Raymond “Ray” Thornton, Sr. (April 15, 1928- June 2, 2015) was eulogized on Friday June 12, at 10 in the morning from Mt. Herman A.M.E Church, Miami Gardens. “The true measure of a man is the impact he has had on the world he left behind.” A loving host of family and friends, and community shaped by his presence is proof that Ray lived a life worth living. Raymond was born in Dawson, Georgia to Homer and Idella Thornton and was the youngest of eight children, growing up in a bustling household of five sisters and two brothers. After the passing of his mother, Raymond’s family moved to Jacksonville where he attended Stanton High School. It was there that he was able to showcase his natural athletic abilities. He gravitated toward football and immediately drew attention on the gridiron due to his uncanny skills as a quarterback. After
The football players at Miami Central Rockets are still cheering Coach Roland Smith, since he was named Coach of the Year after transferring from Miami Northwestern former State Championship. The past season, Central went 14-1 and earned a top national ranking in several polls. The Rockers culminated the season with two victories over Bothell (Washington) in the Burger King Brown Championship Series. Smith earned the prestigious accolade this past week in recognition for leading the Rockets Football to its third consecutive state and fifth consecutive state final appearance. He joins former St. Thomas Aquinas coach as the only South Florida coaches to win the award. He’s the state’s third, along with longtime Jacksonville Bolaes coach Charles “Corky” Rogers.
Members of the Board of Trustees of the Historic Hampton House Community Trust Inc. and the Advisory Board held its 12th annual Fundraiser and fourth annual Homegrown Achievers Awards Luncheon, which honored Miami’s own “Home Grown Success Achievers.” Namely, they are the Honorable Milton D. Vickers, public administrator; Dr. Kathryne W. Latimore, O. D. of Optometry; and Derrick W. Smith, architect. Dr. Enid Pinkney thanked everyone for taking the time to share this historic moment of honoring Miami’s own successful stories.
The wheel is turning so fast with rejuvenation of the Historic Hampton House Trust until membership is having a time keeping up with its speed. Just last Monday, the Hampton House demonstrated its love for the people that put out a spread consisting of baked chicken, potato salad, collard greens, string beans, pigeon peas and rice, cake and ice cream. The center was focused on those who had difficulty parking their vehicles in the spots reserved. Dr. Enid Pinkney split the men up and the males gave it up to the females. The males accepted the closeness and brought out the dessert to show appreciation.
Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church, located at 2500 NW 50th St., formatted a design to cooperate and involve families into their days service. Minister Curtis Powell, senior pastor, headed the vision, beginning with his family members, his wife and children. Worship in praise were Elder Nathaniel Stephens, while greetings came from Elder Stephens with hostess Kim Fleurinard and their families. The occasion included Sister Clova Jabson, musical selection by Angie Pierre and prayer by Deacon Cosmore Lawrence. Children cooperated highly with one another with special attention guided by Kenisha Gage.
John Pryor, a graduate of North Dade Jr. Sr. High School, got started in 1960 becoming involve is plays under the late Jim Randolph. He attended FAMU and involved himself with numerous plays, and many more at a theatre started by him and two others. Moreover, he accepted a position with Miami-Dade Community College teaching drama and made a very successful career. Pryor began to succeed in dramatic and stared in many plays that made Jim Randolph very proud of his accomplishments along with Betty Tucker Ferguson a fellow student. Currently, he is directing “Mahalia”, a gospel musical by Tom Stolz and starring: Deana Rahming, Johnny Sanders, Framcone Ealey-Murphy, and featuring Elijah Gee, pianist in a theater close to home this month.
The Bethel Temple Community Development Corporation of South Florida began as the community service arms of Bethel Apostolic Temple. Incorporated in 2005, it exists to facilitate the social and economic empowerment of the South Florida community. Future plans include the development of a charter school service, a senior care service, senior housing and a community center. The mission of the Bethel Temple CDC
Nelson Jenkins, treasurer for the King Of Clubs of Greater Miami, made his final report at the last meeting before the membership. Furthermore, it was a masterpiece based on his technique of bookkeeping from his New Jersey hometown and former businesses he raised his children on. The format included a unique style that demonstrates writing of checks and deposits, unlike Profit & Loss Statement I was taught back in the days. More importantly, they were above reach, especially closures of views, writing of checks deposits and accurate total to summarize amounts. Reading it back to the membership gave the membership more pride as a member and could not wait to release their gut feeling when the balance exceeded the current ones. Mr. Jenkins continued his report by laying out the need for a larger gathering than last year, while Dr. Mack looked for his bag of invitations to be disseminated to their guests. Some one indicated to say, “look under the seat.” A broad grin covered his face as he realized an old Army joke was played on him. Therefore, he laughed with the gang and everyone laughed it off.
It has been authorized by founder Dr. Enid C. Pinkney that the Historical Hampton House Trust declared the opening on Friday, April 10, at 2525 NW 27th Ave. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson The Honorable Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson. Reports were given by Dorothy Johnson; Dr. Pinkney; Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte: Hugo Velasquez, up-dating Project Status: Status of Operations/Program: Luncheon Report: and Construction Completion. Everyone waited until the auditing committee was voted upon: Ron Frazier, Ron Butler, Dr. Larry Capp, and Plans for Grand Opening to include Parking, Translation, Planning, Lease and guidance for the lease before the building is turned over to HHHCT, INC.
Mary Ann Thomas, president, Ms. Baxter-Akman, Cora Johnson, Mary Dunn, club members, parents and young lady escorts all have been preparing for the Egelloc Civic and Social Club’s presentation of the 2015 Men of Tomorrow. The final rehearsal will be held at the Omega Psi Phi Center, April 23 and the presentation on Saturday, April 25, at Jungle Island at 12.
One of the great meetings of the Hampton House Trust was held last Tuesday with Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson in her seat as chairperson. Others present were Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder; Edwin T. Demeritee, treasurer; Isabella Rosete, secretary; Hugo Velasquez, project manager; guests, K. Name, A. Butler and J. Johnson; Dr. Edward Robinson, vice president; Dr. Larry Capp, organizational
Miami Norland stood tall among Blanche Ely, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal, and Lake Center. Norland became the first Miami-Dade County school to win four consecutive state titles as the Vikings won their sixth title in a decade with a 54-46 win over Gainsville in the Class 6A final. With their teams’ respective wins, Norland coach Lawton Williams, III and Blanche Ely Coach Melvin Randall each have six state titles during their illustrious careers.
Bishop Herman Ezekial Dean could be known as a giant of all men, but to God he was the prince of peace and a strong lover of God. Dean’s large photo on the obituary looks magnificent. If Bishop Dean were a politician running for office or even the White House, he would win every time.
What a great time members of the African Committee of the Dade Heritage had at it’s recent 22nd Annual Commemorative Service and the 7th Annual Youth Talent on Parade. The cool weather made it a perfect
The King of Clubs of greater Miami demonstrated served its true purpose recently when it helped the family of Jerry Miller bury their loved one. Dr. Astrid Mack, president emeritus of the King of Clubs, led the effort to put together a great memorial service. James Fayson opened the service singing “Great is Thou Faithfulness”. Later in the service, Fayson uplifted the mourners with “Someone Greater Than You”. As President Richard J. Strachan played the keyboard, Reverend Harvey Lockhart, Chaplain, spoke of Miller’s spirituality and as a Godly man who always pursued righteousness.
While the county-owned Joseph Caleb building in Liberty City undergoes a $27.5 million renovation,Dr. Enid C. Pinkney’s Hampton House organization is settling into their new, but temporary home at The Martin Luther King Building, 2525 NW 62nd St. Also new are officers at of the Hampton House Board. They include Dr. Edward G. Robinson, Vice
Gwen Cherry Bulls National Pop Warner Champions/Junior Pee-Wee Team joined the Board of Directors to entertain first lady Michelle Obama. She was given the red carpet treatment by County Commissioner and Chairman Jean Monestime, H. T. Smith, attorney, Elaine Black, Erica N. Wright, Jerry C. Sawyer, Bobby Johnson, manager, employees and others.
The popular saying “Where does the time go, rings true as we recognize that this month is almost gone, and well, February is waiting to make its entrance. Every day is a blessing with hours to fill. On Sunday, State Senator (District 39) Dwight Bullard made a brief, informative presentation to members of the Dade County Chapter, The Links, Inc. at their monthly meeting. The meeting was held on the UM campus in the Hurricane Room/Bank Atlantic Center. All Links in the state are preparing for Florida Links Day at the Capitol in March. Bullard, who chairs the Miami-Dade Democratic Party is also Chairman, Florida Legislative Black Caucus, and he spoke about the Black Caucus agenda. Knowledge is power for the people as we collectively join and lend our voices.
The African Committee of Dade Heritage Trust will celebrate Black History month by sponsoring the 22nd annual Commemorative Service and Youth Talent on Parade and Essay Competition at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the City Cemetery, 1800 NE Second Ave. Honorees will include Christopher C. Scott, USA American Incorporator of the City of Miami, Leome Scavella Culmer (21 years) and Wilfred McKenzie. The outstanding talent will include Keya, Lausia, and Kaysia Curtis, Jaquan Cannon, Lonnie McCarty, Althea Sample, David Smith, Bradon Goins, Addnnas Jones and Destinee Romain.
On Dec. 25, 2014 Mr. Roscoe Ross and Mrs. Annie Ross celebrated 50 years of marital bliss with their immediate family. The Reverend Dr. Jimmie L. Bryant performed the ceremony. Those in attendance included Lucille Hioks, Rose Harrell, Johnny Ross, Persheila Cammon, Nebraska Harrell, Michelle King-Kelly and Malcolm Kelly.
The Historic Hampton House Community Trust Program/and Charlayne W. Thompkins, chairperson, continues to draw accolades from the community for the great job she has done on the advertisements and program on the free Handel’s Messiah and Jazz Masterpieces concert that was held during the holidays at the Church of Incarnation in Liberty City.
Octavia Elizabeth Noble shed several tears as she walked across the stage at the Al Lawson Center at Florida A & M University (FAMU). During the school’s recent commencement ceremony, Noble graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. Cheers came from her entourage, which included her grandmother, aunts, cousins and sisters. Noble will continue to work on her M.S. degree at FAMU. Noble thanked her grandmother, Jean Perry for her family upbringing while a student at Booker T. Washington High School, where she graduated with honors. After receiving her degree, she proudly recited the BTW motto: “It’s not the biggest, but the best.” There may be a huge party from the family, so stay tuned to “Chatter” and save your gifts just in case more festivities are held.
The Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc. provided the community with a concert classic at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. The pews were filled with pews music lovers. The stars included guest artist Nicole Yarling, Jean Collahuazo, soprano soloist, Denise Anderson, alto soloist, Josef Spencer, tenor
Residents and business owners were well represented at the Florida Department of Transportation’s State Road 7/US 441/NW 7th Avenue Corridor Study Public Workshop held last Thursday evening at the Joe Celestin Center in North Miami. Each workshop provides the community an opportunity to interact with the FDOT Corridor Team, give their feedback and share their priorities on proposed transportation improvements for the major thoroughfare. Representative Daphne Campbell, Judy Brown, Henry Michel,
Big hats are off to the Church Of God of Prophesy Miami No. 1, Bishop Noward E. C. Dean, pastor, Dr. Edwin Demeritte , assistant chairperson, Sister Elaine Evans, assistant chairperson and Bishop Timothy F. Davis, state overseer. They put their minds together to honor Deacon R. Ferguson and Ms. “Bea” Hines at a beautifully designed banquet held at Tropical Gardens Park.
Dominique Jackson, a sophomore at Bethune-Cookman University, is a member of the Marching Band Flag Corps. She is also great grand daughter of Helen Young, B-CU and a graduate of Miramar High School, class of 2013. Her grandparents are Donald and Gwen Jackson, loving aunt, Desiree Jackson.
For many years, Tampa Bay housed the annual Florida Classic until it found its way to Orlando with the rivalry game being played every September, while the fans grew closer together as a family. Therefore, winning the game became an option, while 70,000 people changed their mode of interest to families having fun in the hotels, enjoying quality restaurants in the city, and great entertainment, all within walking distance of Disney World. Back at the game, fans anticipate the performance of the FAMU Marching Band and the BCU exciting band with 12 dancing diamond girls. Both bands compete against each other and the families make their choice at home or on the way back home. Interestingly, the fraternal groups are still setting up outside the Citrus Bowl, where Omega Psi Phi tailgate parties serve hunks of ribs, hamburger, hot dogs, and music to their liking.
Congratulations to the Booker T. Washington Alumni Athlete Club for taking the time to select inductees for the 2014-15 year in basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, swimming track and field, and wresting. The hall of fame banquet and induction ceremony was held, Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Renaissance Ballroom Inc. Willie Warren, president, blessed the effort and included Edward Young, Kathryn Hepburn, Secretary, Lawrence Johnson, James Green, chaplain, and Richard Demerit, parliamentarian. Warren indicated we have come to recognize and honor former athletes for distinguished achievements highlighting their distinctive abilities. As we
Men of Tomorrow candidates were honored by the ladies of Egelloc Civic and Social club incorporated. The Egelloc Civic and Social Club is proud to be an organization that sponsors an activity that identifies 11th grade young men in the Dade and Broward communities who are destined to become successful leaders for a generation to come. This year’s theme is “Today We Prepare . . . Tomorrow We Achieve.”
Dr. Bradford and wife, Mabel, attended the 80th birthday celebration of John Due, an internationally known civil rights attorney. Bradford joined a group of 100 people, including Due’s daughter, Tananarive, and attorneys Jonneta and Lydia and family at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Tallahassee on October 25. Judge Leah Sims and Bob Sims, First Director of the Community Relations Board, FAMU College of Law Dean Leroy Pernell, Gadsden County Sheriff, Morris A. Young and many more.
T. Willard Fair opened the 23rd Citizen Crime Watch, Miami-Dade Police Department Northside District by commending Annie Hicks Ross for more than 25 years of service with 14 groups as well as a reduction in crime. The celebration theme was “Celebrating Safe Street”.
Dr. Frederica S. Wilson, founder 5000 Role Models of Excellence, has patterned her three officers in delivering the message: Regional Tie Tying Ceremonies scheduled as follows: MDCKC: Wed, Oct. 15, Coral Gables High; Oct. 22 Miami Carol City High; and The Hilton Hotel (downtown Omni) Oct. 30.
Recently, an email went out to the Hampton House Board updating the importance of surveying the Hampton House Building. President Commissioner Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson zeroed in on the answer to who is the owner of the building. According to her response it belongs to the Hampton House Board until further clarification including the Dade County Board, in short. These who attended the builder’s surveys beamed with pride.
We proudly announce that the 2014-15 Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship Fund have awarded $442,000 in scholarships to 11 applicants. The 17-year partnership has allowed 399 master’s and doctoral business tuition awards to be granted to Blacks in South Florida from 12 different Florida universities.
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson took the time to thank special people, such as Dr. Theron A. Clark, 5000 Role Models of Excellence program director, Rick Holton, president, and Role Model Paul Wilson. The Alpha Gamma chapter of Eta Phi Beta was chartered by Julia Tynes in 1967 as the first president. The others over the years are: B. Bouleware, F. Gabriel Harris, E. Laster, M. Toney Maze, C. Royster, B. Jones, A. Taylor Wilson, B. Donald, V. Atlas, I Covey, D. Gray, M. Sutton Harris, P. Penn, J. Strong, R. Green, G. Hankerson, V. Hepburn, R. Boggins, M. Devone and Ted Shardgarner.
The Cheeks family reunion orchestrated by Cotious and Connie Arnold, along with the host committee was held in Tampa July 17-20 with the theme “A Gathering of Generations: Remembering Our Past, Living Today, and Embracing Our Future.” Attendees enjoyed excursions, and sightseeing stops. Activities included a welcome and family fun night at the Double Tree Hotel, an evening at Rusty Pelican, family worship service and of course, lots of shopping. As always, the family reunion was a great time to create memories and have fun doing it.
New Miami Northwestern Senior High School football coach Eddie “Rabbit” Brown feels the Bulls will see a marked improvement from last year’s 5-5 record and come out on the winning side this football season. As I observed Brown and his staff and the enthusiasm of the players, it reminded me of the 1946 Thanksgiving at the “Dust Bowl” when the Bulls defeated the BTW Tornados 2-0.
Congratulations to Alice Day founder of the Sunshine Jazz Club, for presenting the fifth annual Hall of Fame inductees, along with Keith Valles, president, and “The Real” Tracy Fields, WLRN FM 91.3 (Mon – Fri. at 7 p.m.). Valles had the honor of presenting inductees: Pete Minger, trumpet/flugelhorn, Nestor Torres, flute, Jimmy Crawford, piano/vocals, Panama Francis, drums, Dave Nuby, (Francis started out playing the saxophone until the drummer failed to show and he kicked off with drums in 1968, ) and Paquito D’Rivera, Alto Saxophone.
Congratulations go out to Christina Garcia and her mother, Tina, for planning her bridal soiree at Arcola Lakes Park, a few blocks from where she grew up around Miami Central High School. As guests walked into the building, the room had been transformed into the ‘feel’ of Miami with pictures on the walls of American Airlines, The Miami Heat; downtown Brickell Avenue; and The Fontainebleau. Each table was neatly decorated with green and yellow tall mugs of beach sand. Members of the bridal party led the guests to their seats as music played.
Dennis Fruitt, director, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, was asked by Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder of the Historical Hampton House Trust, to conduct a workshop on “Strategic Planning for The Second Century. Fruitt was welcomed by HHHT Board including Pinkney, President, Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson along with many community leaders including: Edward Harris, Dr. Edward G. Robinson, Dr.
Back in the 50s Miami-born Archie Ayers started delivering mail for the U.S. Postal Service while Georgia Jones led the fight to preserve “Rail Road Shop” as home. Archie spent some time in World War II and graduated from Booker T. Washington. The evening of the wake brought a host of people, such as Congresswoman Carrie Meek wit her son Kendrick, Marcia Johnson Saunders, Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, Kenneth Fitzpatrick, Chairman, Alternate
Icon Wilfred James (George) McKenzie, 89, retired surgical tech at the Miami Veteran’s Administrative Hospital, died June 3. His memorial service was held last Thursday at Range Funeral Home where his daughter, Lynette McKenzie, greeted those in attendance, such as friends, and neighbors. Those in attendance were: Martha Day, Nancy Dawkins, Fr. Garret, Church of the Incarnation, Dr. Fred and wife, Juanita, Dr. Enid C. Pinkney and husband, Frank, Dr. Edwin T. Demerrite, Charlange Thompkins, and Kenshawn, and more.
Henry Mingo, a retired Omega Psi Phi Brother, stood on the platform last week to announce his niece wrote to him and informed him of her acceptance to all universities that she applied to such as Yale University, Brown, Princeton, John Hopkins, Washington, U. Of Virginia, Wesleyan, Spellman and Rutgers. She announced receiving acceptance from all of them, plus a full scholarship based on her high GPA. Uncle Mingo would like her to select Yale U and also follow in the steps of Barack Obama and become president of the United States. You will be posted as she challenges these obstacles.
The wedding ceremony for Antonio A. Holley and Delores Green was held at Newport Beach Side Hotel & Resort, Sunday, May 25 on a makeshift arc decorated with sea items on the sand of Sunny Isles, while Jeffrey Townsley serenaded the crowd on his saxophone as the bridal party carefully eluded the sand as they walked from the hotel to the selected area.
Congratulations are in order for John McMann, director of the Miami Central Marching Rockets for providing the community with its Annual Band Concert, last Tuesday, in the school’s auditorium before a capacity crowd of students, staff and parents. McMann took to the mic and informed the people waiting for the beginning to watch the first dance will be “The Pledge of Allegiance” through hip-hop music with dancers from Miami
5000 Role Models of Excellence Project completed its 21st annual graduation and scholarship awards ceremony with a transaction program script exploring how the program is by the selected persons. It took place at the Historical St. Agnes Episcopal Church with father Denrick Rolle, Rector and Pastor 100 graduates, parents, other relatives and supporters. Dr. Richard Strachan will begin the musical
Congratulations to Miami Northwestern scholar athlete, Jontavia Dykes, the first in family history to receive a full-ride athletic scholarship. She will be attending the University of Florida this fall. Jontavia is also a four-year participant of the Lady Bull volleyball team. Hard work and staying focused has not only earned Jontavia recognition for “Superintendent-Distinction of Honor”, but also a spot to graduate in the top 15 percent of her senior graduating class of 2014. Jontavia is the
Former Judge Shirlyon J. McWhorter, B-CU ‘81 expressed her pride and humility to serve the 2013-14 as president of the Miami-Dade Alumni Association and also included the “Magic Of Motown” as the theme. She also recognized Patricia Garrett (Literary), M/M Charlie Davis (Community Service), Fedrick Ingram (Education), Mary Ann Carroll (Art), and Coach Brian Jenkins.
Congratulations to Veronica Rahming, president, and Mary Ann Thomas, vice president, for taking the “Men of Tomorrow”, along with The Egelloc Civic and Social Club and elite members, last Saturday, at the Parrot Jungle Island. “The organization began with 55 11th graders and completed its journey with 15. One boy even escorted while on crutches.
Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert stood smiling as he observed the activities of the 4th Annual Miami Gardens pre-Easter egg at Rolling Oaks Park. As the crowd joined him, the DJs started pumping the CDs, while the workers assemble three bouncer houses, two fair fun games, two see saws, three swings, and tables filled with ribs, chicken, hot dogs, hamburger, string beans, potato salad and drinks. And then the vendors joined in setting up their tables.