Jacquelynne C. Stewart Benton, also known as “Jacquie” was a chemist and equal employment opportunity representative.
She died on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. She was 86.
She was born Aug. 20, 1927 to the late Horace and Ida Stewart in Penllyn. She was educated at Penllyn School and graduated valedictorian from her eighth grade class. While attending Ambler High School, Benton was one of only three Black members on the school’s hockey team.
After graduating from Ambler High School in 1945, she attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., majoring in chemistry with a minor in mathematics.
Along with working on her degree, Benton studied Catholicism and obtained a pilot’s license. She had the privilege of receiving instructions from two Tuskegee Airmen — Jimmy Taylor and Cecil Ryan.
She graduated from Fisk University in 1949 and returned to Penllyn.
She married James R. Benton on June 11, 1950. Their union was blessed with three sons. They were married for 63 years until he died in November 2013.
Benton worked for Rohm and Haas, Quarter Masters, and Contracting and Compliance in the capacities of chemist and equal employment opportunity representative.
Benton loved to travel and vacationed in domestic and international locations, citing Rio de Janeiro as her favorite destination. She sometimes incorporated vacation with her favorite social past time of bowling.
Benton was an avid bowler from the 1950’s to the 1970’s, participating in weekly leagues and tournaments in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She received more than 200 bowling trophies and awards and introduced bowling to all of her sons.
She and her husband possessed a passion for Pinochle. Every Friday night, a Pinochle game was hosted at the Benton household.
Her family said she was blessed with a giving spirit. She would buy items and send people cards and money for birthdays, holidays and graduations. She also donated funds for an office suite in the New Family Life Center at Salem Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her son Jeffrey Benton.
She is survived by her sons James Benton Jr. (Tina Marie); Jonathan Benton (Dorothy); brothers–in-law William Benton (Beverly) of Virginia; Richard “Sonny” Benton (Robin) of Memphis; sisters-in-law Brenda Gardner (James), Therese Turner (Woody), Catherine Stewart and Margaret Stewart; sister Alicia “Bumpsy” Mahoney (John); godchild Therese Strickland (Phil) of Colorado; grandchildren Alana Benton, Jonathan Benton II, Leah Benton, Amy Antone, Claudia Coley and Dolphin Coley (Alisha); great-grandchildren Ajani Adover, Kiana Benton, Dru Alvarez, Dahmir Coley, Amaia Coley, Nile Coley and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. at Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, 610 Summit Avenue, Jenkintown.
Services will be held Jan. 24 for Curvin Green, also known as “Bruce.”
Green died on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. He was 55.
He was born Feb. 12, 1958 to the late Eudella Green and William Smith.
Green was educated in the School District of Philadelphia. He graduated from W.B. Saul High School. He was raised in South Philadelphia on 4th and Reed streets.
Green was employed in the cleaning and security industries. For three years, he worked for the school board. His last job was at Oaks Pharmacy until his health failed.
His hobbies included bowling and wrestling. Green enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Eagles and traveling. He traveled to New York, Bahamas, San Diego, Puerto Rico, Wyoming and Canada.
“He was a very fun, friendly, warm and generous person,” his family said.
“He enjoyed making people laugh — a jokester to the end.”
He was cared for by his cousin, Sonya Burnett, for many years.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Alberta “Mother” Fortiene. His favorite childhood memory was visiting his grandmother in West Philadelphia because she always made special time to be there for him.
He is survived by his sister Arraina Green-Patterson; brother-in-law George Patterson, Jr.; nephews Rasheen Green and Rashad Patterson; nieces Lasheena Green, Lashan Marshall and Michel’le Patterson; uncles Rayford Green, Gerald and Alexander; aunts Hattie Siler, Libby Green and Nobelene Whitehead; great-nieces Kayla Green and Journei Green and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Jan. 24 at Slater Funeral Home, 1426 Fitzwater St. Viewing is at 7 p.m. Services will follow at 8 p.m. Burial is private.
Cecelia M. Leach was active in the community.
She died on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. She was 49.
She was born Feb. 17, 1964 to the late Hubert A Leach, Jr. and Mary Frances Merrick in Philadelphia. She was the fourth of five children.
Leach was educated in the School District of Philadelphia, graduating from University City High School in 1982. She attended the University of Pittsburgh and attended the Community College of Philadelphia where she participated in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital School-to-Work Program majoring in allied health and nursing. She worked at the University of Pennsylvania and other organizations throughout the city of Philadelphia where she touched and impacted many lives.
“She was known for her friendliness and impeccable organizational and administrative skills. She liked to have everything in perfect order. She was known for being meticulous,” her family said.
In 1973, Leach was baptized at the family church home, White Rock Baptist Church, under the pastorate of the Rev. William J. Shaw. She began singing in church as a child and loved to sing on the choir.
Her family said she was known for her beautiful alto voice and loved singing at church, home or family reunions.
She served the Lord faithfully even in sickness whether singing, working with the youth and children or working in the kitchen at the church. Her family said she enjoyed making people laugh and loved serving others. She loved to dance and served as a dance instructor for many years.
Leach enjoyed coordinating and teaching the family line dances during the Merrick family gatherings. She knew the importance of family and made every effort to bring family together and attend family events no matter how she was feeling.
Leach was affiliated with the Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure. She also served as a Philadelphia Neighborhood Transformation Initiative ambassador, American Red Cross VIP donor member, block captain for the 5200 block of Sansom Street and Boy Scout parent volunteer.
She is remembered by her family and friends as a strong-minded, meticulous, fun-loving and very personable person.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her son Khalif A. Leach; sisters Celesta Leach Parnell and Mary Leach-Green; brothers H. Allen Leach and Jeffery Leach; brothers-in-law Walter Green and John Parnell; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Jan. 18 at White Rock Baptist Church, 5240 Chestnut St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is private.
Andrea L. Anderson, also known as “Andy,” was a dedicated mother who was known for her love of family and friends.
She died on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at her home. She was 68.
She was born May 1, 1945 to Clarissa Dunston and the late Charles D. Dunston in Philadelphia.
She was the second of four siblings. Anderson was educated in the School District of Philadelphia. She attended Girls High School and also attended JFK Trade School where she majored in business and specialized in shorthand, Anderson worked at various places, including the Philadelphia Naval Base.
After retiring, Anderson concentrated on being dedicated to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, mother and her siblings.
“She was a strong woman who faced life’s many challenges and adversities with grace and compassion,” her family said.
Her family said Anderson lived a rich and fulfilling life. She always looked forward to attending family functions. Even throughout her illness, she never missed any family functions.
She enjoyed the arts and her hobbies included calligraphy and drawing. She was an avid coin collector.
Anderson enjoyed going to the Uptown Theater, where she saw and met so many aspiring artists. She enjoyed various genres of music spanning from jazz, R&B to rap. Her family said she loved to dance the bop, strand and cha-cha.
She loved healthy foods and would encourage her children to eat healthy.
She was preceded in death by her longtime companion Louis M. Tillson Sr.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her daughters Jamilah Kennedy (Munir), Asmahan Luke (Kenny), Zenzi Anderson Lilley (Eric), Angela Anderson; sister Cheryl A. Young; brothers Charles Dallas Dunston Jr., and William Bernard Dunston; sister-in-laws Geneva Granger and Jacqueline Anderson; uncle Morris Brown; 19 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Jan. 18 at Slater Funeral Home, 1426 Fitzwater St. Viewing is at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood.
Ruth P. Daniels Gilmore was a former tax auditor for the Internal Revenue Service.
She died on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. She was 87.
She was born July 31, 1926 to George Allen Daniels and Lydia Shufford Pearson Daniels in Johnson City, Tenn. She was one of nine children.
After high school, she attended Pioneer Business College in Philadelphia. Gilmore worked in the accounting department at Gimbels Department Store and later at the IRS. She worked for the IRS for nearly 25 years and retired in 1987 as a corporate tax auditor.
Gilmore was never idle during her retirement. She belonged to knitting and crocheting clubs in her neighborhood, attended Greater St. Matthew Independent Church in Philadelphia, volunteered at her granddaughter’s school (Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School) and worked part time at Bonatsos Flower Shop across the street from Jefferson University Hospital
Her family said she was a devoted wife of 62 years, wonderful mother and grandmother and was enjoyed and loved by everyone who knew her.
She is predeceased by her husband Ulysses, son Eric; siblings Gentry Daniels, Bascum Daniels, Arnold Daniels, Juanita Hooks, Elminer Daniels, Marine Daniels, Nathaniel Daniels and George Daniels.
She is survived by her three children Yalta Gilmore-Reed (Michael H. Reed), Abdul Karim Ahmad and Lydia Gilmore-Clark (Augustus Clark, Jr.), 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Services will be held Jan. 21 at Bringhurst Funeral Home at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd. Visitation is at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in West Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp or Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106