July 22, 2014 |
IT SAYS something about Kelly Morris that his funeral was attended by nearly 1,000 people, that SEPTA, his employer, had to use two buses to bring co-workers to the services. What it says is that Kelly James Morris was an exceptional human being, a man who captured the hearts and esteem of just about everybody he came in contact with. He was a man who could never pass up a chance to help a person who needed his special brand of love and caring, be it the children of neighbors, family or friends who needed a surrogate dad, the elderly, the hungry, prisoners - the full spectrum of human need.
June 6, 2014 |
TALK ABOUT devotion! David McAllister and his family would travel 130 miles round-trip every Sunday from their home in Sinking Spring, Berks County, to South Philadelphia to attend church. But to be fair, David did warn the pastor of Solid Rock Baptist, at 19th and Federal, that he probably wouldn't show up if the Eagles were playing. Why the long trek to church? "He felt it was important to stay close to the community where he grew up," said his wife, Georgette. "And he wanted his family to be role models for the children of the old neighborhood.
April 1, 2014 |
WHEN MARTIN Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington in August 1963, Joseph K. Reed was among the nearly 300,000 who heard him. Joseph was part of the local delegation to the march representing the rights of labor, urging "jobs and freedom. " A longtime civil-rights activist, Joseph didn't hesitate to collar anyone he thought would hear out his opinions on politics, the rights of man and the need for spiritual attainment. Joseph Clark, a longtime electrician for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, an Army veteran of the Korean War, an active churchman and a devoted family patriarch, died March 6 at age 85. "Joseph was the cornerstone of his family and instrumental in nurturing everyone's life he encountered," his family said.
March 20, 2014 |
EVERY CHRISTMAS, Woodrow Millhouse Sr. would buy a couple of cases of apples and oranges and pass them out to friends, family and whomever needed them. Keeping the Christmas spirit like that was typical of Woodrow, who cared deeply about people and sought to help them whenever he could. Woodrow Millhouse Sr., who seemed to thrive on the hard work of construction labor and grave digging throughout his working career, a devoted family man and church worker, died March 9 of heart failure.
June 21, 2013 |
A DELAWARE COUNTY church deacon who teaches Sunday school was charged yesterday with possession of child pornography. Steven Almond, 54, of Parkside, had more than 50 videos of child porn on his computer, including clips of children who appeared to be younger than 5 years old, a police investigation found. Almond is a deacon at Middletown Presbyterian Church and coaches basketball in the Upward Bound Basketball League. A detective conducting an online investigation discovered that Almond downloaded two videos between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 6. According to a police affidavit, one video depicted a man performing sexual acts and having intercourse with a girl between 10 and 12 years old, and a second video showed a girl around the same age touching herself.
January 19, 2012 |
EDGAR HENDERSON, a general contractor whose company was involved in numerous renovation projects around the city, a devoted churchman and family patriarch, died Jan. 9. He was 87 and lived in Mount Airy. A native of Rankin County, Miss., Edgar came to Philadelphia, earned a GED and graduated from Temple University with a degree in architecture and design. He started E. Henderson Inc. in 1960, and built it into a thriving construction company that had 15 employees when he closed it in 2008.
November 25, 2011 |
William Bridgman Churchman III, 89, of Gladwyne, a retired insurance executive, died Sunday, Nov. 20, of pneumonia at Lankenau Hospital. In 1947, Mr. Churchman joined the Guardian Life Insurance Co. in Philadelphia. He later told an Inquirer reporter, "I went into the insurance business, where literally anybody could get a job," and noted that salesmen were paid solely on commission. He told The Inquirer in 1986 that he got into management "by default," after peddling insurance door to door in Levittown.
December 18, 2000 |
The burning question this season in Inter-Ac League basketball is not which team will win the championship. It's this: Can anyone prevent Germantown Academy from again going 10-0? Just handing a team a title is always dangerous, of course, but the Patriots' starting lineup includes four Division I talents and all were prominent last season. Point guard Mike Slattery is a Delaware signee (though he injured his wrist in practice Friday and X-rays were inconclusive; he'll be evaluated again today)
May 19, 2000 |
Billy Ford loved to dance. But his extra left foot kept getting in the way. "He had a dance no one else knew how to do," Sheila Isaacs, a niece, fondly recalled. "He always wanted to dance. I remember as a child I never wanted to dance with him because he danced so funny. " So funny, in fact, that the family had a name for his funky moves. They called it "The Offbeat. " William H. Ford, a retired cement mason and dedicated churchman who was married just last November, died of cancer Tuesday.
August 4, 1998 |
Johnny Stilley Jr., a dedicated churchman and home team fan who made his mark wherever he went, died Saturday of cancer. He was 49 and had lived in Cedarhurst for about 13 years. Stilley was most recently a caseworker for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, a position he held since 1990. But the dapper deacon spent most of his career as a manager or salesman in various clothing stores and he had the wardrobe to prove it. His eye for fashion, class and detail also served him well during the late 1970s to mid-'80s when he and two partners operated Charisma I, a Center City theatrical and modeling agency.