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Diane Burgess (Cobbin) Joyner

Diane Burgess (Cobbin) Joyner, age 70, of Minneapolis passed away November 5, 2014. She was preceded in death by husband, Floyd Joyner; parents, Odell and Irene Cobbin; and one sister, Darlene Gardner. She is survived by her children, Derek Burgess, Robin Burgess, Tasha Burgess, Ana Mae Burgess and Joshua Joyner; sisters, Marlene Eaves, Norma Parker, Anna Mae Wooten-Fader and Lisa Pena; 11 grandchildren; and a host of stepchildren, great grandchildren and extended family. Funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 14, 11 am at Bethesda Baptist Church, 1118 S. 8th Street, Minneapolis. Continue Reading →

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In memory of three great men

By Charles Hallman
Staff writer


We lost three individuals this April; I personally didn’t know each of them, but came close to meeting one of them. Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone, Jr. died April 6 of congestive heart failure at an assisted-living facility in North Carolina at the age of 89. Born in 1924 in St. Louis, he was a Tuskegee Airman in World War II. Then, instead of attending Harvard — who accepted him, he instead went to and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1948, and later earned his master’s from the University of Chicago. Continue Reading →

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Donna Beatrice Sandberg (nee Beecham)

Donna B. Sandberg of Richfield, Minnesota passed away peacefully on March 25, 2014 at age 75. She is survived by loving husband Carl. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11 am at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4343 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis. Family will greet friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota or your local food shelf. Continue Reading →

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June 17, 1937
Greenville, Alabama
January 23, 2014
At the age of 76
Parents, Ranza and Lula Pryor
Brother, Willie Dean
Sister, Maeola McKinnes
Children, Victor (Peggy) Pryor
Gary (Pamela) Peterson
Bruce (Lisa) Peterson, Angela Peterson
and their father, Charles Peterson
Grandchildren, Kotia, Gary Jr., Awanna,
Montral, Seth, King, Precious and Zachary
Tashanique, Raymond,
Eriyanna, Audermar, Colee,
Bryce, Gary III and Israel Continue Reading →

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Linda Jules Adams July 6, 1930 — February 22, 2012

Celebrating the life of Linda Jules Adams

July 6, 1930 — February 22, 2012

Linda Wylene Jules Adams, 81, sister and sister-in-law of Drs. Idalorraine and Frank B. Wilderson, Jr. and a resident of Minneapolis since the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, was buried in New Orleans on February 28, 2012, after services at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church. Continue Reading →

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Margaret Dobbins Gaskins

Margaret Dobbins Gaskins

March 13, 1927 — February 12, 2012

Margaret Dobbins Gaskins passed away on February 12, 2012. She was born March 13, 1927 to Cornelius and Elizabeth Dobbins in Marshalltown, Iowa, where she attended Morrow Chapel Methodist Church and graduated from Marshalltown Senior High School in 1946. She married Moses W. Carr and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she continued to live until her death. She was employed by General Service Administration, where she retired in 1988. Margaret cared for foster children and received a foster care award from the State of Minnesota for over 30 years of service. Continue Reading →

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Memorium—Dr. Harriette Burnes Wilson June 8th, 1956 — July 26, 2011


Harriette Wilson was born in Chicago, IL on June 8, 1956. She moved to Minneapolis, MN in 1991, where she excelled personally and professionally, raising her five children while working as a professor teaching child development at St. Paul Technical College. She continued her education, earning her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. After relocating to North Carolina in 1999, having served as an instructor and department coordinator of Early Childhood Education at the College of Albermarle, Harriette moved back to Minneapolis and worked as a professor at Metropolitan State University. Continue Reading →

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