Viola Malcolm was an evangelist. Her family said she was a strong, virtuous woman. She was stern but compassionate. Her family said she was always caring towards others, and sharing.
After a major car accident in September of 1982 in Fayetteville, N.C., she became paralyzed from the fourth vertebrate. Malcolm lost movement from mid torso on down. However, this did not stop her from praying, prophesying and ministering to people wherever she went.
Malcolm died on Jan. 31. She was 83.
Malcolm was the daughter of Frank Bradley and Ada Slappy in Coatesville. She was one of eight children. Much like her mother, she loved to sew and dress fashionably. Her father passed on to her the talents of art, music and preaching the Gospel.
She received her full education in the Coatesville School District until she graduated. She soon met and married Bobbie Lester Malcolm, a Mason who served in the Korean War and who was a member of the NAACP.
She relocated to Bridgeton, N.J. and raised a family. She had 14 children though some of them were complicated births.
Malcolm began working in the Bridgeton Hospital and preaching at local churches which introduced her call to God. After this, her husband became ill with cancer. She took care of him until he died.
In the late 1960s, Malcolm relocated to Philadelphia. She united with Deliverance Evangelistic Church who took the family in and gave them a new start.
She then sought out avenues to fulfill her career in theology. She received her degree in evangelism from the Dr. Howard Jameson Bible Institute. It was through her father’s preaching, playing the piano and organ, and making crosses that he donated to churches that she formed her style in God. Her father invited her to preach at the churches in Hayti located outside of Coatesville. She also preached in many churches throughout Philadelphia.
Malcolm was a member of Apostle Prophet Joel Charleston’s church and served on the Mother’s Board under pastor Selma Allison of the Holy Ground Church in South Philadelphia. Her family said she spoke in tongue and prophesy and that she performed many miracles including praying for a blind girl who later received her sight.
Her family said she also loved knitting and crocheting. She enjoyed making her own dolls, clothing, hats, pocket books, shawls, scarves, gloves and boots. She had a heart for missionary work and collaborated with televangelist Peter Popoff and the Benny Hinn Ministries. Before she took ill, she had plans to donate her own personal, hand-crafted dolls to Rod Parsley Ministries to be transported to underprivileged children in Africa.
Malcolm leaves to mourn: children, Marcus L. Malcolm (Christina), Leonard Malcolm (Florence), Shirley Langron (Mikel), Roland Malcolm, Kosmoe Malcolm (Sharon), Vincent Malcolm (Ernestine) and Howard Malcolm; three siblings, James “Buster” Bradley, Frances Craven and Sheron Bradley; 23 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Malcolm was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bobbie Malcolm; and three siblings, Louis Bradley Jones, Joyce Hines and Dorothy Bradley.
Services will be held Feb. 11 at the First Baptist Church of Passtown, 117 Barber Ave, Coatesville. The viewing will be at 9 a.m. The service will start at 10.
Wright Funeral & Cremation Services handled the arrangements.
Paul S. Terry Jr., former president of Terry Funeral Home, died March 7, 2012, at Chestnut Hill Hospital, after a short illness.
He was 73.
Terry was a graduate of West Philadelphia High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University, Oxford, Pa., and completed Eckels College of Mortuary Science. Upon graduation in 1960, he became a member of the family business.
Terry Funeral Home dates back to 1938 when his father, Paul S. Terry Sr. and mother, Frances E. Tyson Terry, started the family owned business in Pleasantville, N.J. Terry assumed the role of head funeral director in 1974 when his father became adviser to the operation. After his father’s death in 1986, Paul Jr. became president, and operated Terry Funeral Home with his younger brother Thompson Terry Sr. who preceded him in death in 1997. In 2000, he sold the business and retired. Terry Funeral Home had taken on a new president, Gregory T. Burrell, and Terry remained as a consultant until 2009.
Though the funeral home was the main focus in Terry’s life, he did make time for family and many service and social organizations. In 1987, Terry married his wife, Nellie Booker Terry; they enjoyed a rich life together until her death in 2011. They delighted in travel and being seen during the social season at fundraisers and galas.
Though Terry was a native Philadelphian he was very proud of his ties to his descendants in Pleasantville, N.J., and Reading, Pa. It was at Charles Evans Cemetery that Terry always made a point of maintaining the family plot for all holidays. The site dates back to the early 1800s.
He was most known for his work with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Guardsmen, The Frontiersman, The Commissioners and the Olde Philadelphia Club. As a member of the Olde Philadelphia Club, he was voted in as vice president. He was the first person in the club’s history to be voted into office, under the age of 35.
He is survived by his nephews, Thompson Terry Jr. and Gordon Terry; cousins, Edward Terry and James McKee; stepdaughter, Faye Campbell; and other relatives and friends.
The first viewing will be held March 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Terry Funeral Home, 4203 Haverford Avenue. A transition service will be held March 18 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church, 647 North 42nd Street.
A second viewing will be held March 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 11. Burial will be in Charles Evans Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held June 28 for Evelyn Burkett Flanagan.
Flanagan died June 16, 2012 of heart failure in Philadelphia. She was 80.
She was born March 8, 1932 in Rockford, Ill. to Walter Smith Sr. and Maude Burkett Smith. She was one of eight children.
Her civic responsibility shone early on while at Rockford’s West High School when she earned a spot at Illinois’ Girls State. She graduated from high school in 1950 and married Wilbur Flanagan on Dec. 1, 1951.
The couple and their family left Illinois, spent some time in Glen Burnie, Md., and eventually settled in Philadelphia in 1958.
During her many years of taking care of her home and family, Flanagan also taught at Wagner Middle School, worked at Sears in retail, volunteered at neighborhood schools and routinely worked at the election polls in the city’s East Germantown section.
She was very artistic, loved doing sketches and talked frequently about enjoying sculpting.
Flanagan lost most of her sight in 2008 due to glaucoma and macular degeneration.
After suffering a bad fall last June, Flanagan was in several rehab centers and nursing homes. She last resided at Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) Hospice of Philadelphia in the city’s East Falls section.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her son Gregory, and sister Delphine preceded her in death.
She is survived by her three daughters Carol Flanagan and Yvonne (Herman) Sanford, both of Philadelphia; and Sharyn Flanagan, of McLean, Va.; four grandchildren: JaMar Flanagan, Kaitrill Flanagan, Nicole Sanford and Torie Flanagan; two great-grandchildren: Kaitrill Flanagan Jr. and Najila Void; siblings: Barbara Black, of Chicago; Jean Wright, of Lithonia, Ga.; Carolyn (Hugh) Lawrence, of Beloit, Wis.; Laura Rodgers, of Oak Park, Ill.; Walter Smith Jr., of Dalton, Ga.; and Sayida Hafiz, of Philadelphia; and other relatives and friends.
The memorial service will be held June 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 230 W. Coulter St.
Milton Hall Sr. was described by loved ones as a very fun loving and hard working man.
He was always on the go throughout the neighborhood and the city. He was well known and loved by many people throughout Philadelphia and Georgia. Milton was never too busy to help someone in need. He died Sept. 29. He was 81.
Hall was born on April 24, 1930 to Milton Hall and St. Julia Hall in Savannah, Ga. He began his education in the Savannah school district and finished his education in Philadelphia.
In the early 1930s, he was baptized by Bishop C.M. Grace at the United House of Prayer for All People. On July 1, 1948 he married the love of his life, Helen. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage. In 1949, Hall and Helen moved to Philadelphia with their newborn daughter, Constance. Four more children followed: Adrent, Diane, Milton Jr. and Tyrone.
Hall started his employment in 1950 at the Jack Miller Coat Front Company where he became a supervisor. He retired in 1995 after 45 years with the company. He was known by several names, “Deke,” “D-man” for Daddy man and “Old Dude.”
Hall and Helen were world travelers. They traveled throughout the states from coast to coast, to Hawaii and to the Caribbean Islands. They went overseas to Paris, France and over to Jerusalem, “the holy land,” where they observed and participated in a baptismal in the river, Jordan.
In 1961, Hall and Helen moved to West Philadelphia where they met and maintained long enduring friendships with neighbors.
Hall leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Helen; three daughters, Constance Williams, Adrent Naeef and Diane Canty; son-in-law Frank Canty; two sisters, Ada Mak and Angela Brown; brother-in-law, Ku Kwa Mak; brother, James Hall (Wilhemina); 14 grandchildren, Richard, Anthony, Marquette, Raphael, Reginald, Ricky, Camisha, Susan, Robert, Antoinette, Tariq, Analiese, Jermaine and Tyrone Jr.; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church members, friends and neighbors.
Hall was preceded in death by sons, Tyrone Hall and Milton Hall as well as three sisters, Althea Brown; Cecilia Baker and Mildred Myers.
Services were held Oct. 7 at The United House of Prayer For All People.
Funeral services have been scheduled for Moses Walker Jr.
Walker, 40, was a 19-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department.
He was shot and killed on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, shortly after finishing his shift at District 22.
Moses entered the Philadelphia Police Academy in March 1993 as a recruit. In August 1993, he was promoted to the rank of police officer and like many rookie officers, was assigned to foot patrol in the Department’s Center City District. After walking the beat in Center City for several months, he was assigned to the 22nd District on March 31, 1994. Moses would find a home patrolling the streets of North Central for the next 18 years. He was known by both his fellow officers and the residents he served as a courteous, polite and humble man.
His service extended past the police department. He was also an active member of the Deliverance Evangelistic Church where he served as a deacon. There, he was known as an optimistic man who always saw the good in people.
He is survived by his mother and five siblings.
A viewing will be held Aug. 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2001 Lehigh Avenue.
A second viewing will be held Aug. 27 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Deliverance Evangelistic Church. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be held in Fernwood Cemetery, 6501 Baltimore Avenue.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 will hold a fundraiser to support Walker’s family on Aug. 27 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 1336 Spring Garden St.
Marc Gregory Brady was a dedicated Philadelphia police officer and committed father, son, brother and friend. He died July 16. He was 32.
Brady was born to Gerald S. Brady Sr. and Sharon O. Bond on August 31, 1979.
He was educated from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and later graduated from Frankford High School. After graduation, Brady worked at the post office and entered the Philadelphia Police Academy. As a Philadelphia police officer, he served on the force for eight years and worked out of the 22nd police district. The last part of his career was spent at the round house.
As a father to nine children, Brady enjoyed spending time with each of them. He provided joy and happiness to those around him. He was a compassionate and giving person who was willing to lend a helping hand when needed. Brady was a friend to all. He was known to talk and listen with people on the phone and be supportive through their tough times.
Brady loved to make music beats and share his tracks with people. He was talented in many areas and working with electronics was one of his great passions.
Brady leaves to mourn: mother, Sharon Bond; father, Gerald Brady; brothers, Stephen and Gerald Jr.; sisters, Pietra (Gamble), Betty and Rachael; brother-in-law, Anthony Gamble; sister-in-law, Tanisha Brady; children, Latavia, Naseem, Little Marc, Lamena, Justin, Brenden, Te on, Taysir and Nariah; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be held July 20 at Pentecostal Bridegroom Temple, 2310 Montgomery Ave. The viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The service is at 11 a.m.
Pennick Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
William Leonard Watkins Jr., affectionately known as Billy, was a jovial person who had a great sense of humor and loved to joke and laugh with his friends and family. He also enjoyed sports, fishing, hunting and spending quality time with his children whom he proudly raised, and later spending time with his grandchildren. The former police officer and proud veteran died Sept. 13. He was 63.
Watkins was born to the late Annie T. W. and William Leonard Watkins Sr. on Oct. 24, 1947 in Philadelphia.
As a young child, Watkins was baptized and accepted Christ as his personal lord and savior. He was raised in the Tioga Section of the city where he was educated in the Philadelphia School District and also attended Community College. He later joined the United States Army with an Honorable Discharge, and thereafter worked for 20 years for the City of Philadelphia as a police officer in the 35th and 14th Districts. He received many great awards for achievements such as Officer of the Year and was recognized for many other great accomplishments. He retired from the police force in 1992 and later became employed with TSA of the Homeland Security Dept. Watkins was proud to be a veteran who served his country and a proud member of the Charles Young American Legion Post No. 682.
William married Mildred Watkins on April 14, 1990.
Watkins leaves to mourn: two children, H. Leora Washington and William Leonard Cyrus; son-in-law, Phillip Washington; three grandchildren, Felicia Washington, Phil Cole Washington, Justin Cyrus; two siblings, Beatrice Spence and Lucetta Watkins and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
Services will be held Sept. 21 at Christlike Pleasant Green Faith Baptist Church, 25th & Cambria. The viewing will be at 9 a.m. The service will start at 10 a.m. Powell Mortuary Service handled the arrangements.
Robert Vincent Richards Sr. also known as “Bob,” worked for the city of Philadelphia for 35 years.
He died July 3, 2012. He was 82.
Richards was born to Hilda Soso Robinson on June 15, 1930, in Toronto, Canada. He was the youngest of two children.
Richards was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. He did not finish high school but later earned his GED. He attended Spring Garden Institute of Technology where he received a degree in automotive technology.
Richards was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Episcopal Church under the ministry of Father Thomas Logan. He later joined Wissinoming Presbyterian Church under the ministry of Rev. Anderson Porter where he was an elder until his death.
Richards worked for the City of Philadelphia from 1950 until he retired in 1985. He began as a sanitation worker. He later worked in the Recreation Department and finally, as an auto mechanic.
He met and fell in love with Ruth Jones and they were wed on January 29, 1949. From this union he had two children, Robert Richards Jr. and Patricia Richards Whitaker.
Richards was involved in many activities. He was an elder in his church. He volunteered at Presbyterian hospital. He took Tai Chai classes and was an involved and active neighbor in his community.
Richards had five great loves; his family, his church, Tai Chai, shooting pool and reading. They kept him busy and active to the end.
“Anyone who knew Bob will always remember the big smile he always greeted you with and his hearty laugh,” his family said.
“He was tight with a dollar and frequently used his coupons and asked for senior discounts. If you needed him he was always willing and available to help even at 82 years old.”
He is survived by his son, Robert Richards Jr.; his daughter, Patricia Whitaker (Melvin); sister, Gwendolyn Soso Jones; his grandsons, Robert Richards III, Marcus Whitaker and Matthew Whitaker; his great-grandchildren, Isabella Richards and Mason Whitaker and his extended family; his companion, Gladys Tucker; son, Howard Tucker; grandsons, Max, Jesse and Alex Tucker; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held July 13. Viewing will be held at 10 a.m. at Wissinoming Presbyterian Church, 5825 Torresdale Avenue. Services will follow at 11. Burial is in West Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Catherine Clark was a faithful member of New Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was involved in various ministries such as the Deaconess Ministry, Bereavement Committee, the Feeding Program, Missionary Society, the Scotts Inspirational Chorus, Sunday school and the Revival Choir.
Clark was dedicated to her church family and enjoyed ministering to the sick and shut-in. Her family said she lived according to the Biblical scripture of Paul, in 2 Timothy. Clark died on February 10. She was 79.
Clark was born on October 7, 1932, to Lucius and Anna Smith in Homerville, Georgia. She was the third of eight children.
At an early age, Catherine’s family moved to Danville, Virginia. She accepted Christ at the Loyal Baptist Church when she was 13 years old. She received her education in the public school district and graduated from Langston Mercer High School. While in high school, she met the love of her life, Percy E. Clark.
In 1952, her family moved to Philadelphia. Shortly thereafter, Percy followed her to Philadelphia. After a short courtship they were married in 1953. They had three daughters, Marilyn, Carol and Pamela.
She joined New Bethlehem Baptist Church in 1958 under the pastorate of the late Rev. James F. Scott.
Clark worked as a cashier until retirement. She had a long healthy life until she became ill in 2009. During her illness her faith in Jesus Christ became even stronger. Daughters Carol Briggs and Pamela Johnson, and son-in-law William took very good care of her.
Clark leaves to mourn: daughters, Carol Briggs (William) and Pamela Johnson (Jesse); grandchildren, Phillip Wilson (Joenetta), Kimberly Wilson, Tara Johnson, Tahir Briggs, Tarik Briggs and Catherine Johnson; great-grandchildren, Khalen and Khristian; godchild, Angelina Hopkins; siblings, Pauline Inge, Lillie Terry, Herbert Smith, Lurene Lenear (Robert), Annie Mackey, (John Sr.) and Clarence Smith; brother-in-law, Floyd Clark; three sisters-in law, Betty Clark, Meta Clark and Kitty Clark; two lifelong friends, Lois Petty and Cora Cooke; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Clark was preceded in death by her husband Percy Clark, her daughter Marilyn Wilson and her brother Lucius Smith.
Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 at New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Preston and Aspen. The viewing will be at 9 a.m. The service will be at 10 a.m. James L. Morse Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Alice Lee Jackmon Yancy was known to be a fashion diva. She loved fine clothing and jewelry and through her 90s would not leave her home without applying her “lipstick and powder.” In her early years, shopping downtown was a favorite pastime.
Alice maintained a healthy appetite and always enjoyed a good meal. She adored flowers and plants, and liked to travel, especially to her home in Virginia. Most of all, she loved spending time with family.
Yancy died Dec. 25. She was 96.
Yancy was born on Nov. 5, 1915, to Mary Ellen Bristow and Hollis Jackmon in Gloucester, Virginia. She was the eldest of four children.
She accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age at the New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Gloucester. She later joined Miller Memorial Baptist Church once she established residency in Philadelphia, under the pastorate of the late Rev. J. Luke Jones. She was a faithful member and sang on the Fellowship choir for over 50 years.
She received her formal education at Gloucester Institute for girls in Capahosick, Va. While there, she played on the basketball team. She received her high school diploma from Brooksfield High in Gloucester.
Yancy moved to Philadelphia after graduation to live with her aunt and uncle in the Nicetown neighborhood. It was during one of her returns from Virginia when she met her husband, Thornton Yancy, on the Greyhound bus; the rest was history. They had three children: Thornton, Joan and Alice Gloria.
Her first job in Philadelphia was as a seamstress with Coat Craft manufacturer. She often used her sewing skills to make her children’s clothing. In 1955, she started to work for the Defense Supply Center at Quarter Masters as a military uniform seamstress. She was later promoted to supervising clerk in the billing department. Alice retired from Quarter Masters in 1986. She received many awards and certificates during her employment with the government.
Yancy leaves to mourn: children, Thorton Yancy III and Joan Howell; daughter-in-law, Nancy Yancy; sister-in-law, Isadora Jackmon; nine grandchildren, Lynne, Lisa, Thorton IV, Yvette, Jill, Trevor, Greer, Todd, Amber and their spouses, David, Gary, Dereck, Eric, Corey; 13 great-grandchildren; niece, Joyce Jackmon Andrews; and a host of cousins and friends.
Services will be held Dec. 31 at Miller Memorial Baptist Church, 1518 North 22 St. The viewing will be at 9 am. The service will start at 10. Savin Funeral Home handled the arrangements.