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 Funerals/Card Of Thanks
A Homegoing Celebration for Mrs. Bessie Mae Rahmings, of Tampa, Florida, who passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020, will be held on Fri- day, December 11th at 10:00 a.m., at First Born Church of the Living God, 3727 N. 29th Street, Elder Larry Cook, Sr., officiating. The interment will be held in Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Bessie Rahmings was born on April 29, 1928, in Tampa, Florida, to the late Henry U. and Dora Bell Gray.
She was a dedicated mem- ber of First Born Church of the Living God. Bessie loved to sew and craft. Her favorite quote to say was, “God is still on the throne!”
She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Her- bert Rahmings; daughter, Cyn- thia Bell Pierce; and grandson, Paul Engram.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories with: her children, Clyde W. Dorsey (Sh- eryl Williams), Henry D. Dorsey (Ruby) and Linda J. Dorsey; grandchildren, Doneen D. Ferguson (Leroy), An- tionette Pierce, Marcus Williams, Crystal L. Dorsey, Ashley M. Dorsey, Keisha Williams, Whitney Dorsey, Jes- sica Dorsey, Henry C. Dorsey, Shamika Dorsey, Cedric Dorsey and Nicole House; great grand- children, D’Kari Dorsey-Allen, Dy’Anii Dansella Dorsey-Allen, Alexis Russ, Rodrick Nelson, Jeremiah Nelson, Aubriana Baker, Mahryiah K. Dorsey, McKenzie McCoy, Rihanna Williams, Limark Williams, Destiny McKenzie, Lauryn McCoy, Major, Rahiah, Silas H., and Aurora M. Dorsey, Ah’Layah Calderon, Teagen Dorsey, Briana Engram, Jocy- lyn Bird, and Xaire Williams; cousins, Gloria Turner, Bar- bara Davis, Betty King, and Maude Bradshaw; special friends, Frank Hough, Annie Mae Crump, Cynthia Few, Cur- tis McDowell, Laura Willis, Ted Cannedy, Sam Austin, Tony Baker, and Geisha Clemons.
The visitation will be held at Aikens Funeral Home on Thursday, December 10th at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The fam- ily and friends are asked to meet at the church on Friday for the service. We are follow- ing the CDC guidelines.
A Graveside service for Mrs. Betty Davis White of Tampa, Florida, who passed away on De- cember 2, 2020, will be held on Saturday, December 12th, 1:00 p.m. at Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery, 4615 E. Hanna Ave., Pastor Bessie Mohead, of Hood Temple AME Church, offi- ciating. The interment will fol- low.
Betty Davis White was born December 19, 1942, in Tampa, Florida. She was the eldest child of the late Lizzie Williams Davis and Robert Davis. Her position in the family gave her leadership abilities that she would carry on throughout her life.
She attended the public schools of Hillsborough County and graduated from Middleton Senior High School, Class of 1960.
She matriculated to Gibbs Jr. College, North Carolina Central University and the University of South Florida earning her Asso- ciates, Bachelors, and Masters Degree.
As a lifetime educator, Betty was instrumental in molding the lives of the students at both Robinson High School and Plant City High School, where she later retired after 28 years of dedicated service. Her passion for community, manifested itself in her entrepreneurial endeav- ors.
She owned and operated Betty’s Corner Store for many years. While doing so she was in- strumental in instilling a posi- tive work ethic within her family.
Although the field of educa- tion, real estate and entrepre-
neurship brought her much joy, she took more joy in spending time caring for her family and friends.
She continuously dedi- cated her time and efforts to seek the comfort of others. This was most evident in her contributions to the Class of 1960. Whether it was holding the office of President, Treas- urer, or Event Planner, she was always willing to step up.
Betty was lucky in love twice in her lifetime, as she was married to Ernest Dukes and the late Donald White. Betty had a heart for people, and it showed in everything that she did. She found her purpose through education, entrepreneurship, and the re- lationship building model that she maintained her entire life.
She leaves warm and lov- ing memories to be cherished by: a caring sister, Patricia Thomas and husband, Leo; a devoted and loving nephew, Eric Killins, Sr., and wife, Kenyatta; (Eric Jr., Natori and Kenzel); stepdaughter, Shawne Dukes (Deyrelle, Charles, Sierra and John); lov- ing god children, Paula Gask- ins, Jacqueline Cochran, Angela Beaty, Karen Blocker and Don Blocker; nieces, Michelle Willams and Ver- nadette Williams; nephews, Larry Williams, Willie Williams and Michael Williams, Sr., and wife Tracie; cousins, Constance Bush and husband Thomas, (Nathaniel, Lewis, Anthony and Corlette), John Williams and wife Terita (Charity and Benjamin), Cyn- thia Brown and husband Ted (Audrey and Valerie), Sylvia Patterson (Brian and Troy), Rudolph McGregor and wife April (Stacey), Tommie Harris (Chris), Patrick Williams and wife Maryann (Starr and Tan- gela); and a host of other sor- rowing relatives and friends.
The visitation will be held at Aikens Funeral Home on Friday, December 11th at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The family and friends are asked to meet at the graveside on Saturday for the service. We are follow- ing the CDC guidelines.
A Homegoing Celebration for Mr. Ira Leroy Porter of Tampa, Florida, who passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, will be held Saturday, December 12th, 2:00 p.m. at Aikens Funeral Home, 2708 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Elder Her- bert Peeples, officiating. The in- terment will be held in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ira Leroy Porter was born October 12, 1978, in Tampa, Florida, to Leroy Kirkland and Cheredean Baker. Ira enjoyed dancing, cooking, and traveling over the world. He loved dancing to the music even though he was hearing impaired.
Ira was a very free-spirited person with a heart of gold. He always had a smile on his face everywhere you see him.
He was preceded in death by: his father, Leroy Kirkland; grandparents, Major and Shirley Porter; great grandparents, Her- bert and Ruth Lee Peeples; step- father, Alonzo Baker and cousin, Mario Bouyer.
He leaves to cherish his pre- cious memories with: his loving mother, Cheredean Baker; brothers, Musah Porter (Dorethea), Larry Shaw and An- gelo Baker; sisters, Charlesetta Holbrooks (Angelo), Cheredean and Monquie Shaw, Monique and Lisa Kirkland, Khalilah and LaShawn; sister-in-law, Bennitta Gowins; aunts, Elizabeth Porter, Ann Ellis (Ron), Lorraine Bouyer Tillman (Bernard) and Juanita Brown; uncles, Ernest (Shelia) and Joseph (Monica) Porter, Alvin and John Bouyer; Alexander Jones, Otto, Harry, Dr. C. T. and Aaron Kirkland; great uncles, Herbert (Natalie) and Robert Peeples; nieces, La- niah Shaw, Cheyanne, Sarai and Endia Holbrooks, Denilah Alexander, Jermiah Colbert, Paris Newton, Jewelry Shaw, Jayna Kirkland, Akeena, Niesha, Khaldian, Khaleah, Makia and Jah’Nah Porter; cousins, Andre, Shirley, Bernard, Brandon, Alvin, Daisha, Angie, Ron, Rhonda, Anaya, Tequila, Sophia, Brenda, Ernesa, Shirlisa, Eboni, Michael, Rob’Teria, Cierra and Dominque; a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and special friends; special friends in the deaf community, Tameka, Michael, Shady, Russel, Kisha and Dee Dee.
The visitation will be held at Aikens Funeral Home on Friday, December 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The family and friends are asked to meet at the chapel on Saturday for the service. We are following the CDC guidelines.
A Homegoing Celebration for Mr. Johnnie Lee Washing- ton, Sr., of Tampa, Florida, who passed away Friday, November 27, 2020, was held on Tuesday, December 8th, at 3:00 p.m. at Aikens Funeral Home Chapel, 2708 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Rev. Larry Roundtree, pastor of New Mount Zion Mis- sionary Baptist Church, offici- ated. The interment was held in Orange Hill Cemetery.
Johnnie L. Washington was born February 10, 1933, in Colquitt, Georgia, to Marcellus and Maggie Washington. John- nie attended New Mt. Zion Mis- sionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, handy work, building and fixing things around the house.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Marcellus and Mag- gie Washington; brothers, Lefaniel Washington and Cennie L. Washington.
He leaves to cherish his pre- cious memories with: his loving wife, Lavern Washington; chil- dren, Johnnie Washington, Jr., Angela Matthews, and Linda Hargrove; grandchildren, Jeff Matthews, Jr., Jerrod Matthews, Jemeal Matthews, Shakeia Har- grove, Anthony Hargrove, Jr., and Shyniquia Hargrove; great grandchildren, Denardo Har- grove; Damari Hargrove; Dim- itri Hargrove; Jasmine Matthews and Jalen Matthews; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; sisters-in- law, Virginia Potills and Bertha Washington; cousins, Nola Mae Wright, Zill Elliott, Ella Mae Burke and Betty Harris; friends, Edward Macado and Ernest Simmons.
The visitation was held at Aikens Funeral Home one hour prior to the service. The family and friends were asked to meet at the chapel on Tuesday for the service. We are following the CDC guidelines.
The family of the late Beatrice Thomas Keaton ac- knowledges with grateful appreciation and sincere thanks for the many expres- sions of sympathy during the loss of our loved one.
Special ‘thank you’ to Pastor Douglas Walker and the entire Tyer Temple United Methodist Church family, Ray Williams Fu- neral Home, and extended family and friends.
Thank you and God
The Family.

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