday, of all days. That is a day set aside by the Christian community throughout the world to commemorate the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ. On that day, millions of believers from around the world attend church in order to reflect on the Seven Last Sayings of Jesus on the cross of Calvary.
Two thousand years ago, God the Son shed His precious blood on the first Good Friday in order to redeem His fallen creation, man. How can anyone trivialize that day by holding a sporting event? I think it was most inappropriate and inconsiderate of them to do so. Equally disturbing, if not downright sacrilegious, were CARIFTA athletes competing on Easter Sunday, the day that Jesus Christ defeated death and the kingdom of man's greatest enemy, Satan, by rising from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus is a clear indication that God the Father had accepted the sacrificial death of Jesus. It means that sinners can be fully forgiven by God if they come to Jesus in genuine repentance. Had Jesus remained in that borrowed tomb, every single human being from Adam to the last baby that would have been born would have been doomed to eternal damnation.
The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus are the central themes of human history. In fact, the calender of western civilization is based on the events of the first Easter. For example, the year is 2013 and it was some 2,013 years ago that God the Son made the ultimate sacrifice. If nothing else, the organizers of CARIFTA should have held their event on a weekend before or after the Easter weekend. By holding CARIFTA during Easter, they have trivialized the two most sacred holidays on the Christian calendar.
- Kevin Evans
Last rites for Tyrone Livingstone 'Mister. Mister.'; 'Long Mouth' Burnside of Cockburn Street, will be held on Friday at 11:00 A.M. at St. Anselm's Catholic Church, Bernard Road Fox Hill.
Officiating will be Monsignor Preston A. Moss and Deacon Reverend Raymond Forbes. Interment in The Church's Cemetery, Bernard Road Fox Hill.
He is survived his mother Enid Mae Burnside; sisters: Theresa (Bernard) Haynes, Debra Sands, adopted sister: Lynda (Andrew) Stewart; brothers: Ashward (Deveral) Ferguson, Charles Burnside, Christopher (Cryslyn) Burnside, Alexander (Stacey) Burnside and Edward (Charmaine) Burnside; adopted brothers: Glen (Dena) Burnside, Nelson and Clayton Rahming and Clinton (Heather) Sands. Aunts: Mirle Smith, Louise (Godfrey) Murphy, Audrey (Lockley) Hield, Emily Burnside adopted aunts: Betty Ramsey, Sheila Rolle. Uncles: Percy (Ethlyn) Hield, Lorenza 'Boubs' Smith. Nieces: Theresa Ann Pinder, Dana, Sasha and Ashley Ferguson, Carli, Ashranique, Alexia, and Alexandria Burnside. Nephews: Simeon III and Charles Pinder, Clinton Sands Jr., Drew and Carlos Albury, Christopher Jr. and Edward Jr. Burnside. Cousins: Eugene, Ponchullo, Vashon, Yvonka, Darran, Gloria, Bettyjoe, Michelle, Lavenia, Gina, Dario, Sestin, Andretta and Joseph Smith, Shanoon Miller, Kendal, Sarah, Olivia, Petie, Anthony, Joseph and Tiffany Smith, Diann Reckley, Edith C. Bodie; Charlotte and Jannette Swann; Portia Hanchell; Dwayne Swann; Annette; Charlotte, Ashley and Charles Heild; Carollinda Hepburn; Marilyn McPhee; Donalla Mackey; Sisco Smith; Godfrey, Don and Marlon Murphy; Marsha Heild; Karla Knowles; Sabrina Clarke and Nakeesha Turnquest; Audrey Capron; Gertrude Addoo; Bridgette, Jeffrey, Lawrence, Franklyn, Ronald, and Drexel Burnside: Cyril, Karen, Joan, Patti and Clayton Burnside; Melinda, Joseph, Dexter and Alexie Hield. Also left to mourn, are numerous relatives and friends including the Fox Hill Community.
The body will repose at Kurtiss Memorial Mortuary, Robinson Road and Fifth Street on Thursday from 2:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. and at the church on Friday from 10:00 A.M. until servive time
Funeral service for Luma Louise Johnson, 78 yrs., a resident of Sir Lynden Pindling Estate & formerly of Mastic Point, Andros, who died on 1st May, 2012, will be held at Good Shepherd Church of God, Ida Street off Robinson Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Shervin Smith, assisted by Evangelist Franklyn Rolle. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish her memories are her sons: Phillip Smith, Elizah Forbes and Steven Pearce; sister: Roxie Johnson; grandchildren: Gary Rolle Sr., Natasha Riley, Savenia and Urie Rolle, Edith Turnquest, James Bain, Ricardo, Phillipa, Valentino, Sheena, Cleo, Maylene, Ron, Phillip II, Phillip III Smith, Lexus, Alexia, & Elijah Forbes, Michael, Toya, Nardo Burrows, Shantell, Stephon, Steven II, Eryn, Justin Pearce and Garvin Rolle; adopted sons: John Burrows of Miami, Fl. and Sherwin Rolle; nieces: Laura Roberts of Upper Bogue, Eleuthera, Christine Oliver and Jacqueline Evans of Nicholas Town, Andros; nephew: Heaslie Johnson of South Eleuthera; grand nieces: Dorothy Marshall, Lolita Colebrooke and Willicy and Julian Bethel; grand nephew: Bradley and Everette Woodside; great grand children: Gary Jr., Ryan, Prinston, Garanique, Matteo, Renaldo, Renardo, Everette, Lyntino, Moniqua, Nia, Denay, Kenderia, Ricsha, Stefan, Fred, Barinque, Theodora, Sandra, Samantha, Sheray, Shequa and Antonio; 11 great grand children; in laws: Brenda Smith, Shakeya Pearce, Tina Rolle, Tamara Rolle, Jean Petit-frere, Luther Riley and Patrick Kemp; godchildren: Ruthmae Coleby and Ethmae Lightbourne; other relatives & friends including: Leona Davis, Merle Smith and Family, Elton & Sylvia Turnquest and Family, Louis Deveaux, Delicia Bradshaw, Delisa and Diana Ambrister, Hiram and Susimae Rolle, Eleanor Rolle and Family, Fredrick and Detrice Moss and Family, the Penn Family, Christopher Collie, Sharlet Newchurch, Irene Johnson and Family, the Hay Street Family, Bishop Wilbert Rolle and Family, Rev. Coakley and Mission Baptist Family, The Good Shepherd Church of God Family, the Mastic Point Community, The Salvation Army, Angelo Greene and Family, her caregiver Miss Ina Daley, Anernel Ramsey, and the staff of Female Medical II.
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.
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 Brenda Lee Barr, 51 yrs., a resident of Deveaux Street, who died on 18th March, 2012, will be held at New Riverside Church, Poinciana Drive, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Sylvanus Petty. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.
Left to cherish her memories are her:
Mother: Zelma Barr
Children: Latania Bastian, Irvin Trico Smith and Cryil Hanna (pre-decesed)
Grandchildren: Talea Hendfield, Sade Johnson, Tamia Hanna and Leonardo Lockhart Jr.
Special friend: Victor Bevans
Sisters: Sally Mae & Sherry Smith, Hazil Saville & Christine McGlory of (Miami FL), Iownny Stuart & Tienka Walkine
Brother: Richard Saville
Aunts: Alma Hamilton, Agnes Barr, Carol, Diane, Christie & Donna
Nieces: Sherill, Shorill, Shornell Smith, Shanea Pinder, Amy Ridge, Richardneka Saville, Wendika Saville, Shanita Williams & Tariah Walkine
Grand niece: Tyler Laville
Nephews: Prentice & Dominique McGlory, Garnet Stuart, Lamont Baillou, Ricardo and Vick Saville.
Cousins: Fred Jones, Rudolph Barr, Linda, Valeria, Kara, Leona Hudson, Percy and Jerry Hamilton.
Donna, Dave, Renee, Vance and Marlin Barr, Dereck, Malita, Shawn, Monty and Knigsley Barr.
Goddaughter: Yolanda Christophe
Others relatives & friends; New Riverside Church of God Family, Sis. Mackey, Staff at Princess Margaret Hospital, Leancezar Hanna, Lorna, Keith Bastian & family, Brenda Saunders & family, Corry Carveino and Eunice Pinder of Grand Bahama, Maryann, Bredell, Kino, Clem, Mrs. Darville, Kenrick, Stanyna, Deveaux Street, Milton Street & Brougham Street families.
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.
Funeral service for Sydney John "Pilcher" Hamilton, 53 yrs., a resident of Brougham Street & Hospital Lane, who died on 8th February, 2012, will be held at Judaea Baptist Church, Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev'd Dr. Marina P. Sands, assisted by others Ministers. Cremation follows.
Left to cherish his memories are his mother: Rev'd Winifred Bain; 8 sisters: Marilyn, Henrietta, Monica, Monalisa, Thelma, Victoria, Sheila & Melvern; 4 brothers: Antonio, Allen, Stephen & Michael; brother-in-law: Hansel Johnson; 4 sisters-in-law:Louise, Hillary, Vernitta & Jessica; numerous nieces & nephews including: Va'Shon, Stacy, Shazanne, Streisann, Yasmin, Michale, Selena, Tonya, Roshanna, Sophia, LaWanda, La'Sheka, Makayla, Keisha, Antonya, Sherrika & Felisha; LaMonte, LaVar, Tyrone Sr., Steve, Randy Jr., Rudy, Sidney, Mikey, Kishnel, Michael Elisha, Vaughan, Obie, Dwight, Clement, Glenroy (Boy) & Atario (Boots); numerous grand nieces & grand nephews including: (His babies) Tyrone Jr., TyRon, LeVar Jr., Bryanna, Aryanna (Rosie), Lavaughn, Imani & Acael; 2 grandmothers: Francis Hamilton & Loretta Adderley; 2 uncles: Malachi Hopkins & Cyril Clyde; 4 aunts: Jane Rolle, Berthamae Hopkins, Pincess Clyde & Margaret Hopkins; grand uncle: James Fernander; grand aunt: Agnes Pinder; godmother: Mavis Braynen; god brother & sister: Val Maura & Yvonne (Tommy); stepmother: Pearl Prosper; numerous relatives & friends including: Rev'd. Dr. Marina Sands & family, the family of Judaea Baptist Church, Kevin (Bookie), JuJu, Tyler & family, John & Deborah Deleveaux & family, Joseph Whymms, Neville Woodside & family, Krystale, Christine, Emily, Stacia, Derek Rahming, Janet Rolle, Linda Johnson & family, Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Forbes & family, Rev'd. Agatha Strachan & family, Rev'd. Patrice Deleveaux & family, Jenny Neely, Lillian Dean & family, Mr. & Mrs. Garth Johnson & family, Mr. & Mrs. Nakita Poitier & family, Mr. & Mrs. Hilton McIntosh & family, Mario (Center), the Archers, Newbolds & Gibsons, the Gilcuds, Gaston, Ali, Vincent & family, Marie Deveaux & family, the Hamiltons, Higgs, Scavellas, Hopkins, Fernanders & Poitiers, Bain Town, Bozine Town & the Adelaide families.
Friends may pay thie 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.
The membership at New Destiny Baptist Cathedral heard that their life is worth living, all because Jesus lives. And that even though they may go through periods where they feel all alone, or are in a funk, they should always hold to God's unchanging hand because...
Win or lose, Reverend Ranford Patterson, the new Bahamas Christian Council president, encouraged the contestants in the 16th Annual Miss Gospel Bahamas to make a difference in their own way.
"Don't settle," he told the nine contestants who visited him at his church, Cousin McPhee Cathedral on Carmichael Road. "Don't worry about what people are doing now, just worry about what you will do later."
The contestants visit was to officially introduce the young women competing in the pageant organized by Great Commission Ministries International to the religious leader, and brief the new president about the event, which is being held this year under the theme: "Empowered For Action: Changing A Generation" and its related activities.
One of the queen's most important tasks during her reign will be to highlight the work of Great Commission, a non-profit mission organization which reaches out to high risk youths, the homeless and the poor through its Wulff Road headquarters.
The contestants said they hoped to make a positive change in the wider community.
Pastor Patterson said he shared a similar passion and took the opportunity to discuss his "10-Point Plan." Among other things, it aims to empower youth, bring them closer to Christ, in addition to highlighting the positive impact of women's groups and the role of men in the family.
"So many young men are in jail because they have no positive male influences," he told the contestants. "We don't train our children anymore. The generation after ours is worse. They don't know how to pray."
One contestant, pre-school teacher Cedrica Williamson, admits that her appreciation of the church came after she got saved.
"I never liked going. I just went because my mother told me to," said the 22-year-old. "After being saved I thanked God. I think that people must find God for themselves."
That very lesson Dr Patterson learnt early on in life.
"I was a failure in school. I never passed any GCE's [General Certificate of Education]. I left high school with a leaving certificate. I wasn't accepted into the College of The Bahamas, but I knew this was not the life for me, so I decided to make a change," he shared. "I went abroad, gained two masters [degrees] in Christian education and human resource management, a bachelor's degree in Christian education and a doctorate in Christian education. After that, COB accepted me as a teacher. I wasn't able to be a student there, but I was lucky enough to be a lecturer."
Win or lose, Rev. Patterson encouraged the women to make a difference "in their own way."
The nine contestants are Shirlene Jean Baptiste, Aimee Ferguson, Dianthus Johnson, Nehemie Louis, Garissa Maurice, Candace Rolle, Lavette Smith, Andreace Strachan and Cedrica Williamson.
The Miss Gospel Bahamas pageant will be held Sunday, July 31, at 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Nassau Resort's Rainforest Theatre.
Funeral Service for Sis. Pearline Joyann Smith-Davis, a resident of Palm Tree Avenue, Coconut Grove and formerly from Steventon, Exuma will be held at 1:00p.m. on Saturday, June 11th 2011 at Zion Baptist Church, East Street and Shirley Street.
Officiating will be Rev. T.G. Morrison assisted by Rev. Anthony Sampson and other Ministers of the gospel. Interment will be made in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Cherished memories are held by her 5 Sons: Godfrey, Hezron, Anthony, Captain Morrison and Captain Elvis Davis; 4 Daughter: Ivy Mackey (deceased), Ena Rolle, Mary and Vernie Davis; 2 Sisters: Pleasant George of Miami, Florida, and Muriel Bowe(deceased); 3 Brothers: William Bill Smith of Miami, Florida, Allinston and Yavington Smith (both deceased); 11 Nieces: Alice, Plesant, Virnae, and Sherry Bowe, Maevis Kerr, Edna Ferguson, Eulean Green, Patricia and Joyce Smith, Valderine Winters and Lorene Banks; 6 Nephews: Glenn George, Leslie, Patrick and Perry Smith, Joseph and Donald Bowe; Son-in-law: Basil Rolle; 2 Daughters-in-law: Rosemary and Rochelle Davis; 49 Grand Children: Inspector 378 Stephen Maycock, Sergeant 1903 Garvin Rolle, Delando Rolle(deceased), Adraian Bowe, Mark Stubbs, Michael, Police Constable 2466 Andy Mackey and Dwayne Mackey, Darren Renaldo, Godfrey Davis Jr., Errol, Tamar, Marley, Brandon, Jeremy, Sean, Bryan Davis, Hezron Davis Jr., Anthony Davis Jr., Jonathan and Martin Davis, Evangelist Ruth Mackey, Beryl Armbrister, Lytania McIntosh, Delphine Fernander, Garnelle Cyprianna and Vanria Davis, Patrice and Deseriae Rolle, Shantell, Doramae, and Neffeteria Davis, Shakara Clarke, Crystal Alexander, Indera Gardiner Angela and Wendy Rolle, Roshanda, and Antonia Davis, Staff Nurse Anishka Grant, Neketria Brown, Monique and Epiphany Davis, 90 Great- Grand; 2 Great Great Grand; Godchildren: Gwen, Lillis Adderley, Tracey Bowe, Pamela Oliver and a host of other relatives and friends: Magnolia, Marcus and Andrew Curry, Iva Davis, Eugene Smith and family, Benjamin Davis and family, Florence Smith and family, Christina Smith and family, Rebecca Smith and family, Elizabeth Cash and family, Cyril Rolle and family, Curlene Higgs and family, Sam Smith and family, Keva Ferguson and family, Debbie Rolle, Yvette Rolleand family, Raquel Maycock, Ida Mackey, Lawson, George, Carlos Rolle, Juilian Grant, Lamart Fernander, Floell, Cynthia Whylly, Norma Whyllym, Sandra Rolle, Arnold McPhee, Pastor Elvina Rose, Kishno Taylor, Helen Brennen Marva, Rosnell and Suewell, Karen Ann Carey, Arnold Smith, Gwen, Cleoella,Grator Knowles, Dr. Graciella Decastro Mackey, the Roach Family, Higgs, and Percentie family of Habour Island, the entire Nixon family, Maycock family, Sherman Rodriquez and family, Farmers Cay, Black Point, Stuart Manner, Staniel Cay, Steventon and the entire Exuma Community, the Flamingo Gardens, Palm Tree Avenue Family, Ridgeland Park West Community, E.P. Roberts Family, Davis and Co. staff, Rev. T. G. Morrison and the Zion Baptist Church Exuma and East and Shirley Street family, Mt. Theo's Baptist Church, The staff of Female Surgical, Dr. Theodore Ferguson, Dr. Martin Brown, Dr. Hunt Burrows, Dr. Dames and Rev. Sampson and others too numerous to mention..
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road and First Street on Friday from 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 11:30a.m. until service time.
Nassau, Bahamas - This week
marks the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church,
celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As we reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross, and
his miraculous resurrection, let us be thankful for what God has done
for us individually, and collectively.
As blessed as we are as a nation, we are faced with many issues. These
issues will only be solved when we turn our attention to the one who
died and rose.
How easy it is for us to make
time to attend regattas, sports events or the latest movie, yet when it
comes to taking time for God, there is so little left. Let us use this
of the greatest contributions to the division and the powerlessness that exist
among today's church; is the lack of the true revelation and acceptance of the
As long as the churches
(denominations and none denominations) each holds onto their religious, preconceived,
divisive ideas of the truth. The manifested presence of God will never show up
within the four walls of today's religious church / congregations.
was not a coincidental statement nor is it one to be taken lightly that which Yahshua
Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus the Christ) said to the Samaritan woman at the well, when
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit
and in truth" (John.4:24)...
The atmosphere is charged just days before the May 7 general election, but religious leaders are pleading for people to let cool heads prevail.
"No matter the weather or situation one is in, the principle of being calm and respectful is always a principle that all professing Christians should be living up to. One cannot be Christian without respecting one another and approaching all issues with a sense of calmness, serenity and peace," said Bishop Simeon Hall, senior pastor at New Covenant Baptist Church.
"When I think about this season there is a scripture that comes to mind, Luke 21:19 that says in your patience possess your souls. To me this means to live your life quietly. We should not let the furies of the world change who we are and disrupt our Christian walk. Let there always be a sense of peace in all that we do."
The Baptist minister also said that the candidates should also know how to conduct themselves as Christians, or at least religiously responsible people. And that there should not be any verbal or physical violence. Hall said they should be mindful of how they run their campaigns.
"What a candidate does to get power says a lot about what one will do when he gets it," the minister said.
And he reminded the people offering themselves for public office -- whether FNM, PLP, DNA or Independent to always remain clear-minded, to remember their purpose, be truthful and to put God first always.
Although there have been some minor disturbances during this electoral silly season, Bishop Hall said he believes Bahamians have matured and that more Christianly principles are being used. He said he is grateful to see that people are not afraid to showcase their political affiliations. But he did add that there is still a long way to go.
Bishop Laish Boyd, head of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos said that all people -- voters and political candidates alike should remember that they must respect each other and accept that everyone has a right to support and vote for whomever they wish.
"Against that background of what is going on around the country it is essential for all people to conduct ourselves with a sense of calm, peace, cooperation and respect. We have to exhibit national comradery," said Bishop Boyd. "We cannot divide ourselves in anger in these times. We have to accept things as they are and believe that all will turn out the way it is supposed to. If we keep those thoughts before us as we go to the polls then we will be on the right track no matter what comes."
The Anglican bishop said people have to respect that everyone is entitled to their own opinions. And that if someone's opinion differs from what you believe, you should not feel slighted because they have the right to have it.
Bishop Boyd said the message is the same for the candidates running for positions of leadership. And that it is just as important that they respect their fellow candidates as it is to be competitive during these times. Politicians, he said, should not let the differences between them and the fact that they are vying for the same position deter them from still being Christians and brotherly in these politically-charged times.
While the leadership of the country for the next five years will be decided and is a powerful and important opportunity, the Anglican priest said people should not take it so seriously that they forget their real role in the scheme of things.
"When the ballots are counted and all is said and done, candidates should be able to listen to what the people have to say and respect it. The people speak with their vote and if you are not their choice there should be no controversy or anger. This is about the good of The Bahamas and not one solitary figure. Let the people speak. Listen to them. And obey them. This is our country on May 6 and it will still be our country on May 8. Maintaining the peace, harmony and strength of the nation is the bottom line and everyone should be working toward ensuring it remains that way. We are brothers and sisters and despite the times we should not forget that."
Seventh-day adventist president
Remembering to make the right choices even in the face of temptation is what more Christians need to do in these politically charged times said Paul Scavella, president of South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He said there is no need for the anger and violence people exhibit, as the election is just another day in another season, and people should not forget that life goes on after all is said and done.
"[Election time] is an important time for everyone but it does not excuse people from making poor decisions and being violent or disrespectful to one another. This is a time for people to come together and respect each other's choices. Let them use their God-given gift of freedom of choice and in doing this as Christians will minimalize the separation of kindred spirits. You have to make a choice to continue to love one another in these times because no matter what happens we are still family and should not let politics get between that."
The Seventh-day Adventist minister also reminds candidates to remain civil and honest. He said they should not get carried away and show the same management and care in their political roles as they take in other aspects of their lives. And that they should also see that no matter what happens, it is the will of God.
"In the book of Daniel, leaders are reminded that the Lord sets up and He takes down governments. In The Bahamas this process is done through the people so what the result says is truly the will of God."
Pastor Scavella said God inspires His people to install governments that will serve them best. And that this is why it is important for politicians to respect results and not take them personally.
"It is your choice if you as a candidate accept the results and find other use for your talents or to be blinded by loss and need to possess a title that is not yours to have and waste away your ambition," the minister said. "There is much to do and not everyone is meant to lead -- but for those who are, it is important to always be honest and remember that life is all about choices. You may not always know the way to go, but as long as you remember that God is there to guide you, you are on the right track," he said.
Whenever a gunman brandished his weapon at an individual or a group, the
most logical thing that a sound thinking person would do; is to lift
both hands into the air which shows a sign or state of surrender. In
other words the message that's been sent to the gunman is this "I
surrender my possessions, my rights, and my freedom"
As a Christian Nation, a people who claims to know and loves God; we've yet to
understand the true concept of totally surrendering our all to God.
no mistake about it; we've gotten all the church jargon and religious
clichés down pack, in so much that we've even deceived ourselves into
thinking that our various religious acts are pleasing to God.
surrendering to God is an act of one dying to his will, for that of
William "Najie Dun" Cartwright promises music that will uplift, inspire and motivate at his upcoming concert to release his new album entitled "The Pursuit Continues".
"This album means so much to me because it's a continuation of the first album and it tells the story of what I went through as an artist, minister, person, teenager, as just someone trying to strive for perfection," said Najie Dun. "I want to see this album be a ministering tool to those people who really need Jesus."
With crime sweeping the country, Najie Dun reminisces in the song, "Fly Away" about his challenging teenage years; with his sister being off to school and his mother abroad tending to his father who was ill. The song speaks to him feeling lost and alone and the fact that he resorted to bullying others and mixed with the wrong company.
"What I learned through my pursuit is you can move on with your life and not have God," said Najie Dun. "You can have all the money in the world but [still have] that void, that little missing part you will want to fill. We can have everything without God and still have nothing, but we can have God without everything and have everything we need in life."
As Najie Dun's style continues to evolve, he has a new passion for worship music.
"Being a rapper, I don't get to express that a lot," he said. "I slowed down the songs just enough for you to understand this is my worship to God. I call the whole album a sermon."
Showtime Shaddy produced the album. Featured artists include Jonathan Farrington, Cazna Hinds, Sniper, Eman, Dano Rolle, Halle, King Meco and Reubin Heights.
The album release concert will also feature a performance by guest artist Canton Jones. It will take place on Saturday, January 11 at Potential Church, JFK Drive. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
In 2009, Najie Dun released his first album "Relentless Pursuit". When he became a Christian he said he thought it would be easy, but he said he soon realized the truth -- when you get saved, you must constantly be in pursuit of God.
Funeral Services for the late Eleazar Ferguson, 68, of Jackson Street, Nassau Village and formerly of Forest, Exuma who died at his residence on May 23rd, 2011, will be held on Saturday 4th June, 2011 1 a.m. at Foresight Baptist Church, Nassau Village. Officiating will be Rev. Charles Culmer, Assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel.
He is survived by three daughters: Shanthia Dorsett, Tancia and Demara Ferguson. One son -in -law: Christopher Dorsett; adopted daughter, Kerryann Kayode of Toronto Canada; Three grandchildren: Justin and Donte' Johnson, Christopher Jacob Dorsett; Five brothers: Charles, Clyde, Danny, Carlton & Jeptha Ferguson; Seven sisters: Leona Bodie, Patsy Johnson, Valerie & Bethsheba Ferguson, Irma Ferguson (of Mount Thompson, Exuma), Rose & Demris Ferguson. Sisters in Law: Irma (Moss Town, Exuma) Tency, Patricia and Lorranne Ferguson. Brothers -in -Law: Arthur Bodie & Jay Johnson; Aunts: Rowena Rolle, Helen & Merlene Ferguson. Uncles: Wesley & Perry Ferguson and Nigel Rolle; Godchild: Ezra Bodie. Nieces and Nephews: Ivan, Greg and Franklyn Ferguson, Marvin, Franklyn, Baldwin, Brian & Renaldo Clarke, Bianca Moxey, Deathera Clarke and Brenell Higgs. Arnold, Deon, Cedric & Mosine Ferguson, Mosetta Dorsett, Jason, Jasper & James Johnson, Jamie Rhem (Atlanta, Georgia) & Pamela Mackey. Sherinette Norville-Smith, Gregory, Mildred, Lloyd & Celena Bodie, Mathared Forbes & Malinda Rolle, Gaynell Taylor, Kendrick, Keno & Kendra Ferguson; Paula & Prenell Ferguson, Christine Beneby, Eslyn Smith, Lovenia Ferguson & Bradley Clarke. Clive, Leaenza & David Ferguson; Other Relatives and Special Friends: Ernest Clarke, Clarence and the entire Ambrister family, Ethalee Ferguson and family, Nathan & Nigel and the entire Rolle family, Joe Ferguson, Errol Ferguson, Inspector Sidney Rolle, Rev'd Phillip Ferguson & the entire Ferguson family, Rev'd C.W. Saunders, Rev'd Cedric Smith, Rev'd C.B. Moss, the Palestine Baptist Church family, Foresight Baptist Church, Ken Rolle, Brian Smith, Mr. Maycock and friends of Montague, as well as the entire Forest, Exuma family.
There will be no viewing.
2Tim. 3:1. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. Can you stand to hear the truth, or do you wish to continue hearing the religious rhetoric and prophet-lying like: "I don't know who I'm talking to in here, but God told me to tell you that He's about to bless you with a house, or a car or some other material blessing" that's being echoed throughout today's church?
For most people St. Patrick's Day is a day of parades, parties, leprechauns and green beer. But just as Christmas is about more than commercialized fun, so too does St. Patrick's Day have a deeper meaning.
St. Patrick's Day began as a religious holiday honoring St. Patrick - a holy bishop sent to Ireland in 433 A.D. by Pope Celestine I to draw its people into the fold of Christ's universal church. Upon his arrival at Ireland's shores St. Patrick encountered many setbacks and persecutions by the superstitious Druids who had employed magicians to maintain their sway over the Irish race. Despite severe trials, St. Patrick was able to convert all of Ireland and conquer paganism. He is thus credited with driving the Celtic 'snakes' out of Ireland.
St. Patrick is credited with many miracles and is responsible for the building of several Catholic schools, monasteries and churches throughout Ireland. He is known for his powerful expositions of the principles of the Catholic faith. He even employed the ordinary, little, three-leaved shamrock plant to teach people about the Blessed Trinity. He was called to his heavenly reward on March 17, 461.
St. Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose total love, devotion and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us.
- Paul Kokoski
Despite assertions by Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell that the sexual preference of a politician should be irrelevant, Bahamas Christian Council President Ranford Patterson said yesterday the country is not ready to elect someone who admits to being a homosexual.
Mitchell made the statement when asked if an open member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community could ever be elected to Parliament or as leader of the country.
"Martin Luther King said it is the content of your character," said Mitchell at a press conference at the House of Assembly on Wednesday.
"That's the only thing that matters. That's what this country stands for, the content of your character."
But Patterson insisted that Bahamians would not elect someone who openly admits to being a part of the LGBT community.
"Now I don't know what Mr. Mitchell's position is on this [LGBT] thing, but the point I make is that someone asked a question if someone is ready for a gay minister or a gay member of Parliament," said Patterson at a press conference at Cousin McPhee Church on Carmichael Road.
"The answer is still no.
"...Do not tell me that you are gay and expect me to support you. The country will never vote [for] a gay candidate in an election."
When asked if he believes that members of the LGBT community should be afforded the same rights as heterosexual people, Patterson insisted that they do have the same rights.
However, when asked if they should be given the right to marry their partners, he said, "If they want to get married, move to Florida."
The discussion on the rights of members of the LGBT community built steam after Bahamas Faith Ministries International President Dr. Myles Munroe said on Sunday the prime minister should replace Mitchell because he does not represent the majority of views of Bahamians.
Munroe was referring to Mitchell's previous comments on LGBT rights.
In a recent speech he gave in Trinidad and Tobago, Mitchell said his political career suffers because of his position on LGBT issues.
Munroe said Mitchell seems to have an agenda that may disqualify him from serving in the position as minister of foreign affairs.
Bishop Albert Hepburn, of United Christian Church, said Munroe is standing up for the beliefs of the Christian community.
"Myles Munroe is coming from the Bible," said Hepburn, who was also at the press conference.
"The Bible itself warns against homosexuality...The church disapproves of the statement. The church stands for holiness."
Patterson also stood behind Munroe.
He said while he does not agree that Mitchell should step down, or be fired, he supports Munroe's message.
"Based on what I heard, Dr. Myles was stating a position," he said.
Patterson said he was "disappointed" in Mitchell's reaction to Munroe's statement.
He accused Mitchell of trying to muzzle preachers from speaking truth.
"It will be a cold day in hell when preachers can not preach the gospel in this country," he said.
Mitchell said on Wednesday that he violently objected to the "vile, disgusting, and almost obscene comments" Munroe made about him.
He added that if pastors need help finding God, he could help them.
Funeral Service for Carlson Leslie Taylor, 20, of Kennedy Subdivision who died on June 16, 2011 will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Independence Drive. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Everette J. Brown, Minister Sheila Brown, Minister Christine Johnson, Minister Derek Munroe, Deacon Timothy Bailey and Other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
He is survived his mother: Dellareese Rolle; Father and Stepmother: Cessel and Portia Taylor; Stepfather: Ivan Rolle Jr., Grandparents: Douglas and Dec. Rose Tynes and Maria Maycock; Sisters: Tremaine and Ivanna Rolle, Cecily Seymour, Attorney Tamara Taylor, Shakema, Lisa and Shavonne Taylor; Brothers: Quinton Barr, Ricardo and Rinardo Brown, Alvin Strachan, Cecil, Trevor, Kevin, LeSean, Sharif, Brad and Renaldo Taylor; Aunts: Theresa Bain, Najwa Knowles, Minique, Nathalee, Lynette and Shareta Tynes, Jenny Mae and Betty Rolle, Rosita Taylor, Joycelyn Owens and Princess Culmer of Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Myrtle Gardiner, Ivy and Vernita Davis, Pat Bell and Faye Pennerman; Uncles: Tyrone, Kevin and Jeffrey Tynes, Michael Bain, Michael Rolle, Jay Knowles, Dustin Dorsette, Oswald, Thomas, Paul, James, Donnie and Eddison Taylor, Herbert, Anthony, Emmanuel, Roy, Kirkwood, Keith, Joel, Godfrey, Keno, David and PC 2891 Richard Rolle; Grand Aunts: Millicent Fernander, Evangelist Carolyn Evans, Caffie Bowe, Cornelia Johnson, Agnes Moss, Maud Ferguson and Harriet Cooper; Grand uncles: Alfred Rolle, Arnold Munroe, Stephen Rolle and Julius Farquharson of Freeport Grand Bahama; Bishop Nelson Ferguson and Roderick Cooper; Brother-in-Law: Pedro Seymour; Numerous nieces including: Tanesha, Pedrya and D'ontrae; Numerous nephews including: Q'Shawn and Quintino Barr, Ian Hart Jr., Keron, Trevado Oreathio and LeSean Jr., 8 grandnieces and grand nephews, Cousins: Tamika Johnson, T'Kya and Pamela Bain, Tynesha, Tyesha, Tyla, Jasmine and Jewel Tynes and Carla Bethell, Michael Jr., and Christian Bain, Tyrese and Jeff Tynes Jr., Dwight and P'Andray Charlow, Kade, Kyle and Koen Bodie, Bradea and Bradley Cash, Brickell, Travis and Preston Moss, Patrice Harris, Ian and Alfred Rolle Jr., Samuel Munroe, Monique Toote, Stephen Rolle Jr., WPC 476 Jacqueline Johnson, Durano, Tavares, Roy Jr., Kirknell, Crystal and Rashad Rolle, Elkera and Zane Knowles, Darian Smith, Michael Higgs and Derron Damascus; Special Friend: Rintare 'Peggy' Darling and children Maquin and Ferrenea; Numerous other relatives and friends including Ian Hart Sr., Shakera Youte, Raqueisha McPhee, Nigel Williams, Christine Barr and Family, Barbara Rodgers and Family, Jack Knowles and Family, Natasha and Dwainia Black and Family, Anna Rolle and Family, Sonia Cleare and Family, Tennile Percentie and Family, Muriel Jackson and Family from Cocoa Florida, Mavis Lockhart and Family, The Newbold Family, Ebony and Shandia Finlayson, Staff of Casa D'Angelo, Atlantis, Staff of the Plant Laundry Dept. Atlantis, Staff of Esso Bargain City, Staff of Keep Kool Air Conditioning, Oscar and Tammy Finlayson, Mrs. King from Government High, Cpl. 2566 Warren Storr, Mortiva Pennerman, Faith Rolle, Boatman, Yogi, John & Johnette Rolle, The New Bethlehem Church Family, The Ridgeland Park, Montell Heights, Yellow Elder, Pinewood, Bamboo Town and Kennedy Communities, and many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at East Sunrise Mortuary, Rosetta Street, Palmdale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and from 10 a.m. at the Church on Saturday until service time.