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BAKER, Aaron "Pap" Sr., 78, died Wednesday at University of Louisville Hospital. He was a native of Tuskegee, Ala., a retired construction worker, a member of Laborers International Local 576 and a former member of Foster Parents of America. Survivors: his wife, Mary E. Baker; a daughter, Margaret B. Brown; two sons, Louis E. and Aaron Baker Jr.; two brothers, Allan and Willie Baker, both of Auburn, Ala.; two foster daughters, Lavarne Christie of Birmingham, Ala., and Debra Beam; two foster sons, Michael and James Christie; three sisters, Cleo Stroud of Fort Wayne, Ind., Thelma Williams of Akron, Ohio, and Mary Stroud; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren. Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday, Greater Christ Refuge Church, 502 Amy Ave. Burial: Green Meadows Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: W. P. Porter Mortuary, 2611 Virginia Ave., 6-9 p.m. Sunday, and the church after 9 a.m. Monday. November 27, 1993, The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY, Page: 12A

BAKER, Baby Jamari Tywan, a resident of Tuskegee, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000 in Birmingham. The funeral was Saturday, Feb. 26 from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with President David Oryang, officiating. Burial followed in the Tuskegee Cemetery with Peoples Funeral Home staff directing. Survivors include mother, Eleanor Baker; grand mother, Clara Small; grandmother, Teresa Stanford; grandfather, David Stanford; aunts, Sabrina Lucius and Rev. Annie Ruth Cannon; cousins, Laterrica Lucius, Kashea Lucius, Brandon Dillard, Christy Cannon and a host of other relatives and friends. The Tuskegee News, March 2, 2000

BAKER, Louis Edward "Dub", 52, of 2522 Osage Ave., died Saturday at Baptist Hospital East. He was a native of Tuskegee, Ala., and a construction worker. Survivors: three sons, Roland M. Starks of San Diego, Louis Starks and Toderick Baker; three daughters, Aisha Pendergrass and Emma R. and Donna L. Kennedy; two stepsons, Timothy Thornton and Tyrone Moore; his mother, Rosie B. Thomas; a sister, Margaret M. Brown; a brother, Aaron Baker Jr.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral: 1 p.m. Thursday, Brown Temple AME Zion Church, 3707 Young Ave. Burial: Green Meadows Memorial Cemetery. Visitation: W. P. Porter Mortuary, 2611 Virginia Ave., 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY, March 13, 1995, page: 04B

BAKER, Mrs. Odette C. - a resident of Atlanta, GA and formerly of Tuskegee Institute, died Saturday, Dec 4, 1999 in Atlanta.  She leaves to cherish her memories a long and devoted daughter, Charlestina (Dr. Huey E.) Charlton, Atlanta, GA; three nieces and three nephews, Lawrence, Kan. and a host of ther relatives and friends.  The funeral was Friday, December 10th, at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church in Tuskegee with Pastor John L. Cantelow officiating.   Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery with People's Funeral Home staff directing.  The Tuskegee News, December 16, 1999

BARTON, Ms. Glossie, a resident of Tuskegee, AL, died Saturday, December 30, 2000. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, January 5, 2001 at 1:00 pm from the Tuskegee University Chapel with Rev. Booker T. Murdock officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Tallassee, AL, McKenzie's Funeral Home staff directing. Her survivors include; two daughters, Terri (Michael) Barton, Tuskegee, AL and Aquatonia Barton (Tony) Washington, Tuskegee Institute, AL; one son, Torrence Barton, Bessemer, AL; two grandchildren, Tabarus Barton and Jalen Washington; her mother, Catherine (G.W.) James, Tallassee, AL; her father, Andrew (Frances) Moss, Tuskegee, AL; six brothers; four sisters; and a host of other loving relatives and friends. Family hours is scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 2001 from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm at McKenzie's Funeral Home Chapel. Montgomery Advertiser, January 3, 2001

BEACHAM, Mr. Elijah, a resident of Tuskegee Institute, AL, died Monday, December 4, 2000 in East Alabama Medical Center in
Opelika, AL. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 8, 2000, at 11:00 a.m. at the Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. C. P. Noble, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery with the People's Funeral Home directing. He leaves to cherish his memories: a devoted wife of 56 years, Lula Beacham; two sons, Elijah Beacham, Jr. and James Beacham, Lithonia, GA; grandchildren, Elencia Medley (Carl), Springfield, IL, Mignone Young (Terrence), Kevin, Emanuel, Elisha, Etasha and Nicholas Beacham, all from Atlanta, GA; great grandchildren, Zahna, Jasmin and Kobe Medley, Springfield, IL and Terrance Young, Atlanta; two sisters, Pauline Baskin and Martha Perry, Tuskegee and one brother, Roman Beacham, Jr. (Louise), Tuskegee; four sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 7, 2000, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., at the People's Funeral Home Chapel.  Montgomery Advertiser, December 6, 2000

BEASON, Janice Lee, was born Sept. 14, 1935 to the late Charlie Oliver and Mary Emma Hawkins. She died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000 at Central Alabama Veteran Heatlh Care System (CAVHCS). The funeral was Monday, March 6 from House of Prayer with Rev. Arthur Robinson officiating. The Tuskegee News, March 16, 2000

BECKER III, Earle Becker, M.D.,  died on August 25, 1999, surrounded by his loving family. He was memorialized at the Menlo Park Veteran's Administration, Menlo Park, CA, on August 29, 1999. He will be buried at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 8, at the Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the memory of Leslie Earle Becker III, M.D. to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104. Dr. Becker was born on March 13, 1948, in Tuskegee, AL. He graduated from Leavenworth High School and completed his undergraduate studies at Drake University. He received his medical degree from Howard University in 1976 and completed his psychiatric residency at Stanford University. He was the Ward Chief of the Stanford, Palo Alto Veteran's Administration Clinical Research Center and was a lieutenant commander in the United States Public Health Services at the National Institute of Mental Health. He also worked for Santa Clara County Mental Health Bureau as a supervisory psychiatrist and medical director. He most recently worked as a psychiatrist for Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, CA. He was a devoted physician, consummate professional and a guardian of patients' rights. He is survived by his wife, Denise; son Jamal; daughter, Neely and her husband, Terry. Other survivors include parents, Dr. Leslie and Peytonia Becker; sister, Toni and husband, Crawford; brother, Clifford and wife, Zerita; sister, Phyllis; sister, Nia (Frances); nephews, Stanford and wife, Vivian, Carl, Daniel and Derreko; and nieces, Jadda, Jael and Alexandra. The Becker, Occomy, White and Corden families will fondly remember him. Arrangements: Thatcher Funeral Home, Kansas City, KS. September 05, 1999, The Kansas City Star 

BENN Jr., Frank
- 74, formerly of Tuskegee, died last week in Atlanta.  Funeral services were from People's Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. J. Grady officiating, burial in Ashdale Cemetery with People's Funeral Home of Tuskegee directing.  Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lillie M. Benn, Tuskegee, two daughters, Demetrice and Laura Benn, both of Atlanta; two sons, Alfonza Johnson, Tuskegee, Alan Benn, Atlanta; stepson, Samuel Staggers, Tuskegee; two grandsons.   The Tuskegee News, March 16, 1978

BIRMINGHAM, James W., a resident of Tuskegee Institute, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000 in Montgomery. The funeral was Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church with John L. Cantelow III, Pastor, officiating. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery with Peoples Funeral Home staff directing. He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife of 52 years, Rosa L. Birmingham, one daughter, Evie L. Birmingham, Atlanta, GA; two devoted grandchildren, Phyllis (Kelvin) Oates, Atlanta, and Michael (Charlotte) Birmingham; Montgomery; one sister, Susie Heard, Eclectic; five sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; one devoted nephew, C.K. (Geraldine) Smith; Tuskegee; three devoted nieces, Annie L. Hall, Tuskegee, Annie B. Thomas, Los Angeles, CA; and Jacqueline Smith (Alvin) Bass, Atlanta; eight g-grandchildren and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The Tuskegee News, January 20, 2000

BLAKELY, Mrs. Shirley Anderson, a resident of Dallas, TX, departed this life on December 4, 2000. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 8, 2000 at 1:00 p.m. from Hamilton Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Blakely was a former Miss Tuskegee and graduate of Tuskegee University. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Plano North Metroplex Chapter of the Links, Inc. She was a loyal and devoted employee of The Child Care Group in Texas. She leaves to cherish her memories a devoted and loving husband, Lindorf S. Blakely; one precious son and daugher-in-law, Lindorf Steven and Stephanie Blakely; loving mother, Hattye Andersonl three loving brothers, Alexander S. Anderson, Jr., Charles Randy (Wanda) Anderson and Ronnie (Gwen) Anderson, Sr.; four loving sisters, Barbara J. Anderson (Lawrence) King, Audrey L. Anderson (Joseph) Mitchell, Janet M. Anderson (Lenny) Mayes and Alexis A. Anderson (Bob) Wakefield; one aunt, Ida Grimmett Mundy and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Montgomery Advertiser December 7, 2000

died Friday at his home in Armstrong. He was 65 years old. A member of the Methodist Church. He leaves a wife, 3 children 1 brother and 1 sister. He was buried in Oak Hill Cem. Southern  Macon Headlines, June 13, 1906

BLOODWORTH,  Rebecca Louise, 92, Tuskegee, Ala
., a former teacher in this area, died June 24, 1991, in a nursing home in Tuskegee. Miss Bloodworth taught English in Kansas City area schools, including Northeast Junior High School and Sumner High School, for more than 50 years before she retired. Earlier she taught at Florida A&M University. She received a bachelor's degree at Atlanta University and a master's degree in English at Columbia University, New York. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the Kansas State Teachers Association, the National Education Association, the International Reading Association and the Kansas City Council and the Kansas Association of English teachers. Miss Bloodworth was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Kan. She was a member of the YWCA, the Friends of Yates Inc. and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She was born in Bethpage, Tenn., and lived in Kansas City, Kan., before moving to Tuskegee in 1988. Survivors include two sisters, Eunice B. Potts and Annabell B. Taylor of Tuskegee. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Thatcher Chapel; burial in Highland Park Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the chapel.  June 27, 1991, The Kansas City Star, Page: C3; C4

BOARD, Richard Roland,  43, a truck driver, died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital. Mr. Board was born Oct. 23, 1951, in Tuskegee, Ala. Guardian Cremation Society 5704 James Ave., 293-8477 Dale E. Boggus.  The Fort Worth Star Telegram, August 19, 1995, page 37

BOOTH, Marvin Bonnie was born January 20, 1905 in Collins, Mississippi, the third child of Joe B. and Esteller B. Booth. He died on February 3, 1994 at his home in Tuskegee, AL. Mr. Booth was educated in the public schools of Covington County, Mississippi. He attended Tuskegee Institute from 1928 to 1932 and he received the B.S. Degree in Agriculture. He then became an instructor in Vocational Agriculture in Wilcox County, Alabama. Later, he enrolled in the University of Wisconsin where he earned the M.S. Degree in Animal Husbandry in 1937. Following this, he returned to Tuskegee and joined the faculty of the School of Agriculture. From 1954 to 1966, he was employed at the Tuskegee VA Hospital as a Landscape Specialist. He retired in 1967.  In addition to his educational accomplishment, he was a successful businessman and farmer. He operated Booth's Grocery Story from 1941 to 1953 and developed and managed a thriving cattle and hay enterprise from 1953 to 1994.  Mr. Booth was a member of the Steward Board of Washington Chapel AME Church, where he served devotedly and faithfully until his death. he was active in his church, community and the Tuskegee University Alumni Association. His smile and gentle nature will be missed by all who knew him. We celebrate his beautiful life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriette Braye Booth in 1989. He is survived by three children: Mrs. Marian B. (Milton) Randolph, Wilmington, Del., Mr. James T. (Velma) Braye and Dr. Edward T. (Thomasine) Braye, Sr., all of Tuskegee, AL; one sister, Mrs. Irene B. (John) James, Itta Bena, Miss; two brothers, Mr. John B. (Irma) Booth, Tuskegee, AL and Mr. Joseph N. (Helen) Booth, Lumpkin, GA; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.  Contributed by Nancy Parker

BRADLEY, John Thomas Jr., 84, on Monroeville, formerly of Tuskegee, died Sunday, March 19, 2000 in Monroeville. Graveside services were Tuesday, March 21, at Neal's Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery in Franklin. Rev. Mike Gaby officiated. Survivors are his wife, Hilda Daughtry Bradley, Monroeville; one son, Tom Bradley, III, Monroeville; one daughter, Martha B. Averett, Montgomery, five grandchildren; one g-grandchild and one sister, Mary E. Jones, Tallahassee, FL.  The Tuskegee News, March 30, 2000

BRANTLEY, Jeannette W
. (Jeanne), 59, died April 14 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver S Spring, MD. She was born in Tuskegee to the late Walter Pitts, Srs. and the late Inez Harper Pitts. Jeanne was a devoted mother and grandmother and she leaves a beautiful and memorable legacy of live, generosity, kindness and wisdom to her beloved son, Aaron F. Whittaker, of Silver Spring, MD; grandson, Sean Johnson and his devoted mother, Penny Johnson, Gaithersburg, MD; and a host of relatives and friends.  The Tuskegee News, June 5, 2000

Bryant, Joe W, Funeral service for Joe W. Bryant, 71, of Opelika is
Thursday, June 22, 2006 at 10;00 a.m. at Pepperell Baptist Church. Burial is
in Garden Hills Cemetery. The Rev. Tommy Rush is officiating. Visitation is
Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home. Mr. Bryant, who died Monday, June 19, 2006, at Bethany house, was born August 29, 1934, in Macon County, AL. Mr. Bryant was a long time resident of Opelika and was employed for a number of years by Gayfer's Department Store. He was later the owner/manager of Bryant's Draperies in Opelika. Joe was a very active member of Pepperell Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. He is survived by his wife, Betty Bryant of Opelika; two sons, Barry Bryant (Janet) of Opelika, Alan Bryant (Tiffany) of Opelika; two sisters, Kitty Basso (Ray) of Jacksonville, FL, Edith Phillips (Cullen) of Opelika; three brothers, Tommy Bryant (Jane) of Opelika, Larry Bryant (Elaine) of Opelika, Jack Bryant of Pittsview, AL; six grandchildren, Elizabeth, Rachel, Davis, Josh, Katie and Jace Bryant. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Nannie Baker Bryant and brothers, Leroy and Charles Bryant. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Pepperell Baptist Church, 2702 2nd Ave. Opelika, AL 36801 or Bethany House 1171 Gatewood Drive. Bldg. 100 Auburn, AL 36830. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is directing. Sign the guest book online at www.oanow.comRootsweb Macon County Mail List - 06/22/06

BRYANT, Louise R.
, 82, Los Angeles, formerly of Kansas City, died Nov. 16, 1991, at a hospital in Los Angeles. She was born in Tuskegee, Ala., and lived in Kansas City before moving to Los Angeles in 1981. Mrs. Bryant worked for the Institute of Community Studies from 1956 until she retired in 1975. She worked in the advertising department of The Call in the 1930s. She taught knitting and crocheting at a local YWCA before becoming a staff secretary at the Paseo YWCA. She was a Baptist. She was a member of the Panel of American Women and was active with the Fellowship House. She graduated from Washburn University and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, The Gang, the West Paseo Sunday Brunch Club and the Kansas Citians Club. Survivors include her husband, Girard T. Bryant of the home; two daughters, Betty Ann Abbott and Barbara Jane Wallace of Los Angeles; a sister, Mae B. Jackson, St. Louis; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Watkins Brush Creek Chapel; burial in Mount Moriah Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the chapel.  November 20, 1991, The Kansas City Star,  Page: C4

BUTLER, Willie B., 63, a resident of Little Texas Community, Tuskegee, died Friday, march 17, 2000 at her residence. Funeral was Saturday, March 25, from Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Pastor Steven Carson officiating. Burial followed in church cemetery. Burton's Funeral Home staff directed. She is survived by a number of relatives and friends.  The Tuskegee News, March 30, 2000

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