Family, friends, sorors celebrate 80th birthday of retired educator


01_JerolineMcCarthy01Birthdays are opportunities to celebrate someone we care about and appreciate. So, this was cause to celebrate Eva Cofield’s birthday, her special place that no one can fill because she is amazing!

Family, friends and sorority sisters trekked to Miami from near and far, including Atlanta and Detroit.

Carl Cofield holds son, Cassius, while wife, Marina, delights in their son. Eva Cofield is in awe of saxophonist Jon Saxx.(JEROLINE MCCARTHY/DAYTONA TIMES)

Carl Cofield holds son, Cassius, while wife, Marina, delights in their son. Eva Cofield is in awe of saxophonist Jon Saxx.

And still, Palm Coast was in the house because my husband, Louie, was there celebrating his cousin Eva’s birthday.

Karen Hawkins, Ph.D., and Carl Cofield, a New York Citybased director/actor threw the 80th surprise bash for their mother.

Hawkins, a professor at Miami Dade College, said the party was a year in the making.

It was time spent at the stunning Grand Salon Reception Hall at the Shoppes of Killian.

Grandson Dr. Curtis Hawkins II, a pharmacist, was responsible for bringing his grandmother, who was unaware that it was her surprise party.

Eva, a retired educator, has been involved in teaching students at Miami Dade College to prepare for success.

Carl got the entertainment “on the road” as master of ceremonies, using the flamboyance from his theatrical training. He brought his young son, Cassius, and wife, Marina, the deputy chief academic officer in the New York public schools.

The program was worth remembering with vocalists Paul Golatt and Tangela Shepard singing “Endless Love.” It was off the chain for saxophonist Jon Saxx, who worked the room playing Sam Cook’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” and Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorors serenaded Eva with a tribute in song.

She is a charter member of Pi Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


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

Birthday wishes to: Candace Price, Feb. 14; William “BJ” Jones, Lilieth Vaz, Feb. 18; Mamie Cauley, Feb. 19.

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