2006-12-22 / Obits

Obituaries

Joseph Harold Anderson Sr. Retired FDNY Lieutenant

Joseph Harold Anderson Sr., a former 34-year Far Rockaway resident, died December 14 at South Nassau Communities Hospital. He was 94.

Anderson, a retired FDNY lieutenant who worked for 35 years in the department and was a member of the Far Rockaway firehouse, was born in Far Rockaway. Following marriage, he moved to Hewlett, where he resided for 60 years.

Anderson was preceded in death by his wife, Helena (nee Didovitz).

He is survived by his daughter, Joan Ambruso of Valley Stream; sons, Joseph H. Jr. and Robert of Hewlett; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Meserole Funeral Home Inc. of Inwood. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Church in Hewlett. Interment was at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.

Enid R. Briggs-Baptiste

Health Care Worker

Enid R. Briggs-Baptiste, a Rockaway resident for 12 years coming from Ozone Park, died December 17.

Briggs-Baptiste, a health care worker, was born in Trinidad.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank and Franklin Briggs.

Briggs-Baptiste is survived by her husband, Joseph Baptiste; sons, Stephen R. McKnight and Daniel M. McKnight; daughter, Alison Friese; mother, Evelyn Briggs; brothers, Fitzroy and Kenneth Briggs; sisters, Janet Briggs and Lydia Traylor; and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. All other arrangements were kept private.

Harry Burgeman

Businessman

Harry Burgeman, a Rockaway resident for 50 years, died November 17. He was 96.

Burgeman, a businessman, was born on May 18, 1910 in Rochester, New York. He served his country in World War II as an Army Lieutenant. Burgeman was also a member of Congregation Ohab Zedek and Congregation Beth El; the Jewish War Veterans; and Peninsula Hospital Center. Family members said Burgeman was an optimistic, upbeat and active person.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Burgeman.

Funeral arrangements were kept private.

Lascelles Ladlow Clue

Electrician

Lascelles Ladlow Clue, a longtime Rockaway resident, died November 26. He was 66.

Clue, an electrician, was born on July 8, 1940 in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. He worked with the Alexander’s chain store in the Bronx and was later transferred to the Kings Plaza Shopping Mall as the main electrician.

Clue is survived by his wife, Magetta Clue; father, Thaddeus Clue; daughters, Barbara (Bev), Ann-Marie, Juilaine and Denise; sons, Donovan, Lester (Les), Michael (Mikey) and Patrick; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara, Norma and Delores; brother, Michael; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.

John Earl Crenshaw

E/S Aide

John Earl Crenshaw, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 13. He was 56.

Crenshaw, an E/S aide, was born on January 18, 1950 in Greenville, Alabama. He attended and worshipped at Macedonia Baptist Church, where his wife and children are members.

Crenshaw was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth Reeves and John Crenshaw Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Louise “Ruth” Crenshaw; daughter, Veda Renee Crenshaw; son, John Jermaine Crenshaw; daughter-in-law, Danielle Tasheema Crenshaw; grandchildren, Gerald John, Brianna Janee and Jayda Janell; sisters, Mary Hope (James) of Montgomery, Alabama, Angela Wilder (Frank) of Fayette, North Carolina and Patricia Reeves of the Bronx; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at Macedonia Baptist Church in Arverne. Interment was at Rosemont in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Lobealia Davis

Homemaker

Lobealia Davis, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 13.

Davis, a homemaker, was born in West Blockton, Alabama on January 15, 1922. She was affectionately called “Madear” by those who knew her, and she lived at the Bayview Gardens for the last 35 years.

Davis was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Melissa Hill; stepfather Rufus D. Clansy; brothers, Earlie “Sunny” Hill, Willie Roy Hill and Raymond Hill Jr.; husband, Johnnie Lee Davis; and child Channie Davis.

She is survived by her daughter, Dora Davis of Inwood; son, Willie T. Davis (Deloris) of Pensacola, Florida; sister-in-law, Geraldine Hill of Ashville, North Carolina; great grandson, Christopher Fields of Brooklyn; granddaughters, Beverly Fields of Inwood; Yolanda Davis-Hillard (Reginald) of Richmond, Virginia and Rose Marie Moore of Long Island; grandsons, Jeffrey Davis of Brooklyn and Michael Moore (Sharmaine) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; great grandchildren, Samantha Scott of Inwood; Arnold Gaither of Silver Springs, Massachusetts, Danielle Fileds of the Bronx, Melissa Sanford of Durham, North Carolina, Courtenary and Reginald Hilliard Jr. of Richmond, Virginia, Paulette and Kevin Calendar of Long Island, Shameeka Moore of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Tygah Samir Whitehead Scott of Inwood; and other family members and friends.

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

Elizabeth Gallavan

Homemaker

Elizabeth Gallavan, a Rockaway resident for 40 years coming from Manhattan, died December 19.

Gallavan, a homemaker, was born in County Leitrim, Ireland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; son, Harry B. Gallavan Jr.; and brother, Michael.

Gallavan is survived by her cousin, Bob Zuppe (Pat).

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, with visitation to be held on Friday, December 22, 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m., at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Camillus Church. Interment will be held at St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.

Lillie Pearl Hunt

Domestic Worker

Lillie Pearl Hunt, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 11. She was 69.

Hunt, a domestic worker, was born on December 17, 1936 in Bucksport, South Carolina.

She was preceded in death by Capers Hunt.

Hunt is survived by her daughters, Catherine Marshella Hunt and Glenda Marcella Hunt; son, Ivory Rochelle Hunt; grandsons, Hasani Ayinde Hunt and Lameek Barkim Hunt; great-granddaughter, Aiyana Masani Hunt; sisters, Jessie Mae Bonaparte and Leona Hunt; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A service was held at New Greater Bethel Ministries in Queens Village. All other arrangements were kept private.

William Thomas Little

Forklift Operator

William Thomas Little, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 14. He was 62.

Little, a forklift operator, was born on March 5, 1944 in Oxford, North Carolina. He was honorably discharged after serving his country in the Marines Corps. Little was also a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Thomas Little Sr. and Sallie Little; and niece, Barbara Foy.

Little is survived by his wife, Rudy; son, Tremayne T. Little; daughter, Shanta Conyers; son-in-law, Tariq Conyers; granddaughter, Tiyanna Johnson; sister, Margaret Kenyon of Oxford, North Carolina; brother, Aaron Little of Oxford, North Carolina; aunt, Eliza Milburn of Greensboro, North Carolina; mother-in-law, Mattie L. Allen (pre-deceased, Raymond) of Oxford, North Carolina; sister-in-law, Ernstein Hart (Alexander); brothers-in-law, Charlie Kenyon and Raymond Allen of Oxford, North Carolina and John Thomas Allen of Far Rockaway; nieces, Frances Jones (Jimmy) and Trucinda Murphy (Harold); nephew-in-law, Alvin; nephew, Bruce Kenyon; special friends, Jimmy and Esteen Jenkinds; godson, James Jenkins; longtime friends, Willie and Margaret Mckoy and Quincy Cross; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Interment was at Betts and Sons Funeral Home in Oxford, North Carolina.

Austin Rowe

Mover

Austin Rowe, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 14. He was 59.

Rowe, a mover, was born on November 30, 1947 in Manhattan. He enjoyed watching sports and refereeing basketball games for his sister, and eventually gained media attention for his basketball expertise. Rowe also enjoyed listening to music, especially oldies, according to his family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Lawrence Rowe.

Rowe is survived by his wife, Eula; mother, Mildred; daughters, Brenda, Tijuana and Princess; sons, Terry, Austin, Michael, Markeem, Clarence, Chico, Moon, Andre, Shalik and Jerome; sisters, Myra Rowe Capers, Mae Campbell and Esther Rowe Gay; twin brothers, James Rowe and Darryl Rowe; uncle, Earl Farley; many grandchildren, including first-born Jordan Jackson; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.

Cedric E. Smalls

Beach Channel H.S. Student

Cedric E. Smalls, a lifetime Rockaway resident, died December 15.

Smalls, a student at Beach Channel High School, was born in Far Rockaway.

He is survived by his mother, Cynthia Young; father, Reginald Smalls; grandmother, Algia Young; sisters, Cynithia and Shanice Smalls; brothers, Reginald, Ronnie, Andrew, Terrance, Jermaine, Rahamuden and Aaron Smalls; aunts, Andrew-Etta Green, Lucinda, Pricilla, Gabrielle Smalls and Anna Brooks; uncles, Kendall, Sephen, and Anthony Smalls; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church, 330 Beach 67 Street in Arverne, on Saturday, December 23 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., with a following service from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Interment will be held at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck, New York.

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