Pioneer paratrooper Walter Morris dies at 92

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01_JerolineMcCarthy01The African American Cultural Society has announced that Walter Morris inverted his parachute and has ascended to heaven. After a brief hospital stay on Oct. 3, he was released to Grand Oaks and expected to recuperate and receive physical therapy. Mr. Morris passed away Sunday at 5:30 p.m. He was 92 years old. He is survived by four daughters.

Mr. Morris was expected to be celebrated at the 10th Annual Onyx Awards on Oct. 26 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. He is our nation’s first African-American to serve as a United States paratrooper.

131017_dt_palmcoast01Friends will be received at a homegoing ceremony Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast. For more information, call the AACS at 386-447-7030.

More than 200 friends are anticipated for the ceremony of military tribute, including members of the Triple Nickle Association. Mr. Morris was a charter member of the African American Cultural Society.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to Coleman Mortuary of Hastings.

To read more about Mr. Morris’ life, log on to daytonatimes.com/2013/06/27/nations-first-black-paratrooper-walter-morris-continues-to-make-a-difference-in-flagler/.

Remembering Bunnel’s first Black police chief
Sorrowfully, we also announce the death of Arthur L. Jones, who reached the pinnacle of becoming the first African-American chief of police for the City of Bunnell Police Department, starting in 2008. Chief Jones was the first African-American to ever hold the position within the department, dating back to 1912. The chief had a targeted second retirement date, which in 2012 was reached at its decisive mark.

Earlier, he retired after 32 years serving in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department as a patrolman, field training officer, and a detective in the divisions of robbery, violent crimes, homicide, and youth services.

Chief Jones passed away Oct. 8 at Florida Hospital-Flagler. He was 61 years old.

He believed his life’s paths were divinely ordered, so he continued in the path of direction. He was founder of the Alliance of Involved Ministers (A.I.M.), established to organize clergy and community members to conduct weekly street meetings in designated hangout areas for a “Spiritual Night Out.”

The services intended for the criminal element  – unemployed young men and women and drug abusers – offered incentives to elevate the academic level through a godly message of hope and salvation and an extended invitation to becoming part of a church family.

Chief Jones is survived by his wife, Frankie. They are the parents of seven grown children.

The funeral was held Oct. 11 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 75 Pine Lakes Parkway South, Palm Coast.

‘Motown and Mo’ returns Oct. 18
“Motown and Mo” is on the move in its 16th year, scheduling a two-act performance at Flagler Auditorium.

At a “Motown & Mo” rehearsal - bustling with activity at Palm Coast United Methodist Church – were Anthony Felton and Dr. Irving Robinson, portraying Gerald and Eddie LeVert, respectively.

At a “Motown & Mo” rehearsal – bustling with activity at Palm Coast United Methodist Church – were Anthony Felton and Dr. Irving Robinson, portraying Gerald and Eddie LeVert, respectively.

It’s a show joined by theatrics, set to music and lip sync, and spotlighting Motown with the sounds of The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, Ashford & Simpson, Jill Scott, M.C. Hammer, et al.

A sneak-peek, ironing out the details while the show remains in production, was recently put on at the Palm Coast United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dr. Kevin James, pastor.

“I’ve been in the show 15 of the 16 years,” said Dr. Irving Robinson. “We get a chance to develop the alter ego and young people, and also new faces.”

Robinson, showcasing Motown, is City Lites’ president, a 501©) (3) non-profit organization, providing scholarships for high school seniors pursuing the arts.

On the show’s cutting edge are Alana and Alexis Williams, Shaunte’ White, and Nia and Maya Felton, who, as children, watched from the sidelines, and who are today Motown entertainers.

Some young adults performing will be Daniel Brown, who will impersonate Tevin Campbell, and Michael Wyatt, who sings lead as part of a set billing M. C. Hammer.

Both entertainers will bring their back-up singers.

“I’m looking forward to giving the best of Motown, to the newest audience since the audiences keep growing,” said Melinda Morais, a 10-year veteran, who will emerge as vocalist Lisa Stansfield accompanied by her entourage.

“I’m looking forward to this performance since I was born in Philly, raised in New Jersey, but partial to the Philadelphia groups,” said 10-year veteran Mitch Mitchell, who will provide to listening ears as lead to the sounds of Philadelphia’s R & B group Blue Magic.

The ticket price is $20, but tickets must be purchased at the box office. For a group rate of 15 or more tickets, the cost is $17 per ticket, and $17 for a student ticket.

Motown’s timeline begins Oct. 18, 7 p.m., and followed the next day with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Flagler Auditorium, located at 5500 East Highway 100, Palm Coast, can be reached at 386-437-7547.

Flagler NAACP to meet Oct. 22
The Flagler County NAACP will hold its monthly meeting Oct. 22, 6 p.m., at the African-American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast.

The branch will present a 20-minute overview of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which is of interest to the community, as well as the uninsured, and recipients of Medicare.

Two days will be allowed at the NAACP office for signing up the coverage for registrants having no access to a computer.

For further details, call the NAACP at 386-446-7822.

‘Dollars for Scholars’ workshop planned
“Dollars for Scholars,”  a workshop presented by the United Negro College Fund, will provide students and parents with information on the available college scholarships and important tips on the application process.

The workshop connects with Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Scholarship Ministry, facilitated by program chairman Dr. Barbara Holley.

Lunch will be provided for the free event Oct. 21 at noon, but bring a friend and win a prize!

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church – the Rev. Edwin Coffie, pastor – is located at 75 Pine Lakes Parkway South, Palm Coast. For further details, or to register, call 386-447-5719.

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As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebrations
Birthday wishes to: Clifton Daniels, Thomasina Brown, and the Rev. Brian Bernard of Tauranga, New Zealand, Oct. 17; Jonathan Robinson, Oct. 23.

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