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MINNETONKA, Minn. - To most people, he was known as Prince. But to a select and private few, he was known as "Brother Prince."

Prince was a member of the local St. Louis Park congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. And this Sunday, a memorial service has been planned at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall on Lake Street Ext. to celebrate his life.

Brother George Cook is an elder with the church and said Prince was last there on March 23 – the day Jehovah's Witnesses across the world commemorated the death of Jesus.

On Sunday, those who worshipped with Prince will say goodbye during a private funeral. Prince's family has been invited but declined to attend. They say the service was not organized by the family and Prince's ashes will not be present. 

While the number of expected attendees has not been released, Minnetonka Police will help provide traffic control for the area, as the hall is located in a quiet residential neighborhood. The service is invite only.

Cook said Kingdom Hall seats 514 people -- hundreds are expected to attend.

He said the private service on Sunday will be like any other funeral for a member. Along with singing, an elder from the congregation will offer words of comfort based on scripture.

A member of the congregation said Jehovah's Witnesses from two other congregations will be bused in. The service was intended to be kept private but has now gone public.

The service is planned for Sunday at 5 p.m.

Tyka Nelson, Prince's sister, wrote a post on Facebook saying they're planning an August funeral for him. 

Source: http://www.kare11.com/entertainment/people/prince/jehovahs-witness-church-plans-memorial-for-prince/190536817

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So what exactly DISQUALIFIES You For a for a Kingdom Hall service these days?

How many rank and file JW's have been disqualified weddings and funerals in Kingdom Halls for relatively minor infractions compared to this guy?

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According to TMZ, Prince developed an addiction to the controlled substance Percocet after a hip operation in 2010.

KTSP reported that Prince attended an out-patient rehab program to combat his reliance on prescription medicine.

A man who said he was Prince's illegal drug dealer told Daily Mail Online exclusively that the singer used opiates for over 25 years.

The dealer claimed Prince would spend up to $40,000 a time on six-month supplies of Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches - both highly addictive opioid pain killers.


TMZ also claims Prince nearly died from an overdose six days before his death.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3566707/Prince-rehab-Percocet-addiction-multiple-doctors-writing-prescriptions.html#ixzz48Z9h4LO5
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Reports of the possible role of painkillers in Prince's death have been prominent in tabloid coverage since his still-mysterious emergency treatment at a hospital a week before he was found dead at Paisley Park.
Those reports were bolstered this week by Michael Padden, an attorney for two of Prince’s deceased half-siblings, who told reporters and local investigators that his clients informed him more than a decade ago that Prince had “substantial” drug problems with the opioid painkiller Percocet and cocaine.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/p...ener/83638886/

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Tyka Nelson Not Down with Witnesses’ Memorial for Prince

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*Wow. Talk about a super serious diss to the Jehovah’s Witnesses church.
Prince‘s sister, Tyka Nelson, is making it crystal clear that she’s NOT down with Sunday’s memorial planned by his church — and the family won’t be participating.
“Let me make myself VERY CLEAR! I nor my brother’s remains will be present at any Memorial or Funeral services, until the families Memorial/Funeral/Tribute,” declared Tyka in a Facebook posting.
Jehovah’s Witnesses in Minnetonka, Minnesota — where Prince worshiped — announced a private service this weekend. According to local 5 Eyewitness News 300-500 guests are expected, including “high profile” persons.
On the other hand, Tyka says she supports all memorials because the grieving process is unique to everyone who was connected to Prince, but wanted fans to know this weekend’s service is NOT the highly anticipated public tribute.
READ RELATED STORY: Prince’s Siblings Attend Packed Hearing; Judge Appoints Special Administrator
She said that will be coming sometime in August. Meanwhile, as we reported, the late singer’s ex-wives, Manuela Testolini and Mayte Garcia, organized a private memorial event in Hollywood on May 11, which was attended by the Gwen Stefani, Larry King and Spike Lee, among others.
Meanwhile, Tyka is also making it known that there is no bad blood between her siblings as they attempt to divide the late singer’s estate.
In the absence of a will, she filed legal documents to appoint a “Special Administrator” to Prince’s estate. Tyka, along with five half-siblings, John Nelson, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker, have faced off in court over his reported net worth of $300 million, but Tyka says they “remain united.”
“To my knowledge…No One in my family has fought about anything, and least of all me…” she wrote on Facebook. “But I must admit I think it’s funny that I’m the one they say, ‘Stormed out…’ or that ‘We are at war’ Me? Us? Really? Where was I when all that happened?”
Prince’s body was found in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios/home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21. His body was cremated after being released to the family, but his remains have yet to be formally laid to rest.

https://www.eurweb.com/2016/05/princes-sister-not-jehovah-witness-church-memorial-brother/

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The program quoted lyrics from the song Beautiful, Loved and Blessed, which read: 'If I were to ever write down my life story...I was just a piece of clay in need of the potter’s hand'

 

 

Prince's church holds a packed memorial service celebrating his work as a Jehovah's Witness as family members choose not to participate

  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Minnetonka, Minnesota, where Prince was an active member, held a memorial service on Sunday
  • Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham attended, along with Sheila E, Sinbad the comedian, personal assistant, and former manager
  • Graham is credited for sharing his faith with Prince, who converted in 2003 and was known for going door to door to spread the message
  • One attendee said the service celebrated Prince's work glorifying God
  • Sister Tyka Nelson said she supported the service but would not attend because for her, going to one memorial was 'enough'
  • She also shared plans for public funeral in August and said they wanted to celebrate his legacy in 'just the right way'
  • Prince was found dead on April 21 in an elevator at his estate Paisley Park

Prince's spiritual brothers and sisters filled the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Sunday for a memorial service in honor of the iconic musician.

The church where Prince was long-time member was nearly filled to its capacity of 500 people on Sunday afternoon, with bandmate Sheila E, Sinbad the comedian, and former manager Gilbert Davison in attendance.

Larry Graham, the Sly and the Family Stone bassist who persuaded Prince to convert in 2003, addressed the crowd in Minnetonka, Minnesota, just 10 miles away from the singer's Paisley Park estate.

Prince's only surviving full-sibling Tyka Nelson wrote in a Facebook post ahead of the event: 'I nor my brother's remains will be present at any Memorial or Funeral services', TMZ reported.

Larry Graham, the Sly and the Family Stone bassist who is credited with introducing Prince to the faith, addressed the crowd in Minnetonka, Minnesota, during a memorial service at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses

Larry Graham, the Sly and the Family Stone bassist who is credited with introducing Prince to the faith, addressed the crowd in Minnetonka, Minnesota, during a memorial service at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
Among those present were (pictured left to right) musicians Ida Nielsen  and Donna Grantis, Prince's personal assistant Meron Bekure, and former staffers Romeo and Mark Spark

Among those present were (pictured left to right) musicians Ida Nielsen and Donna Grantis, Prince's personal assistant Meron Bekure, and former staffers Romeo and Mark Spark
The church hired extra security, and Minnetonka police were on hand to direct traffic around the church, where 50 'high profile' guests joined about 450 Jehovah's Witnesses. Pictured left, Sinbad the comedian

The church hired extra security, and Minnetonka police were on hand to direct traffic around the church, where 50 'high profile' guests joined about 450 Jehovah's Witnesses. Pictured left, Sinbad the comedian
The church where Prince was long-time member was nearly filled to its capacity of 500 people on Sunday afternoon

The church where Prince was long-time member was nearly filled to its capacity of 500 people on Sunday afternoon
 

The memorial, which lasted just 45 minutes, came three weeks after Prince was found dead in an elevator at Paisley Park on April 21 at the age of 57.

An attendee Richard Weiner told the NY Daily News: 'It was a beautiful service. They talked about his faith, how he became a Jehovah's Witness, and his actions after that were to glorify God in words and deeds.'

Another Jehovah's Witness said Prince was 'a spiritual brother and a fantastic musician [who] cared so much about people'. She added: 'I think Prince would have been moved by the service.'

Tyka Nelson wrote a lengthy Facebook post on Friday explaining she condoned the event but would not be attending.

She said: 'The grief process is a unique experience to each individual and therefore I support any and all memorials or funerals that have happened and/or are being planned.'

Prince's body was released to his family on April 22 following a four-hour autopsy. The remains arrived at the First Memorial Waterston Chapel, where his sister was in attendance to say a final goodbye.

 

She explained her absence from Sunday's memorial, writing: 'I feel that once...is enough.'

Nelson also shared plans for a public funeral in August, writing: 'We feel inspired to celebrate his life and legacy in just the right way.' 

 

The church hired extra security, and Minnetonka police were on hand to direct traffic around the church, as buses from other congregations arrived, along with 50 'high profile' guests, the Star Tribune reported. 

The memorial program included Prince lyrics from the song 'Beautiful, Loved and Blessed', which read: 'If I were to ever write down my life story, I could truly say with all the fame and glory, I was just a piece of clay in need of the potter’s hand.' 

 

Larry Graham, who is also the uncle to rapper Drake, shared his faith with Prince for two years before the Purple Rain singer converted to being a Jehovah's Witness.  

 

In a 2008 interview with the Washington Post, Prince said: 'I don't see it really as a conversion. More, you know, it's a realization.

'It's like Morpheus and Neo in The Matrix.'  

 

Brother George Cook, who is one of the nine elders of the small 90-person congregation at the church, told Dailymail.com earlier this month: ‘Prince was active, he shared in the ministry every month.

‘We didn’t see him very often because he was away all the time, but he did attend the memorial of Christ’s death on March 23 here, he brought some of his band members with him.

‘He was a spiritual man from what I know of him and he talked to individuals and he very strongly believed in the message of the bible that Jehovah Witness’s proclaim.

‘He believed that the true God is Jehovah and he knew for example that when we die, we’re dead, we’re sleeping and the hope is the resurrection, that’s why Jesus died.’

Brother Cook said Prince regularly ‘witnessed’ alone in the community,and described him as ‘modest’ and ‘very, very humble’ when he came to the church.

Sunday's memorial came just days after Prince's ex-wives Manuela Testolini and Mayte Garcia, hosted a gathering in Los Angeles, where attendees listened to his iconic music and watched old performances on a big screen

Also among Prince's friends at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater were Spike Lee, Nile Rodgers, Dita Von Teese, Larry King and Gwen Stefani.


Read more here:From Mail Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Traffic cones as far as the eye can see on street for Prince memorial.

Prince: Private Memorial Takes Place In Minnesota Church

 

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      He was a lifelong animal lover and enjoyed watching and playing with his cats, Black Jack and Bella. Later in life as his health declined, he joined the Greenwood Congregation of the Jehovah's Witnesses. He found great joy and comfort with the group throughout the rest of his life.
      The family would like to give a special thanks to his caregivers, Hollie Crum and Jennifer Landers.
      A memorial service will be held at Poling St-Clair Funeral Home, 95 S. Kanawha Street, Buckhannon, WV on May 26, 2018 at 11am with a one-hour visitation beforehand. Interment services will follow at Reger Chapel Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
      https://www.wvnews.com/obituaries/michael-lewis-mike-goldsmith/article_5a5f9c95-585f-5e12-b2fc-c6333715cc27.html

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Ernest Adolph Garner was born on November 26, 1938. Growing up in Ruffin, SC he was raised by his aunt and uncle, Sal and Maggie Boatwright, where he learned many life lessons. Throughout his life he moved to different places and finally settled down in Manhattan, NY. He met and married a beautiful young woman, Annie Mae Bingley, and that union produced five children. Ernest pursued and accomplished a career in retail sales and bookkeeping and worked many years as a shoe store manager. Anyone who knew him, would say he was very stylish with a flair for brimmed hats. Ernest was delighted when he began to study the bible with Jehovah's Witnesses and learned of Jehovah's purpose for all mankind. He thus dedicated his life to serving Jehovah and symbolized that through water baptism. He served for many years as an elder in the congregation and remained faithful until death. Mr. Garner is survived by his five children Earline Garner, Anthony Garner (Sheila), Janice Garner, Stacey Johnson (Joseph), Carissa Dortch (Jonathan); six grandchildren Philip (Domonique), Dvani, Darshanee, Jayden, Pria and Paxton. A host of brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins, and innumerable friends. Ernest is preceded in death by his wife Annie Mae Garner, grandson Erroll Vaughn, his sister Janet Williams and her husband Odell Williams.
      http://www.courant.com/obituaries/hc-obituary-ernest-adolph-garner-20180505-story.html
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      John R. Rhoades died on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at his home in Nevada City surrounded by family and friends. He was born August 5, 1928, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In 1948 he married Colleen Potter, and together they successfully raised six children. John and Colleen would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in August. He is survived by his wife, six children: Lenore (Mike) Triba, Ron (Mary) Rhoades, Ray (Sally) Rhoades, Julia (Mike) Vaughan, Lynnette (Descoe) Chentnik, and Anita (John) Lillis; nine grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. John and Colleen lost their first child, Johnny, in infancy.
      John was ordained in 1962 as a minister, serving as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. For the last 35 years he devoted himself as a full-time volunteer Bible teacher (Matthew 28:19, 20). To support his full-time volunteer ministry and his large family, he operated a commercial cleaning service in Nevada County. Colleen and each of the children eventually worked along with him in the family business.
      His greatest joy was in seeing his children continuing to live in accord with Bible principles and serve Jehovah God (3 John 1:4). He set a life-long example in devoting himself to helping others. He taught his children to defend truth, show love to all people, and to trust in God's promises.
      John is remembered as having a quiet, sometimes inscrutable nature. Yet he enjoyed a good joke or comic, and was known for his hearty laugh. Those who knew him were privileged to see the subtle twinkle in his eye when he would say something funny, or unexpected, with a straight face. His English friends called this his "cheeky" look.
      He loved all learning and knowledge, but he especially loved God's Word, The Bible. He was an exemplary Bible Teacher who loved to share what he learned and never stopped learning himself. He was known for his flawless memory of Bible verses. Many will remember his presence at the local Post Office with his Bible cart.
      His wife Colleen wants everyone to know that after living up to his dedication to his Creator, his main goal was to be a good husband and a successful father.
      He is remembered for his love of music, his beautiful singing voice, which was heard almost constantly, and dancing with his wife. He also taught all of his children and some of the grandchildren how to play cribbage. Sometimes, as new students he let them win. That did not continue when he felt they had become proficient.
      He loved everything about nature and the outdoors, whether it was wandering the vast prairies of Colorado, swimming far out to sea from the beaches of California, or exploring the canyons and rivers of Nevada County, sometimes with a gold pan in hand. He was a truly humble man who taught himself to find great pleasure in the simple things in life.
      He is greatly missed, but will be reunited with his loved ones when Jesus fulfills his promise at John 5:28, 29, "All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out . . . to a resurrection of life." We look forward to embracing him and his infant son very soon in the paradise on earth (Ps. 37:11).
      A Memorial Service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on May 5, 2018, at 2 p.m. 12524 Burma Road (at Brunswick Road), Grass Valley. All are welcome.
      His words were oaks in acorns and his thoughts Were roots that firmly gripped the granite Truth. And when he fell, he went down. As when a lordly cedar goes down. And leaves a lonesome place against the sky. – Edwin Markham
      https://www.theunion.com/news/obituaries/obituary-of-john-r-rhoades/

    • By Queen Esther
      Prince's death puts spotlight on Jehovah's Witnesses ❤
      Prince's death has put an unprecedeted spotlight on his JW -
      in suburban Minneapolis, as well as the  Jehovah's  Witness  faith nationally.
      'We lost a spiritual brother' in Prince'....
       
      For more than a decade, Prince spent many Sunday mornings inside a simple Jehovah’s Witnesses hall in a Minneapolis suburb, listening to Bible readings, sharing his insights in group discussions, and singing such hymns as “God’s Promise of Paradise” and “Be Forgiving.”
      “His beliefs were very, very strong,” said Larry Graham, a close friend who introduced Prince to the faith.
      While the superstar was comfortable door-knocking in Minnesota to spread the Bible’s message — a requirement for all Witnesses — he also tried to spread Jehovah’s teachings to musicians and others in his circle, Graham said. “It’s a side of him most people don’t know,” he said.
      As Prince fans across the globe await an explanation of his unexpected death on April 21, worshipers at this St. Louis Park church remember a modest guy who would slip into the fellowship hall on Sundays with zero fanfare.
      Ironically, in death, he has put an unprecedented spotlight on his church.
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      “We’re seeing a tremendous surge in interest,” said Jim Lundstrom, a church elder in St. Louis Park. “I’ve gotten calls from Paris, London, Africa … and all points in between. Now our name is coming to the fore.”
      Like the others in this church, Prince didn’t fear death, because he believed in a future earthly paradise. But, Graham said, the superstar was not planning to make his worldly exit yet. Graham said he knew nothing of opioid painkillers, now the focus of Prince’s death investigation.
      Graham also denied claims that Prince couldn’t have hip surgery because his faith prohibited blood transfusions.
      While Jehovah’s Witnesses can’t get blood transfusions, medical technology offers alternatives, Graham said.
      In fact, Lundstrom belongs to a national network of hospital liaisons who help church members at the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and elsewhere receive optimal care without transfusions.
      “We recognize that life is a gift from God,” said Graham, a bass player for the 1960s funk band Sly and the Family Stone. “Any medical treatment that will make us well again, we seek that.”
      Prince’s Sunday home
      About 70 people sat with Bible study pamphlets on their laps at Prince’s Jehovah’s Witnesses hall last Sunday. It’s a simple room, with no crucifixes or religious symbols — just comfortable chairs and plenty of Bibles and Watchtower publications available at the door.
      “He’d usually sit over there,” said one member, gesturing to the rows center and back.
      The nearly two-hour service opened with a hymn, and then a guest speaker preached about the Bible being an “owner’s manual for our lives.” That was followed by an hourlong, engaging discussion about loyalty to God, during which worshipers answered questions such as: “How can you be loyal to both Jehovah and your friend or relative?”
      The service ended with a simple prayer and a song, and folks meandered out the door.
      Prince’s path to this church began at an after-concert party in Nashville about 20 years ago, Graham said. Prince and Graham, both performing in town that night, found themselves talking about life’s big questions.
      Prince later asked Graham, a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1975, if he would consider moving to Minneapolis to continue teaching him the Bible. Graham, at the time living in Montego Bay, Jamaica, said yes. He has been Prince’s spiritual mentor and close friend ever since.
      “We started studying the Bible on a regular basis,” recalled Graham. “And the more he learned, the more questions he had, like: ‘Why are we here? Where is everything heading? What’s the future for mankind, for the Earth?’ ”
      Prince also learned that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas and Easter, for example, because those holidays have roots in pagan traditions. They do not serve in the military. They view Jesus as the son of God, but not God, and they don’t believe in a trinity. They pray to God, called Jehovah, who will return to rule a paradise on Earth.
      Prince, known as “Brother Nelson,” joined Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2003.
      The church was a beneficiary of Prince’s philanthropy, but it’s difficult to say how much he gave. Collection plates are not passed. Giving is done privately, often in cash and often at a church table with two slots marked “Local Congregation Expenses” and “Worldwide Work.”
      No will for Prince has surfaced, and Graham said he was unaware if Jehovah’s Witnesses would benefit from a $100-million-plus estate now being claimed by Prince’s family members.
      Near the giving table is a large map of St. Louis Park, with every street on a grid that is used for door-to-door ministry.
      “We have the whole world [mapped],” said George Cook, a church elder eyeing the map. “We’re very organized.”
      There are about 8 million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, he said, and about 15,000 are Minnesotans.
      Ministry, Prince style
      It wasn’t uncommon for Prince and Graham — or Prince and other church members — to grab their Bibles and head out to neighborhoods. Sometimes people recognized their famous visitor, sometimes not. He enjoyed it, Graham said. And having a celebrity like Prince as a visible supporter made others more interested in checking out the religion, he said.
      But Prince’s ministry extended beyond the city map.
      “If there was some visitor at Paisley Park, they could sit down and have a conversation,” said Graham. “It could be after a show. Or you could just be out and about, and run into people, and just start talking about the Bible. Many, many kinds of settings.
      “He would never try to force his beliefs on anyone. But he was always willing to share the things he learned in the Bible.”
      One thing Prince learned was to be “a positive person,” Graham said. He ate and drank in moderation. He stopped cursing. And he stopped writing the raunchy lyrics that characterized some of his early work.
      Prince also was at Graham’s side at various Jehovah’s Witnesses conferences, digging deeper into an unusual faith he credited with turning his life around.
      “[The Bible] helps you with every aspect of your life,” Prince said in a 2004 interview. “Once you can clean out the cobwebs, so to speak, you can see everything more clearly.”
      A type of protection
      When asked why a free-spirited musician would choose a structured faith, Graham said that’s not how he — or Prince — saw it.
      “It’s not really restrictive. It’s more like a protection from things that could possibly harm us,” Graham said. “So it’s a positive thing … and making you a better person.”
      Prince was particularly drawn to biblical messages of a hopeful future, he said. One of his favorite passages was Revelations 21:3-4, which states that God ultimately will dwell with his people and that “death will be no more.”
      “The resurrection and the hope for the future — and many more [passages] — we discussed many weeks and many months and years,” Graham said.
      “A lot of people will remember Prince for his music,” he added. “But he’d also want people to know what he learned from the Bible. We lost a really good friend and a spiritual brother.”

      UNTIL  TO  PARADISE........   OUR  DEAR  BROTHER ❤
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
       
      Para aquellos que siguen el camino de la rectitud, la recompensa está en el más allá: "Un mundo de felicidad sin fin donde siempre puedes ver el sol, de día o de noche".
      Prince grabó canciones con mensajes religiosos más explícitos (incluyendo el álbum conceptual "The Rainbow Children" sobre los Testigos de Jehová), pero nunca volvió hacer sonar la fe con tanto gusto.
      http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-43567590
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      ATLANTA - Tripp Halstead, the young boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury a little over five years ago, has died. He was only 7-years-old.
      Evans Funeral Home posted Tripp's obituary on their webpage Friday. It read in part:
      "Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Tripp Hughes Halstead, age 7 of Jefferson, Georgia who entered into rest Thursday, March 15, 2018. Tripp was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia the son of William Halstead, Jr. and Stacy Hughes Halstead of Jefferson, Georgia.  Tripp was one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a well loved little boy and a founding member of “Team Boom.”
      "Survivors in addition to his parents are maternal grandparents, Larry “BoBo” and Connie “MiMi” Hughes of Jefferson, paternal grandparents, Gary “PaPa” and Diane “NaNa” Taylor of Black Mountain, North Carolina.  Grandfather, William Halstead of Zephyrhills, Florida, Great grandmothers, Rynn Hughes of Murphy, North Carolina, and Noreen Humberstone of Weedsport, New York.  Great grandfather, Arthur Halstead of Zephyrhills, Florida.  Beloved aunts, uncles and cousins also survive."
      Evans Funeral Home has announced Tripp's memorial service will be held at the Jefferson Civic Center on Sunday, March 18 at 7 p.m. A visitation, also at the Jefferson Civic Center, will take place from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. immediately before the memorial service. 
      The Jefferson Civic Center is located at 65 Kissam Street in Jefferson, Georgia. 
      Tripp's family is asking that in lieu of flowers, those who have followed their journey to donate to a charity of their choice in Tripp's name.
      Read more:  http://www.fox4news.com/news/u-s-world/tripp-halstead-passes-away-at-age-7
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Verna Hunter, age 56, fell asleep in death with her beloved friend and devoted husband of 27 years, James “Jim”, by her side.
      Verna loved to read and pray which nurtured her love and faith. On September 26, 1981, she was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Throughout her life, she maintained a sweet, simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of those she met.
      Family was Verna’s love and joy. She always made time for family, was an excellent cook, loved trying new recipes and entertaining. Verna often enjoyed time crafting and playing games, especially UNO with her grandkids. Her positive spirit, contagious smile and humorous stories will be missed.
      Verna will be sadly missed by her husband, James; lovingly remembered by three children, Kristi and husband Richie McCormick, Karri and partner Mel, and Jimmy and wife Bonnie; six grandchildren, Briana, Alexis, Brandon, Angela, Chloe and Tristan; a sister and four brothers, Vera, Karl “Robert”, Cyrus, Raymond, and Rezon; and many other relatives and friends.
      A memorial service to honor Verna’s life and legacy, officiated by Jehovah’s Witnesses, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Kingdom Hall, 379 Smithtown Rd., Morgantown.
      Professional services are being provided to the family with the guidance of Smith Funeral & Cremation Care, 108 Holland Ave., Morgantown.
      To send personal condolences to the family, please visit www.smithfcc.com
      https://www.wvnews.com/obituaries/verna-hunter/article_390ff146-2872-11e8-9e27-9335497c0bff.html
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