Mrs. Osceola Byers
Sunrise: January 26, 1926                    
                    Sunset: July 4, 2013

Mrs. Osceola Byers completed her life journey on Thursday, July 4, 2013, at her home. Osceola was born January 26, 1926, in Cleveland, Arkansas to the union of Daniel W. Moore and Mariah Archie Moore. She was blessed with 3 brothers, Theodore, Daniel Jr. and James; 2 sisters, Glennie and Mary E. Moore Roseburr.

When Mariah passed, Daniel married, Ora L. Evans and to this union 1 daughter was born, Denise R. Moore Brown. Daniel Moore was blessed with 2 more children, Hosie Evans and Gloria Evans Johnson.

Osceola attended school at the New Prospect Baptist Church where the grades were from 1st to 9th grade. They were all taught in a 1 room school with 2 teachers. She was then transferred to Liberty Spring School. After her father moved to Kansas City, Missouri, she finished her education in the Kansas City Missouri School District.

The family moved to Kansas City, MO in 1940, and joined the Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church located at that time at 1805 Woodland, the pastor was Rev. S. D. Martin. She sang in the Junior Choir and in the Senior Choir which later was changed to the Adult Choir. She served as WHOMS Missionary. She was a cook for the Caring & Sharing who served the community every Thursday. She loved to cook. After her daughter went to college she decided to go to work in the cafeteria at Lincoln Jr. and Manuel High School.

Osceola married Roosevelt Byers on June 3, 1944. To this union 7 children were born, Theodore "Tadar", Mary A., Janice M., Rita, Vanessa L., Victor A. and Keith L. Byers.

Before Osceola passed away, she wrote a book about her life.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Roosevelt Byers; her parents, Daniel and Mariah Moore; brothers, Daniel Jr., Theodore and James Moore; sister, Glennie Moore; grandson, Keith Byers, Jr.; great-granddaughter, Alize Harvey, daughter-in-law, Earnestine Wilkes Byers; nieces, Marie Moore Scott, Sheila Richards and Carolyn Hobbs and two nephews, Curtis Hudson and Grover Allums.

She leaves to cherish her life and memory with much love and celebration: her children, Imam Tadar (Kay) Wazir "Theodore" Marshall, MO, Mary A. Dooley, Janice M. Byers Kansas City, MO, Rita (Wycliff) Williams Lee's Summit, MO, Vanessa L. (Rev. James P.) Mahaney Holts Summit, MO, Victor A. and Keith L. Byers Kansas City, MO; mother, Ora Lee Moore; sisters, Mary E. (Israel) Roseburr Kansas City, MO, Gloria Johnson Kansas City, KS, Renee' (Greg) Brown Baker, Louisiana; brother, Hosie (Charlotte) Evans Kansas City, KS; 17 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; god daughter, Veronica Byers and her beloved dog, Chippy. She was blessed with extended family: Angela Ross, Israel Roseburr, Jr., The Epperson children, Libby, Brande', Shannon and Alexandria Johnson, Thomasine Spence and Alexandria (Zan) Johnson, Jacquetta Lyman, James Mina Jr., Jackie Kearnery, Aaron and Gia Clark and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Services for Mrs. Byers were held Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church with Pastor Michael L. Murray officiating. Burial in Leavenworth National Cemetery.

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Mr. Albert D. McDonald
Sunrise: March 18, 1929                    
                    Sunset: July 7, 2013

Albert D. McDonald, 84, was born on March 18, 1929, to Leven and Agnes McDonald in Kansas City, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and three sons: Albert, Jr., Kenneth and Bruce McDonald; two brothers, Samuel and Larnell McDonald; three sisters, Naomi Walker, Eulmae Dunbar and Ruth Holmes.

He received his education in Kansas City, Kansas School District. There, he attended and graduated from Sumner High School. Upon graduation from high school, he became gainfully employed by American Textile Mills.

He met and married Katherine Sanders in 1950. Ten children were born to this union.

Albert departed this life on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

He is survived by: two sons, Marvin (Jamesetta) McDonald and Melvin (Linda) McDonald; five daughters, Nancy McDonald (Darrell Watson) of Kansas City, Kansas and Elaine (Dwight) Adams of Long Beach, California, Katherine McDonald of Overland Park, Kansas, Patricia Porter of Clarksville, Tennessee, Lillian McDonald of Kansas City, Kansas; two sisters, Deborah Holly and Betty McDonald of Kansas City, Missouri; three brothers, Nathaniel McDonald, Charles (Angela) McDonald, and Jonathan (Judy) McDonald, all of Kansas City, Missouri; a host of grandchildren, relatives, and friends.

Memorial services for Mr. McDonald will be held will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Tree of Life Ministries Kansas City, Kansas with Pastor Melvin McDonald officiating.

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Ms. Lillie Pearl Williams
Sunrise: February 1, 1921                    
                    Sunset: July 7, 2013

Lillie Pearl Williams was born to King David and Isabella O’Neal February 1, 1921, in Forest City, Arkansas. She was one of two children that preceded her in death.

She confessed a hope in Christ at an early age in Arkansas. Lillie moved to Kansas City, Missouri in the 1940’s. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, where she served as an usher. She was employed as a Nurse Aide at Cleveland Health Facility before retiring.

Lillie was married to Mack K. Williams. She departed this life on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

She leaves to cherish her memory: two nephews, Roy (Ladonna) Williams and Charles Gilbert Johnigan; a great-nephew, Roy Lee Williams, III all of Kansas City, Kansas; cousin, Lillian (Bill) Davis of Indianapolis, Indiana; one niece, Rorena Lee Moss of Kansas City, Kansas and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services for Mrs. Williams will be held 12:00 Noon Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Friendship Baptist Church with Pastor James A. Terrance, Jr. officiating. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. until service time Wednesday at the church.

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Mr. Michael D. Thomas
Sunrise: May 22, 1959                    
                    Sunset: July 10, 2013

Michael Dennis Thomas of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2013, at 2:28 P.M. at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. He was born May 22, 1959, in Eudora, Arkansas to the union of Arthur Lee Thomas and Elizabeth Woodruff Thomas. He was preceded in death by his father, and a brother, John Arthur Thomas.

Michael accepted Christ at an early age. He was educated in the Kansas City Missouri School District and graduated from Westport High School in 1979, where he played basketball.

He worked in Auto Parts Retail for several years at Cousin Charlie Auto Parts on 31st and Prospect. Until his health failed, Michael was employed at O’Reilly Auto Parts at 62nd and Troost, where he was known as “Big Mike”

Mike loved sports, playing spades, karate movies, dominos and listing to old school music.

His life on earth was labeled as a soft spoken, friendly and well known person. He was very comical.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his mother, Elizabeth Thomas; a very special friend, Brenda Redmond and her family, who was the love of his life and best friend; eight brothers, Rev. Richard (Ernestine) Clark, Gil (Jo) Thomas, Jerry Jenkins, David Thomas, Larry Thomas, Patrick Thomas, Dwight Thomas and Bernard Thomas; two sisters, Bridget Thomas and Rosalind Thomas all of Kansas City, MO; nieces and nephews, Richard Clark, Jr., Sandra Clark, Lavinia Clark, Derrick, Shakyla, Talisha, Tavish Danner, Raphael, Violisa, Shelia, Chenise, Dwight, Jr., Alex, Taja, Tyjuan Thomas, Alonzo Lewis, Shumeeke Warren, Jalin Herring, Shaqwayla Thomas and Desiree Harris; aunts, Lela Mae Thomas, Dorothy Thomas, Lillie Mae Woodruff, Barbara Woodruff, Josephine Washington and Mable Redmon; uncles, John (Gloria) Woodruff, Harold (Sarah) Woodruff, Charles (Janet) Woodruff; great-nephews and nieces, Derrick, Jr., Demarcus, Isaac, Isaiah, Janiyah, Rakiyah, Makayah, Shakira, Deaundrea, Jr. and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services for Mr. Thomas will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Joseph Clark, Pastor with Rev. Richard Clark officiating. Burial in Blue Ridge Lawn Cemetery. Friend may call from 9:00 A.M. until service time Saturday at the church.

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Mrs. Bettye J. Bates
Sunrise: July 17, 1937                    
                    Sunset: July 13, 2013

Bettye June Bates entered life on July 17, 1937, in Kansas City, Missouri born to the union of Dorothy Hattie Cooper and Virgil Henry Pate. She departed this life on Saturday, July 13, 2013, to be with the Lord. Both parents, her husbands, Maurice J. Hooks, Andrew Wayne Bates, Sr., stepmother, Dovie L. Pate, brother, Virgil H. Pate, Jr., daughter, Diane Prewitt and grandson, William Bates preceded her in death.

Bettye received her education in Kansas City, attending R. T. Coles/Lincoln. She obtained an Associate Degree in Cosmetology in 1959. She was the first female Postal Letter Carrier in the Kansas City area and held that position for many years. She served in many other occupations until retirement from the St. Luke’s Hospital custodial staff in 1989.

She confessed a hop in Christ at the age of eleven and was a member of St. Stephens Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church and Palestine Baptist Church at various times in her life. She served and loved the Lord.

Betty was very family oriented and loved surrounding herself with relatives. Quick-witted, she could tell a good joke and many enjoyed her humorous spirit. She liked a good game of cards or dominoes, and a plate of her favorite~barbeque.

She leaves to cherish her memory: three sons, Maurice J. Pate (Gwen), Andrew W. Bates, Jr. (Annetta) and Maurice Williams; two daughters, Joyce Carter and Delorise Bates all of Kansas City, MO; brother, David H. Pate of Virginia; fifteen grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and special friends.

Services for Mrs. Bates will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday. July 20, 2013, at Starlight Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Thomas officiating. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 A.M. until service time Saturday at the church.

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Mrs. Carrie R. Robinson
Sunrise: June 8, 1934                    
                    Sunset: July 13, 2013

Mrs. Carrie Ruth Washington-Robinson known by her family and friends as "Babe", Baby Sister" and "Sister Carrie" was born June 8, 1934, in Marshall, Texas. She was the second child born to the union of Anderson, Sr. and Ozella Rodgers-Washington. Her parents, her handsome husband, Freddie Robinson, sisters, Doris Morris and Theresa Allen preceded her in death.

Carrie accepted Christ at an early age at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church of Marshall, TX and later to Kansas City, Missouri. She received her years of education in Harrison County, TX graduating from Pemberton High School in 1952. Continuing to higher goals graduated with a Bachelors of Science at Wiley College, Marshall, TX in 1955.

She met and married her husband, Freddie Robinson July 8, 1958. Through that union they had two children, Zonal D. Robinson and Zoe D. Robinson.

Carrie started her teaching career in Earl and College Station Arkansas. After those dedicated years she and her family moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1964. She still felt the need to help children excel and to give them the knowledge to reach their goals, so then she returned to school to further her education and received her Masters of Art in Teaching from Webster College in 1974.

Dedicating her talent to teaching children at Katherine B. Richardson and Mount Washington until she retired in 1996, with 33 years of service.

Carrie departed this earthly life on Monday, July 8, 2013. This was she and her husband's 55th Wedding Anniversary. They are dancing in heaven.

She will be missed by: her son, Zonal Robinson; daughter, Zoe Robinson; brother, Anderson Washington, Jr.; grandchildren, Michael Robinson, Stanford (Ola) Kimble, II, Staci Robinson, Questal Robinson and Nicklas Jones; great-grandchildren, Aiden Kimble and Jaiden Davis and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Services for Mrs. Robinson were held Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Lesley Winfield Pastor with Dr. Lawrence Braggs officiating. Burial in Rose Hill Garden Cemetery Marshall, TX.

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Mr. Steven F. Kelow
Sunrise: July 24, 1948                    
                    Sunset: July 16, 2013

Steven F. Kelow, 64, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. He was born July 24, 1948, to Lewis H. Kelow and Mildred Bostic in Kansas City, MO.

He was a member of Palestine Missionary Baptist Church. He was employed at Swope Health Services.

He leaves to cherish his memory: one son, Steven T. Kelow of Kansas City, MO; two daughters, Stephany Kelow and Sicily Kelow both of Raytown, MO; his father, Lewis H. Kelow; sister, Pam McKinney both of Kansas City, MO; Nedra Kelow-Jackson of Atlanta, GA; two grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services for Mr. Kelow will be held 12:00 (today) July 19, 2013, at Palestine Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Leonard P. Butler, Jr. officiating. Burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. until service time today at the church.

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Ms. Alvenia J. Coleman
Sunrise: April 27, 1944                    
                    Sunset: July 16, 2013

Alvenia Joyce Coleman was born April 26, 1944, in Booneville, Missouri to B. T. Lawson and Marceline Lawson. She was preceded in death by her father, B. T. Lawson and a grandson, William Coleman.

She attended elementary school in Booneville Public School System. She later moved to Kansas City with her parents where she attended Central High School. She accepted Christ at an early age. She really loved the Lord. Alvenia's favorite songs were, "I Woke Up This Morning with My Mind" and "In the Garden".

"Mama Joyce" as everyone affectionately call her, was very active at Highland Rehabilitation Center. She loved singing, dancing (in her chair) and especially bingo! She also participated in "The Golden Games", a type of Special Olympics for the elderly and she won. She also loved her jewelry.

Alvenia has a laugh that was contagious. All those who came in contact with her were infected by it. Her laugh was a disease no one wanted a cure for. Although there were many obstacles placed before her, from mild retardation, cancer, surgery which resulted in removal of limbs, she didn't let it stop her. She continued with her arts and crafts, coloring and even played bowling on the Wii all because of her faith and love for God. Alvenia lived her life to the fullest and will be sorely missed.

Ms. Alvenia Joyce Coleman departed this life on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Highland Nursing & Rehabilitation in Kansas City, Missouri.

She leaves to cherish her memory: two daughters, Eartha "Jeannie" Johnson (Jimmy) and Dana Warren; her mother, Marceline Lawson; companion of over fifty years, James Tolson; sisters, Ramona Newsom, Bertheia Williams (Harold) and Omega Tillman (Richard) and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Services for Ms. Coleman were held Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Floyd Sullivan officiating. Burial in Blue Ridge Lawn Cemetery.

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Mr. James R. Anderson, Jr.
Sunrise: November 11, 1928                    
                    Sunset: July 21, 2013

James Rubin Anderson, Jr. was born November 11, 1928, to James Rubin Anderson, Sr. and Marion Elizabeth Gray Anderson in Quindaro, Kansas. His parents; wife, Gladys; two brothers, Amos James and Curtis W. Anderson and one sister, Bernice Baker preceded him in death.

He was educated in the two Kansas Cities. James was a follower of Jesus Christ and was baptized in Big Eleven Lake in Kansas City, Kansas. James was a Veteran of the United States Air Force. He was employed by Swift Meat Packing Company for 44 years.

James was joined in holy matrimony with Gladys Blackwell for 65 years. To this union three children were born, Theodore (Nip), Janice M. and Reginald (Reggie). James loved to hunt and follow sports with his children and grandchildren.

Mr. Anderson departed this earthly life on Sunday, July 21, 2013.

He leaves to mourn his passing: two sons, Theodore Anderson and Reginald Anderson; daughter, Janice M. Anderson; four sisters, Nadine Epps, Inez Stewart (Hampton), Elizabeth “Roxie” Williams and Gwendolyn Stephenson (Earl); six grandchildren, James A. Anderson, Kevin A. Anderson, Jason J. Anderson, Melinda McClure, Henry Anderson and LaTrisha Anderson and a host of great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson and other relatives and friends.

Services for Mr. Anderson will be held 12:00 Noon Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor William F. Snorgrass officiating. Burial in Leavenworth National Cemetery Monday, July 29, 2013.. Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. until service time Saturday at the church.

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Mr. Flood Johnson, Jr.
"Buggy"

Sunrise: June 11, 1966                    
                    Sunset: July 21, 2013

Flood "Buggy" Johnson, Jr. was born June 10, 1966, in Kansas City, Missouri to the union of Flood Johnson, Sr. and Edith Marie Johnson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Johnson.

He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by the late Pastor A. L. Johnson at Zion Grove Baptist Church. Flood attended school in the Kansas City, Missouri Public School District and graduated from Central High.

Flood "Buggy" Johnson, Jr. died at home on Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Kansas City, Missouri. He will be deeply missed by all those that knew and loved him.

He is survived by his beloved parents, Flood and Edith Marie Johnson of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; two children, William Flood Johnson and Mashauna Bond of Kansas City, Missouri; two brothers, Michael Johnson of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Carl "Butchie" Johnson of Kansas City, Missouri; two special cousins, Mr. & Mrs. Kenny Harris of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.

Graveside services for Mr. Johnson will be held 3:00 P.M. Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Blue Ridge Lawn Cemetery.

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Mrs. Georgetta Donahue
Sunrise: January 19, 1923                    
                    Sunset: July 22, 2013

Georgetta Sayers Donahue was born to the union of Joseph Sayers and Sarah Simmons in Kansas City, Missouri January 19, 1923. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, three brothers, grandson, Marco Johnican Summers and a great-grandson, Gary T. Summers.

She confessed a hope in Christ and joined Gilbert Memorial A.M.E. Church under the pastorate of the late Rev. C. S. Timmons. She was a 1939 graduate of Lincoln High School and attended two years of Junior College.

Georgetta was united in holy matrimony to Charles Donahue. Five children were born to this union.

She was an active and faithful member of Gilbert Memorial A.M.E. Church serving as a steward, stewardess, president of the senior Usher Board and secretary of the church. Georgetta was also president of the ’73 Royals Social and Saving Club, secretary of her high school class and the United Usher’s Board. She was a domestic worker, Librarian and Medical Records employee before her retirement in 1988.

She loved and was very close to her children and grandchildren. Georgetta reached out and bonded with people that were of no relation to her. She comforted them in their time of need.

She departed this life on Monday, July 22, 2013.

She leaves to cherish her memory: three sons, Charles A. Donahue, Jr., Howard J. Donahue and Eugene O. Donahue; two daughters, Sara J. Smith Donahue-Bradford and Anita L. Matthews all of Kansas City, Missouri; thirteen grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren, twenty nine great-great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Services for Mrs. Donahue will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Gilbert Memorial A.M.E. Church with Pastor Brenda Smith officiating. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 A.M. until service time Saturday at the church.

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Mr. Antonious C. Davis
Sunrise: August 11, 1978                    
                    Sunset: July 25, 2013

Antonious C. Davis, 34 passed away at Research Hospital on Thursday, July 25, 2013. He was born August 11, 1978, to Brenda and Michael Davis. He lived and attended school in Memphis, Tennessee. He accepted Christ at an early age at Greater Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis. Later he moved with his family to Kansas City, Missouri. He was employed at Harold Pener’s Clothing Store. He also worked as a Lawn Care Assistant at True Green Lawn Care Services in North Kansas City.

Antonious loved his family and friends. He shared a special bond with his family. He enjoyed sharing special moments and memories while spending time with and caring for his family.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his son, Antonious C. Davis Jr. (Janessa Brown-Mom); his parents, Brenda and Michael; four brothers, Terrell E. Jones Memphis, TN, Cameron Davis, Daryl Ivey (Jackie) and Michael Davis, Jr.; two sisters, TaNisha Washington (Juan) and Audrey Jones and a host of family members and friends who love him.
Services for Mr. Davis will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 3, 2013, at New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church Dr. A. M. Howard, Pastor with Bishop Willie Culclager, Jr. of Victory Way Most High God Church officiating. Burial in XII Gates Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. until service time Saturday at the church.

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Mr. William Johnson, Jr.
Sunrise: March 9, 1919                    
                    Sunset: July 26, 2013

William Johnson, Jr. was born March 9, 1919, in Dumas, Arkansas to the union of William and Lovely Mae Johnson. He was the fourth child of seven children and the only son. He was preceded in death by both parents, a son, William Troy Johnson and six sisters, Teresa Davenport, Ruby Williams, Annie Mae Hardy, Lurendia Harmon, Wyesser Murphy and Mary Redus.

He was baptized at an early age at Almeda Baptist Church in Dumas. William attended public school in Dumas, Arkansas and joined the United States Navy on September 26, 1942, and was honorably discharged on November 24, 1945.

In 1942, he married Martha R. Purvis and to this union three children were born, William Troy, Winifred Kay “Winnie” and Walter Steven. This union was later dissolved. He later married Ollie Johnson, who also preceded him in death in 2001.

In June 1951, William moved his family to Kansas City, Missouri where he became a first cook at the Continental Hotel and later became chef. William was noted to be an outstanding cook and was recruited to work at numerous prestigious Kansas City Country Clubs to include: Oakwood Country Club, Leawood South Country Club and Milburn Golf and Country Club. He was known for his organizational skills in the kitchen and specialized in meats, soups and sauces. In his free time, William belonged to the Prince Hall Masons and the Ring Bearers Social Club.

On Friday, July 26, 2013, God called William home to rest at the home of his daughter who was his caretaker for the last ten years.

He was “pops” to those who cherish his memory: his daughter, Winifred Kay “Winnie”; son, Walter Steven (Debra); grandchildren, Theodore Johnson, William Travis Johnson, John W. Thomas, Jr., Keisa M. Johnson and Alex Steven Johnson; great-grandchildren, Jocelyn Cyrus, Ava Moore and Alena Porter; great-great-grandchild, Marcus Denton, III and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Services for Mr. Johnson will be held 12:00 Noon Monday, August 5, 2013, at Friendship Baptist Church Rev. James A. Terrance, Jr., Pastor officiating. Burial Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO. Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. until service time Monday at the church.

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Mr. U. L. Holmes
"Haystack"

Sunrise: June 22, 1934                    
                    Sunset: July 27, 2013

U. L. Holmes affectionately known to many as “Haystack” was born to the late Ulyci Holmes and Daisy Mae Winsor-Holmes. He was born June 22, 1934, in Bradley, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Alva Bernice Holmes, two daughters, JoAnn Bernard and Loretta Holmes, one son, Vernon Matthews Holmes; a grandson, Londell Holmes, four sisters, Pearlene Holmes-Johnson, R. L. Holmes-Callahan, Lela Mae Holmes and Elether Holmes and two brothers, Warner Lee Holmes and Eugene Holmes.

U. L. attended school in Bradley, Arkansas. As a child he enjoyed his friends and family and grew up in a community where they became the very essence of his life. “Haystack” was a giver and his love ones knew he worked hard and always gave to those who asked. For many years U. L. worked as a machine operator and repaired street lights and phone poles for Cimarron Electronics where her retired from at age 55.

He was well loved among his family and community and was known for his ability to work with his hands and make people laugh. Through years of hard labor, his skills and insight about life increased. Often being noted by his son as having a strong sense of “Mother Wit”, he spent many of his later years giving and receiving the Word of God from the Word of God Ministries Inc. Often reminiscing on his life, he shed tears of many precious moments.

U.L. Holmes was joined in holy matrimony to Alva Bernice Holmes.

On Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Research Medical Center Brookside Unit, God called U. L. Holmes home to eternal rest.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his son, Uluas Holmes (Eunice) of Kansas City, KS; daughters, Rosemary Holmes of Overland Park, KS, Ollie Holmes (Sterling) of Kansas City, MO, Daisy R. Holmes, Linda K. Holmes of Little Rock, AR and Dolly Matthews Holmes of Texarkana, AR and Sharon Perry of Shreveport, LA; nineteen grandchildren and twenty six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Eula Mae Holmes, Ollie Neil Holmes-Brown and Alberta Harris (George) all of Bradley, AR; one brother, Leon Holmes of Minneapolis, MN; three sisters-in-law, Betty Jewel Dedner of Magnolia, AR, Mary Rodman (Merrill) of Detroit, MI, Jerelene Epps (Keith); brother-in-law, Hubert Dedner and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and many friends.

Services for Mr. Holmes will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 3, 2013, at E. S. Eley & Sons Funeral Chapel North with Pastor Uluas Holmes officiating. Burial in Blue Ride Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. until service time Saturday at the chapel.

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