Tribune Staff Report
Edna M. Bantom was a longtime Kingsessing resident.
She died on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. She was 92.
She was born Nov. 30, 1920 to the late Clayburn and Mary Rich in Philadelphia. She was educated in the Philadelphia public school system and graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1939. Bantom later graduated from Berean Institute where she majored in fashion design.
She married Walter E. Bantom, Jr. in 1944. They were married for 60 years until his death in 2005.
Bantom worked at the Naval Air Supply Depot during World War II. She was self-employed as a seamstress and later worked with her husband in his real estate business.
She was baptized at an early age. Banton was raised in a Christian home and regularly attended church services.
Her pastimes included attending and fellowshipping with her church family, visits from her grandchildren and extended family and traveling.
Bantom was an active member of Alpha Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. She served as the organization’s treasurer until her death.
Her family said she loved the Kingsessing community, where she spent her entire life.
“In essence, Edna enjoyed people and was a true lover of life,” her family said.
She is survived by her children Dr. Walter E. Bantom, III (Patricia) and Mary K. Bantom; grandchildren Sydney, Jessica, Garrett, Karla and Krystal; sisters-in-law Veronica Rich, Pauline Bantom; brother-in-law Carl Parker; a special sister Katie Taylor; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Nov. 26 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 50th Street and Woodland Avenue. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Services will be held on Nov. 26 for Jerome Kronick, also known as “Jack” of Plymouth Meeting.
He died on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. He was 85.
He was born Sept. 4, 1928 to the late William and Bessie Kronick in North Adams, Mass.
Kronick formerly resided in Houston, Texas. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially loved his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers; Milton, Joseph and David Kronick.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Muriel; children Brian Kronick (Claire), Mark Kronick and his wife Barbara, and Sarah Lipoff and her husband James; grandchildren Aaron Kronick (Marina), Rachel Wiese (Seth), Rebecca Kronick, Brandon Lipoff and Stephanie Lipoff; great-grandchildren Leila and Adam Kronick; sisters Sunny Shor and Rhoda Fishler (Raymond); and a sister-in-law Joan Kronick.
Services will be held at Boyd-Horrox Funeral Home, 200 W. Germantown Pike, Norristown. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Tiferet Bet Israel Cemetery on Fairfield Road, Plymouth Meeting.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jack’s name to Tiferet Bet Israel 1920 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA. 19422.
Shiva will be observed on Tuesday and Wednesday evening at the Lipoff residence at 7 p.m.. 818 Tricorn Dr., Lansdale.
Otho S. Poulson, also known as “Buddy,” was a decorated United States Army sergeant who served during World War II.
He died on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. He was 93.
He was born Jan. 22, 1920 to William and Matilda Poulson in Philadelphia. He graduated from Overbrook High School in 1939.
During World War II, Poulson was deployed to the Philippines from 1942-1945. Shortly after returning from the war, Poulson began a long term career with U.S. Postal Service. He worked for the postal service for more than 30 years. He was active member of the Philadelphia branch of the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees.
Poulson and his wife Matilda celebrated their 70th anniversary on March 22. The couple met in the early 1940s when Poulson was employed at a peanut product factory in South Philadelphia. The couple has three children. For more than five decades, their home in West Philadelphia has served as the venue for family gatherings.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Lola Bailey; sons Willis and Bruce Poulson; grandchildren Troy Bailey, Monika Bailey-Majors, Jamil Woods, Andre Ford, Elliott Jones-Poulson; four great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Nov. 23 at Ivan M. Kimble Funeral Home, 1100 N. 63rd St. Viewing is at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m.
Barbra Watson Riley, a passionate advocate for women’s health, died on Thursday Nov. 7, 2013. She was 45.
She was born Jan. 28, 1968 to Dr. Bernard and Lois Watson in Philadelphia. She attended John Story Jenks and Julia R. Masterman public schools and graduated from Germantown Friends School, where she was a member of the tennis team.
Riley received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University in 1990 and a juris doctor from the Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law in 1993. She also studied international law in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She lived in France on two occasions and was fluent in French and Spanish.
Riley was an attorney who held positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and at New York University’s Department of African and African-American Studies. She was a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Eighth Circuits as well as a consultant for LexisNexis, a member of the Reid Elsevier Group of Companies. She also ran her own event planning business, The Fete Group, before leaving the workforce to raise her daughter and dedicate herself to philanthropy.
Riley was a board member of the Central and Northern Arizona Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Phoenix Affiliate of Dress for Success, a founding member of the Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer and an American Heart Association ambassador.
Her family said one of her proudest achievements was her composition of “Life in The Cancer Lane” – a compilation of stories of breast cancer survivors that she lived to see brought to life on the stage only weeks before her passing.
Riley was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Silver Star), The Links, Inc., Jack and Jill of America and the Junior League.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Brendon Riley; daughter, Blayre; brother, Bernard Watson, Jr. (DeLesia); aunt, Helen Imes (Wayne); cousins, Wiley Kyles (Barbara) and Leigh Jones; father and mother-in-law, Ronald and Adrienne Riley; brother-in-law, Terence Riley (Hilma); sister-in-law, Kristin Riley-Freeborn; six nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Her life was celebrated this weekend during a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made either to The Links Foundation, which will be redirected to the Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer (tax deductible) — make checks out to The Links Foundation, specifying “In support of CBBC” in the memo line and mail to the Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc., P.O. Box 67237, Phoenix, AZ 85082), or to Barbra’s family (non-tax-deductible) via her blog, http://pinkwellchick.com/donations.
Cecil Floyd was a World War II veteran.
Floyd died on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 of kidney disease. He was 91.
He was born Oct. 15, 1922 to Narvis Nance and Malcolm Floyd in Newberry, S.C.
Floyd was raised in Philadelphia where he was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. He was drafted into the United States Army where he served in World War II. He was stationed in New Orleans, Philippines and Japan.
“He never talked much about his experiences in the war, but did note that he served during a time when Blacks were not allowed to do much more than manual labor,” his family said.
Floyd was discharged Jan. 12, 1946. He received decorations and citations including the Philippine Liberation ribbon with one bronze star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze stars and a World War II Victory Medal.
He married Barbara E. Upshaw on Sept. 24, 1955. She preceded Floyd in death in 2009.
Floyd was a member of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church for more than 50 years. He was an active participant in the men’s group as well as other church activities.
He worked for more than 30 years as a logistics and warehouse employee at the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot in South Philadelphia. He retired in 1981.
Floyd and William Hill co-owned Hill and Floyd, a beer distributorship in North Philadelphia, for the first 20 years of its 38-year existence.
His family said he was a good man and a great father. He believed in education and it was important in the Floyd household. He and his wife sent their children to Catholic elementary and high schools and made sure each had the opportunity to attend college.
Floyd enjoyed photography. He was a member of a camera club at Center in the Park.
He is survived by his son, Cecil E. Floyd and daughter-in-law, Nina Gorman of Philadelphia; daughter, Stephanie Marie and son-in-law, Monte S. Brooks of Bethlehem; daughter, Angela Narva and son-in-law, Andre M. Berry of Bear, Del.; grandchildren, Jason R. Floyd, Kristin M. Brooks, Jacob A. Berry and Clarke Maya Berry and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Barbara Roman Catholic Church, 5359 Lebanon Ave.