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FYI—Space Gamelan, a ten-member Indonesian gong-chime ensemble, will be playing the traditional music of Java and Bali on Jan. 23, 2005, from 8-10 p.m., at the Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex at 2201 Preston. For info call Deborah Spence Helman @ (713) 353-4166… Pamm Deal has joined the staff of Crisis Intervention of Houston, the city's leading suicide prevention, and intervention agency. Deal is the organization’s Youth Outreach Coordinator. An increased need for youth volunteers to staff TeenLine, a 24-hour hotline, and TeenLink, an online chat site, necessitated filling the vacancy. The Youth Outreach Program is a telephone and Web-based counseling, crisis intervention, suicide prevention and referral service available 24-hours a day to youth throughout the Greater Houston area. Trained peer counselor volunteers answer calls after school and on weekends. Trained adult volunteers are available for callers at other times. For more information call (713) 533-4566, or visit www.crisishotline.org.


MeMories—A complimentary Memoriam is in remembrance of the lovely and gracious
Janet Kay Johnson whose very productive life was celebrated at Ross Mortuary Chapel, 3618 Lyons Ave., on Oct. 25, 2004, with Rev. Charles Monette officiating. Stephen Hughes, James William, Travis Fontenette, Lionel, Michael, Jarvis and Travis Johnson were active pallbearers. Keith Ballard, Sharod Green, Gregory Coleman, Albert, Wayne, Percy, Robert and John Johnson were honorary pallbearers for Janet Kay, who was born on April 18, 1955, to Leola Fisher Johnson and Robert Johnson Sr. in Galveston, Texas. At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ in her life. She attended and graduated from Galveston Ball High School, Class of '72. God called Janet home on Oct. 19, 2004.
She was preceded in death by her mother; grandmother, Nancy Fisher grandfather, Johnny Fisher, two uncles, Johnny Jr. and Melvin Fisher and one aunt, Dorothy Fisher Williams. She leaves to cherish her precious memory: her father, Robert Johnson, Sr. of Houston, Texas. She also leaves three sisters, Liza and husband Percy Johnson, Nancy and husband Gregory Coleman, Janice and husband Sharod Green, all from Houston, Texas; four brothers: Albert and wife Connie Johnson, Wayne and wife Michelle Johnson, John Johnson, and Robert Johnson, Jr., all of Houston, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends. Rest in peace Janet Kay Johnson, you will be greatly missed.

GoodNeighbor—A very special Good Neighbor salute is due Richard Bass, whose long and productive life was celebrated on Oct. 30, 2004 at Ross Mortuary Chapel, 3618 Lyons, with Rev. Edward Smith, associate pastor at New Testament BC, officiating. Rev. Miller Harp read scripture and active pallbearers were: Carlos Henry, Kennard Henry, Victor Keys, Melvin Melton Johnny Payton and Thurmon Melton. Robert Bass, Melvin Davis, Mark DeBlaw, Carlos Henry Jr., Leeland Bass, Curtis Johnson, Michael DeBlaw and Reginald Davis were honorary pallbearers for Richard, who was born in Houston, Texas on July 20, I928, to Robert and Jennie Scott Bass. Richard, grew up in Houston’s Fifth Ward. was a hard working man, who retired from the City of Houston after many years of service. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Onita Bramlette and Jennie Shinnock; brothers-in-laws, Oscar Henry Jr. and Willie Shinnock; uncle and aunt, Eddie and Ira Scott Diamond; nephew, Terrald Henry and great-niece, Mara Antoinette Deblaw.
Richard, who was known fondly as "Buskie,” also left special memories for his family and friends, who loved his great sense of humor. Cherishing his memory is sister, Fayetta Bass Henry; two brothers, Robert Bass and Leeland Gene Bass. He also leaves a sister-in-law, Rosa Bass; nieces: Authurine DeBlaw, Maresa Henry-Keys and husband Victor, Alina Bass Harvey and husband Thomas; nephews, Carlos Henry and wife Shelia, Kennard Henry and wife Sonja; great nephews, Mark Kevin DeBlaw and Michael Andre DeBlaw; great- niece, Mariesha Keys; cousins, Ira Ramona Diamond Davis and daughter Andrea Jones; honorary children, Mildred Wyatt, Delois Payton, Lavern Lewis, Jannie Russell, and Burt Payton, several great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, relatives and many friends. Well-done Good Neighbor “Buskie.”

HoodWatch—
St. Luke the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 3530 Wheeler, has added Marcia Sadberry to its staff. Sadberry (a life-long resident of the Third Ward, and a member of St. Luke was licensed as a Preacher, Lay Eucharistic Minister and Worship Leader), by the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. She is applying to the Bi-Vocational Priesthood Track and hopes to begin her studies toward the Priesthood next Fall. Sadberry is also a professional musician with a lengthy history of vocal and instrumental accomplishments. For information, call (713) 748-5974…. When we saw a group of trailriders camped in the 9100 block of West Montgomery, we immediately thought of the upcoming Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. They, however, was playing Santa Claus by handing out Christmas gifts to the kiddies. However, you can believe that they can’t wait for the historical trial rides to start.
A belated happy birthday to Rose Upshaw (Jan. 7), was Lost In Space last week. Birthday wishes are also due two-time heaweight champion, Rev. George Foreman (Jan. 10) and Rev. Harvey Clemons, Jr (Jan. 26), pastor of Pleasant Hill BC, 1510 Pannell @ Lyons Ave.…. If you’re into miracles, you might want to accept the invitation of Pastor Roy Love and The Gulf Meadows Church, 8012 Fuqua, to come out and meet Don Piper, on Jan. 23, 2005, at 7:00 pm. Piper “Died and spent 90 minutes in Heaven” and has written a book about his experience. For information and directions, call (713) 991-LOVE…. The public is invited to a Zydeco & Trailride Matinee at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 1401 Fidelity Rd., on Jan. 23, 2005, from 5-9 p.m. Nooney & The Zydeco Floaters will be the featured artists. For info, call (713) 674-9206.
The Knights of Peter Claver Inc.’s Houston Inner-City Councils & Courts invited the public to their annual Mardi Gras Parade on Jan. 22, 2005, from 10 a.m.-12 noon. The parade will began at Wayside @ 610 East and end at Saint Peter Claver Catholic Church. 6005 N. Wayside. For info call Helen Sam @ (713) 683-1566, or Marie Ledet @ (713) 880-6813…. One of Shirley Ann Black Arts & Kollectibles Showroom’s unique, religious based gift cards are due Sis. Iver Lee Hopkins, the widow of the legendary Port of Houston union chief, Wilbur “Bud” Hopkins. You should do yourself a favor and check out the Afro-centric line of cards for all occasions that’s found at the gift shop that’s located in the Malonson Compound, 6130 Wheatley. For info and directions, please call (713) 692-1195.