Carla L. Taylor Waite was an attorney.
Waite died on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. She was waiting for a heart transplant. She was 52.
She was born on Oct. 30, 1961 to the late Charles L. Taylor, Sr. and Virginia Foreman Taylor in Philadelphia.
She attended Hamilton Elementary, Sayre Junior High and West Philadelphia High School where she graduated in 1979. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983.
She met Daren Waite during these years and the two later married. Two children were born to their union.
After undergraduate school, she obtained her law degree from Howard University in 1987.
Waite worked as an attorney within the city of Philadelphia’s claims unit, the code enforcement unit and subsequently advanced into the environmental unit which specialized in air pollution, noise pollution and animal rights. Her family said she loved the show “Law and Order” but also lived it.
Her family said she was admired by her peers for her dedication to cases, endeavors and the overarching principle of justice. Waite retired after 15 years for medical reasons.
Waite was a youth member of Tabernacle Lutheran Church and later joined St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church with her children. She was recognized as a very giving member of her church, using her knack for arts and crafts to design bulletin boards and signs. She also invested her energetic spirit into initiatives to send the church’s youth to national conferences.
She was a true animal lover who had own menagerie of cats both indoors and outdoors.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her daughters Daria and Danielle Waite and siblings Dr. Charles Taylor II, Cheryl Taylor-Stiles, Dr. Craig Taylor and Carol Cutrona-Haliburton.
A memorial service will be held on March 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 74th Avenue. and Briar Road.
Ervina White Beauford Funeral Service handled the arrangements.
Charles L. Williams was a dedicated municipal service worker.
He died on Sunday, March 2, 2014. He was 77.
He was born on Dec. 6, 1936 to the late Moses and Louise Williams in Milledgeville, Ga.
Williams moved to Philadelphia at an early age and matriculated through the Philadelphia Public school system, graduating from Northeast High School.
During his youth, he was known as “Buddy,” to his family and friends. Williams obtained his undergraduate degree from La Salle University in 1980 and his master’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Joseph’s University in 1984.
Williams started his working career at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office in 1959. He remained at the District Attorney’s office until 1969, when he accepted a position with the Clerk of Courts for the city of Philadelphia. In 1988, he was sworn in as the first deputy to the clerk of Quarter Sessions, and served under Peter D. Truman and later under Vivian T. Miller, until he retired in 2003.
During his career which spanned 44 years, Williams received several awards, accolades and was recognized by many of his peers for his professionalism and commitment to excellence.
He married Alice Holland on Aug. 19, 1967 and one daughter was born to their union. Williams was a loving and devoted husband and father, and always stressed the importance of God in every aspect of his family’s life.
Williams dedicated his life to serving God and was an active member of his church. He served as a trustee at Calvary United Church of Christ and Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Germantown. While a member of Mt. Zion Charles joined the Fellowship Guild, the Outreach Feeding Ministry and the December Circle.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter Dionne; son-in-law Lloyd; grandchildren MaKayla and Coryn; sisters Ruby (Robert) Brown, Marion Washington, Moselle Wood and Helen Clarke; aunt Lizzie Mae Reese; sister in-laws Mary Edmonds, Lenora Tiggle, Jacquel Parker, Lula Holland, Brenda Holland and Carnell Holland; brother in-laws, Beacher (Lucille) Holland and Howard (Jessie) Holland and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on March 7 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Germantown, 41 W. Rittenhouse St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery.
Deborah L. Wilson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Joseph Queen was a deacon at Greater Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Queen died on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. He was 75.
He was born on May 3, 1938 in Orangeburg, S.C. He was raised by the late Fannie and Rudolph Lowe in Philadelphia. He was baptized at Bull Swamp Baptist Church under the guidance of his grandmother, Fannie Wright.
Queen was a graduate of Northeast High School where he was an outstanding basketball player. Upon completion of his high school experience, he briefly played semi-professional basketball.
Queen served in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge on Oct. 16, 1958. Upon returning to Philadelphia, he began working in the steel industry at Plumb Tools. He remained at Plumb Tools for 17 years before embarking upon a new career as an environmental supervisor for the Radnor School District. After a fulfilling and successful career, he retired in June 2000.
In 1958, Queen married Ophelia Goodwin, pastor of Greater Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. They traveled extensively and viewed their pilgrimage to Israel as a highlight in their Christian journey.
Queen was ordained as a deacon in 1993. Serving as chairman of Greater Mt. Vernon’s deacon board was one of his proudest accomplishments. His family said he loved his church and worked tirelessly to advance the kingdom of Christ through witnessing, teaching and walking by faith. Queen mentored several young men and offered advice and spiritual guidance to many.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Barry (Yvonne) and Sheila Queen-Wilcher (Sherman); brothers, Ernest (Stephanie), Rudy and Marvin Lowe; sisters Rhoda Lowe and Ivy Lewis; grandsons Stephen, Khalil, Kareem, Barry, Jr., Braheim and Sherman; great-grandsons Khari and Amir; great-granddaughter Mariah and other relatives and friends.
Services were held on March 3 at Morris Chapel, 12th Street and Lehigh Avenue. Burial was in Greenmount Cemetery.
Savin Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Robin Schelli Long, who studied at Spelman College and worked as an insurance claims agent in Massachsetts before returning home to Philadelphia in 2001, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. She was 65.
She was born Oct. 25, 1948, to Gurcie and Louise Davis in Philadelphia. She was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System, where she excelled academically, graduating a year ahead of her class from West Philadelphia High School. Long attended Taylor Business School and obtained her first job as a cashier at a neighborhood supermarket. She was promoted to a bookkeeper position for the store. She continued her education at Community College of Philadelphia and Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga.
“Schelli,” as she was known to friends and family, married Charles “Charlie” Edward Long in 1975 and moved to Boston, Mass., to live with her new husband. She acquired employment with Blue Shield of Massachusetts, where she remained until she retired in 2000.
Long loved music and played the flute and piano. She had a penchant for listening to her favorite artists for hours on repeat, particularly Luther Vandross.
“Schelli was very gregarious, personable, and well-liked by all who met her,” her family said.
“Throughout her extended illness, she set an example of exceptional endurance, courage, and faith in the presence of adversity.”
At an early age, she joined Vine Memorial Baptist Church. When she returned to Philadelphia in 2001 to care for her ailing mother, she joined Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Long was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her sister Gurcina McDonald; nephew Gregory McDonald and his wife Janelle Roundtree-McDonald; great-niece Niambi McDonald and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held March 7 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 5732 Race St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m.
Innovative health prevention practices to address debilitating diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, oral bacteria and cancer will be the focus of the 17th Annual Wellness of You Breakfast for Men.
Hosted by Universal Companies and Kenny and Faatimah Gamble, the free breakfast will be held March 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Universal Institute Charter School, 1415 Catharine St. This year’s presenters include Dr. Frederick Burton, founder and medical director of the Burton Wellness Injury Center; Dr. H. Edward Liu, sole practitioner of Liu general and cosmetic dentistry; Dr. Keith Leaphart, a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation and Glenn Ellis, health and wellness educator and writer.
“It’s a wake-up call for African-American men to be more conscious of their health and it’s a good thing for the community,” Gamble said in regard to the upcoming event.
The annual breakfast is spearheaded by Faatimah Gamble, who is the founder of Wellness of You, Inc., a nonprofit organization that focuses on introducing healthy lifestyles to medically underserved communities. Gamble said his wife was instrumental in encouraging him to focus on his preventive health.
“She constantly was on me about men’s health so I started going to my doctor. I feel good and a lot of it has to do with my wife helping me to sustain my health,” said Gamble, who has coped with high blood pressure and prostate problems.
Gamble encourages men of all ages to attend the upcoming event which will help them take change of their health.
When Faatimah Gamble noticed that some of her family members were dying at an early age, she became passionate about her health more than 30 years ago.
In 1996, she founded Wellness of You and subsequently started the “Tree of Life” awards as a way to honor medical professionals who were practicing cutting edge techniques and making a difference in community health. When Faatimah Gamble realized that mostly women were attending the “Tree of Life” event, she decided to launch a breakfast for men only.
When she held the first breakfast 17 years ago, less than 50 men came out. Last year’s event drew 450 attendees.
“It has become an event where the men look forward to it annually. The reason that I believe that it is so successful is the various topics that we cover pertaining to men — topics that they ordinary wouldn’t hear about” said Faatimah Gamble.
Featured topics include nutrition education, oral disease prevention, sexual/reproductive health, post-traumatic stress disorder and the causes of chronic spinal pain.
The event will also offer oral health, rapid HIV/AIDS testing, kinesiology evaluation, blood pressure and glucose and cholesterol screenings and noninvasive chiropractic consultation.