posted: Feb 25, 2011 1:25 pm | Comments (2)
Tonya Melissa Rountree, 41, of New Haven, departed this life on Feb. 20 at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
She was the daughter of Ida Mae Rountree-Green of New Haven and the late Fred Brunson and the stepdaughter of James Green. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 19, 1969.
Tonya worked for the New Haven Board of Education as a food service worker at the Helene Grant Head Start program.
She leaves to cherish her memory: daughter Tinicquia Rountree and son Shane Dunkley Rountree, both of New Haven; brothers Lt. Terrance Rountree (Shelly) of New Haven, Cy Greene and Reggie Greene, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; sister Sherrie Blake, of Brooklyn; grandson Anthony Sledge Jr.; maternal grandparents Hazel and Mary Rountree of Tyner, N.C.; aunts Catherine Rountree of New Haven, and Carol Thompson and Maggie Pearson of Brooklyn; uncles Johnnie Lee Rountree (Mary) of New of Haven and Willie Rountree (Clementine) of Sunbury, N.C.; a dear friend, Gerald Nicholas; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by a son, Gerod Gaskin Jr., and a brother, Steven Rountree.
A celebration of life will take place Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, 26 Edwards Street, Hamden. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Interment is private.
Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven. To leave a message of comfort to the Rountree family, please visit our
posted: Feb 23, 2011 10:59 am | Comments (0)
Wilbert Hicks, 72, of New Haven passed away Feb. 16.
He was born to the late Lester and Fannie Hicks in Oriental County, N.C., on Dec. 8, 1938.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Maggie Hicks; sons Tyrone Hicks of Worcester, Mass., and Wilbert Hicks Jr.( Donna) of Woonsocket, R.I.; daughter Gwendalina McClain-Digby (David) of Maryland; and grandsons Tyrone M. Hicks of Worcester, Mass., and David Digby of Maryland. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary Hicks of North Carolina, Hannah Gaskins of Hamden, and John Hicks (Alvenia) of New Haven. He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.
A celebration of his life will take place Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Gideon Faith Fellowship Church, 363 Dixwell Ave., New Haven. Friends may call at the church Thursday 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 Hicks family, please visit our website, www.hkhfuneralservices.com.
posted: Feb 14, 2011 3:18 am | Comments (1)
Lillian P. Watson, 65, of New Haven, departed this life Feb. 10.
Born in Newport News, Va., on April 20, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Lillie Watson.
Prior to retiring, she was employed at Bank of America as a Proof Department Manager for over 30 years. Upon retiring her favorite pastime, which brought her great joy, was cashiering at Target part-time.
Ms. Watson was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as Church Clerk for many years.
She is survived by daughters Antoinette Jones Perry (Brett) and Michelle Jones; sisters Ella Deloise Jones and Nancy Elizabeth Alberez; grandchildren Rashard A. Jones and Hugh M. Edwards III; a great granddaughter (the joy of her life), Beyonce M. Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Ms. Watson’s life and legacy will be held Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 100 Lawrence St., 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. On line guest-book available at www.curvinkcouncil.com
posted: Feb 11, 2011 12:00 pm | Comments (2)
Jill Lynette Williams, 52, of New Haven passed away on Feb. 5. Born to the late Frederick “Jerry” Williams Sr. and Jeanne Randolph Williams on May 8, 1958, in New Haven.
Among her many passions in life, Jill loved children, line dancing, swimming and cooking. She was famous for her potato salad and macaroni salad, which was a favorite family recipe.
Jill leaves to cherish her memory: brothers Frederick “Jerry, Jr.” (Terry) Williams and Jeffrey Williams, both of New Haven, and James Williams of Lithonia, Ga.; nephews Jeffrey and Tylan Thompson, and Byron Pinkston; nieces Danielle Williams and Shanae Walters; goddaughter Shannell Sykes; special grandson, Brandon Ellison Jr.; and special cousins, Cheryl Williams and Joyce Blandon. Other survivors include uncles Raymond, Jr., William and Kenneth Randolph; and aunts Hattie Evans, Sandra Randolph and Pamela Jones.
A celebration of life will take place on Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. at Christian Tabernacle Church, Newhall Street, Hamden. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 9-11 a.m. Interment will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven. To leave a message of comfort to the Williams family, please visit our website at www.hkhfuneralservices.com
posted: Feb 9, 2011 3:38 pm | Comments (0)
On Feb. 4 at 12:15 a.m., Harriet Elizabeth Clarke peacefully left this life and was called to a permanent heavenly home. She was born in Providence, R.I., on Feb. 24, 1923.
Harriet was the loving daughter of Reverend Isaiah Alexander McCoy and Pinkie Mignonette Harper. Preceding her in death were her sisters Lois, Ruth, Gladys, and Elaine, and an older brother, Colonel Isaiah Jr. She leaves to mourn a loving husband, Leo G. Clarke Jr.; three sons, Leo III, George and Ronald; 18 grand children; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Alice G. McKenzie; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of her life will be held on Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. at Bethel AME Church, 255 Goffe St., New Haven. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10-11 a.m. Interment will be Feb. 14 at Middletown State Veterans Cemetery at 10 a.m.
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posted: Feb 8, 2011 4:16 pm | Comments (0)
Samuel Allen, 87, of New Haven went into eternal rest on Feb. 3.
Husband of Rachel Allen and born to the late Solomon and Bertha Allen on May 2, 1923. He was the Grand Master of the United Masonic and Deacon at First Calvary Baptist Church in New Haven.
Besides his wife, he leaves to cherish his memory: sons, Samuel (Essie) Allen Jr. of Far Rockaway, N.Y., Alfonzo Allen of District Heights, Md., Claude (Hattie) Allen of Clayton, N.C., and Jonathan and Dawayne Allen, both of New Haven; daughters, Joyce Allen of Capitol Heights, Md., Angela (Pete) Brockington Jenkins of New Haven, and Taylor Allen of New Haven; brothers Frank Allen of Fayetteville, N.C., James McCoy of Baltimore, Md., and Joseph Jackson of New Haven; sisters Sarah Rorie of District Heights, Md., Louise Kirk of Washington, DC, Alberta Carmichael of Norfolk, Va., and Francis McLauren of Fayetteville, N.C.; 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; and close friends Minister Minie Clayton, Gloria McCurdy and Helen Adams. Samuel was predeceased by his brothers, George and Dessie Allen.
A celebration of his life will take place on Feb. 9 at Pitts Chapel UFWB, 64 Brewster Street, New Haven. Viewing from 9-11 a.m., service at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Middletown State Veterans Cemetery. Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven. To leave a message of comfort to the Allen family, please visit our website at www.hkhfuneralservices.com.
posted: Feb 7, 2011 10:59 am | Comments (4)
Bishop Ivory Willis Holden of New Haven entered into peaceful rest Feb. 2 at Yale New Haven Hospital with his loving, devoted wife by his side.
Bishop Holden was born in Dumas, Ark., on April 27, 1932. He was the youngest son of the late Diana Griffin and William Holden. He was a man among men; a true servant of God, exemplary advocate for the downtrodden and a disciple of Christ. Educated in the Dumas public school system, Bishop Holden graduated salutatorian of his high school class. He furthered his education in Arkansas at A&M State College in Pine Bluff, majoring and excelling in mathematics and finance.
After relocating to Connecticut in 1953, he was ordained as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ in 1965. He served under the leadership of the late Bishop C.H. Brewer, Sr., and later under the leadership of his comrade, Bishop C.H. Brewer, Jr. at Trinity Temple COGIC in New Haven. Positions held included: State Sunday School Superintendent, Chairman of Finance, District Superintendent, Administrative Assistant and Chairman of the United State Auxiliaries Convention (USAC). He also served as the Assistant Pastor of Williams Temple COGIC in Ansonia.
In 1994, he was elevated to the COGIC Bishopric and given jurisdiction over the state of Vermont. Bishop Holden has served on various local religious and civic committees and boards including the Council of Churches, the United Way, the American Red Cross, the Adult Literacy Program, the East Side Community Council and Isaiah 61:1, Inc. He was a lifetime member of the NAACP and a co-founder of the African American Family Forum and of the Association of Pentecostal Pastors, Evangelists and Laity (A.P.P.E.A.L.).
For six years, he served as the president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Bridgeport and Vicinity (IMA). He faithfully served as the beloved Pastor of Holy Tabernacle COGIC in Bridgeport for over 40 years. From 1979 to 1994, Bishop Holden also served as the Pastor of Holy Temple COGIC in South Norwalk.
Bishop Holden served the national Church of God in Christ in various capacities, including: Financial Secretary for the International Sunday School Convention, Member of the Constitutional Committee, Financier for the United National Auxiliaries Convention (UNAC), and Chairman of Finance for the National Departments of Missions and Evangelism. He also served as the president of the New England COGIC Bishops Council (NECBC) since its inception in 2003.
Besides his loving wife, Evangelist Missionary Barbara E. Holden, he leaves: sons, Judge William (Marilyn) of Bridgeport, Clarence (Sondra) of Houston, Tex., Gary Holden (Annie) of Detroit, Mich., Eudell S (Sharon) and Jonathan T.S. McKinnie of New Haven; daughters, Patricia Ginyard (Pastor Kevin), Phyllis Foster (Minister Carl) of Kissimmee, Fla., Linda Holden of West Haven, Stephanie and Tina Marie Holden, Valerie and Sandra McKinnie all of New Haven; and a host of loving sisters, brothers, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other cherished relatives and friends.
A public viewing will be held Feb. 10 from 3-9 pm. at the Holy Tabernacle COGIC, 2271 North Avenue, Bridgeport. A second public viewing will take place Feb. 11 at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, 729 Union Avenue, Bridgeport, from 3-6 p.m., with a celebratory service beginning at 7 p.m. The National Home Going Celebration will take place Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. at Trinity Temple COGIC, 285 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven, with His Grace, the Most Reverend Charles E. Blake, Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., officiating.
Interment will take place at Beaverdale Memorial Park, New Haven. Services by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven. To leave a message of comfort to the Holden family, please visit, www.hkhfuneralservices.com.
posted: Feb 3, 2011 4:03 pm | Comments (1)
Aldwyn Stewart of New Haven passed away Jan. 31 at age 63. He was born to the late Everard Bernard of Trinidad, West Indies and Elvie Stewart of Stone Mountain, Ga., on May 17, 1947. He was the beloved husband of Loreen Stewart.
He retired from Metro-North Railroad after 36 years of service. Aldwyn had a passion for traveling and cooking and was a member of the Food and Fellowship Committee at Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Besides his wife and mother, he leaves to cherish in memory: Stepmother Amy Bernard; daughter Tonisha Stewart Jones, son-in-law Denwayne Jones and granddaughter Jewel Jones of Middletown; daughter Andrea Stewart of New Haven; stepdaughters Kanika Martindale and Maya Martindale of New Haven; sisters Sherma Stewart, June Huggins, Jennifer Bernard, Brenda Glean, Bernice Bernard, Annette Callender, and Sharon Bernard of Trinidad; brothers Everard Bernard Jr., Francis Bernard and Lenox Stewart of Trinidad, and Kenrick Stewart of New Haven; 17 nieces and nephews; and a godson, Sheldon Baptiste of Trinidad.
A celebration of his life will take place Saturday, Feb. 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church, 425 Newhall Street, Hamden. Viewing from 10-11 a.m. Interment is private. Services by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. To leave a message of comfort to the Stewart family, please visit our website at www.hkhfuneralservices.com.
posted: Jan 31, 2011 2:26 pm | Comments (1)
Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen of Westville’s Congregation Beth El Keser Israel delivered the following sermon Friday at the funeral of Samuel Kantrowitz, who died at the age of 94.
posted: Jan 27, 2011 10:41 am | Comments (0)
Dorothy (Dot) Reed, 79, of New Haven died after a long illness Friday, January 21, 2011 at the Paradigm Healthcare Center.
Dorothy was born in New Haven on December of 1932, daughter of the late Louis and Christine Bowman Reed and had resided in New Haven all of her life.
She is survived by her brother, Leander Reed of Huntsville, Alabama, several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by sisters, Emma R. Clinton, Irene R. Kendall, Ida Reed, Beatrice Reed and Evelyn R. Mabery.
Viewing will take place from 11-1PM on Friday, January 28, 2011 at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511. A memorial service will be held at a later date. To leave a message of comfort to the Reed family, please visit our website at www.hkhfuneralservices.com