2000-02-05 / Obits
Thomas DeWitt Bennafield
Served In The Army
Thomas, affectionately known as Tee, was a veteran of the US Army. After the service he worked as a shipping clerk for many years.
He is predeceased by his wife Florence and his son.
Thomas is survived by his devoted companion Arnella Bennafield; son Kenneth Johnson; daughters Valerie, Gisele and Tracey Bennafield; stepdaughter Walida Richards (husband, Robert); stepsons Rahim Smith (wife, Valerie) Michael, and Ramel Smith (wife, Monique); 23 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; special friend Reginald Brazel and a host of loving relatives and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home was held at Oxford Hills Cemetery, Chester, New York.
Service for Linda Chamberlain was held on Wednesday, January 19, 2000.
Linda attended PS 106, JHS 198 and Far Rockaway High School. After she graduated from Peninsula Nursing School, she worked at Ocean View Nursing Home as a nursing assistant.
She is survived by her daughter Yvette Scurry; sons Jerome Scurry and Joseph Evan Keitt; sisters Glenda Rumph, Beulah Murray, Patricia Rawlins and Barbara Chamberlain; brother Steven Chamberlain; grandchildren Nyasia, Sharoma, Joseph, Samone, Jarrode, Shaquira and Destiny; great-granddaughter Jania Knight; daughter-in-law Carmen Scurry; brothers-in-law Carl Murray, Raymond Rumph and Clyde Rawlins; and many other relatives and friends.
She is predeceased by her brother, the late George Chamberlin.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home was held at Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port Washington, New York.
Patricia Ann Francis
Formerly From Here
Patricia Ann Francis died on January 3, 2000.
She was a graduate of Far Rockaway High School who later attended Queensboro Community College and the Vocational Educational Extension Board from which she received her license for practical nursing.
During the course of her 19-year nursing career, Patricia worked at George Washington University, Bethesda Naval Hospital, Children’s National Medical Center, DC Charter Health and DC General Hospital.
In between shifts, she found time to serve as a missionary at Redemption Ministry. She attended Bible Study, Prayer and Praise Service, Women’s Fellowship and Sunday Worship Services, when her job schedule permitted. Many members depended on her nursing skills with their hospital recoveries, pregnancies and childcare. She facilitated a wellness seminar for the Women of Redemption and was esteemed as its "Nurse in residence."
Patricia is survived by her daughter Brittany; siblings Valerie, Snadra Fareed, Phyllis, Rhonda, Sharon, Randy, Tanya, Karen, Linda, Lynette, Kevin and Michael; her grandmother; two aunts, four brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends. She will be forever remembered by her Redemption Ministry family.
Willie Mae Frazier
Service for Willie Mae Frazier was held on Thursday, January 27 at First Baptist Church in Far Rockaway.
Willer Mae moved to Inwood, Long Island in 1935. She later joined the First Baptish Church of Far Rockaway. She was a faithful member, attending Sunday school regularly and dedicating her time to the Missionary Circle.
She is survived by her loving son John Frazier, jr.; sister Lillian; brothers James, William, B.H., Joe and Thomas; grandchildren Guy, Vanessa, Myrna, Donna and Sabrina; eleven great-grandchildren; aunts Christine Aiken and Evangeline Goodwin; a dedicated home care attendant Judith Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Interment under the direction of Chatmon and Benson Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Greenfield Cemetery, Hempstead, New York.
Lodovico A. Giglio
From Rockaway Park
Lodovico A. Giglio died on Friday, January 28, 2000 at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.
He was a ship fitter who worked for the Department of Defense for many years at both the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the naval base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Lodovico is survived by his wife Marie (nee Rizzo); son Peter; daughters Phyllis Giglio, Mary Lou Garland and Vita Standley; and three grandchildren.
Private services were held under the direction of Meserole Funeral Home, Inc. of Inwood.
Memorial mass will be celebrated in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Annie Lee Holland
From Far Rockaway
Service for Annie Lee Holland was held on Tuesday, January 25 at Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Far Rockaway.
Annie moved to Far Rockaway in 1963. She was one of the founding members of Far Rockaway Cathedral Church of God in Christ where her son, Elder James L. Holland, serves as pastor and founder.
Widow of the late Walter Holland, Annie is survived by her children Dave Holland, Ida Mae Davis, Emma Jean Pelt, Walter Holland, jr., Jerry Holland, Freeland Holland and James L. Holland; adopted daughter Debra Bradley; sisters Lee Gunn, Marie Borum, Vergie Borum, Ruth Borum, Maxine Borum, Hattie Covington, and Hattie Borum; brothers Leslie Borum and MacArthur Borum; 67 grandchildren; 109 great-grandchildren; 46 great great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.
She is predeceased by her children Josephine Grey, William Jackson Holland, Charles Ellis Holland and Lorene Holland.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at All Saint’s Cemetery, Great Neck.
From Rockaway Beach
Service for Blondell Jenkins was held on Friday, January 21 at Refuge Church of God In Christ, Far Rockaway.
Blondell worked at Rockaway Nursing Home, Studley Paper Company, Chase Manhattan Bank and Best Care Agency.
Her love for children led her to become a foster parent. She enjoyed doing things for other people, especially preparing delicious meals.
She was an active member of the Refuge Church of Christ where she served in the gospel chorus and was president of the usher board. She was a faithful and dedicated person.
Blondell is survived by her son Anthony Jenkins; aunts Thelma Wesley and Anna Williams; niece Debra Golson; god-children Rashan Staley, Althea Johnson and Vanessa Smith; family friend Carmen Mercede; and a host of relatives and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Rockville Cemetery, Lynbrook, New York.
Family From Here
Service for Clyde Minter was held on Monday, January 31, 2000.
He was born in Cumberland, Virginia to the late James and Maggie Minter.
Clyde is survived by his wife Elaine Minter; a devoted companion Bertha Hill; 11 children; 20 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters Jennie Mae Milden, Sue Lee Minter, Yvonne Minter and Geneva Minter; brothers Joseph, James, Terry, Thomas and Junius; and a host of other family members and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Riverhead Cemetery.
Helen B. Ross
Rockaway Beach Resident
Helen B. Ross died on Monday, January 31 at Peninsula Hospital Center.
She was a Rockaway Beach resident for 38 years, coming from Brooklyn.
Widow of the late James R., Helen is survived by her sons Richard, Arthur, Robert and James; sister May Sidler; and nine grandchildren.
Private services were held under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc.
Of Rockaway Point
Mass of Christian Burial for Catherine Williams was celebrated on Thursday, February 3 at St. Thomas More Church.
She was a lifetime Rockaway Point resident.
Widow of the late Terrence, Catherine is survived by her son Terrence; daughters Eileen and Ann; brother Donald Clinton; sister Rosemary Barg; grandchildren Terrence, Kevin, Debbie and Kenneth; and great-grandchildren Katie Ann and Lauren.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc. was held at St. Charles, Farmingdale.