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Pastor Carter: ‘We keep up with the times as God directs us’

He seeks guidance from the Lord many

Victor A. Carter is the son of William and Rebecca Carter. He was born in Miami and raised in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Victor graduated from Goodlettsville High School with honors and is an alumnus of Tennessee State University in Nashville. He also graduated with honors from the Florida Atlantic University of Fort Lauderdale with honors and in the position of Summa Cum Laude.

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Philanthropist helps hundreds of students

Louella W. Grayson mothered many but gave birth to only one child

Louella Lillian White Grayson was born Dec. 14, 1922 and is a native Miamian who is of Bahamian descent. She lived in Miami when the residents didn’t have to have security bars on the windows and doors. The only alarms in the area were the few on businesses. All the residents within a block knew their neighbors and their neighbors’ children by their names. In the nine decades Grayson has been alive, much has taken place. But talking with individuals who know Grayson, they all say basically the same thing about her: “She is dependable, supportive, caring. She is always there to help those who are in need around her.”

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W.R. Courtney: “When He says go, you must go”

Described as humble, lion of a servant

Willie Ruth Courtney was born Oct. 24 and grew up in Ocala. She is what many describe as “laid back” but those who know her will quickly inject “she is very observant and knows what is going on around her.” She was raised in Ocala and is the mother of two and grandmother of five grandchildren. Her daughter, Julia Lenita Rolle is a teacher in Ocala and her son, Trent Crowell presently, is in Miami. He is a professional cook.

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Pastor Avery Jones: Singer of praises and leader of many folks

“I want him to order my steps”

Avery L. Jones was born in Miami on Dec. 18, 1962. He is one of four children born to the late Alfonso Jones and Lillie Shephard. He attended school in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System. In April of 1984 Jones married “the beautiful” Albertha Ashley. From that union they had two beautiful daughters, Ashley and Adonnas Jones.

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Brandon A. Jones’ aim as a pastor: “Lead an exemplary life”

Brandon Antwan Jones is a native of Miami. He was born Sept. 2, 1990, to the parentage of Leroy Jones and Lisa Frasier. Brandon received his primary and secondary education from the public schools of Miami-Dade County. Shortly after graduating from high school, and just as he had enrolled in college, he married his longtime girlfriend, (since eighth grade) Reina Arline. That union has produced three lovely daughters, Lanah, Savannah and Brooklynn.

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Community Easter egg hunting

Police, Net office and a bunch of volunteers make event successful

Omega Power and Praise Ministry Inc., 4705 NW 17 Ave., along with the Miami Model City Net Office, and the city of Miami North Police Station presented Omega’s Annual Easter Basket Giveaway/Easter Egg Hunt Community Fun Day. The event was held on Friday, March 25, at the Belafonte Tacolcy Center on the corner of 10th Avenue and 61st Street. ‘What a ‘fun time’ it was when children from all communities came together to enjoy a day of excitement,” Dr. Harriette Wilson-Greene said. “God gave me these areas to include in our Easter community events, 20th Street to 79th Street and 7th Avenue to 32nd Avenue. These invitations were given to 15 schools in our area; 50 vouchers were also given. The school chose the children to receive the vouchers and their siblings. Omega’s food bank recipients and children in surrounding neighborhoods were also invited.”

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Pastor Lockhart: Bringing energy to First Church

New youth ministry launches April 8

Reverend Harvey Lockhart is the pastor of First Church of North Miami Congregational United Church of Christ. Ordained in 2009, Pastor Lockhart was installed as pastor of First Church in 2012 where he has brought an exciting new energy that is all about improving the quality of worship while making the church more visible in and to the community. Pastor Lockhart believes sincerely that the church is supposed to be involved in the community in which it sits. There are ample opportunities for the church to make a difference utilizing its resources and talent to impact families in the community.

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Carl Johnson: One must be faithful to become fruitful

Carl Johnson is a native Floridian and was born Sept. 23, 1960, in Miami, to Hattie M. and the late Fernie Johnson Sr. As a child, Carl joined the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Alonzo Anderson. At the age 7, his parents allowed him to take an active part in children’s activities in the church.

Pastor wears many different hats in life

All of them lead to the Lord, her savior

Joy Ella Little-Jackson is the daughter of Ida Mae and the late George Chatman Little Sr. Joy is the sixth of seven children, born Nov. 23, 1953 and educated in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. She is a graduate of Miami Jackson Senior High class of 1971, where she graduated in the top five percent of the class. Her higher education includes receiving a Bachelor’s of Education degree from Barry University and a Master’s in Music Education from Florida International University. While attending college, Joy accepted the Lord as her personal savior. It was reported by family members, even as a child, Joy would petition the Lord, on behalf of sick individuals and those persons would quickly, or quicker than expected, be healed from their ailments.

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Miami Jackson Generals Alumni Association Hall of Fame

The place to be on last Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m. was in the remade lovely supper club for the evening, El Miami Jackson General Place, for The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The place was simply lovely, the guests were dressed and the music was melodious and inviting. There were more than 350 guests. Mistress of Ceremony Pamela Knox-Shuler from the Class of 1973, had to make several attempts to quiet individuals who had not seen each other in a long time. There was much excitement in the air.

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