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Sylvia McLymont (1930 – 2015)

Sylvia McLymont, age 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. She was born on June 2, 1930 in Chicago, IL to the late Lucille Speid and the late Edgar James She confessed Christ at an early age and was active member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Los Angeles for over 65 years.  Sylvia worked for Los Angeles County as a Registered Nurse for over 37 years. Sylvia was an amazing woman of God.  She did everything for the Glory of God and will be remembered for her loving and giving spirit.   She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Brown, Melanie Pruitt and Karen McLymont. Son-in-laws Cedric Brown and Lawrence Pruitt Sr. Grandchildren, James Williams, III., Lawrence Pruitt, Jr., Dr. Monique Pruitt-Norwood, Sean Payton, Eric Payton and Nicole Fashaw.  Great-Grand Children, Semara Williams, Kamani Williams, Nicholas Norwood and Noah Norwood.  Brother, Herman James and Sister, Dorothy Thorburn-Parcel and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and dear...

Evelina Dela Cruz (1930-2015)

Please join us for the final celebration of service for Evelina Dela Cruz who recently passed away on August 11,2015. We will be honoring Evelina’s  life in a memorial  service with family, friends, and loved  ones. Saturday, August 22, 2015 2-6 p.m. Mountain View Mortuary, 2400 Fair Oaks, Altadena Ca 91001  ...

Judith Stevenson (1944-2015)

Judith Anne Minoogian Stevenson was born in Portland, Maine on April 27, 1944 and passed away in Glendora California on July 31, 2015.  Judy was educated in Pasadena Schools and was the first graduating class from Pasadena High School.   She is, survived by her two Sisters, Margery Beardslee & Bette Willmon; her nephews Jason (CarolLee & Hudson) Trussell & Michael (Elizabeth &Vanna) Willmon.   She was a member of Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church and Dorcas Guild & sang in the choir for over 40 years.  Memorial Services will be Saturday, August 15, 2015. 11:30 am at Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church, 339 S. Santa Anita, Pasadena CA  91107.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Armenian Cilicia Evangelical...

Darcell Hannah (1964-2015)

Darcell Hannah was born May 31, 1964 to the parents of Kelly Avil Hannah and Shirley Long. Darcell was preceded in death by his father Kelly A Hannah, brothers Kelly Hannah III and Peter Hannah. Darcell moved to Pasadena, CA. at an early age where he later met and married his best friend Theresa Winbush.  Spending time with family and friends, low riding, playing chess, and dominoes were among the many things Darcell enjoyed. However, most of all Darcell loved spending time with his children and never missed a baseball, basketball or football game; He was also always present for plays and musicals his children performed in. His children were his life. From the youngest to oldest he was “daddy”. Left to cherish his memories, Darcell leaves behind, wife, Theresa Winbush; sons: Darcell Jr., Darieo, De’Mauria, Darquan, Daejuan, Darrell, Doncell, Darmoni, Darcell A. and Ethan; daughters: Darshell. Avaunta, Daishanae and Daria; Mother, Shirley Long; Brothers: Gary, Greg, Anthony, Andre, Keith; Sisters: Mason and Tracy; * grandsons and 6 gransdaughters; and a host of other family member and friends....

James Otis Potter (1928-2015)

James Otis Potter was born on April 4th 1928 in Birmingham, Alabama to the union of Rebecca Smith and Alstock Potter. Dad was the fourth child of five child (Potters’) in which 4 precedes him in death. Dad attended Lincoln school as a child, and with only a 8th grade education, he decided not to further his education; but instead, put his age up to join the U.S. Navy in which he served as a cook. That was Dads’ way of thinking, he could do anything; it was nothing for a stepper; but, soon his naval career would come to a halt, once learned of his age, thanks to his older sister, who worked for the War Department, dad was honorably discharged. Our dad was rambunctious, and with his mother; now being a single parent, sent him at the age of thirteen to live with his Uncle Boss (James Goldsmith). Our Dad came from a family of progressive, hard working men and Uncle Boss help mold this strong minded young man into the Manly Man our father was. Our father had big dreams and big ideals, which again served him well, after his brief naval career, dad was off again, this time moving to California, where he live with Uncle Red and Aunt Claudia, dad at this time was only seventeen. Dad had earned his nickname “Skeet” which he was called by his family, because our dad was constantly on the go, and you best believe, he hated that name. Dad, left California in the late 40’s and moved to Detroit, where he lived with Uncle Jackson, he met...

Jose Matias (1941-2015)

 Jose Matias passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 12:10 p.m. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico on August 12, 1941, Jose moved to New York City when he was 12 years old.  After a short time in college, he enlisted in the Air Force. At age 23, he met a beautiful young woman named Casilda Lopez, who would later become his wife of 50 years.   Jose worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City for over 20 years. He loved Salsa music, the company of family and friends and watching Baseball.  He is survived by his wife, Casilda Matias, his four children and eight grandchildren. Services will be held on Saturday, August 1st at the Sunrise Chapel of Mountain View Cemetery  in Altadena, California from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. His ashes will be placed at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California....

Dorothy Wright (1939-2015)

Dorothy Ann Badgett was born December 12, 1939 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Jacob and Rosa Elizabeth Badgett.  She met Donald Milton Wright and they were wed on July 31, 1954. In 1961 with five children, the family moved to California seeking a better life.  While in California, Dorothy held positions as a cook, caregiver and a nurse to support her ever growing family which ultimately included nine children with the early home going of her daughter, Twanda Wright. Her interests included family, gardening, reading and listening to Gospel music.  She was active in many churches and worked with various charities. At age 75, Dorothy left us on July 7, 2015 with her family by her side in Arcadia, California. Mrs. Wright was survived by her husband, Donald Milton Wright, nine children:  Donald Milton Jr., Dexter Lee, Tobytha Renee, Deborah Lynn, Victor, Rebecca, Myron W., Joseph J., Cheryl Regina; 23 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and several other family and friends. Dorothy leaves a special message to her family and friends: “I love you all and abide what I’ve taught you about the ways of...

Bobbie Jean Crockett (1937-2015)

Bobbie Jean Crockett, 78,  passed away on June 6th. Viewing hours July 7th from 4-7pm in Mountain View Chapel Drawing Room. Service will be held on July 8th at Sunrise Chapel, Mountain View...

James Edwin Milliken (1929-2015)

James Edwin Milliken  DECEMBER 12, 1929 – JUNE 7, 2015 James Edwin Milliken the son of Samuel Allen and Marie Stevens Milliken was born December 12, 1929 in Maywood, California. Jim was the youngest of three children. Jim volunteered for the Navy at age 17 where he became an Electricians Mate Third Class. He was stationed in Japan and participated in the Korean War where he earned a unit citation for rescuing 50 marines going up the Yalu River on the U.S.S. Carmich, which was a minesweeper. He married the love of his life, Margaret Johnson on June 27, 1954. They made their home and raised their family in Altadena. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at UCLA. While married he was Division Manager at Microdot, and shortly after that he became self-employed at Wiretronics which eventually led to another business partnership called TEMPR. James had a very full life enjoying various pursuits such as camping, fishing, hiking, sailing, and lapidary, rock hounding, backpacking and exploring the great outdoors. He brought his family along for the ride on many excursions. Jim had a passion for learning new things and he was a wonderful provider for his family, always thinking of ways to improve their life and working on inventing new things. James had open heart surgery twice. Admirably, he was still driven to pursue his latest invention. JAMES IS SURVIVED BY HIS LOVING FAMILY: WIFE OF 60 YEARS MARGARET MILLIKEN; ONE SISTER, MARIE BAYER; SON,  DANIEL MILLIKEN AND HIS WIFE LYNNE, DAN’S CHILDREN JENNIFER AND MARYBETH AND GREAT GRAND CHILDREN DESTINEY AND A.J. (ANTHONY); SON ROBERT MILLIKEN, AND DAUGHTER MARY DARNELL AND HER HUSBAND DOUGLAS AND THEIR DAUGHTER, RACHAEL AND...

William Edward Preston (1934-2015)

WILLIAM EDWARD PRESTON, 80, of Newark, New Jersey, peacefully passed away in his sleep on May 25, 2015 in his home in Glendale, California. William, affectionately known as “Bill”, son of the late John Preston and Margarette (Meeks) Preston was born in Packard, Kentucky on September 16, 1934. Bill worked as a Sky Cap for Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey for over 20 years. Surviving are his daughter, Debra L. Preston; his step daughter, Jaime R. Preston and their mother Hazel Preston; two brothers, Roy Preston, (Sylvia), Pascal Preston; one sister R. Gwendolyn Owens; three grandchildren, Marcus A. Preston, Briana N. Preston, Briantae Y. Preston. He was preceded in death by his brother Bruce Preston. He will also be truly missed by the Ferguson family: His step daughters, Corema, Tanya, Jolanda & Michelle; Step sons, Mahmud Samad & Saleme; Step Sister in law Juwadeah; Grandchildren, Alicia, Ramone, Nadia, Maleck Jr., Nevaeh, Robert Jr, Nadje, Tyesha, Shaneekah, Alena, Earl, Alexis, Tanajah, Michael Jr. Elijah & Saleme Jr., as well as a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews & special friends.   The family would like to thank the Vitas Hospice & Pallative Care staff, who provided Bill with excellent care during the final stages of his...

William Edward Bailey ( 1929-2015)

William Edward Bailey was born August 10th, 1929 in Austin, Texas to Lille Williams and Edison Bailey.  During the 1930s, his family migrated to Northern California, where Bill began his education. He eventually decided to advance his education, culminating at the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied human growth and development subse sequently receiving an Ed.D in Early Childhood Education. Along with being an avid scholar, Bill had a number of noteworthy accomplishments. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War.  He was the founder and president of the nonprofit Arts Foundation, Pacific Futures Incorporated. With a passion for enlightening youth, he was also a college instructor at several universities and colleges. Bill had an enthusiasm for life, traveling the world while he listened to jazz. He had a slew of interests and hobbies. He was an actor, artist, jewelry maker, exceptional photographer, and an appreciator of the fine arts and music.  During his downtime at home, he enjoyed gardening and as he would say “piddling” around the house. Bill will always be remembered,  appreciated, and loved for his kind heart, sense of humor, refreshing personality, intelligence and love for his family. He was an admirable father and grandfather.. a true renaissance man. He is survived by his devoted partner and companion Glynis Roberts; daughters Paula Stokes and Linda Roundtree; son Keith Bailey; grandchildren Brittany Fleming , Evan Stokes, Garrett Stokes and Tasha Callum; great grandson Jernaro Gilford; nephews, Brian Bailey and Louis Bailey; cousin Willie Lois Williams; great nephew Jason Woods; as well as former wives and mothers of his children Patricia  Rigard and Alpha...
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