Tribune Staff Report
Services will take place March 12 for Curtis R. Mabine, a North Carolina native who loved music and was a true believer of God.
Mabine died on Thursday, March 6, 2014. He was 52.
Mabine was born July 25, 1961 to James and Hattie Mabine in North Carolina.
He was one of 14 children and attended school in Ahoskie, N.C. Affectionately called “Ray” by family and friends, Mabine worked at McDonald’s as a young man, and later drove school buses for years. He was very active in the community.
After graduating from school in 1980, Mabine moved to Philadelphia. He loved working, and took a job immediately. Mabine worked for Grocery Town, Dave’s Meat Market, Colonade Room and Bon Appetit. He was last employed by Penn Jersey Cleaning Company.
Mabine was called a true believer in God. His family said he loved music and proved to be a big help to those who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his sisters Margaret and Elizabeth; brother James Lee Mabine and brother-in-law, Wilbert.
In addition to his parents, Mabine is survived by his sisters Addie (Aubrey), Barbara (Butch), Joyce (Elliott), Thelma (David), Shirley, Betty (Emanuel) Shelia (Bobby), Alice (Anthony) and Nancy (Jerome); brothers Willie (Raelynn), Jerome and Michael and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held March 12 at Slater Funeral Home, 1426 Fitzwater St. Viewing is at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is at Merion Memorial Park Cemetery.
Services were held on March 8 for Judge Robert C. Wright.
Wright died on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at his home in Glen Mills. He was 69.
He was born on Nov. 5, 1944, to Mary Maloney Wright and Judge Robert A. Wright in Chester. He attended Douglas Elementary School and later Chester High School where he graduated in 1962.
Following high school, Wright received his undergraduate degree from the George Washington University in 1966 and then went on to receive his law degree from Villanova University Law School in 1969.
Soon after, he teamed up with his father and took over the Law Offices of Robert A. Wright when his father was appointed to serve on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. While maintaining his active law practice, Wright served on numerous boards, some of which include the Chester Water Authority and The Chester Boys and Girls Club.
Wright also served as the solicitor for the Chester Housing Authority and president of the Delaware County Republican Council. In 1981, he was elected in a special election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 159th.
He held this position through reelection for 10 years until he was elected to the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. He and his father had the unique distinction of being the first father and son to serve on the bench at the same time. Wright retired in 2009 after 19 years on the bench.
Wright was an active member of many professional and social organizations including the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges where he served on the Legislative Liaison Committee, The Legislative Black Caucus, Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations, Delaware County NAACP, The National Association of Guardsmen - Philadelphia Chapter and Tau Epsilon Phi (George Washington University).
Wright was the recipient of numerous awards and recognized often for his accomplishments and community service.
He is survived by his wife Florence Wright; daughter Josie Walters; son Robert C. Wright Jr.; son-in-law Shelton Walters; daughter-in-law Wendy Wright; grandchildren Ryan Walters, McKenzie Walters and Ella Wright and his aunt Janet Marshall.
Services were held on March 8 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 9th and Madison streets, Chester. Burial was in Haven Memorial Cemetery in Chester.
Carrie Atkins Meeks was an entrepreneur and long-time member of Deliverance Evangelistic Church.
She died on Tuesday, Feb. 18, after an extended illness. She was 87.
Meeks was born Aug. 11, 1926, to Pauline Williams Atkins and William Atkins Sr.
She was five when her mother died, and her family moved to the Fairmount home of Ida Williams, her grandmother. While living there, she contracted tuberculosis from a roomer in the house for whom she ran errands. She then endured many weeks living in a sanatorium far from home. When she rallied back to health, she completed her education at Lydia Darrah Elementary School and the Stoddart-Fleisher Junior High School. She entered the William Penn High School for Girls (now called the Franklin Center), and though she loved her studies and developed a passion for sewing and the arts, she dropped out as a sophomore to begin working to help support her family.
She married Tomie Lee Meeks, who worked at the National Biscuit Company before and after decorated service in the U.S. Navy in World War II.
Carrie Meeks’ personal strength and unwavering love always defined her, say those closest to her. Many recall that as a young mother in 1951, she rescued one of her children from a burning house in Fairmont by scaling a ladder and then scrambling farther up the side of the building to reach a third-story window. The family lost all its possessions to the fire, but escaped unharmed.
Meeks worked at Dee’s Record Shop and the W. T. Grant department store and later graduated from the Apex Beauty School in South Philadelphia.
Meeks opened an independent cosmetology business in her home and supplemented her income by selling dinners on weekends. She made a name for herself in her kitchen. Her family said she will be remembered for a killer chocolate cake and a favorite fruitcake that she marinated half the year in Crème de Cacao.
Throughout her life, Meeks often relied on faith. She was a member of Deliverance Evangelistic Church for more than 30 years. She served as one of the many founding donors of its Hope Plaza complex in North Philadelphia, though in recent years her condition kept her on the congregation’s sick-and-shut-in list. Visits from members of the Deliverance outreach team kept her in communion, and her spirits often were buoyed by the sermons of the Rev. T. D. Jakes and others she viewed on the television in her room at the nursing home.
When able, Meeks enjoyed occasional outings with her family to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Flower Show and other events.
“Mrs. Meeks will be remembered by many for her will to enjoy the fruits of this life and cheerfully give the gift of her counsel to others despite the ailments that robbed her of physical freedom for more than 14 years,” her family said.
Her husband and her eldest daughter Paula Meeks preceded her in death.
She is survived by her sister Pauline Atkins Denson; daughter Leslie Yvonne Meeks; son Gregory Lee Meeks; daughter-in-law Jennifer Boston Meeks; grandchildren Eric Lorenzo Morton, Nia Ngina Meeks, Christopher Kyle Morton, Leah Denise Morton, Cary Todd Morton, Nathan Gregory Meeks and Simone Marie Meeks; nephews Edward Hargrave and Stanley Hargrave and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will take place March 15, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th St.
In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross in support of fire victims.
Harry R. Seay, a criminal defense attorney, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at home. He was 79.
He was born Feb. 17, 1935.
Seay was a sports enthusiast and was a “Speedboy” on West Philadelphia High School’s basketball team in the ’50s, when there was a great rivalry with Wilt Chamberlain and the Overbrook High School Panthers. Seay played tennis at the Chamounix courts with Johnny Sample and other friends and later became an avid golfer. His devotion to sports and interest in professional sports continued throughout his lifetime
A graduate of Lincoln University, Seay studied law at Howard University School of Law and Temple University School of Law and wrote for the Pennsylvania Bar under the sponsorship of the late Judge Charles Klein. He practiced law for more than 40 years.
Seay was a lifetime member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Guardsmen, Inc. and a former member of the Philadelphia Commissioners, both men’s social and civic organizations. He read the New York Times and every Philadelphia newspaper daily and completed all of the crossword puzzles.
He is survived by his wife Deborah (“Binky”), nee Redd; children Andre (Cathy), Angelique Seay Howell (Melvin), Stephanie D. Seay and Geoffrey (Therese) and grandchildren Alexandra, Harry, Gabrielle, Ryan, Briana, Kenneth and Sean.
A memorial service will be held April 30 at 11 a.m. at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave.
The Multicultural Affairs Congress of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a new video aimed at increasing the city’s multicultural meetings and conventions.
The video titled “Here for the Making: PHL & The African American Experience” highlights the city’s African-American landmarks, attractions and organizations.
The attractions and organizations highlighted in the video are the heart of Philadelphia’s multicultural hospitality and tourism industry, which generated more than $1.5 billion over the last 26 years. The video will be used by PHLCVB’s sales team as a marketing tool for attracting more multicultural conventions, conferences, meetings and trade shows and by the featured attractions themselves in their marketing efforts.
“In a city that boasts significant historical and cultural African-American landmarks, the role of the Multicultural Affairs Congress is to increase Philadelphia’s share of the multicultural meeting market,” MAC Executive Director Nicole Johnson Reece said in a release.
“With “Here for the Making,” we are able to further assist our sales team as they bring even more multicultural business to the city. When the question of ‘Why Philadelphia?’ arises, we can offer a visual experience that shows meeting planners and convention attendees better than we can tell them.”
With original poetry by Philadelphia spoken word artist Nina “Lyrispect” Ball serving as the video’s narrative, “Here for the Making” boasts such national landmarks as President’s House, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and Mother Bethel AME Church, along with staples as Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International Records, Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge and the annual Odunde Festival. By illustrating Philadelphia’s ample cultural offerings, officials said the video will aid in attracting a diverse audience to the city.
The new video is an extension of the PHLCVB’s recently launched “PHL Here for the Making” campaign, a collaborative effort of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and Select Greater Philadelphia to position Philadelphia as a city of makers and the nation’s original start-up city.
Produced by advertising and interactive firm Mighty Engine, with support from Visit Philadelphia, “Here for the Making: PHL & The African American Experience” can be viewed on MAC’s Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaiRz_JHzzA.