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Obituaries


Fannie M. Austin
Fannie M. Austin peacefully departed this life on June 21, 2017. She leaves to cherish her memories, beloved daughter, Delrica Andrews; two brothers; four sisters; and a host of other relatives and friends. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Community Funeral Home, 909 5th. St., Lynchburg, VA 24504 where relatives and friends will be received from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations cam be made to the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation in memory of

Fannie Martha Austin via this link: http://www.aamds.org

Services entrusted to:

THE AUSTIN ROYSTER FUNERAL HOME.




Robin C. Wheeler

Robin C. Wheeler peacefully departed this life on November 23, 2015. She was preceded in death by son, Ryan Feutardo. She leaves to cherish her memories, beloved husband, Keith Wheeler; sons, Ramon "China" Feutardo and Keith Goff; daughter, Rokeia Wheeler and a host of other relatives and friends. Services will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Bells United Methodist Church, 6016 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD. Viewing, 10 a.m.; Service, 11 a.m. Interment Harmony Memorial Park.  

Services entrusted to:

THE AUSTIN ROYSTER FUNERAL HOME
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Alfred P. Venable "Al"

Peacefully departed this life on November 5, 2015. He leaves to cherish his memories, devoted wife Linda Venable; son, Alfred Venable Jr; step-son, Angelo Daniels; beloved niece and nephew, Sylvester Caldwell and Kisha Williams; four sisters; four brothers; and a host of other relatives and friends. Services will be held November 12, 2015 New Canaan Baptist Church, 2826 Bladensburg Rd, NE. Viewing 9:30 a.m. Service 11 a.m. Interment Harmony Memorial Park. 

Services entrusted to:


THE AUSTIN ROYSTER FUNERAL HOME
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Roper McNair, Jr. "Ricki"

Peacefully departed this life on October 2, 2015. He leaves to cherish his memories, daughter, Jate' Hanley-Walker; brother, Aaron McNair; four grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Monday, October 12, 2015 at the Austin Royster Funeral Home, 502 Kennedy Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20011.
Viewing 10 a.m. Service 11 a.m. Interment Harmony Memorial Park. 

Services entrusted to:

THE AUSTIN ROYSTER FUNERAL HOME



Francis Newman Anderson

Peacefully departed this life September 1, 2015. Beloved wife of Rodney Anderson; devoted mother
of Barbara, Helen, and Christopher (Tori) Plummer; sisters, Dorothy Johnston (Thomas), Marie Ann Monroe;
17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Services will be held on Friday September 11, 2015 at Guildfield Baptist Church, 1023 Otis Street, NE Washington, DC 20017.
Viewing 9 a.m., Service 11 a.m.Interment National Harmony Memorial Park.

Services entrusted to:

THE AUSTIN ROYSTER FUNERAL HOME


Denza G. Shipman

Peacefully departed this life on August 27, 2015 at the Hospice of Charles County amongst family.
Beloved, wife of the late Algelee Shipman; devoted mother of Adrienne Williams (Keenan R. Williams)
and the late Steven R. Shipman. Also survived by stepdaughter, Patricia Clay (Alvin);
 three grandchildren, Steven Chapell, Brianna Williams, and Keenan L. Williams, as well as, a host of other relatives and friends. The late Mrs. Shipman will lie in state on Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. until hour of homegoing service 11 a.m. at Allen AME Chapel, 2498 Alabama Ave., SE. Interment Lincoln Memorial Cemetery

Services entrusted to

THE AUSTIN ROYSTER FUNERAL HOME




Edna M. Hawkins

On August 15, 2015 Survived by her grandson, Michael Hawkins; six great grandchildren: two sisters,
Alberta Glascoe and Gladys Woodland; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.  Visitation
Monday, August 24 from 10:a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m at St. Francis Exavier
Catholic Church, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E. Internment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Services entrusted to:


THE AUSTIN ROYSTER FUNERAL HOME
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Gerry Lee Wolfe


Gerry Lee Wolfe peacefully departed this life on July 13, 2015 surrounded by family.  He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Phyllis; sons, Gerry Jr., Sunni Ali and Desmond; daughters, Abebi, Rochelle and Michelle, 12 Grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, sister, Brenda; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Celebration of life will be held o Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Unity Church of Washington DC, 1225 R St., N.W, at 3 p.m.
Internment is private

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Black Student Fund in his honor

Services entrusted to:

THE AUSTIN ROYSTER FUNERAL HOME.

 

Jo Ann Giles


On Sunday, May the 10th, 2015 Jo Ann Giles passed away at Frederick Memorial Hospital with her loved ones by her side. Her Funeral service will be held at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on June 6, 2015 at 5 o'clock pm with a repast immediately following the service. The address of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses is 6706 carpenter Road, in Frederick Maryland, 21703

Flowers for this service should be delivered to Jarvis Giles at 5605 Rockledge Court, Frederick, MD 21703.


Michael Garcian Rembert

Michaeo Garcian Rembert,son of Charlie Wilson and Gertrude Rembert Burgess, and step-son of Ulysees Burgess, was born on December 24th, 1949 in Sumter. South Carolina and was called to eternal rest on January 6, 2015 in Annapolis,  Maryland.

Michael was educated in the pubic schools in Sumter County and graduated from Eastern High School in 1968. He attended the Sumter Technical College, and was drafted into the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War.  After an honorable dischargfe from the military, Michael was employed with Exide Battery in Sumter for several years prior to relocating to Washington, D.C. in 1978.  In Washington D.C. he was employed with the U.S. Government Healthcare Administration agency and with William C. Smith & Company.

Michael enjoyed life, was gregarious and had little trouble making friends.  He believed that God has the power to help us overcome the challenges that we face in life, and dreamed of one day being certified in the area of counseling, with hopes of helping young people avoid making decisions that would adversely affect their lives.

 A memorial service will be held on Tuesday January 10th at 10:00 AM a the Austin Royster Funeral Home, 502 Kennedy St., N.W., Washington, DC 20011 See more at: Http://www.austin-royster.com







 

Joel P. "Joe" Shelton

Joel "Joe" Pierre Shelton passed away on October 28. 2014.  He was preceded in death by his parents James Hugo and Lula (Winder) Shelton; as well as all of his brothers, James H. Jr., Jerome W., Jon A., and Julian C. Joel was the youngest of the "brood" of five Shelton Men.  Joel attended Archbishop Carroll High School and later Scott's Bluff University in Nebraska.  He is survived b a host of nieces, nephews and cousins who will miss him dearly.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 8 at 12 Noon a the Austin Royster Funeral Home, 502 Kennedy St., N.W., Washington, DC 20011 See more at: Http://www.austin-royster.com

 

Mother Elizabeth M. Speight
June 7, 1926 - October 26, 2014

Elizabeth Miller Speight, affectionate known as "Lil", quietly transitioned from this life at the age of 88 years on Sunday October 26, 2014.

Elizabeth was born on June 7, 1926, in Orangeburg, South Carolina to the late Sanders Miller and Emma Ancrum Miller.  She was the tenth of eleven children.  She was educated in the South Carolina Public School System and attended Clafin University (formerly known as Clafin College).

In 1940 she relocated to Washington, DC and in 1960 she met and married the late Joseph D. Speight Sr.  Over the years, Elizabeth worked at various jobs, including the Catholic order of Poor Clare Sisters, performed as a Private Duty Nurse, and the Wilkins Rogers Mills in Georgetown.  The last position she held was as a bindery worker at Merkle Press, from which she retired in the late 1980's.

Elizabeth was raised in the church and as a young child accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.  As was evident through her life, she loved the Lord.  In 1968 she joined the Bible Way Church under the leadership of the late Bishop Smallwood E. Williams, where she was assigned to the Helping Hand Fellowship Club.  In addition, she was the Assistant Director for the Club Band where she served faithfully.  Because of her faithfulness to the Bible Way Church and Family, she was appointed to the Senor Missionary Department.  As a Senior Missionary, Mother Speight's heart and soul was serving in the Prayer Chapel during the Noon Day Prayer where her love for God and dedication in serving Him, she served for 25 years.  Her service in the Prayer Chapel embodied the bible verse: Ps. 55:17 "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice".

As an herbalist, Mother Speight believed in and was passionate about natural healing.  People from near and far would contact her to ask her for advice regarding healing different illnesses.  Her passion for natural remedies led her, during the 1980's to host a weekly radio show in Baltimore Maryland.  Also, she was an entrepreneur.  Her son fondly remembers travelling to Jessup, Maryland to obtain fruits to sell at her stand downtown.  She also enjoyed catering events with her daughter Ta'ffy.

Mother Speight was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Speight Sr. and her daughter Ta'ffy Okni.  She leaves to cherish her memory her only son, Joseph Speight Jr. (Natalie); four grandchildren, Ellen, Elizabeth, Joseph III, and Jessica of Washington, DC; her brother James Miller of Columbia, South Carolina; her sister Naomi Willis of Washington, DC and a host of nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins, and many friends.

Funeral Services, entrusted to the Austin Royster Funeral Home, were held at Bible Way Church in Washington, DC at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.  Interment was private. See more at: Http://www.austin-royster.com

 
 
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