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 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 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 Juliette B. Helmick 3/10/2023  
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 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
In Memoriam Kipp T. Gutshall 1/10/2023  
February 12, 1939 - August 10, 2022

Kipp Taylor Gutshall peacefully made her way to heaven's gates on August 10. She was surrounded by her family at her bedside through her final hours.

Kipp was born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania to the late Isaac Newton and Janet Taylor. She attended Huntingdon High School where she was affectionately known as "Kippy". An active member of the marching band, she was known for her excellent contribution of sound and timbre of the glockenspiel. Kipp also participated in yearbook, prom committee and attended high school reunions for decades as she was devout in maintaining her friendships in high school and her community.

She went on to attend Penn State University where she became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Kipp finished her degree in food and nutrition at West Virginia State University and went on to teach nutrition at the Charleston General School of Nursing in West Virginia.

During her high school years, Kipp met the love of her life, Thomas Gutshall and together they built a family that now spans three generations across their sixty-three (63) years of marriage. Together, the couple lived in Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri and California. For the past forty (40) years they have resided in Los Altos Hills where they have been active members of the community and their church Union Presbyterian.

Kipp served as the president of her local chapter of Aglow International for many years. In this role she did what she loved the most which was serving the Lord and providing ministry to local women throughout the Bay Area.

Amongst being an active member of her local church, Kipp was a talented seamstress. She loved selecting fabrics and patterns and could be found sewing for hours at her sewing machine. Whether it be clothing, curtains or decorations, there wasn't a sewing project too challenging that Kipp wasn't ready to tackle. Some of her children's favorite memories are of clothes made from old bedspreads or curtains (with patterns and shapes from coloring books adorned on the fabric) just like 'The Sound of Music'.

Kipp is survived by her husband Tom Gutshall, brother John Taylor, children Jennifer Gutshall Hawks, Doug Gutshall (Ericka Gutshall) and Jodi McDermott (Kevin McDermott), twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In Memoriam Roger Chalmers 12/19/2022  
Obituary for Roger Chalmers

Born November 23, 1941, in Harlem, New York City, to Earl Sefer Chalmers and Carrie Cole Chalmers. Roger and his younger sister Phyllis, attended New York City public schools. With discipline, love and support; Earl and Carrie leveraged their children's skills and talents to solidify a pathway for their futures. Roger was part of Minisink/New York City Mission Society, a local youth leadership agency. Roger was involved in Minisink's music, leadership, and camping programs; eventually becoming a camp counselor.

Roger's musical talent led to his acceptance at the prestigious Music and Arts High School in New York. His love and study of music led to him becoming a pianist and trombone player. His wife, Marilyn, says that Roger also has a "pitch-perfect" ear. (Who knew??) In fact, his son Tim asked his father to listen to a band he was considering for his wedding. Afterwards, Roger said don't hire that band. The singer is off-key, as is one of the horn players. His "pitch-perfect" ear is only one of the many of characteristics of Roger, that we all came to appreciate. If you didn't want his opinion, don't ask for it.

Roger attended West Virginia State College, where he joined the ROTC. In 1962, he became the one and only member to join the Omega Psi Phi fraternity that year. In WVA, as a young college student, he met and married Patricia Coles. They share two sons, Roger Jr., and Craig. Upon graduation, Roger enlisted in the United States Army where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Roger served in Orleans, France serving as company commander before returning and settling in the states. Roger humbly credits Minisink, his military background, and the ROTC with the development of his strong leadership skills.

Following his military service, Roger made time to obtain a master's degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Urban Studies. He later became a corporate trailblazer. In fact, I don't think there was a trail, once Roger arrived; he truly blazed those trails, opening doors for so many of us to walk proudly through.

Returning to the states as Capt. Roger Chalmers, he landed his first management job at the technological giant IBM. He held human resources and operational leadership roles at Mobil Oil, American Cyanamid, Nestles, and Federal Express.

Roger and his best buddy, the late Jimmy Robinson, developed and worked on a program to provide financial support for minority students entering college. He provided support and guidance to family members and friends. "He often showed up at your office to take you to lunch and offer a listening ear and advice."

It was Roger's love of Golf that led him to a tournament in Virginia, where he met his wife, Marilyn Miles. Marilyn and Roger have been married thirty-eight years, calling each other "The Love of their Lives." A consummate family man, Roger, and Marilyn worked successfully to blend their families: Roger Jr., Craig, Nika, and Tim, settling in Madison, Connecticut. Roger sought out his family members and was the patriarch that checked in on everyone -- sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins -- he truly cared and loved his family.

Roger and Marilyn moved to Providence Forge, Virginia after retirement. Roger became a member of New Zion Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Virginia. He enjoyed visiting and checking in on his elderly aunts and researching his family tree. He believed that it is important that his children know their family history and heritage. The check-ins on all his family continued, via his cell phone. Roger loved to talk (to no one's surprise), certainly in the Chalmers' DNA; or as the old folks used to say, "he got it honest." If Roger called you, take a seat, it was going to be a long ride, filled with laughter and love. We will all miss those calls. It was a long-distance hug. He also had a commitment and appreciation for volunteering and mentoring, in his community. He served on a domestic violence board, volunteering, with his wife, in the Palliative Care Unit at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital. He served as president of the Ruritan Club in his local community.

Roger's legacy will live among his wife Marilyn, their children, Roger Jr., Craig (Felicia) Nika (Javier), and Tim (Melanie): Seven grandchildren- Hunter, Cara, Craig, Jr., Jacobi, Cydney, Kennedy and Elle. One great grandchild- Josiah. Sisters, Phyllis Gleaton and Frances Thomas. Three nephews- Kevin and Salim Gleaton and Arthur Thomas. One surviving aunt, Rev. Pauline Johnson, a host of faithful and caring cousins, friends, and the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

This is only a snippet and does not begin to describe the life and legacy of Roger Chalmers, and how much he will be missed. Nonetheless, we must take comfort in knowing he's with the Lord and the elders that went on before him. A Jewish prayer says, "may his memory be a blessing." Roger was a blessing. It's his family's hope that his memory will bless and keep us until we meet again.

Many thanks to cousins, Joyce Coleman, Gail Britton, and daughter-in-law Felicia Chalmers for helping in recalling Roger's written memories.

The Family gives many thanks to the healing hands of all of Roger's medical doctors and staff, during his long, hard-fought medical battles. Special thanks to his caregiver, Lauretta and the staff of Kindred Hospice who helped to make his "journey" more comfortable.

A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Sunday, August 7th at Vincent Funeral Home, 9923 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge, Virginia 23140. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m., just prior to the service.

Repast held immediately after services at Antebellum, 4370 N Courthouse Road, Providence Forge, Virginia 23140.

Burial at later date, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia 22202.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to New Zion Baptist Church, Endowment Fund. Mail to P.O. Box 63, Lightfoot, VA 23090 or via the website: and note "Endowment Fund".
In Memoriam Barry Clark 12/19/2022  
Barry Kent Clark, 78, formerly of Charleston, West Virginia, passed away November 22, 2022, from a sudden illness at his residence in Charlotte, North Carolina. Barry was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, where he graduated from Bennett High School. He then attended West Virginia State College to play basketball. Barry began his career in the banking industry with M & T Bank in Buffalo before relocating to Charleston to work for the National Bank of Commerce. After his career in banking and several years in construction, his love for kids and passion for helping others led him to work for the security department at Charleston Job Corps.

Barry was a towering figure with a deep booming voice, yet he was best known for his soft heart and willingness to help those in need in whatever way he could.

Barry was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Thelma Clark, sisters, Judith Clark and Elaine Blyden, brother, David Clark, and grandson, Sydnee Tuffin.

Barry is survived by his sons, Gerald (Deitrich) of Charleston, WV, and Brian (Amber, fiancée) of Portland, OR, daughter, Dawnyetta Reese, of Los Angeles, CA, and brother, Dennis Clark of Southfield MI.

Barry loved all his family, but his heartbeat was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, to whom he was affectionately known as "Gramps." Gramps is survived by his grandchildren; Paige, Brittney, Nichole (Lance), Aaron, Cory, Val, Destiny, Amahn, Solomon, Daniel, Joshua, and Samuel, and great-grandchildren, Riley, and Lailah.

There will be a live steam of the service on the church Facebook page.
In Memoriam Sandra A. Crockett 12/19/2022  
Rev. Dr. Sandra Carlye Allen Coleman Crockett Mack


Sandra was born to the union of Carl and Willa Allen on September 4, 1941, in Logan, West Virginia. Three years earlier her only living, sibling Robert L. Allen was born in Holder, West Virginia. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, James Paige Jr.

The family moved, West Virginia to Beckley when Sandra was three years old. She entered Morton Reaves Elementary School where she attended through 8th grade. After which she began her membership and was baptized at the Second Baptist Church.

Sandra began the 9th grade at Stratton High School and was chosen as a Majorette for the Stratton Marching Band. She became head Majorette for three years. She made the mark as one of the "Show Stopping" Majorettes that ever led the band. Many people expressed that they attended the games just to see her perform. She enjoyed performing as a Majorette and carried that style with her as she entered College at West Virginia State University. She graduated with honors from High School and was a member of the National Honor Society, that gained her a full scholarship to West Virginia State University. At West Virginia State she joined the Majorette Corps and was in competition with colleges from various other states and was very successful in winning. During her tenor at West Virginia State, she was chosen Miss Sophomore and Miss Junior as assistant to Miss West Virginia State. In her senior year she was chosen "Miss West Virginia State University".

Sandra graduated from West Virginia State University with her Bachelors of Degree and went on to obtain her master's degree in theology from Payne Seminary at Wilberforce University and United Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She received a master's degree in criminal justice from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and a PHD in Education with Specialty areas in Counseling Psychology and Corrections at the Ohio State University. Sandra went on to work for Job Corps Center and Appalachian Youth Program in Charleston, West Virginia; where she worked President Kennedy's Team. She also worked for the Governor of West Virginia. During her stay in West Virginia, she worked with Senator Jennings Randolph who later became the most outstanding US Senator in history. Sandra was blessed to have taught at many universities: Central State University, Mountain State University of Charleston, Springfield Community Hospital School of Nursing, and the Ohio State University. She worked under 2 Ohio Governors, Governor Celeste as Commission of Ohio Department of Mental Retardation. Other positions held were Director of Volunteers Services with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. She also taught at Ohio State in the Dresden Program at the Ohio Technical College. She also did psychological testing for the Ohio Industrial Commission.

Sandra was blessed to become a member of the Ohio Parole Board for 14 years where she was responsible for the release consideration for over 65,00 men and women who were housed in Ohio Prison. One of Sandra's biggest accomplishments was to help start the Hospice program here in Columbus, Ohio. She also taught Business Education to over 500 women and placed them in jobs in the private section, Local, State and Federal Government.

Sandra's biggest joy was raising her three children, Tyrone, Todd and Thandi. Her love for her grandchildren, Patrick, Julian, Tyanna, Taniyah, Tavin, Ronnell and Mikea. Bobby reached the moon and back. Her love for the students she taught at Central State University was unlimited.

Sandra was preceded in death by her mother; Willa Paige, father; Carl Allen and stepfather; James Paige, Jr.

Left to cherish her memories are her loving children, sons; Tyrone Coleman and Todd Coleman, daughter; Thandi Crockett, stepdaughters; Mekelle and Monesha as well as a host of other relatives and special friends.

Visitation 1:00 PM, Omega Omega Service 1:30 PM, Memorial Service 2:00 PM Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Mt. Vernon AME Church, 1127 Mt. Vernon Ave. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. LIVINGSTON AVE.

You can view the service (via livestream) at Mt. Vernon AME Church Facebook Page.
In Memoriam Jon L. Featherston 12/19/2022  
Featherston, Jon L., 78 of Piscataway, NJ on Saturday, August 13, 2022. Beloved husband of Marjorie Falby. Born in Tupelo, MS, he was employed as a Director of Personal at IBM in Kingston, NY. Surviving in addition to his wife are children, Franklyn and Gracelyn, daughters-in-law, Laura and Lynda, grandchildren, Franklyn, Amaya and Jayda and nephew, Dexter. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Pre-deceased by his parents and a son, Billy. Visitation and Services on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Private disposition will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231. or
In Memoriam Frank G. Chester 7/26/2022  
Frank Chester
Chief Operations Officer
Frank Chester, a West Virginia native, traveled to Baton Rouge in February 2021 to serve as the Chief Operations Officer for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Chester looks forward to continuing his work in the educational field so that he can carry on his mission in creating new opportunities for youth. He began his career working for several Fortune 500 companies serving in various senior manager and executive roles. However, when the opportunity arose to make an impact in students’ lives, he made the leap and never looked back. He describes the new path as an opportunity to forge a more opportunistic future for minority students. “As the first in my family to graduate from college, my whole life has been characterized by the role of education and the outcomes it provides.”
Chester’s education career began in Pennsylvania in the Pittsburgh School System as the Chief Human Resources & Talent Officer. He also served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut. Both systems are reflective of the demographic makeup of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
He earned his degree from West Virginia State University before serving as a U.S. Army Officer that included both international and stateside assignments where he eventually achieved the rank of Captain.
Chester believes in investing in and serving the community in which he lives. While in Pittsburgh, he was selected and honored as one of the ’50 Men of Excellence’ by the Pittsburgh Courier. In addition, he is also a graduate of Leadership Minneapolis and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He also volunteers his spare time as a career coach.
Chester, never living further south than Charlotte, North Carolina, cannot wait to spend time soaking up the Louisiana sun where he will enjoy his hobbies of fishing, golf, and immersing himself in Louisiana’s famous culture.
In Memoriam Lamont Canada 8/15/2022  

Lamont Canada, DDS, 71, passed away on October 3, 2021, in Atlanta, Ga.

He was born on December 6, 1949, in Scarborough, WV. His parents, Elizabeth Ann Thompson and Andrew Ephon Canada, both preceded him in death.

Lamont was a proud graduate of West Virginia State College and Howard University School of Dentistry.

He received his commission to the US Navy Dental Corp following graduation. Lamont served as dental officer aboard the USS Nashville prior to being stationed at the Naval Hospital Pensacola, serving there as the Assistant to the Oral Surgeon.

After leaving the military, he and his wife, Malva; and their two children, Amber(Terrell) Isley and Weylin Canada settled in Pensacola. For thirty two years he cared for his patients, his staff, and his community.

He was a member of Omega Psi Phi, the NAACP, and the African American Heritage Society. He was a fierce advocate for public schools and served and held offices on many PTA ,School , and Superintendent Advisory Boards as well as chairing Scholarship Committees, Outreach Programs, Search Committees, Procurement of Resources and Technology Equipment, and reviewed Student Disciplinary Incidents.

He loved life, music, an just interacting with people. He knew the love of family and friends, and the respect of colleagues and staff. He will be missed, by his wife , Malva; his children , Amber (Terry), and Weylin; his grandchildren, Tavia, Merrick, and Jett; a host of extended and blended family, and those whose life he touched along the way.
In Memoriam Sylvester Brown 8/11/2022  
Mwanza, Kalonji
Age 76, passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022. He was born in Pittsburg, PA on January 13, 1946.

Visitation pending

Service pending...

In Memoriam Frances B. Reed 8/10/2022  
Frances B. Reed

Mrs. Frances B. Reed, wife of Dr. Vincent Reed, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, July 23, 2022. She is survived by her devoted niece Ella Redmond; loving niece Patrice Millhouse; Brother Ricky Walker; Sister Sandra West; Brother-in-law William Reed (Consuela) of Texas; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Public viewing 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Private Homegoing Celebration at 11 a.m. Gethsemane Baptist Church, 5119 4th St. N.W. Washington, DC 20011. Homegoing Celebration Service will be live streamed at

Interment Parklawn Memorial Park, Rockville, MD. Arrangements by McGuire
In Memoriam Joan M. Brown 5/23/2022  
GREENVILLE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) - Joan M. Brown, age 90, of The Colony at St. Paul's Senior Living Community and formerly of McCandless, Pennsylvania passed away Sunday evening, January 26, 2020.

She was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 23, 1929 to G. Alan and Matilda (Klindworth) McKee.

Joan attended Thiel College and received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education from Slippery Rock University.

She was an elementary school teacher for over 25 years in the North Hills School District.

Joan was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville and was a past volunteer at the Good Shepherd Center.

She enjoyed sewing and doing embroidery work for friends and family.

On May 28, 1949 she married John R. "Jack" Brown; he passed away on March 21, 2017.

Joan is survived by her two daughters, Bethanie A. Bena and her husband, Bernard, of Dormont, Pennsylvania and Virginia L. "Ginger" Mangolds and her husband, Arnis, of Stow, Massachusetts; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Holly E. Brown and a sister, Virginia Bakas and her husband, Norbert.

In Memoriam John R. Brown 5/23/2022  
John R. "Jack" Brown, Jr., age 90, of 341 E. Jamestown Road, West Salem Twp., formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Tuesday morning, March 21, 2017 in the ER of UPMC Horizon Greenville.

He was born in Greenville on November 29, 1926 to John R. and Louise (Lininger) Brown. He was a 1944 graduate of Penn High School and received his B.S. in Education from Thiel College.

Jack served as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WWII stationed in Japan. He was employed in the Sales/Marketing division of U.S. Rubber-Uniroyal in Pittsburgh for 32 years and retired from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, where he worked as a Fund Raising Specialist for 14 years.

He was an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville where he served on the finance committee and was also active with Camp Lutheran, Prospect, PA. He was a member of Greenville Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, and he was also a lifetime member of F&AM North Hills Lodge # 716.

On May 28, 1949 he married the former Joan McKee, she survives at home. Also surviving are two daughters, Bethanie Bena and her husband Bernard of Pittsburgh and Virginia Mangolds and her husband Arnis of Stow, Mass.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Holly Brown and a brother, Thomas A. Brown.
In Memoriam Rosa L. Turpin 5/23/2022  
Ms. Rosa Lee Turpin was born April 21, 1927 in Lexington, KY to Susie and James Turpin. She peacefully departed this life Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

Ms. Turpin was a 1949 graduate of West Virginia State College and a member of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa. She taught in the Dayton Public School System for 34 years while serving in many offices in the Dayton, Western Ohio, and National Teachers Associations.

Rosa Lee continued to work in the community for over 20 years after her retirement. She served as a Victoria Association Volunteer and a Schuster Usher Team Captain. Ms. Turpin was also a dedicated member of the Senior Women's Scholarship League, serving as its Treasurer for more than 55 years.

As an equally dedicated and hard working member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Ms. Turpin served in many of its ministries. She was President of both the Senior Choir and Altar Guild. Over the years, Rosa Lee also taught in Bethel's many Christian Education Programs, worked in its Culinary Ministry, and assisted in the Church Office.

Ms. Turpin leaves many friends and the following family members to cherish her memory and celebrate her life: Robbye (Kimberly) Jackson, Jay (Patricia) Higgins, Georgetta Ditto, Jana and Dawn Adams all of Dayton, OH, and Mary Ann Adams and Nycoe Morton of Lexington, KY. Ms. Joyce Oliver and Mrs. Linda Clayton are two of Ms. Turpin's devoted special family friends.
In Memoriam Harvey D. Williams 5/23/2022  
MAJOR GENERAL, UNITED STATES ARMY (RET.), 90, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at home in Maryland on August 7, 2020, due to Parkinson's disease. He is predeceased by his son Mark E. Williams, his parents Matthew Dean Williams and Addie Haynes Williams, and his brothers Matthew James Williams and Leon P. Williams (Lillian). He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary E. (Glenn) Williams, son Harvey Dean Williams Jr. (Jessica), daughters Karen Williams, Mignon Khargie Fowler (Thomas), and Joyce L. Williams (Delancy Jackson). He was the proud "G-Pop" of granddaughter Hannah Rose Fowler and "Pop-Pop" to grandson Mark Dean Williams. He is survived and deeply loved by numerous cousins, in-laws, colleagues, family, and friends.

He was a son of North Carolina: born in Whiteville in 1930, raised in Durham, and a proud member of the Hillside High School Class of 1946 (at age 15). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at West Virginia State College at age 19, and his Master of Science degree in International Affairs at George Washington University. He holds his place in history as the 16th black general in U.S. history and the 1st in North Carolina's history.

His kindness, wisdom, thoughtfulness, loyal friendship, loving empathy, and quick intelligent humor captured our hearts. His kind manner, warm spirit, extraordinary intellect, incomparable and amazing gift for communicating, respectful leadership, and confident presence commanded every room. His unwavering faith in God, commitment to his family, and hopeful determination and perseverance were inspiring. He is deeply loved, missed, and will always be remembered. We were blessed by beyond measure to have him in our lives.

A memorial service at Fort Myer Old Post Memorial Chapel, and interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be held on Friday April 16, 2021 at 10:45 AM for 50 family and friends due to COVID-19 restrictions. A livestream of the service by Arlington Media Inc. is available at:

Family and Friends may use this site to offer condolences, find information on his military career, or send plants to the family of MG Harvey Dean Williams, US Army, (Ret.) More information on his life and career can also be found at


Commanding General, First US Army (interim)

Deputy Commanding General, First US Army

Commanding General, US Army Readiness & Mobilization Region III

Deputy Inspector General, US Army

Commanding General, VII Corps Artillery & Community Commander

Chief of Staff, Military District of Washington

Deputy Commanding General, Military District of Washington

Post Commander, Fort Myer, Virginia

Brigade Commander, 75th Field Artillery Group

Senior Military Adviser, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (Dept. of Defense)

Director, Security Division, Asst Chief of Staff Intelligence, Dept. of the Army

Commanded 3 Artillery Batteries - one in combat in Korea; one in Germany

Commanded 2 Battalions - one in combat in Vietnam

Participation in Desert Rock, Atomic Bomb Detonation - Nevada


Legion of Merit

2 Bronze Stars; 2 Meritorious Service Medals; 5 Air Medals; 5 Army Commendation Medals

Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm - government of South Vietnam

United Nations Service Medal

Meritorious Service - Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Order of the Long Leaf Pine - Governor, State of North Carolina

Meritorious Service Medal - Governor, State of Delaware

Honorary Distinguished Citizen - Governor, State of West Virginia

WVSU ROTC Hall of Fame - Charter Member

Man of the Year Award - Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Heroes in Business: RMOA & SDVE

Key to the City of Durham - 1991

Honorary Mayor/Bürgermeister of Augsburg

16th Black US Army General

1st Black US Army General from North Carolina


Master of Science Degree (International Affairs) - George Washington University - Washington, DC - 1972

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) - West Virginia State College (University), Institute - 1950

Hillside High School - Graduate - Durham, NC - 1946

Advanced Officers Course - Graduate

Armed Forces Staff College - Distinguished Graduate - Norfolk, VA

US Naval War College - Distinguished Graduate - Newport, RI

Senior Executives Management Program, Harvard University - Cambridge, MA


Dept. of Veterans Affairs-Mentor-Protege

Security Coordinator, Joint Chiefs of Staff for President Carter's Inauguration

Member of The ROCKS, Inc.

Member of AUSA

Board of Directors, MSTI

1978 activism against discrimination of black American soldiers in Germany made international headlines and caused Mayor of Augsburg to change policies

EVP & COO-in IT, bringing technology to diverse communities

CARE water project-bringing water to Mozambique and South Africa
In Memoriam Louise E. Hill 12/10/2021  
Louise Eleanor Wallace Hill, age 84, from Institute, daughter of former WVSU, Dr. Wm. J.L. Wallace and Eleanor Wallace, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN. Alumnus of WVSU (59), Delta Sigma Theta, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and retired teacher and para. Preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, Eleanor Pitts, and stepson, Gary Jeter. Survived by her husband of 59 years, Joseph A. Hill, Jr.; children, Toni Hill Duberry (Ernest) and William Hill (Lonie Goldsberry); grandchildren, Jasper (Courtney), Zachary (Dana), and Chet; cousin, John L. Fuller, Sr., and many other family and friends.
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