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MeMoriaM—Insofar as Fiesta’s Black History 24-7-365 is memorializing Lillie Mae Collier, aka “Sweet Cake,” who shared a funeral service, including the same program and church See Front page), it’s only fitting that African American News & Issues allow them to share the same edition, therefore we take great pride in offering a complimentary Memoriam for Naomi Alexander aka “Beadie,” whose long and productive life was celebrated on Sept. 28, 2004 at Zion Hill MBC, 4120 Crane St., with Pastor Mark Anthony officiating. The Matthews family, Rev. Dwayne Sherden, Demetria Matthews, Chastity Jones and Rev. Darrell Lockwood, blessed the order of service And active pallbearers were: Vernon Charles, James Howard, Curtis Edward, Charleston Asby, Marcus Howard and Tyler Roy Atkins.
Louis Alexander, Bonnie Howard Sr., LeNeal Roy Tieuel, Nathan Howard, Bill Green and Roy Alexander were honorary pallbearers for Beadie, who was born on April 26, 1931 to the late Willie Ann and Nelson Howard in Logansport, Louisiana. Early in life she accepted Christ at St. Paul's C.M.E. in Logansport. In adulthood, she joined New Evergreen MBC under the late Rev. James E. Lockwood in Houston, TX. She was united in Holy Matrimony to Willie T. Alexander. Her son, Millard Ray Howard. Naomi departed this life on Tuesday, Sept, 21, 2004 at LBJ. Survivors include a wonderful, loving husband of 50 years; her son, Louis James Alexander; two loving daughters: Renita Gayle Alexander & Alversie "Texas" Alexander; a niece (who was like a daughter) Cwiller Spells; two wonderful sisters: Geraldine Hill and Naori Jackson,
Also cherishing Beadie’s precious memories is, her brother, Bonnie Howard; sister-in-law, Janice Howard; seven grandchildren: Charise Hill, Marcus Alexander, Tandy Moses-Joseph, Twilla Moses, Marcus Howard, Maunita Howard, Rochelle Seals; one great niece, Tawanna Atkins (who was like a grandchild); five great grandchildren: Travis Patrick, Jared Patrick, Jamarcus Howard, Ja Michael Seals and Jeremy Seals and a host of many other relatives & friends. Well done Naomi “Beadie” Alexander…. African American News & Issues would also like to give a special Memoriam to the late, great Dr. John B.Coleman, who was honored during the 16th Annual UNCF Black Tie Gala, that was held on Dec. 3, 2004 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, on Dec. 3, 2004. Mayor Bill and Mrs. Andrea White were honorary chairpeson’s and Michael McClure was dinner chairperson. Stephanie Mills was the guest special, guest artist.

FYI—Belated congrats to Gulf Shores Academy’s Anthony Vereen, Jovan Adams, Gerald Green and Terrell Henry, who inked letters of intent to play college hoops. Vereen and Henry are head for UT at Arlington, Adams is headed for ULVN and Green will join a John Lucas, III led team at Oklahoma State. HISD legend Ken “Juice” Williams, is head basketball coach at Gulf Shores, 11300 Post Oak Blvd . … A special (free) program for family caregivers will be held on Dec. 7, 2004 at South Union Church of Christ,7427 Ardmore, Registra-tion will start at 8:45 a.m. For info call (713) 682-5995….Our Mother of Mercy Parish (including the church, school and credit union) under the leadership of its electrifying pastor, Rev. Charles (Chuck) Andrus, S.S.J., celebrated its 75th' Anniversary, on Nov. 13 and 14, 2004, starting with a community parade, starting at Market and ending at Bringhurst streets, Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr., serving as Parade Marshall. Also Other participanting were; our Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee; County Commish El Franco Lee; City Councilmember Ron Green; City Councilmember Carol Galloway; Constable Victor Trevino; Houston Fire and Police Department; bands and auxiliary units from Booker T. Washington; Fleming Middle; Milby High; Jack Yates; Fifth Ward Super Neighborhood and a host of others. The 75th Anniversary Gala was held at the Houston Hobby, belated congrats Our Mother of Mercy…. Rev. Danny Davis, Pastor of Third Ward’s historical Jordan Grove BC, 2603 Anita, has earned the reputation of being one of the most dynamic and talented ministers in Houston, but it’s surprising how many people never connect him with the history making quarterback, who set records at the University of Houston.
However, if you think Danny, a Dallas native, is something very special after you hear him preach the Lord’s holyword and sing,you should meet his dad and brothers who also preach the gospel and sing.Rev. Davis,will preach the 3:30 Victory Day sermon at the Pleasant Hill BC, 1510 Pannell @ Lyons Ave., on Dec 12, 2004. Rev. Davis, however, will have to bring his “A” game, when he follow eclat pulpiteer Dr. Rev. Wallace Hartsfield, of Kansas City Missouri, one of the greatest preachers of Gospel in the known, civilized, English speaking univese. The awesome spiritual communicator will bless the 7:30 and 11 a.m. services. The two day celebration of the legendary 5th Ward church’s 79th Anniversary will also feature a musical on Dec. 11 @ 4 p.m. For info call (713) 224-0052.