Housewife and Mechanic
Ruth Chambers and
Housewife and Mechanic
Ruth Chambers and Benjamin Harrison, who have relatives living in Rockaway, passed away on February 10. They were both 81.
The couple lived in the Carolinas before moving to New York. They were members of the First Baptist Church of Lawrence and the St. John Baptist Church of Inwood.
The couple is survived by their daughter Bessie Harrison Lee; their grandchildren, Dorothy and Robert Golson and Michael and Charles Lee; six great-grandchildren; as well as Lulu, Issac, Delores, Donald, Diane, Curtis, Ida, Novieda, Latrese, Tanika, Trivia, Lavon, Tajoi, Shamel, William, Robert, Minnie Lee, Ulysses and Tyra Carr, Bernice and Archie Bonner, Arianna Goolsby, Shomari McLean, Martha and James Simmons, Tage Will iams, DeVarde and Deonte Frai ser, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted with Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home with a service at Gaffney’s Friend ship Chapel. Disposition was at Forrest Park Cemetery in Morgan ville, New Jersey.
Douglas Mason, a native of Far
Rock away, passed away on January 23.
Mason was born and raised in Far Rockaway. At an early age he claimed membership in the New Hope Miss ionary Baptist Church in Rockaway Beach and a short time thereafter he was ordained by his father into the ministry. He was the forty-seventh minister of the family tree.
Mason graduated from Far Rock away High School and went on to ob tain a Masters of Divinity and a Doc torate of Esoteric Science from Mc Cormick Seminary in Chicago. His ministry led him to San Marcos Presbyterian Church on the northwest side of Chicago where he worked as a Community Youth Pastor. It was here that he was introduced to two 11-year-old twin boys whom he eventually adopted.
Mason moved on to the Sisseton/Wah peton, Dakota Sioux Reservation where his Christian services were recorded and distributed among the Indian Nations of that region. After two years Mason moved on to the warm beaches of South Beach, Florida where he spent the remainder of his life as the Interim Associate Pastor
for the Miami Shore Presbyterian Church.
Mason is survived by his sons Jordge and Adrian Marteniz; his mother Petrolia Mason; his brothers Thomas, Howard and Jeffery Mason; his sisters Cheryl Mason Matlock and Alisa Mason; sister-in-law Marian Mason; brother-in-law Thomas Matlock; and a family of uncles, aunts, nieces, neph ews and cousins.
J.L. "Slim" Smith
J.L. Smith, of Far Rockaway, passed away February 13. He was 69.
Smith, who was also known as "Slim," was born in Rowland, North Carolina. He had been living in the Rockaways for 19 years. He worked as a machinist.
Smith is survived by his sisters Pauline McNeil, of Far Rockaway, and Dorothy Skyes; his brother Willie Smith; his sister-in-law Weddie Smith and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted with Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home with a service held at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Disposition was at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester, New York.
Beryl Melissa Wade
Beryl Melissa Wade, of Far Rock away, passed away on February 7. She was 97.
A native of Guyana, Wade had been living in the Rockaways for nearly 30 years. She worked as a teacher and was a devout Jehovah’s Witness.
Wade is survived by her children Francena (Dolly) George and Dawn Carroll; her grandchildren Beverly Carroll, Roger Carroll, Adrian Carroll and Dawn Allison Trapp; her extended family, Percy George, Ronald Carroll, Toscha Carroll, Charlene Carroll and Mark Trapp; as well as a host of cousins and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted with Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home with a service at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel.