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8/7/2014, 9 a.m.
Jumbo’s restaurant closed its doors and according to Bobby Flam, owner, Ray Kovler, consultant, Greg Sparks, and Tisdale Rolle, manager ...

Jumbo’s restaurant closed its doors and according to Bobby Flam, owner, Ray Kovler, consultant, Greg Sparks, and Tisdale Rolle, manager they and may look for another locale.

Flam’s family bought the diner in 1955.  He took over ownership from his father in 1967.  At that time, Jumbo’s was an all white establishment that only served Blacks from the kitchen.

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Dr. Richard Strachan

This procedure lasted until Garth C. Reeves of The Miami Times led group to picket the establishment.

A few days later, Blacks began to fill it up. From that beginning, segregated seating at Jumbo’s ended. With other changes in the community, it eventually became a popular spot as Blacks began to meet at Jumbo’s, eat, relax, watch television and hang out together.

The customers will miss the style of the waitresses.

They will also remember numerous members of choirs coming at 1 a.m. from gospel concerts to order the delicious shrimp and fries baskets.

Many customers were treated to some free impromptu gospel concerts while choir members waited for their orders.

Congratulations go out to that famous Class Of ‘59 from Miami Northwestern celebrating 55-years at Michael’s recently. While waiting to dine President Barbara P. Morley led the songs of the “good ole days.” Vice president resident Caroline M. Reed used her melodious voice to harmonize.

Class members in attendance were Evelyn Robinson, Dianne R. Gary, Audrey S. Williams, Elouise W. Jackson, Carolyn N. King, Julio A. Brown, Isralee Hamlin, Carolyn K. Dunnell, Marva P. and Bartow Duhart, Minnie S. Reid, Velva C. Evans, Alexander Kelly, George Johnson, William Langley, Howard Minter, James Tullis, Beurie Tullis, Gerald Joseph, Geraldine K. Owens, Robert Rahming, Charles Taylor, Herbert Smith, Doreatha P. Thomas, and James Tucker. The Miami Times/Chatter enjoy your business.  Thank you.

The passing of Edward “Ed” Duffie spread fast in the community.  He will be remembered and missed by family and friends including: Cecily Robinson-Duffie, Troy A. Duffie, Caitlyn, Trinity A., Cecily Richardson, Georgia Ayes and Cecily Duffie Robertson. Additionally, he will be remembered and missed by the congregation of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church where he was president of the choir. Duffie challenged the banking establishment and moved to become vice president after he came from Perry, GA.

His life was filled with accomplishments and he lived long enough to demonstrate to his outstanding children and grandchildren the benefits of hard word and perseverance.