March 23, 2014 |
Mary Alice Foster Short, 79, of Philadelphia, who was revered because of the leadership role she played at her church, died Thursday, March 6, of cancer at her home. Mrs. Short was active, until her death, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg. Although she was addressed as "Reverend," she did not have a doctor of divinity degree. Instead, she earned an advanced degree in Bible studies from Manna Bible Institute in Philadelphia. Mrs. Short retired in 1988 after working for 30 years as a secretary for the Philadelphia Board of Education.
December 1, 2013 |
The Rev. James Pollard Sr. often held Alim Howell in his arms back when Howell was a baby. Howell was an energetic toddler who loved banging on pots and pans. Such youthful energy - that has carried Howell from Montgomery County to Europe - was on display Sunday at Zion Baptist Church of Ardmore, as Howell, now 17, gripped his drumsticks, sat behind a trap set, and let his hands go to work as 75 churchgoers listened. "When he lets go and lets God, it's like, 'Go, Alim!' " said Virginia Pollard, the minister's wife.
August 13, 2013 |
ELIZABETH CATHERINE Ellis was such an outstanding cook that her family said her name should have been on The Joy of Cooking as a co-author. Maybe Elizabeth's culinary artistry would never have been in a best-selling cookbook, but it was sure appreciated by family, friends and her church. Zion Baptist Church used those skills to help raise funds when her delicious meals were put up for sale at money-raising events over the years. Elizabeth Ellis, who worked for many years as a private housekeeper for a family to which she became a "second mom" to the children, a dedicated traveler and a loyal friend to neighbors on her Southwest Philadelphia block, died Aug. 5. She was 95. The friendly and charming Elizabeth, called "Cousin Liz" by family and friends, helped anchor the 5700 block of Pemberton Street.
February 29, 2012 |
DID YOU EVER have the feeling that some people to whom you were pouring your heart out weren't really listening? It would not have been that way if you were talking to Margaretta Elizabeth Jones. She had that rare commodity in today's hectic society - a listening ear. She not only listened, she was there with compassionate understanding and good advice that made those who confided in her feel better about themselves and restore their faith in humanity. Margaretta Jones, whose working life included the old Wanamaker Department Store, the Philadelphia Tribune and the West Philadelphia Mental Health Consortium, a world traveler and active churchwoman, died Feb. 21. She was 87 and was living at the Riverside Presbyterian Apartments for seniors, in Center City.
August 19, 2011 |
A HIGHLIGHT of Marilyn Patsy Wells' life was getting to shake Barack Obama's hand when he made a campaign stop in Vernon Park, in Germantown, in 2008. One reason for the thrill was that Marilyn had been a longtime crusader for civil rights, and a black man running for president was more than she could have dreamed of. And after he was elected, she made sure to attend his inauguration. Marilyn Wells, a real-estate broker, a dedicated churchwoman who worked with the late Rev. Leon H. Sullivan at Zion Baptist Church, and a community and civil-rights activist, died of a heart attack Aug. 10. She was 74 and lived in West Mount Airy.
March 2, 2011 |
GOLDIE Virginia Cherry, a longtime member of Zion Baptist Church, where she worked with the late Rev. Dr. Leon Sullivan to help build Progress Plaza and establish the Opportunities Industrialization Centers, died Feb. 20. She was 93 and lived in the Tioga-Nicetown area. Goldie, the former Goldie Sessoms, was 20 when she decided to move from her home in Bertie County, N.C., to Philadelphia to seek her fortune. It was also fortunate for the city because Goldie contributed to her adopted city in church, community and civic affairs for more than 70 years.
May 1, 2005 |
As buoyant song and wails of grief filled Bethany Baptist Church in Chester, Bishop Benjamin Caldwell called on the crowd to stand up and clap their hands for Christine Marie Ham. "Now she's singing where we want to sing!" Caldwell shouted. "Now she's dancing where we want to dance!" Friends, classmates, teachers and relatives turned out yesterday to celebrate the life of Ham, the 15-year-old Chester High School sophomore who was tortured and killed last weekend. "You may destroy my body.
May 9, 2001 |
Sylvia Delores Durnell Collins, a nursing practitioner, instructor and lecturer, died May 2. She was 67 and lived in West Oak Lane. After serving as a staff nurse at Episcopal Hospital in 1955-1956, she became an instructor at the Albert Einstein Medical Center School of Nursing until 1964. From 1965 until 1968 she was coordinator of in-service education at Graduate Hospital. In 1970 and 1971, Collins was chief project nurse for the Rubella Research Study at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
April 30, 2001 |
Hattie Haile remembered the summer day 40 years ago when her husband brought her to Zion Baptist Church for the first time and made a comment that stuck with her ever since. "No one ever leaves Rev. Leon Sullivan's church," he said. "No one. " Haile didn't quite understand at the time. But looking back over the years during a church service yesterday, Haile now knows exactly what he meant - and marvels at how the man who became her pastor also became a hero. Not just to her but to thousands of others who - like her - kept coming back to Zion Sunday after Sunday to be mesmerized by his preaching and eventually to watch him grow into a national icon in the civil rights struggle.
April 26, 2001 |
The Rev. Leon H. Sullivan lived in the desert, traveled to the jungle and titled his life story "Moving Mountains. " But the man known as the Lion of Zion left his heart in Philadelphia. Sullivan, 78, died Tuesday night in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital where he had battled leukemia. The funeral is next Tuesday in Phoenix. Zion Baptist Church, N. Broad and Venango streets, where Sullivan served as pastor for 38 years, plans a memorial service in May, church officials said.