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Did you know that today in 1839 the initials “O.K.” were first published in the Boston Morning Post? Meant as an abbreviation for “oll korrect,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans. During the late 1830s, it was a favorite practice among younger, educated circles to misspell words intentionally, then abbreviate them and use them as slang when talking to one another. These days it’s common to tell friends that you are doing “OK”. But we have all been through and incredibly hard year and it’s ok to not be “OK”.
Ralph B. Lettsome died Nov. 4, 2016, in Boston. He was 82. Lettsome is survived by his wife, Aletta (Iutta) Lettsome; son Ralph V. Lettsome Jr.; daughters Naomi (Julia) Herbert, Carla Fahie, Monica Anthony, Patricia and Paulette Lettsome; stepdaughter Marilyn (Lisa) Malone; grandchildren Kanasha and Kashima Herbert, Danae and Devin Fahie, Alana, Ayanna and Akelo Wade; great grandchildren Palenque (PK) Herbert and Masai Dixon; brothers: Benjamin, Quincy and Jeffery Lettsome; sister Almeade Connor; nephews Matthew, Mitchell, Maxwell Marvin and Milton Connor, Kirt and Sym Lettsome; nieces Karen, Tracey and Stacey Lettsome and Nydia Lewis; brother-in-law Michael Connor; sisters-in-law Gwendolyn, Kirlin and Sylvia Lettsome; sons-in-law Cecil Herbert and Maxie F. Fahie; and daughter-in-law Ruby Lettsome. He was preceded in death by a brother, Russell Lettsome, and son-in-law Samuel Anthony. A viewing will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Eastern Cemetery. Directions and online condolences are online at www.hurleydavisfuneralhome.com Arrangements are under the care of Hurley Funeral Home and Cremation Center of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, and Tortola. http://stthomassource.com/content/community/deaths/2016/11/16/ralph-b-lettsome-dies-boston