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Willa H. Harris, Cheyney alumni board member
Stephanie Guerilus Tribune Staff Writer Willa H. Harris loved her family. She enjoyed hosting family holiday gatherings and attended many dinners and parties of extended family members. She was an active member of the Bradford-James Family Club and helped to host and organize family reunions. Traveling to visit relatives in Massachusetts, South Carolina and Arizona gave her much pleasure. She was affectionately known as ?Sugie? and ?Aunt Billie? and respected as the family matriarch. She loved people and carried herself with grace and the utmost dignity. She died Feb. 26, 2009. Willa was born on Nov. 20,
Frank Carlton, 74, district attorney
GREENVILLE, Miss. ? Frank Carlton, who served 24 years as district attorney for Washington, Leflore and Sunflower counties, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 74. Carlton was feeding livestock at his farm when he was stricken, said Bobby Gordon with Boone-Wells Funeral Home in Greenville. Carlton entered private practice in Greenville after he decided not to seek re-election in 2003. Carlton was elected district attorney in 1979. District Attorney Dwayne Richardson got his start as an assistant prosecutor in Carlton?s office. Richardson, an Indianola resident, was working at a Memphis law firm but wanted to return to the Delta. He sent Carlton a resume. ?He offered me a job on the spot and I took it,? Richardson said. ?He?s been, I guess, a mentor to me since that first meeting. The entire legal community, as well as the district attorney?s office, will greatly miss him.? Richardson said Carlton could talk to a jury ? or anyone ? in a way that made them want to keep listening. ?You never wanted to stop listening to him,? Richardson said. ?He always had a story to tell, and within every story, there was a lesson to be learned.? Attorney Derrick Simmons also considered Carlton a mentor. ?He?s one of the best attorneys to work with,? Simmons said. ?Besides having legal wisdom, he had a sincere desire to cooperate with attorneys in resolving the legal disputes that exist between the clients.? Carlton also served in the Mississippi House in the 1950s. A former colleague in the House, H.L. ?Sonny? Merideth, a Greenville attor- 1912, in Sumter County, S.C., to the late William Eugene Henderson and Hessie James Henderson. She attended Rendall Institute and McMichael Private School for her primary education. In 1923 the family migrated from South Carolina and made Philadelphia their home. Willa continued her education in the Philadelphia public school system. After graduating from William Penn High School for Girls, she entered the Cheyney State Teaches College. On May 13, 1935, she graduated with a bachelor?s in education. Willa continued graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Willa was a teacher in Eastern Shore, Md., Chester ney, said he saw Carlton on Saturday doing one of the things he enjoyed most, cooking tamales. The two knew each other so well, Merideth said, ?We could count each other?s money in the dark.? ?He was just a character and I mean that highly favorably,? Merideth told the Delta Democrat Times newspaper. ?He was witty, smart, truthful. He loved to talk, tell stories, he?s a fellow you know you enjoy being around. We?re going to miss him.? Carlton also served for many years as chairman of the Warren, Washington, Issaquena, Sharkey Community Action Agency, an anti-poverty organization that served Delta-area communities. Survivors include his wife, Francis; three children and several grandchildren. Gordon said funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Greenville.
Willie King, 65, Ala. bluesman
MONTGOMERY, Ala. ? Alabama blues singer and guitarist Willie King has died, ending a career that took him from backwoods juke joints to the largest blues festivals in North American and Europe. He was 65. Band member Debbie Bond says King had a heart attack Sunday afternoon at his home in the Old Memphis community of Pickens County near the Mississippi line. She said he died on the way to the hospital. King was named Blues Artist of the Year by Living Blues Magazine in 2004. He appeared in the Martin Scorsese film ?Feel Like Going Home.?
Daniel E. Button, 91, congressman
ALBANY, N.Y. ? Daniel E. Button, a former U.S. con- Township, Pa., and Philadelphia public schools where she was on the staff at Allison and Emlen Elementary schools. As a dedicated educator, she nurtured her students and was appreciated by her principals and peers. She taught for 38 years, retiring in 1973. Proverbs 22:6 states to ?train up a child in the way that he should go? and as an educator, she devoted her life to doing just that. Willa loved Cheyney and was a very active alumnus as the school evolved from Cheyney State College to Cheyney University. She served as a member on the board of directors of Cheyney?s Alumni Association. She was instrumental in forming The gressman, newspaper editor and author, has died. He was 91. Nancy Button Nathan, his daughter, said Button, of Delmar, died Saturday of a respiratory ailment at Albany Medical Center. As executive editor of the Times Union in the 1960s, Button crusaded against Albany?s Democratic machine, headed by Erastus Corning and Daniel O?Connell. In 1966, Button was elected as a Republican in the heavily Democratic 29th Congressional District. He served two terms then unsuccessfully ran for reelection as an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War in 1970. Button was president of the National Arthritis Foundation in the early 1970s and later was editor of Science Digest magazine. He wrote a book about New York Mayor John Lindsay in 1965. His book about Albany politics, ?Take City Hall,? was published in 2003.
Leonard Inskip, 82, writer
MINNEAPOLIS ? Former Star Tribune editorial writer Leonard Inskip, who was known for thought-provoking editorials focused on the community and social issues, has died. He was 82. Inskip died Friday at the English Rose Suites in Minnetonka after battling dementia, according to his daughter, Kimberly Cadieux of Minneapolis. Inskip joined the Star Tribune in 1953 as a police reporter. He then worked as a business reporter before moving to the editorial department, where he worked for 39 years as an editorial writer, editor and columnist. He retired in 2002. His first Star Tribune column was based on an interview with his parents? Philadelphia Northwest Chapter and was an active member for many years. Willa loved the church. As an infant, she was christened at Statesburg AME Church in South Carolina. She continued her religious experience at Wesley Zion Church and St. Matthew AME Church in Philadelphia. Her membership transferred and she was a charter member, known as a ?49er? of Greater Saint Matthew Independent Church under the pastorate of the late Mahlon M. Lewis. She was a member of the Mahlon M. Lewis Guild, served as the superintendent of Sunday school from 1981-1985 and also taught Vacation Bible School. Studying the word of God, participating in church
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Vermont neighbor and one of his early heroes ? Robert Frost. But most of his articles focused on the work of charitable and nonprofit service activities, listening to music and playing her organ were things she enjoyed. Willa was also active in the community and served on the board of directors at Comprehensive Heath in North Philadelphia. In January 2000, she moved with her daughter to the community of Wyndmoor in Glenside. She joined the Glenside Senor Citizens Program and attended daily. Her days of participation were reduced due to health issues. Willa was married to the late Stephen M. Harris. They shared a long and beautiful relationship until his passing in 1989. She leaves to mourn: daughter, Evelyn R. Cooke; son-inlaw, Leslie R. Cook; devoted grandson, Cheryl L. Jacobs organizations, social problems and the community. Compiled from The Associated Press (Jessie N.); a great-grandson; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Services were held Saturday, March 7, at Greater St. Matthew Independent Church. Julian Hawkins Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
ARLINE, Lillian. Viewing Tues., 3/10/09, 9AM. Service 11AM, AME Union Church, 1614 W. Jefferson. Int: Mt. Lawn. Arr: Francis Funeral Home. BARHAM, Josephinea E. Viewing Thurs., 3/12/09, 9:30AM. Service 11AM, Mt. Sinai Tabernacle Baptist Church, 28th & Lehigh Ave. Int: Eden Cem. Arr: Savin Funeral Home. BARRETT, Margaret. Viewing Sat., 3/14/09, 9AM. Service 10AM, Yarborough & Rocke Funeral Home., 1001 N. 63rd St. Int: Eden Cem. BRYAN, Herbert R. Viewing Tues., 3/10/09, 10AM. Service 11AM, Baker Funeral Home, 2008 N. Broad St. Int: Northwood Cem. CORBETT, Jeffrey. Viewing Tues., 3/10/09, 10AM. Service 11AM, Francis Funeral Home, 5201 Whitby Ave. Int: Merion Cem. FOLK, James. Viewing Fri., 9AM. Service 10:30AM, Julian V. Hawkins Funeral Home, 5306 Haverford Ave. Int: Northwood Cem. HARDING, Veronica. Viewing Wed., 3/11/09, 9AM. Service 10:30AM, Second Shiloh Baptist Church, 1433 N. 21st St. Int: Rolling Green Cem. HUTTON, Stacey Marie. Viewing Thurs., 3/12/09, 9AM. Service 10AM, Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament, 354 N. 63rd St. Int: Rolling Green Memorial Park. JACKSON, Keisha & Hynia. Janazah Prayer was held Mon., 3/9/09, 11AM, United Muslim Masjid, 810 S. 15th St. (15th & Christian) Mt. Moriah Cem. Arr. Khadijah Alderman Funeral Service. JOHNSON, Lucile. Viewing Mon., 3/9/09, 9AM. Service 10AM, Moores Memorial Baptist Church, 1421 W. Dauphin St. Int: Eden. Arr: Ray Funeral Home. JOHNSON, Robert Paul. Viewing Fri., 3/13/09, 9AM. Service 10AM, Terry Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, 4203 Haverford Ave. Int: Greenmount Cem. MOORE, Geraldine N. Viewing Thurs., 3/12/09, 9AM. Service 11AM, The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave. Int: Mt. Lawn Cem. Arr: Yarborough & Rocke Funeral Home. NEWBERRY, Lester. Viewing Tues., 3/10/09, 9AM. Service 11AM, St. Matthews AME Church, 57th & Summer St. Int: Fernwood. Arr: Julian V. Hawkins. PYNER, Louise M. Viewing Wed., 3/11/09, 9AM. Service 11AM, Yarborough & Rocke Funeral Home, 1001 N. 63rd St. Int: Mt. Lawn Cem. RANDOLPH, Dorothy E. Viewing Sat ., 3/14/09, 9AM. Service 10AM, Shiloh Baptist Church, 21st & Christian St. Int: Mt. Peace. Arr: Yarborough & Rocke Funeral Home. RUFFIN, David T. Viewing Tues., 3/10/09, 6PM. Service 7PM, 7 Day Adventist Church, 200 E. Clivden St. Arr: Private. Arr: Savin Funeral Home. SAMIR, Paul Thomas. Janazah Prayer was held Mon., 3/9/09, 1PM, Aljamia Masjid, 43rd & Walnut St. Int: Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Arr: khadijah Alderman Funeral Service. TOLDEN, James. Viewing Thurs., 9AM. Service 10AM, Julian V. Hawkins Funeral Home, 5306, Haverford Ave. Int: Fairview Cem. TOWNSEND, JR., Benjamin F. Services were held Mon., 3/9/09, 11AM, New Spirit Presbyterian Church, 58th & Chester Ave. Int: Rolling Green Mem. Park. Arr. Francis Funeral Home. WILSON, Charles K. Memorial Service, Thurs., 3/12/09, 12:30PM, G. Choice Funeral Chapel, Inc. Int: Private.