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Dr. Richard Strachan | 2/20/2014, 9 a.m.

Congratulations go out to Rheta Boone Fye for the presentation of Office Black Affairs Annual Black History Program featuring Arcola Lakes Singing Angels, Little Willie, DJ, and a host of members from the Office of Black Affairs, while the Commissioners join the Angels singing “Enjoy Jesus” to the delight of the program. Some of the Angels included Gloria Pacely, President, Mary Simmons,

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Dr. Richard Strachan

Director, Rev. James Pacely, Teddy Abraham, Evelyn Dorsett, Carolyn Frazier, Wanda Green, Brenda Hadley, Queen Nana, Mother Mamie Williams, Willie Jackson, Elizabeth James, Daphne Johnson, Veronica Johnson, Etta M. Lowery, June Miller, Virginia Smiley, Tillie Stibbins, Esmie Taylor, Audrey Williams, and Henry Williams.

The impact of Black History included the introduction of all Commissioners, as well as, the officers of the organization that invited everyone to the second floor for a Black History meal. During the lunch Michael Hugue was presented an ART Appreciation Plaque for years of ART work in Homestead High, while he plans to major in ART after graduation. Look out for him

The People in the Neighborhood of Arcola Lakes Park were sadden when the demise of Mrs. Martha Stitt. During the Holiday Season, daughter, Gwen Gibbs, wrote the following: God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So, he put his arms around you, and whispered, “Come With Me.” With tearful eyes we watched you slowly fade away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A Golden Heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.

The planned service included Salem BCC until Thelma Reese took to the mic and turned it into “A homegoing Service as she catered to the audience with a oneliner song, “O Lord I Want You to help on my Journey.” The audience picks it up and movement of bodies took over, while the hands and legs introduced new movements. The program then carried a new outlook until Acknowledgements was given by Hadley Funeral Home Staff. The spirit rose to a high crescendo with the Pastor John Graves’ delivery “Words of Comfort.” He was brilliant.

A The Reverend Father Errol A. Harvey gave the Invocation, followed by Mrs. Aundrelia Hamed, Scripture, Ms. Lonnie McCartney, solo, Ms. Cecilia Stewart, occasion, and Greetings from Audrey M. Edmonson, Mr. James McQueen, and Becky RoperMatkov. Talent winners were Brittany Rolle, Christine Rembers, Jarran Chandler, Twyon Bowe, Kaysia Curtis, Adonnas Jones, Kaysia Curtis, Kayla Curtis.

Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder, African-American Committee, Dade Heritage and staff provided the Twenty-First Annual Commemorative Service and Sixth Youth Talent on Parade. Further, she recognized William D. Bascome, Incorporator, with a head stone, along with recognizing Gwendolyn H. Welters, Juanita J. Jackson, Mona Gilbert Hall, and Georgia Alexis, all members of the Trust. She turned the program into the hands of Ms. Maud Newbold, a dynamic EMCEE. She brought on Dr. Richard J. Strachan to accompany the singing of “It’s Well With My Soul.”

Heading the Essay Contest were Anna McGruder and Retha Boone-Fye. They presented 10-trophies to the 15-participants and Willie Granger played his trumpet on “taps” after the ceremony ended in the cemetery. Dr. Pinkney thanked her husband, Frank and members of the tree of knowledge. Too bad one band member showed up and the full band was absent.