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VETERAN’S DAY 2013: Honoring Tuskeegee Airman LeRoy ELEY (1927-2012) & All Who Serve!

Tuskegee Airman Leroy Edward Eley Sr.I always joke about how my kismet luck is really rooted in my ability to surrender to the Ancestors who I believe called me to tell their stories. I just listen and follow; then somehow they faithfully navigate my feet to the most amazing places, to encounter the most brilliant people, to learn the most unbelievable things!

Meeting LeRoy ELEY in Spring 2010 was every bit an example of the Ancestors moving to not only make our 3rd Edition of CoAAG: They Served With Honor a VERY special event, but to gift myself, son Justis and a lucky elementary school of awestruck 4th graders with a historical time stamp to last a lifetime!

I still see Mr. ELEY with his charming smile… exuding pure pride, confidence and authority as he approached to firmly shake my hand! Beaming and chuckling about my coordinating savvy!:)

Don’t know how I came up with the idea of getting the MUCH in-demand Atlanta Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen out to talk with — no EDUCATE — 150+ 4th graders or how I coordinated the CoAAG event in under 2 weeks!

I just remember the day being magical! With Sandra and Bernard TALIAFERRO joining me, we witnessed the embodiment of African American pride and honor in Mr. LeRoy ELEY. I will never, EVER forget it!

Mr. LeRoy Edward ELEY transitioned on August 30, 2012. Once again flying high, […]

OBITUARY: Geraldine Barwick

Geraldine Barwick | 6 July 1941 ~ 5 August 2013

Geraldine Barwick ~ Cotillion

OBITUARY

Geraldine “Gerrie” Barwick, daughter of the late William Charles Barwick and Fannie Louella Jackson Barwick was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 6, 1941. She departed this life peacefully on August 5, 2013.

As a teen Gerrie worked in her family’s neighborhood appliance store. She attended Cincinnati Public Schools and after completing her final years at St. Mary’s High School in Hyde Park, continued on to positions with the Cincinnati and Michigan Bell Telephone Companies. Gerrie also enjoyed a role as WCIN radio station’s midday on-air personality “Cindy Hamilton”, where Butternut Bread was her sponsor.

Gerrie loved the Lord and the Gospel, and spent her lifetime ministering to the spiritual needs of others. After accepting Christ as a young woman, in 1974 Gerrie joined Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church under the leadership of Elder Jasper Phillips where she was baptized and filled with the “Holy Spirit”. Gerrie continued her work in the ministry at Tryed Stone Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Anderson Culbreath until her relocation to Atlanta, Georgia in the late 1980′s. At the time of her “Homegoing”, Gerrie remained a member of Antioch A.M.E. Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where the Reverend Stafford J. Wicker presides as Pastor.

Inheriting her Father’s gift for sales and entrepreneurial spirit, Gerrie established Atlanta’s Harvester Pine Straw Company. As a successful landscape-supply wholesaler, Gerrie traveled throughout the Southeast Region for several years building her reputation and expanding her customer-base.

Fiercely loyal and devoted to family, Gerrie never hesitated […]