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Octavius Darnell Williams (Buddy)

 

Octavius Darnell Williams (Buddy), was born November 1, 1987 in Trenton, NJ to Novell Williams & Timothy Leach. Buddy was raised in Beverly where he attended the Beverly school system. He received his High School Diploma from the State of NJ in May of 2013. 

 

Octavius later moved to Willingboro, NJ with his wife Talvis Williams, which he married in May 2018. He was then employed by his cousin Tony Morgan and also, with Wayfair Warehouse. He had big dreams and set goals to help revitalize Beverly. He was very athletic and loved to play sports and stay active. He played on an annual city league basketball team with his boys, When it comes to dancing and keeping things going or cooking on the grille, He was your guy!!  Buddy was such a positive energy and he was well loved by many!! He will truly be missed...

 

Octavius is survived by his wife Talvis Williams, Five children (Octavia, Nevaeh, Octavius Jr, Ezekiel, & Israel). Mother & Step father (Dwayne & Novell Boone), Step-father & Step-mother Darin & Rose Burgess, father Timothy & Roz Leach. Grandparents Ricardo & Toni Williams and Mr. & Mrs. Leach. Brothers (Corey, Tim Jr, Henry, & James) sisters (Shakira & Timmia) a wonderful Mother in law Deirdra Ealy. Also, a host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, nieces and nephews & Close Friends.

 

Octavius passed away on Friday, October 23, 2020. Life Celebration service will be private to the family. Family and friends may participate in a walk through viewing, Saturday, November 7, 2020 10AM until 12 noon at the TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ. Masks must be worn.

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Ms. Shirley Ann Bryant-Greene

 

Ms. Shirley Ann Bryant-Greene the daughter of the late William and Julia Bryant was born in Council, North Carolina January 27, 1939. Her relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ began as a youth at the Carvers Creek A.M.E. Zion Church in Council.

Shirley was true to one of her favorite songs: “If I can Help Somebody”, because she was a compassionate caregiver to many.  Her other favorite songs were “Order My Steps, “I Won’t Complain, and “How Excellent is Thy Name”.

 

Shirley was educated in the Bladen County School System of N.C.  She graduated from East Arcadia High School in 1957, before relocating to New York where she continued her education at Manhattan School of Technology.  Before taking a job at New York Telephone Company, she worked in the field of medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and Hillcrest General in Flushing, New York.

 

Shirley continued her spiritual growth at Rush Temple A.M.E.  Zion Church under the watchful care of the late Rev. Dr. Eldridge Gittens in New York.  Shirley was a faithful and diligent member at Rush Temple for over 10 years.  During her 10 years there, she was a member of class #9, secretary to the Quarterly Conference, secretary to Heads of all Auxiliaries, Treasurer of the first Young Adults Choir, member of the “Y” (Young Women Missionary Society) and modeled for various organizations’ fashion shows. In 2004, Shirley was honored as a Woman of Great Faith Empowered to do God’s will, by the women of Rush Temple.

 

When Shirley relocated to Burlington, New Jersey, she continued her career at New Jersey Bell, where she retired in 1996.  She joined the Wesley A.M.E Zion Church family, where she was an active and committed member. Her ministries at Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church included; membership in the Alter Guild, (where she gave her first concert), president of the Home Mission (crowned Home Mission Queen in 2000) and was a soup kitchen aide member. Shirley was Wesley’s Lay Council First Vice President, a member of the Sanctuary Choir, and The Stewardess Board.

 

Shirley was also a member of The Penn Jersey Delegation Choir; she worked for the YMCA as supervisor to Prime Time, and The Edgewater Park Board of Education as an assistant teacher’s aide.  She was an active member of Erame Chapter #62, Order of Eastern Star, Prince Hall affiliation Subordinate Chapter of Ozeil Grand Chapter Jurisdiction of New Jersey.

 

In addition to her busy life with Church Family and friends, she was blessed with a loving family that consists of three sons: Michael (Dianne), Bruce (Courtney), and Craig (Kelly). She was a cherished grand mom/Nana to Alvin, Arzel, Candice, Avian, Little Craig, Angelic, Justin, Christian Milan, and Brooke).  She is Great grand mom, (AKA Gigi to: Amare, Caiden, Kaydance and Arya).

 

Favorite Scripture: “I Will Bless The Lord at all Times: His Praises shall continually be in my mouth”.  Psalms 34:1

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Dennis James Pratt

 

Dennis James Pratt, nicknamed Denny, was born on October 19, 1954, to Margeretta Curry Pratt and Simon L. Pratt, Sr. in Trenton, New Jersey. He was the eighth of nine children born to the couple.  The first years of his life, he was raised in Bordentown, New Jersey.  Later, the family moved to Fieldsboro, New Jersey.

Denny attended Shiloh Baptist Church in Bordentown, New Jersey.  At an early age, he received Christ and was baptized. He attended Sunday School and church every Sunday.  It was there that he learned his “Christian Ways” that he displayed throughout the rest of his life.

Denny attended the public schools of Bordentown, NJ.  He enjoyed learning and made good grades.  In addition, he had a passion for all sports and played football, basketball and baseball. In fact, he was the captain of each of the teams. After graduating from high school, he attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey for one year.

While matriculating at Rutgers University, Denny was offered a job at Stepan Company, manufacturer of specialty and intermediate chemicals. He worked there for 40 years starting from the ground and working his way to the top position of Manufacturer of Specialty Chemicals and Safety Director.  The job took him to Brazil and other places around the world to represent the company.  As a result, many referred to him as . . . Mr. Safety!!!

Denny married the love of his life, Sandra Davidson on July 26, 1980. They resided in Delran, New Jersey. They had three children Darla, Jamal and Jamil. Jamil, Jamal’s twin brother, died at birth. After a few years living in Delran, they purchased their family home in Burlington Township, New Jersey to be closer to both of their parents. 

During his spare time, Denny found plenty of things to do.   He was an avid fisherman.  He also loved playing golf. Next, he loved riding his motor cycle. In addition, he enjoyed attending Eagles and 76ers home games with his Cousin Lou . . . Cutty. They also enjoyed going to the “Smoke Outs” to learn about cigars and to receive some of the world’s best. He loved going to Martha’s Vineyard, MA each summer for two weeks to fish, golf and enjoyed other activities.

In addition, Denny found time to give back to the community.  He coached football and baseball.  He purchased fishing rods for young children living in Burlington City to teach them how to fish and to learn patience.  He helped plant trees in Fieldsboro, NJ for Earth Day. After retirement, he started “D Hog Hauler Company” to transported motorcycles.  Since he was so helpful, kind and considerate, many people referred to him as the Mayor from Bordentown to Burlington. Pastor Hilda Covington of Wayside Church always referred to him as her Secret Deacon.

Last but certainly not least, Denny loved cars.  His favorite to drive was his big red truck. When he wanted to be sporty, he drove the Porsche.  If you want luxury and space, he drove the BMW. 

Denny’s last “act of kindness” was planning a fishing trip for some friends for Wednesday, October 28, 2020. While on the boat, he caught the second biggest fish of his life.  After catching that fish, he laid down to rest.  He passed away peacefully in his sleep while at sea. He will truly be missed by all.  We will cherish the love he gave, the kindness he showed and life he lived.  We will miss you dearly.  REST IN PEACE! In loving memory,The Pratt Family

 

 

Graveside service will be held Friday, November 6, 2020 1PM at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rt. 130 S. Burlington, NJ. Family and friends may participate in a walk through viewing, Friday, November 6, 2020 10AM until 1PM at the TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ. Masks must be worn.

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Joan Elizabeth Marino

 

Joan Elizabeth Marino (nee Marshall) was born on June 3, 1938 in Pemberton, New Jersey.  She was the first born of the late George and Eloise Marshall. She peacefully departed this life on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the Brookdale assisted living facility in Westampton, New Jersey.

Joan was educated in the Pemberton public school system. She was a member of Delaware Valley Baptist Church in Willingboro, New Jersey where she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. As a member of Delaware Valley Baptist Church, Joan sang in the gospel choir and attended bible study on Wednesday evenings.

Joan was joined in holy matrimony to her beloved husband, Charles S. Marino, on March 9, 1957.  From this union were born two children, Vincent S. and Monica E.  She devoted her life to her husband, children and grandchildren.  She was affectionately called “Joanie” by her husband, Mom by her children and “Grandmom” by her grandchildren.

Dedicated to taking care of others, Joan worked as a nurse’s aide at the Masonic Home in Burlington County as well as a private duty home caretaker. Her kind and loving spirit made her well suited for this type of work.  She was dependable, understanding, thoughtful and compassionate with her patients and clients. The families of these patients often expressed their appreciation and gratitude for her love and care. 

Joan enjoyed traveling and seeing the world with her Sonny, family and friends – from the shores of New Jersey to the rolling hills of Europe. She especially loved her cruises and trips to Las Vegas.  Joan also enjoyed taking weekend road trips, or as the family called it, “visiting” aunts, uncles, and cousins.  In addition to traveling, Joan loved to dance, cook, and was an avid reader of various books including autobiographies, medical journals, and novels.  She never missed a day reading the newspaper and her horoscope – Gemini. 

Where you saw Sonny you saw Joan, and where you saw Joan you saw Monica.  Joan is preceded in death by her brothers William Raison and George Marshall. Her memory will be cherished and forever remembered by her husband of 63 years, Charles (Sonny) Marino; son Vincent Marino, daughter Monica Marino-Fowler, along with six sisters Eletta Edward (Eddie Billingslea), Brenda Raison, Denise Richardson (Michael), Betty Royal, Sharon Dixon, and Deidre Marshall; six brothers Shelton Raison (Denise), Gregory Raison, Kevin Marshall (Mary), Darrin Marshall (Kelly), Derek Marshall and Dwayne Marshall; five grandchildren Vincent Marino II, Julian Marino, Simone Fowler, Calvin Fowler III, and Clarke Fowler; 2 great-grandchildren, a host nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was our beautiful Joan, always laughing, joking and smiling – full of life!

 

Celebration of her Life Services will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2020 11AM at the TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ. Family and friends may participate in a walk through viewing, from 10AM until time of service.  Masks must be worn.

Interment: Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, NJ

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Alvester R. Underwood

 

Alvester R. Underwood, of Burlington, NJ passed away on  Monday, October 26, 2020 Celebration of her Life will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2020 11 AM at The Christ Baptist Church, 950 Jacksonville Road, Burlington, NJ. Family and friends may participate in a walk through viewing from 10 AM until time of service. Interment: Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, NJ.

 

Masks must be worn.

 

Service to the family by TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, Burlington, NJ

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Ransom Haywood Dunston

 

Ransom Haywood Dunston, of Willingboro N.J. entered into eternal rest on October 21, 2020 to his new home with his Precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

 

Home Going Celebration services will be Thursday November 5, 2020 at 11:00 am at The Christ Baptist Church, 950 Jacksonville Road, Burlington N.J.

 

 

Family and Friends may view from 10:00 am until time of service. 

Interment: BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery 

Arrangements by: TL Hutton Family & Friends Services Burlington. 

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Sidney Thomas Walden

 

Sidney Thomas Walden was born on November 13, 1947 in Miami, Florida to Charsie Bell Cox. He was one of six children.

Sidney was educated in the Ellwood, NJ public school system. He attended Atlantic City High School. He also attended Atlantic Community College. He later joined the United States Army. During his time in the military he served as a Fourth Class Specialist and received a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his bravery and devotion after serving in two Vietnam Wars. His heroic acts as described in the Heroes of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment tell the story of how he as a Blackhorse Trooper showed great courage and had deep concern for the welfare of his fellow soldiers. After being honorably discharged in 1974 he worked for the Lumberton Board of Education for 25 years and retired in 2010.

Sidney enjoyed spending his free time fishing, watching cowboy movies, barbecuing on the grill and having breakfast with his nephew Wyatt. He also enjoyed getting dressed up in one of his fly suits to attend the cabarets. It was never a problem for him to take a trip to Philadelphia to buy a new suit to be sure that he was the best dressed man on the dance floor. He also loved to listen to old music while driving to Atlantic City to spend time with this very special cousin Rachel Dean.

Sidney was preceded in death by his mother, Charsie Bell Cox, his brother George Cox, his previous wife Dalphine Walden and his daughter, Tracy Walden.

On October 17, 2020, he departed this life with his wife by his side. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Barbara Walden, her three sons, Jason Flagg, David Flagg and Damon Flagg (Enid). Five children from a previous marriage, Sidney D. Walden (Eileen), Juanita Walden, Constance Briggs, Darrell Dean, & Conchetta Robertson (Floyd), four sisters, Juanita Stafford, Melissa Cox Anderson, Gwendolyn Cox, and Charlene Cox, his goddaughter, Nadine Snow, nineteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Public walk through viewing will be Sunday, October 25, 2020 5PM until 7PM. Family’s Life Celebration Service will be held, Monday, October 26th 10AM. Interment: BGWCD Veteran Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ. Masks must be worn, Service will be live streamed 10AM on funeral home website.

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Monica Danielle Patrick Kidd

 

Monica Danielle Patrick Kidd was born to the late Victor and Brenda Patrick on April 3, 1965 in Mt Holly, New Jersey. She suddenly departed this life on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

 

The fourth child of six, Monica started life on East Pearl St. She was educated in the Burlington City and Burlington Township Public School System. At a very young age Monica attended Second Baptist Church on Belmont Street with her late grandmother Georgia Speller.

 

Monica was the family and community babysitter before taking a job in the cafeteria with the Burlington City School, where she worked for 20 years until her death.

 

Just as her mother, Monica was loved by many. She had a big heart, a beautiful smile and infectious laugh. The neighborhood girlfriend, who loved to cook. The aunt/cousin who taught you right and wrong. Growing up in Burlington was fun, it was about love and community where she and her sibling were members of the Burlettes drill-team. She was the sports aunt; she cheered her family on in whatever they participated in. You could always depend on Monica. If you needed her, she was there, she may be fussing but she helped whenever needed.

 

Those preceding her in death: Parents, brothers: Darrell and Anthony, Grandparents: Florida & John Henry Johnson, Great Grandparents: Moses & Georgia Speller, Charles & Pearl Tooles, Aunts: Beulah Freeman and Antonia Tooles, Uncles: Hoover and Booker T. Patrick, Dwight, Lamont, Ruzzelle Tooles, and Jarvis Pitts

 

She leaves to cherish her memory: Her Siblings: Jarvis Patrick (Selena), Leah Matthews (George), all of Burlington, NJ and Sonya Baxter-Fortunato, Philadelphia, PA. 11 nieces and nephews and 22 great nieces and nephews. Uncles; Erskine and Maurice Tooles, Rodney and Terence Johnson all of Burlington, NJ. Ronald Tooles of Merchantville, NJ, Wayne (Sheila) of Kendall Park, NJ Aunts; Paula King, Cheryl Glaze, Carla Johnson all of Burlington, Denise Johnson of Trenton, NJ, and Marilyn Hickman (Randy) of Raleigh NC, a host cousins and friends.

 

Celebration of her Life Family service will be held Friday, October 23, 2020 11AM at The TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ.  Family and friends may view from 9 AM until time of service. Interment: Odd fellows Cemetery, Burlington, NJ. Masks must be worn. Service to the family by TL Hutton Family & Friends, Burlington, NJ

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Carla Renee Nesmith

 

Carla Renee Nesmith affectionately known as “CaCa” was born. On December 10, 1958 in Mount Holly, New Jersey to Alice Dennis and the late Woodrow Morgan. On October 14, 2020 she passed away suddenly, closed her eyes and went to be with her Lord and Savior.  She attended school in Burlington Township and graduated in 1978 from Burlington Township High School.

 

Carla accepted Christ as her Lord and savior at Tabernacle Baptist Church. She loved The Lord and throughout the years she fellowshipped with various churches in the area. Carla enjoyed spending time with her family and loved ones, gardening, cooking.  And listening to her extensive music collection of oldies and taking lots of pictures   She never missed an opportunity to take a picture. You would often find her working in her yard and watering  flowers. She loved planning trips and taking her nieces and nephews to amusement parks.  Carla was a strong, kind and independent person.  She was  preceded in death by her 2 brothers, Gary Dennis, Tyrone Dennis and sister, Denise Jones .She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving mother, Alice Dennis, her devoted children: Devetta Dennis of Burlington and Sherria Hannah (Frederick) of Roebling, Two grandsons Michael Dennis and Jordan Winfield and 1 great Grandson, Ayden Dennis, 3 sisters: Donna Leonard (Cecil) of Burlington, Sarah Anderson Jacksonville Florida and Zeline Jackson of Havana Florida .

 

 She also leaves her Aunts, Delores Monroe, Daisy Coleman, and Edith Pickett. A special cousin Mary Pickett and a host Of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

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Christine E. Coleman

 

Christine E. Coleman was born on October 2, 1947, to the late Donald C. Demby and Christine M. (Daniels) Nesmith, in Mount Holly, NJ.  She attended the Mt. Holly Public Schools and graduated from RVRHS in 1966.  She was affectionately known as “Tiny”.  During her younger years, she was involved with the Mt. Holly Brownies, Girl Scouts, Burlington County NAACP, Junior Chapter, and the Mt. Holly Junior Elks.  She was also a faithful and proud member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church her entire life, as well as, the Junior Choir under the leadership of her Mother.

During her early teen years, she would have little jobs babysitting the neighborhood children and picking blueberries with her crew (which she hated).  She got her first real job through the Neighborhood Youth Program at the Mt. Holly Library, where she remained through High School, until starting her career at the Burlington County Vocational Technical High School (Burlington County Institute of Technology) for over 40 years.

During her high school years, she met Richard E. Coleman.  On October 8, 1966 they were joined in holy matrimony and she remained dedicated through the years. From this union, two children were born, Richard A. and Richelle A. Coleman.  She was very much involved in their younger years as a team mother and carpool parent with Football, Track, Brownies, Girl Scouts, and Cheerleading.  She enjoyed going to all their events.  She was a faithful and avid lottery player, never winning the millions, but kept playing anyway.  Christine also enjoyed going to the casino with her daughter, only to get in her way trying to play the penny slot machines and always losing her money.  The fun part was always leaving the casino and going to Kelsey’s for dinner in Atlantic City, NJ.

She worked at BCIT from 1971 to 2011.  Her first position was in the Library as an Aide, always mentoring the young people as they came in during their lunch time to talk to her about everything.  She worked the switchboard for the district and transferred to the Business Office in 1991 until she retired.  She was also involved in the ticket sales for basketball games and security.  In addition, Christine was a Substitute Caller for the district for over 8 years.  She enjoyed working with all people and got to be like family to many of them.  She went back and worked as a Sub Secretary at BCIT/BCSSSD in the High School and Business Office Reception area in 2012. Christine was well-known by all.

Her favorite past time was going to the movie matinee on Fridays with her sister, Beverly, and her best friend, Patsy Bundy, and her sister Rita Williams. Afterwards they would have dinner at various restaurants.  She also enjoyed attending the summer outdoor concerts at the Burlington County Amphitheater with her sister.  Most importantly, Christine loved going to Wildwood Beach during the summer with her friends and family.  She was a kind person and always put others before herself, always going out of her way for family and friends.  She took pride in her appearance.  She was also a great caregiver to her husband during the last years of his life. 

Christine undoubtedly loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchild, Ahonesty.  She will be deeply missed by all because she touched so many lives.  Christine was called home to be with the Lord on October 16, 2020.  Her life memories and legacy will live on with each one of us.

Christine was preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. Coleman and by her parents Donald C. Demby and Christine M. Nesmith. She leaves to cherish her memory 2 children, Richard A. Coleman (Rosetta), and Richelle A. Coleman; and 1 stepdaughter, Valerie Ray (Terry).  She had 4 grandchildren: Tiana B. Coleman, Raynna L. Coleman, Mya M. Coleman and Kyah M. Coleman; 4 step grandchildren: Shaukia M. Yates (deceased), Douglas Yates, Haleigh Hunt and Hannah Hunt; 1 great grandchild: Ahonesty B. Nichols (the love of her life); and 4 step great grandchildren: Alex Yates, Nykia Yates, Dominic Yates, and Josslyn Yates.  Also left to mourn is 1 sister, Beverly Minney; 1 niece and goddaughter, Keira Johnson; 2 nephews, Rashaan Ali and Tarik Ali (deceased); 1 great niece, Milanj Johnson-Dixon; 2 great nephews, Tahj Lewis and Rashaan Ali, Jr.; 2 loving Aunts, Gloria Daniels and Ethel Debnam and 2 special Uncles, Archie Demby and John Demby, as well as, a host of cousins and friends.

Celebration of her Life will be held Saturday, October 24, 2020 11 AM at The First Baptist Church of Mt. Holly, 1341 Woodlane Road, Eastampton, NJ. Family and friends may view from 9 AM until time of service. Interment: Odd fellows Cemetery, Burlington, NJ.

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Tracy Marie Cox

 

Tracy Marie Cox passed away on October 1, 2020 after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. 

 

Tracy was born on May 15, 1959 in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from Rancocas Valley Regional High School in 1978. 

 

She went on to study at Seton Hall University in West Orange, NJ.  Tracy never married.  Tracy was predeceased by her father Sherbert L. Cox.  She is survived by her son, Daniel Cox; her mother, Geraldine Cox.

 

Graveside service were held, Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Burlington, NJ.

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