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A Celebration of Life for Mr. Rodney Leon Johnson will be held Saturday, December 12, 2020,at2p.m.atNewMt.Zion M.B. Church, 1321 N. Webster Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805, Senior Pastor Dr. Edward L. Quary, Jr., with Rev. Ricky Wiggs, Redeemed Ministries, Inc., eulogist.
Rodney Leon Johnson was born April 29, 1970 to Irene Pa- tricia “Doll” Johnson. Rodney attended Polk County public schools in Lakeland, Florida and was a graduate of Kathleen High School. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys Fan.
On November 28, 2020, he entered his eternal rest.
Rodney was preceded in death by: his mother Irene Pa- tricia “Doll” Johnson; grandpar- ents, Eddie L. Johnson and Betty Jean Wiggs Johnson; cousins, Rashad Bennett and Antonio Morris.
He leaves to cherish his fondest memories: his children: son, Rodney Johnson, Jr. and daughter, Candance Johnson; sisters: Delores “Niecy” John- son, Hope D. Hamilton and Syretta Johnson; brother: Ter- rance Green; aunts: Cynthia S. Johnson and Brenda Johnson; uncles: Lawrence Sanders and Eddie “Beau” Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dearest family and friends.
A-Walk-Thru Viewing will be held on Saturday, 12 noon at the church, prior to the Celebration of Life Funeral Service. A Mandatory Facial Mask Cover- ing will be in effect to enter serv- ices.
Ms. Ella Jewel Pierson, affec- tionately known as “Jewel,” went to the other side of eternity on Monday, November 30, 2020, at 6:46 a.m., preceding her, aunt, Eula Ann Young by 3 days. (They met up together in Glory on De- cember 3, 2020, late afternoon.). Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Allen Temple A. M. E. Church, 2101 Lowe Street with Pastor Donald Lott, officiating. In- terment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery.
Fifteen minutes prior to serv- ice time, Please visit Allen Temple A.M.E. Church on Facebook Live for the opportunity to view service via Live Streaming. Please follow the CDC Guidelines. Masks are re- quired.
Ms. Ella Jewel Pierson was a native of Brundidge, Alabama, born to Ms. Rosie Lee Pierson. She was raised in Tampa and Key West, Florida, and was educated in the public schools of Hillsborough and Monroe Counties.
Jewel worked for Target for 13 years and SP+ Parking of Tampa until her health began to fail. Jewel’s hobbies included having fun with family, friends and loved ones. She had the biggest smile and sweetest heart you would ever find in a human being.
She was preceded in death by: her grandparents, James Rodgers and Addie Mae Wheeler; her mother, Rosie Lee Pierson; daugh- ter, Layonna Pierson; grand- daughter, Rickisha Muse; sister, Barbara Pierson; her children’s fa- ther, William Webb; godsister, Veronica Davis; brothers, Willie Fred Hodges and J.W. Hodges; aunts, Davie Lee Rodgers, and Annie Dean Rodgers; uncles,
Willie Bob Rodgers, Gilbert Rodgers, and Eli Rodgers; nephew, John Lee Pierson; and cousins, Christie Thompkins, Bernard Matthews and Ricky Young of AL.
She leaves to cherish her memory: life partner of 23 years, Deborah Burney; daughters, Tamala Pierson, Mathalene Pier- son (Octavia) and Jamesina Pier- son (Twyon); sons, Cedric Webb and Emon “Poochie” Edgecomb; son-in-law, Ronald Yates, Jr., grandchildren, Makeda Pierson, Ronnie Tolbert, Ronnell Tolbert, Anquenette Jones, Laniqua Jones, Moesha Jones, Ke’onte Thomas, Rickeda Muse, Ricky Muse, Rickee Muse, Ronald Yates, Rontayonna Yates, and Roshonna Yates; 17 great grandchildren; sisters, Car- rie Wheeler (Reggie) and Elaine Pierson (Butch); godsister, Car- olyn Moore; brothers, Bobby Pier- son and Jerry Hodges; aunts, Mamie Jewel Thompkins and Peggy Lee Rodgers; nieces, Lauk- isha Crecy-(affectionately called daughter), Celestial Bedford, Christie Pierson, Sassy Pierson, Nyashia Williams, Andie Morrell, Simone Watson, Yvonne Hodges and Tonja Hodges; nephews, Larry Hodges, James Pierson, Al Baker Jr., William Myrick, Jr., Bobby Pierson and Willie Fred Hodges, Jr.; 13 plus other great nieces and nephews; cousins, Tammy Young (James), April Young, Marquia McCullough, Marqeosha Burgess, Evelyn Wil- son, Mary Richardson, Marilyn Henry, Nancy Henry and Debra Gay; a host of other cousins, great nieces and nephews; very special loved ones/best friends forever “BFF’S” include, Annierea Grace Simon, Judy Gillette and Gloria (MA), Darolyn Cogmon and Lily Saunders, Shannon Hagen, Iris Miller, Albert Edwards “Tae-Tae,” and Ann Lockett; and a host of other extended family members and friends.
(If we have left anyone out, please forgive us and charge it to our broken hearts and devotion to our nieces and family to get this done for our sister, from: Elaine Pierson and Carrie Wheeler.).
The visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Friday, December 11, at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606.
We are asking family and friends to follow the CDC guide- lines. Masks are required. Arrangements entrusted to RAY WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, Rhodes & Northern, Owners.
A Homegoing Celebration in lov- ing memory of Recardo (Rick) Ca- pers, who entered his eternal rest on November 30, 2020, will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., at Northside Missionary Baptist Church, 5706 N. 40th Street, Tampa, Florida, Ricardo Robinson, Pastor, with Pastor Allen Judge, of- ficiating and Pastor Shirley Robin- son, Eulogist. Interment will follow at Orange Hill Cemetery, 4900 E. Chelsea Street.
Recardo (Rick) Capers was born in Tampa, Florida, on December 22, 1973; to his parents, Howard Capers, Sr., and Rosaline Judge. He grew up in Jackson Heights, was educated in the schools of Hillsborough County and graduated from Chamberlain High School.
At Chamberlain, he was a phe- nomenal athlete and had numerous college scholarships to play football. However, Rick chose to remain in Tampa to be by his mother and be- came a Licensed Barber. He oper- ated a barber shop for many years on 34th Street. Rick was also em- ployed as a custodian at Legacy Preparatory Academy. In addition to assisting with the athletic programs at Legacy, Rick would often bring his clippers to give haircuts to those stu- dents who could not afford one.
Every year, Rick participated in giving back-to-school haircuts at various events throughout the city. He also volunteered to work the polls during elections.
Rick was well-known, well-loved and will be missed by many. He was kind, helpful, humble and had a strong passion and love for God. He was a member and an Ordained Minister of New Triumph Church.
He was taught and spiritually groomed under the tutelage of his beloved pastor and spiritual father, the late Elder Maxel Doyle. One of his favorite sermons to deliver was “Jesus is Life-Changing and His Record is Undefeated.”
Rick was preceded in death by: his father Howard Capers, Sr.; ma- ternal grandparents, James and Rosetta Judge; paternal grandpar- ent, Jessie Lee Poole; aunt, Lillian Bolen; uncles, Wallace Judge, Sylvester Dumas, Harry Dumas, and others who are no less important, but too numerous to name.
Rick will leave to cherish loving
memories with: his beloved mother, Rosaline Judge; children, Rickeria Capers, Nathan Godwin, Kayla Gambrell, Nija Capers, Omarion Coleman, Marshae Ca- pers, and Amari Hill, grandchil- dren, Octavius, Amir and Joelle; sisters, Yolonda Capers, Victoria Nelson (Eugene), of Tampa, Phyllis Capers and Anaria Capers of New York; brothers, Derek Capers (Tosha) Kenneth Capers, Kharee Capers, and Kalem Capers, all of Tampa, Howard Capers, Jr., of New York and Bernard Capers of Lake- land; uncles, Herbert Bolen, Rus- sell Judge, Calvin Dumas, Clarence Dumas, all of Tampa; aunts, Gwen- dolyn Smith, Ft. Pierce, FL; Mary Teems, Martha Capers, and Janie Johnson (Cecil) of Tampa, nieces, Joanna Waitress (Shadaya and Miracle), Sa’Riya Waitress, Bellami Waitress, Kennedi Capers, Julia Pitcher, Sasha Capers, Venus Adams, Daniell Nelson, Regina Nel- son, Angel Johnson, Laura Clethen, Lovell Johnson, and Michelle John- son; nephews, Walter Waitress, Jr., (Jamie), Derek Capers, Jr., Darren Capers, Demaris Capers, DeAndre Capers, Sinclair Johnson, and Jonathan Nelson; sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Capers and Helena Ca- pers; cousins, Ardrea Cannedy (Ted), Ophelia Bolen (Nia), Calvin Smith, Jr., Greg Smith (Mimi), Taneshia Judge, Jabori Judge, Je- lani Judge (Nica), Marjorie Judge, Wallace Raymond Judge, Michael Capers, Patricia Teems, Marilyn Smith (deceased), Lashaundra Johnson, Tameka Coker, Darran Campbell, Alphonso Bruton, Sylvester Dumas, Jr., Deborah Dumas, Roosevelt Jones, Jr., Johnny Poole, Jr., Shanell Dumas, Chico Dumas (deceased), Diamond Dumas, Devin Dumas, Calvin Dumas, Jr., Lisa Jones, Calvin Nash, Rosina Dumas, Kimberly Dumas Chaney, Renee Maura, Dana Denmark, Cassandra Dumas, Etienne Dumas, Pamela Smith (de- ceased) special friend, Candace Haywood and children.
He also leaves loving memories with: Belinda Morris and family, Aquanita Hersey, Kierstyn and Keenan Whitehurst, Mary and Gre- gory Wynn, David Morris, cousin, Betty Wainwright of St. Petersburg and family, Triniece Judge, the Chaney’s, Harriett Anderson, Lisa McPherson, Pocahontas Davis, Walter Waitress, Sr., all of the neighbors on Lindell Avenue, the staff and students of Legacy Preparatory Academy, members of Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ, and numerous other cousins, nieces, nephews, rel- atives and friends.
There will be a viewing on Fri- day December 11, 2020, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home, 3000 N. 29th Street, Tampa, Florida.
Due to the current CDC restric- tions, we are asking that you use the visitation as an opportunity to pay your final respect. For your convenience and safety, we have extended our visitation hours.
“A Wilson Service”
           IN MEMORIAM
Sunset: 12-11-2002 – 2020
Eighteen years ago, you transitioned with our Fa- ther, God. We know it’s wonderful there. We love and miss you.
Mother, Geneva Slay- mon; son, Austin Diggs; 3 grands; sister, Paulette Smith; brother, Carl Slay- mon; special niece, Tameka Thomas; and the entire fam- ily and friends.

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