2005-03-25 / Obits

Juanita Bryant Minister

  • Juanita Bryant, a Far Rockaway resident for more than a decade, died on March 10.
  • Bryant, who was born in Brooklyn on August 19, 1953, started writing poetry at a young age. At 13, one of her poems appeared in “Voice of the Children.” She won an editor’s choice award for her poem “My Precious Jewel.”

    Bryant, a minister, was a member of the Christ Temple and the Church of God in Christ in Hempstead.

    Bryant is survived by her mother, Johnnie Mae Walton; stepfather, Eugene Walton of Macon, Georgia; son, Jason Bryant; sisters, Sandra Bryant of Atlanta, Georgia and Theresa Bryant of Macon; brothers, Larry Bryant of Atlanta, Johnny Bryant of Far Rockaway and Shaun Bryant of Atlanta; and other family members and friends.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Interment was at Frost Woods Memorial Park in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

    Ann B. Feeney

    Home Health Aide

    Ann B. Feeney, a Rockaway resident for 30 years, died on March 19.

    Feeney, born in Ireland, was a home health aide and a member of the St. Camillus Band staff.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Cronin and sister, Margaret Kelly.

    Feeney is survived by her daughters, Kellyann Duffy (Mike), Frances Brenna (Mike) and Margaret Cronin (Jimmy Kamna); brothers, Larry, Patty and Gerry Kelly; sister, Fiona Ahearn; and grandchildren, Meagan Duffy and Michael Duffy Jr.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Camillus. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery.

    Deborah Denise Flournoy

    Flight Attendant

    Deborah Denise Flournoy, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died on March 9.

    Flournoy, who was born on August 17, 1950, was a parishioner of the Macedonia Baptist Church. She was a member of the Junior Usher Board and the Junior Choir. Flournoy was a flight attendant.

    She was preceded in death by her only son, Kenneth “Man-Man” Robinson Jr. Flournoy is survived by her daughters, Ramona and Kendra Stevenson; father, Louis Flournoy; Daddy Edward Stevenson; longtime companion, Gene Graham; brothers, Kenneth Stevenson and James Flournoy; sisters, Marcella Charles and Mary Flournoy; grandmother, Minnie Pearl Harris; aunts, Doris Southerland and Irene Nickerson; uncle Horace Southerland; grandchildren, Takima Hundley, Fatima Nelson, Kenneth Robinson III, Charles (Tymel) Hudgins, Jared Stevenson, Glen Ford Jr., Jada Wade and Malik Stevenson; son-in-law, Eduard Wade Jr., and other family members and friends.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at Macedonia Baptist Church. Disposition was at Oxford Hills Crematory.

    Tessie Mae McKenzie

    Housewife

    Tessie Mae McKenzie, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died on March 12.

    McKenzie, who was born in Batesburg, South Carolina, was a housewife.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lucille Lenox-Byrd.

    McKenzie is survived by her daughters, Zelma (Sam) of New York City, Sandra (Raymond) of New York City, Pamela (Gregory) of Georgia and Rachel of New York City; sons, Frank (Marsha) of Reading, Pennsylvania, Ronnie (Betty) of New York City and Glenn and Karl of New York City; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

    Yuntalaa LeDonn McNeil

    Home Attendant

    Yuntalaa LeDonn McNeil, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died on March 17.

    McNeil, who was born in Manhattan on June 1, 1961, was a home attendant.

    She was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Greene; father, Constantine VonKyke; stepfather, Bobby McArthur; and mother-in-law, Blanche McNeil.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at CalvertonNational Cemetery.

    William Keith Pollard

    Maintenance Engineer

    William Keith Pollard, a lifelong Rockesident, died on February 22.

    Pollard, who was born in Brooklyn on February 15, 1966, was a maintenance engineer for the New York City Housing Authority.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Grandell Pollard Sr.; brothers, Warren Jamel Pollard and Grandell Pollard Jr.; and sister, Bernell Earle.

    Pollard is survived by his mother, Marie Pollard; children, Lil Keith, Shaqira, Tamika and William Jr.; stepsons, Shy’meke, Kraig and Khalil; girlfriend, Tiffnay Bryant, who cared for him during his illness; sisters, Lavinia Barkley of Baltimore, Maryland, LaTanya Pollard of Inwood, Detra Pollard of Far Rockaway; brother, Nathaniel Pollard of Inwood; brother-in-law, Alfonzo Barkley of Baltimore; goddaughter, Tomya Johnson; special nephew Jermaine; a good friend, Tameika Kinckson, who also helped and cared for him during his illness; and other family members and friends.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

    Claudell Rucker

    Food Service Worker

    Claudell Rucker, a Far Rockaway resident for more than 50 years, died on March 15.

    Rucker was born in Salisbury, North Carolina on January 21, 1920.

    He served in the United States Army during World War II and received an honorable discharge. Rucker was a member of the First Baptist Church of Far Rockaway. He served on the Usher Board for over 50 years and was recognized for outstanding dedication and service.

    Rucker was also a member of the Knights of Pythias of and a lifetime member of the Queens District of the 369th Veterans Association.

    He was preceded in death by two children, Claudell Rucker Jr. and Yolanda Rucker; and granddaughter, Sheba Katherine Rucker.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at First Baptist Church. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

    Peter F. Tennyson

    Security Officer

    Peter F. Tennyson, a Rockaway resident for more than 45 years, died on March 18.

    Tennyson, who was born in Brooklyn, served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department and the Breezy Point Catholic Club.

    Tennyson is survived by his wife, Catherine Anne Kilcoyne Tennyson; sons, Peter and Thomas O’D. Tennyson; daughters, Rose Ann Kramarik, Mary Carroll and Elaine Mills,

    Patricia B. Young; brothers, Thomas and John; sisters, Mary Rose Lee

    and Elaine Hogarty; and 16 grandchildren.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

    Leonard Trone

    Technician, Repair Man

    Leonard Trone, a Far Rockaway resident for more than a decade, died on March 8.

    Trone, who was born in Beckley, Virginia on December 6, 1955, was a Venetian blind technician and a washing machine repairman. Trone had a passion for carpentry, and would often build with his brother Ron, cousin Daryl and friend Harold.

    He is survived by his sons, Kenneth Trone and Leonard Sewell-Trone; stepson, Clifford Sewell; stepdaughter, Patrice Martinez; mother, Ernestine Clark; father, Earl Trone; daughter-in-law, Melissa Trone; grandchildren, Kenissa and Kenneth Trone and Jelani Richins; brothers, Lionel Trone and Steven Clark; sisters, Rosaliegh, Cynthia and Lorie Trone, Charlene Clark and Sabrina Clark-Muhammad; sister-in-law, Cheryl Stukes; brother-in-law, Rafig Muhammad; four uncles, Paul, Sidney, Leroy and Billy Clark; aunts, Joanne McCray, Charlotte Hall and Betty Thomas; three aunt-in-laws; two uncle-in-laws; nephews, Harold Easterling, Terrell Trone, Stephon Daise, Michael Lloyd, Dascani Muhammad; nieces, Shamere Watson, Shatrice Stukes, Stephanie Stukes, Devin Briggs, Sumayyah Muhammad, Briaa Muhammad, Tiffany Trone and Tatyana Clark; great nephew, William Toribio; adopted brothers and sisters, Guy, Demetrius, Tameka and Branden.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home and the Ortiz Funeral Home in the Bronx. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, New Jersey.

    Mary F. Valentine

    Homemaker

    Mary F. Valentine, a Rockaway resident for 70 years, died on March 19.

    Valentine, who was born in Brooklyn, was a homemaker.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Valentine.

    Valentine is survived by her sons, Gregory, William, Edward, Gerard and Matthew; daughters, Deborah Walker, Maryann Schillinger; Joan Valentine and Kathleen Fahy; and 12 grandchildren.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More in Rockaway Point. Other arrangements were kept private.

    Andrew Walker

    Foreman

    Andrew Walker, a Far Rockaway resident for more than 45 years, died on March 7.

    Walker, who was born in Salisbury, North Carolina on June 18, 1925, was a foreman at the Arthur Brown Warehouses.

    He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bobbie Sue.

    Walker is survived by wife Sherrie Williams; son, Justin Walker; grand-daughter Tykiera Walker; stepson Willie Shaun; mother-in-law, Hazel Williams (Joseph); sisters-in-law, Terrie, Brenda and Samantha; brother-in-law, Joseph; niece, Bernadette; nephew, Kenneth Terrell Ford Sr.; their children, Paul, Charles, Lee and Xaiken; friend, Pattie Brown; sons Andre and DeAndre, Joe, Alberlee, Jerry, Popeye and Lamont.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Disposition was at Oxford Hills Crematory.

    Maryellen Wilkins

    Transportation Security Agent

    Maryellen Wilkins, a Rockaway resident for five years, died on March 21.

    Wilkins, who was born in Brooklyn, was a transportation security agent.

    Wilkins is survived by her daughters, Michelle, Kristielee and Jacqueline Wilkins; brothers, Billy, Frank, Bobby and Joe Fallum; sisters, Debbie Silviano, Carol Farrell and Gloria Brimer.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More in Rockaway Point. Interment was at Tappan Reformed Church Cemetery in Tappan.

    Michael Young

    Home Construction, Renovations

    Michael Young, a Far Rockaway resident for 40 years, died on March 10.

    Young, who was born in Queens on August 29, 1960, was a home builder/ renovator. He attended the Food and Maritime High School in Manhattan to study culinary arts and thereafter pursued a career as a chef.

    Young is survived by his mother, Algia Young of Far Rockaway; wife, Niko Flowers-Young of Queens; sisters, Anna M. Brooks of Hackensack, New Jersey and Cynthia Young of Far Rockaway; children, Danesha, Monique, Tiffany of Queens and son, Jonathan, who is stationed in Iraq; three nieces; eight nephews; aunts, Mary of Far Rockaway, Betty of Brooklyn, Christine of Queens, Corine of Far Rockaway, Florine of St. Albans and Mary of Eaton, Georgia; uncle, Bobby Lee of Brooklyn; and other family members and friends.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery.

    Mildred Zoller

    Homemaker, SFDS Librarian

    Mildred Zoller, a Rockaway resident for nearly 55 years, died on March 21.

    Zoller, who was born in Brooklyn, was the St. Francis de Sales School librarian for 30 years as a volunteer.

    She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford.

    Zoller is survived by her sons, Clifford (Joyce) and Walter (Christine); daughters, Gail Sullivan and Diane Burkhardt; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery.

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