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Charles Evans, 79

posted: Aug 24, 2011 11:10 am | Comments (0)

Charles W. Evans, 79 of New Haven, CT passed away on Sunday August 21, 2011.  Born to the late John Henry and Kathleen Evans on October 14, 1931 in Raleigh, NC.  Charles was employed by the City of New Haven Board of Education as Head Custodian.  He leaves to cherish his memory; daughter, Charlene Evans of Raleigh, NC and Charlese Evans of New Haven, CT; brother, James Evans of Baltimore, MD; long time companion, Carita Jones and 1 grandchild, Michael Charles Evans Douglas.  He was predeceased by 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.  A celebration of his life with military honors, will take place on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 11AM at Varick A M E Zion Church, 242 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511 with calling hours from 10-11AM.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511.  Messages of comfort: www.hkhfuneralservices.com

George Murray, 75

posted: Aug 23, 2011 11:29 am | Comments (0)

George Murray, 75, of New Haven, departed this life August 20, 2011.
Born in Kingstree, SC, October 13, 1935, he was the son of the late John H. and Odell Murray.
Prior to retiring, he was employed at Farrell Corp. as a Welder.
He is survived by his wife, Lula P. Murray; daughter, Stacey Murray-Taylor; son, Sydney Murray; two grandchildren; eight brothers and sisters; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by five brothers and sisters.
A celebration of Mr. Murray’s life and legacy will be held Thursday, August 25, 2011, at 11:00 A.M. at Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St., New Haven. Viewing will be held from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Online guestbook available at www.curvinkcouncil.com

Toni Wright, 60

posted: Aug 22, 2011 11:07 am | Comments (8)

Antoinette Rachel Green Wright, affectionately known as Toni, departed this life on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at the age of 60, after a long and courageous battle against a rare form of cancer.  Antoinette Rachel Green was born on May 7, 1951 in New Haven, CT to David Alexander Green, Sr. and Marion Baker Green.  Toni graduated from Brandeis University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in African American Studies and from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT in 1980 with a Master’s Degree in Psychology.  Toni was employed at St. Thomas’s Day School, initially as an assistant teacher and later became the school’s library teacher.  Toni was a lifelong member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in New Haven, CT.  She was also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Toni leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved children Nia Wright West-Bey and her husband Jon, of Washington, DC, Challa Wright Flemming and her husband Stephen of Bridgeport, CT and Calvin Wright of Brooklyn, NY, her grandchildren whom she adored, Thurman Antwion Anderson, Ahmad Jamal West-Bey, Zuri Atiya Flemming and Naima Imani West-Bey, her mother, Marion Baker Green, her sister Victoria Woods Boyd, her brother and sister-in-law, David Alexander Green Jr. and Maria Green, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, church family and friends.  She was predeceased by her husband, Clinton Leroy Antonio Wright and her father, David Alexander Green, Sr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN), the American Poetry Museum, St. Thomas’s Day School and the Edna Baker Carnegie Scholarship Fund.

A celebration of Ms. Wright’s life and legacy will be held Saturday, August 27, 2011, at 9:00 A.M. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 111 Whalley Ave., New Haven. Viewing will be held at the church from 8:00-9:00 A.M. Burial will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Professional services entrusted to Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St., New Haven. Online guestbook available at www.curvinkcouncil.com

Hildred Pearson, 60

posted: Aug 15, 2011 12:20 pm | Comments (1)

Hildred L. Pearson, 60, of New Haven, departed this life August 10, 2011. She was the widow of Herbert Pearson.
Born in Farmville, NC, October 22, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Clara Marie Simmons and her biological father Joe Howard Ward.
Prior to retiring, Mrs. Pearson was employed by the City of New Haven for 37 years as a Field Investigator for the Commission Equal Rights. She was a member of Mt. Gideon Faith Fellowship Church where she served as a Minister.
She leaves to cherish her memory, brothers, Donald Simmons (Darlene) of CT and Jimmie G. Smith (Vivian) and Joe H. Ward, Jr. both of NC, Reginald Davis (Lucille); sisters, Audrey Brunson (Jesse) of CT and Joyce Ward Clarke (Tony) of MD; a godson, Clarence Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Mrs. Pearson’s life will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at 11:00 A.M. at Mt. Gideon Faith Fellowship Church, 363 Dixwell Ave., New Haven. Viewing and visitation will be held at the church from 9:00-11:00 A.M. Burial will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Professional services entrusted to Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St., New Haven. Online guestbook available at www.curvinkcouncil.com

John Lee Spell, 51

posted: Aug 12, 2011 12:00 pm | Comments (0)

John Lee Spell, 51 of New Haven, CT passed peacefully at his home on August 5, 2011 after a long illness.  Born to the late Emma Paige and Jimmy Howard in Bethel, NC on December 12, 1959.  He leaves to cherish his memory; sons, John and Todd Ratchford; fiancé, Pearl Murphy; stepchildren Tennille and Terrance Murphy; sisters, Mary Bunns, Anne Maye, Joyce Thomas, Diane Howard of NC, Mary Paige, and Barbara Paige of CT; brothers, Jimmy Howard, Walter Cherry of NC, Walter Spell, and Milton Paige of CT; 9 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.  He was predeceased by a brother, Donnell Paige.  A celebration of his life will take place on Monday August 15, 2011 at 11AM at Christian Love Center, 154 Derby Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511 with calling hours from 10-11AM.  Interment is private.  Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511.  Messages of comfort: www.hkhfuneralservices.com

Alfred Gaskins, 73

posted: Aug 5, 2011 11:19 am | Comments (0)

Alfred K. Gaskins 73 of New Haven,CT has quietly traveled on the road leading to everlasting peace. On July 28, 2011, after short battle with lung cancer and his son by his side, he answered Our Heavenly Fathers call home. He was born in Lake City, SC, the son of the late Henry and Elease (Singletary) Gaskins. Having accepted God as his personal Lord and Savior he was a long and faithful attendant of Ebenezer Chapel. He made this his home church for approximately 3 decades. Whenever he traveled to Lake City, SC he attended services at Nettie’s Temple where the Bishop Leroy Graham presides.

Alfred attended and graduated from Carver High School in Lake City. During these years he was also the school bus driver. As a young man after graduation, he traveled throughout the southern states working various jobs. His travels also took him north finally settling in New Haven, CT He worked for Pond Lily Company in New Haven, CT for many years as a Machine Operator. When they closed, he went to work G and O Manufacturing Company and worked in the same capacity. After working here many years he retired. He enjoyed the work he did and would work whenever he could. In his retirement he would frequently travel back to his home of Lake City enjoying the company of his family and many friends.

Left to celebrate his life is his son, Richard Gaskins of New Haven, CT:  brother, Henry Gaskins (Mary) of Dorchester, MA, sisters, Isabell Hannah of Roxbury, MA, Hester Franklin of Lynn, MA and Magalene Gaskins of Roxbury, MA, 6 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his daughter, Angelia Dienette Gaskins and brother, Ernest Gaskins.

A celebration of his life will take place Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Ebenezer Chapel; 50 Dwight Street, New Haven, CT with a calling hour at the church from 10-11:00 AM.  Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.  To leave a message of comfort to the Gaskins family, please visit www.hkhfuneralservices.com.

Harrolyn Gaddy, 52

posted: Aug 1, 2011 4:12 pm | Comments (0)

Harrolyn Juliet Gaddy was born to Jane Elizabeth and Huey Gaddy in New Haven Connecticut on April 22,1959. She was a graduate of High School In The Community, and attended South Central Community College where she received her associates’ degree in social work. She was employed with the state of Connecticut and retired in 1994. Harrolyn resided in Branford with her sister Lori Palmer, where she helped raise her niece and nephew Alicia and Christian Palmer. Harrolyn was a very loving daughter, sister, and aunt who had many talents including art, writing, cooking, and in fact even taught her siblings how to cook. She has one novel copy written and is ready to be published. She shared her love of reading with her 16 nieces and nephews. She leaves to cherish her memory, her parents, Jane Elizabeth Gaddy and Huey Gaddy, her stepmother Shirley Gaddy, her four sisters Londa Campbell, Lori Palmer, Andrea LaMont, Kimberly Hammonds, and one brother Kevin Gaddy; as well as two stepsisters Laina Cox and Lisa Koker. She is predeceased by her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Nixon,  paternal grandparents Luvenia and Celmer Gaddy, and brother Mark Gaddy.  A celebration of her life will take place on Monday August 1, 2011 at 11:30AM at Cornerstone Christian Center, 192 Meadow Street, Milford, CT with calling hours from 10-11:30AM.  Interment will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park.  Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.  Messages of comfort:  www.hkhfuneralservices.

Marvin MIssan, 78

posted: Jul 29, 2011 11:43 am | Comments (0)

Yale Yearbook Photo. Following is the text of a sermon delivered by Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen at the funeral Thursday of retired postal worker and Edgewood neighbor Marvin Missan.

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Rosie Lee Ampley, 89

posted: Jul 29, 2011 7:57 am | Comments (0)

Rosie Lee Ampley, 89, of New Haven, departed this life July 25, 2011. She was the widow of Willie Ampley, Sr.
Born in Robersonville, NC, January 30, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Roosevelt Hines and Leora Bellamy.
She was employed at Majestic Laundry and was later employed at Arden House Care Center as a Certified Nurse’s Aide.
She is survived by her son, Willie L. Ampley (Brenda); a brother, William Stancil (Shirley); seven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; fourteen great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Emanuel “Julio” Stancil; and a grandchild.
A celebration of Mrs. Ampley’s life and legacy will be held Saturday, July 30, 2011, at 9:00 A.M. at St. Paul UAME Church, 1267 Chapel St., New Haven. Viewing and visitation will be held at the church from 8:00-9:00 A.M. Burial will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Professional services entrusted to Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St., New Haven. Online guestbook available at www.curvinkcouncil.com

Mary McCallum, 88

posted: Jul 28, 2011 2:28 pm | Comments (0)

Mary W. McCallum of New Haven, CT, departed this life on July 22, 2011. Born in Waterbury, CT on June 27, 1923 to the late Rev. Emma A. Towles-Shepard and Edgar C. Shepard.  She was predeceased by ex-husband Roy Smith Sr. and her late husband James McCallum. She worked as a teacher’s assistant at the Board of Education and was a very strong community activist, known as “Ms. Mary”. She leaves, son, Michele’ E. Smith (Andrea) of West Haven; sister, Mrs. Joanne Keyes of New Haven; brother, Mr. James B. Shepard of Queens, NY; 6 grand children, 8 great grand children and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.  She was predeceased by 2 children, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers.  A celebration of her life will take place on Friday July 29, 2011 at 11AM at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT with calling hours from 10-11AM.  Interment will be private.  Messages of comfort: www.hkhfuneralservices.comYour text to link…

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