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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..