Richard David Elam, a Rockaway resident for over 20 years, died May 18. He was 58.
Elam was born on February 3, 1948 in Orlando, Florida. He was a Vietnam veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps.
He was preceded in death by Evangelist Barbara Wilson, Oassie Mae Walker, and Clementine Elam.
Elam is survived by his lifelong sweetheart, Terri; children, Melanie, Kimberly, Keara, Katera, Anthony, Brian and Jeremiah; brothers, Willie, Nicholas and Dennis; sisters, Alfreda and Bell Stutton of Orlando, Florida; grandchildren; Bishop Warren Shivers and the Wings of Faith family; St. Mark Holiness Church and organizations; Bishop Townsend and the Church of America family; and close friends, Darryl Price and Evangelist Price, Lorenzo Simmon and Evangelist Bernice Smith.
James F. Gallagher
Marine Corps, NCO
James F. Gallagher, a longtime Rockaway resident, died May 23.
Gallagher, who was a Gunner Sergeant in the Marine Corps for 19 years as a non-commissioned officer, was born in Brooklyn. He served his country in Cuba and the campaign Iraqi Freedom, and worked as a Marine Corps recruiter in the New York City office.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerard Gallagher, Sr.
Gallagher is survived by his wife, Mary (nee O'Loughlin); mother, Margaret Teehan Gallagher; son, James F. Gallagher II; daughters, Jessica Ann and Erin Maureen; brothers, Gerard J. Jr., Peter, David and Eric; and sisters, Denise Byrnes and Virginia Boyle.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.
Willie B. Hill
Engineer For Mass Transit
Willie B. Hill, a Rockaway resident for over 30 years, died May 28. He was 64.
Hill, an engineer for Mass Transit, was born on October 2, 1940 in Birmingham, Alabama.
He is survived by his wife, Leleith "Dawn"; son, Victor Hill (Pam); eight daughters, Theresa Hill, Shedell Gresham, Mona Reedy (Jerome), Lorrie Hill (James), Sterina Hill, Tracy Andrews (Delroy), Michelle Wiles and Marla Wiles of New York; two sisters, Leona Walls of New York, and Ramona Turner of Birmingham, Alabama; six brothers, Marvin Hill (Catherine) of South Carolina, Roland Clansy of Dayton, Ohio, Daniel Clansy (Linda) of Atlanta, Georgia, Leonard Clansy III (Rose), Roderick Clansy of Birmingham, Alabama, and Llewellyn Clansy (Jackie) of Waldorf, Mayland; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 2, 2-4 p.m. at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Friendship Chapel, with another visitation at The Church of God, 1318 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will follow at The Church of God. Interment will be held at Valhalla Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama.
Esther Ione Hinson
Esther Ione Hinson, a Rockaway resident for over five years, died May 23. She was 77.
Hinson, a retired clerk of the Department of Social Services, was born on November 19, 1928 in Brooklyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Abraham and Claudia St. Hill-Cox; and brother, Cecil Sidney Cox.
Hinson is survived by her husband, David L. Hinson; daughter, Jacquelyn Hinson-Johnson of the Bronx; sons, David Hinson of Far Rockaway and Donald Hinson of West Hempstead, New York; daughter-in-law, Regina Hinson of West Hempstead; son-in-law, Michael Johnson of the Bronx; grandson, Donald Adam Sydney Hinson; granddaughter, Janel Leslie; mother-in-law, Irene Hinson of Jamaica, New York; sisters-in-law, Madeline Harris of St. Albans, New York, Millicient Gamble of Springfield Gardens, New York, Yvonne Hinson of Springfield Gardens, Louise Hinson and Ollie Hinson of Brooklyn, and Moretta Hinson of Palm Coast, Florida; brothers-in-law, James Hinson of Palm Coast, Florida and Robert Hinson of Springfield Gardens, New York; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation was held at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Jamaica, New York. Interment was at Springfield Cemetery in Springfield Gardens, New York.
Shirley Anne Quarles
Shirley Anne Quarles, a Rockaway resident for over 30 years, died May 23. She was 53.
Quarles, a factory worker, was born on July 12, 1952 in Brooklyn.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard; and sister, Emmaline Quarles.
Quarles is survived by her son, Kenyatta; daughter, Kaya Quarles; siblings, Jerry, Carol, Benny, Johnny, and Oscar Quarles; grandchildren, Gyasi and Rakiaya Quarles, Gyne, Louna and Jason Bernadotte; aunt, Katherine Walker; uncle and aunt, George and Lucille Buskey; nephews, Jerome, Anthony, Jermon, Daquan and E'najdre; nieces, Tyhessia, Asia, Xaira, Natasha and Jazzmeia Quarles; and many 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 Amityville Cemetery in Amityville, New York.
William P. Scott
Retired FDNY Firefighter
William P. Scott, a Rockaway resident for 10 years coming from Brooklyn, died May 30.
Scott, a retired firefighter for the FDNY, Engine 248, was born in Brooklyn. He was a 4 th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, Baron DeKalb Council in Brooklyn.
He is survived by his son, William J.; daughters, Joan Caiazzo and Linda Reilly; former wife and best friend, Joan O'Hara; brother, James Scott; and grandchildren, Heather, William John, Christine, Janeen, Vanessa, Joseph and Michael.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 2 at 9:45 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church in Belle Harbor. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Mae E. Thomas
Medical Assistant, Educator
Mae E. Thomas (nee Brown), a longtime Rockaway resident, died May 29 at Calvary Hospice at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. She was 92.
Thomas, a medical assistant for Planned Parenthood and a community educator in Inwood and Long Beach, was born on January 27, 1914 in Cedarhurst, New York. She moved to Rockaway Park from Inwood following her husband's retirement. Thomas was the organist at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Far Rockaway for 26 years; she served on the Board of Directors for the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Clinic, and was active in fund raising; was a longtime member of the Women's Industrial Service League, chartered in 1931 in Far Rockaway, assisting young black women; and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the National Council of Negro Women, Nassau Chapter.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Robert W. Thomas; and son, Robert E. Thomas, MD, Chief Surgeon for the NYPD.
Thomas is survived by her sister, Bernice Heriot of Pennsylvania; three daughters, Syandra Turrentine of Inwood, Renee Griffin-Johnson of San Antonio, Texas, and Marcia Thomas-Demos of Far Rockaway; daughter-in-law, Catherine Parson-Thomas of Long Beach; two sons-in-law, James Johnson and John Demos; and ten grandchildren, Michael Kenneth Thomas, PHD, Judith Susan Thomas, Diane Frances Thomas, MD, Renee Griffin-Hand, James Vernon Griffin, Kevin Griffin, Eugene Griffin, Syandra D. Turrentine, Cheryl Turrentine, and Anthony Turrentine.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the F. Roy Meserole Funeral Home in Inwood. Disposition was at Greenfield Cemetery in Hempstead, New York. A memorial service will be scheduled in the near future at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Inwood.
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