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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:

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

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

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…

Inge Hesped Fish, 85

posted: Jul 28, 2011 11:09 am | Comments (0)

Lenny and Inge Fish. Inge Hesped Fish was 12 years old when she landed a spot—and a chance for survival—on the famous “kindertransport” out of Nazi Germany. She ended up in New Haven and made a new life with her husband Lenny (who predeceased her); for a half century they were pillars of Congregation Beth El Keser Israel (BEKI) on Harrison Street in Westville. Following is a sermon given by BEKI Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen at Fish’s funeral Tuesday at Shure Funeral Home on George Street; she died Sunday at the age of 85.

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John White, 92

posted: Jul 27, 2011 3:41 am | Comments (0)

John J. White (92) died Saturday at his home in Glenview, Illinois after a lengthy illness. He was born on the 4th of July, 1919 in New Haven, Conn. to James and Mary King White, immigrants from County Kerry, Ireland, and he resided in the Hill section of New Haven and attended Sacred Heart and Hillhouse High School where he played on the varsity baseball and football teams and was an All State Football team selectee in 1936. He attended Cheshire Academy before entering Yale University in 1938 and played football and baseball at both institutions.

A Naval ROTC cadet, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy upon his graduation from Yale and served 4 years in the Navy in WW11. He was Chief Engineering Officer on destroyers in the North Atlantic and Pacific theaters as well as Executive Officer of the USS JARVIS before retiring with the rank of LT. Commander. White began his industrial career as a trainee with the American Brake Shoe Company and worked in production and sales. He and two longtime partners started the fledgling Midland Manufacturing Corporation in 1951. With White as its president, Midland grew from a small machine shop to a worldwide supplier of railway equipment, and mobile homes and recreation equipment before its acquisition by Dover Corporation in 2004.

White also became a member of the Illinois Bar after completing night law school at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1955. He was honored by his selection as its Alumnus of the Year in 1964. He was a long time Director of the Better Government Association of Chicago serving from 1962 until his death. He also served a term as its president. Maintaining his interest in the Law and Naval affairs, he was a life member of the Chicago Bar Association Foundation and the Navy League of the United States.

Throughout his adulthood, White’s avocations were education and politics. He served 7 years as a Trustee of the Glenbrook High School District 225 in Illinois, including one term as president. He served as a Trustee and Overseer of Cheshire Academy where the Science and technology Center was named in his honor. He was counselor to the Paul Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University. White established the White Brothers Scholarship in 1985 to assist needy students matriculating at Yale from the Greater New Haven Area. He was a major donor for the reconstruction of Yale Baseball Field. In recognition of his service to his Alma Mater, he was selected as a Sterling Fellow of Yale University.

A life-time Democrat, White devoted his political energies and money in Illinois to the candidacies of “independents’ or “reformers” such as Senators Paul Simon and Adlai Stevenson, Anthony Scariano and Leland Rayson. He took special pride in “having a role” in the beginning of Rahm Emanuel’s political career. Not always with “winners”, he was the campaign chairman of Stephan A. Mitchell’s unsuccessful bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1960. However, that same year he was Vice- Chairman of the Business and Professionals for Kennedy, organizing local committees and fund raising for JFK throughout Illinois.

He was a member of the Union League Club of Chicago, Yale Clubs of Chicago and New York City, Sunset Ridge Country Club of Northfield, ILL., the Moorings Club of Vero Beach, FL, and the Yale Golf Club in Connecticut.

White was predeceased by his first wife, Jane, his brother James, and his sister, Mary Ellen. He is survived by his wife Virginia of Glenview, daughter Mary Carolyn of South Riding Virginia, step-sons Bradley Swick and James Burnham; nephews Jeff, Douglas, and Michael, nieces Kathleen and Madeleine, and thirteen grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held this Friday, July 29th at 4pm at the N. H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home in Glenview, Illinois. There will also be a subsequent memorial service this summer in Connecticut at Cheshire Academy that will be announced. Memorial considerations may be made to the Better Government Association of Chicago 11 E. Adams St. Suite 608, Chicago, ILL. 60606.

Robert Williams, 69

posted: Jul 21, 2011 7:25 am | Comments (0)

Robert R. Williams, 69 of New Haven, born September 7, 1941 to the late Allen and Eula (Bolden) Williams went home to be with the Lord July 18, 2011.  Robert was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1962 and retired from the United States Postal Service after 43 years. He leaves to cherish his memory, son, Lynair Walker of New Haven; sisters, Gloria Williams of New Haven and Linda Williams of Hamden; sister-in-law, Mary Williams of New Haven; grandson, Robert Walker of New Haven; great granddaughter, Shianne Renae and a host of relatives and friends.  He was predeceased by brothers, Joe, Danny, and Charles; nephews, Kelly and Allen.  A celebration of his life will take place Saturday, July 23, 2011; 9:00 AM at Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church, 806 Orchard Street New Haven, CT with a calling hour from 8-9:00 AM.  Interment with full Military Honors will take place at Beaverdale Memorial Park. To leave a message of comfort, please visit

Marlee Humphrey, 40

posted: Jul 19, 2011 5:56 am | Comments (0)

Marlee Shanel Humphrey, 40 of New Haven, CT passed away on Saturday July 9, 2011.  Born on December 23, 1970, Marlee was a graduate of Career High School in 1990.  She was a former employee of Saint Regis Healthcare System (currently Sister Anne Grimes) as a CNA for 10 years.  She leaves to cherish her memory; siblings, Javana (Andreus) Jones-Locke, Tia (Terry) Jones, and Latrice Jones; 7 nephews and 1 niece.  She was predeceased by mother, Mary Jones.  A memorial service will be held on July 22, 2011 at 6PM at Powerhouse Temple Ministries, 577 Howard Avenue, New Haven, CT 06519. Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511.  Messages of comfort:

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