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ERIC S. GEORGE
LEE ANDREWS ALLEN, 63, died
May 7 in Baltimore, Maryland. Fu-
neral will be held 11 am Saturday
at Friendship Baptist Church in
VIOLA BORDEN, 70, died May 9
in Hollywood, Florida. Viewing was
held 5 pm Tuesday at the Eric S.
George Funeral Home. Funeral
will be held in Tallahassee,
CHRISTOPHER DOZIER, 59, died
May 18. Funeral will be held 2 pm
Saturday at Gospel Tabernacle
Faith Deliverance Church in
MABEL ELIZABETH COSPY MC-
CULLOUGH, 82, Teacher, died
May 12. Funeral will be held 1 pm
Saturday in the Chapel.
MIVELINE SAINTIL , died May 11
in Orlando, Florida. Funeral will be
held 9:30 am at First Haitian Bap-
tist Church of Orlando.
LICIANNOR SAINT JEAN, died
April 10 in Orlando, Florida.
JANETTE GAY-HADLEY, 60, Photo
Crafter, died May 12 at Broward
Medical Health Center. Funeral
will be held 12 pm Saturday in the
WRIGHT & YOUNG
CARL CONNER, 65, Construction
Manager, died May 12. Funeral
will be held 10 am Saturday at
93rd St. Community M.B. Church.
LULA GARDNER, 85, died May
13. Funeral will be held 11 am
Saturday at St.Matthews Freewill
GLADYS HOWARD, 75, died May
13. Funeral will be held 1 pm Sat-
urday at Central Church of the
CAROL MCKOY, 67, died May 10.
Funeral was held at Bethel Apos-
WALLACE NELSON, 65, died May
10. Funeral was held.
JUNE YOUNG-MAPPS, 76, died
May 13. Funeral will be held 11 am
Saturday at Universal Truth Center for
Better Living .
FUNERAL HOME -
CLARENCE COOPER JR., Con-
struction Worker, died May 18 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital. Fu-
neral will be held 10 am Saturday
in the Chapel.
EMMANUELLA PASCAL, 31, Rep-
resentative, died May 9 at home.
Funeral will be held 10 am Satur-
day at New Jerusalem Primitive
LAURA ANN TANNER, 63, Nurse,
died May 10 at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Funeral will be held 2 pm
Saturday in the MLK Chapel.
JAMES C. BOYD
KEELING IRVING SMITH, 71,
died. Funeral will be held 10 am
Saturday at the James C. Boyd Fu-
neral home, 2324 Sistrunk Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311.
Interment at Sunset Memorial
Gardens, 3201 Northwest 19th
Street, Fort Lauderdale.
JAMES M. CRUTE, 98, retired in-
terior decorator, died May 14.
Service 11:30 am Friday at Holy
Temple M.B Church.
LEWIS SINCLAIR FORBES, 83,
retired entrepreneur, died, May
11. Service 10 am Saturday at
Church of God of Prophecy Miami
LORENZO ALVIN HOWARD, 59,
disabled, died May 16. Private
Services were held.
DOROTHY L. JUDSON PRATT, 58,
Church Administrator for Good
News Little River Baptist Church,
died May 10. Service 12 pm Sat-
urday at Good News Little River
ROY MIZELL &
MELLONEASE GRIFFIN, 85, died
May 13. Funeral will be held 10 am
Saturday. Location TBA.
BETTY HOLMES, 69, died May
10. Funeral will be held 1 pm Sun-
day at Mount Olivet S.D.A. Church.
DAVID LEE STAPLES, 61, died
May 13. Funeral will be held 4 pm
Saturday at Roy Mizell & Kurtz
VALERIE FAISON, 61, Home-
maker, died May 16. Funeral will
be held 11 am Saturday at Na-
tional Church of God.
NATHANIEL MONTGOMERY SR.,
died May 16. Funeral will be held
1 pm Saturday at New Bethel
VIOLA SANDS, funeral will be held
10 am Saturday at New Bethel
NAPOLEAN SCOVIL, died. Funeral
arrangements are incomplete.
NAKISHA SMITH, 33, Health Care
Aide, died May 17. Funeral will be
held 1:30 pm Saturday at Na-
tional Church of God.
GRACIE LEE WRIGHT, 78, Bus At-
tendant, died May 13 at North
Shore Medical Center. Funeral will
be held 11 am Saturday at Opa
Locka United M. Church.
PHILOMESE PHILOSTENE ANCENE,
died May 12 in Miramar. Funeral
will be held 9:30 am Saturday at
Haitian Evangelical Baptist Church
in North Miami.
PASTOR LEON BONHOMME, died
May 3. Funeral will be held 10 am
Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church
in Miami Gardens, Florida.
FRESNEL MERAUD, died May 10.
Funeral arrangements are incom-
DOROTHY MAE JOHNSON, 79,
died May 18. Funeral arrange-
ments are incomplete.
LUCILLE STIRRUP, 84, Real Es-
tate Agent, died May 16. Funeral
will be held 10 am Saturday at
Memorial Temple Missionary Bap-
tist, 16600 NW 44th Court.
MINNIE I. UNDERWOOD, 73,
Order Clerk, died May 14. Funeral
will be held 1 pm Saturday at Mt.
Calvary Missionary Baptist Church,
1140 NW 62nd Street. Family
Viewing will be held at 2 pm.
ALBERTHA KENNEDY, 87, Retired,
died May 16 at home. Funeral will
be held 11 am Saturday at Greater
St. Paul A.M.E. Church.
WILLIE RUTH EVANS, 92, Retired,
died May 11 at Mercy Hospital.
Funeral will be held 2:30 pm Sat-
urday at St. James Baptist Church.
GIOVANNI RUEL CANALES, 5,
died May 9 in Portland, Texas. Fu-
neral will be held 11 am Saturday
at St. Fort's Funeral Home, 16480
N.E. 19th Ave., North Miami
Beach, Florida, 33162.
LAURENCE EVANS, 56, died May
11 in Hollywood, Florida. Funeral
will be held 10 am, Monday, May
25th at St. Fort's Funeral Home,
16480 N.E. 19th Avenue, North
LUCIA FILS-AIME, 99, Seam-
stress, died May 9 in Miami. Fu-
neral was held 12 pm Wednesday
at Beraca Baptist Church.
ELSA MCBETH, 76, Nurse, died
May 3 in Miami. Funeral will be
held 11 am Saturday at St. Fort's
ALEJANDRO PINO, 65, Video Pro-
ducer, died May 9 in Aventura. Fu-
neral will be held 10 am Friday at
St. Andrews Catholic Church,
9950 N.W. 29th Street, Coral
Springs, Florida, 33065.
In loving memory of
TANYA MARTIN PEKEL
10/03/1964 ― 05/22/2006
Your legacy lives on! In addition to
the street dedication on 103rd &
NE 6th Avenue, a Book Give-A-Way
Program has been established in
your name. During your lifetime
your pursuit of excellence inspired
others. As a student, an attorney
and as a White House Fellow you
touched the lives of many and
made your family proud.
You will be forever remembered in
our hearts and prayers. Your lov-
ing family; Mother, Marcia Saun-
ders; Children, Lauren, Adam,
Victoria, (Kent); Sister, Terrie Ray-
burn (Wednell); Nieces, Taylor,
'Blues can never die': B.B. King reigned but music lives on
PHOTO COURTESY OF WEBPAGES.UIDAHO.EDU
By KEN RITTER
LAS VEGAS --- B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks
and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of
musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King
of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He
King's attorney Arthur Williams Jr. said Friday that
King told him he wanted his funeral to be held in a church
in Indianola, Mississippi, near the site where he worked
picking cotton as a boy. Arrangements were not complete.
King's eldest surviving daughter, Shirley King of Oak
Park, Illinois, said she was upset that she didn't have a
chance to see her father before he died.
King continued to perform well into his 80s even
though the 15-time Grammy winner had diabetes. He had
been in declining health during the past year and col-
lapsed during a concert in Chicago last October, later
blaming dehydration and exhaustion. He had been in
hospice care at his Las Vegas home.
For most of his career spanning nearly 70 years, Riley
B. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues but
a mentor to scores of guitarists, including Eric Clapton,
Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Keith
Richards. King recorded more than 50 albums and toured
the world, often performing 250 or more concerts a year.
King played a Gibson guitar that he affectionately
called Lucille with a style that included beautifully crafted
single-string runs punctuated by loud chords, subtle vi-
bratos and bent notes.
The result could bring chills to an audience, no more
so than when King used it to full effect on his signature
song, The Thrill is Gone. He would make his guitar shout
and cry in anguish as he told the tale of forsaken love,
then end with a guttural shouting of the final lines: "Now
that it's all over, all I can do is wish you well."
His style was unusual. King didn't like to sing and play
at the same time, so he developed a call-and-response
between him and Lucille.
"Sometimes I just think that there are more things to
be said, to make the audience understand what I'm try-
ing to do more," King told The Associated Press in 2006.
"When I'm singing, I don't want you to just hear the mel-
ody. I want you to relive the story, because most of the
songs have pretty good storytelling."
A preacher uncle taught him to play, and he honed his
technique in abject poverty in the Mississippi Delta, the
birthplace of the blues.
"I've always tried to defend the idea that the blues
doesn't have to be sung by a person who comes from Mis-
sissippi, as I did," he said in the 1988 book Off the Record:
An Oral History of Popular Music.
"People all over the world have problems," he said.
"And as long as people have problems, the blues can
Fellow travelers who took King up on that theory in-
cluded Clapton, the British-born blues-rocker who col-
laborated with him on Riding With the King, a best-seller
that won a Grammy in 2000 for best traditional blues al-
Singer Smokey Robinson praised the music legend.
"The world has physically lost not only one of the
greatest musical people ever but one of the greatest peo-
ple ever. Enjoy your eternity," Robinson said.
Still, the delta's influence was undeniable. King began
picking cotton on tenant farms around Indianola before
he was a teenager, being paid as little as 35 cents for ev-
ery 100 pounds. He was still working off sharecropping
debts after he got out of the Army during World War II.
"He goes back far enough to remember the sound of
field hollers and the cornerstone blues figures, like Char-
ley Patton and Robert Johnson," ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gib-
bons once told Rolling Stone magazine.
King got his start in radio with a gospel quartet in
Mississippi and soon moved to Memphis, Tennessee,
where a job as a disc jockey at WDIA gave him access to a
wide range of recordings. He studied the great blues and
jazz guitarists, including Django Reinhardt and T-Bone
Walker, and played live music a few minutes each day as
the Beale Street Blues Boy, later shortened to B.B.
Through his broadcasts and live performances, he
quickly built a following in the black community and re-
corded his first R&B hit, Three O'Clock Blues, in 1951.
He began to break through to white audiences, par-
ticularly young rock fans, in the 1960s with albums like
Live at the Regal, which later would be declared a historic
sound recording worthy of preservation by the Library of
Congress' National Recording Registry.
King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of
Fame in 1984, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and
received the Songwriters Hall of Fame Lifetime Achieve-
ment Award in 1990. He received the Presidential Medal
of Freedom from President George W. Bush, gave a guitar
to Pope John Paul II and had President Barack Obama sing
along to his Sweet Home Chicago.
Other Grammys included best male rhythm 'n' blues
performance in 1971 for The Thrill Is Gone, best ethnic
or traditional recording in 1982 for There Must Be a Better
World Somewhere and best traditional blues recording or
album several times. His final Grammy came in 2009 for
best blues album for One Kind Favor.
Through it all, King modestly insisted he was simply
maintaining a tradition.
"I'm just one who carried the baton because it was
started long before me," he told the AP in 2008.
Born Riley B. King on Sept. 16, 1925, on a tenant farm
near Itta Bena, Mississippi, King was raised by his grand-
mother after his parents separated and his mother died.
He worked as a sharecropper for five years in Kilmichael,
an even smaller town, until his father found him and took
him back to Indianola.
"I was a regular hand when I was 7. I picked cotton. I
drove tractors. Children grew up not thinking that this is
what they must do. We thought this was the thing to do to
help your family," he said.
When the weather was bad and he couldn't work in
the cotton fields, he walked 10 miles to a one-room school
before dropping out in the 10th grade.
After he broke through as a musician, it appeared King
might never stop performing. When he wasn't recording,
he toured the world relentlessly, playing 342 one-nighters
in 1956. In 1989, he spent 300 days on the road. After he
turned 80, he vowed he would cut back, and he did, some-
what, to about 100 shows a year.
He had 15 biological and adopted children. Family
members say 11 survive.
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