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AlDaniel Goodspeed
April 13, 1939 - August 01, 2018

AlDaniel Goodspeed, 79, took his Heavenly flight to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, after a long, hard fight with heart-related issues.

Funeral services will be held at Jones Mortuary located at 660 Donohoe Street in East Palo Alto on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 11 am. The Reverend Theodore Fields will officiate. The Burial will be at Alta M... Read more information about AlDaniel Goodspeed.


Saphrona Alexander
March 01, 1938 - July 22, 2018

Saphrona Williams Alexander was born on March 1, 1938 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Floyd Williams and Bertha Woodruff. She was the 7th of 11 children. In 1958, Saphrona met the Love of her Life, Charles “Chuck” Alexander. They were married on November 12, 1959. They made their home in San Jose. They are the parents of two children, Tony and Sharon Alexander. Saphro... Read more information about Saphrona Alexander.


Verna Thomas
January 15, 1931 - July 08, 2018

Ms Verna Thomas passed away July 8, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Ms Thomas moved to East Palo Alto in 1964 and was there until her health started failing.
She resided in East Palo Alto for forty-nine years, until 2013.

Her daughter Linda Robinson came from Anchorage, Alaska and got her.
She lived in Alaska with her daughter for five years.<... Read more information about Verna Thomas.


Jeri Lou Dillard Oakley
September 14, 1946 - June 19, 2018

Mrs. Jeri Lou Dillard Oakley was born September 14, 1946, in Wayne County Detroit, Michigan, to Mack and Ernestine Dillard. Jeri was born second after her older sister Gail, and later her younger brothers Jeffrey and Brian would compiete the family of six.

Jeri grew up in a family in which community and service was important, as well as ambition and success. Mr. ... Read more information about Jeri Lou Dillard Oakley.


Spencenia Sims
October 11, 1941 - May 24, 2018

Mrs. Spencenia Howard, better known as Spencer to her friends and Sisterbabe to her family, was the youngest of three children born from the union of Matthew Howard and Martha Byrd on November 10, 1941.

She was a graduate of Gloster High School in Gloster, MS where she played basketball. Always independent, she left Mississippi to live with her cousins Mary-Sally ... Read more information about Spencenia Sims.


Ronald E. Sledge
June 28, 1949 - April 12, 2018

Mr. Ronald E. Sledge passed away on April 12, 2018. He was a long- time member of the East Palo Alto Community and graduate of Ravenswood High School in 1968. He was well known for his sports achievements and Gold medal win in Broad jump and Varsity track. His celebration of life services will include a Viewing on Friday May 4, 2018 from 4-7 pm and a Farewell celebration... Read more information about Ronald E. Sledge.


Vivian Joyce Johnson Jordan
March 26, 1942 - February 01, 2018

In Loving Memory of Vivian Joyce Johnson-Jordan who was born on March 26,1942 to the proud parents of Melvin and Melvina Johnson in Taylor, Texas. Vivian was the first of six children born to this union.

Vivian departed this life peacefully and quietly on February 1, 2018 with her family at her side.

Vivian came to California in 1954and li... Read more information about Vivian Joyce Johnson Jordan.


Clarene Novella Watts
January 29, 1928 - January 21, 2018


Clarene Novella Watts, passed away on January 21,2018 in Charlotte, NC, at the age of 90. A native of Arkansas, Clarene attended Newport Colored High School. A 63-year resident of the Peninsula (East Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Palo Alto), Clarene was a founding member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in East Palo Alto and was also a founding member of Moth... Read more information about Clarene Novella Watts.


Floyd Wright
November 22, 1937 - November 11, 2017

Mr. Floyd Wright was born November 22, 1937, in Lee County Georgia, to Flate Sr. and Reather Wright. He relocated to Menlo Park, California in 1963 after serving in the US Army. Floyd was united in matrimony to Jo Ann in 1989.

Floyd belonged to Local 300 Union and worked as a cement mason for 40 years for Torrez and H.C. Hansen Construction Companies. He was a v... Read more information about Floyd Wright.

William Hart
January 04, 1946 - October 26, 2017

William ‘Billy’ Gene Hart was born January 4, 1946 in Palo Alto, California to AV Hart and Ruth Greene. He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for his entire life, living in many different cities such as, Palo Alto, Mt. View, E. Palo Alto, Santa Clara and finally settling in San Jose.
He graduated from Cubberley High School in the summer of 1963. He was a natur... Read more information about William Hart.


Gloria Millicent Bullock
November 12, 1929 - September 03, 2017

Gloria Millicent Bullock was born in Harlem, New York City in 1929 to Sarah Hairston and Harry Bullock. Her father received an education in the south and moved north to seek better opportunities as an architect. As a Black man in the 1930’s that did not happen. Her mother’s family had come from Puerta Rico. Gloria’s great grandfather came from China to work on... Read more information about Gloria Millicent Bullock.


Alissa Riper Picker
November 06, 1962 - August 18, 2017

Alissa Riper Picker peacefully passed away at home on Aug. 18, 2017. She is now in heaven after living a life marked by empathy, grace, joy, and courage. Alissa lived boldly as she learned to trust God and not fear. She demonstrated great courage in the midst of challenges throughout her life, yet she would want recognition and praise to go to God for drawing close t... Read more information about Alissa Riper Picker.


Charles Jones
August 17, 1937 - August 15, 2017

Charles Jones was born in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana the youngest of five children born to Reverend & Mrs. Joseph Jones. His humble beginnings in Pleasant Hill are significant because it was here that he received nurturing and guidance from his parents which helped prepare him to be a good businessman. They instilled in him sound principles about how to live. They taught ... Read more information about Charles Jones.


Eddie Young, Jr
January 25, 1928 - July 05, 2017

Eddie Young, Jr. was better known as Ed, Jr. or “Unch”. A native of Vicksburg Mississippi, departed this life on July 5, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana to be with the Lord. He was the first child of nine, born January 25, 1928 to the union of Eddie Fritz Young, Sr. and Marie Harris Young of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

During is life’s journey, he was a devot... Read more information about Eddie Young, Jr.


Barbara Jean Perkins
August 31, 1937 - June 22, 2017

Longtime resident of East Palo Alto, California, Barbara Jean Perkins passed away on June 22, 2017 peacefully at the age of 79 due to respiratory failure. Barbara was born in Bessemer, Alabama to Willie and Pauline Thomas on August 31, 1937. Barbara accepted Christ at a young age and enjoyed attending church. She participated in many church activities with her mother at ... Read more information about Barbara Jean Perkins.


Barrie Skinner
July 27, 1944 - June 02, 2017

Barrie Skinner died of pancreatic cancer on June 2, 2017 at her home in East Palo Alto. She is survived by Loren Courtland Skinner, II, her husband, Heidi Jill Graham, daughter, Nicole Sherry Pelton, daughter, and Loren C. Skinner, III, son and Ronald and Todd Shuffler, her brothers. She had five grandchildren, Ivy Skinner, Chris Skinner, Jordan Graham, Keegan Pelton and... Read more information about Barrie Skinner.


Leroy Tobias Caracter
August 23, 1947 - May 23, 2017

LeRoy Tobias Caracter, 69, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017 peacefully at home with family.

He leaves his wife of 18 years, Patsy (Wagner) Caracter; his brother Ronald J. Caracter; his sister Lexie T. Caracter; his children, grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, loved ones and close friends.

Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, the eldes... Read more information about Leroy Tobias Caracter.


Edna Earl Farmer
April 21, 1918 - April 22, 2017

On April 21, 1918, Edna Earl Farmer was born to the late Will and Lucy Bolden in Halls, Tennessee. Early in life, she confessed a hope in Christ and was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She was a faithful member and served as an usher. Mt. Zion was also where she received her education. Edna moved her family to Marked Tree, Arkansas, where she met and marri... Read more information about Edna Earl Farmer.


Henrietta Tillery
June 30, 1948 - April 19, 2017

Henrietta Tillery, known as “Nana”, was born June 30, 1948. She was employed at Stanford Hospital for 30 years. She loved to travel and spend time with her friends and family. Henrietta attended the hurch of Christ, 1215 Laurel Avenue, in East Palo Alto. She was loved by friends and family, and departed this life on April 19, 2017. Henrietta is survived by her son, ... Read more information about Henrietta Tillery.


Willie Lou Harris
March 20, 1936 - February 06, 2017

Willie Lou “Carol” Harris, a long-time resident of East Palo Alto, California, was born March 20, 1936 in Dy- ersburg County, Tennessee to the late LouElla Eison and Rev. Alonzo N. Eison, Sr. She departed this life on February 6, 2017 at her home sur- rounded by family and friends. She was united in Holy Matrimony to James E. Harris. To this union, 3 chil- dren were... Read more information about Willie Lou Harris.


Betty Joyce Burgess
May 25, 1946 - February 01, 2017

I, Betty Joyce Burgess, was born May 25, 1946 at Stanford University Hospital in San Francisco. I was the first child born to Reverend Clinton Hendrix and Dorothy Ruth Evans.I now join my parents and brothers, Major and Ellis, and sister, Patricia, in glory. To all those listening, my lovely family and friends, I want to now share a picture of my life. I spent twelve ye... Read more information about Betty Joyce Burgess.


Benny Joseph Wesson
January 23, 1939 - December 30, 2016

Mr. Benny Wesson 77 died Friday December 30,2016 at the Veterans Residential Campus Facility in Palo Alto, California following an extended illness.

Mr. Wesson married Ms. Alfreda Dozanne Simpson-Wesson at age 70 ending his many decades of being a confirmed bachelor.

Benny Joseph Wesson was born on January 23, 1939 in Clow, Arkansas to Syvutus and L... Read more information about Benny Joseph Wesson.


Rev. Floyd Purdy
September 17, 1937 - November 26, 2016

Floyd James Purdy was born the middle child of nine children to Jesse J. and Mollie B. Purdy. His life began September 17, 1937 in Weona, Arkansas; and his eternal beginning was on November 26,2016 in San Jose, California. He received his early education in the public schools of Weona. He was a graduate of the George Washington Carver High School in Marked Tree, Arkansa... Read more information about Rev. Floyd Purdy.


Otha William Johnson, III
February 24, 1950 - January 05, 2016

Otha William Johnson III, was born on February 24, 1950 to Otha William John- son, Jr. and Gwendoly n Johnson in Harlem, New York. He attended elemen- tary Public School (PS) 170, Junior high school 13, and was a proud alumnus of the renowned Charles Evan Hughes Hiuch School Class of 1968.

As a young man growing up in Harlem, he was well-re- spected by his pe... Read more information about Otha William Johnson, III.


John A. Glover
October 10, 1930 - March 30, 2014

John A. Glover passed peacefully in Palo Alto, California on March 30, 2014 following a lengthy illness and hospitalization for congestive heart failure and dementia. He was 83 years old.

John was born in Edgefield, South Carolina on October 10, 1930, the youngest son of the late Sam and Della (Ross) Glover. He lived in Brooklyn New York from 1955 until he reloca... Read more information about John A. Glover.


James Elton Blakey, Jr.
March 23, 1927 - March 16, 2014

James Elton Blakey Jr, 86, of East Palo Alto, California passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on Sunday March 16th, 2014. He was born in Luling, Texas to James Elton and Mayme Alice Blakey.

James, better known to many as Mr. Blakey was a strong, family loving man who championed for civil rights and community development. Mr. Blakey was a small ... Read more information about James Elton Blakey, Jr..


Raphael Miranda
October 24, 1948 - October 13, 2012

Raphael Miranda was a very enthusiastic, positive, hard-working, and giving person. He always tried to help others to make their lives better and happier. He was also a dreamer but was able to accomplish many of his dreams by preparing himself in the fields he was interested in doing.

In his late years, he was diagnosed with diabetes and became more health con... Read more information about Raphael Miranda.


William E. Green, V
May 01, 1961 - March 03, 2012

In describing the passing of Bill Green, 50, two titles come to mind: The 17th-century poem “Death Be Not Proud,” by John Donne, and “A Lesson In Dying” --- a slight paraphrase of Ernest Gaines’ 1933 novel.

When Bill --- the fifth in a line of William Ernest Greens --- transitioned March 4 at his home in Spokane, WA, he had courageously endured a pai... Read more information about William E. Green, V.


William Jasper, Jr.
July 26, 1953 - February 04, 2012

William R. Jasper, Jr., age 58, passed away at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City on February 4, 2012 after a long illness.

Born July 26, 1953, he moved to East Palo Alto as a small child. He graduated from Ravenswood High School in East Palo Alto. He was an employee of Ford Areospace and Stanford Hospital for many years.

Survivors include his wife of... Read more information about William Jasper, Jr..


Agnes Claflin Robinson
October 02, 1918 - September 27, 2011

Agnes Claflin Robinson died in Palo Alto on September 27, 2011. An active PTA leader she was elected twice to the Board of Education for the Palo Alto School District (1963-73); her chairmanship of the School Board is remembered for her leadership proposing adoption of a Statement of Conscience opposing the Vietnam War.

In 1975, she served on the California Post Second... Read more information about Agnes Claflin Robinson.


Stephenie Smith
May 19, 1951 - July 05, 2011

Stephenie Jolita Smith a.k.a Quelii was born May 19, 1951 in San Diego, CA and passed away July 5, 2011. Her mother; Dorothy Mae Alexander-Johnson-Currie and father; Charles Earnest Smith preceded her in death.

Stephenie was raised in San Jose, CA. She attended Mt. Pleasant High School and San Jose State College. She also attended and graduated from Business Co... Read more information about Stephenie Smith.


Terrance Kenner-Abdullah
September 20, 1967 - June 14, 2011

Terrance L. Kenner-Abdullah was born September 20, 1967 to Ethel Jackson and Officer Edward Kenner in Daytona Beach, Florida. He relocated to California at an early age with his family and settled with his mom in East Palo Alto. Terrance attended Carlmont High School and upon graduation continued his education at De Anza College and earned a degree in Communications from... Read more information about Terrance Kenner-Abdullah.


Oneida (Mother) Branch
October 23, 1918 - March 22, 2011

Onedia’s journey began in Donaldsonville, Louisiana in 1918. She was the youngest of three children born to William and Grace Brisco. Her mother died when Onedia was only three months old and she was then placed in the loving care of her “adopted” Christian parents, Stephen and Harriet Terry. It was from Harriet, that she learned to share openly and indiscriminat... Read more information about Oneida (Mother) Branch.


Katye Arlene Johnson McCall
July 21, 1924 - December 22, 2010

Mrs. Katye Arlene Johnson McCall died at her home on December 22, 2010. She was born in Fort Worth, Texas, July 21, 1924 to Cora Moody and Fred Eugene Johnson. She was the fifth daughter of a family of 10 children, which included five boys and five girls. Mrs. McCall moved to California in 1942, where she attended San Francisco City College. In 1943, she met and married Wi... Read more information about Katye Arlene Johnson McCall.


Elbert Estis Mitchell
December 13, 1922 - October 04, 2010

Elbert Estis Mitchell was born December 13,1922, the third son of four children to loving parents, Orlando and Bertha Mitchell in Columbus, Ohio. He was actively involved in the Second Baptist Church, singing in the choir and active in the drama productions.

He studied engineering at Howard University, Ohio State University and proudly attended Lincoln Univers... Read more information about Elbert Estis Mitchell.


Charlesetta Darrett Fishman
June 05, 1933 - September 30, 2010

Charlesetta Darrett Fishman was born June 5, 1933 in Houston, Texas, to Eula Mae Glenn and Samuel Thomas Darrett. In 1938 Charlesetta and her family relocated to San Francisco where she lived until her early adult life.

In June of 1950, Charlesetta graduated Notre Dame de Namur High School, with the distinction of being the first Negro female graduate. This even... Read more information about Charlesetta Darrett Fishman.


Jeanne Cuffey Tatum
October 18, 1943 - September 19, 2010

Jeanne was a classic. To quote an old friend, "She was a cute, feisty, funny, no-BS woman", who could have an easy going manner, BUT always with a little edge. Born October 18, 1943 to Nancy and Wellington Cuffey in Smithfield, Virginia, Jeanne was raised in East Orange, New Jersey where she attended high school and excelled in every subject. She married young, and had... Read more information about Jeanne Cuffey Tatum.


Joel Thomas Porter O'Rea, Sr.
May 29, 1932 - August 20, 2010

A resident of Palo Alto since 1969, Dr. Joel Thomas Porter O’Rea passed away peacefully on August 20, 2010 at the Palo Alto V. A. Hospital, surrounded by his son, Joel Jr. and close, loving friends. He was born on May 29, 1932 to adoring parents, Flora and Edward O’Rea in Paris, Tenn.

Dr. O’Rea was a prominent Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Palo Alto w... Read more information about Joel Thomas Porter O'Rea, Sr. .


Marthelia B. Hargrove
July 20, 1940 - August 03, 2010

Marthelia B. Hargrove, beloved former principal of Costaño Elementary School in East Palo Alto, quietly passed away Tuesday, August 3, 2010 in Santa Clara, CA after a short illness.

She was born in Oxford, NC to Eddie and Zeola Burroughs. She married John Hargrove in July, 1972, and they have made their home in Santa Clara for nearly 40 years.

Everyon... Read more information about Marthelia B. Hargrove.


David Edward Lewis
November 23, 1955 - June 09, 2010

David Edward Lewis, a resident of East Palo Alto, CA was transitioned to his eternal reward on Wednesday June 9, 2010, at the age of 54. David was introduced to his proud parents Edward Taylor (deceased) and Cora Lewis (surviving) in San Francisco, California on Wednesday November 23, 1955. David Lewis is survived by his wife Margaret Lewis, and four children David, Shy... Read more information about David Edward Lewis.


Francis Sundaram Azariah
August 05, 1934 - May 26, 2010

Francis Sundaram Azariah, “also known as French” of Palo Alto, was born in Tiruchirapalli, South India to a family of five brothers and two sisters. He attended Bishop Cotton’s School in Bangalore, India and graduated in 1954 from St. Xavier’s College. He came to the United States in 1955 where he was the first foreign student to attend Pasadena City College an... Read more information about Francis Sundaram Azariah.


Ma Boukaka
January 03, 1934 - March 21, 2010

Ma Boukaka was born in the bush near the village of Mouyami, in The Republic of Congo in 1934 to mother Balondola Odile, and father Myuku. When he was very small, his mother moved to the city with his younger sister and brother, and he stayed in the village with his uncle Makela MaNganga and family. As a boy, Ma Boukaka learned music from the birds and by tapping ou... Read more information about Ma Boukaka.


Victor Manuel Lopez
July 14, 1982 - November 05, 2009

“Peek-a-boo! Who loves, who loves you? ... I do, I do!“ (A favorite text Victor would send to loved ones)

Victor Manuel Lopez was born on the 14th of July 1982 in the state of Mexicali, Mexico. Shortly after, he moved to the state of Sinaloa his family’s home state. The youngest of seven, with one brother and 5 sisters, Victor was left under the ca... Read more information about Victor Manuel Lopez.


Frank S. Greene, Jr.
00, 0000 - December 26, 2009

Frank S. Greene, Jr., 71, died suddenly on Saturday, December 26, 2009 after a lifetime of professional distinction in technology and business that included expanding opportunities in those fields for young people, especially women and minorities.

Frank was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He was among the first African American student... Read more information about Frank S. Greene, Jr..

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