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Mrs. Dorothy Doke, the mother of Dr. Deborah Sharp, IDMR International Secretary, passed away peacefully Friday, October 13, 2023, surrounded by her family.  Please no phone calls at this time.  Cards of condolence may be sent to Dr. Deborah Sharp, 7521 Brookside Rd., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.  There will be a private service for the immediate family only.
 

Dr. Shauna Carr, member of the International Board of Trustees, Dean of the Lexington Kentucky Branch, and mother of Drs. Kyetia and Ian Carr, passed away peacefully, Tuesday morning, June 27, 2023.  She was a longtime member of the IDMR.  Expressions of condolences may be sent to her daughter, Dr. Kyetia Carr at 491 Whispering Hills Drive, Lexington, KY 40517.  No flowers or arrangements please.  Donations in lieu of flowers are greatly appreciated.  The memorial service for Dr. Shauna Carr will be Saturday, July 22, 2023 at the Mitchell Fine Arts Center, 250 W Fourth St, Lexington, KY 40508.  The service will begin at 11:00 am EST. Class on Sunday, July 23rd, will be held at the same location from 11:00 am -1:00 pm.


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Dr. Lucille Gaston of the IDMR Spring Texas Branch passed away Saturday, March 30, 2024.  She was the mother of Dr. Valencia Green of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, Dr. Kasimir Green, and Yosheka Green both of the IDMR Spring Texas branch. Please, no phone calls at this time. 

Mrs. Phyllis Johnson, the mother of Dr. Renee Cox a longtime member of the IDMR Lexington, KY Branch, passed away on March 19, 2024. The viewing will be held on March 28, 2024 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Ross Walker Funeral Home, 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, PA 15068.  The funeral will be held on March 29th at 11:00 am at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church,1150 4th Avenue Asa, W. Roberts Way, New Kensington, PA 15068. Expressions of condolences may be sent to: Dr. Renee Cox, 3729 Broadmoor Drive, Lexington, KY 40509. No flowers or arrangements please.

Dr. Brenda Fusilier of the IDMR Banning Branch passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2024.  She was the mother of Dr. Lacy Baptiste of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch.  There will be no services.  Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. Lacy Baptiste, 9600 19th Street, Unit #23, Rancho Cucamonga, CA  91737.

Dr. Irvan Jefferson, Sr., longtime member of IDMR and Dean of the IDMR Monroe LA Branch, took off the flesh on Tuesday, February 13,  2024. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to everyone for their love and support given to Dr. Irvan Jefferson, Sr. throughout the years as Dean of the Monroe, LA  Branch.  The services for Dr. Jefferson will be held in a private setting.  If you would still like to send cards and condolences, please send them to his wife, Dr. Doretha Jefferson, at 121 Vernon Street, Monroe, LA 71202.  Again, we thank you all.  

Dr. Loretta Wofford Milow, Public Relations Director of the IDMR Flint Michigan Branch, passed away February 7, 2024 at her home.  She was the wife of Dr. Fred Milow, Jr., Dean of the IDMR Flint Michigan Branch.  Dr. Loretta Milow was introduced to IDMR in 1974 and was a faithful student, member, and officer until the time of her passing. There will be a Memorial Service on March 2, 2024 at the Chapel of Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Boulevard, Flint, MI. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. There will be no public viewing. The link below provides info to send flowers for the service and to view the obituary. Cards and expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr. Fred Milow, Jr., and family at 1002 E. Austin, Flint, MI 48505.

https://www.lawrenceemoonfuneralhome.com/m/obituaries/Loretta-Milow/Memories

Dr. Annette Dearing, longtime member of the Institute (most recently of the Columbia, MD Branch), took off the flesh on Saturday, January 27th.  A Celebration of Life will be held at JB Jenkins Funeral Home in Landover, MD on Thursday, February 15th.  The viewing is scheduled from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.  The service is scheduled from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm.  Cards and condolences may be sent to Michael Dearing at 8490 Upper Sky Way, Apartment #215, Laurel, MD  20723.  He is not taking calls at this time but calls can be made to his daughters Michele Dearing 240-840-6795 or Nikki Smallwood at 202-361-8820.

Dr. Diane Powers, a longtime member of the IDMR Baton Rouge Branch took off the flesh on January 8, 2024. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at the Baton Rouge branch class building – 4109 Choctaw Drive Baton Rouge, LA. 70805. Contact person: Mable Jackson , Funeral Committee Chair 225 270-0045.

Dr. Julie Watkins, a long-standing member of IDMR and the Springfield, Ohio Branch passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 6, 2024, after a lengthy illness. Dr. Watkins was the beloved mother of two sons, Dr. Christopher Woods, Dean of IDMR Prince George’s County, Maryland and State Dean of Maryland and Mr. Jayson Woods. Dr. Watkins is also survived by two brothers Dr. Joe Watkins and Mr. Jay Watkins; two sisters, Mrs. Jackie Johnson and Mrs. Jennifer Holbrook, and her beloved granddaughter Frances. Dr. Watkins was the granddaughter of Dr. Nathaniel Patton, first Dean of the Dayton, OH Branch who preceded her in death. In accordance with Dr. Watkins wishes, there will be no memorial services. Cards and condolences can be sent to the family in care of Dr. Joe Watkins at 10044 Arnold Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45215 or to Dr. Christopher Woods, 2219 Town Center Dr. SE Apt. 371, Washington, DC 20020.

Dr. Charles B. Montgomery, Jr. a longtime member of Indianapolis cottage and former Treasurer, passed on January 3, 2024. Celebration of Life service will be held on 1/20/24. For visitation times and additional details reference: https://www.stuartmortuary.com/obituary/REVCHARLES-MONTGOMERY

Mr. Glenn T. Johnson Jr. of Illinois, the father of Dr. Kelli Johnson of the IDMR Hazel Crest, IL Cottage passed away Thursday, December 21, 2023. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024 with visitation at 1:30 pm and Service at 2 pm at Haven Center, 932 E. 43rd St. Chicago, IL 60653. Mask wearing is highly recommended. Please stay home if you are feeling ill and/or have tested positive for Covid 19. No flowers please. Expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr.Kelli Johnson & Family at 9529 Prairie Ave. Apt. 17 Highland, IN 46322-2373.

Ms. Yolonda B. Jones, the mother of Dr. Dellora Freeman of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away Thursday, December 7, 2023.  A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, December 29, 2023 at 11:00 am at McKay South Bay Mortuary, 3918 Marine Avenue, Lawndale, CA 90260. Viewing will be Thursday, December 28,  2023 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr. Dellora Freeman, 3420 W. 21st Street, Los Angeles, CA  90018.  Her telephone number is (323) 735-2468.     

Ms. Charlisa Caver, daughter of Dr. Billy Singleton of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2023. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 10:00 am at Angelus Funeral Home, 3875 South Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90008. Expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr. Singleton at 6014 S. Arlington Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043 Telephone number is 213 361-5315.

Mr. Roosevelt Gant, Sr., father of Dr. Gloria Smith of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2023, in Little Rock, Arkansas. A memorial service was held at Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Martin Luther King Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202, at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, November 18, 2023.  Expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr. Gloria Smith, 3807 1/4 Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018.

Brother Anthony Alexander, son of Dr. Edna Cargill of the IDMR Las Vegas Branch, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2023. He was 30 years old. Anthony was formerly a member of the IDMR Warren-Youngstown Ohio Branch and the IDMR Las Vegas Branch.  Anthony is survived by his son Anthony Alexander, Jr., mother Edna Cargill, stepfather Jeffrey Cargill, brother Sheldon Stroud, sister Eonah Cargill-Matthews, brother-in-law Terrion Matthews, two nieces and two nephews.  No funeral service will be held.  Phone calls are welcomed. Please call 702-517-3534.  Expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr Edna Cargill, 146 Gilliflower Ave, Las Vegas NV 89183.

Mr. Robert Young, father of Dr. Jerry Young, Dean of the IDMR Jackson Mississippi Branch and Dr. Anton Young, President of the IDMR Little Rock Arkansas Branch passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2023.  There will be a private family burial service on Monday, October 23, 2023.  Condolences may be sent to Dr. Jerry Young at 5104 Post Oak Road, Jackson, MS 39206 and to Dr. Anton Young at 6409 Facts Court, Little Rock, AR 72209.

Dr. Wanda Gay, the mother of Dr. Phil Gay, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2023. Both are longtime members of IDMR Oklahoma City, OK.  Condolences may be sent to Dr. Phil Gay, 209 NW 54th Street #A, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. Public  Viewing will be held October 26, at Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1300 North Lottie Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73111. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, 10/28 at 11 am at the Miracle Revival Center Church, 901 N.W. 6th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73106.  Burial following at Hillcrest Cemetery, 12813 N.E. 50th Street, Spencer, OK 73084.

Mr. Eric Harris, youngest son of Dr. Valorie Harris a longtime member of the IDMR Oklahoma City Branch, passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2023.  Eric is also the nephew of IDMR Oklahoma City’s Dean, Dr. Wingfield Grimes, Jr. and the nephew of Dr. Patricia Nelson, Dean of Banning.  Please direct all calls to Eric’s aunt, Dr. Cheryl Rose at (405) 400-5717.  Donations in lieu of flowers are appreciated.  Expressions of condolences may be sent to the family in care of Dr. Wingfield Grimes, Jr., 5516 SE 86th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73135. 

Mr. Matthew Isaiah Ware, son of Dr. Sharon Lewis Ware of the IDMR Banning Branch (formerly a longtime member of the Los Angeles Branch), passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2023 in Beaumont, CA.  Information regarding a memorial service is not available at this time.  Expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr. Sharon Lewis Ware at 1198 East Eighth Street, Apt #1; Beaumont, CA 92223.  Her phone number is 951-590-1300.  
 
Dr. Christopher M. Hughes passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at his home in Vandalia, Ohio.  He began his membership in the IDMR Springfield Ohio Branch.  During his life, he was also a member of the Columbus Ohio Branch, the Franklin-Middletown Ohio Branch and was currently a member of the Dayton Ohio Branch.  Christopher is the son of Drs. Cynthia and Robert Reynolds, also of the IDMR Dayton Ohio Branch.  Christopher would have turned 51 on his birthdate of September 20.  The contact person is his mother, Dr. Cynthia Reynolds.  Condolences can be sent in care of Dr. Cynthia Reynolds, 738 Bright Avenue, Vandalia, OH 45377, phone 937-672-8415.  Christopher’s Memorial Service will be Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Mt. Enon Missionary Baptist Church, 1501 W. Third Street, Dayton, OH 45402.  Visitation with the Family will begin at 1:00 pm with the Service beginning at 2:00 pm.  Masks are mandatory, no exceptions.  
 
Mrs. Jackie Smith, wife of 53 years of Dr. Peter Smith of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2023.  There will be no memorial service. Expressions of condolences can be sent to Dr. Peter Smith, 4421 Lockwood Avenue #310, Los Angeles, CA 90029.
 
Dr. Linda Johnson, longtime member of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, took off the flesh on Friday, August 25, 2023. She was the sister of Dr. Veta Small and the aunt of Dr. Jerette Thompson both of the Los Angeles Branch. There will be no service. Expressions of condolences can be sent to Dr. Veta Small, 30625 Alston Lane, Menifee, CA 92584.
 
Dr. Carolyn Luckett, a longtime member of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, took off the flesh Tuesday, August 22, 2023.  She was medically unable to attend class. There will be no service. The family will celebrate her privately. Expressions of condolences can be  sent to: The Family of Carolyn Luckett, 1066 Leighton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90037.
 
Dr. Harold Baptiste, Jr., a longtime member of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research took off the flesh on Friday, August 11, 2023. Dr. Baptiste is the husband of Dr. Theresa Baptiste and the father of Dr. Alicia Morse of the Los Angeles, CA Branch, Drs. Jennifer Mackie and Harold Baptiste, III of the Austin, TX Branch.  He is also the brother of Dr. Gerard Baptiste of the Los Angeles, CA Branch and Dr. Antonia Baptiste of the Banning, CA Branch.  Contact person and condolences can be sent in care of: Dr. Theresa Baptiste, 2212 Barnett Drive, Cedar Park, TX 78613; 504-491-4484.

The Celebration of Life Services for Dr. Harold Baptiste, Jr. a longtime member of the IDMR will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 11:00 am at: Wilco Work Spaces, 1615 Scottsdale Drive, Building Two (The Cove Conference Space – Suite 200D), Cedar Park, TX  78641. Housing with the Austin, TX Branch is extremely limited. For a list of area hotels and/or if you will be attending class in Austin on Sunday, September 3rd, please contact Dr. Betty Mosley, Hospitality Chairperson at: 337-278-0600 or email: bj@louisiana.edu.

Mrs. Thelma Middleton of Cleveland, Ohio passed away Monday, August 7, 2023. She was the mother of Dr. Anna Baker of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch. The contact person is Dr. Melanna Moore (216) 926-7721.

Dr. Zebulun Ariel, a longtime member of the Huntsville Branch and Public Relations Director, passed away on August 3, 2023. Services will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Location: Royal Funeral Home Chapel (https://www.royalfh.com), 4315 Oakwood Avenue NW, Huntsville, AL 35810. Expressions of Condolences may be sent to his wife, Rohe Ceesay, 1305 Pulaski Pike NW, Huntsville, AL 35816. Donations in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. For additional information, please contact Maureen Vaughn 256-682-0323.

Mr. Roosevelt Allen Ray, husband of Dr. Fern Ray of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away July 30, 2023 in Los Angeles surrounded by his daughter and granddaughter. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, August 24, 2023, at Crossing Ministry, 400 East Palmer Street, Compton, CA 90221 from 11:30 AM – 12:45 pm. The seating is limited to 140 people maximum. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Dr. Fern Ray at 5330 10th Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043.

Dr. Demolia V. Peterson, a faithful, longtime member of the IDMR Dallas Branch, took off the flesh Wednesday, July 26, 2023.  A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 19, 2023, at 2 pm at the Lomax Funeral Home, 2703 Elsie Faye Heggins Street, Dallas, Texas 75215.  A Repast will be held  Saturday, August 19, 2023, at 3:30 pm at the Janie C Turner Recreation Center, 6424 Elam Road, Dallas, Texas 75217.  Condolences may be sent to Jason Peterson, 8320 Park Lane, #206 Dallas, Texas 75231.

Dr. Sharon Becker, longtime member of the IDMR Binghamton New York Branch/Cottage, took off the flesh Sunday, July 23rd.  She was formerly the Secretary of the Binghamton Branch. There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, August 4, 2023, at 2:00 pm, at the DeMunn Funeral Home located at 36 Conklin Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13903.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until the time of the service.  No meal function at the family’s request.  Please visit: www.demunn.com  to read the obituary. Cards of condolence may be sent to her brother, Chuck & Bonnie Bechtel, PO Box 75, Glen Aubrey, NY 13777.

Dr. Elvera (Vera) Parks, a longtime member of IDMR, member of the Las Vegas Branch and formerly a member of the Los Angeles Branch, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2023. Cards and condolences may be sent to her son, Keith Campbell, at 3750 Shirebrook Drive, Apt. 50, Las Vegas, NV 89115.  Donations in lieu of flowers are greatly appreciated. The memorial service for Dr. Parks will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at the West Charleston Library Lecture Hall, 6301 West Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89146. The service will be held from 12 pm – 2 pm.  Doors will open at 11 am. If you plan to attend the memorial service, please send an email to: idmrhospitalitylv@gmail.com.  PLEASE adhere to all IDMR Covid protocols and guidelines. Masks are required to be worn by everyone. 

Dr. Juliana Hagger, a longtime member of IDMR and current member and Secretary of the IDMR Clear Lake Texas Branch, took off the flesh peacefully surrounded among close family on Friday, July 7, 2023 at 7:37 a.m. We would like to thank the members of the Clear Lake Branch and members from all of the local area schools who provided support for the family during her illness. 

A Video Presentation and Service will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at the following location and times:
Clayton Funeral Homes, 5530 Broadway Street Pearland, TX 77581 (281) 485-4446
Video Presentation (in lieu of viewing): 9:00 a.m.Service: 10:00 a.m.

The repast will be held immediately following service at — Crime Stoppers of Houston, 3001 Main Street Houston, TX 77002 (Entrance at Rosaline & Fannin)
Condolences may be sent to: Dr. Jocelyn Payne and Xandria Cole 14030 Lago Creek Ct. Rosharon, TX 77583  713-505-3308 (Jocelyn). 832-794-4828 (Xandria)

Mr. Richard Morales, father of Dr. Teresa January of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2023, in Pico Rivera, CA. There will be a private service for the immediate family only.  Expressions of condolences may be sent to: The family of Richard Morales, 730 N. Whitnall Highway #326, Burbank, CA. 91505.

Dr. Jewell Young, a longtime member of the IDMR Little Rock Arkansas Branch, took off the flesh on Monday, June 19, 2023.  She is the mother of Dr. Anton Young of the Little Rock Branch and Dr. Jerry Young of the Jackson, MS Branch.  Condolences may be sent to Dr. Anton Young at 6409 Facts Court, Little Rock, AR 72209 and Dr. Jerry Young at 5104 Post Oak Road, Jackson, MS 39206.  A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the IDMR Little Rock Arkansas Branch School located at 202 S. Palm Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114.

Dr. Samuel Holmes passed away on Monday, June 12, 2023, at the University Park Health Care Center in Los Angeles, CA.  Dr. Holmes was a longtime member of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch and faithfully attended class until his health would no longer permit. There will be no service.

Mr. Lewis Smith, husband of Dr. Christine Smith for 50 years, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2023.  Dr. Christine Smith is a longtime member of IDMR. She is currently a member of the IDMR Jackson Mississippi Branch and was previously a member of the IDMR New Orleans Branch.  There will be no service.  Cards and expressions of condolences may be sent to the family at 12 Bennett Road, Sumrall, MS 39482.
 
Ms. Adrienne Parker of Longview, TX, the mother of Dr. Lakendria Gadson of the IDMR San Antonio, Texas Branch, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2023. Arrangements have been finalized for Saturday, June 17, 2023, starting at 11 a.m., at New Zion Baptist Church, 1105 Foster Dr., Longview, TX 75602. Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. Gadson at 13512 Biltmore Lakes, Live Oak, TX 78233.
 
Dr. Brandy Yeager, Secretary of the IDMR Savannah Georgia Branch passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.  More Information will be forthcoming. The contact person is her mother, Dr. Sherry Colon, of  Rochester, New York.
 
Dr. Patricia Watkins, a longtime member of the IDMR Elmira New York branch passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2023. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Expressions of condolences may be sent to her daughter Anne Fenton, 129 Vinel Circle, Horseheads, NY 14845.
 
Sister Anna Grigsby of the IDMR Indianapolis, Indiana Cottage, passed away peacefully at home, Thursday, May 31, 2023.  She was the wife of Dr. Keith Grigsby and mother of Drs. Aaliyah and Alysha Grigsby of the IDMR Indianapolis, Indiana Cottage, Dr. James Arthur Davis III of the IDMR Banning Branch, Dr. Alexus Davis of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch and Michael D. Toro.  Expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr. Keith Grigsby at 2668 Cold Spring Manor, Indianapolis, IN 46222, phone 317-742-2398.
 

Dr. William Bennie Nelson, a longtime member of the IDMR Dallas Branch, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.  Public Viewing will be held Thursday, May 25, 2023, 3-8pm at Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home, 6449 University Hills Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75241. Funeral Services are Friday, May 26, 2023, 12:30pm at Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home, 6449 University Hills Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75241. The Repast will be held Friday, May 26, 2023, 2-4 pm at Tommie M. Allen Recreation Center, 701 Bonnie View Rd.  Dallas, Texas 75241.  Burial will be Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 1 pm at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.

Dr. Cecil Washington, a longtime member of the IDMR Baton Rouge Branch, took off the flesh on Saturday, April 29, 2023. Funeral Services will be held at the Wilson-Wooddale Funeral Home (1553 Wooddale Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806) Saturday, May 20, 2023. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM followed by Celebration of Life at 11:00 AM. Expressions of condolences, please contact Dr. Mable Jackson at (225) 270-0045 for further information.

Dr. Clifton Prince, a longtime member of the Banning Branch, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2023. Expressions of condolences may be sent to the family, addressed to his daughter, Dr. Ashika Prince, 247 N. Cherry Street #A, Banning, CA 92220. The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1320 W. Williams Street, Banning, CA 92220

Dr. Johnny Dillon, a longtime member of the IDMR San Diego Branch, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2023. He was the husband of Dr. Louella Dillon. The family is requesting privacy at this time. Condolences should be sent via mail to Dr. Louella Dillon at 37656 Early Lane, Murrieta, CA 92563, or call Patrick at 951-515-1531.
 
Dr. Kenneth “Poteet” Rhodes of the IDMR Alief Texas Branch passed away April 7, 2023, in Houston, Texas. He was the husband of Dr. Lois Rhodes and brother of Dr. Henry Rhodes, both of the IDMR Alief Texas Branch. The contact phone numbers are Dr. Lois Rhodes (713) 552-3635 and Dr. Henry Rhodes (713) 417-2193. There will be no services.
 
Mr. Leo Hall, Jr. of Illinois, the father of Dr. Gezanne Baker of the IDMR Spring Texas Branch, passed away Saturday, March 25th.  Arrangements have been finalized for Thursday, March 30, 2023 with Visitation at 10:00 am and Mass at 11:00 am at St. Joan of Arc Church, 820 Division St., Lisle, IL  60532. Expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr. Baker at 4530 Chateau Creek Way, Spring, TX  77386
 
Mr. Dane Warren, brother of Dr. Carla Poullard of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away Sunday morning, March 26, 2023, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr. Carla Poullard, 2928 Park Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Carla Poullard, (504) 512-1919.
 

Mrs. Leola Redmond passed away March 7, 2023 in Lynwood, CA. She was the mother of Drs. Alvin Redmond, Jr., Earnestine Redmond, Stephanie Chatman, Bobbie Redmond and Veronica Redmond, all of the Los Angeles Branch. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 11 am, at Founder’s Church, 3281 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA  90020. Expressions of condolence may be sent to the family as follows:  Dr. Alvin Redmond, Jr., 3219 Syracuse Avenue, Baldwin Park, CA 91760.

Dr. Diana LaFaro, a longtime, beloved member of the IDMR Hornell NY Branch, passed peacefully the evening of Thursday, March 16, 2023. She served as Choir Director and Assistant as well as Public Relations Director. Expressions of condolences may be sent to her husband, Dr. James LaFaro, 16 Fulton Street, Hornell, NY 14843.

Dr. Laverne A. Cheeks exchanged time for eternity on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.  He was formerly a member of the IDMR New Orleans Branch, and later attended class in Gary, Indiana and Hazelcrest, Illinois until he was no longer able.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with funeral services at 11:00 a.m. All services will be held at the Guy & Allen Chapel, 2959 W. 11th Avenue, Gary, Indiana.  Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Dr. Lionel Leonard, a longtime member of IDMR, passed away Monday, March 13, 2023 in Los Angeles, CA. Expressions of condolences may be sent to his wife, Dr. Katherine Leonard at 2527 1/2 2nd Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90018. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Founder’s Church, 3281 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020. Please, no phone calls, until further notice.

Dr. Nikki Fishback of the Los Angeles Branch, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2023.  She was the mother of Dr. Tia Fishback Brown. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 11 am, at Founder’s Church, 3281 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020. Expressions of condolences may be sent to her daughter, Dr. Tia Fishback Brown, 2146 S. Orange Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

Mr. Earl Payton of New Orleans, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday March 8, 2023.  He was the brother of Drs. Earnest Peyton of New Orleans West Bank Branch, and Charles Kevin Wilmore and Keith Wilmore of the Los Angeles Branch. For additional information, the contact person is Dr. Sharon Wilmore 504-957-3812.

Dr. Muriel M. Mathis, a longtime member of the IDMR Detroit Branch, made her transition Saturday, March 4, 2023, in Texarkana, Arkansas where she currently resided. As a member for 40+ years, Dr. Mathis served as the State and Head Secretary of the Detroit Branch for many years. Memorial services will be handled by the Jones Stuart Mortuary, located at 115 East 9th Street in Texarkana, Arkansas 71854. Expressions of condolences may be sent to her sister, Ms. Jeanetta Burkins, 4702 Sanderson Lane, Texarkana, AR 71854. Everyone is welcome to call any time. If you would like to speak with the family, please contact Ms. Jeanetta Burkins at 870.772.4798 (home) or 903.277.4437 (cell).

Dr. Jeffery Brown, a longtime member of the IDMR Dallas Branch passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2023. Public Viewing will be held from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm on Friday, March 10, 2023 at Rolfe Funeral Home, 2936 NE 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111. The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at Rolfe Memorial Chapel, 2936 NE 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111. Expressions of condolences, please contact the Dallas PR Director, Dr. Lola Brown at (972) 217-0294 for further information.

Dr. Jerome “Jay” Woodward, a longtime, beloved member of the IDMR Columbus Ohio Branch, passed peacefully on the morning of Friday, March 03, 2023.  Expressions of condolences may be forwarded to his wife of 50 years, Dr. Pamela “Pam” Woodward, at 704 Moreno Drive, Reynoldburg, OH  43068. There will be no services held. Please click here to view the obituary: https://www.diehl-whittaker.com/obituaries/Jerome-Woodward?obId=27481944#/celebrationWall

Mr. Owen C. Faust, father of Dr. Tara Bruce of the IDMR Little Rock Branch and father-in-law of Dr. Gail Bruce of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2023 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Visitation will be held at Smith Family Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedle Court, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 on March 13, 2023, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held on March 14, 2023, at 10:00 am at McCabe United Methodist Church  (Johnnie Davis Officiant) 1523 Pine Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72214.  The contact person is Dr. Tara Bruce, 501-454-0205.
 

Mr. Adrian Glover, husband of Dr. Audrey Glover and brother of Dr. Juqua Glover of the IDMR Las Vegas Nevada branch, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2023. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 1:30 pm at Canyon Ridge Christian Church, 6200 W. Lone Mountain Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130. Expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr. Audrey Glover at 77 Day Trade Street, Unit 2, Henderson, NV 89074.

Dr. Elizabeth (Betty) Green passed away Monday, February 20, 2023. She was a longtime member of the Akron Ohio Branch, then relocated to the Mesa Arizona Branch in 2022. Funeral information will be forthcoming.

Dr. Naomi Watson a longtime member of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed on Friday, February 17, 2023.  She was the wife of Dr. Reao Watson and the mother of  Dr. Katrina Johnson, both of the Los Angeles Branch.  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 12 pm, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1320 W. Williams Street, Banning, CA 92220. Expressions of condolence may be sent to her daughter, Dr. Katrina Johnson, 289 N. El Molino Avenue Apt. 405, Pasadena, CA 91101. Please, no phone calls or text messages at this time.  

Mr. John Francis, Sr., father of Dr. John Francis, Jr. of the IDMR New Orleans Westbank Branch, passed on Monday, February 13, 2023.  Services will be held Thursday, February 23, 2023, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5953 Bowman Roberts Rd, Fort Worth, Texas 76179.  Condolences may be sent to 6840 Delta Ridge Avenue, Slidell, LA 70461. The phone number to contact the family is (504) 491-9655.

Mr. James Crawford, grandfather of Drs. Michael and Leonard Crawford of the IDMR New Orleans Westbank Branch, passed on Saturday, February 11, 2023.  Services will be February 25, 2023 at St. Stephens Baptist Church, 1738 LB Landry Avenue, Algiers, LA., beginning at 10 am.

Dr. Dennis Graham, Sr., father of Dr. Dennis Graham, Jr. of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2023 in Norfolk, VA.  A Memorial service will be held at 12 pm on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church, 538 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Memphis, TN 38126.  Cards and expressions of condolences may be sent to Dr. Dennis Graham, Jr., 5230 Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401.

Ms. Dana Brooks, sister of Dr. Eric Brooks of the IDMR New Orleans Westbank Branch, passed on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.  There will be no services.  

Mr. Joseph Young III, father of Dr. Jeannine Young of the IDMR New Orleans Westbank Branch, passed on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.  There will be no services. 

Mr. Larry Cambrice, husband and father of Drs. Darleen Cambrice, Brittaney Bonnee’ and Brandace Anthony of the IDMR New Orleans Westbank Branch, passed on Monday, February 6, 2023.  Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 16, 2023.  Condolences may be sent to 1513 Gardena Dr., New Orleans, LA 70122. The phone number to contact the family is (504) 908-3030.

Dr. Genniev Gray, a longtime member of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed on Thursday, February 2, 2023. She was the mother of Drs. Paul Gray and Leon Gray of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, and Teresa Gray and Billy Gray. Memorial Services will be held Saturday May 13, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Founder’s Church of Religious Science, 3281 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020. Cards and expressions of  condolences may be sent to the family in care of Dr. Paul Gray, 1733 W. 50th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90062.  His phone number is 323-632-9385.

Dr. Georgia Robinson of the Sacramento Branch passed on Friday, January 27th, 2023.  Her funeral is scheduled for February 18th, 2023, at Wiggins Knipp Funeral Home, 524 Capitol Street in Vallejo, CA. Viewing of the body is Friday, February 17th from 3 to 8 PM.  Services on Saturday will begin at 11:00AM. Questions or inquiries may be directed to the Sacramento Branch President or other Sacramento Branch Officers.

Dr. Johnny Johnson, a longtime member of the Columbus, Ohio Branch for many years, passed on peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.  Dr. Johnson was a faithful member until the last few years when his health began to decline.  There are no final services planned as of this date.  “Dr. Johnny’s” body will be transported to Mount Airy, North Carolina, where the members of his physical family reside.

Mr. Wilbur Charles, father of Dr. Leslie Hill of the Los Angeles Branch, passed on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 in Pasadena, CA. Services will be held at Pasadena Church (East Campus), 425 Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91107 at 11 AM on Friday January 27, 2023. Expressions of condolence may be sent to Dr.Leslie Hill, 1151 W. Avenue J14, Lancaster, CA 93534.

Dr. Ernest Marable of the Banning CA Branch passed on Saturday, December 31, 2022.  He was the stepfather of Brianne Woodward of the Los Angeles Branch. Expressions of condolence may be sent to his wife, Dr. Jackie Marable, of the Banning Branch at 1625 Beaver Creek, Unit B Beaumont, CA 92223.

Dr. Debra Elaine Brinson, a longtime member of the IDMR Los Angeles Branchpassed quietly on Sunday, January 1, 2023.  She was the wife of Dr. William Brinson, the mother of Drs. Renny (William),  Wesley, and Whitney Brinson, all members of the Los Angeles Branch. There will be no services. Please, no phone calls. Expressions of condolence may be sent to The Brinson Family  at 5607 S Gramercy Place, Los Angeles, CA 90062.

Dr. Selwyn May of the IDMR Cleveland Ohio branch passed on Friday, December 16, 2022. Expressions of condolences may be sent to his wife, Dr. Patricia May, at 20112 Gardenview Drive, Maple Heights, OH 44137. The Wake will be held on Thursday, December 29th, 2022 From 4 pm – 8 pm. at Calhoun Funeral Home 23000 Rockside Road Bedford Heights, OH 44146

Dr. Mariel Renee Patton of the Northern Virginia branch passed on Wednesday, December 14, 2022. Mariel was the daughter of Drs. Robert and Marquel Patton and sister of Dr. Marissa Patton, all of the Northern Virginia branch. She was also the granddaughter of Drs. Malcolm and Gladys Lias of the Los Angeles, CA branch; Drs. Fred and Joan Bond of the Franklin-Middletown, OH branch. On behalf of the family, expressions of condolences can be sent to Dr. Marquel Patton at 16354 Gangplank Lane, Woodbridge, VA 22191. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Woodbridge, VA 22192 on Saturday, January 14, 2023. Family visitation will begin at 10:30 am with the Service to start at 11:00 am. The service will be livestreamed via Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. Facebook page as follows: https://www.facebook.com/miller.f.home/videos/564928595220683

Dr. DeLynn Gill of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch passed on Thursday, December 15, 2022. DeLynn was the wife of Dr. Bryan Gill. Information regarding the Memorial Service is forthcoming. Expressions of condolence may be sent to:  Dr. Bryan Gill, 2112 Via Pacheco, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.

Dr. Linda Peyton, a longtime member of the IDMR New Orleans and New Orleans Westbank Branches passed on Friday, December 9, 2022.  Dr. Peyton served as the Choir Director for many years.  Expressions of condolences may be sent to her husband, Dr. Earnest Peyton at 5530 Maple Ridge Drive, New Orleans, LA  70129. A service will be held on Friday, January 6, 2023, at Boyd’s Funeral Home, 5001 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans, LA 70126.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 am – 10:00 am Central Standard Time (CST).

The service will begin at 10:00 am CST and can be viewed via livestream on the funeral home’s Facebook page by clicking here:  

For those without Facebook, the service can also be viewed via livestream on the homepage of the funeral home’s website by clicking here: https://www.anewtraditionbegins.com/   Please scroll to the bottom of the homepage.  The link will be located at the bottom right corner of the homepage.  Please note, the link for the livestream will not be available until 10:00 am CST. 

The complete obituary may be viewed at this link: Click Here

There will not be a Repast.

Dr. Topsy Chapman Edwards, member of the IDMR New Orleans Westbank Branch passed on Friday, November 25, 2022.  Dr. Edwards was the wife of Dr. Joseph Edwards, Sr., the mother of Dr. Jolynda Phillips, Dr. Yolanda Thomas, and Dr. Joseph Edwards, Jr., the grandmother of Dr. Caleb Windsay and Dr. Michael Windsay, Jr., the sister of Dr. William Chapman, and mother-in-law of Dr. Alonzo Thomas.  There will be no service.  The family requests no phone calls, texts, or visitors at this time.
 
Dr. Thelma Ford of the Los Angeles Branch passed on peacefully,  Monday, November 7, 2022.  She was the wife of Dr. Leonard Ford, the mother of Dr. Ericka Seay and the twin sister of Dr. Selma Bagley.  A memorial service will be held Friday, December 2, 2022, at 11 am at The Living Room (Faithful Central Church), 400 W. Florence Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301. Cards and expressions of condolences may be sent to the family at 2315 W. 116th Street, Hollypark, CA  90250.
 
Dr. Paul Turner,  previously the dean of the IDMR South Bend Indiana branch passed on Sunday, November 6, 2022. Services will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Alford’s Mortuary, 1222 Napier Street, South Bend IN 45501. Viewing will be held from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Click the following link to view the obituary:  www.alfordsmortuaryinc.com/obituary/Paul-Turner.