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First Black female police officer in county dies at 88

Thelma Gaitor Freeman Harris was widely recognized as a pioneer and trailblazer during a 25-year career in law enforcement. Harris made history in 1962 as the first Black female police officer in the Miami-Dade County Police Department. She died July ...

Francena Bruton Thomas, a community activist, dies

Miami native Francena Bruton Thomas, an educator, former The Miami Times columnist, and community activist, died Saturday, July 11 at University of Miami Hospital. Her younger sister, Charlotte Bruton Griggs says, “We grew up in the James E. Scott projects, ...

Memorial for the first Black Kennel owner in Miami-Dade

Family and friends this weekend will celebrate the life of Benjamin F. Gardner, the first Black kennel owner in Miami-Dade who died Dec. 7. He was 69. A memorial service will be held for Gardner at 11 a.m. on Saturday, ...

DOLLIA ELOISE CLIETT, 64

administrative secretary, Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts, died June 23. Survivors include: son, Damon Cliett (Trenea);...

VANNESS WHITE, 36

died June 24 at North Shore Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete....

MARIA H. ARENAS

a native Miamian, was born March 10, 1947 (Christian Hospital)and raised Overtown". Maria left us...

ELOISE STORR, 74

retired CNA, died June 25 at Memorial Regional Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete....

MARQUIS OHAIR, 21

student, died June 23. Arrangements are incomplete....

DAOUD TAFARI, 54

died June 21 at home. Services were held....

JEAN CLAUDE REIMERS, 74

died June 22 at Berkshire Manor Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Saturady in the chapel....

ELAINE SMITH, 53

died June 19 at Kindred Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday in the chapel....

BERNARD TURNER, 67

retired, died June 21 at Ryder Trauma Center. Service 1 p.m., Saturday at Antioch of...

VARDON ALONSO HADLEY aka "GUMMY", 43

clerk, died June 24 in Butner, NC. Survivors include: mother, Barbara Cooper Shephard; grandmother, Mother...

DEACON WADE DAVIS, JR., 81

retired truck driver, died June 20 at North Shore Medical Center. Viewing 5-8 p.m., Friday...

WILLIE C. ROUNDTREE, 71

retired laborer, died June 22. Service 1 p.m., Saturday at First Baptist of Brownsville, 4300...

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