May 05, 1924 - Dec 05, 2023
Jane Ann Wilson
Mar 31, 1928 - Jan 24, 2024
Jane Ann Wilson, 95 of Harrisburg, PA, transitioned to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 24, 2024. Jane was born on March 31, 1928, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of the late William Snowden and Sara Elizabeth Scribbner Snowden.Jane was a resident at the Capital Rehabilitation Center (formerly the Jewish Home) on Linglestown Road for fifteen years. She was baptized at St. Paul Missionary Baptist church and attended until her health would not permit. Jane retired from The Department of Revenue as a Tax Examiner after thirty-five years of dedicated service. Jane, nicknamed "Jimmie", enjoyed gardening, cooking, and sewing, and was known for her beautiful artwork.Along with her parents she was preceded by her husband, Harold W. Wilson, and her daughters Susan J. Marsh and Leah DeRoiste. She leaves to celebrate her life, her children Gloria Martin-Roberts (Harrisburg), Clifford L. Martin, Jr. (Lancaster), Elizabeth Martin (Harrisburg), Carolyn Holly (Columbus, Ohio), and Kenneth Martin (Terri) (Harrisburg). Her children acknowledge their bonus siblings Harold W. Wilson, Jr. (Lebanon), Richard Wilson (Harrisburg), and Pamela Roberts (Michael) (Harrisburg). She also leaves to celebrate her life, grandchildren James Marsh, Leah S. Payne, Dara DeRoiste, Nathaniel Martin, Anthony Payne, Danielle Martin, Sinead DeRoiste, Cindy Martin, Michelle Agnon, Clifford L. Martin, III, and Akilah Alcendor. She has nineteen great-grandchildren, eleven great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.The family extends a sincere thanks to a man who took loving care of our mother while she was in the Jewish Home. A man who treated our mom like she was his mother with tenderness and care. You made her smile, especially when celebrating her birthdays. We salute you Jack Walker and pray that God will expand your borders for the love you gave to one of his.Hooper Memorial Home Live-streaming Link: https://youtube.com/live/JKCzx00ZoxM?feature=share
Apr 01, 1944 - Feb 05, 2024
Obituary for Theodore "Ted" Johnson Theodore Johnson, affectionately known as "Ted" was born on April 1, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital to Talmadge and Doris Smeltzer Johnson. His birth was shared with his older by a few minutes, twin brother Timothy. Ted was an energetic and inquisitive young man, who had a smile that could light up a room. He accepted Christ as his personal savior and was baptized at the age of 9 at Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church (Muchmore Memorial), where he later became a Sunday School Teacher. He received his early education through the Philadelphia Public School System, obtaining his high school diploma from Murrell Dobbins High School in 1962. Ted loved basketball and served as Captain of the Varsity Basketball team. At the age of 17, Ted enlisted in the United States Navy as a "Kitty Cruiser," the name given to recruits who were not yet of age. Ted took full advantage of the ability to see the world and travel while serving in the Navy. After three years of service, and an honorable discharge, Ted enlisted in the United States Army, and served in the National Guard for many years until he resigned. During his time in the Navy, he remembered a beautiful brown beauty who was a classmate of his by the name of Mary Louise Clemons, "Lou" as he affectionately called her, with whom he shared classes and had a friendship with at Murrell Dobbins High School. The two began writing to each other during his time in the service, and soon fell in love. On August 29, 1965, the two were married and to this union, three beautiful children were born, Geniene, Theodore (Teddy) and Lydia. Ted was a loving husband who exemplified Ephesians 5:25 in the way that he loved his wife, and a loving, protective father who mirrored Proverbs 22:6, in his role as "Daddy." Ted enjoyed taking the family on outings where there was fun and plenty of laughs! Ted was an avid reader. He loved museums and Cowboy Westerns. Ted began his career with the City of Philadelphia Waterworks, and later Holmesburg Prison as a Stationary Engineer. He joined the board of the Philadelphia Association for Christian Schools (PACS), and later joined the staff as a Business Manager. During this time, Ted accepted his call as a Minister of the Gospel, serving at his childhood church, Faith Tabernacle under the leadership of Pastor E.T. Lewis, and then later the Faith Fellowship Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor John L. Price. To further his education and learn more about Christ, he attended Manna Bible Institute where he served as President of the graduating class. Ted had a passion for missions, serving as a board member for Have Christ Will Travel. As a missionary, he visited Nova Scotia, Ghana, and Papua New Guinea. In October of 1976, God in his infinite wisdom brought families and friends together to start a church by the name of Harambe Baptist Church, which in Swahili means Christians Coming Together. Ted accepted the call of becoming Pastor. During his leadership, Pastor Ted ministered to the needs of God’s people by loving, encouraging, counseling, and most importantly teaching and preaching the unadulterated Word of God. He incorporated his love of missions at Harambe spearheading an awesome missions ministry. He became a fixture of the Germantown Community, loving and ministering particularly to those persons with addictions and other challenges in life. He met people where they were. So it was only natural for him to become the President of the Germantown Community Collaborative Board. Pastor Ted was a natural born leader, mentor, and counselor, often counseling members, leaders, and other pastors in the ministry. In the year, 2000, after serving as Pastor of Harambe Baptist Church for 23 years, Pastor Ted received another ministry opp0rtunity to relocate to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and serve as Director of the Church Strengthening Division for the Pa. and New Jersey Southern Baptist Convention. Pastor Ted thrived in his new position, garnering many new friends who became family! He retired after ten years of employment in 2010. He never met a stranger! He was often seen at his favorite restaurant Cracker Barrel holding court! He and Mary joined Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church in 2012, where he served on the Intercessory Prayer Ministry, Sunday School Ministry, the PLACE Ministry and as an Associate Minister. Ted received a Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Studies from the Center of Urban Theological Studies (CUTS) where he graduated Summa Cum Laude of his class. Other accomplishments include but are not limited to: Director of Evangelism for the Neighborhood Crusade with the late Pastor Melvin Floyd; President of Refreshing Spirit Ministries, where people came to get recharged and refreshed in ministry; he was awarded a Fellowship at Harvard University for two weeks, as well as a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Association. Pastor Ted had an infectious laugh and a great sense of humor. He was never too busy to talk to those needing encouragement and counsel. He exhibited God’s love, compassion and grace wherever he went. He would seize every opportunity to share the good news of Christ and extend an invitation to discipleship. He will be missed by many. He leaves to cherish his legacy and memory his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Louise Johnson; his children Geniene Johnson; Theodore Johnson (Renee); Lydia Johnson-Hilliard (Reggie); one brother, Rev. Dr. Timothy James Johnson; one sister, Georgianna Simmons; Uncle, Nathan Johnson; Brother in love, James E. Clemons; five grandchildren, Shanice Johnson, Khiry Johnson, Reginald Hilliard, III, Essien Hilliard, and Reese Hilliard; one great-grand daughter, J’Kyra Johnson; three nieces, Apryll Adams, Leah Simmons and Belinda Bates (Byron), and a host of family, friends, church family members, neighbors, and co-laborers in the ministry.Celebration of Life Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSwm0MZuSVw
James Thomas Jones Jr.
Mar 16, 1955 - Feb 10, 2024
James Thomas Jones Jr., affectionately known as "Jim" or "Jimmy", entered eternal life on Saturday, February 10, 2024. He was born on March 16, 1955 in Wellsboro, PA. Jim was the son of the late James and Marietta (Randall) Jones. Along with his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth, Gerard, Gerald, and Lyle.Throughout his life, Jim was an avid motorcyclist and he spent some of his happiest thrill-seeking times with his motorcycle group, riding all over the east coast. In addition to motorcycles, Jim enjoyed golfing, the Pittsburgh, Steelers, hunting, camping, political advocacy, and a few beers with friends and family, and traveling with his wife to their home in St. Augustine, FL. Jim had many hobbies to keep him active, but his favorite pass-time was always time spent with his family, especially when it came to playing with his grandsons. Professionally, Jim began his career on May 3, 1976 after he was accepted into an apprenticeship with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542. After completing his apprenticeship in 1980, Jim went on to excel in his field as a heavy equipment operator, later becoming a business agent for Local 542, International Union of Operating Engineers. In the year 2000, Jim was elected Treasurer of his chapter and served his post with distinction until his retirement on February 1, 2023. James was also appointed a Member of the State Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council by Governor Tom Wolf in May of 2022. On August 31, 1996, he married his devoted wife of 27 years, Kelly L. Jones. This union was blessed with three children, Teerah, Alana, and James. His friends and family will remember Jim’s stoic, gentle giant nature. A man of few words, his voice was mighty and his words were always meaningful, genuine, and revered. As Jim moves to his heavenly home, he leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife Kelly; two daughters, Teerah Goodrum of Washington, DC, Alana Jones of Harrisburg; his son, James T. Jones III of Harrisburg; two brothers, Linford (Andrea) Jones of Pittsburgh, Michael (Joan) Jones of Ontario, CA and sister in-law Denise (Isiah) Foskey of Accokeek MD, brother in-law Lester Wigington of Harrisburg two grandsons, Malcolm Miller, Aydin Ballard; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, several aunts, other relatives and friends. He will be truly missed by ALL!
Pearl Lee Bryant
Jul 05, 1946 - Feb 11, 2024
Pearl Lee Bryant, a radiant soul whose kindness and faith touched all who knew her, peacefully transitioned into eternal rest on February 11, 2024, at the age of 77. Born on July 5, 1946, in Little Rock, Mississippi, Pearl was the cherished daughter of the late John W. Thames and Lee Velma Thames.Pearl's journey began in Little Rock, but it was in Harrisburg, PA, where she cultivated lifelong bonds and met her beloved husband, Howard Bryant. Together, they embarked on a journey marked by love, faith, and unwavering commitment.Throughout her life, Pearl's heart overflowed with love for her family, her community, and her church. A graduate of William Penn High School's class of 1964, Pearl's faith journey led her to the N. 17th Street Church of God, where she served as a dedicated choir member, usher, and Sunday school teacher. Her voice, a vessel of her faith, not only graced the congregation of N. 17th Street Church of God but also the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church, where her faith continued to inspire those around her, and she found solace and community later in life.Pearl's spirit of service extended far beyond the church walls. She was a beacon of warmth and generosity, always ready to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. Her daughters, Angelita Bryant and Teresa Watkins, and her grandson, Christian Watkins, were the lights of her life, and she poured her heart into nurturing and supporting them every step of the way. She cherished every moment spent with Christian, whether they were shopping for dinosaurs at A.C. Moore or embarking on adventures aboard Amtrak.In addition to her devotion to her family, Pearl was a talented seamstress whose creations adorned her home and brought joy to those around her. She found immense joy in crafting matching outfits for her daughters, sewing her own clothes, and creating beautiful window treatments for Teresa's homes. Her Fourth of July celebrations were legendary, a testament to her generous spirit and love of fellowship. Year after year, she opened her home to friends and family, treating them to delicious food and creating cherished memories that will endure for generations to come.While we mourn Pearl's passing, we take comfort in the knowledge that she is reunited with her parents, John W. Thames and Lee Velma Thames, and her siblings Cynthia Thames, Essie Smith, Laura Stevens, J.W. Thames, and Erven Thames who preceded her in death. She leaves behind a legacy