Tribune Staff Report
Services will be held on Feb. 12 for Edward W. Martin.
Martin died on Saturday, Feb 1, 2014. He was 85.
He was born on May 27, 1928 to Mamie Martin and Robert E. Sheetz in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was raised by his grandparents Fannie March Sheetz and Monroe Sheetz. Martin attended school in Winston Salem and he finished his education at Edward Bok Vocational -Tech School for upholstery in Philadelphia where lived with his mother until her passing.
Martin worked for Penn Ventilator-Air condition and Coolant Systems in South Philadelphia for many years until he retired.
He loved all sports but was known as a real Cowboys fan.
He married Loretta J. Miree in 1967 and became dad to six children in which he loved unconditionally.
He was preceded in death by his son Robert J. Smith.
He is survived by his daughters Lorraine Miree, Linda Kwenah, Brenda Harvey and Priscilla Walker; son David Miree; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; sister-in-laws Jessie Mae Price of Virginia Beach,Va., Navella Bassette of Philadelphia and Beverly A. Carr of Florida; cousins Cynthia Hill, Carolyn Walton of Philadelphia, Patricia Bouldin of North Carolina and Ellen Francis in Texas and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Feb. 12 at Wood Funeral Home, 5537-39 Girard Ave. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m.
Juanita Rogers was a former hairdresser.
Rogers died on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. She was 70.
She was born on April 6, 1943 to Charles and Ruby Rogers in Culverton, Ga.
After the separation of her parents, she accompanied her mother to Philadelphia where she resided with relatives.
Rogers was educated in the School District of Philadelphia where she excelled at basketball. She became a hairdresser in the 1950s and was quite proficient in styling hair.
During her teen years, she married Elwood J. Davis and gave birth to a daughter. She later met and married Steven Everett and two children were born to that union.
Her family said she will be remembered as a truly lovely person.
“She never did anything malicious to anyone. She was a beautiful person,” said her stepfather John Lee Roberson.
Her family said she was a great homemaker and raised her daughters to be ladies and her son to be a gentleman. She was firm with church attendance and participation from her children. She also expected her children to excel academically and strove to ensure that they did their best.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her son Marcus.
In addition to her stepfather, she is survived by her daughters Rochelle Williams and Charmaine Mitchell; son-in-law Gregory K. Williams; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service is pending.
Paul T. Murphy was a former architect.
He died on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. He was 65.
He was born on Feb. 23, 1948 to Paul Murphy and Miriam Doris Crawford in Philadelphia. He was educated in the School District of Philadelphia where he graduated from Germantown High School in 1965.
During those early years, Murphy was involved with a neighborhood fraternity called Sigma Delta Epsilon which included William Singleton, Arnold Dutton, Dennis Freeman, Butch McBride, Jimmy Persinger, Bobby Jackson and Walter Borum.
After completing high school, Murphy entered the United States Army and was honorably discharged on Jan. 14, 1968. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural design and building construction technology from Temple University.
He moved to Atlanta in 1975 to pursue a professional career as an architect. He was a member of the Office of Central Atlanta Progress’ urban design department. He designed a scale model of downtown Atlanta, which still hangs in the Office of Central Atlanta Progress. The model was used as a planning aid by local and federal agencies.
While in Atlanta, he worked as an environmental protection specialist for the Environmental Protection Agency. He later moved back to Philadelphia where he worked as a water construction specialist for 18 years for the city of Philadelphia before retiring.
He adopted his beloved Great Dane dog Mingus on July 10, 1999. Mingus served as his companion until he died in 2008.
He married Muriel Graves Gaskin on April 16, 2005. His family said he was happy to have found a devoted wife, children and grandchildren whom he loved and they adored him just the same.
He grew up going to church with his parents and grandfather. Following his wife, Murphy joined True Light Fellowship Church in 2006. He served as head of True Light’s kitchen staff. His family said Murphy was very passionate about cooking and it was his honor to not only prepare meals for his fellow church members but also for the homeless ministry. He also served as a deacon and assistant leader of the Boy Scout troop.
In addition to his wife, Murphy is survived by his brother Dr. Jerry Murphy; children Keeya Gaskin (Carlis), Gabriel Gaskin (Kimberly) and Nicole Moore (James); grandchildren Azariah Ballard, Devin Martin, Darius Gaskin, Janell, David and Anna Moore; sisters-in-law Gaile Logan, Daphne Oliver (Anthony); brother-in-law Paul Graves Jr (Irenay) and other relatives and friends.
Services were held on Feb. 3 at True Light Fellowship Church, 6400 Ardleigh St.
Campbell Family Funeral Home, Inc. handled the arrangements.
Leroy R. Tapper Jr. was a former case worker for the state of Pennsylvania.
Tapper died on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. He was 66.
He was born on May 20, 1947 to Edna Bridges and Leroy Tapper Sr. in Philadelphia. He was educated in the School District of Philadelphia and attended Yeadon High School. Tapper was inducted into the United States Army where he served two years in Germany.
After being discharged from the service, he attended OIC and graduated in 1985 specializing in computer programming/operations. While pursuing an acting career as an extra in some well known movies, Tapper worked as a customer representative for Prudential Life Insurance Co.
He attended Cheyney University and graduated as a general science major in 1989. While studying at Cheyney, he was a chess champion who won many tournaments.
Tapper worked as a case worker until he retired. He was married to Yolanda Sewell and from this union one son was born.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother Dr. Ben R. Tapper Sr.; stepfather Allen Flood; stepmother Audrey Tapper; daughter-in-law Debbie Tapper; sister-in-law Carolyn Tapper; grandson Xavier Tapper; aunt Vivian Bridges; uncle Dr. Charles Bridges and wife Ruth Bridges; niece Katrina Tapper; nephew Ben R Tapper Jr. and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Feb. 8 at St. Paul AME Church, 8398 Lindbergh Blvd. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood.
Virginia Alston was a former school crossing guard.
Alston died on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. She was 94.
She was born on April 27, 1919 to Catherine Frisby in Altoona. She was educated in the Huntington School District. She moved to Philadelphia in 1949 where she met and married Herbert Alston. He was a jazz musician and they shared many enjoyable times. One daughter was born to their union.
Alston worked for the city as a crossing guard for more than 30 years.
“Children were her passion and she enjoyed guiding them along their way through life as they left McDaniel Elementary,” her family said.
“She was known, loved and respected by many generations of parents and children.”
Alston was a member of King David Baptist Church for more than 30 years.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Shepherd; one niece and one nephew.
She is survived by her daughter Audrey; nephews Eugene Arthur Shepherd and Ahmad Musa; great-niece Kendra; great-nephew Ryhard and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Feb. 4 at King David Baptist Church, 20th and Elsworth streets. Viewing is at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Lawn Cemetery.