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FUNERAL HOME -
JUAQUIN JAMES KING, Died April
16. Funeral will be held 1:30 pm
Saturday at Full Deliverance,
Florida City, 101 SW Redland
Road, Florida City
HAILEY LEE WADE, 53 died April
4. Services were held at Zion
Church of God Florida City.
FUNERAL HOME -
THELMA LOUISE GOUCH COLZIE,
92, of Coconut Grove, died April
17 at home. Viewing will be held
Fri. 6 -- 8 p.m. at Greater St. Paul
A.M.E. Church. Funeral will be held
12 at the church.
THEODORE CHARLES "PETE"
GIBSON SR. , 61, City of Coral
Gables Employee, of Coconut
Grove, died April 17 at Mercy Hos-
pital. Funeral will be held 10 am
Saturday at Macedonia Baptist
JEANINE P. JOHNSON, 69, Custo-
dian, for East Orange, died April
14. Funeral was held 11 am Tues-
day at St. Matthews Freewill Bap-
FRANCES WHITFIELD, 96, Home-
maker, died April 15. Funeral will
be held 11 am Saturday at The
Church of the Incarnation.
ISIAH BOWENS, 68, Sanitation
Worker, for City of Miami Beach
died April 15. Viewing will be held
12 pm to 8 pm Wednesday at
Rinal Rites and Burial 11 am Mon-
day in Midway, Georgia.
BETTY FISHBURNE, 78, Educa-
tor, for MDCPS, died April 17. Fu-
neral will be held Saturday, time to
NEALIE MAE YOUNGBLOOD, 85,
died April 16. Arrangements are
LOUISE BROWN, died. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.
FUNERAL HOME -
JAMES J. DEAN, 67, Postal
Worker, died April 17 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Funeral will be
held 10 am Saturday at 79 Street
JAVIS HENDERSON, 16, Student,
died April 17. Funeral 10:30 am
Saturday at Jordan Grove MBC.
PAUL LAWSON, 66, Laborer, died
April 14, at home. Funeral 1 pm
Saturday at Jordan Grove MBC.
FUNERAL HOME -
JESSULA GOULBOURNE, 21,
Cosmetologist, died April 11. Fu-
neral will be held 10 am Saturday
at Grace United Community
GERALD JORDAN, 53, Construc-
tion Worker, died April 15.
Arrangements are incomplete.
J. C. BOYD
NICK ANSARA SR., 78, died. Fu-
neral was held Wednesday at
James C. Boyd Funeral Home.
RALPH LEE HOLMES SR., 80,
died. Funeral will be held 11 am
Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist
Church located at 800 NW 8th Av-
enue, Pompano Beach, FL.
CELESTIN JOSEPH, 79, Funeral
was held Thursday, April 16 at the
TOMMIE LARRY, 77, died. View-
Friday at the funeral home.
SOLOMON BURGESS, 77, Farm
Laborer, died April 14. Funeral will
be held 11 am Saturday at Jay's
MITCHELL FERGUSON, died. Fu-
neral will be held 11 am Saturday
at National Church of God.
LAPORSHA SHONTA GREENE,
22, Student, died April 18. Ar-
ramgements are incomplete.
GERALD GRESSEAU, 60, Cook,
died April 13 . Funeral will be held
10 am Saturday at South Miami
Heights Haitian Baptist Church.
MAE HILL, 62, Hospital Environ-
mentalist, died April 17. Funeral
will be held 12 pm Saturday at
Morning Star Missionary Baptist
LEE H. JONES, 91, Bishop, died
April 17. Funeral will be held 1 pm
Saturday at The Bethel Church.
JAMES MILLER, 79, died April
12. Arrangements are incomplete.
FREDERICK MOODY, 46, Laborer,
died April 17. Funeral will be held
11 am Saturday at Holy Ghost
ROSA TAYLOR, 93, Housekeeper,
died April 20. Funeral will be held
10 am Thursday at Graceland Me-
morial Park South.
BARBARA THOMPSON, 58, La-
borer, died April 20. Arrangements
MADIE BATTS-HILL, 80, Custodial
Technician, died April 16 at Uni-
versity Plaza. Funeral will be held
3 pm Saturday at Manker Funeral
Home Memorial Chapel.
GRETCHEN LATOYE MIRANDA,
48, Restaurant Manager, died
April 14 at her residence. Funeral
will be held 11 am Saturday at St.
Luke M.B. Church.
BURDINE SIMMONS, 74, Fedex
Courier, died April 14, Franco
Nursing Home. Funeral will be
held 11 am Saturday at Manker
Funeral Home Memorial Chapel.
CARL DAVID GRIFFIN, 62, La-
borer, died April13. Funeral will be
held 4 pm Saturday in Oscar L.
Range Memorial Chapel.
KEITH JOEL PHILLIPS SR., 57,
Motor Escort Service, died April
15. Funeral will be held 1 pm Sat-
urday at St. Paul AME Church.
ROY MIZELL &
JOHN FRANK BOWENS SR., 91,
of Dania Beach died April 13. Fu-
neral was held 11 am Wednesday
at Saint Ruth Baptist Church,
MARK DANIEL DUKES, 79, of
Fort Lauderdale, died April 15. Fu-
neral was held 11 am Tuesday at
New Hope Baptist Church.
BENJAMIN SMITH, 94, of Fort
Lauderdale, died April 15.
Arrangements are incomplete.
WRIGHT & YOUNG
JEFFREY HALLER, 53, Electrician,
died April 18. Services were held.
FLORA HEWITT, 75, died April 11.
Funeral will be held 12 pm Satur-
day at House of God Miracle Re-
CLOVETT McDONALD Jr., 38, died
April 6. Viewing 10 am to 8 pm Fri-
day in the chapel.
EDOUARD SIMON, 69, died April
15. Graveside Service was held
Wednesday at Graceland Memo-
rial Park South.
TERENCE WADE, 36, Business-
man, died April 13. Funeral will be
held 10 am Saturday at Corner-
stone Christian Center.
By REBECCA SANTANA
AND KEVIN MCGILL
NEW ORLEANS (AP) --- Percy
Sledge's When a Man Loves a Woman,
a desperate, soulful ode to the lengths
a man will go to for the woman he
loves, was his only big hit but it had
staying power. When he stepped into
a recording studio in 1966, he un-
leashed a haunting wail of loss and
love that continues to touch listeners
nearly 50 years later.
The song launched the former
Alabama hospital orderly to fame,
became a staple in movies and televi-
sion and was the last tune he sang at
Aware of the song's significance,
he rarely sang it as a duet, said man-
ager Mark Lyman, who worked with
Sledge for roughly 20 years. Lyman
recalled another artist once called to
ask if Sledge would sing it with her.
Sledge told Lyman, "Now Mark, you
know that's my song."
The only exception Lyman remem-
bers was a duet with Michael Bolton,
whose cover of the song won him a
Grammy in 1991.
Sledge died April 14 in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana, at age 74. His family
said in a statement released through
Lyman that he died "peacefully" at
his home after a yearlong struggle
with cancer. The cause of death was
liver failure, Lyman said. The coroner
for East Baton Rouge Parish also con-
firmed the death.
Loves a Woman was Sledge's debut
single, an almost unbearably heart-
felt ballad with a resonance he never
approached again. Few singers could
have. Its mood set by a mournful or-
gan and dirge-like tempo, it was for
many the definitive soul ballad, a
testament of blinding, all-consuming
love haunted by fear and graced by
The song was a personal triumph
for Sledge, who seemed on the verge
of sobbing throughout the production,
and a breakthrough for Southern soul.
It was the first No. 1 hit from Alabama's
burgeoning Muscle Shoals music
scene, where Aretha Franklin and the
Rolling Stones among others would
record, and the first gold record for
Sledge's hit became a standard
that sustained his long touring career
in the United States, Europe and South
Africa and led to his induction into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. It
was a favorite at weddings, and often
turned up in movies, including The
Big Chill, The Crying Game and a 1994
Meg Ryan drama named for the song's
title.When a Man Loves a Woman was
re-released after being featured in Ol-
iver Stone's Vietnam War film Platoon
in 1987 and reached No. 2 in Britain.
Rolling Stone magazine later ranked it
No. 53 on its list of the greatest songs
of all time.
Recognizable by his wide, gap-
toothed smile, Sledge had a handful
of other hits between 1966 and 1968,
including Warm and Tender Love, It
Tears Me Up, Out of Left Field and Take
Time to Know Her. He returned to the
charts in 1974 with I'll Be Your Every-
Before he became famous, Sledge
worked in the cotton fields around his
hometown of Leighton in northwest
Alabama and took a job in a hospi-
tal in nearby Sheffield. He also spent
weekends playing with a rhythm-and-
blues band called the Esquires. A hos-
pital patient heard him singing while
working and recommended him to
record producer Quin Ivy.
Sledge said a girlfriend who left
him for a modeling career after he
was laid off from a construction job
in 1965 inspired the song, but he
gave the songwriting credits to two
Esquires band mates, bassist Calvin
Lewis and organist Andrew Wright,
who helped him with it.
Lyman called it Sledge's "signa-
"It was like his child. He knew that
song was the song that propelled him
to international stardom. It was his
last song of any performance," Lyman
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POWERFUL CROONER: Percy Sledge, 2008
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who sang ' When
a Man Loves a
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) --- Bahamian R&B singer
Johnny Kemp, who is best known for the hit song Just
Got Paid," has died in Jamaica. He was 55.
Jamaica police said Friday that Kemp was found
floating at a beach in Montego Bay on Thursday morn-
ing. It has not been determined how he died.
Reach Media Inc. said Kemp had been scheduled to
be on a Caribbean cruise this week but he did not get
on the ship. The U.S.-based parent company of the To m
Joyner Morning Show did not have further details.
Kemp was nominated in 1989 for a Grammy Award
for Just Got Paid. The song was a No. 1 hit on the U.S.
Billboard R&B chart.
Kemp appeared on a 2007 Keith Sweat DVD called
Sweat Hotel Live.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) --- Actor Alton "Ben"
Powers, known for his role in the 1970s CBS television
series Good Times, has died at the age of 64.
Auclair Funeral Home, which is handling arrange-
ments, said Powers died April 6 in New Bedford, Mas-
sachusetts. Details were not released.
Powers played football player Keith Anderson, the
third husband of Thelma Evans (Bern Nadette Stanis) in
He also appeared in the 1980s CBS series Mickey
Spillane's Mike Hammer with Stacey Keach, and had
roles in several 1980s movies.
Powers, a Brooklyn, New York, native, was brought up
by his grandparents in Providence, Rhode Island. He at-
tended the Rhode Island School of Design, and began
his acting career at the Trinity Repertory Theater in
His first TV roles were on NBC's Rowan and Martin's
Bahamas R&B singer
Ben Powers dead at 64
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