Thursday, February 25, 2021

Obituaries

Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and a circle of associates made wider by the Rev. John Lee Payne, the church’s longtime pastor, are mourning his death at 87. Rev. Payne died Monday after going into the hospital on the Saturday...
In a year that many have called one of the most difficult in recent memory, a local church family still is relishing a late October honor from the City of Memphis. Pastor Joseph H. McGhee Jr. served the historic Greater...
The Rev. Dr. James L. Netters Sr. had an acute understanding of trials and challenges and about how the quality of life for an individual or a group can be profoundly enhanced when God is relied upon for guidance. The...
Best known as the 2nd National President of the Business and Professional Women’s Federation (B&PWF) Church of God in Christ, former Memphian Frances Miller Harris died in California on Nov. 22. She was 82. Born Frances Hazel Peterson on November 11,...
Services were held last Saturday (Nov. 21) at Mt. Olive Cathedral C.M.E. Church for entrepreneur Melvin Jones, founder/CEO of the Black Business Director and a former interim editor of the Tri-State Defender. As onsite attendees observed COVID-19 safety protocols, the...
by Lee D. Miller III -- Whether the call was for hot jazz licks, woodwind or brass expanses on the music scales or staccato taps on the drums, the George Washington Carver High School bands responded to the majestic directions of...
by Florence Howard and John Semien -- Melvin Jones continuously showed his love for Memphis by never wavering in his support for the growth and development of African-American businesses – even though his advocacy could sometimes come across as an...
by Florence Howard -- An outspoken, unapologetic and bold champion for minority businesses. That, said a friend of 20-plus years, describes Memphis Black Business Directory founder/CEO Melvin Jones, who died Monday (11/16/20). Attorney Carlee McCullough, former Contract Compliance Officer for the...
For 26-plus years, Bishop Lee Ward served in the United States Marine Corps and the manner in which he did earned him the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award that can be bestowed upon an individual. That fact was among...
Expressions of sympathy filled social media sites as news of Bishop Lee Ward’s death spread Tuesday evening. The beloved pastor – a Congressional Gold Medal honoree – is credited with bringing the historic Greater Harvest Church of God in Christ...