William H. Ogburn, 75, `A Very Likeable Person'

Posted: January 04, 1996

William H. ``Bill'' Ogburn, a retired Pennsylvania Railroad employee and former officer in the House of Ogburn, a family organization, died Monday. He was 75 and lived in West Philadelphia. Ogburn was working in the Pennsy's baggage department at the 30th Street Station when he retired. For a number of years he was vice president of the Philadelphia chapter of the House of Ogburn. The House of Ogburn has between 400 and 500 family members nationally. The family reunions, held every other year, have been held since 1942.

The organization's newsletter, ``The Family Visitor,'' has been featured on television's Today program. The local version is called ``The Philly Flash.''

``He never met a person who was a stranger. Everybody he met he made friends with. He was a very likeable person,'' said Pat Bivings, one of his daughters. ``He was a quiet, uncomplaining man.''

She said he liked taking photographs and especially liked to collect and frame old photos. He was a photo-history buff, she said.

He attended Overbrook High School and later a photography school. Ogburn was a Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of the George C. Cornish Post 292 of the American Legion.

Survivors also include his wife of 53 years, the former Mable C. Brinkley; two sons, William Isaac and Barry; four other daughters, Barbara Cunningham, Willamae Jenkins, Fay Ogburn and Sandra Ogburn; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald and Clinton, and three sisters, Laverne Hudson, Roselle Akins and Yvonne Simmons.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, 56th Street and Girard Avenue, where friends may call two hours earlier. Burial will be in Mount Lawn Cemetery, 84th Street and Hook Road, Sharon Hill, Delaware County.

JOHN E. DYKES John E. Dykes, special assistant to James Sutton, president of District Council 33, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, died Sunday. He was 74 and lived in Germantown. Dykes began his career with the city in 1954 as an equipment operator. He later was promoted to bridge-crane operator. He retired from his city job in 1977.

In Local 427, he had been a shop steward, vice president and business manager. He started the union's fire fund and the James E. Hogwood Scholarship, which has awarded thousands of dollars over the past 30 years to deserving students.

Dykes became special assistant to Sutton in 1988.

``Dykes was a very special person,'' said Sutton. ``He was tough but not domineering, strong but not antagonistic. He was a good union man, always ready to fight for his co-workers. He stood for every union value: truth, equality, fairness and dignity. One of the smartest things I've ever done as president of District Council 33 was to choose Dykes as my special assistant. Whatever the problem, whatever the fire, Dykes would put it out. He was dependable and steadfast in his convictions. A noble and admirable man, he will be sorely missed by all of us as District Council 33. He was not only a great special assistant, but a great friend as well.''

Dykes was a member of Corinthian Baptist Church.

``He will always be remembered for his dashing smile and sincere concern for the betterment of all,'' said a friend.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Dykes; two daughters, Mary Sutton and Shirley Mooney; five grandsons; a sister, Leona Hopewell, and two brothers, Harold and Joseph.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. today at Corinthian Baptist Church, 6113 N. 21st St., where friends may call two hours earlier. Burial will be in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Woolston Road and Wadsworth Avenue.

Contributions or condolences may be made to Mary Dykes, c/o President's Office, AFSCME, DC33, 3001 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104.

WAYNE SERGIL WRIGHT Wayne Sergil Wright, a nationally recognized leader in AIDS advocacy, died last Thursday. He was 42 and lived in Boston, Mass.

Wright, formerly of Philadelphia, had been director of community benefits at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital since last August.

From 1975 until 1980, he taught in the Philadelphia schools and was named teacher of the year before becoming director of the Philadelphia Center for Older People. From 1992 to 1995, he served as a program officer for the Boston Foundation, for which he oversaw programs that included health, AIDS/HIV, child welfare advocacy and the arts.

Wright also was a member of the steering committee of the Boston AIDS Consortium and adviser to the Boston Mobilization for Survival. He belonged to the streering committee for the Black Church Project and was on numerous other task forces and committees.

His volunteer work was recognized with several awards, including the Dr. Howard Brown Human Services Award from the Greater Boston Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance, the William A. Hinton Award from the Massachussetts Department of Public Health, the Medicine and Health Award from the Massachussetts Black Caucus and the Companero Award from the Latino Health Institute.

Wright was a graduate of Temple University.

Survivors include his mother, Lois S. Wright; five sisters, Mildred Campbell, Dorothy Campbell, Josephine L., Rachael Williams and Lois Smith, and four brothers, Theodore Lemuel Jr., Raymond, William and Arthur.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Calvary Baptist Church, 6122-24 Haverford Ave., where friends may call two hours earlier. Burial will be in Mount Lawn Cemetery, 84th Street and Hook Road, Sharon Hill, Delaware County.

A memorial service was being planned for the Boston area.

BARRY M.F. LOVE Barry M.F. Love, a youth mentor and a leader in his church, died of leukemia Saturday. He was 33 and lived in North Philadelphia.

Love had been employed for the last three years as a document specialist for Knight Rider Copier Services at 18th and Market streets. He was an ordained minister and a member of the Church of the Living God, serving as chief musician. Love played drums, guitar and keyboard.

``He was a mentor to the young people at the church and in the neighborhood. He inspired many of the young people by his display of leadership,'' said Pamela Davis, his fiancee.

``His spirits were high all the time no matter what happened to him in his life or what was going on around him. He looked at the best in a situation. He refused to complain about his illness.''

Love was diagnosed with leukemia in July.

Davis said Love was ``a dedicated son and very faithful to his church. He became a member of the Church of the Living God at age 6.''

Raised in North Philadelphia, Love graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School and then worked for a time at Temple University. He enjoyed gospel music and was a member of three bowling leagues.

Survivors also include a son, Barry M.F. Love; a daughter, Ashley Love; his mother, Sarah Love; his father, Jasper Moody; two sisters, Lisa Madison and Joy Mason; a brother, Derrick, and an aunt who helped raise him, Julia ``Fi-De'' Love.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Living God, 1632 W. Poplar St., where friends may call one hour earlier. Burial will be in Mount Peace Cemetery, 3111 W. Lehigh Ave.

MILDRED BENEDETTI Mildred Benedetti, a former employee of a clothing manufacturer, died Sunday. She was 78 and lived in South Philadelphia.

The former Mildred Bomento, Benedetti worked as a machine operator for Duchovay Brothers from 1955 until 1969, when she retired. Her husband, Frank Furey Benedetti, died in 1974.

Survivors include two daughters, Rosemarie Simon and Barbara McNichol; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Florence Totaro and Jean Vallee.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Gabriel Church, 29th and Dickinson streets. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Avenue and Easton Road, Cheltenham.

Friends may call at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Shea Funeral Home, 29th and Dickinson streets.

MADELINE I. LOWE Madeline I. Lowe, the former Madeline Fitzgerald, died Monday. She lived in Bellmawr, N.J. Her age was not disclosed.

Formerly of Philadelphia, Lowe was a graduate of John Bartram High School. For many years she worked for the Bellmawr Board of Elections.

Survivors include a daughter, Madeline I. Hensley; a grandson, and two brothers, Dr. William P. Fitzgerald Jr. and Larry R. Fitzgerald.

Services will begin at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the M.F. Williams Funeral Home, Baltimore and Summit avenues, Clifton Heights, Delaware County, where friends may call one hour earlier. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3888 Ridge Ave.

EDITH JAFFY KAPLAN A memorial service for artist Edith Jaffy Kaplan will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Moore College of Art and Design, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 20th Street. Kaplan, who was 76, died on Dec. 10. A painter, sculpture, printmaker and graphic designer, she is believed to have been the first woman art director of an American ad agency.

Many of her works have been commissioned by local and national corporations. She was an alumna of Moore. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Jerome Kaplan and a son, Paul L.

Contributions may be made to the American Jewish Congress.

LUISA D'ERCOLE Luisa D'Ercole, the former Luisa Paglialonga, died Monday. She was 95 and lived in Broomall, Delaware County.

Formerly of Clifton Heights, D'Ercole was a member of St. Eugene's Roman Catholic Church in Primos. She was a lover of animals and enjoyed feeding birds. She was originally from Comune Di Compli, Italy.

Her husband, Domenick D'Ercole, died in 1968. There were no immediate survivors.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Eugene Church, 200 Oak Lane, Primos. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Baily Road and Wycombe Avenue, Yeadon.

Contributions may be made to the church.

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