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Ralph John Turcio, 92

posted: Apr 25, 2011 12:17 pm | Comments (2)

Ralph John Turcio, age 92, of New Haven, passed away on April 21, 2011. He was born on April 18, 1919 in New Haven, Connecticut to the late John Turcio and Immaculata Della Donna. He married the love of his life, his late wife of 61 years, Anne Thorpe on Novembar 15, 1949. He owned the Park Gate Spa in New Haven in the 1950’s. He owned and operated R.J. Construction for approximately 20 years and retired from the City of New Haven in 1992. He never truly retired. He enjoyed spending his time working at the Batter’s Box.

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Nathaniel Harris, 83

posted: Apr 25, 2011 12:07 pm | Comments (0)

Nathaniel Harris, 83, of New Haven, departed this life April 17.

Born in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 5, 1927, he was the son of the late Will and Christine Harris.

Prior to retiring, he was employed at Elm City Plumbing Supply Co. as a truck driver.

He leaves to cherish his memory: sons Joseph Toomer, William, Nathaniel Anthony, Deon and John Harris; daughters Brenda Toomer, Bernell Fulton (Clay), Christine Harris Steele (Vincent), and Valerie, Patricia, Natalie and Joanne Harris; his companion, Doris Phillips; 26 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Margie Steward; son in-law Alvin Steward; brothers James L. Harris and Carl Mims; and a sister, Williemae Parker.

A celebration of Mr. Harris’ life and legacy was held Monday, April 25, at Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St., New Haven. Burial will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park. An online guestbook is available at www.curvinkcouncil.com.

Edmond Oliver White

posted: Apr 18, 2011 7:32 am | Comments (0)

Edmond Oliver White, 68, of New Haven passed away April 14. Edmond was born Oct. 3, 1942, in Sumter, S.C. to the late Edward and Mary (Daniels) White.

He leaves to cherish his memory: wife Lucy White; sons Edmond O. White Jr. of Hamden and Ronald Smith of New Haven; daughter Leslie White DePriest (Lyman) of West Haven; brothers Willis White (Sadie) and James White, both of South Carolina, and Mozel White (Roberta) of New Haven; sisters Flossie York, Earline Bradley and Ethel Leaf, all of South Carolina, and Peggy White of New Haven; grandchildren Lyman “Jay”, Daesia, Justin, Ronnie Jr., and Syrani; and a host of family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by six brothers: Harvey Lee Jones, Ulysses Daniels, David White, Ezell White, Leon White and Johnny White.

A celebration of his life will take place Tuesday, April 19, at 11 a.m at Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church, 1324 Chapel St., New Haven. Friends may call Tuesday at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will take place in Beaverdale Memorial Park.

Services by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel St., New Haven. To leave a message of comfort to the White family, please visit www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

Marian Ann White

posted: Apr 13, 2011 5:40 am | Comments (0)

Marian Ann White, 57, of New Haven went home to be with the Lord April 7. Marian was born November 14, 1953, in Stamford to the late James H. White and Marie Porter-Wilson of New Haven. 

Marian was a member of Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church, New Haven. Along with her mother and stepfather, Mat Wilson, those left to cherish her memory include: sons Shawn Keith White of Vermont and Roy Lee McKeithen Jr. of New Haven; brother Malik White of Hamden; sisters Gayle Hillman of Texas, Luciene Penny of Virginia and Dawn White of Hamden; four stepsiblings, eight grandchildren and a host of family and friends. 

A celebration of her life will take place Wednesday, April, 13 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church, 1324 Chapel St., New Haven. A closed casket calling period will be held Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. at the church.

To leave a message of comfort to the White family, please visit our website, www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

Carolyn Birdine

posted: Apr 11, 2011 7:36 pm | Comments (0)

Carolyn Birdine, 55, of New Haven went home to be with the Lord on April 6. Carolyn was born June 20, 1955, in Bethel, N.C., to John and Lillie Doward of Rocky Mount, N.C.

She leaves to cherish her memory: daughter Keisha Birdine-Ewell (Derrick) of New Haven; brothers Wadie Stanley of New Haven and Jessie James of Brooklyn, N.Y.; sister Doris Jean Doward of New Haven; two grandchildren, Sapphire and William Birdine, both of New Haven; and a host of relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Willie James Birdine, son William Tarvel Birdine, and brother Donald Ray Doward. 

A celebration of her life will take place Tuesday, April 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Agape Christian Center, 200 Goffe St., New Haven. Friends may call Tuesday at the church from 9-11 a.m. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery. 

To leave a message of comfort to the Birdine family, please visit www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

David Brantley Jr.

posted: Mar 25, 2011 12:10 pm | Comments (0)

David Brantley Jr., 79, of New Haven, passed away March 20.

Born to the late Dave Sr. and Lucy Brantley in Picken, Ark., on February 17, 1932, David had a love for gardening, fishing for porgies and a talent for storytelling. He was retired from Eli Whitney Technical School, where he was a custodian for 35 years.

He leaves to cherish his memory: wife Lucille Brantley; sons Timothy (Denise) Brantley of Ellenwood, Ga., and Jack (Olivia) Brantley of Seymour; daughters Mildred Belton and Delores, Jacqueline and Lucinda Brantley, all of New Haven, Patricia (Steve) Gamble and Francine Barnes, both of Greeleyville, SC; brothers James (Melody) and Herman (Veronica) Brantley, both of New Haven, Napoleon Brantley of West Haven, and Oscar and Butch Bullard, both of Arkansas; sisters Versie Johnson of McGhee, Ark., Dorothy Thomas of St. Louis, Mo., and Dorothy Bullard of Arkansas; 25 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. He was predeceased by a son, David Brantley III, four brothers and four grandchildren.

A celebration of life will take place on Monday March 28, at 11 a.m. at Union Temple UFW Baptist Church, 54 Platt St., New Haven. Friends may call Monday at the church from 9-11 a.m. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel St., New Haven. To leave a message of comfort to the Brantley family, please visit our website at www.howardkhillfuneralservices.com.

Derrick Steven Suggs Sr.

posted: Mar 24, 2011 12:34 pm | Comments (2)

Derrick Steven Suggs Sr., 53, of New Haven, died suddenly March 18 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

He was the beloved son of Grace Suggs of New Haven, and the late David Suggs. He was born on Aug. 14, 1957, in New Haven. 

He was a laborer for Local 455. He loved taking care of his family, cooking and fishing. 

He was the proud and loving father of Derricka Suggs-Wilkes, Derrick Suggs Jr., Chiwanna Suggs, Jasmin Suggs, Steven Suggs, stepson Ellis Reaves Jr., and stepdaughter Laniece Gamble. He is also survived by his longtime companion Felisha Dawson (his “wife”) and sisters Fern, Vickie and Dava Suggs, as well as a grandson and three granddaughters. 

A celebration of his life will take place on Friday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at Beulah Heights First Pentecostal, 782 Orchard St., New Haven. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10-11 a.m. Interment will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park. 

Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel St., New Haven. To leave a message of comfort to the Suggs family, please visit our website, www.howardkhillfuneralhome.com.

William Butler

posted: Mar 23, 2011 12:21 pm | Comments (0)

William James Butler, a resident of West Haven, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 18 at Yale-New Haven Hospital at the age of 84.

He was born in Tampa, Fla., on April 16, 1926. He was the son of the late James M. and Carrie Bell Butler and resided in New Haven for more than 55 years, before moving to West Haven in 2010. 

Bill (often called “Butler”) was a graduate of Tampa High School and served his country proudly during World War II and terminated his service with an honorable discharge at the rank of Technician Fifth Grade in 1946. After his military discharge, he moved to New Haven, where he married his now former wife Genevieve Butler in 1951; to this union two loving daughters were born. 

He joined the Church of God and Saints of Christ in 1950 and was ordained a deacon by the late Counselor Enoch M. Stallings Sr. Until his demise, Bill was a devoted church member, a strong supporter of his pastor Bishop Robert H. Stallings Sr., and tireless worker in his church. Butler worked over 40 years at the U.S. Postal Service in New Haven, West Haven and Bridgeport, where he was building maintenance supervisor. He ended his career as supervisor of delivery services. 

In his early years he was an exceptional golfer and long-time member of the Knickerbockers Golfing Club, winning or placing in numerous regional, state and local competitions. An avid New York Yankees fan for many years, he attended his last game at the new stadium in October 2010. 

He will be sadly missed by family and friends alike and treasured in our hearts forever. He is survived by his daughters, Denise Butler and her husband Juergen Fenger of Germany; Tanya Butler of West Haven; and Shirletta Shaw (Mitchell) of Raleigh, N.C. He also leaves two grandsons, Justin Ashley Butler of West Haven and Brenden Shaw of Raleigh; and four great-grandchildren, Janae, Justin, and Jacob Butler, and Mekhi Shaw. 

He was predeceased by his four older sisters: Aveline Herrnandez, Helen Colson Rose, Loree Butler, and Dorothy Mae Robinson. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends have been blessed to know him. A celebration of his life will take place Thursday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m.
at the Church of God and Saints of Christ, 109 Beers St., New Haven.

Friends may call Thursday at the church from 9-11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in the Connecticut Veteran’s Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Meriden. To leave a message of comfort to the Butler family, please visit www.howardkhillfuneralhome.com.

Garfield Coleman Jr.

posted: Mar 22, 2011 4:08 am | Comments (0)

Garfield Coleman Jr., 78, of New Haven, departed this life March 18. He was the husband of Rose L. Coleman.

Born in Tuckahoe, N.Y.,  on Aug. 28, 1932, he was the son of the late Garfield Coleman Sr. and Marion Coleman. Prior to retiring, he was employed at G&O Manufacturing as an inspector.

Mr. Coleman was a member of St. Martin de Porres Church. He was an Army veteran and was awarded the Purple Heart.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Ronald Coleman (Alice McNeil); daughters Theresa Coleman-Davis (Henry L. Jr.) and Geraldine Coleman-Dotson; a sister, Ellwood Jean Coleman; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Coleman, and a sister, Rosemary Ellis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Martin de Porres Church, 136 Dixwell Ave., (corner of Webster St. and Dixwell Ave.) New Haven. Viewing and visitation will be held at the church from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Hamden Plains Cemetery.

Professional services entrusted to Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St., New Haven. Online guestbook available at www.curvinkcouncil.com.

Allen Hudson

posted: Mar 21, 2011 11:07 am | Comments (0)

Allen H. Hudson, 86, of New Haven, passed on March 14.

Born in Franklin, N.C., March 29, 1924, he was the son of the late Arthur and Blanche Hudson. Mr. Hudson retired from Volvo City West as an automobile detailer in 1991. He was a World War II Army veteran.

He leaves to cherish his memory children Brenda Hudson, Allen Hudson, Jr., Vivian Crawley (Bobby), Jeffrey Smith, Allen W. Hudson (Lisa), Vallerie Hudson-Brown (Ronnie), Vincent Hudson, Frederick Adams, Steven Adams, and Alisa Adams; fourteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his eldest sister, Mary Wiley; and a number of loving family members and friends.

The funeral service was held March 18 at Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St., New Haven. Hudson was buried in Hamden Plains Cemetery. Online guestbook available at www.curvinkcouncil.com.

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