- Faith & Family
After spending Mother’s Day in Afghanistan with the female troops and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson was back in form greeting the site directors, mentors, 2013 prospective scholarship recipients, 2012 recipients, and parents, last Wednesday, at New Hope Baptist Church for the 19th Annual Scholarship Awards with Ted Lucas, a successful independent record label executives, as the keynote speaker.
The program also included toastmasters Dr. Rick Holton, G. Eric Knowles (Miami Dolphins), Chief Robert Parker, and Lt. Joseph Schillaci City of Miami Police Dept. Also, Kevin Rutledge, singing The national anthem, Commissioner Barbara Jordan, Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, Josue Senatus, Judge Rodney Smith, 11th Judicial Circuit, Jefferson Noel, and Bishop Joseph Watson, Baljean Smith, Bishop Randall E. and Prophetess Sharlene Holts, and a host of sponsors from the Unity Breakfast. A special salute goes out to the 2012 recipients: Jamar Jones, Coral Gables; Max-Oliver Andre, Varels, Terrance Fletcher, Bradley Georges, Neptune Joseph, Claude Mersier, and Joey Milhomme, Braddock; Dionte Grant, Homestead; Christian Archer, Donovan Eugene, Imani Lee, Yomar Lopez, Duran Martinez, and Harry Zaes, Mast Academy; Jeangorky, Roberto Alvarez, Bryan Arevalo, Christian Blanco, Tad Cato, Andrew Gray, Jose Diaz, Jorge Hernandez, Valecillo Jesson,Dominique Jubert, Emmanuel Moreira, Nseya Parfait, and Villalon Yordan, Miami High; Anthony Lezama, Clive McClean, Carol City; Leandro De-Camargo, Oswaldo DiBenedetto, Sebastian Garcia, Jesus Lopez, Adrian Obregon, Cristian Santos, Curby Sneed, and Robert Zeila, Coral Park;
Sa’Quan Jones, Sean McKenzie, Christopher Nowell, and Zenas Perdomo, Miami Lakes; Jacquese Wilson, Northwestern; Louis Axen, Palmetto; Donovon Blot, Jean Edmond, Andy Elizaire, Dave Francois, Joyce Kitubu, Gabriel Marseille, Junior Mompoint, and Daniel Virgile, North Miami; Evensky Louis-Charles, Jefferson Noel, Josue Senatus, and Junior Smith, North Miami Beach; Devon Harris, Michael Morley, Calvin Stewart Luckson Abraham, Sanyo Jean, South Dade.
Under the leadership of Shirlyon McWhorter-Jones, Delta Sigma Theta Miami Alumnae Chapter had their “Cooking Gents” affair last weekend to show off men _from firefighters to lawyers with their unique cooking expertise. It was an advantage for the men to share their secret family receipt, such as Wynton & Clarence White, Gladstone Hunter, the Bahamian man with the pork souse; and also raise monies for scholarships for selected debutantes. Further, Ollie Daniels spent days preparing for the event, because of the necessity to help students.
On the other side of the coin is the St. John CDC Overtown is Cooking scheduled for some time in August featuring chefs Dr. Nelson Adams, Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte, Deacons Homer Humphries, Franklin Clark, Clifton Williams, and John Demeritte with many bahamian dishes, especially pigeon peas & rice (one on one), conch fritters, boiled fish & grits & chicken souse.
Eboni D’Nae Finley grew from immaturity to maturity after graduating from Carol City, 2010. Her diploma included being enrolled in the Law Magnet Program, serving as Student Representative to the Dade County School Board, and honorable mention for Silver Knight in speech, and the top 5 percent of class. She was selected to be the keynoter for Youth Day, recently. And, of course, she was eloquent, articular, and comprehensive from the topic, “Get Our Off The Boat”. Matthew 14:22-33 as a video clip demonstrated her concept to a standing ovation.
Presently, she’s a junior at Bethune-Cookman U. majoring in nursing, as well as the Quality Enhancement Program (Peer Mentor) and a member of the Gospel Choir. She was supported by her grandfather Horatio Major, Eric and Tangela Major- Finley, Ministers T. Eilene and Gregory Robinson. She is the great granddaughter of Bertha Martin and niece of Tia Major & Bruce Martin. Her philosophy is to, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and he shall direct thy path”.
Lemuel Allison Moncur and Lenora Mary Paschal Johnson, two pillars in the community were laid to rest , Thursday, May 17th and Saturday, May 26th respectfully, at Church of the Incarnation with Range Funeral Home Directing.
Moncur was born in 1931 as the ninth of ten children and devoted most of his life to St. Agnes Episcopal Church. He was also a product of Booker T. Washington and sang under Leila R. Williams. After graduating from high school, he matriculated at New York School of music studying voice and piano. He met and married Florence E. Scavella and was blessed with Margaret and Robin Glenese. He celebrated 57-years of marriage, recently, and will be missed by Florence, Robin, Lemuel Moncur, Diona, Kai, Winifred, Lester, Alice Moncur and a host of other relatives and friends.
Lenora Paschal Johnson was native of Miami, while attending Parkway Middle and Norland and furthering her education at FSU and Cambridge College, Boston, Mass., where she became leader of the cheer team, grant writer, and CEO of the family Community Health Trust. Beneath her legacy of sincerity, her unfailing lady-like character and sweet disposition, was a fighting spirit as strong as steel and faith as big as the heavens.
Johnson was a vital light in the lives of all she touched and her passing will be mourned by her husband, Larry, parents Dr. Rozalyn & Fletcher Paschal, Agenoria Paschal, grandmother, Elvis Paschel, and friends Dr. Barbara Montfort, physician, who left her crowded office to pay respects to her patient, Annette Williams, Nettie Bookings Cogdell, Gloria Green, Franklin Clark, Fr. Kenneth Major, Dana Moss, and Dr. Wellington Johnson.
By Dr. Richard Strachan