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Sundays Obituary: Willie Roy Godette

    When studying and researching our family surnames, we find collateral family members that may or not be related, but sometimes will hold the clues to our own families as family sometimes stretches beyond blood lines.
     After adding Willie Roy Godette to my “Yvette’s Family Tree” where I add people that are from the same locale and have the surnames of my family, I was able to attach documents to Roy’s name.  Willie Roy Godette was born on December 8, 1926 and passed away two days after his 83rd birthday on December 10, 2009.
     In the 1930 Census of Township 5, Craven County, North Carolina, Willie is listed as the Grandchild of Issac and Sarah Carter.  Willie’s parents were not listed in the same household at the time.  I went to the Craven County Deeds website and found that Willie’s parents were Mattie J. Carter and Willie D. Godette.
     What I have discovered is that in Willie Roy Godette’s father’s (Willie D.) household in 1920 according to the Census there was a Luviney and Hulda Cully as his father’s nieces.  So without inputting the connecting information on my tree, I know that Willie Roy Godette is a  1st cousin 1x removed to these Cully’s.    Upon further investigation, I will discover who the Cully girls parents were as they are not listed in Willie D. Godette’s household in 1920.  (I have a direct family line of Cully’s, and would like to see if there is a connection. I will do a further investigation of the parties mentioned).
     My hope is that if anyone is tracing Willie Roy Godette’s family line, that this might be helpful.
Willie Roy Godette

     Willie Roy Godette, 83, of 855 Blades Rd., Havelock died Thursday, December 10, 2009 at Whispering Pine Nursing Facility, Fayetteville.

     He served in the U. S. Army during World War 11 and was honorably discharged and was a retiree of NADEP as a motor vehicle operator. 

     The funeral service will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at Piney Grove AME Zion Church with the Rev. Robert Little, officiating. The interment with military honors will be at Hyman Chapel Church Cemetery.

     He is survived by his two sons, Douglas Godette of Atlantic, Highlands, NJ and Danny Carter of Germany; two daughters, Mattie Sidney of Atlantic Highlands, NJ and Nadine Carr of Fayetteville; 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

     The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing will be held Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Oscar’s Mortuary and at the church an hour prior to the service.

Photo courtesy of Bernd Doss

Sunday’s Obituary: Carlotta Constance Peters Pace

     I posted a memorium of Carlotta and her father Yancey Peters not too long ago (here), but I just recently came across Carlotta’s obituary notification in the Washington Post and want to give her, her own post.  Carlotta is my 1st Cousin 2x removed on my maternal side.

Washington D.C Post
February 1977

     I was very interested in knowing more about Harmony Memorial Park to see if she was listed, but apparently the Washington, D.C. Harmony Memorial Park was moved to Maryland.  This is what I found on Find-a-grave (here); or look below.

Cemetery notes and/or description:

Original location: Rhode Island Ave., Washington, DC. Also known as Harmonia Burial Grounds, located 2 miles from Washington, DC on Brentwood Rd. (1893) and as Columbian Harmony Cemetery. The cemetery was moved to Landover, MD in 1959. Now known as: National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery, Landover MD.

In the late 1950s, National Harmony Memorial Park was contracted by the D.C. government to move the historically black Columbian Harmony Cemetery, which had fallen into disrepair.

According to a 2000 Washington Post article, 37,000 remains were disinterred and moved to what the Bells named National Harmony Memorial Park.

     I don’t think that my Cousin’s remains were disinterred now that I am looking at the dates that this occurred, but the fact that many other peoples remains were disinterred really upsets me as I have found this to have happened with some of my other family members. I think there is something very wrong when we disrupt the dead and then build upon sacred ground of which our ancestor’s are resting. I wonder how much money they would have saved in restoring the grounds instead of moving the cemetery.

Photo taken by Lani Pottle
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Sunday’s Obituary: Dorcas Elizabeth Carter

Sunday’s Obituary – if you have obituaries of family members and ancestors, consider posting them along with other information about that person as part of Sunday’s Obituary. This is an ongoing series developed by Leslie Ann at Ancestors Live Here.
Obituary as posted in the Sun Journal, New Bern, North Carolina
Dorcas Elizabeth Carter, 96, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 26, 2009, at Commonwealth Assisted Living in Hampton, Virginia.

Dorcas was the only daughter of five children born in New Bern to Sylvester W. and Olivia Martin Carter. After graduating from West Street High School, “Honey” as she was affectionately called, continued her education at State Normal School, Elizabeth City. She earned her BS degree in Elementary Education from Winston Salem Teachers College and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Boston University. With 39 years of distinctive service, she retired from F. R. Danyus School in New Bern.

She was a lifetime and dedicated member of St Peter’s A.M.E. Zion Church, serving in many capacities. Her ability to console and mentor others was shared freely, including her services as a Gray Lady at Craven County Hospital. Dorcas was an avid historian of local events. In 2001, she was interviewed by The News & Observer to give her account of the Great Fire of 1922. She was also the source of ancestral information regarding her family on Portsmouth Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Preceded in death by her brothers, Caswell, Robert and Sylvester, Honey leaves to cherish her loving memory a brother and sister-in-law, James “Rudy” and Celestine Carter (Hampton, VA); sisters-in-law, Mary G. Carter (Raleigh ) and Ruth P. Carter (Riverside, Calif.); seven nieces, three nephews and many great nieces, great nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.

A graveside service will be held at noon on Thursday, July 2, 2009, at Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Joseph C. George officiating. Viewing will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2009, and family visitation and viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2009, at Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc., 701 West Street, New Bern.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to St. Peter’s A.M.E. Zion Church, 617 Queen Street, New Bern, North Carolina.
Arrangements are by Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home, Inc.

According to my family tree on ancestry Ms. Dorcas Elizabeth Carter would be the stepdaughter of  my 1st cousin 2x removed.  

Sunday’s Obituary: Julian Endler "Lil Pete" Martin

     I discovered this obituary on my cousin Dennis Ellis’ fb page, and discovered that Julian E. Martin, known as “Lil Pete” is my 3rd cousin.  I wanted to give Julain tribute by posting his obituary on my blog.  I am so moved, amazed, and feel so blessed that searching and finding family has become easier.  I pray that one day I will be able to meet my family in North Carolina. 
     From Julian Martin’s Obituary, you can tell he was a talented individual.  I know that my new found family and his friends will miss him, and I pray for their grieving at this time. 

Upper Marlboro, MD — Julian Endler “Lil Pete” Martin passed away on Friday, September 23, 2011 in Atlanta, GA.
Martin was born to Osborne A. and Jennettie Moore Martin in New Bern, N.C. on August 26, 1948.  He graduated from J.T. Barber High School in 1966. He was a 1969 alumnus of North Carolina Central University where he played football. Upon graduating from NCCU he was a 12th round draft choice for the Dallas Cowboys where he spent a brief time with the Cowboys.  NCCU inducted Martin into the NCCU Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
Martin pursued in a career as education in the Trenton, North Carolina School System.
Then he moved to Maryland and began a career with the Safeway Stores that lasted for 40 years.
Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Teague Martin in June of 2009.  He is survived by his two daughters, Jillian Martin, Esq. of Chicago IL and JaKenna Martin of Upper Marlboro, MD and a Grandson, Devery Ballenger of Washington DC
He is survived by his four Siblings and their Spouses: Vernon A and Mary Martin , New Bern, NC; Raymond A. and Maxine Martin, Fayetteville, NC; Aaron (Big Pete) B, (NCCU 1964) and Lois M. Martin, Springdale, MD & Jacqueline A. and Valerion Hodges, Upper Marlboro, MD.
He is also survived by an Aunt in New Bern and an Aunt in New Bern Havelock NC as well as numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends in various Locations in the US.
The Wake is scheduled for Friday, September 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm at JB Jenkins Funeral Home located at 7474 Landover Road, Hyattsville, MD 20785.
The A Walk to Remember” Homegoing Services will be held on Saturday, October 1st at Hemingway Memorial AME Church located at 6330 Gateway Boulevard, District Heights, Maryland 20748. The Pastor is Rev. Samuel E. Hayward III.  The final viewing will be from 10:00 am-11:00 am. The Homegoing Services will start at 11:00 am. The burial is at the Ft. Lincoln Cemetery and will be immediately after the Homegoing Services. 
Published by NCCU Metro DC Alumni Chapter on September 27, 2010 

Sundays Obituary: Betty Mae Peters Porter

My mother Betty Porter had 2 obits in two different newspapers.  Jack Williams, always did an extensive obituary on anyone noteworthy for the San Diego Union-Tribune.  He was offered an early retirement and took it in 2007.  The other Obituary was in the African American Local Newspaper, The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint.  I thought I would include both as they both are somewhat different.  I believe my mother’s sister-friend Vira Williams wrote the one in the V & V.

Published in SD Voice & Viewpoint
Written by Vira Williams

Betty Mae Peters Porter was born in New York City on November 17, 1926 to Agnes Cully and Charles I. Peters.  She was an only child.  Betty grew up in the “Sugar Hill” area of New York City where she attended George Washington High School.  Always an organizer and socialite, Better and her life time friend, Marilyn “Mickey” Sullivan formed and belonged to a club during their childhood called the “149 Street Queens.”  

Her mother, Agnes was a well known seamstress and fashion designer.  Her clients included Marian Anderson, Betty Davis, Barbara Rush, Joan Crawford and other celebrities.  Betty often modeled in her mother’s fashion shows in New York City.

Betty was an excellent student. She received a dual bachelor’s degree in English an Journalism from New York University in 1947.  Her skills and clever talents in writing were evident in her unique holiday letters received by friends and relatives.  Betty and her mother moved to Los Angeles, where her Aunt Zara Cully Brown was an actress, also known as “Mother Jefferson” in the television sitcom “The Jeffersons” (starring Sherman Hemsley and Isabelle Sanford).

While in Los Angeles, Betty received her California Credential from Los Angeles State College, and attended Pepperdine University, where she received her Master of Arts degree in Multicultural Education.  Betty became very popular and active in the social and political circles of the Los Angeles Community.  Betty taught at Rosewood Elementary School and later founded the Friendship Guild where she was President.  This was an elite organization of women who remained Betty’s dearest friends throughout her life.

In 1957, Betty met and married the late Dr. Walter J. Porter.  They moved to San Diego, CA in 1969, and became very active in the field of education, musical and civic affairs.  They also became the proud parents of two loving children.  Betty taught classes for the Gifted & Talented students at the elementary school level in the San Diego City Schools for many years, retiring in 1992.  She was an avid reader, and an excellent cook.  A “gathering at the Porter household was always a special treat. She was always supportive of “Wally’s” numerous activities as she shared forty-four memorable years with him until his death in 2001.  She also enjoyed spending time with her seven grandchildren.

Betty was a member of the San Diego Tema Sister Society, the African Art Committee, the chapel of awareness in Encinitas and was an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Silver Star,(Epsilon Xi Omega Chapter).  Betty was a breast cancer survivor who tried to impress on others the importance of yearly exams.  She suffered a massive stroke on Christmas Eve, which took her life.

Betty Porter leaves to mourn two children, Marshall Porter of Houston, TX,. Yvette Porter-Moore of Spring Valley, CA,. Seven grandchildren, Keith Porter, Vanessa Moore, Michael Moore, Victoria Porter of San Diego, Candice Porter, Kyle Porter & Kayla Porter of Houston, Tx., and a host of family members and friends.  We will miss her great sense of humor and her infectious laugh.  If you look in the sky, you will see two bright, new stars-Betty and Walter porter continuing their eternal party together.

The “Celebration of Lie Services,” will be held, Saturday, January 24, 2004 from 4:00pm-7:00pm at the South Crest Arts Cultural Center, 4120 Alpha Street, San Diego, CA 92113.

In lieu of flowers & cards, donation can be sent to the Walter J. Porter Educational & Community Foundation, 1314 Sangamon Avenue, Spring Valley, CA 91977.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

JANUARY 23, 2004
Section: LOCAL
Edition: 1,2,6,7
Page: B-6


Betty Mae Porter 
educator, writer and civic activist

If Betty Mae Porter hadn’t found her niche teaching gifted and talented children, she might have made her mark as a journalist.

As a dual English and journalism major at New York University in the late 1940s, she had visions of writing for a newspaper. But the racial barriers of the era made it difficult to find a job, said her daughter, Yvette Porter-Moore.

Mrs. Porter turned to elementary education instead, beginning a career that brought her to the San Diego Unified School District in 1969. Before retiring in 1992, she had taught at four schools in the city’s gifted and talented education program.

She died of complications from a stroke Jan. 5 at San Diego Hospice, her daughter said. Mrs. Porter was 77.

A writer for much of her life, Mrs. Porter impressed family and friends with her language skills and her vivid letters, which became a holiday tradition. She had started compiling her memoirs before her death, recording her life story in notes and audio tapes.

“It’s something I might finish as a family project,” her daughter said.

Along with her husband, fellow educator Walter J. Porter, Mrs. Porter was active in several community organizations. Her husband, who died in August 2001, had been dean of the Mid-City Continuing Education Center.

An elementary school bearing his name is scheduled to open in 2005 in southeastern San Diego, his daughter said.

Proud of her African-Amerian heritage, Mrs. Porter served on the African Arts Committee of the San Diego Museum of Art and was active in the San Diego-Tema Sister City Society. The latter was formed to adopt Tema, Ghana, as an African sister city to San Diego.

Mrs. Porter‘s memberships included the Episilon Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

In April, Mrs. Porter was diagnosed with breast cancer, a disease that had killed her mother. Through surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, she regained her health.

“She said she wanted to spend the rest of her life promoting cancer awareness and encouraging women to get mammograms,” her daughter said.

Mrs. Porter, a Del Cerro resident for more than 30 years, was born in New York City.

Growing up in affluent Sugar Hill in northern Manhattan, she co-founded a social club, “149th Street Queens.” Her mother, Agnes Peters, designed fashions for a celebrity clientele that included Marian Anderson, Bette Davis, Barbara Rush and Joan Crawford.

Mrs. Porter often modeled her mother’s fashions in New York City before moving to Los Angeles. Although her roots were on the East Coast, she had an aunt in Los Angeles, Zara Cully Brown, an actress who played the role of the feisty Mother Jefferson in “The Jeffersons” TV series.

While living in Los Angeles, Mrs. Porter earned a California teaching credential at Los Angeles State College and a master’s degree in multicultural education at Pepperdine University.

She began her teaching career at Rosewood Elementary School in Los Angeles. After moving to San Diego, she taught at various times at Encanto Elementary, Stockton Elementary, Sunset View Elementary and Lindbergh-Schweitzer Elementary.

Survivors include her daughter, Yvette Porter-Moore of Spring Valley; son, Marshall Porter of Houston; and seven grandchildren.

A celebration of life is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Southcrest Arts and Cultural Center, 4120 Alpha St., San Diego.

Donations are suggested to the Walter J. Porter Educational & Community Foundation, 1314 Sangamon Ave., Spring Valley, CA 91977.

Jack Williams

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Sundays Obituary: John Allen Buggs

I loved this man dearly. John Allen Buggs was one of my favorite cousin’s father. He made the best pot of blue crabs when I visited Maryland at 15 years old in August of 1983. I remember him being one of the kindest and most intelligent men I have ever known. John had a great sense of humor.

I attended Cousin John’s funeral in Los Angeles.  The late Mayor Tom Bradley, a family friend spoke at John’s Funeral.

John Allen Buggs; Led U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Los Angeles Times
March 11, 1995
John Allen Buggs, former director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights who was a leading advocate for the black community after the 1965 Watts riots and then an adviser to three Presidents, has died.
A daughter, Zara Gale Taylor, said her father was 79 and died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Buggs began his 53-year career in community relations in Florida and moved in the early 1950s to Los Angeles, where he rose to national prominence as a peacemaker in the aftermath of the Watts riots.
He served under Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter as executive director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and as staff director of the Model Cities Administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
He came to the federal commission in 1971 after serving on the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission from 1954 to 1967. Buggs retired in 1978 after a stroke.
Born in Brunswick, Ga., Buggs was the son of southern Georgia’s first black physician, Dr. Charles Wesley Buggs, the family said.
He served as executive director of the NAACP in Marion County, Fla., and was co-chairman of the Florida State Committee on School Integration before moving with his family to California.
In addition to his daughter, Buggs is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Gale (Polly) Buggs, another daughter, Diane D. Dix, and two grandsons.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church at 2800 Stanford Ave., Los Angeles. The family has suggested memorial donations to Dillard University, Buggs’ alma mater in New Orleans, where a scholarship fund is being set up.
(l to r) Diane, Zara Cully Brown, Zara Gale,
John Allen & Mary Gale
Cousin John & me in 1978


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Sundays Obituary: Rev. Leroy Porter

Leroy Porter was my father’s half brother (Walter J. Porter). Leroy was the youngest son of his father (Harrison’s) first wife (Pearlie). Leroy’s mother died when he was very young, and his father Harrison married my dad’s mother Helen Bunn. They were together only five years, in Lake Providence, East Carroll, Louisiana, as my grandmother ran away from the farm life with my dad in tow.  My Grandmother wanted my dad to get an education and not be a sharecropper as most of Harrison’s children had been tilling the ground.

I had not met any Porter’s, until about three years ago. Sure, I heard about a few of my father’s older siblings, but did not have any in person introductions (at least not that I can remember).

I found Leroy’s daughter Gaynell, who had never been married or had any children. In our phone conversation, I told her I had someone take a picture of her father’s headstone and put on findagrave.  I asked her if her mother was still living as her name was on the headstone also but with no ending date.  Gaynell informed me that she had died 8 years ago, but was not able to have her buried in the plot they had purchased, because the State had shut the cemetery down for an investigation.  She was very distraught and upset from this conversation, so I told her that I would help her to get her mom buried next to her father.

We met last year in Los Angeles, CA and the reunion according to my estimation was considered a family research trip, as the purpose of my trip was to take her mother’s ashes to the cemetery where Leroy Porter was buried, and find other names of family buried at the cemetery.  Gaynell had her mother’s ashes in her closet and told me she could not rest until she has her mother in her resting place.

Photo of Headstone

 I was prepared when I visited Gaynell…After negotiations with the necessary authorities, I was able to have it approved for Martha Jones Porter’s remains to be buried next to her husband.  My next task is to get the headstone etched with Martha’s ending date.

When I took Gaynell to the cemetery she had a sense of relief.  She was not in the best of health, but she was at peace.  She gave me a hug and said it was a God sent that I had found her and that this burden was lifted.

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