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City Mourns Loss of Longtime Community Trustee Wendell P. Holmes

Wendell P. Holmes, Jr., entrepreneur, community leader and servant and educational trailblazer passed last weekend at his home at the age of 94. Dr. Holmes was dedicated to service, leadership and excellence. A recipient of numerous local, regional and national awards, he began his transformation of the Jacksonville landscape as the first African American Duval County School Board member as well as, the fir ...

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Community Mourns Loss of Dr. Alvin White

Well known educator, Dr. Alvin White, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2016. A native of Jacksonville, he graduated from Stanton Sr. High School and Florida A&M University on an athletic and music scholarship. He was also inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame and the Gallery of Distinction for Education. He also received a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University and his Doctorate degree f ...

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Jacksonville Community Mourns Passing of Former EWC President Dr. Cecil Cone

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College (EWC) mourns the passing of our former President, Cecil Wayne Cone, Ph.D. Dr. Cone served Edward Waters College as President from 1977 – 1988. Dr. Cecil Wayne Cone completed his undergraduate work at Philander Smith College and earned a Master’s degree from Temple Bible Seminary. Dr. Cone earned his Ph.D. from Emory University. Dr. Cone was a note author for “Ident ...

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Well Known Jax Entrepreneur and Pioneer Harold Gibson Succumbs

Harold James Gibson, Jr., passed away peacefully on February 24, 2016. Mr. Gibson is most noted for being the first African American to serve as Administrative Aide to Mayor Hans Tanzler. Born in Jacksonville, Gibson served as a U.S. Army Captain during WWII. In 1972, he was conferred the title of Honorary 20th Councilman. He was elected to the City Council in District 8 and served from 1979 to 1983. In 198 ...

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Celebration of Life Service for The Late Sis. Claudia Mae Campbell

Celebration of Life Service for The Late Sis. Claudia Mae Campbell is scheduled for this Saturday, January 2 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Eugene W. Diamond, The Ministerial Staff, Diaconate, Youth Department Leaders and The Abyssinia Church Family ask that you continue to keep The Campbell Family in your prayers.  Additional Arrangements/Information: •Public Viewing will be held at Abyssinia M.B. Church on Friday ...

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Final Services Set for Educator Aria Rogers Peterson

Final services have been set for longtime Duval County educator Mrs. Aria Louise Rogers Peterson who transitioned Saturday, October 10, 2015. She is preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, the late Albert Carl Peterson. To this lively union three daughters were born. Mrs. Peterson received her early education from Old Stanton High School and received her Masters Degree from Florida A&M University. ...

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Homegoing Celebration Set for Dr. James Augustus Joyner

Dr. James Augustus Joyner 1942-2015 by Jeanine Ferguson Born in Jacksonville, Florida, on December 20, 1942, Dr. Joyner attended the local public schools and graduated from New Stanton Senior High School and later Florida A&M University. He worked as a pharmacist in Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Chicago before attending and subsequently graduating from the Medical College of Georgia in 1975. He became Boar ...

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​Percy Sledge, Voice Behind “When a Man Loves a Woman,” Dies

Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died this week in Louisiana. He was 73. Sledge's longtime manager Mark Lyman confirmed his death to CBS News. Sledge died early Tuesday morning, about an hour after midnight of natural causes in hospice care. A No. 1 hit in 1966, "When a Man Love ...

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