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"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living" Marcus Tulliuis Cicaro
Nichole Shante Muse, "Nikky"

 

Nichole Shante Muse also known as Nikky was born on October 22, 1987 to Starlene Muse and the late William Ricks. She slipped quietly into God’s loving embrace on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

 

Nichole was educated in the Trenton Public School and also attended Burlington City High School. Nichole loved doing hair, nail design and tattoos.

 

Nichole was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Andrew J. Muse and Eleanor Muse.

 

Nichole’s legacy will live on in her children, Najee, Kevin, Noelle and Angel Muse. She is also survived by seven siblings, Tamara, Anthony, Arthur, William, Warren Muse, Anton and Monisha Pettway. Nichole leaves a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. Three special friends, Hamila Graves, Talayah Blakemore and Latoya Hearns 

 

Nichole’s Life Celebration Services will be held private to the family. Family and friends may participate in a walk through viewing Monday, October 5, 2020 11 am until 1pm at the TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ. All attendees must wear a mask to enter walk through.

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Stephanie V. Conway-Thomas

Stephanie V. Conway-Thomas a life-long resident of Burlington Township, NJ, went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Stephanie was born in Mt. Holly, NJ on November 20, 1958 to Fulton and Frances Conway. As a lifetime learner, she was educated in the Beverly City Public School, Palmyra High School, Glassboro State College with a BS degree in Home Economics and graduated Sum Cum Laude

Stephanie worked at Johnstone Training Center, Bordentown, NJ and continued her thirty-year career at New Lisbon Developmental Center, New Lisbon, NJ. She retired from the State of NJ as a developmental teacher.

Stephanie accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. She was a very spiritual woman and active member of St. Mary Street United Methodist Church for over fifty years. She served on several auxiliaries; Youth Advisor, Superintendent of Sunday School, President of the Mass Choir, President of United Methodist Women and a Trustee.

St. Mary Street UMC held many summer vacation bible school sessions which bought joy to many youths as well as Stephanie’s heart. Every year Stephanie extended love and care as she decorated the children’s Christmas Tree.

Stephanie met her husband Gerrod R. Thomas at Glassboro State College, who preceded her in death. From this marital union two children were born Stesha A. Thomas and Gerrod R. Thomas. Stephanie was a devoted mother and friend.

She loved Tyler Perry movies, “Word with Friends”, watching the Hallmark Channel, Soap Operas, singing for the Lord, keeping in touch with family and friends through Facebook, card writing and sending gifts.

She is survived by her daughter, Stesha of Burlington Township and son Gerrod of Wade, NC. Her mother Frances Conway of Beverly, NJ. Sister Gwen Brown (Clayton) of Stedman, NC and Brother Fulton Conway, Jr. (Darleen); and a host of Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She will be deeply missed by all who knew her as she had a very positive impact on their lives.

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Willie Norman Fryar

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Willie Norman Fryar was born in Clinton, North Carolina to the late David and Lillie Fryar on July 26, 1933.

Called Norman, by choice, he attended the Sampson County Schools in Clinton, NC and later served in the United States Army.

In 1958, Norman married Dorothy Hobbs and moved to Mt. Holly, New Jersey.  From their union they were blessed with three(3) children:  Eddie, Livi, and Michael.

Norman worked many jobs after moving to New Jersey but finally found his place at Walson Army Hospital in Fort Dix, New Jersey where he worked as a cook for 25 years.  At one point, he said he was ready to retire but he couldn’t just sit still so, he became the kitchen manager at Parkside Rehab in Moorestown, New Jersey.  When that facility closed, he worked for the Burlington County Action Program’s Daycare as a cook at their Willingboro location.  In 2000, he officially retired for a better paying job . . . working for the Kingdom of God!

Norman grew up knowing and loving the Lord.  He and his brother, David, were long-time members of the gospel singing group, The Nu-Tones. They both were members for 60 years and The Nu-Tones faithfully and religiously rehearsed in the dining room of David’s Mt. Holly home on Washington Street every Saturday night for years!  Norman, lead singer, and David, bass guitarist, would sing and shout and argue the entire rehearsal and routinely called on David’s children to settle their disputes by determining who was singing the right note.  Norman wrote two(2) songs for the group:  “I Can Do All Things” and “Homeless Soul”.

In his later years, Norman was blessed to find love again and married Lorita Odd and his family grew with the addition of Wanda, Wayne, Wesley, and Warren Odd.  The family joined St. Paul Baptist Church in Florence, New Jersey under the tutelage of Pastor Bowen who encouraged Norman to become a Deacon.  Norman loved his church family and worked where he was needed.

Faith, Family, and Fishing . . . Norman loved them in that order and he would share his faith with his family while fishing. 

Norman was predeceased by two(2) older sisters:  Sally Bell and Marie Fryar and four(4) brothers, Henry Jacobs, David Fryar, Amos Fryar, and Ronnie Fryar.  He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Lorita Fryar; daughters, Livi Fryar of Mt. Holly, NJ; Wanda Lewis (Lionel) of Willingboro, NJ; sons, Eddie Fryar of Mt. Holly, NJ; Michael Fryar (Marixsa) of Mt. Holly, NJ; Wayne Odd (Loretta) of Sacramento, CA; Wesley Odd (Lynette) of Sacramento, CA; Warren Odd (Wanda) of Florence, NJ; Godson Garry Daniels (Tonia) of Eastampton, NJ; his loving sisters, Dorothy Cunningham and Eula Pearl Herring of Clinton, NC; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.  

In lieu of flowers and in remembrance of Willie Norman Fryar, the family is requesting that donations be made to:

The Wilbur & Minnie Henry Scholarship Fund

c/o St. Paul Baptist Church, P.O. Box 182, Florence, NJ 08518

 

Deacon Willie Norman Fryar passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Virtua Memorial Hospital, Mt. Holly, NJ.

A Public walk through viewing will be held, Thursday, October 1, 2020 9AM until 11AM at the St. Paul Baptist Church, 450 Eyre Street, Florence, NJ. Celebration of his Life will follow at 11AM for family and Church officials. Interment: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Clinton, NC.  

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Marla Sperruzzio

Marla Sperruzzio ,a loving mother, cherished grandmother, beloved aunt, precious sister and loyal friend entered eternal life peacefully on sept 10 2020.

 

Marla sperruzzio was born April 26th 1969 in New York even though she grew up in north Bergen nj where she had some many good time and beautiful memories. Marla had 3 kids and 1 grandson. Patrick sperruzzio ( the oldest ) rasheene hollowell and tanaysia Murphy ( the daughter she wanted so bad) And the one grandchild that she waited her whole life for Raiden pj sperruzzio. She was truly a amazing mother. Even though she only had 3kids and 1 grandson, seem like she had way more then that the way she feed, provide, care and love all her childrens friends and kids. She was a mother and grandma to many love ones.

 

She will be remembered and missed  for many things. Her sense of humor was like no other and she could always make u laugh . She was so kind hearted and caring for other,  she treated everyone like they was family no matter who it was her home was always open to you if u needed something or a place to stay. And if you was at her house you always ate good! One of her great talents , cooking, anyone would vouch on that. But the greatest talent that god gifted her with was spreading love.

 

After giving birth to her daughter , Marla started having a lot of health issue which lead her handicapped in a wheelchair. Marla was a strong women and a fighter, so for the past 6 years all she been going to physical therapy to walk and dialysis, fighting just to walk again. But there was always something trying to bring her down. Things might have been limited for her but her kids always made it the best of what she had. Patrick and rasheene was always close and her protector/ providers, caretaker, the ones she could always count on to be there physical and mentally . And tanaysia , her heart and joy , who is always there to hear her talk about what ever she wanted , the reason why Marla was such a fighter.

 

If Marla was screaming at the tv, it had to be 2 reason , either wrestling on or football/basketball on. She is a huge Roman rage fan and straight die heart Dallas cowboys fan all her life. When ever they were playing, she was betting for them to win. She loved playing uno, Up for hours with her son Patrick and his friend playing. And can’t forget about going to bingo every Monday night .

 

Even though Marla not here with us no-more she made it to what she wanted to see in life the most, and that was to see n hold her first grandchild. I don’t think nothing made her more happy until her his in her arms. Now that she had got that felling , she won’t have to suffer no-more which she is flying in heaven with the rest of her family and god. She will always be love and missed , never forgotten.

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Deacon Charlie A. Locker, Sr.

Charlie A. Locker, Sr. was born to Melvin C. Locker and India Flora Locker on May 26, 1932, in

Norfolk County, VA. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized at Mt.

Lebanon Church in Bells Mill, VA. Charlie graduated from high school and married his high

school sweetheart, the late Clara M. Locker. From this union there were three children: Clarice,

Margaret, and Charlie Jr.(“Butch”, deceased). Charlie transitioned from this life on September

21, 2020.

Charlie began serving in the United States Air Force in 1952. During his career, he was

stationed at Cape Canaveral, FL, Dover AFB, DE, Otis AFB, MA, and Mcguire AFB, NJ. His

overseas deployment included Japan, Guam, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. He retired in 1972

after 20 years of service.

Charlie was then employed by Audubon Electronics which became Cable Systems, then NYT

Cable, Garden State Cable, and finally, Comcast. He retired from Comcast after 27 years. He

later worked for Wills Bus Service in Lumberton, NJ.

After his retirement from the USAF, Charlie rededicated his life to the Lord and became a

faithful member of Second Baptist Church in Mount Holly, NJ, where he was ordained as a

deacon. Charlie’s hunger for more knowledge of the Word of God prompted him to enroll in

Philadelphia College of Bible. Charlie was very active in Sunday School and became

Superintendent. He later was President of the Burlington County Church School and B.T.U.

Congress. He also served faithfully as the Treasurer at Second Baptist.

Charlie was dedicated and loyal to whatever task he was given. However, teaching was his

passion. Charlie loved to be surrounded by his family and friends and was known for his

backyard bar-b-ques.

Charlie leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters Clarice Rorie(John) and Margaret

Crawford(Winston); one brother, Clarence Locker(Theresa) of Virginia; one grandson, David

Locker(Christina); one great granddaughter, Aliana; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Nixon of North

Carolina and Virginia Hurdle of Virginia; one brother-in-law James Thomas(Frances) of Virginia;

one Goddaughter Naomi Threadgill, a very special, loyal, and faithful friend, Deacon Willie

Wimbery, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Duane Edwards

Duane Edwards was born August 18, 1949 in the small coastal town of Port Lavaca, TX.  He was welcomed as the first son and second child of Florida and Oscar Edwards. 

He attended public schools in the Calhoun County ISD. After graduating high school, Mr. Edwards enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country for 20 years.  While serving in the Air Force as an Aircraft Loadmaster Sergeant, numerous honors were bestowed upon him:  Air Force (AF) Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, AF Outstanding Unit Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster, AF Good Conduct Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship ribbon with one Bronze Star, USAF NCO Professional Military Education and several other awards that are documented in his official record.  He was a dedicated serviceman in every endeavor and always strived for excellence.  After retiring from the Air Force, he went to work at Garden State Youth Correctional Facility as Senior Corrections Officer in Yardville, NJ and retired after 10 years. 

 Duane was just like his Dad—he never met a stranger.  You could talk to him and you knew that he was the real deal.  He created loving memories for his family and friends.  The children loved their “Pop”. Even though he could be stern, they knew that he loved them. Duane was also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan which sometimes was a bone of contention between him and his buddies; however, he said they would get over it. 

On Saturday, September 19, 2020, at the age of 71, the Lord called His son home.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters--Joan Carol Edwards and Birdie Marie (Candy) Chandler.  Cherishing his memories are his loving wife of 25 years Kyle Edwards; four daughters—Venus Edwards, Browns Mills, NJ; Christie (Lance) Johnson, Willingboro, NJ; Toni (Lester) Goffney, Browns Mill, NJ; Tasya (Micheal) Beck, Burlington, NJ;  two sons—Keno (Erica) Gonzalez, Burlington, NJ, and  James K.(Latashia) Edwards; four siblings:  two sisters—Brenda Barnes, Houston, TX and Gail (Henry) Davis, Corpus Christi, TX; two brothers—Bruce (Pam) Edwards, Victoria, TX and Vaughn Edwards, Victoria, TX; 14 grandchildren  and a host of  nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Celebration of his Life services will be Private to the family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a walk through viewing Monday, September 28, 2020 from 10AM to 12 noon at Fountain of Life Center, 2035 Columbus Rd, Florence, NJ.

Interment: BGWCD Veteran Memorial Cemetery, 350 Province Line Road, Arneytown, NJ.  Service to the family by TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, Burlington.

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John Wesley Lee Jr.

John Wesley Lee, Jr. was born on November 25, 1942, in Durham, North Carolina to his loving parents the late Minnie Louise Lee (Alston)  and John Wesley Lee, Sr.  He was the oldest of seven siblings.

   
Jay, as he was affectionately called, accepted Christ at a young age. He was educated and graduated from the Durham Public School System.  He continued his education at North Carolina Central University until he was drafted into the United States Army.  Jay served in Asmara, Ethiopia as a Physical Activities Specialist and was honorably discharged in 1970.  He held several jobs over the years and provided for his family.

 

Jay and Madonia grew up together in Durham until her family moved to Mt. Holly, New Jersey in 1955. They reconnected in 1961 when Jay moved to Mt. Holly to live with his Aunt Annie Bell Lee.  They married on December 28, 1964, and from this union were born John Wesley, III and Donna Louise.  

 

Jay was a faithful member of the Second Baptist Church in Mt. Holly, NJ for over 35 years.  He served the church as Chairman of the Deacon Board, President of the Baptist Training Union (BTU), member of the Men’s Chorus, Sunday School, Evangelism Team Member, and was a part of the Prayer Warriors Ministry.  Jay loved getting and distributing “Our Daily Bread” devotionals.  Outside of church, he was a member of various community organizations, such as the Deacons Fellowship of Burlington County, the Githens Center, and served on the PTA for Mt. Holly and Westampton Township Schools for several years.

 

Jay enjoyed spending his free time bowling, fishing, and was an avid golfer.  You could always find him out at a restaurant after church for Sunday dinner with his family dressed to the nines in his suits and dress shoes.   He enjoyed watching sports and debating with John on who the best teams were and who would win the Super Bowl, Word Series, or the NBA Championships.   Everyone who knew Jay knows that his favorite sayings were “never better” or “I won’t complain cause it only makes you feel bad” when asked how he was doing.  We can now say that when he is asked again he will truly be “never better” resting in heavenly paradise.

 

On September 16, 2020, at 8:10am Jay was called home by God to join his mother; baby brother Stanley and a host of family and friends. We know they were all waiting with open arms to welcome him through the pearly gates.  Jay leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 55 years, Madonia Lee; two sons, Entillio Harlee (Angela)  and John Wesley Lee, III;  daughter, Donna Louise Ellis (Edwin), and daughters in love  Joyce Wakefield  and Lashawn Johnson (Alfred); four brothers, Freddie (Sharon), Ronald (Patricia), Thomas, and Steven; one sister, Martha Ann;  seven grandchildren, Teah (Eugene), Aniya, Diante, Darrius, Yarmani, Aryelle, Brielle, Olivia, and Laila; two great grandchildren Demetrius and Peyton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Lovingly Submitted,

The Family

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Nicole M. Taliaferro

Nicole Michelle Taliaferro (age 45), of Mount Laurel, NJ died peacefully on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, NJ surrounded by her parents Harold and Rita Taliaferro.

Nicole was born at Zurbrugg Memorial Hospital and was a long-time resident of Willingboro, NJ. 

 

As a lifetime learner, she was educated in the Willingboro School District. Nicole earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Montclair State in Montclair, NJ and later attended Rutgers University where she earned her master’s degree in Public Health.  Nicole worked various jobs, prior to becoming an employee of the State of New Jersey.  Nicole happily worked at the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) as an employee of the Child Health Unit since 2008.

 

Nicole had many loves, but her first love, was her love for God. Nicole was first introduced to the Lord at Delaware Valley Baptist Church in Willingboro, NJ and was baptized at the young age of eight-years-old.  As an adult, she later joined Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington, NJ. In 1997 Nicole joined Delta Sigma Theta, (Delta Zeta Chapter) on the campus of Montclair State in Montclair, NJ.  After graduating, she joined the Rancocas Valley Alumnae Chapter in Willingboro, NJ.  It was here that she was fiercely involved in the work of Delta.  Nicole was a dedicated worker on many committees in Delta. She served as the Chair of the Delta Gems, Delta Academy, and Heritage and Archives. She was a member of the Fundraising Committee, the Social Action Committee, the Minerva Circle, Program Planning and Development, and she was most recently appointed by the immediate past Eastern Regional Director to serve as the Co-Chair of the Eastern Region Collegiate Connection. 

 

Nicole was diagnosed at six months of age as having sickle cell anemia but didn’t have her first crisis until age 18.  Nicole was a sickle cell advocate and even conducted sickle cell talks/lectures to promote awareness, giving her the moniker of Sickle Cell Warrior.  In 2019, she was awarded Warrior of the Year from the Princess Leah Chapter No. 23 in Bordentown, NJ for her work with sickle cell advocacy.

 

Nicole will be remembered for the love and care she provided to her daughter, her infectious smile, her strength, her zeal for life, and her passion to help others.

 

In her spare time, Nicole could be found traveling.  Some of the many countries she’s visited included, London, Belgium, Italy, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Turks and Caicos and various islands in the Caribbean.  Unbeknownst to many, Nicole had an adventurous spirit and could found zip-lining, skydiving, riding horses, roller coasters and any other adrenaline-based activities.

Nicole is survived by her daughter Aaliyah Bratcher of Adelphi, MD, her parents Harold and Rita Taliaferro of Willingboro, NJ, her brother Greg Taliaferro and sister-in-law Cinzia Taliaferro of Verona, Italy, her brother Cliff Taliaferro and sister-in-law Rose Taliaferro of Mexico City, Mexico; nieces and nephews Alex, (Kayla), Alyssa and Xavier Taliaferro, Aunt Juanita Bass and Cousin Jason Bass of Freeport, NY;  Cousin Tyrone Forte of Cambria Heights, NY who serves as her daughter Aaliyah’s godfather; and a host of family in Baltimore, MD, Newport News, Virginia, Smithfield, VA; Sorority Sisters and a myriad of friends near and far. Nicole will be dearly missed.

 

In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to the Sickle Cell Anemia Resources, Inc., 117 Harrington Circle, Willingboro, NJ 08046 and/or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 220 East 42nd Street, Suite 435, New York, NY 10017.

 

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Kenneth R. Archie

January 9, 1957  -  September 9, 2020

 

Kenneth R. Archie was born January 9, 1957 in Marlin Texas to parents Edward L. Archie Sr. and Elizabeth J. Williams. He was the second child of this union.  Kenneth began his elementary education in Heidelberg, Germany. He completed is secondary and High school education in Hainesport NJ and Mt Holly. Receiving his H.S Diploma at Rancocas Valley Regional H.S, Mt. Holly NJ in 1977. Kenneth proceeded with his education and attended Burlington County Community College majoring in accounting.

Kenneth liked to travel and has worked and resided in several states including California, Georgia, Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He retired from John Hopkins University, Baltimore MD in April 2020.   

Kenneth and his Life Partner Clarence McKinney shared a great life together until Clarence passing Jan 9, 2016.

Kenneth’s smile and zest for life was contagious. His thirst for knowledge, loving, and caring personality touched so many lives.

  • Parents both deceased

  • Brothers: Edward L Archie Jr. –deceased, Nate Wakefield(Grace), Earl Wakefield, Andre A. Wakefield(deceased),

  • Sisters: Veverly Wakefield, Tanya Williams

  • Nephews: Andre L Wakefield, Steven L Baker Jr., Christian Mason, EJ Wakefield, William Wakefield.

  • Nieces: Doris Mason, Teah Wakefield-Wiggins(Eugene), Angelina Wakefield, Monique Wakefield, Zaniah Williams Elizabeth Wakefield, Alexia Wakefield

 

Host of great nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends.

 

Kenneth will truly and whole heartily be missed….Gone but never ever forgotten.

 

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Frances E. Matthews

Celebration of life for Frances E. Matthews

Sunrise June 4th 1926 - Sunset September 9th 2020

 

 

Her life story: Frances E. Matthews was born June 4th 1926 to the late Cletis Brown Hinton, reared by the late Minnie and Boyd Wright. Frances accepted God as her savior at a very young age. She was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. She worked in the textile industry as a seamstress. In the late fifties as a single mother with her daughter Priscilla, Frances met and fell in love with the late Herbert Matthews. Married Frances and Herbert added to that union two more children, Ronald and Linda. As a widow in the seventies Frances moved her family from Philadelphia to Willingboro, New Jersey. She worked at New Lisbon Developmental Center until her retirement in 1990. Frances was a phenomenal cook but she was a master baker, her cakes and pies were legendary. As a seamstress she was second to none. Frances Matthews lived a full life 94 years young. She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was called home to be with God our Father on September 9th 2020.

 

Frances leaves to cherish her memory three children Priscilla Heard, Ronald Matthews, Linda Matthews; five grandchildren: Jessica Matthews, Christopher Burwell, Gabrielle Matthews, Lauren Burwell, Ashley Burwell; three great-grandchildren: Jalen Rollerson, Mya Burwell, Isabella Lynch; two sisters, Carolyn Brown and Brenda Duren (Mark); two brothers Donald Brown and Isaac Brown, (Barbara) along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

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Wilbert "Van" Evander Dixon

In Loving Memory of Wilbert “Van” Evander Dixon

 

On Sunday, September 6, 2020 due to natural causes after a five-year battle with cancer, Van, father of three, passed away at age 71. 

Born June 13, 1949, he was the second of three sons born to parents of Carl and Henrietta Dixon. Though born in Darlington, South Carolina, Van spent most of his time residing in Burlington and Willingboro, New Jersey.  He met his wife Linda Czaplicki in Burlington and married in 1972. Together they stressed the importance of family, education, and most importantly Christian values.  Van stayed close to home and took care of his parents and family members during times of illness and always remained by his parents’ side. He also extended his time parenting and fostering less fortunate youth providing a home and teaching them life skills.

Van described himself as a “Jack of all trades but a master of none”. In addition to maintaining a full-time job since graduating high school, Van was a self-taught DIY-guy who painted and spackled, installed dry-wall, flooring, and even did electrical wiring. He was an avid reader and movie fan but most of all he loved cars and could fix any automobile that appeared in his driveway especially any Shelby Cobra Mustang; his favorite. He returned to school at the age of 63 to get a certificate to pursue his dreams of auto body repair at Pennco Tech and add to his list of skills.

Everyone knew Van as a calm even-tempered funny guy. He was always positive and so easy to talk to, offering words of encouragement and wisdom to many. With a calm voice, he always had a sarcastic but funny comment to make and big smile that would light up the room.  Nothing was impossible and no one was undeserving.

Van leaves a legacy of temperance, unconditional love for his family, generosity for those in need, and a demonstration of healing and a faith in our Lord  and Savior Jesus Christ.

Van is survived by three children, Kya, Ryun, and Kyanda, four grand children Xavier, Nathaniel, Kayla and Kaius, one  great-grandson Dameere,  mother, Henrietta, brother of Carl (Marie), sister,  Bertha and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Van was preceded in death by his wife, Linda, father, Carl, and brother, Charles. He will be greatly remembered and never forgotten. A Public walk through viewing will be held, Saturday, September 19, 2020 10AM until 11AM at the TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ Graveside service will follow at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Burlington, NJ.

 

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Earl Leroy Johnson

Earl Leroy Johnson, 84, of Willingboro, New Jersey, passed away at Care One-Evesham on September 9, 2020.

 

Earl was born on March 4, 1936 to parents Lloyd Chester Carter and Mattie Victoria Johnson, in Newtown, Pennsylvania.  He attended the Newtown Public School District where he played football and baseball.

 

After graduating high school he served in the Army for several years.

He worked as a supervisor with Rhom and Haas (currently known as Dow Chemical Company) in Bristol, PA, where he served for over 25 years.

 

He attended services at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington, NJ.

 

Earl was a passionate craftsman who loved being with his family and friends.  He enjoyed gardening, landscaping, fishing, hunting, playing golf, fixing things and traveling the world.

 

Earl is predeceased by his father Lloyd, and his mother Mattie and wives, Emily Johnson and Dorothy Cobb-Johnson.  He is survived by daughters, Denise Williams (NJ), Terri Johnson (NJ),  Deborah Johnson (NJ), step-children James Huntley (California), Tonya Huntley (Hawaii), Troy Cobb (Georgia), son-in-law El Williams (NJ), sister Hazel Moore of (Virginia), former wife Thelma Johnson, (NJ), grandchildren; Rashaan, Renauld, Charde, Charae, great-grandchildren; James and Keyshaan, close cousins Ron Hathaway, Don Dingle;  and a host of in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

 

Special thanks to Brookdale Senior Assisted Living for Dementia/Alzheimers for their support and services.

 

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Clifford Lee Harris, Sr.

Clifford Lee Harris, Sr., known to friends as "Shea" was born to HL "Harry" and Beulah Lee (née Pace) Harris on April 25, 1931 in Florence, NJ. When Beulah passed away in 1934, Shea was raised by his stepmother Odessa Harris, whom he called "mom". He was called home to the Lord on September 9, 2020.

 

Shea graduated from Florence Township High School in 1949. It was his skill as a baseball pitcher that earned him the nickname "Shea" after New York Yankees pitcher, Frank Shea.  After high school, he served in the US Marines Corp for X years. He married Margaret ("Peggy") Taylor on April 18, 1953 while stationed in Memphis, TN.   The pair enjoyed a 67-year union. For over 25 years, Shea worked as a foreman at the Fort Dix ammunition depot or "mag." He often worked seven days a week and received numerous accolades for his work.

 

In retirement Shea became a man of leisure. He purchased a van and took many trips with his family. Two of his favorite destinations were East Chicago, IL and Gary, IN where he would visit his beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. He also enjoyed visiting his nephew, Joel Burns in South Dartmouth, MA. Shea was very fond of his "pogey bait" (snacks), chair, news and Philadelphia sports. Depending on the season, you could find him on weekend afternoons "encouraging" the Phillies or Eagles from his chair. 

 

He found Christ at a young age. For over 20 years, he and Peggy were members of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington, NJ. They prided themselves on being active members and participating in Bible study even when she copied answers from his Bible study homework. When he became unable to attend services in person, he spent time everyday reading and meditating on the Bible. Shea would often say, "the good Lord has smiled on me."

Celebrating his life and legacy are: his son Clifford Harris, Jr. and daughter Yvonne ("Leslie") Harris, granddaughters Aminah Harris, Alisha Laws, great grandson Riley Laws, cousin Edmund Cox, whom grew up in the same household and remained close throughout his life, as well as many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and buddies.

 

Private Family Services were held Monday, September 14, 2020. A Public walk through viewing will be 10 Am until 11AM at The TL Hutton Family & Friends, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington NJ: Interment: Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, NJ

 

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Vernon Albert Franklin Williams

FEBRUARY 7, 1936 to SEPTEMBER 5, 2020

Vernon Albert Franklin Williams was born on February 7, 1936 in Sharps, VA and was son of Mrs. Celia Levere and Mr. Matthew Williams.    Mrs. Celia Levere later married Mr. Taylor Tate after the passing of Mr. Matthew Williams.

 

He was educated and raised in Warsaw, VA and Baltimore, MD.  He joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 years old.  On August 22nd, 1958 he married Catherine Harper of Greenville, NC and this marriage was blessed with two daughters and a son.

 

He did a tour of duty in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1968.  He was stationed at Cherry Pointe and Camp Lejeune, NC, Quantico, VA and multiple stateside duty stations.  He did tour of duty in Okinawa, Japan several times. He did independent duty at the Trenton Reserve Station, in Trenton, NJ.

 

He retired from military service honorably after 20 years of service with distinguished medals and honors.   After he retired from Military Service, his second career was a Foreman of the Motor Transport Squadron at McGuire AFB from September 1974 to February 1991 where he  also served as a shop steward for the Union prior to becoming a Foreman.

           

He was a dutiful son, brother, husband and father and always provided for his family.  He was a proud, tough Marine Gunnery Sergeant to the end (Semper Fi do or die)

           

He will dearly  be missed from his family for his wit and wise sense of humor and playing jeopardy every evening at 7 PM and his stern words of advice whether we wanted to hear it or not. “We’re going to miss you Daddy because your one of a kind!”

           

He leaves behind his wife Catherine Williams of 62 years, his children; Linda Elaine Harris, Vernon Charles Williams, Karen Flowers, his son-in law; Doctor Lonnie C. Harris, his four grandchildren Charlene Williams, Leah Harris, Charles Williams and Daniel Williams, his sister; Celia Williams, his sister in law; Sylvia Williams, nieces; LaDawn Williams and Rosiland Williams, nephew; Craig Williams, and host of family and friends.                                                                                

 

Then shall the dust return to the ground as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.        -Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV)

 

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Grace Collette Nugent

Grace Collette Nugent was born on June 4,1957, in Jamaica, West Indies, to Verona Miles and Benjamin Nugent. She migrated to the United States at the age of  five. She was raised in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, New York, where her family settled.

At an early age, Dr. Grace excelled academically. She attended St. Joseph's  Catholic School, and completed  her secondary education at Prospect  Heights High School. She graduated with a Regents Diploma, and was awarded The Governor's Scholastic Achievement Award for academic excellence. Dr. Grace began her college education  at Marymount  Manhattan  College, and finished at Long Island University, Brooklyn Center, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and a Minor in Anthropology.  Dr. Grace pursued her graduate education at Long Island University, and completed  a Master of Science Degree in Medical Microbiology. She furthered  her education at The Medical College of Pennsylvania, where she received a Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1989, and was given the prestigious Clifford Leadership Award for outstanding  service and academic achievement. Her graduation  from medical school, was a very proud moment  for her mother, and her entire family.

Dr. Grace had an extensive work career, which spanned over thirty years, as a Medical Internist.  She began by completing  her residency in Internal  Medicine, with a concentration in Primary Care, at Cooper University Hospital, in Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Grace went on to work in several other facilities; Henry J. Austin Medical Center of Trenton,  New Jersey, Southern Jersey Family Medical Center of Hammonton, New Jersey, and Parkside Medical Associates of Trenton,  New Jersey. Dr. Grace later pursued a governmental career in Correctional  Medicine. She served as Medical Director at New Jersey State Prison, and a Staff Physician at Fort Dix Veterans Administration, Outpatient Clinic. Further in her career Dr. Grace worked for CFG Health Systems in various county correctional facilities, as Medical Director. Most recently she worked for Camp Health and SETO  Medical Providers.

Often called upon for medical advice by family and friends, Dr. Grace was always willing to share her knowledge, to improve the lives and health of those around her, and in her community. She started her own business called Therapon, through which she offered  natural healing products, and other health resources. She conducted  seminars and served as a knowledge resource at numerous  health fairs and community-based  forums  focused on: AIDS awareness, community outreach, natural health, nutritional health, faith and healing.

Aunt Grace, as many in her family called her, was a great support  to her family members. She played an integral role in helping to raise her nieces and nephews. Aunt Grace was a very strict aunt, and helped to teach discipline and life skills, such as cooking, budgeting, and table etiquette, to name a few. Most importantly, Aunt Grace instilled the fear of God in her family, and ensured that they received salvation. In this regard, her legacy of  faith will continue to live on through  them.

Dr. Grace was an awesome woman of God, who served The Lord out of a pure and sincere heart. After relocating to Mt. Laurel, she joined Christian Faith Assembly Church, in 2002, under the pastorate of  the late Apostle Dr. Maurice Randolph Sr. She had been an active member of  the church for over eighteen years. She served on the Usher Board, a member of the Sanctuary Choir, the Prayer Warrior Ministry, a member of the Prayer Counseling Team, The Support Team, the Women's Counseling Network, and a consultant  to the Nurse's Unit, as well as all who reached out to her for medical guidance.

Dr. Grace had an amazing and strong personality. She walked in a spirit of excellence and gave God the best of her service. She was a woman of great faith, and trusted  God implicitly for every need in her life. Phenomenal, doesn't begin to describe the vast knowledge and unique character of  Dr. Grace. She was an outstanding physician! Absolutely amazing in the vastness and depth of her knowledge of medical science. She always made herself available to anyone who sought help in dealing with physical challenges. Those who received her wisdom, were blessed by the medical knowledge she so willingly shared. She was such a wonderful person. She was so kind and considerate, full of compassion,  and extremely devoted to her family and loved them deeply. She was also devoted to her Pastor, church family and friends.

Dr. Grace was very generous. She would go out her way to meet the needs of others. She was multitalented and could speak on almost any topic with great intelligence. She was a gourmet  cook, a seamstress, a home mechanic, and was extremely knowledgeable in electronics and computer  science. She had three neighbors, whom she loved dearly, and they shared many great times together. There was "Bella" her cat, whom she absolutely adored and spoiled beyond words. And there was her very best friend, whom she shared her life and they walked close in the service of the Lord. Dr. Grace left an indelible imprint in the hearts of all who knew her, and her legacy will never be forgotten! She will be greatly missed.

Dr. Grace was preceded in death by her mother, Verona Miles, and her father, Benjamin Nugent. She leaves to cherish her memory, two sisters; Fay and Burnetta  (Dennis); one aunt, Merline (Kitty); one uncle; Dougie; four nieces; Orphia, Camille, Kimberly and Lisa; three nephews; Adrian, Ricky and Gary; eleven cousins; Ingrid, Bridgette, Lavern (Bubbles), Carl, Kingsley, Gurnell  (Gem), Daphne, Gem, Stacy, Kerry Ann (frudy), Carla; and a host of other cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews  and great friends that she called family

 

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