Armenta T. Carson was a billing specialist for nonprofit organizations.
Carson died on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. She was 86.
Carson was born on Feb. 20, 1928 to Janie and Grover Moses in Palmyra, N.J. “Terry” as she was fondly known, was raised in West Philadelphia where she attended public schools and graduated from Overbrook High School.
She was married to the late Dr. Floyd “Butch” Carson of Philadelphia for almost 45 years. Carson assisted her husband’s thriving medical practice as a billing specialist for some years and later engaged in similar work for nonprofit entities in the Philadelphia area. The couple led active social lives in Philadelphia, where he was a long-time member of the Guardsmen and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and she was a member of the Clubwomen of Philadelphia and later, Jade.
In later years, they relocated to Smithville, N.J. After the death of Dr. Carson, she moved to Atlantic City, N.J., where she had a number of family relatives.
A previous marriage to the late Eugene Woodson, also of Philadelphia, ended in divorce.
She was preceded in death by her siblings Flynn Moses of Indianapolis, Ind., Grover Moses, Jr. of Atlantic City, N.J., Janie Moses Hines of Oakland, Calif. and Julia Moses McEwen of New York.
She is survived by sons Attorney Roderic Woodson of Washington, D.C. and David Woodson of Philadelphia; grandchildren Dr. Roderic Woodson, II and Devon Woodson, both of Atlanta, Ga., and Keri Brown of Silver Spring, Md.; great-granddaughter Kennedy Brown; nieces Lynn Moses Medley of Indianapolis, Ind. and Andrea McEwen of Allentown; nephew Quinten Moses of Atlanta, Ga. and other relatives and friends.
At her request, no memorial service is planned.
Greenidge Funeral Homes of Atlantic City, N.J. handled the arrangements.
Fredricka Rivers was involved in the civil rights movement.
Rivers died on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. She was 79.
She was a resident of Sewell, N.J. She was born March 4, 1934 to Fred and Julia Rivers in Charleston, S.C. She was the oldest child in a family of three children. Their father died while Rivers was a very small child. Her mother married Willie Hughie, a devoted stepfather who reared her and her brothers until adulthood.
At an early age, Rivers became a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C. and was an active member of the adult choir, Sunday school, usher board, Bible study, mother’s board, missionary board and church choir.
She began her early education at the historic Charles H. Simonton School — the first public school for African-Americans in Charleston, S.C. She distinguished herself early on as a high-achieving, literate student who completed grades first through seventh.
Rivers attended Burke High School and was active in school programs and clubs such as the Ready, Set, Teach Program. Her intelligence and commitment to social justice resulted in her active involvement in the civil rights movement that began in 1950.
She joined students, teachers, and ministers and marched against Jim Crow and educational inequality. During this era, Southern schools were segregated and schools where Black students attended were inferior to the facilities where white students attended school.
While a senior, Rivers was noted and honored for her achievements by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and presented to society at the annual Debutante Cotillion Ball. After high school graduation, she attended the Pioneer Business Institute and majored in secretarial studies. She graduated in 1952.
After graduating from business school, Rivers joined the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and was responsible for the security, storage, dissemination and destruction of criminal records.
In 1956, she married Allen Poinesette and in 1958, one daughter was born to this union.
She loved to travel and the highlights of her travels were visits to Africa and Haiti. She loved to read novels, magazines, and newspapers. Her family said she was an outstanding singer. She valued fitness and health food and took care of herself by eating nutritious meals she prepared. Her family said she was a deep thinker and known for intelligent discourse when talking to friends and colleagues.
She is survived by her daughter Sheila Poinesette of Brooklyn, N.Y; brothers Saint Julian Rivers of North Charleston, S.C. and John Rivers of Detroit, Mich.; sister-in-law Barbara Rivers of Detroit, Mich. and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Feb. 27 at Farnelli Funeral Home, 504 N. Main St., Williamstown, N.J. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hurffville, N.J.
Hattie V. Breazeale was a member of Greater Exodus Baptist Church.
She died on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. She was 64.
She was born on Aug. 8, 1949 to the late Mary Catherine Floyd and Joseph Willie Days in Bucksport, S.C. She was the oldest of nine children. She later relocated to Philadelphia where she had four children. She was educated in the School District of Philadelphia.
After her school years, Breazeale worked two jobs simultaneously providing for four children and somehow still found the time to care for others. If ever there was someone in need, she was always there to lend a helping hand even if that meant moving another family into her home.
She married the late Cornelius Breazeale Sr. on Dec. 31, 1975. One child was born to their union.
Her family said Breazeale was a strong woman of God who loved attending church and praising the Lord. Gospel music was a big part of her life. She was a member of Greater Exodus Baptist Church until her illness became overwhelming.
She was very family oriented. Cooking was her forte. Her family said she always made sure that you never missed a meal, no matter who you were. As the oldest child, she always looked out for her brother and sisters, whether it was food, clothing or shelter.
Her hobbies included dancing, playing card games such as pinochle and spades.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Warner Days Jr. ; brothers Timothy Days and Nathan Days; sister Mary Dixon and brother in-law George Dixon.
She is survived by her son Nathan Joseph Days; daughter-in-law Tracey Days; daughters Sabrina Marie Mosby and Carolyn Tamika Reeves; sons-in-law Danny L. Mosby Jr. and James Leon Reeves; grandchildren Angelik A. Gutierrez, Natasha I. Gutierrez, Danny T. Mosby, Marquise N. Days, Warner H. Days, Tymir N. Days, and JasLene Faith’ Marie; great-grandchildren Lyric Harris and Tristen Calixte; brother Willie Lee Days; sisters Joann Dixon, Linda Days, Sharon Travore and Audrey Lynn; eight nephews and nieces Demetrius Days, Dwayne Days, Tara Days, Terrence Days, Kathaleen Lynn, Willie Days, Ollie Days and Katrina Lynn and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Feb. 28 at Victory Christian Center, 5220 Whitby Ave. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m.
Francis Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Two memorial services, one at the Kappa Alpha Psi Achievement Center in Philadelphia and one at Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ in Harrisburg, were held on Saturday, Feb. 22, for public relations entrepeneur, youth football coach, and high school motivational speaker Joseph M. Grier. Grier died on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. He was 48.
Grier was born Aug. 4, 1965 in Baltimore, Md. He was the son of the late Joseph E. Grier and Nancye T. Grier and Carrie McLain, all deceased.
Known to his family as “Joey,” he grew up in Harrisburg and graduated from Harrisburg High School (John Harris Campus) in 1984. After graduation, Grier earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in May 1989. While at Mansfield University, he was a radio personality on WXMU Radio; president of the Black Student Union; Student Government Appropriations Committee member; a member of the Mansfield University football team and member of Beta Rho Omicron (BPO) Service Organization and an initiate of the Lambda Alpha (Expansion Chapter) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
He was characterized as a “leader among leaders” at Mansfield University. Grier was influential in the establishment of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Research Center and was instrumental in bringing cultural activities, civil rights activists and political figures to the university.
Upon graduation, Grier accepted a marketing/sales position for the Canadian-based fortune 500 company, Moore Business Forms and Systems, Inc. After some professional achievements with the company, he received an offer to break into advertising sales with WDAS Radio.
During his year as a WDAS account executive, Grier decided that his talents were better spent living out his childhood dream by forming his own company, JMG Media. His endeavor as an entertainment publicist, agent and manager helped him to conduct business with artists like Boys II Men, the late Grover Washington, Jr., comedian Louis Dix, actress Karen Malina White, The Scott White Family Evangelistic Crusade and Bill Cosby.
He was the director of sales and promotions for Tobeat Records, an independent record label, where he supervised the promotions and sales efforts of the company.
Grier was the director of sales for Freedom Theatre, where he successfully created new and innovative ways for theatres to do business in the fields of sales, promotions and customer service. While at the helm, Grier motivated his sales team to generate more than $1 million dollars in revenue.
In 2001, Grier ventured into the realm of sole proprietorship, and founded JMG Promotions, later known as JMG Media.
As president and CEO of JMG Media, Grier recorded commercials through various talent agencies for radio, television and film. His achievements included the international CD-ROM project for the Academy Award nominated movie, “Amistad” and working with entities such as NFL Films, Masterfoods USA, Centers for Disease Control, the K-Mart Corporation in Atlanta and Industrial Bank in Washington, D.C.
His articles have been published in local, national and international medium outlets.
Grier was committed to service and was active with various organizations. He formerly served as president/CEO of the Greater 69th Street Wildcat’s Athletic Association; secretary and chairman of the recruitment and public relations committees for the Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference; chairman of the Philadelphia Branch Board for the American Red Cross; chairman of the American Red Cross Public Relations Committee; director of public relations for the Urban League Young Professionals; chairman of Pennsylvania Black Conference On Higher Education’s (PBCOHE) Student Leadership Development Workshops and second vice- President of PBCOHE.
At the time of his death, Grier was the chief program officer for the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Guide Right and Kappa Leadership Initiatives; vice chair of the Legacy Council for Harrisburg High Schools Class of 1984 Legacy Scholarship Committee; secretary and sergant of arms for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Professional Referral Exchange and chairman of the Public Relations Committee for the Philadelphia Chapter of Concerned Black Men, Inc. He also served on the board of director for the Kiefel Foundation, Inc.
When he was not engaged in community efforts, Grier served as a motivational speaker for high school and college students throughout the commonwealth – stressing the position of “self-determination.”
He was recognized with various community, academic and professional leadership awards and citations including being named the youth league “Coach of the Year” by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Grier was preceded in death by his parents; sister Patricia Jackson and brothers William Dean and Clarence McLain.
He is survived by his longtime companion Leslie Kidd and their son Joshua; stepson William; daughter Jasmyn; granddaughter Alaia; sisters Charlotte Christmas and Terri Gray; aunts Cecelia DiRidolfo and Betty Jackson; uncle Chester Taylor (Elisa); special niece Tonya Cooper; special friends Albert Jeffrey Wallace and Floyd Cornelius and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held Feb. 22 at the Kappa Alpha Psi Achievement Center, 5521-29 Germantown Avenue. The Harrisburg High School class of 1984 held a memorial service on Feb. 22 at Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ, 1820 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg.
DuPree Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Willie F. Johnson, founder and chairman of PRWT Services, Inc. has been recognized for his commitment to corporate citizenship.
To commemorate Black History Month, Sen. Bob Casey recognized Johnson on Monday evening during a speech on the Senate floor.
“From his early experiences as a social worker to his outstanding success as an entrepreneur, Willie Johnson has promoted positive social change as a result of his emphasis on corporate citizenship,” Casey said.
“In the Senate today, we express our gratitude for Mr. Johnson’s commitment to volunteering in the community along with all of his charitable contributions and investments, all of which have had a positive impact on countless Pennsylvanians.”
In his floor speech, Casey highlighted Johnson’s work with PRWT Services, one of the largest minority-owned businesses in the United States. PRWT is heavily involved in the community and strives to bring about positive change that benefits the Philadelphia region and other areas across Pennsylvania and the United States.
Following his speech, Casey hosted a symposium in Washington to discuss Johnson’s contributions. Symposium panelists included Fletcher “Flash” Wiley, chairman & CEO of The Centaurus Group, LLC; Donna Allie, president and founder of Team Clean, Inc.; Della Clark, president of the Enterprise Center; Chet Riddick, president and CEO of Alpha Enterprise Group, a Philadelphia-based office supplies company and John W. Rogers Jr., chairman, CEO and chief investment officer of Ariel Investments.
Prior to founding PRWT, Johnson was the owner/CEO of Fidelity Systems, Inc., a cable/line construction company. He has served as the regional commissioner of the Office of Social Services for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the executive director of the Office of Employment and Training under the mayor of Philadelphia.
Johnson is actively involved in the community. He is a board member of the Philadelphia Tribune, Cheyney University Foundation, Girard College, the African American Chamber of Commerce and Allen University.
Founded in 1988, PRWT specializes in providing business process outsourcing and facilities management/infrastructure services to corporate and government clients. PRWT has been recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the largest 100 minority controlled corporations in the nation.