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Kirk Lee
Kirk Lee
Class of 1973
(Passed date unknown)
(no additional information)
Larry Hosby
Larry Hosby
Class of 1973
Passed Apr 29, 2018
(no additional information)
Lawrence Daniel Williams, Iii, "danny"
Lawrence Daniel Williams, III, "Danny"
Class of 1974
Passed Oct 11, 2013
Lawrence Daniel Williams, III, "Danny" 57 died suddenly of natural causes in his Lexington, KY home on Friday October 11, 2013.

He was born on September 2, 1956 to J. Yvonne (Mitchell) Williams Pittman and the late Lawrence Daniel Williams, Jr.

Danny graduated from Harrisburg High in 1974, was a member of Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, attended Shippensburg, and worked for Pomeroy's before moving to Lexington in 1984.

He was preceded in death by his father Lawrence Williams, Jr., and leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, his mother Mrs. J. Yvonne Pittman of Harrisburg, PA, three sisters: Sharonn of Carlisle, Laurie of Harrisburg, Vicci of Camp Hill, a brother M. Maurice Pittman of Harrisburg, and a host of family and friends. A private memorial service is planned.
Lawrencetta Brooks Mcdaniel
Lawrencetta Brooks McDaniel
Class of 1973
Passed Dec 16, 2020
Lawrencetta Rose McDaniel, daughter of the late Lawrence L. Lincoln and the late Rose (Emerson) Brooks, was born Thursday, June 30, 1955, in Citronelle, Alabama.

Lawrencetta, known as "Cetta" by family and friends, was a graduate of John Harris High School, Class of 1972, and the Barber Styling Institute in 1992. She was employed by Cost Cutters of Harrisburg, PA.

Lawrencetta enjoyed her time spent as a barber and catching up with her clients. She also enjoyed cooking, listening to music, watching her shows and family time with her kids and nieces. Foremost, she adored the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

At sixty-five years of age, Lawrencetta transitioned into eternal life on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, while at UPMC Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, PA. In addition to her parents, Lawrencetta was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Ray McDaniel Sr.

Memories of Lawrencetta will be cherished by her children, Troy Drayton of Plantation, Florida, Dawn Brooks, Jamel Brooks and Billy Ray McDaniel Jr., all of Harrisburg, PA; her grandchildren, Tyler Brooks, Khoree Lamon, Troy Brooks, Jania McDaniel, Billy Ray McDaniel III and Damien McDaniel; sisters, Gloria Gilmore, Gail Martin, Yvonne Milan and Hope Summerlin, all of Harrisburg; brothers, Lawrence Brooks Jr. of Rocky Mount, NC, Herman Brooks of Harrisburg, Harold Brooks of Nashville, NC, John Brooks and Vincent Brooks, both of Harrisburg; three great-grandchildren; other family members and friends.
Lester Mcpherson
Lester McPherson
Class of 1973
(Passed date unknown)
(no additional information)
Malvena Alberta Smith Porter
Malvena Alberta Smith Porter
Class of 1973
Passed Oct 02, 2011
Malvena Alberta Smith Porter, 55, of Jefferson Street, Harrisburg, transitioned into eternal life on Sunday, October 2, 2011 in the peace and love of her home.

She was born in Somerset, KY to the union of Shirley Mae Garrett Smith and the late Paul Smith. A 1973 graduate of the former John Harris High School, an employee of Park West Medical Systems in Baltimore, MD, a former employee of Hamilton Health Center, Pennsboro Pediatrics and Women's First OBGYN, a member of Reclaim The Streets Ministries, where she served on the Usher Board and in her leisure, enjoyed making jewelry, reading the Bible, watching game shows and spending time with her grandchildren.

Malvena was the widow of Johnathan Alvino Porter, Sr. and in addition to her mother, Shirley Mae Garrett Stevenson, she leaves to celebrate her life, her sons, Eric Dwayne Johnson, Johnathan Alvino Porter III and Chester Lamont Porter; her daughters, Leslie Lynette Smith-Abdou and Lucretia Lysha Smith, all of Harrisburg; her adopted son, Henry Clay Johnson, Jr. of Katy, TX; her sisters, Rhonda Smith (Whiting) Hollman, Anita and Cynthia Smith; her brothers, Paul and Franklin Smith, her seven grandchildren.
Mario Tucci
Mario Tucci
Class of 1973
(Passed date unknown)
(no additional information)
Mary Jane Ankerbrandt Rhoads
Mary Jane Ankerbrandt Rhoads
Class of 1973
Passed Jun 17, 2008
(no additional information)
Michael Lerch
Michael Lerch
Class of 1973
(Passed date unknown)
(no additional information)
Monica Corbin
Monica Corbin
Class of 1973
(Passed date unknown)
(no additional information)
Monica Leigh Blackston Totton
Monica Leigh Blackston Totton
Class of 1987
Passed Feb 20, 2017
Monica Leigh Blackston Totton, 47, of Harrisburg, peacefully transitioned into eternity on Monday, February 20, 2017 in Harrisburg.
She was born in Harrisburg, daughter of Mark and Marsha (Byrd) Blackston, a 1987 graduate of Harrisburg High, received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Criminal Justice from Indiana University of PA, an Educational Psychology PhD Candidate, ABD with Walden University, a former employee of the Program for Female Offenders, PA Human Relations Commission and later an MST with PA Counseling Services.
Monica was a member of Trinity Church of God, where she taught Sunday School & VBS and started the RENEW Women's Book Ministry. In the community, she was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter and in her leisure, she enjoyed family gatherings, shopping, dancing, music and cheering for the Harrisburg High Cougars and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Monica was preceded in death and joyfully greeted by her son, Maliq Bailey; her paternal grandparents, Aaron and Matilda (Green) Blackston and her maternal grandparents, Samuel and Agnes (Waters) Byrd. She leaves to celebrate her life and her love, her husband, Lamont Totton; her daughter, Jada Bailey; her parents, Mark and Marsha Blackston, her brother, Marcus (Lisa); her sister/cousins, Autumn, Summer, Samara, Aynyess, Dawn and Michelle; her niece, Atoni Lynn; her closely knit aunts, Stephanie and Samette; her godmother, Elizabeth Clark-Lewis; her Yorkie, Devin and a host of other relatives and friends.
Her life will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 28 at 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 2339 N. 6th St. with viewing 10 until 11 a.m. and burial in Paxtang Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to the Ministry of Comfort of Major H. Winfield Funeral Home, Steelton, www.majorhwinfieldfuneral home.com
Nadine Duffin
Nadine Duffin
Class of 1972
Passed Jan 19, 2016
Nadine "Nay" Duffin, 61, of San Francisco, unexpectedly transitioned into eternal life on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. She was born in Harrisburg, daughter of Constance B. Plater and the late Kenneth E. "Sonny" Duffin, a 1973 graduate of the former John Harris High School, and was an employee of the former Dauphin Deposit Bank.

Nadine leaves to celebrate her life, her daughter, Tyra Duffin; her son, Tyrone Anderson, both of California; her mother, Constance B. Plater; her sisters, Joyce McKay (Richard), Monica Ross, Toni Green and Wanda Holmes, all of Harrisburg, Verna Archie of California and Nicole Robinson of North Carolina; her brothers, Kenneth E. Duffin, Jr., Kenneth Scott, Leonard Robinson, Napoleon Holmes and Darryl Moore, all of Harrisburg, Gilbert Duffin (Faye) of North Carolina; her five grandchildren; four great-grands and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Naomi "shelly" Vennie
Naomi "Shelly" Vennie
Class of 1973
Passed Jun 30, 1997
(no additional information)
Ned Carter
Ned Carter
Class of 1973
Passed Jul 01, 2004
(no additional information)
Patricia Green
Patricia Green
Class of 1973
(Passed date unknown)
(no additional information)
Patricia Hinton Awotwi
Patricia Hinton Awotwi
Class of 1973
Passed Jul 10, 2022
Celebration of Life was held on Thursday July 29, 2022 at Bethany AME Church.
Rachel L. Jones Williams
Rachel L. Jones Williams
Class of 1987
Passed Oct 18, 2013
Rachel L. Jones Williams, 44, of Hamilton St., Harrisburg, transitioned into eternal rest on Friday, October 18, 2013 at M. S. Hershey Medical Center.

She was born in Headland, AL, daughter of Linda Jones Williams and Edward J. Grimsley, a 1987 graduate of Harrisburg High School, a 2004 Summa Cum Laude graduate of HACC, a 2006 graduate of Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Arts in History, a 2009 graduate of Cooperstown Graduate Program with Master's Degrees in History and Museum Studies, a former Lecturer/Professor at Central Penn College, a Research & Training Business Analyst at Dynamed, did extensive writings and lecturing on African American Studies and was a member of Miracle Life Church.

Rachel leaves to celebrate her life, her devoted mother, Linda Jones Williams of Harrisburg; her father, Edward J. Grimsley of San Diego, CA; her parents of the heart, William E. Williams of Harrisburg and Michael J. and Linda Drake of Owings Mills, MD; her brothers, Marvin L. Williams of Richmond, VA, Derrick E. Grimsley of Durham, NC, Roger L. Grimsley of Raleigh, NC, Brandon L. Grimsley of San Diego, CA and Randy Sewell; her paternal grandmother, Willa Mae Grimsley, both of Dothan, AL and a host of other relatives and friends.
Raymond Ensinger
Raymond Ensinger
Class of 1973
Passed Feb 16, 2018
Raymond "Ray" H. Ensinger, Jr., 63, of West Hanover Township, went to patrol the gates of Heaven on Friday, February 16, 2018.
Raymond lived each day the way he wanted to live. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 4:30 PM at the Jesse H. Geigle Funerial Home, 2100 Linglestown Rd. Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Renee Richardson Reed
Renee Richardson Reed
Class of 1973
Passed Oct 24, 2021
Renee was born on April 8, 1954 to the late William Perry and Doris J. Richardson. Renee better known as “Ms. Reed” to many and especially her students. She was also known by her childhood friends as Ting-a-Ling.

She graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and Cabrini University earning her Master Degree in Education.

Renee was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. She remained strong and continued to work while she fought the battle of cancer. She had worked thirty-three years at the Harrisburg School District. It was a hard decision but she knew it was time for her to retire. She needed to focus on herself and allow her body to recover from the side effects of the chemotherapy. So, she officially retired from the school in 2019. Renee continued the good fight at home for the next two years with her sons, grandchildren, family, friends and those who loved and support her. She was in and out of hospitals and Manor Care Rehab with different challenges. Finally, Renee was released from the nursing home in October of last year. She fought the good fight one more year to see her last granddaughter born in October of 2021. Renee loved to travel and was looking forward to traveling after she kicked cancer’s butt. However, God saw it fit to call her to the best place to travel, Paradise.

Renee was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed raising her two sons and was very proud off them. She enjoyed the smiles on her grandchildren’s faces when they came over and looked forward to watching them. In her free time, she would enjoy kickboxing, swimming, and even
chess which she was great at. Renee was very passionate in teaching the students in the Harrisburg school district. She was a part of the Harrisburg
Education Association and Harrisburg Ethnic Minority Committee.

Renee leaves to cherish her fond memories her sons; Seth and Devon Reed, her grandchildren; Dominic, Zariah, Jayden and Ashton, her brother’s two children and two daughters-in-law. She will be deeply missed by friends, family and all who knew her.
Rhonda Fields
Rhonda Fields
Class of 1973
(Passed date unknown)
(no additional information)

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