WE ARE SURROUNDED BY A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES LOOKING ON ENCOURAGING US TO DO THE WILL OF THE LORD. WE MUST NOT GROW WEARY DOING WHAT IS RIGHT. AS WE RUN WITH JOY THE RACE, WE MUST RUN WITH ALL OUR MIGHT. WE MUST LAY ALL EARTHLY THINGS ASIDE THAT WOULD HOLD US DOWN. WE MUST CLAIM THE VICTORY IF WE WOULD WIN THE CROWN.
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Corporal Gregory E. “Greg” Nicholas was the son of the late Edward and Florence Nicholas. He will always be remembered for his active participation in the Quander family reunion. Greg served as president of the northern branch for several years.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Church of Christian Compassion, 6121 Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143. The viewing will take place from 9:00 am to 11:00 am with funeral service to follow. Interment at Fernwood Cemetery, 6501 E. Baltimore Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050.
Arthur Richard Brown was born in Washington, DC on May 16, 1946 to the late Charles L. and Annie C. Brown. He passed away peacefully at home on May 6, 2022. Beloved husband of Sharman (Quander) Brown, father of Arthur, Jr. (Leslie) and Marcus A. Brown, grandfather of Rashad, Kristopher and DeMarco Brown, great grandfather of Rylee Brown. Graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School ('63), Norfolk State University ('67) and founder of Art Brown Ministries.
Funeral services were held on May 26th at Walker Mill Baptist Church, 6801 Walker Mill Road, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
Kenneth (Ken) Proctor Mitchell was born in West Chester, PA on June 11, 1932 to the late Harry Allison Mitchell, Jr. and late Elsie (Proctor) Mitchell Jacobs of Devon. He was called home on May 1, 2022.
Ken married Debbie (Coppedge) Mitchell on January 19, 1952 and had 4 children: Patricia Mitchell Brown McGhee (deceased); Kenneth Mitchell Jr. (Elaine Terry); Mary Jane (MJ) Mitchell Hemmings (deceased; Gregory Hemmings); and Wesley Mitchell. Ken remarried in 2008 to the late Heather Mitchell of Mont Clare. Ken leaves to cherish his precious memory: Two sons- Kenneth Mitchell Jr., Wesley Mitchell and son-in-law Gregory Hemmings. Grandchildren: Josanne Rubin, Kenneth Mitchell III, Lauren (Brown) Hibbs, Dionne (Hemmings) Harrell, Courtney Mitchell, Lisa (Brown) Ellison, Jasmine Hemmings, Wesley Mitchell II, Adryan Bates and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. (Read Ken's full obituary here.)
Funeral services were held on May 11th at Bethel Baptist Church, 412 Fairview Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460.
Bartram "Benny" Tinnell Jackson was born on March 6, 1951 in West Chester, PA and peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2022 in Tallahassee, FL.
Benny grew up in Philadelphia where he graduated from Overbrook High School. He served 13 years as an enlistee in the U.S. Army, receiving the Bronze Star. He worked for the U.S. Postal service, retiring in 2014. He moved to Tallahassee in 2017 and served as a deacon at Mt. Mariah Ministries. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Hall Jackson; son, Bartram "Benji" (Michelle) Jackson III, daughters: Brittany M. Jackson and Nikki Butler; grandchildren: Bree Jackson, Dominique, Austin and Jayson Conner; great-grandchild, Aubrey Sheely; godchildren: Ronald Counts, Karen Early and Janiyah Morgan; brother, Harry Jackson; sisters: Kay Mitchell and Lynn Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at Mt. Mariah Ministries in Lamont, Florida on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 11:00 am.
Mary Jane "MJ" Hemmings (nee Mitchell) was born on June 4, 1959 in Phoenixville, PA, and passed suddenly on December 29, 2021 in Deptford, NJ.
MJ was the beloved wife of Gregory Hemmings for 38 years. Devoted mother of Dionne Harrell (Benjamin) and Jasmine Hemmings. Loving grandmother of Christian and Isaiah. Cherished daughter of Kenneth, Sr. and the late Debbie (nee Coppedge) Mitchell. Dear sister of Kenneth Mitchell, Jr. (Elaine), Wesley Mitchell, and the late Patricia Mitchell Brown-McGhee. Loving daughter-in-law of Kenneth and Joan (nee Newlin) Hemmings. Also survived by her sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. (Read the obituary here.)
Funeral services were held January 7, 2022 at The Perfecting Church, 274 Delsea Drive Sewell, NJ 08080.
Lynda passed away on Wednesday August 25, 2021 with her husband caring for her by her bedside. Born October 6, 1957, Lynda is the daughter of Philip and Phyllis Matthews. Lynda attended St. Anthony Catholic High School in Washington, DC and Howard University.
Lynda is survived by her mother Phyllis Matthews, her husband of 36 years Allan Gordon, her twin boys Brian and Brandon Gordon, her granddaughter Riley Gordon, her siblings Lenaldo (Lee) Matthews, Larryl Matthews, Lowell Matthews, Kara Matthews-Bland, and numerous extended family members. (Read the full obituary here.)
Funeral services were held September 10, 2021 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Washington, DC.
Sekeila is the only child of Dr. Oakley Holmes and the late Gloria Tancil Holmes (and granddaughter of Gladys Quander Tancil) in Madison, Mississippi. She was 48 years old, and leaves a loving husband, Gus, and two beautiful daughters, Alicia and Ellie.
Two funeral services were held. The Virginia memorial service was held on Saturday, August 7th, 10am at Greene Funeral Home, 814 Franklin Street, Alexandria, VA.
Naomi L. Brooks passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Ft Belvoir, VA.
Naomi is the beloved wife of MG Leo A. Brooks, US Army (Ret.). She is also survived by her children, BG Leo A. Brooks, Jr., US Army (Ret.) (Debbie), Gen. Vincent K Brooks US Army (Ret.) (Carol) and Marquita K Brooks, Esq. (Dawn); her siblings, Dr. Janice Winters, Ruth Shuler and James Lewis, III (Karen); four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Her life was celebrated during a private funeral. Naomi is interred in Arlington National Cemetery.
Roberta was born on February 10, 1924, the youngest of four children born to Robert H. Quander and Sadie Chinn Quander. She passed away on May 4, 2020. Roberta is survived by Edna Quander Wooldridge (niece), Geri Quander Ross (niece), Leslie Quander Wooldridge (great-niece), Naomi Brooks, Marie Quander, Henrrietta Quander (cousins), Joseph Williams (cousin) and a host of other family and friends.
Roberta attended elementary school at the Spring-Bank School in the general vicinity of the family home at 6318 Quander Road, just south of Alexandria in Fairfax County, and she was bused 33 miles to Manassas High School. After high school she attended Howard University, and while there, she was elected Miss Howard University. Roberta was a member of Alfred Street Baptist Church for 92 years. (Read Roberta's full obituary here.)
Graveside service held May 15, 2020 at 2PM at Bethel Cemetery, Old Town, Alexandria, VA.
Evelyn was born on October 8, 1924 and on Good Friday, April 10, 2020 she earned her wings and transitioned into eternity. We lost one of our graceful elders.
Evelyn is survived by her children, Sandra Rattley and Thaddeus Rattley and his wife, Cynthia. Read Evelyn's obituary here.
Pauline was born on January 5, 1958 and passed away on March 26, 2020 in ICU at Prisma Baptist Hospital in Columbia, SC.
Pauline leaves to cherish her memory husband, Dwayne, and children, Joseph, Patrice and Dwayne, Jr.
Memorial service held in the Washington, DC area.
Joseph was born in Upper Marlboro, MD on March 30, 1946 and passed away on January 25, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Affectionately known as "Chic", "Sylvester", or "Joe", he was the son of the late James and Christine (Quander) Simmons, the youngest of ten siblings. Joseph was christened at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and graduated from Frederick Douglas High School in Upper Marlboro, MD. He continued his education at Bowie State College and the University of the District of Columbia. Drafted into the U.S. Army while in college, Joseph was a tank operator and sharpshooter serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Sharpshooter Medal, ad three Bronze Stars.
Joseph was married for 35 years to Alethia Simmons and they have two children, Yanique and Aaron.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 11:00 am at The New Macedonia Baptist Church, 4115 Alabama Ave. SE, Washington, DC.
Lessie (Age 105) was born on January 19, 1914 in Mobile, AL and passed away on January 5, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Lessie leaves to cherish her memory daughter, Alice Quander; granddaughter Tracey Smedley; great-granddaughter, Ysabella Quander-Smedley; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Family received friends on Friday, January 24, 2020, 10 a.m., followed by funeral service, 11 a.m., at St. Gabriels Catholic Church, 26 Grant Circle NW. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD.
Louise passed on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Louise was the wife of the late LeeCount Quander and mother of the late Jeannie Quander. To cherish her memory are her daughters, Elaine Butler, Charlotte Ware, Diann Quander-Walton and Teresa Blake.
A viewing was held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at Reese Funeral Professionals, 311 North Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all our dear faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
CLARENCE ALOYSIUS QUANDER b. 1886 in Brandywine, MD | d. 1966 in Brentwood, MD
CLARENCE CLAUDIUS QUANDER, SR. b. 1930 in Brentwood, MD | d. 1969 in Washington, DC
JENNIE ELIZABETH THOMAS QUANDER b. 1898 in Washington, DC | d. 1974 in Washington, DC
VIVIAN ELIZABETH THOMAS BARNES b. 1920 in Washington, DC | d. 1977 in Washington, DC
JAMES ROBERT TAYLOR b. 1914 in Washington, DC | d. 2002 in Owensboro, KY
PHILIP ARCHIE MATTHEWS b. 1933 in Washington, DC | d. 2003 in Washington, DC
HELEN KATHERNE BAILEY QUANDER b. 1929 in Cheverly, MD | d. 2007 in Landover, MD
PHYLLIS LORRAINE SUTTON QUANDER b. 1950 in Washington, DC | d. 2008 in Washington, DC
ESTELA ELIZABETH SCHMICK QUANDER b. 1918 in Costa Rica | d. 2011 in Washington, DC
FREDERICK WILLIAM BARNES b. 1920 in Washington, DC | d. 2013 in Washington, DC
JOHN TIMOTHY QUANDER b. 1960 in Washington, DC | d. 2014 in Seat Pleasant, MD
CHRISTINE ANN QUANDER b. 1954 in Charleston, WV | d. 2015 in Washington, DC
SOLOMON MUNYOKI MASEMBWA, SR. b. 1933 in Mwingi, Kenya | d. 2015 in Mwingi, Kenya
CYNTHIA J. TAYLOR b. 1947 in Baltimore, MD | d. 2018 in Washington, DC
FLORIDA VIRGINIA QUANDER FORD b. 1930 | d. 2019 in Oxon Hill, MD
JOSEPH ALOYSIUS QUANDER, JR. b. 1941 in Washington, DC | d. 2019 in Washington, DC
NELLIE BROOKS QUANDER b. 1930 in Alexandria, VA | d. 2019 in Alexandria, VA
JAMES EDWIN "SUNNY" LESTER, SR. b. 1929 | d. 2019 in Roanoke, VA
D. CYNTIA QUANDER PETERS b. 1930 in Washington, DC | d. 2019 in Washington, DC
CANARIA BURGESS QUANDER b. 1925 | d. 2019 in Alexandria, VA
MICHAEL GRIMES b. | d. 2019
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