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Rohan Thompson

 
Rohan Thompson

Rohan Thompson was born to Marlene Hurd and David Thompson, on September 21, 1979, the oldest of two boys between both parents.   From the time of his birth Rohan bought joy and laugher into all our lives and the lives of others. Rohan was always up to something a prankster at heart, always mischievous. My grandmother Hyacinth Hurd can always he heard echoing the name “Coolie Boy” whenever he gives trouble or misbehave. “coolie Boi” was just one of Rohan’s pet names.

John Shewi as he was affectionately called, was a very shy person with a grin wide as the ocean and laughter as if he was a karate expert.

My relatives can be quite hilarious. As a boy growing up Rohan, and kirk Marline, eldest sister Dor son got into a fight. The two boys fight suh till dem tiad. Rohan could not take it anymore and ran to complained to his mother “Marline’. Marline went to Dor her eldest siter and said “Dor yuh si how yuh pickney beat up mi son”  Dor then replied “kirk don’t be cruel to dumb animals” Marline now surprised by what dor said responded “Dor a mi pickney ya call dumb animal” laughter then broke between both sisters. Even to date the two sisters laugh uncontrollably when they remember the incident.

Three cousins, Chantelle, Rohan, and Randy growing up all would attend the same primary school and of course john shewi father, who is pet name is Bunny. Bunny was known to us as the bike taxi that carried all three cousins to school and him mek four pan the little bike. Anyhow one evening, coming home from school we were stopped by a police officer. “why so many of you on the bike, I am going to lock you up. And of course, his shy son Rohan had nothing to say, but his cousin chantelle with tears wailed at the police “please affisah please nuh lock him up is mi cousin fada and a mi one uncle mi have” the affisah respond by saying “you lucky di likkle girl beg fi yuh and went his way.”

 

Rohan and his brother Randy attended the salvation army church in middle of downtown Kingston, Jamaica. The back bench in the church was owned by Rohan and his brother, Sunday dinner was always their propriety. They would be the first to get home from church.

If there is ever a Sunday that he decided on skipping church all cousins would follow, he was a leader of his pack. Since his migration not one of his pack members attended church

Rohan greatest legacy amongst today his four kids, wonderful gifts that he leaves behind, “being a father” was always top of his list. A nurturing father to all his kids, he always ensures that he was present in each of their lives. At his passing I had the opportunity of spending time with all, sadden by the impact that his death had on them individually brought me to tears. I can see that they had great love for their father.

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La'Sasha Xanariah Marie Estrada

La'Sasha Xanariah Marie Estrada

 

La’Sasha Xanariah Marie Estrada was born on April 23, 1989 in Willingboro, N.J. to André Bundy and Maria Empson. Sasha, as she was affectionately known, departed this life on April 20, 2021. At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ into her life and then became saved and baptized. 

 

Sasha was educated in the Willingboro School District then entered Iroquois Job Corps Center in Medina, N.Y. She relocated to Staten Island, N.Y. and later to Queens, N.Y. She was employed as a nursing assistant and home health aide caring for the elderly. 

 

Sasha was a beautiful, loyal, and loving person. As a child, she was the ultimate comedian, always playful, and full of energy. Her laughter was infectious and her spirit would light up any room she entered. If you needed anything, you could depend on her to provide it. She lived a vibrant life. 

 

As she transitioned into her adult life she stayed true to herself. Sasha has inspired many of us to be our authentic selves, reject the opinion of others, and live carefree. Her everlasting impact will be remembered and exemplified in the lives of those she leaves behind. Sasha was an extraordinary sister, daughter, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. 

 

Sasha will be forever remembered by André Bundy (father) Chevail Bundy (mom), Maria Bundy-Stephens (mother) Michael Stephens  (step-father), Kevin McDonald (dad). Her bonus moms: Samaka Empson, Genever Ball, Octavia Davis, and Carol Berry. Her auntie Darlene Samuel and her grandmother Lorraine Shaffer.  

 

Sasha will be celebrated by her sisters LaShia Bundy and LaShé Bundy, nephew Caiden Bundy, and her brother Jovan Ball. Special cousins: Brittany Empson, Shanika Samuel, and Danielle Samuel. She also leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins to cherish her memory.

 

La’Sasha now joins her beautiful Grandmother Hester Samuel, whom she adored.

 

La’Sasha’s family would like to give a special thank you to her New York family including Kevin McDonald, Octavia Davis, Carol Berry and best friend Kalimah Cotton, for accepting and protecting her. Also Tyra Collins and her job corps family. God bless us all.  

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Ollie M. Olidge

Ollie M. Olidge

Ollie M. Olidge, of Southampton , NJ passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Life Celebration services will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12 Noon at The Pauline B. Grant CME Church, 293 Ft. Dix Road, Pemberton NJ. Family and friends may view from 11 AM until time of service. Service to the family by TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, Burlington, NJ.  

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Bertha Mae Baker-Johnson

Bertha Mae Baker-Johnson

Bertha Mae Baker-Johnson of Willingboro, NJ was born June 6, 1941 in Baldwin County, Alabama.  She was the daughter of the late Elijah and Ida Mae Baker. She departed for glory on April 18, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Bertha loved everyone and had a quiet and gentle spirit.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her grand and great-grandchildren.  She also loved to travel; making several trips throughout the years to visit her sisters across the country. Bertha had a passion for reading, southern food, singing  hymns and shopping. Bertha was giving, nurturing and was a great listener to all.

In 1963 Bertha relocated to New York City where she began her career in healthcare.  Bertha was a hard worker who believed that anything worth having, was worth working for.  She worked hard in every aspect of her life, with her family, friends, co-workers, church and even strangers.  After 30 years of fulfilling service Bertha retired from Isabella Geriatric Center. During that time, she also served as a faithful member of Mount Zion AME church.  Upon retirement, Bertha relocated to Burlington, New Jersey to be near her loved ones.  Bertha joined Good Shepherd UMC where she served on several ministries until she was no longer physically able to serve. 

In addition to her parents, Elijah and Ida Mae, her second set of parents; Pelly Nell and Percy Montgomery and 7 of her 17 siblings, William Lee, Jackie, Robert Lee, Doris, Percy Lee, Annie, Isaac; and her son Andrew, all proceeded her in death. 

She leaves to cherish her memory 3 children Edward, Cinella (James), and Leveice; 3 sisters and 6 brothers, Clara (Laddie), Katie, Cynthia (Jimmy), Albert, Bennie (Josephine)Joseph, John, Charles and Leon; 4 grandchildren Shakia (Brandon), Edrika, Justin and Ciara; 5 great-grandchildren Samiyah, Kylie, Breyanah, Skylah, and Laila; a godson Russell (Sharon)and 3 special god grandchildren Tyrek, Tyrese, and Nisea, a special friend; Sara and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives, her church family and many dear friends.

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Roosevelt Barnett

Roosevelt Barnett

Roosevelt Barnett “Chic” departed this life April 9, 2022, under hospice care at Samaritan Hospice in Mt. Holly.  Born on November 1, 1936, in Newport, NJ to the late Arthur and Alfair Barnett, he was raised in Newport, NJ with his siblings.  “Chic” attended Newport Elementary School, graduating from Bridgeton High School in 1955, where he excelled academically and in track, basketball, and football as a wide receiver.  He enlisted in the US Airforce in 1955 and was a Radio Intercept Operator.  His tenure in the US Air Force allowed him to travel to Japan, California and Scotland, where he also played basketball.  He was honorably discharged and maintained the code of silence that was required for the highly classified nature of his service.

 

Chic had a diverse work history, retiring from Northeast Aluminum in 2007. He later aligned his expertise with Norman Auto Glass, where he continued to share his expertise and mentor the next generation of employees until he was hospitalized.

 

Chic enjoyed several hobbies that he also shared with his siblings.  He obtained his Ham Radio license in 1950 and shared that hobby his brothers “Wes” and Ed.  He had a love of fishing, “his summer sport”, which he shared with his brother Floyd, Sr.  Other hobbies included photography, which he shared with is nephews Floyd Barnett, Jr., Barry Barnett, Sr., and Darryl Barnett. He declared himself a “seasonal sports enthusiast” and could be found enjoying the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies games on TV!  He was the keeper of the Barnett history and regularly shared that and other historical knowledge with the next generation Barnetts.

 

After giving his life to the Lord in 2000, he became an active member of First Baptist Church of Willingboro; serving as an usher, supporting the Awana program and activities attached to grounds and building.  He could regularly be seen capturing church events thru the lens of his camera.

 

Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Shirlene Brown Barnett, and a stepson, Kermit Turner of Washington, DC.  He is survived by one sibling, Edward Barnett; two brother in-laws, O’Connel Brown (Peggy) and Gerald Brown; one sister-in law, Thelma Barnett; a host of nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews; cousins; and his God-children Mark and Patricia Carr.  He was predeceased by siblings: William “Lawrence”, Alphonse, Mansel, Floyd, Sr., John Wesley, Sr., Marjorie Barnett Pugh and Daniel. 

 

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  John 14:27

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Donald L. Carroll

Donald L. Carroll

Went to heaven on Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022 @ 3:37 PM at the age of 92.  

Donald was born to Mary Madeline Madison on January 20, 1930, in Germantown (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). He was baptized at the age of 16 by Reverend Jerimiah A. Wright, Sr.  Donald or Don as he was better known, was educated in the Philadelphia school system where he attended Germantown High School and graduated Valedictorian class of 1947. During his high school tenure, he met twenty young men who formed a Civic/Social Club called “The Falcons”. They remained close friends until their demise. He attended Penn State University where he was awarded a Scholastic and Athletic Scholarship.  Family circumstances required him to transfer to Drexel University, School of Chemical Engineering.  In 1951 Don served in the US Army Company C – 13th Armored Infantry Battalion and Officers Training Program.

On July 26, 1952, Don married Bessie Dolores Carroll, and to this union three children were born, Robyn Lynn, Craig Donald and Sharyn Kim. Being providers of the family, Don and Dolores worked diligently to give their children a proper upbringing. In 1964 “The Carroll’s moved from Philadelphia to Willingboro, New Jersey.

Don’s professional career started as a Chemical Engineer for RCA and landed at Rohm and Haas

where he retired in 1991. Prior to Don’s retirement he taught Advanced Mathematics at OIC and

tutored teens at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

 

Don was a “DIEHARD” Philadelphia sports fan Eagles, 76er’s and the Phillies all which in his

lifetime won the major prize.  Fun to Donald was attending all of “Donnie’s” Little League, JV,

Varsity and Collegiate baseball and football games.  As Dads watched from the sidelines

screaming, shouting, bragging, coaching and most important inspiring.

Those kids better WIN!   When the Grands came along “LIFE GOES FULL CIRCLE “you

would see Don on the sidelines “OH MY THERE HE GOES AGAIN!”. 

 

Donald joined his loving wife Dolores of 69 years and sister Clementine. Earl the younger of the

siblings holds onto the family legacy.  He leaves to cherish fond memories daughter Robyn, son

Craig (Evette), daughter Sharyn (Chuck), seven grandchildren Jarrett (Devin), Crystal (Hector), Jason, Ryan  (Ree), Terron (Niga), Shala and his angel Tiffany. Ten Great Grand Children, Cha’Nyah O’mari, Ja’mar, Ny’Jareae, Ja’heem, Aidyn, Addarren,  King and Isabella Tiffany. Nieces and nephews Norman Gregory, Aljami, Germaine, Ayanna, Daryl, Karen, Chuck, Marc, Scott, Donya, three surviving sister-in -laws Perquitta, Olga and Joyce and proceeding in death...Junee, Preston, and Yvonne.   

We would be remised if we did not mention the joy that his cousins, great nieces and nephews,

adopted family and other relatives and friends that called him Dad, Pop Pop or Uncle Donald

just like us.

 

Donald L. Carroll passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2022

Celebration of Life: Monday, April 18, 2022 11AM at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, 150 E. 2nd Street, Burlington, NJ. Family and friends may call from 10 AM until time of service. Interment: Lakeview memorial Park, Cinnaminson, NJ
Service to the family by the TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ.

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Michele C. Butler 

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Michele C. Butler

Michele C. Butler was born on June 11, 1953 in Burlington City, NJ 08016 to the late Calvin Butler and Geraldine Johnson. She joined her mother, father, and sister Quanda Johnson on April 8, 2022.

 

Michele worked at BCIT for over twenty years. She was loving, hard-working, committed, and creative. She always had a way of bringing a smile to you with a special card or a kind word. Michele also had a way of keeping her co-workers on their toes through tough love. 

 

Michele was a member of St.Mary's United Methodist church for over 50 years. She loved working on different programs at the church using her creative talents. She had  a love of God's word and wish to serve the Lord in multiple capacity until the Lord called her home.

 

Michele is survived by her three sons Kyle Lanier (Gina), Kareem Lanier, and Kim Lanier (Linda); siblings Ronald Butler, Blair Butler, Eric Butler, Kim Butler, and Debra Butler; Brother-in-law Kim Birt; Sister-in-law's Iris Butler, Carole Butler and a host of grandchildren, a great grandchild, nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Michele Cynthia Butler passed away on Friday, April 8, 2022. Celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022  11AM at the Saint Mary’s United Methodist Church, Saint Mary St., Burlington, NJ. Family and friends may view from 10 AM until time of service. Interment Oddfellows cemetery Burlington New Jersey. Services provided by the TL Hutton family and friends funeral services, Burlington New Jersey

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Thelma Louise Gilbert

Thelma Louise Gilbert

 

Thelma Louise Gilbert was born in Burlington, New Jersey on June 27, 1931 to the late Viola Hall and Raymond Telafair.  She was the eldest of three children.  On April 11, 2022 she departed this life to spend eternity with the Lord.

 

Thelma attended Burlington City Schools.

 

In 1965, she married the love of her life, the late Oscar (Eddie) Gilbert, Jr.   They were blessed with three children: Claudia, Benjamin, and Diana.

 

Thelma was employed at General Motors in Trenton, New Jersey and Wood Rivers in Riverside, NJ.  After her retirement at the age of 62, she became the babysitter for many of the children in the family and friends of the family.

 

As a young girl she accepted Christ as her Savior, was baptized and joined Second Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. W.I. Wright.  She loved the Lord and continued worshipping at Christ Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Fredrick C Johnson until her health started failing and she moved to California with her daughter. 

 

Living in California with Diana and her husband Jim was the highlight of her life.  She loved the warm bright sunshine and her son-in-law Jim.  He spent a lot of time with her and he always made her feel loved and special.  She said it was the best decision of her life.

 

Thelma was an avid reader and enjoyed spending hours with a good book.  She also was one of the Philadelphia Eagles greatest fans.

 

Her children said she would tell them “Always be true to your word.”  Claudia and Benny wished they had listened as well as Diana did.

 

She leaves to cherish her legacy, her children: Claudia and Benjamin Hall and Diana Russell-Milton and her husband James (Jim) Milton; her sister Shirley A. Diggs and her brother Theodore Diggs, Jr. and his wife Margaret and William Holmes whom she loved as a brother.  Her grandchildren: Monique Atkins, Talanda N. Dangerfield and William Russell 3rd and her great grandchildren: Sharmane, Aaron, Jasmine, Jaime, Zoey, Tyson, Khloe and William 4th and one great grandson Juan.  Special devoted honorary family members: Larry and Barbara Ann Grant, and daughters Tanisha and Talisha Grant, Rosie Bryant and Melonie Hall. Her favorite cousin Larry Hall, a life long friend, Lena McDaniels and a host cousins, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

 

Lovingly submitted,

The Family

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Edward Anthony Kemp

 
Edward Anthony Kemp

 

Edward Anthony Kemp affectionately known as “Eddie” was born on February 6, 1956, to the late Jackson William Kemp and the late Helen Hunt Kemp in Riverside, NJ.  He transitioned peacefully on April 20, 2022.

 

Eddie was loved by so many and impacted so many lives with his words of inspiration, encouragement and humor. He had a way of seeing what was underneath all the facades and get to the heart of the matter and see what was really going on.  Eddie spoke his mind at all times and held back nothing; but was so down-to-earth and had a way of making people feel comfortable to be themselves.

 

He was also a man of myriad talents and gifts whose handiwork can be seen in homes all throughout the area.  Another gift was his sense of humor – it could put a smile on the gloomiest face and leave the heaviest of hearts brighter.  Eddie was always there to help everybody AND anybody.  He was taken from us much too soon, but we know that he is now at peace and in the greatest of company. He leaves behind a host of family, friends and loved ones who will miss him so very deeply but will cherish his memory always.

 

Sincerely,

The Family

Service: Friday, April 29, 2022 1:00pm

T. L. Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services

869 Beverly Road Burlington, NJ 08016

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Sandra Louise Little

Sandra Louise Little

 

Sandra Louise Little was born on October 15, 1953 in Trenton, NJ to the late John Clarence Morris and Margaret Beatrice Morris.

Sandra attended the Ewing school system, where she played the clarinet throughout her high school years. She graduated from Ewing High School in 1972, and furthered her education by attending “The College of New Jersey”, formally known as Trenton State College. Sandra graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Sociology in 1976. Sandra became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Zeta Sigma Chapter at TCNJ.

Sandra began her career as a social worker when she became employed with “Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP)”, formally a Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) in 1976 – 1982.  She took a break to care for her family and worked at the Division of Advocacy for the Developmentally Disabled as a field representative.  In 1989, she continued her love of servicing families at Mill Hill Child and Family Development Center as a family coordinator. Throughout her career with the Division, she worked at various local Central Adoption offices which included: Hammonton, Camden North, and Burlington West. She returned to DYFS as a Family Service Specialist in Resource and Adoption, working from 1992 until her retirement in 2010.

While working at DCPP, Sandra met the love of her life, Edwin Wade Little, who worked with an agency contracted through the state.  They went on their first date at the McDonald’s in Ewing during their lunch break.  She would eventually encourage him to apply to the Division. They were married in December 1976 and from this union three children were born.  As you know, the rest is history.

Sandra had a passion for the Lord; families, especially her own; and reaching souls. In her early years she voiced how she aspired to serve as a nun but realized there was freedom in Christ.  She accepted Christ as her personal savior around 1979/1980, through a close friend. Ever since, with every listening ear she showed God’s love and ensured to share his word.  Each encounter with someone new, she made sure to plant a seed. She’d ask, “Do you know the Lord?”, “Do you have a church family?”, or “When was the last time you went to church?”

Sandra also volunteered at shelters and drove church vans to pick up kids and families. She served as an usher at Abundant Life Fellowship  Church she also attended Calvary Full Gospel and Living Faith. Sandra was currently a member of Fountain of Life Center in Burlington, NJ.

Sandra savored her quiet time with the Lord, enjoyed spending quality time with family, and appreciated seeing her family’s kind acts of service done to both her and others. She truly enjoyed and cherished the moments she shared in the presence of her family. Time by the river and/or the ocean were her delight. Sandra also loved to travel. Her most memorable trip was to Jerusalem.

Sandra L Little, oh Burlington Township, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022  10 AM at the Fountain of Life Center, 2035 Columbus Rd., Florence, NJ. Family and friends may call from 9 AM until time of service. Interment: Ewing cemetery, Ewing, NJ. Live stream at www.TLHuttonfuneralservices.com

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