In Memoriam

In Memoriam

“What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
- Helen Keller

This list is in honor of those alumni & friends of West Virginia State who have passed away. If you have a name that should be added to this list, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304.766.4121 or email Amber Cunningham at


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In Memoriam James J. Braxton 2/16/2024  
James Johnathan Braxton Sr.
January 14, 1954 - November 27, 2023

James Johnathan Braxton, Sr. (Alpha Zeta '77), age 69, transitioned on Monday, November 27, 2023. He was born in 1954 to the late Levi and Amber Braxton. A native New Yorker, James and his wife Linda have resided in Fredericksburg, VA since 1998.
James was a career federal civil servant. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after leaving Bayside High School at the age of 17 and was honorably discharged from active-duty naval service into the Naval Reserves. Upon leaving the military, he was inspired to pursue his education and enrolled at West Virginia State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and an associate degree in Banking and Finance. James also received a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.
Upon graduation James accepted a commission in 1982 through the Extended Program as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Air Defense Artillery Branch. James Braxton retired as a U.S. Army Colonel with over 30 years of active and reserve service with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. During his military reserve service, he served as the Command Inspector General for the 80th TASS Command, Richmond, VA; Deputy Chief of Staff Comptroller (G8), 80th Division Institutional Training, Brigade Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, Battalion Executive Officer, and Brigade Logistics Officer.
James' career in civil service included a variety of leadership positions. His final position was as Chief in the Office of Diversity and Leadership, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington DC.
In addition to being a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., James was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Saluda VA, Vash Naha Social Organization, and the Masonic Lodge. James loved reading, walking, motorcycling, and attending NBA games.
James is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda Manning Braxton; son, James (Israel) Braxton, Jr. (Phyllis) of Stafford, VA; brother, Levi Braxton lll of Saluda, VA; stepsisters, Callie Avis Dugas of Beaumont, TX, Mary Corrine Pearson (Donald) of Newark, DE, and Gloria Jean Holmes of Urbanna, VA; sisters-in-law, Lousie Smith of Kannapolis, NC and Carolyn Hodges of Woodbridge, VA; grandchildren, Jada Braxton, James Braxton III, Noah Israel, Gabriel Israel, Madison Israel; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and tons of lifelong friends.
A Service with full military honors was conducted Saturday, December 9, 2023, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 327 Town Bridge Road, Saluda, VA to celebrate the life and legacy of James Johnathan Braxton Sr.
In Memoriam Luther W. Seabrook 1/17/2024  
Dr. Luther Whitfield Seabrook JAMES ISLAND - Dr. Luther Whitfield Seabrook entered into eternal rest on July 5, 2023. Dr. Seabrook is the father of Terry Seabrook, Kelly Ann Seabrook, Linda Ann Seabrook, and Graeme Whitfield Seabrook (Adam); grandfather of Gerren Seabrook, Andrew Buehler and Eleanor Buehler. A Celebration of Life for Dr. Luther Whitfield Seabrook will take place on Friday, July 14, 2023, at 11:00a.m. at Morris Brown AME Church, 13 Morris Street, Charleston, SC. Wake services will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Morris Brown AME Church. Live streaming information: Fielding Home for Funerals Facebook page. Interment: Morris Brown AME Cemetery, Charleston, SC. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The William Ferguson Seabrook Endowment at The Coastal Community.
In Memoriam John W. Craig 12/15/2023  
John Wesley "Jack" Craig of Washington, DC departed this life on October 29, 2023. Jack was born March 1, 1937. He was the youngest of seven siblings both to the late Ellsworth A. Craig and Etta M. Craig.

He graduated from Armstrong High School in 1956. Craig was recruited as a student athlete and was awarded a football scholarship to pursue his education at West Virginia State University. While at West Virginia State, Jack was a four-year letterman. As a freshman, he made an immediate impact on the team. He was a starter and played on both sides of the ball. As an offensive running back and a defensive comer back, he could be counted on to make the big play such as leading the Yellow Jackets to a 14-0 win over Salem College by rushing for 131 yards to out gain the entire Salem team. A member of the WVIAC-AII Conference First Team and two-time Sweater Award recipient, Jack is credited among the outstanding players to have competed in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Conference. His contributions off the field were also notable as the Vice President of the "W" Club and member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He graduated in June of 1961 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Arts.

After graduation, Jack taught at Dunbar High School in Washington, DC and served as the Assistant Football Coach. Upon leaving the teaching field he worked as an Investigator for several governmental agencies including the Department of Human Resources, Department of the Treasury, and the Internal Revenue Service. As evidence of his skills and abilities, Jack was temporarily transferred from the IRS to the Department of Energy to assist the agency with a historical gas crisis. Jack also worked as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist with the Department of Labor. He retired from the government after 42 years of service. After retiring, Jack became an academic advisor to students enrolled at Strayer University.

At the age of 55, he participated in the Washington, DC Senior Olympics in track and field, and swimming. Winning Gold and Silver medals, he was invited to compete at the National Senior Olympics, held in San Antonio, Texas. Jack was among the six founders of the Shenandoah Valley "W' Club, which continues to support West Virginia State University student athletes. John Wesley "Jack" Craig was inducted into the West Virginia State University All Sports Hall of Fame.

Jack is survived by his wife Barbara Craig; daughter Monique Craig, son Drake J. Craig (Kathi); sister Jean Craig; and grandchildren Taylor, Wesley, and Dillon Craig.
In Memoriam Bert L. Garrett Holt 12/15/2023  
Bert Laurelle Garrett, born on September 25th, 1939 in Paris, Kentucky, recently passed away. Bert attended Dunbar High School and later graduated from West Virginia State University. Bert worked for US Dependent School of Paris. Bert proudly served in the US Army.
In Memoriam Jacqueline Bell 10/4/2023  
Mrs. Jacqueline Elizabeth Bell, 81, of Solon, Ohio, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, October
4th, 2023.
Jacqueline Elizabeth (Hall) Bell was one of six children born to Beatrice C. Parker and Earl J.
Hall. She was born January 21, 1942 in Washington, DC. She attended Elementary and Junior
High and graduated from McKinley Tech High School where she starred on the girls basketball
team. She next attended Howard University where she majored in Architecture. While attending
Howard University she met Vernon A. Bell. They married and moved to Cleveland, Ohio where
they were blessed with two sons, Vernon A.Bell, Jr. and Gregory E. Bell.
Jacqueline was employed by the Department of the Navy where she held leadership roles in
Finance, earned many awards, and retired with the highest civilian rank achievable.
Jacqueline loved many things; Researching, Arts, Paintings, Reading, Cooking, Planting flowers
Swimming, Traveling, and playing cards. She enjoyed going to the recreation center and helping
those persons who couldn't swim. Jacqueline loved traveling with her sisters Barbara, Cynthia,
brothers Reginald and Gerald, cousin Judy and friend David Hazel. Jacqueline was a Practical
Joker. One of her greatest joys was giving books to young children and listening to them read.
She leaves to mourn her devoted husband Vernon Sr., sons Vernon Jr. (Crystal) and Gregory
(Wanda) grandchildren Ian, Kendall, Ava, Keisha (Kenora), Johnny (Jayon, Alexis, Aaliyah),
Vasheta (Jalen, Jaya, Jaciere); Her sisters Barbara and Cynthia; brothers-in-law Warren, Patrick,
Timothy, Mark; sisters-in-law Elizabeth Kaye, Demetria, Donna, Maria Toni, Joycelynn, and a
host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and cherished friends.
In Memoriam King E. Davis 4/18/2023  
King Edward Davis went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, surrounded by loved ones at Promedica Ebeid Hospice Residence.

King was born on May 20, 1930, to Edward Davis and Ether Simmons-Gravely. He was one of three siblings. He was born in Six, West Virginia, and attended Excelsior High School, graduating in 1949, where he focused on academics and athletics. After high school, King married his high school sweetheart Elizabeth Davis on October 21, 1950. Out of that union, three children were born. He moved his family to Newark, NJ, for a short while until joining the Air Force. He served and committed four years of duty, stationed at Walker's Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico. After his honorable discharge, he furthered his education at West Virginia State College, now known as West Virginia State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in education. While at West Virginia State, he pledged his beloved TAU Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. After finishing college, and King moved his family to Toledo, Ohio, where he raised his family and began his teaching career. King furthered his education at the University of Toledo, graduating with a Master of Arts. He was gifted as an educator, assistant principal, and, at Gunkel Jr. High, Spencer Sharples, Robinson Jr. High, Glenwood Elementary, Leverette Elementary deputy, and superintendent for Toledo Public Schools. He was also actively engaged in Toledo Head Start after retirement. He focused on all he encountered throughout his phenomenal career. He was also involved in his community in many ways, as a role model, mentor, and referee.

After a two-year courtship in 2007, he married Lena Davis on December 11, 2009, who was by his side upon his death. They shared many memories. One of his favorite pastimes was reading books and working on crossword puzzles. King was a dedicated seventeen-year Braden United Methodist Church member, where his wife continued her membership. He was a Lay speaker and a member of Methodist Men. On August 13, 2017, he was honored for his outstanding service in the military and education under the leadership of Pastor Wynston E. Dixson. King and his wife, Lena, shared and enjoyed many travels to masonic and shrine functions and family trips to Atlanta, GA, Columbus, OH, Pontiac, MI, and Mississippi. King was committed to the Masonic Order. He was a member of the Composite Lodge #108, Pride of Composite #81 OES, PHA, and the Prince Hall Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America and Its Jurisdiction, Inc., Mecca Temple #43. He was an Honorary Past Potentate of Mecca Temple #43. King received a certificate of appreciation at The Nathan Hale 2nd Annual Back to School Day Celebration. It was stated that "You, Mr. King Davis are a "Great Inspiration" and your life-changing work has not gone unnoticed and unappreciated."

King was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Davis and Ether Simmons-Gravely, firstborn son King Edward Davis II; Elizabeth Davis; his sisters and their spouses, Bernadine A. (Ed) Stevenson and Valerie (Lacey) Kelly. He is survived by his wife, Lena M. Davis; daughter, Dr. Ruth Renée (Nathaniel) Hill, Columbus, Ohio; sons Edward (Ricky) Valentino (Annie) Davis and Anthony (Tony) Edward Davis I, both of Toledo; stepsons Antonio D. Jones, Pearl Mississippi, and Cedric L. (Elaine) West, Flowood, Mississippi.

In-laws; Daisy Taylor and Kathy Randall, Jackson, Mississippi; Jeanne Harris, Toledo, Ohio; Willie (Ida) Cooper-Young, Byram, Mississippi; Taylor (Cynthia) Young, Anthony Steel, and Earl (Stacey) Steel, Jackson, Mississippi, Lou Eric (Michelle) Harris , Akron, Ohio and Clarence McCoy, Alabama.

Grandchildren; Deborah Renée Hampton, Columbus, Ohio; Elizabeth Dominique Johnson, Atlanta, Georgia; Anthony Edward (Jalana) Davis II, and Ashaia Danielle Westerfield, both of Columbus, Ohio; Lafonda Davis, Los Angeles, CA, Anthony Davis, Toledo, Ohio

Great-grandchildren, Destinee Janae Johnson, Atlanta, Georgia; McKenzee Synai O'Daniel, Columbus, Ohio; Amare Jameer and Elizabeth Kennedy Davis, Columbus, Ohio; Van Johnson III, Atlanta, Georgia; Amiya Rae Davis, Columbus, OH, and Lailah Monae Parks, Columbus, Ohio

Bonus grandchildren; Samella NaCole Hill and Nathaniel Lee Hill II, both of Toledo, Ohio; Evan Mikal, Hill of Columbus, Ohio, and Asia Nail, Toledo, Ohio; Nitjah West, Toledo, Ohio; Antonio Jones Jr., Greeley, Colorado, Shantia Jones, Pearl, Mississippi, Jessica Meeks, Jackson, MS, Brianna, Toledo, Ohio, Jarvis Jacob, Flowood, Mississippi.

Six bonus great-grandchildren; Five in Toledo, Ohio, and one in Pearl, Mississippi; and a host of relatives, friends, and community members.
In Memoriam Norma V. Paige 6/30/2023  
Charlotte - Norma Paige, age 78, of Charlotte transitioned on July 30, 2023 at Pelican at Randolph in Charlotte, NC. Norma leaves to cherish fond memories, her daughter, Simone Conner; her sons, Joel Paige ( Brandy: wife) and Kyle Paige ; her seven grandchildren , Tyler, Maryssa, Madison, Taryn, Jacob, Caleb and Gabriel; one great-grandchild, Swaye as well as many friends and family members who were very dear to her heart.

Norma was preceded in death by parents; Harold VanRiel and Bernice VanRiel and a sister, Karen Galloway
In Memoriam Maria T. Sisco 8/8/2023  
Maria Therese Sisco, 67, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 1, 2023.

She was born on June 15,1956 in Charleston, to the late David Sisco and Barbara Ferguson Hill. Maria is a 1974 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School where she was a majorette and cheerleader. She then went on to graduate from West Virginia State College in 1979 while being a cheerleader and member of Delta Sigma Theta. She was a successful supervisor of Family Services with the State of West Virginia. Maria loved music, and loved to sing. She had a God-given passion for helping people.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lily Ferguson; grandfather, Garnett Ferguson.

Maria is survived by daughters, Jerrika and Jessica Lynon both of Charleston; sisters, Cheryl Conard (Spencer) of Waxhaw, SC, Renea Crozier (Dwayne) of Charleston; step-sister, Tammy Hill of Charlotte, NC; step-father, James Hill of Charleston; and step-daughters, Asha, Audra, and Kendra Wilson of Pittsburgh, PA; niece, Aliya Crozier of Charleston, WV; and nephew, Andre Dawkins of Norman, OK; and an extended number of cousins, friends, Sorority Sisters, and work family.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, August, 7 at Abundant Life Ministries, Charleston with Bishop Wayne Crozier officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
In Memoriam Merle L. Chambers 4/27/2023  

In Memoriam Juliette B. Helmick 2/6/2023  
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Juliette Burrell Helmick on February 6th, 2023. Juliette was born on May 25, 1944, to Julius and Myrtle Burrell in Chesapeake, West Virginia. Juliette was a dedicated educator and made a lasting impact on the lives of her students and families. She graduated from Charleston High School in West Virginia at 16 years old, and obtained her Bachelors degree from West Virginia State University at 20 years old. While working full time as a teacher she obtained her Master's degree in Education Administration from Cleveland State University. Throughout her career, she taught at John Hay High School, John F Kennedy High School and served as an Assistant Principal at Patrick Henry Junior High, Collinwood High, Cleveland School of the Arts, Cleveland Heights and as the first female Principal at Monticello Junior High in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Juliette was a loving mother to her dedicated only child, Jeffrey Helmick, and adored her granddaughters, Lauren and Victoria. She is also survived by her sister, Mattie B. James, brother, Michael X Burrell, nephews Kevin, Keith, and Kelly, and special friends Linda Young, Viney Chandler, Gloria Lovelace, Mary Lidgey, and Diane Lewis. In addition, Juliette is survived by many nieces and cousins. Juliette lived a full and fulfilling life, enriched by her wit and charm, which impacted the lives of everyone she encountered. She loved to travel and visited every continent except Antarctica. In her very active retirement she continued to work with schools and children in a consulting role and she would tell everyone she encountered that she scored two holes in one in her favorite activity golf. She will be remembered as a kind, generous, and compassionate person who touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed. The memories of her love, laughter, and dedication will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. Celebration of Life service to be announced. Arrangements entrusted to LUCAS MEMORIAL CHAPEL 9010 Garfield Blvd. in Garfield Hts.
In Memoriam Lenore E. Casey 3/27/2023  
Lenore E. (Thompson) Casey was one of those rare individuals who never had an unkind word to say about anyone. She was a gentle lady who spoke softly and had an infectious smile. It was not uncommon for her to put the needs of others before her own.

Lenore, 84, died Dec. 8, 2022, at Care One at Brookline (MA), after a months-long stay due to declining health. She was born Aug. 1, 1938, in Brooklyn, NY, to Charles and Maude Thompson. Lenore’s only sibling, her younger brother, Arnold, died as a child.

Lenore was beautiful inside and out. She graduated West Virginia State University, a HBCU, where she was the homecoming queen in 1960, and a member of the prestigious Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Lenore was an elementary school teacher for nearly 40 years: five years in each Teaneck, NJ., and Charlotte, NC., and 27 years in Duxbury, MA.

In her spare time, Lenore, who played the violin, enjoyed listening to music and reading. Her passion was her son and her grandchildren.

Her only child, Charles Thompson, Sr. of Plymouth, MA, said his mother was his “hero.” She will be remembered as “a loving, caring mother who sacrificed everything for her family.”

“She was very kind and generous and she had unconditional love for everyone,” he recalled.

In addition to her son, Lenore is survived by five grandchildren: Tasiana Thompson White (Terrance) of Houston, TX; Jordan (Nicole) Thompson of Quincy; Charles Thompson, Jr., of Plymouth; Leahna Thompson of Plymouth; and Karina Brown of Framingham, MA.

She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Leland Thompson, Madison Thompson, Tristan Thompson, and Myles Thompson, all of Quincy; and Osias Abanobi and Kortnee Rose Leday of Houston.

Lenore is additionally survived by a host of cousins, including Pat West of Marco Island, FL, and Martha’s Vineyard, MA, who was like a sister.
In Memoriam George R. Tynes 3/27/2023  
George Richard Tynes was born on December 28, 1938 and passed away on August 16, 2018 and is under the care of.
In Memoriam James E. Cullop 3/24/2023  
James (Jim) Edwin Cullop, Jr, 86 of Ocala, died peacefully on March 3rd 2022 from a lengthy illness at The Ted and Diane Brandley House in Summerfield. He was born November 14th, 1935 in Elkridge, WV to James and Dolores (Hoffman) Cullop of WV. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Bonnie (Schaefer) Cullop, of Ocala and two children, Vincent (Gina) Hain of Ocala, and Kimberly (John) Silva of Manassas, VA. Grandchildren: Heather Waite; Alodie (Brandon), Amber, and Ashley Hain; Kaitlyn Hines Schlosser (Dennis) and Carson Hines; and great grandchildren: Joey, William, and Kyleigh Foster; Jazelle, Jelina, Jaelyn, and Brandon Jr Barrone; Caspian Fargo; Miles Manual; and Ruth Schlosser. Family Pet: Sammy VI, the Siamese cat. He was preceded in death by both parents and his brother Robert Conley Cullop.

Upon graduating from Montgomery High School, Jim snuck away to join the USAF where he proudly served his country from Sep 54 through Jan 58. After a brief stop at Ohio State, Jim graduated from West Virginia State College and was later honored with an induction into the WV State University Hall of Fame Class of 2008 for his athletic accomplishments while competing as a student athlete in swimming/diving.

Jim had a tenacious work ethic and while working for FMC in the DC Metro area he was so beloved that upon leaving every co-worker gave a $5 contribution to fund his travel to his new career in Florida. In his infamous Triumph TR4, accompanied by his good friend Jack Jarvis, they famously ate KFC on the way to Orlando, FL.

In January 1970, while working for Florida Gas, Jim met the absolute love of his life Bonnie, and the rest is history. In July of 1970, during their lunch break, Jim and Bonnie were married at the Orlando Courthouse and moved to Ocala that Fall. Jim was an amazing father, not only to his daughter Kimberly, but also to his new son Vincent, who he taught to golf, swim, dive, play tennis, and basketball.

While working for Nobility Homes, Jim met Mr. Dub Gillis who thought Jim would be a good fit for the insurance business because of his personality and work ethic. Jim was a natural, and quickly gained the admiration of everyone at Gulf Life Insurance. He was promoted to the Home Office, Gulf Life Tower in Jacksonville in August 1977. He ascended the corporate ladder and became the Director of Training for American Heritage Life Co holding this position until his retirement in 2002. The highlights of his insurance career included travels with Bonnie to Hawaii (their favorite destination), San Francisco, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Nashville, all while working as the Convention Coordinator.

Throughout his life Jim loved golf. He routinely played competitive golf from the West Virginia Amateur, to any, and all, events possible in the Ocala area. Known for his Gator wear, Jim was an unofficial Ambassador for the Ocala Golf Club. He was very active with the Men's Golf Association, and worked as a Starter, taught Junior Golf, and represented the Club on the City Council, where he successfully fought to keep Pine Oaks and the Ocala Golf Club from being closed. Some of his fondest memories were the Wednesday and Saturday games. He took great pride when he won two-man events with his son, Vinny. Jim was famous for his smile, jokes, and storytelling. He was a loyal, giving friend, so much so, that after receiving his Gold Jacket for his HOF induction, he gave it to one of his closest friends, Bobby Griffith and stated, "It’s too hot to wear in Ocala and you can enjoy it more up here in WV.”

A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at the Ocala Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470 on Saturday, April 2nd, from 1 to 4 pm.

Arrangements were handled by the National Cremation Society.
In Memoriam John L. Davidson 1/29/2020  
March 9, 1952 - January 24, 2020

John Levi Davidson III, the eldest son of the late John L. and Lousinda Davidson was born on March 9, 1952 in Welch, West Virginia. He was one of six children blessed from this union. His early childhood years were nurtured in Anawalt, West Virginia. His spiritual walk began at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Anawalt. This grounding strengthened his character and prepared him for life, John fought a gallant fight and transitioned peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2020. John faced his challenges with grace and dignity and never complained. His spiritual convictions and faithful until the end.

John recieved his elementary and secondary education from McDowell County Schools. He excelled in academics and played football and ran track (especially the 440 Relay). In 1970, John graduated from Gary High School and entered West Virginia State University (WVSU) where he received an associate degree in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. While there he played football as an outside linebacker.

John served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Army Reserves and a Corrections Officer with the DC Department of Corrections in Lorton, Virginia. John's destiny was yet to be fulfilled. He was obedient to God and had no idea that his career would lay the groundwork for a life of service and induction into the Heavenly Hall of Fame.

In 1987, John met the love his life, Vivette L. Alexander. John and Vivette Davidson were married in 1992. John and "Vet" (as he called her) raised and nurtured many spiritual children. The Davidsons were passionate about sports (especially football) and enjoyed watching basketball and other sports together, especially on the weekends.

During his career with the U.S. Board of Parole, the Lord planted a seed of ministry in his heart. He stepped out on faith and went into private practice specializing in domestic violence, anger management and substance abuse treatment. This seed grew to become ProjectCan, a Christian-based organization that promoted awareness of domestic violence. John was determined to make ProjectCan a success. He studied all aspects of domestic violence, enrolled in accredited programs to validate his knowledge, and was certified as a domestic violence expert. He understood anger and its effect on community was determined to do something about it.

John was devoted spiritually to ProjectCan. His program gave people hope and he proved that Christian values can be utilized within the criminal justice system to restore wholeness. John made a difference in the lives of the men and women who entered the system as domestic violence offenders. John's work with ProjectCan afforded him the honor of implementing a weekly anger management and domestic violence counseling group at the Prince George's County Correctional Facility in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The inmates he serviced respected and admired him. John loved the challenge of changing their lives and restoring souls. John also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Prince George's Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Prince George's County Maryland and was an adjunct instructor for the U.S. Homeland Security Agency.

John devoted his life to the criminal justice profession and in 2000, after 39 years, he retired from federal law enforcement service as a Special Agent for the Department of Justice and the U.S. Board of Parole (Court Services and Offender's Supervision Agency) in Washington, D.C.

John was affectionately known as "John D" to his friends, "Uncle John" to the kids and "Butch" to his family and those close to him. John was a man of character and strength. He had a smile that brightened his pathway everywhere he went. He loved music, especially smooth jazz and oldies but goodies. He also loved spending quality time with family and friends. He was a real jokester and loved children. No child was exempt from the wrath of Uncle John appearing out of nowhere wearing the infamous "ogre" mask. John loved to eat and one of his past-times was preparing good food. His fried fish and fried turkey are well worth honorable mention. Whenever he fried fish, his famous words were "Fish Up!" During the holidays, John would take orders for fried turkeys. He would work all night and sometimes would have as many as 35 fried turkeys or more packaged and ready for pick up.

John loved his experience at WVSU and remained active and devoted to his Alma Mater. He served as the President of the West Virginia State University, National "W" Club, and the Shenandoah Valley Chapter for eight years. John enhanced his support by contributing to the construction of the Monroe Athletic complex. For his generous support to the WVSU yellowjacketnation4life, the John L. Davidson, III Football Office was dedicated in his honor where there are several athletic lockers inscribed with his name. He was also a member of the Bullpen Baseball team established to ensure the continuing legacy of Coach Calvin Bailey.

John was a member of Vash Na Ha Fraternity and remained active as an alumni member. He cherished the "Vash Na Ha Brotherhood" and the friendships he made over the years remained dear to his heart. Many of the experiences he shared remained with him for his lifetime. His friendships with these men, his "Brothers in Arms" stood by him through it all. In 2016, John L. Davidson III was voted a member of the President's Circle at West Virginia State University as a Presidential honoree for his philanthropic recognition and induction into the "Heavenly Hall of Fame." John was a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, MD where he served on the Security Ministry.

John believed in God, family, hard work, community and compassion for his fellow man. He leaves to cherish his memory: His devoted wife of 27 years, Vivette L. Davidson; son John L. Davidson, IV (Chantal); daughter Dreama; three sisters Linda Davidson, Nancy Davidson, Gail Davidson, brother Samuel Davidson, two brothers-in-law Charles (Maria), Michael, eight grandchildren (Camille, Michaela, Arianna, Levi, Josiah, Jonah, Jordan, Johannah) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His sister Billie Jean Huff preceded him in death. John was beloved by everyone he met. He was a phenomenal husband, father, brother, friend, co-worker, mentor and a "good man who loved God, his wife, his family and life."
In Memoriam Delories O. Davis 3/24/2023  
Mrs. Delories Y. Osborne Davis, 77, of Charleston, was born on January 19, 1946 in Bluefield, and passed away peacefully on Monday, March 13, 2023.

She is preceded in death by her father, Charles H. Osborne; mother, Alice M. Osborne; husband, Keith R. Davis; and three brothers.

Delories was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, loyal friend, and mentor to everyone. She is survived by her daughter, Marseeia A. Davis-Segovia; son, Major Keith R. Davis II, with the United States Army; and grandchild, Natalia Cordia-Alice Segovia.

Delories attended West Virginia State University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1977. In 1994 she received a Master of Arts degree with a major in Agency Counseling from Marshall University. Her accomplishments are innumerable. She was a trailblazer on the campus of West Virginia State University as she organized developed and opened the first Child Development Center. Under her direction and supervision, the West Virginia State University Child Development Center opened in 1990 and was located on the campus in Institute. The childcare facility was designed to supervise and care for children. The daycare services supported parents and guardians by providing excellent care for children who were too young to be left alone and for children that required care before or after school. The program, which was educationally based, focused on age-appropriate developmental activities.

In her position as Executive Director of the Center, Delories provided opportunities for many West Virginia State University students to complete their programmatic field experiences and she also provided valuable mentoring services for many students who respected her knowledge of working with children. Delories Davis served for 20 years as the administrator of the Child Development Center at West Virginia State University before retiring on June 1, 2011.

Delories was active in the community and served on various boards such as the Executive Committee of the St. Francis of Assisi. At West Virginia State University, she was a member of the President's Circle, which is West Virginia Sate University's premier annual giving society, recognizing WVSU's most faithful and generous donors. She maintained membership in several organizations, including Beta Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, where her offices of service included serving a President and serving as Co-Chair of the first Great Lakes Regional Conference in 1986 that was hosted by the twelve chapters in the West Virginia Cluster. She was a Silver Star member with forty-six years of service, having been initiated in 1977. In 1999 she served as Vice President of the Charleston-Institute Chapter of Links, Incorporated. During her thirty-seven years of membership she was a faithful and loyal member as she fulfilled her responsibilities in accomplishing organizational goals.

After her retirement, Delories continued to work in the community championing access to educational opportunities. She also focused on health and safety issues, especially risk reduction as related to hazardous materials produced, stored and transported in the community areas of Institute, Pinewood and Dunbar. In her retirement years she still continued with her personal philosophy, which was "Giving of self through volunteer service can help create a positive change for the community with a special focus on mentoring young adults and the welfare of children and senior citizens."

A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at First Baptist Church, Charleston with Rev. Paul Dunn officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at First Baptist Church, Charleston.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
In Memoriam Clarence L. Kinney 3/24/2023  
Obituary for Clarence L. Kinney Sr.

Clarence Kinney of Glen Mills, PA passed away at Paoli Hospital on Monday January 4, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Geraldine Kinney, his sons Larry Kinney (Lisa Jones) and Troy Kinney (Zoe Kinney), grandsons: Matthew Kinney, Weston Kinney, and Micha Kinney, and granddaughter Lena Kinney. Clarence was born to Robert Kinney and Eliza Brown Jordan in Standard, Pennsylvania. His step- mother was Lena Kinney. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and graduated from West Virginia State College University with a BS in Business Administration. Clarence held a long career in Financial Administration working for the US Postal Service, City of Philadelphia, Commonwealth of PA Department of Justice and Comptroller Bursar for Lincoln University.

Clarence was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at West Virginia State College University in April 1949. He was an active member of Nu Sigma Chapter in Philadelphia. He held the Offices of President, Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary, and Financial Secretary over the years. He was a Graduate Advisor for Mu Chapter at Lincoln University from 1969-1990. He became a Life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in 1974. Clarence received numerous awards and honors, including: The Man of the Year Award for the Nu Sigma Chapter in 1979, Easter Region Prominent Brother Service Citation in 2002, the Dr. Raymond Bounds Award, Certification of Appreciation from Lincoln University, Conclave Citation Longevity of Service for 50 years, National President Memorial Collegiate Leadership Development, and the Certificate of Distinction from the Chapel of Four Chaplains. Clarence volunteered his time with the Boy Scouts of America, Tick-Tock Early Learning Center, and Mount Pleasant Nursery and Kindergarten. He was active in the West Virginia State University Alumni Association. Clarence enjoyed spending time with his family and looked forward to attending Fraternity gatherings and the annual Brown McNair Family Reunions. He greatly enjoyed meeting and conversing with family, friends, and fellow Fraternity Brothers.

Celebration of Life Memorial service will be for immediate family members only (due to Covid 19). In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to the West Virginia State College University Alumni Association at:
In Memoriam Mary I. Moore 3/24/2023  
Mary Ion Moore, a social worker and homemaker, died on Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Philadelphia after a brief illness. She was 93.

She was born on Sept. 12, 1928, in Philadelphia to the late Linwood H. Ewell Sr. and Lillian M. (Roberts) Ewell.

Moore was educated in the Philadelphia School System and graduated from Simon Gratz High School in 1946. She earned a bachelor of arts in social studies from West Virginia State College (now University) in 1950.

She excelled in the spoken arts and was selected by the English Department to give the main address at the annual public speaking banquet.

Moore was a life member of the Alumni Association and was awarded the Grover Smiley 110 Percent Award, recommended by the WVSU Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter, of which she was a charter member. While at West Virginia State, she was initiated into the Alpha Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She became a Diamond Life Member and was active in the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter, where she participated in the 1963 March on Washington.

She was the widow of the late Henry L. Moore, a Tuskegee airman she met on the first day on campus in the registration line. They were married on Sept. 8, 1951, and settled in Philadelphia, where she worked at the Veterans Administration.

She moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., following her husband's job. Upon returning to Philadelphia, she became a social worker for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Assistance until she decided to stay at home and take care of her daughters.

"She felt that her most important role was as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and mentor to many," her family said.

In 1960, Moore and her husband bought a home in Mount Airy and were proud to be the second Black family on their block. They loved traveling across the country by car, train and auto train together and on family trips. In addition, Moore accompanied her husband to Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. conventions in her role as a Sigma Shadow.

In 1961, Moore joined Summit Presbyterian Church in Mount Airy where her family became the third Black family to join. She was ordained as an elder. She also served as a deacon, was a member of several committees, notably the Pastoral Nominating Committee and Worship Committee, and sang in the Chancel Choir.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Linwood H. Ewell, Jr.

She is survived by: her daughters, Nadene Moore and Meva Moore Justice (Kenneth Justice); grandsons, Keith Justice (Toccara Hilliard Justice) and Mark Justice (Stephanie Mazariegos); great-grandson, Sol Justice; and other family members and friends.

Services were held March 30 at Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St.

Viewing was at 10 a.m. Services followed at 11 a.m.

Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
In Memoriam Kirkland L. Fain 3/13/2023  
Kirkland Leonard Fain (WVSC, 1965) born September 1, 1943 in Derby, CT and passed on May 12, 2022. Earned Master's degree at Southern CT College. Taught for over forty years in the New Haven and Hartford, CT school systems.
Graveside service held on May 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery, Ansonia, CT. The family request donations in his memory be made to the West Virginia State University Foundation.

In Memoriam Fatiema J. Wilkerson 3/10/2023  
Fatiema Jean Wilkerson, age 70, passed away at Hubbard Hospice House West of South Charleston, WV, on Friday, January 8, 2021. She was born on February 18, 1950 in Charleston, WV to the late Golden Vernell Strawther and the late Blanche Strawther.

She was a graduate of St. Albans High School in 1968 and she earned her Bachelor's Degree at West Virginia State University. She worked in Human Resources and retired from Dow Chemicals after 33 years of service with Dow and Union Carbide in South Charleston, WV. She continued working after a brief intermission and retired again from West Virginia State University after 10 years as an Administrative Assistant. She loved her volunteer work with the Charleston - Institute WV Chapter of the Links Inc., WVSU Alumni Associations and the Pilot Club of St. Albans.

She was married to Walter Wilkerson of Institute, WV. She is survived by her daughters Jerri Dionne Wilson of Conyers, GA, Nada Wilkerson of Dunbar, WV, and Barbara Lacy (Eric) Omgba of Marietta, GA and son Maurice (Sarah) Wilkerson, Westerville, OH. She leaves behind 9 grandchildren and sisters, Doris (Sterling) Smith - Institute, WV, Barbara Evans - Fayetteville, GA, Nachette (Anver) Classens - Charlotte, NC, Karen (Sherman) Lucas - Fayetteville, GA. She was preceded in death by two brothers Marshall Strawther - St. Albans, WV and Curtis Strawther and a sister Goldie Ann Carter (James), Columbus, GA. She will be dearly missed by a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Tyler Mountain Memorial Gardens in Cross Lanes, WV at noon. Visitation will begin at 11:00am Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the Walter and Margaret Wilkerson Scholarship Fund, West Virginia State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1000, Institute, WV 25112 or The W Club, P.O. Box 621, Institute, WV 25112. (
In Memoriam Richard E. Fields 3/9/2023  
Richard E. Fields CHARLESTON - FORMER RETIRED STATE CIRCUIT JUDGE RICHARD E, FIELDS passed away Friday, March 3, 2023. He was 103 years old. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 13, 2023 at Centenary United Methodist Church, 60 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC, 29403. Further information will be forthcoming. Arrangements by Fielding Home for Funerals, 122 Logan Street, Charleston, SC 29401, 843-722-3348 or 1-800-290-5954. Visit our guestbook at
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