I am currently researching the Peters, My mother’s paternal side of the family. I have located various death announcements and In Memorium Announcements in the Washington Post Newspaper via Ancestry.com.
When both of my parents passed, I had access to their address book. I came across Jimmy & Lola Smith’s phone number and decided to call. I spoke with Lola, as Jimmy was performing at a Jazz festival. Lola had expressed that she was recovering from a stroke. Through the years I would hear stories about Lola & Jimmy as my parents kept up with them and one of their children, Michael.
Apparently Michael had lived in San Diego for awhile and had attended the school where my father was Dean.
Jimmy Smith was born on December 8, 1928 and died February 8, 2005. We lost the Jazz Organist Pioneer.
|Signed picture of Jimmy Smith
to Yvette (me)
|Jimmy Smith Obituary|
|(l to r) The Grants, Betty & Walter Porter, Me & Jimmy Smith
I must have really liked Jimmy.
|Lola & Jimmy Smith and Betty Porter at ECC|
I am a member of the African American Genealogical Research Group in San Diego. Our group has access at the Malcolm X Public Library to present our Family Displays in the display cases. I have had my family Display up for at least (3) months now.
I want to take this time to give a tribute to my Ancestors that are displayed in these two display cases. I am saddened that many I did not get the chance to personally know, but am glad that I have many of the stories from living relatives.
|Cully Family Displays at Malcolm X Library in San Diego|
|Displays of my Maternal Ancestors|
|Display of Cully Family with Emphasis on Wendell P Culley & Zara Cully Brown
Some Heirlooms passed down
In April of 2011, I sent off for copies of obituaries with the Cully/Culley Surname from the New Bern Library, Kellenberger Room. I ordered about twenty (20). I believe all but one would be related to my Cully line. It was important that I receive these obits, so that I could see the names of their descendants and then link them to my other research.
|Sun Journal, 4/21/1969, Pg 11, Col 2|
|Sun Journal 21 July 2001 Pg A4|
I added this last one for my cousin Debra Newton-Carter, whom we just met as we are working on the Culley-Carter Branches of our trees and we have found our family connection. She posted to her blog last week:
Tombstone Tuesday, Lucinda F Culley Carter
|Sun Journal, 12/20/1979, Pg 2A, Col 1|
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