Ronald Sharpe was an entrepreneur and mechanic.
He died on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Chestnut Hill Hospital. He was 70.
Sharpe was born on June 30, 1942 to Ronald and Bernice Sharpe Sr. in Philadelphia. He graduated from Bok Technical High school in 1961 as a sheet metal technician.
He married his high school sweetheart Patsy Bishop on Oct. 6, 1939.
Sharpe enjoyed his newsstands and many business endeavors. He also enjoyed rebuilding 55 Chevys and his CB radio where he was known as the Boogie KDQ6639. Sharpe was an honorary Boy Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow and Lenni Lenape.
In addition to his wife, Sharpe is survived by his son Roland Sharpe III; daughters, Beverly, Lynn and Lorie Sharpe and grandchildren, Amira, Kamrie, Roland IV, Raymond and Maxwell Sharpe.
A memorial service will be held May 18 at 9 a.m. at Christ of Calvary Covenant Church, 500 South 61st St. Burial will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
John H. Grant Sr. was an aircraft mechanic with the Tuskegee Airman.
Grant died on Monday, May 6, 2013. He was 85.
He was born May 11, 1927 to Eleanor Lewis and James Grant in West Philadelphia. He graduated from Murrell Dobbins High School. He majored in auto mechanics and earned a varsity letter from Dobbins’ first football team in 1944.
Grant graduated with honors from Tuskegee University in 1949 and became one the Tuskegee Airmen — America’s first Black military airmen. He served in the United States Army as an aircraft mechanic based in Guam.
Grant was employed for more than 30 years at Boeing Corporation and retired in 1993 as president of the Management Association located in Ridley Park.
His family said he had a distinguished voice that was often in demand on WURD radio station
Grant was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in West Philadelphia where he was honored for 65 years of service.
He was an active member of the Campbell Washington Joppa # 37 of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carolyn; daughter, Marsha Ford and husband William; son, John Jr.; sister-in-law, Marcia Poindexter; grandson, Jonathan Ford; granddaughters, Gabriela and Isis Grant and nephew, Leon Scales.
Services were held May 13 at Grace Baptist Church, 25 West Johnson St. Burial was in Ivy Hill Cemetery.
Bertha Merriweather Foreman was a former garment inspector.
Foreman died on Friday, April 26, 2013. She was 93.
She was born May 16, 1919 to the late George Washington Merriweather and Lizzie Cosby Merriweather. She was the youngest of 15 children.
She was educated in the Darby Township School System, where she was valedictorian in the 10th grade.
Foreman was an active member of the First African Baptist Church of Darby Township for 85 years, where she was a served on the board of trustees, Willing Workers and Rising Star Ministry and as a volunteer for Thanksgiving baskets.
She was employed at Quartermaster at 20th and Johnson streets in South Philadelphia for 28 years as a garment inspector. During her employment, she received several awards of appreciation, performance and service.
In 1979, she married the late Lloyd Foreman.
Her family said she loved traveling with her sister-in-law, Libby and brother-in-law, Big Al. Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting and playing pinochle. She was a volunteer at the Good Neighbor Senior Center of Darby Township.
She is survived by her children, Onzella Dabney, Gladys Frye and George Earland III; daughter-in-law, Judy; grandchildren, Carmela, Billy, Joanna, Gary, Bruce and Shelly; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Shana, Seth, Desiree, Deanna, Gary Michael, Noah, Dominique, Sidney and Daria; great-great-grandchildren, Zarriah, Coy, Ayden, Maniah and Cayden and other relatives and friends.
Services were held May 7 at First African Baptist Church, 901 Clifton Ave., in Darby Township.
Claude J. Edney Funeral Home, Inc. handled the arrangements.
Services were held May 9 for Emma Woolfolk Henry.
Henry died on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. She was 107.
She was born Oct. 22, 1905 in Carolina Country, Va. Henry’s family relocated to Philadelphia where she was educated in the public school system.
As an adult, she attended Miller Memorial Baptist Church. She met John Henry Sr. at Miller Memorial in 1923 and they were married in May of 1925. The couple had nine children.
“Emma was a wonderful homemaker, a mother of statue and extraordinary strength. She was a godly woman, she taught her children to be God-fearing,” her family said.
Henry did not have a favorite scripture, but her family said Romans 15:1,2 describes how she lived her life.
In addition to her husband, Henry was preceded in death by her sons, John Henry Jr., Victor Henry Sr. and Earl Henry Sr.,
She is survived by her sons, Robert and Ronald and daughters, Geraldine, Jean, Ruth and Arlene.
Services were held May 9 at Bibleway Baptist Church 1323 N. 52nd Street. Burial was in Mt. Lawn Cemetery, Sharon Hill.
DuPree Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Services will be held May 11 for Thomasene Jenkins Gunn.
Gunn died Saturday, May 4, 2013. She was 90.
Born in Columbia, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Phillip Jenkins and Estelle Weston Jenkins.
She was a homemaker who cared deeply and was devoted to her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Gunn and children, Wesley and Barbara.
Gunn is survived by her sons, Thomas P. Gunn (Victoria) of Laverock and Charles W. Gunn (Joan) of Middletown, Del.; sisters Fannie Bolden, Eva Rosetta Howard, Marie Underwood, Phyllis E. Medley all of Philadelphia and Edward “Ernest” Jenkins of Philadelphia.
Services will be held May 11 at Faith Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2401 N. 29th St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial is in Ivy Hill Cemetery.
Catherine Laws Funeral Home handled the arrangements.