Ron Harrison Ford was a respected basketball coach.
Ford died Sept. 29, 2012, of heart disease. He was 72.
He was born Feb. 27, 1940, in Philadelphia to Genevieve Turner Ford and James Harrison Ford.
Ford was educated in the Philadelphia public school system where he played basketball for Northeast and Edison High Schools. He went on to play at Cheyney University, where he received the distinction of being one of the best guards to play basketball at Cheyney. He played in the Baker League and after graduation, played briefly in the Eastern Professional Basketball League.
In 1993, he married Cristal Watkins. The couple had been co-workers and friends for many years at Overbrook High School.
Ford joined the Church Of The Advocate at an early age. In 1994, he became a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He was ordained a deacon under the pastorate of Rev. Albert F. Campbell on Nov. 7, 2003. He was a devoted member of the church’s Committee on College Assistance and the Men of Mt. Carmel where he gave his time and talents unselfishly.
He taught students and coached sports in the Philadelphia public school system, until his retirement in 2002.
He was the first African American to coach both junior and varsity basketball in the history of Overbrook High School. He dedicated many tireless hours of his time to make sure that his players, as well his students got the leadership, social and academic skills necessary to build character and determination to make it through life.
“He was the teacher, coach and disciplinarian that students, staff, parents and friends loved and respected. He was just a nice person,” his family said.
Ford also participated in and coached the St. Joseph’s University Summer Basketball Camp in Philadelphia, the International Summer Sports Camp in Stroudsburg and the International Sports Camps in Switzerland and France.
In addition to coaching basketball, he served as national director of Community Programs for the Pepsi-Cola Company and the local director of Community Service for O.I.C. Inc.
Ford was a member of many civic, educational and cultural organizations including Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Men of BACA; the NAACP; and the Wynnefield Residents Association. He received many awards and honors for his outstanding service to the community.
Ford was often seen sharing his wisdom and stories with the younger guys about sports and just life in general, from “back in the day.” He loved socializing with his friends and fraternity brothers.
Her was a role model for his stepson Cory and helped to instill in him the values of family, education and God.
In addition to his wife and stepson, Ford is survived by his brother, Robert Harrison Ford (California); long time special friends, Joanne and Ed Williams; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held October 6 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 5732 Race Street. Viewing will be held at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. The Kappa service will be held at 10 a.m.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Roland T. Albert passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Wynnewood, Pa.
He was born on Oct. 19, 1925, in New Orleans, La.
He was the son of Thomas Albert and Louise Robinson, also of New Orleans, La. He attended McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School. Roland was enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a typist. He was stationed at Saipan and the Eniwetok Islands. He was discharged from the Army, having attained the rank of Corporal in January 1946 and later enrolled in Xavier University in New Orleans.
Roland married his high-school sweetheart, Ruby T. Cheval, and moved to Philadelphia in 1954. This union produced seven children.
After arriving in Philadelphia, Roland held several positions as a laborer. Most notably, he was employed as a stationary engineer for Alan Wood Steel and Bethlehem Steel. Further employment also included twenty years with the Philadelphia Parking Authority, until his retirement at age 82.
Roland enjoyed and believed in God, his family and working to provide for them. Roland had several interests. He enjoyed keeping up with the latest medical advances for human health. He also found pleasure in watching documentaries and dramas about war history and nature and science programs. He was also an avid music listener. At 86 years of age, Roland had maintained his mental abilities. He could discuss in detail news and happenings in the country and around the world. Roland was a recent resident of a local nursing home and was personable to all. He liked to engage in light banter with the staff and other residents.
Roland was a gracious and dignified man who was the light of his children’s eyes.
Roland is survived by his sister, Louise Perry; daughters Roslyn (Seth) and Lois (Lorine); and sons, Raymond (Theresa), Donald Sr. (Terri) and Scot (Vicki). Roland was preceded in death by Ruby, his wife of 65 years, daughter, Sheila (Bruce) and first-born son, Roland Jr. (Felicidad). He also leaves to mourn several nephews and a niece, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Roland’s interest in the advancement of medicine led to his request that his body be donated to science. In lieu of flowers, all tokens of sympathy may be sent to the Jefferson Foundation, 925 Chestnut Street, Suite 110 Philadelphia, Pa. 19107.
A graveside memorial service has been planned for 12 p.m. at Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood Pa., on Saturday October 20, 2012.
Michael Lerner was the former president of the Commonwealth Association of School
Administrators, retired principal and administrator for the School District of Philadelphia.
He died July 14, 2012 after a brief illness. He was 72.
He graduated from Philadelphia's Central High School, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from the University of Buffalo and a doctorate in Education from Temple University in 1972.
He began his career in Philadelphia's public schools in 1970, working as a research assistant and later an administrative assistant, for then Superintendent Richard D. Hanusey in the former District 5 until 1981.
Lerner became director of Special Education, under Superintendent George D. Pilato, and served as principal of S.A. Douglass High School in Port Richmond until 2003. Lerner was appointed business agent for the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators, Teamsters Local 502, which represents Philadelphia school principals and other administrators.
He became CASA's president in October 2005 and held the post until his retirement in 2010.
“He was my friend and my mentor,” said CASA President Robert E. McGrogan.
“I always felt until yesterday I had a safety net in him and now that's gone. He was so cerebral. His knowledge of school law, education and pedagogy was extraordinary. Whether it was his helicopter view or tending to the individual needs of a child or any employee, he was the highest level of resource. He leaves quite a legacy and very big shoes to fill.”
“Michael had a strong sense of fairness and always used humor to diffuse tense situations and reach equitable solutions to problems," said AFT Pennsylvania President Ted Kirsch. “I've known Michael since 1972 in a variety of jobs. He had a talent for working with people and always remained focused on doing the right thing for students, the community and his union's members.”
During his career, Lerner served on numerous committees, taught graduate courses for Cheyney University, belonged to professional organizations, including ASCD, Pennsylvania Association of Secondary Principals and B'nai B'rith Educators Unit.
“Michael cared about students. He fought hard for those students. He treated all of them with respect and, in turn, was respected back. He wanted those children to succeed in school, as well as life,” said friend and colleague Bruce Rachild, a retired Bensalem assistant school superintendent.
“He was happiest telling positive stories about the students that he affected. These traits
were identical when dealing his staff and the administrators that he represented. Michael was a protector. He made sure that those who he represented received a ‘fair shake.’ In Michael's eyes, the glass was always half filled and everyone had value.”
Lerner received numerous honors, including the Rose Lindenbaum Award of Excellence and Chapel of the Four Chaplains, Schoolmens' Club of Philadelphia. He loved sports, playing softball for the Educators' White, enjoying the camaraderie. In retirement he enjoyed photography, country music and Temple University Owls football.
“Michael was a fun person to be around,” Rachild said.
“Always had a joke, always had a story and always told them in dialect. That's why we loved him and will remember him that way.”
“Michael was a problem-solver who deeply cared about people. He had a keen
ability to analyze an issue and find a solution to a problem,” said Jerry T. Jordan, president, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
“He was a highly respected educator and labor leader. We will all miss Michael's quick wit
A sister, Susan and parents Anne and Joseph Lerner preceded Lerner in death.
Lerner is survived by his wife, Candy Lerner; daughters Cheryl and Liza Lerner and Ashley Govberg (Danny); and grandchildren Cooper and Spencer Govberg.
Services will be held July 17 at 3 p.m.at Goldstein Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks Funeral Home, 6410 N. Broad St. Doors open at 2:20 p.m. Shiva will be observed following the funeral and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 18 and July 19 at the home of Ashley and Danny Govberg, 1326 Arrowmink Road, Villanova.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to CASA for the Dr. Michael A. Lerner Award for Most Improved Student.
John Bell was an HIV activist, prison advocate and mentor.
Bell died Sept. 12, 2012. He was 64.
He was a native of Baltimore and served in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970. He moved back to Baltimore and worked as a foreman at the Amtrak station in Washington, D.C.
After a struggle with drugs, he was diagnosed with HIV in 1989. He moved to Philadelphia in 1995.
He was a longtime activist with the local chapter of ACT UP and longtime employee of Philadelphia FIGHT.
Executive Director Philadelphia FIGHT Jane Shull said that Bell was critical to the development of the organization’s work with the Philadelphia prison system and ex-offenders. He was the co-creator of Philadelphia FIGHT’s TEACH Outside initiative, a resource for HIV-positive people reintegrating into society from the prison system.
“What he brought to that was his own history as a person who had been in jail, who had come out , had gone into recovery and had taken that experience and turned it around and used it to help others,” said Shull.
“I think without him in the class, we couldn’t have done it because you can’t say to people ‘oh you can succeed,’ if there is not a model in front of you.”
Bell was known for making himself available to help others any time he was needed.
“I think that other thing that was tremendously important for us was the degree [to] which John was available to help people. He would go to see somebody in the prison system and he would give them his cell phone number. He never turned his cell phone off. If they got out and they wanted to connect, they would call and he would answer. So people knew that they had a friend,” Shull added.
Bell also created TITO: TEACH In/TEACH Out which carried the empowerment principles of Project TEACH to the prison population at risk of acquiring HIV.
Leon King, attorney and former commissioner of the Philadelphia Prison System, says Bell had a key role in transforming the system’s policies around HIV.
“Based on his advocacy we changed a lot of the policies and procedures at the prisons. We instituted condoms on the commissary list. We completely revamped the HIV policy. We started doing rapid HIV tests. These transformative things occurred in the prison because of Mr. Bell and his intense passion for this issue,” said King.
Activist Waheedah Shabazz-El credits Bell with transforming her life when he visited her in prison back in 2003. She had just been diagnosed with HIV and was at a low point in her life.
“He brought me from a dark place. The darkest point in my life was when I met him. That visit that I had with him changed my entire life. He gave me a bridge to connect with people like me,” said Shabazz-El.
“He was so many things to so many different people. He took advocacy to a whole other level. He’s really inspired countless people along his way. Everybody he touched, he touched in his own personal, special way.”
He is survived by his longtime partner, Gloria Prusakowski.
A memorial service will be held October 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street.
Donations can be made in Bell’s name to ACT UP Philadelphia at www.actupphilly.org or by sending a check payable to ACT UP Philadelphia to P.O. Box 22439, Philadelphia, Pa. 19110.
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.
Isabel Ruth Willis Fambrough had the mind of a scholar, the soul of a diplomat and the spirit of a humanitarian. As a global citizen of the world, she earned the respect of international leaders, and received numerous awards and recognition for a lifetime of achievement in both her personal and professional life. Isabel was a folk artisan: chair caning, ceramicist, weaver, quilter; an avid tennis player; bibliophile; family historian; and supporter of the arts and Black culture. She died October 18. She was 87.
Fambrough was born in Philadelphia on January 5, 1924. She was the fourth child of 10 children born to the late Effie Morgan White Willis and Richard Byrd Willis of Orange County, Va. Educated in the School District of Philadelphia, she graduated from the Thomas Fitzsimons Junior High School on January 30, 1939 and Simon Gratz High School on January 29, 1942. From 1950 to 1951, she was a member of the Spanish Club at the University of Pennsylvania.
As one of the first African Americans to integrate the Department of Navy Aviation Supply, Fambrough spent 34 years as a public servant with the Federal Government and member of the Naval Supply Depot Employee Association.
Her diligent service earned her many commendations and awards that included her work in 1971 as Chairperson of the Supply Chain Management/United Way Fund Raising Drive. After retiring in 1972, she moved to her homestead in Louisa, Va. to care for her aging aunt Cora Willis Glover.
Her Christian experience began at Second Antioch Baptist Church, where she was baptized at a young age under the pastorate of Rev. Davis DeBrady.
She spent time at the North Penn Baptist Church with her brother, Thomas Willis, and along with her friends, Claudia Young Rhea and Pauline Crumbley Brown, attended Sunday school and BYPU. In Virginia, she attended the Shady Grove Baptist Church in Orange, Virginia where the Willis-White-Richardson clan has worshipped since the church was established in 1871.
Among her outstanding civic and professional achievements, Isabel was often called a cultural ambassador to Liberia, sending food, clothing and other supplies. Because of her efforts, she became close friends with Liberia’s President William V.S. Tubman, and in 1965 she was part of a U.N. delegation to Africa to support national unification in Liberia and other parts of West Africa. In 1966, Isabel was crowned “Miss World Fellowship” at the Southwest Belmont Y.W.C.A. in Philadelphia.
Fambrough, along with her late husband, Eugene A. Raymond, an artist who won recognition for his many portraits and murals, was also friends with Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
On July 26, 1958, they attended a reception given by the City of Philadelphia at the National Philatelic Museum, where Nkrumah opened an exhibit on Ghana; and in 1959, Eugene founded the United Friends of Africa, a nonprofit cultural, development and educational organization.
Isabel also became friends with numerous people from various parts of the world. Some of her notable letters and postcards include correspondence from President Tubman and First Lady of Liberia; Kofi Baako, Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Accra, Ghana; and Hong Kong. In 1970, Isabel traveled to Asia developing friendships in Taipei, Hong Kong and Osaka, Japan. She also worked as a travel consultant at E-Jay Travel in her late brother, Adolph “Jack” Willis’, travel agency.
Fambrough was married to Eugene A. Raymond, and then Thomas Fambrough, both of whom preceded her in death.
Her other achievements and memberships include: Eastern Regional Director of the Professional and Business Women’s Sorority, Gamma Phi Delta, Inc., Mu Omicron Chapter, where she was Soror of the Year in 1972 and was honored by Business Women of the Greater Delaware Valley in The Bulletin newspaper on Sunday, January 28, 1979; she was also a member of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, Germantown Household of Ruth, No. 403 of Philadelphia; and was council president of POWERtalk International (formally International Training in Communication & International Toastmistress Clubs).
In Virginia, Fambrough was a founding member of the National Association of Active & Retired Federal Employees of Louisa, Virginia Chapter 2065, where she held several offices in that chapter including the presidency. With AARP, she served as secretary of the state association for many years, and in several officer roles in the local chapter. She was an award-winning 4-H member in Louisa, Va. as well as a 4-H camp volunteer. In the Louisa County Commission on Aging, she represented the Louisa District, and is remembered as a hard worker who kept things together.
She also made the punch for the annual Christmas Dinner which served well over a hundred people. In addition, Isabel was president of the Louisa County Agricultural Fair; president of the Louisa County Extension Homemakers; and member of the Louisa County Federated Women’s Club.
Fambrough leaves to mourn: niece, Yvonne Willis Brooks; siblings, Cecil O. Willis and Irma Willis Clark; sisters-in-law, Lithan Willis and Ruth Willis; dozens of nieces and nephews, a multitude of cousins and a host of friends and admirers.
Isabel was preceded in death by her siblings, Richard, Mabel, Thomas, Wilbur, Lillian, Elmer and Adolph.
Services will be held October 26 at Powell Mortuary Services, 2432 North 27th St. The viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The service will start at 11.
Harold Goldsborough Miller was a distinguished military and civil servant, journalist and teacher.
He died July 27, 2012, at Abington Memorial Hospital in Montgomery County. He succumbed to cancer at the age of 93.
“Though we are devastated to be without him, we feel blessed to have had such a powerful force in our lives, someone who instilled in each of us the importance of education, service, and devotion to God and family,” said Miller’s daughter, attorney Consuelo Miller of Chicago.
He was born to the late Watson and Anna Miller in Philadelphia on Aug. 25, 1918. Miller spent his early years in Philadelphia and attended Overbrook High School. Upon graduation in 1937, Miller went on to Wilberforce University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1941.
While at Wilberforce, Miller was a member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC), receiving a commission as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves upon graduation. His interest in the military was sparked by his first professor of military science, the then Col. Benjamin O. Davis Sr., who later became the first African-American general in the U.S. Army.
Immediately after graduation, Miller was ordered to active duty with the 366th Infantry Regiment at Ft. Devens, Mass. He served there until he became disabled in 1944. After eight months in an Army hospital he was retired from active duty in 1945. While still in the service Miller married his childhood sweetheart and fellow East Calvary M.E. Church (now Tindley temple U.M. Church) member, Consuelo “Connie” Dale. In addition to their daughter, they had a son, Harvey. Connie died in 1991.
Miller went to work for The Philadelphia Independent newspaper. Upon leaving the Independent, he became a caseworker with the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare. Two years later he transferred to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole from which he retired after 32 years of service. He became the agency’s first Black district director and regional director in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was a hearing examiner when he retired in 1979.
Miller took graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University. He also completed the Administrative Law Judges’ seminar at George Washington University School of Law.
From 1969 until 1979, Miller was an instructor in criminal justice at Temple University and a regular lecturer at Villanova University. He served as president of the Pennsylvania Association of Probation, Parole and Corrections and was the first African American to serve as president of the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association. In 1988 he authored the 50 Year History of the Association and in 1998 was named the first president emeritus in the 60 year history of the association.
Always active in community affairs, Miller was a charter member and the first president of the Men’s Social Service Organization at the Krams Avenue branch of the Salvation Army. He was later given an award by that organization for his service. He served as district commissioner of the William Penn District, Boy Scouts of America and later served on the troop committee at St. Andrews in the Field Episcopal Church. He was also a member of the Philadelphia Seminar, the Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees, and the Military Officers Association of America.
He was a long time member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., joining Upsilon Chapter on Dec. 10, 1939, while at Wilberforce University. After returning to Philadelphia he became active with Mu Omega Chapter which presented him with a Founders Award in recognition of his service to the fraternity and the community. He also received an award from the Leadership Conference of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in recognition of more than 70 years of service to the fraternity.
Miller became active with the Wilberforce University Alumni Association as soon as he graduated, and was a co-founder of the Philadelphia Chapter in 1945. He held many offices in the chapter and was given the Distinguished Service Award by both the local chapter and the National Alumni Association. He spearheaded a drive which culminated in the establishment of the Class of ’41 Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wilberforce and in 1999 he was inducted into the National Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was given the James E. Stamps Award by the Philadelphia Inter-Alumni Council of UNCF and the United Negro College Fund in recognition of his service to the Philadelphia community and his alumni.
“The zest he had for life and the way he lived each day to the fullest is a legacy that will live on for generations,” says Consuelo.
With a passion for travel, Miller visited Bermuda, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, many of the Caribbean Islands, Europe, Africa, South America, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska and most of the U.S. Additionally, he cruised to several other locales including the Mediterranean.
On July 7, 2001, his long-time friend, Genester Nix Wilson, joined Miller in holy matrimony.
In addition to his wife and children, Miller is survived by a daughter-in-law, Alvania Miller; four granddaughters, Heather Ram, Alexis Williams-Currie, Kristen Hatcher and Tory Harris; seven great-grandchildren; three grandsons-in-law; four stepchildren, Dr. Genester Wilson-King, the Reverends John S. Wilson Jr. and Lucas Wilson, and Adrienne Hubbard; their spouses and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held August 6 at 11 a.m. at the Second Baptist Church of Germantown, 6459 Germantown Avenue.
Nix and Nix Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
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.
Mary Green, 71, was a long-time resident and homeowner of the northwest section of the city. She died suddenly of respiratory complications at Albert Einstein Medical Center on Sept. 3.
“Mommy was in good health and great spirits all the time, so seeing her in a hospital was rare, indeed. She was talking on the phone, joking and ordering everybody around as she usually did. When things took a sudden turn, we were all in shock. We could not believe that she was gone so quickly,” stated Keith Green, the eldest son.
Green was the second eldest of nine children of the late George and Elizabeth Whaley. Born in Columbia, S.C., she relocated with her family to Philadelphia in 1944. She was educated in the Philadelphia public schools, graduating from William Penn High School for Girls.
“As a young child, Mommy was exposed to teachings about Jesus Christ very regularly because of where the family lived, near Second and American streets. There were mission efforts all around the community. Raised by a devoutly Christian mother, Mommy took to the word of God and was nurtured throughout her growing up years,” daughter Adrian Holmes said.
“At Sunday Breakfast Mission she heard about God’s love and forgiving power. Under the ministry of Joseph Kramer, she came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. As the eldest sister, while in her teens she showed herself to be a ready helper at home and in the neighborhood. She taught Sunday school at Sunday Breakfast Mission and volunteered three nights a week at the Helping Hands Rescue Mission. She was being groomed for the real purpose for her life.”
Her second daughter, Paula, also reflected.
“In 1957, while at a retreat at Camp Streamside, Mommy met our father and her best friend, the late John Green Jr. Under the leadership of Pastor Ben Johnson, the couple was married on June 17, 1961 and began serving together. Their marriage of forty-eight years produced five children, Keith L., Adrian R., Paula Y., Myron R. and Byron R. After the birth of the first of eleven grandchildren, Mary dubbed herself,” Paula said.
“Granny Green, The Granny Queen.” Her creative spirit was manifested in her cooking, her way with words, her manner of dress and talents with arts and crafts.”
Following the death of Pastor Ben Johnson, Mary’s husband was called to the pastorate of Christ Baptist Church.
“That was when Mommy really knew that the call on her life was to stand by John and work with him in the ministry. Together, they faithfully served Christ Baptist Church for 32 years. She served as director of the Nursery Ministry for more than twenty years, Girl Scout leader, VBS teacher, assistant director of Kings Kidz Camp, a member of the Silver Keys, MARK Ministries, Missions Board and more. She was always prepared to serve the Lord with a spirit of excellence, reverence and exuberant praise!” said one of the twins, Myron.
“Our mother was short in stature but made her presence known with ease. She made us know what she expected without hollering and screaming. A few choice words from Mary set us straight. Then, she was also backed up by our dad,” Byron said.
“However, she could take us on single-handed when necessary. Being children of the pastor meant we were always on display. Our parents let us be ourselves, but Mommy set a standard for our behavior that stood her in good stead. Even when Mommy worked for a while as a teacher assistant in public, charter, private and Christian schools, we knew what was expected and did not stray far from the mark.”
Green leaves to cherish her memory: children, Keith Green, Adrian Holmes, Paula Green-Howard, Byron Green and Myron Green; a son-in-law, Michael Howard; two daughters-in-law. Vanessa Green and Claire Green; grandchildren, Keith Jr., Andrew, Chaniece, Misha, Shar, Rasheem, Lisa, Malcolm, Nasya, Jasmine and Arial; her siblings, Julius C. Whaley, Joseph F. Whaley, Diana Whaley-Campbell, Sharon L. Whaley, Annette Whaley-Fowler and Grace Gaines; one brother-in-law, Joel S. Fowler; sisters-in-law, Viola Switzer, Patricia Whaley and Gloria Williams; friends of the family, James Owens and Brenda Pemberton; two aunts, Rose Brown and Lucille Whaley; fourteen nieces and nephews; a host of cousins; and two godchildren, Cindy Smith and Natasha Simpkins; her church family, friends, Elizabeth Anderson, Elise Adams, Laurel Jones, Honey, her prayer warrior, Odeliea, and Maxine Hobbs.
Her husband, Rev. John Green Jr.; brother, George; and sisters, Ellen and Daisie, preceded Green in death.
A memorial service will be held on September 11 at Christ Baptist Church, 1540 Church Lane. It will start at 4 p.m. A service will be held September 12 at Christ Baptist Church. The viewing will be at 8:30 a.m. The service will start at 10:30 a.m.
Sabbath Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Former NFL and Arizona State running back Art Malone has died. He was 64.
Arizona State announced on Tuesday July 31 that Malone died on Friday July 27.
Malone played seven seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the second round by Atlanta. He played five seasons with the Falcons and two with the Philadelphia, rushing for 2,457 yards and 19 touchdowns, with 1,465 yards and six touchdowns on 161 receptions.
Malone played for the Sun Devils from 1967 to 1969 and rushed for 2,649 yards, seventh-most in school history. Malone rushed for 1,431 yards in 1968 and had 239 yards against New Mexico that season, both third-most in school history.
His brother, Ben Malone, played seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday August 4.
Art Malone and his wife Carolyn lived in Tempe, Ariz. When he was 10 years old, his parents, Ben Sr. and Izora Malone, moved to Eloy, Ariz., from Tyler, Tex., in 1958.
The former SCVUHS, Arizona State University and National Football League great was inducted into the first class of the Santa Cruz Valley Union High School Hall of Fame, in September of 2010.
Malone entered high school in 1962 and began an extraordinary athletic high school, collegiate, and professional career.In high school football, Malone was the star running back of the Dust Devil’s very first state championship football team. He was selected to the first team all conference, the captain of the first team All State squad and the Athlete of the Month for November. Malone was also selected as Arizona’s best high school football player of 1965 and played in the All-Star football game in Flagstaff, Ariz.
As a member of the Santa Cruz track team, Malone was the first Arizona track athlete to run the 180-yard low hurdles in 18.7 seconds. During his high school track career, Malone was state champion in the high and low hurdles, selected as a member to the Arizona All-State team, and was selected to the All-American high school team.
In 1966, Malone accepted a football scholarship at Arizona State University. Starting with his sophomore year as a varsity running back and continuing through his senior year, Malone established himself as one of the great ASU running backs in school history. He finished third in ASU’S All-Time 100-yard rushing games with 239 yards on 29 carries against New Mexico in 1968. He finished fourth in ASU’S All-Time rushes for a career with 14, and finally, he finished third in ASU’S All-Time 1000-yard single-season rushes with 1,431 yards in 1968, which also placed him fifth among all colleges in the nation that year. To top off his college career, Malone earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education.
In 1970, Malone was the number two pick of the Atlanta Falcons where he was in the starting backfield for five years. He finished his professional career as a starter with the Philadelphia Eagles.
He continued working after his football career for the next 22 years with Arizona State University’s athletic department until his retirement. — (AP)