1999-11-27 / Obits

Thomasina Chandler
Family From Here

Thomasina Diane Gibbs Chandler died on Sunday, November 17, 1999.

Thomasina attended Springfield Gardens High School in Queens. She later met and married Otto Chandler in 1975. Thomasina worked at Doctors West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

She lived a vibrant and happy life.

Thomasina is predeceased by her parents the late Julia and Thomas Gibbs and her son the late Mickey Cash.

She is survived by her children Tameka C. Cash, Robert L. Bryant III, Latisha L. Gibbs, Melody Gibbs, Otto G. Gibbs, Jequetta N. Hill, Thomasina M. Gibbs, Othea Hill, jr., Michelle J. Johnson; siblings Larry J. Gibbs, Gary T. Gibbs, Rosemary E. Shepherd, Deborah O. Johnson, Sally D. Griffin, Thomas P. Gibbs III; grandchildren Eternity S. Hill, Adina Mcaulay, Shakira Hunt, Ulysses Emory, jr., Dasma Dorsey; daughter-in-law Mekeba Gibbs, one sister-in-law; four brothers-in-law; uncle George Gibbs; aunt Georgina Elliott; loving soul mate Michael Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., of Inwood, was held at Oxford Hills Cemetery, Chester, New York.

Carol Kenny, From Far Rockaway

Carol Kenny died November 2, 1999 at St. John’s Hospital.

Interment under the direction of Lawrence Funeral Chapel, Inc., was held at Rosemount Park Cemetery, Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Thomas V. Lavin, Sr.
Originally From Here

Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas V. Lavin, Sr. was celebrated on Tuesday, November 23 at St. Francis de Sales Church, Belle Harbor.

He died November 20, 1999 at St. Clare’s Hospital in New Jersey.

Originally from Belle Harbor, Thomas worked as an accountant for Catholic Charities, Brooklyn Diocese. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Baron DeKalb #1073.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife Agnes E. (nee Kane); sons Thomas V., jr., William K., Gregory J., Peter T., John P., Michael J. and Mark E.; daughters Mary E. Crerand and Patricia A. Lavin; brother Gerard; 26 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He is predeceased by his sister the late Paulita.

Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway Park, was held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn.

William Lightfoot, Sr.
Born In Rockaway

William King Lightfoot, Sr. died on November 11, 1999.

Will grew up in the Rockaways where he attended P.S. 44 and later graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School.

Will, also known as "Willie King," worked for over 20 years and retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad. He then worked and retired from the New York City Transit Authority.

His great joys were traveling and being with his children and grandchildren. He was a devoted and loving father and grandfather who was always there with advice, strength and friendship.

Will is survived by his son William King Lightfoot, jr.; daughters Diane James who works for the 101 Precinct, Cynthia Lightfoot and Tonya Williams; grandchildren Kimberly Renee Morris, Robert William James, William King Lightfoot III, Lauren Blair Lightfoot, Diallo Roman Lee; sister Eleanor Battle; brother Morris Lightfoot; sister-in-law Liz Lightfoot; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., was held at Pinelawn Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.

Eldon James McLean
Loved By Many

Eldon James McLean died Sunday, November 14, 1999.

Jim, as he was known by friends, served in the Army for 10 years, retiring with the rank of E-6. He then began working for the New York City Transit Authority. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his father Dr. Eldon McLean of Springfield, Massachusetts; sister Joyce Brown of Long Island; loving companion Gloria Johnson; aunt Clara Foster of Indiana; nephews Barney, Alan and Kirk; grand-nephew Alan Donell; grand-nieces Adina and Natasha Brown; great-grand niece Jordan Brown; loving children he helped baby-sit Mikey and Anthony; and a host of other relatives, friends and co-workers.

Eldon is predeceased by his mother the late Pattie Stroud.

Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., of Inwood, was held in Middle Village, New York.

Johnny Cleavlyn Miles
Loving Family Man

Johnny Cleavlyn Miles died on Tuesday, November 17, 1999 at St. John’s Hospital.

Son of the late Mack and Lula Miles, Johnny was born in Quitman, Georgia.

He was a dedicated and loving father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

Johnny is survived by his daughters Johnnie Mae, Sylvia who works for the 101 Precinct, Sharen and Janice; son Cleavlyn; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, five stepchildren, six step-grandchildren; sisters Ada, Clara, Louise; three aunts; one uncle; and a host of relatives and friends.

Nellamae Smith
Grew Up In Rockaway

Nellamae Smith died on November 15, 1999.

Nellamae went to school in the Rockaways, attending P.S. 44 and Far Rockaway High School.

She attended and was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church since 1931. In her youth she was on the Usher Board and later the Celestial Choir and The Nurse’s Aid Society. She was also a member of the Trustee Board for many years. She devotedly served as a Trustee Board Financial Secretary.

Nellamae was always a willing worker of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church and an active participant in all church activities. Nellamae was employed by the City of New York, Department of Social Services until retirement.

She was predeceased by her son the late Michael C. Ushry; nephew the late Howard V. Walker, jr.; brother the late Horace Johnson.

Nellamae is survived by her sister Reaver Walker; niece and nephew Valerie and Glenn Hampton; grandnieces Ebonni Gaspard and Morgan Hampton; great-grandniece Karrionn Smith; and a host of wonderful relatives and friends.

Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., was held at Rockville Cemetery, Lynbrook, New York.

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