Mary J. Porter, 80, went to eternal rest on Thursday, October 8, 2020
Mary Jane Porter
Mary Jane Porter was a member of Refugee In Kentucky Church. Survivors who will cherish her life are her three children, Sister Terry D. Porter, of Ralph Avenue AME Church, Tyrone L. Porter and Michelle A. Porter; 8 siblings; 3 grandchildren, Keshelle Porter, Tyrone Porter and Dewaine Mason, and a host of great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Born on July 13, 1940 to Otis Taylor, Sr. and Eunice aylor
Robbie J. Gill 91, went to eternal rest on Friday, August 7, 2020 at her residence.
Robbie J. Gill
Robbie Joyce Wheeler Gill. Robbie was born February 7, 1929 to Mamie and Henry Wheeler, one of nine children in Pulaski, Tennessee. Robbie married Joe Gill on January 20, 1951 and during their marriage they had five children, Joyce, Rickey, Teresa, Felecia and Joe. Robbie worked until she retired as a cook for Kosair Children's Hospital. Cooking was her passion. If you ever ate her homemade biscuits or her pound cake with caramel icing, you experienced the treat of a lifetime. Robbie was a devoted lifelong member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, now merged with Youngs Chapel A.M.E Church, renamed Ralph Avenue African Methodist Episcopal Church. Robbie served as an usher, choir member, lay person, stewardess, and as a deaconess. Her greatest joy was being a Life Member of the Women's Missionary Society. She loved helping everybody. With the help of missionary sisters, she would make sure that the Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets were filled and delivered; that the sick and shut in were visited. For Robbie, everyone was family. This is just a mini version of her life and the love that she had for God. Novel coming soon (smile). Remember the song "I Won't Complain", because Robbie never complained. Robbie is preceded in death by her husband Joe Gill, mother and father, her sisters, Inz Madry, Mary Ella Benson, Patsy Brown (step-sister), her brothers, Willie Caldwell, Robert Caldwell, Henry Wheeler, Willie Wheeler, and Jerry Wheeler. Her children, Joyce F. Hopkins, Rickey D. Gill, and Joe F. Gill. She leaves to cherish her memory, her step-brother William Brown, her sisters; Sadie Mitchell, and step-sister Martha Johnson. Her daughters Teresa L. Haggard and Felecia L. Yelverton (Theophilus),11 grandkids, and 24 great grand kids, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
December 9, 1948 - May 5, 2020
Sister Cynthia Miller
Born and raised in Alcoa Tennessee, Cynthia’s gift of music was shared with her beloved community as she played the piano at her home church of St. Paul AME. Graduating valedictorian from Hall High School, she briefly attended East Tennessee State University before relocating to Louisville, Kentucky. Building a life here, Cynthia gained employment with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield where she worked as a computer programmer for the insurance company for over twenty years. Still strong in her faith, she was active in the Sunday School department at Lampton Baptist Church. Reuniting with her former hometown pastor in 2001, Cynthia moved her membership to St. Paul AME – Louisville where she decided to blow the dust off of the piano keys one more time. She was soon after named the minister of music. Always active with the church, she participated with various choirs, multiple committees, Sunday School and Bible Study groups, as well as fundraising opportunities. When the church merged with Young's Chapel AME to create Ralph Avenue, Cynthia continued to share her gift of music and smile with the newly formed congregation. She is preceeded in death by her parents, James and Cleopatra Woods, brother Calvin Woods, and nephew Eric Anthony. Those continuing her legacy include: her daughter, Nachia Woods, siblings Judy Anthony, brothers Tommy (Debra) Woods, Larry (Pat) Woods, and special niece Natalie Woods. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and church family with whom she shared special and unique bonds.
May 14, 1945 - June 7,2020
Sister JoAnn White
Sister JoAnn White, born May 14, 1945 to James Lee White and Elizabeth Jane Bradley, returned to her heavenly home on June 7, 2020 after a brief illness. Her love for the Lord and faith in His promises provided support in her struggle and ultimately she found peace. JoAnn was retired and a lifelong member of St. Paul AME Church, later renamed Ralph Avenue AME. She served in various roles including Sunday School teacher and Superintendent, Trustee, Missionary, and Lay Person. It was in her position as YPD Dire ctor that she found her calling. For many years she personally invested in the lives of young people, not hesitating to give sacrificially of her time and resources when she saw a need. To her, each child had value and deserved the opportunity to succeed. Serving was a gift that God gave JoAnn. She loved her church and the people as she faithfully served in any capacity that was needed up until her illness. God also gave JoAnn the gift of laughter and no matter where she was she always brought the gift with her. She made us laugh during tough times and not all her jokes could be told in church! As sweet as she was, JoAnn was a staunch UofL Cardinal Basketball fan and she didn't play when it came to her Cards! She enjoyed traveling to the games. At home she watched the games with her eyes closed, but the next day she could tell you everything that happened during the game. Another gift God gave JoAnn was Crystal, her only child. She and Crystal were not just mother and daughter, but best friends. JoAnn loved and treasured her daughter and it was evident to everyone who had the honor of knowing her. JoAnn is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary Elizabeth Greenhill and brother, James Lee White Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Crystal Phillips (Michael); sister, Rose Anna White; grandchildren, Precious, Princess and Legend, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends. So it is good-bye for now sister, mother, auntie, friend. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten....until we meet again.
Brother William Skip Towns
Brother William Skip Towns passed on Monday May 18, 2020. A memorial service will be held later in the year for Bro. Towns. Please keep his son Tony Towns and family in prayer.
Ashanta R. Goff
Ashanta R. Goff, 30, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019.
She is survived by her children, Keiontae Cheathem, Antonio Bethel Jr., Anthony Cook Jr. and Nyesha Goff; mother Sheila Goff Bryant (Scott); father, Terry Mathews; siblings, Shawn Goff (Tamika), Terry Matthews Jr., Deion Goff, Keion Goff (Briona), Russell Bell Jr., Javaudis Lowe, Rakayla Bell, Shonetha Cameron and Tameko Lowe; godmother, Torrace Lowe; 4 uncles; 5 aunts, host of nieces, nephews and friends.