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    BR journalists remember Gwen Ifill

    On behalf of the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family of veteran, award winning journalists Gwen Ifill.

    Ifill was a true example of professional journalism and was an inspiration to women of color.

    Ifill handled her career in journalism with style and grace, never compromising herself.

    Cheryl J. Stroy
    president
    Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists

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    In Memoriam: Albert “Tootsie” Meyers

    Albert Junious “Tootsie” Meyers was born on February 3, 1943 in New Roads, Louisiana. He was one of eight children born to the union of Joseph Melvin and Agnes Francois Meyers. Albert transitioned from this life to his heavenly home on October 23, 2016, at his residence in Baker, Louisiana.  He was educated in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, and was a 1961 graduate of Scotlandville High School.  He was a member of the Scotlandville High Hornets basketball team. In 1961, he was selected as a member of the Negro All-City Interscholastic Basketball Team. Albert later attended Wiley College in Marshall, Texas and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    In 1999, he retired from Roadway Express after 27 years of service.  He was later honored by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union No. 5 for his years of service and dedication.  Albert was also a founding member of the Beacon Civic and Social Organization in Baker, Louisiana.

    Meyers is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Geraldine Curtis Meyers; four children, Jackie Moore, Jeanene Meyers, Shonda Wessinger, and Jermaine Meyers; one daughter-in-law, Candice Joubert Meyers; three brothers, Alfred Meyers, Joseph Meyers Jr., and Lionel Meyers; two sisters, Beulah Credit and Theresa Batiste; seven grandchildren, Adrian “Tootie” Chapman, Jamar Thomas, Haley Wessinger, Sydney Wessinger, Madison Meyers, Tatum Meyers, Julia Meyers; and three great-grandchildren, Bryson Bessix, Cameryn Thomas, Maliah Thomas; a lifelong friend and Good Buddy, Sherman Robinson. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Agnes Meyers; sister, Leola Gibson; and brother, Arthur Meyers.

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    Funeral arrangements for Alton Sterling’s homegoing

    The family of Alton Sterling will hold his funeral service in the Southern University F. G. Clark Activity Center, Friday, July 15, 2016. According to the family, a viewing is scheduled for 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., and the funeral at 11 a.m.

    The services will be handled as a private event in the campus facility in terms of traffic, parking, and security.

    Carney and Mackey Funeral Home of Baton Rouge is coordinating arrangements. For more information call (225) 774-0390.

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    Former SU history professor Arthur Tolson passes away, services planned Nov. 30

    BATON ROUGE–Arthur L. Tolson, Ph.D, a longtime faculty member in the Southern University Baton Rouge Department of History, died Wednesday, November 18, 2015, in Baton Rouge. He was 91.

    SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton issues the following statement and condolences:  “The Southern University System is tremendously saddened by the passing of former history professor Dr. Arthur Tolson who served as a faculty member in the Department of History at Southern University for 45 years. A true scholar and intellectual, Dr. Tolson touched the lives of countless students and was a trusted mentor to many of his colleagues and fellow SU faculty members. His legacy of teaching and commitment remains an exemplary model for others. We extend our deepest sympathy to Dr. Tolson’s family, colleagues, and friends.”

    The retired SU professor was the son of Melvin B. Tolson an American Modernist poet, educator, columnist, and politician who is the protagonist of the 2007 biopic “The Great Debaters.” The film is based on his [Melvin Tolson Sr.] work with students at predominantly Black Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, and their debate with University of Southern California in the 1930s.

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    Arthur Tolson, Ph.D., along with Denzel Washington who portrayed his father Melvin Tolson in The Great Debaters

    “Dr. Arthur Tolson was truly a mentor and an inspiration to numerous students,” said Shawn Comminey, SUBR history chair. “His philosophy, wisdom, humor; the encouragement and support he displayed through the years, go without saying.”

    According to a 2008 SU Digest article, Arthur Tolson made history as the first Black to attain a master’s degree in history from Oklahoma State University and a doctorate in history from the University of Oklahoma.

    Share your memories of Dr. Tolson below along with photos (email to news@thedrumnewspaper.info) for his commemorative page.

    Funeral Arrangements for Dr. Arthur L. Tolson

    Southern University Baton Rouge
    Monday, November 30, 2015

    Lying in Repose
    4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Royal Cotillion Ballroom
    Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union
    Southern University and A&M College
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813

    Funeral Service
    7 p.m.
    Royal Cotillion Ballroom
    Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union
    Interment
    Green Acres Memorial Gardens
    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Arrangements
    Treasures of Life, Center for Life Funeral Services
    315 East Airline Highway
    Gramercy, Louisiana  70052
    225.258.4039

    Family requests in lieu of flowers, forward all donations to: Treasures of Life, Center for Life Funeral Services

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    Southern University Staff Member Laid to Rest

    The Southern University community laid to rest Cecil L. Houston at Greater King David Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 18. Houston a native of Ventress and resident of Baton Rouge who , passed away , at the age of 49,  on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

    He worked at Southern University as the the longtime assistant to the registrar on the Baton Rouge campus.  He is survived by his mother, Annette B. Houston; two godsons, Terrence Houston and Cedric Bell; two sisters, Tara Houston (James) Jackson and Nicki Houston (Russell) Davis; brother, Roland (Jacqueline) Houston, III; godmother, Geraldine Battley; and sister-in-law, Vicki Houston.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Roland Houston, Jr.; brother, Kenneth Houston, Sr.; and grandparents, Roland, Sr. and Zeal Houston and Lazin and Alena Battley. Pallbearers will be Cerwin Fleming, Kenneth, Daryl, Roland IV and Terrence Houston, Ecknozzio Jr. and Jordan Jackson, Syvaris Selvage and Rodney Coates. Honorary pallbearers will be Henry, Oliver, Roland III, Timothy, Leo, Robert and Roy Houston, John Battley, Willie R. Davis, Jr., Cedric Bell, James Demoulin and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He was a graduate of Glen Oaks High, class of 1982.

    He received a Bachelor of Music, 2001, M.E.D. in Administration Supervision, 2004 and a M.A. in Counselor Education, 2010 all of Southern University. He was also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

    Cecil loved the Lord! He was on the music staff at Greater King David Baptist Church. Also, his ministry of music has been a blessing in many church ministries, choirs and all around the U.S.A., far too many musical artist to name and in the surrounding Baton Rouge Area.

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