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Monthly Announcements

Fellow Alumni,

We warmly congratulate all members that have celebrated birthdays, wedding anniversaries and other special events during the month of January, and express heartfelt condolences to those that have lost loved ones. Simply put, we share your happiness and your grief.  Looking ahead, if you have events that you would want to share with the alumni, please pass them along and we will upload them in our Monthly Announcement column.

Robert G. Sherman, Class of '67
Chairman, Membership & Outreach Committee
Email: rsherman23 -at- cox.net


Death Announcements

Anna N. Sherman

With profound sadness, the Sherman Family in the United States and Liberia has announced the home going of Anna N. Sherman. This sad event occurred on May 18, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey (USA). She was an alumnus of our Alma Mater.

For more details about Anna and the funeral arrangements, please visit TLC Africa.

Robert G. Sherman
Chair, Membership & Outreach Committee and cousin of the dearly departed.


Mattie-Mae Nebo Abdullai

Fellow Alumni,

Greetings! With profound sadness, the Abdullai, Nebo and Urey families have announced the death of Mattie-Mae, which occurred on September 21, 2016. She was the wife of our President, Sam Abdullai, Sr.

Albert Einstein once noted that “the value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” Both Sam and Mattie-Mae have generously given their time, resources, energies and talents to the restoration of our Alma Mater. With her passing, we have lost a true crusader for our cause. This is a shared and an irreparable loss for the referenced families, and our Alumni Association.

Words, however kind, cannot capture the depth of our grief, sorrow and heartache for the home going of Mattie-Mae. But let us find solace in her kindness, smiles, and many acts of generosity over the years.

Sam, may you and the family find strength and comfort in the many caring thoughts and warm embrace of the EES-EHS Alumni Association during these difficult times and always. Robert Burns once wrote, “The voice of nature loudly cries……that something in us never dies.” Let that something be the warmest memories of our beloved Mattie-Mae.

Ladies & Gentlemen, let’s continue our outreach to Sam at 763-438-1462 or 651-490-7717. In the same vein, if you wish to send a card, please note his address below. For funeral details, visit the Death Announcements on TLC Africa and click on Mattie-Mae Nebo Abdullai.

Robert G. Sherman Chair, Membership & Outreach Committee

Condolences to:
Sam Abdullai, Sr.
5993 Grotta Street, North
Shoreview, MN 55126
Email: sam.abdullai -at- vision_ease.com

Home Going of Mattie-Mae Abdullai

The home-going of Mattie-Mae Abdullai, the late wife of the Association's President, Samuel Abdullai, took place in Minnesota on October 7 and 8. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in perfect peace.  

Members of the EES-EHS Alumni Association who represented the Association in Minnesota. Front row (left to right): Bill Paasewe, Bendu Fahnbulleh, Samuel Abdullai, Hawa King Weeks, Alice Kromah, Ellen Freeman, and Feweh Sherman. Back row (left to right): Sylvannus Golakai, Lawrence Morgan, and Betsy Massaquoi.

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Rev. Fr. Charles Letombor Paasewe
Sunrise: May 21, 1957- Sunset: June 16, 2016

The Paasewe Family in the United States and Liberia announce with deep regrets the home going of Rev. Fr. Charles Letombor Paasewe, Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Paynesville, Monrovia, Liberia. This sad event occurred on June 16th, 2016 at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.

Upon his graduation from the Gbanga School of Theology (GST), he was ordained Deacon on November 1, 1989 and priest on May 8, 1990. The Rev. Fr. C. Letombor Paasewe became Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in the 1990’s and served his parishioners faithfully. Under his leadership, the Church of the Good Shepherd has increased its membership.

He leaves to mourn his beloved wife Gloria Boayue Paasewe, his children; Alma Teta Thompson (T-Toe), Izena Mingo Jones, Adjeiley Obedekah Taylor (Antwan) of the United States, and Ngafua Kollie of Liberia, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, uncles, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends from Liberia, Sierra Leone, United States and Australia.

Rev. Fr. Charles Letombor Paasewe was predeceased by his parents Mr. J. Bai Paasewe Sr. and Mrs. Irene J. Paasewe and his sister Ronate Paasewe-Smith.

For more on the viewing and funeral, see TLC Africa.

Ronate T. Smith

Sylvanus Corneh

It is with great sadness that the Corneh, Kpaka, Gray, Freeman, Fahnbulleh, Kemokai, Johnson, MBande, Massaquoi, Kamara, Sherman, and Tunnis families, announce the loss of our patriarch, Mr. Sylvanus Corneh, son of Samuel V. Corneh and Margreta Gray Corneh.

He passed away peacefully in his 75th year at Sligo Rehab Center in Takoma Park, Maryland, USA, on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. He was an alumnus and a brother of our venerable treasurer, Bill Paasewe. Please call Bill at 404-822-6840 and offer words of comfort during these difficult times.

The order of funeral services is shown below. I encourage those who can to please attend these activities and console the family.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Grace Corneh, at Bank of America, USA savings account number: 446009121777.

Viewing and Funeral Service: Saturday, January 9, 2016
Viewing and tributes from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service begins at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Viewing and Funeral Service will be held at:
Grace United Methodist Church
7001 New Hampshire Avenue
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912, USA

13801 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20916

Robert G. Sherman
Chair, Membership & Outreach Committee

Rebuilding Our Alma Mater: An Appeal from Dr. Robert G. Sherman

Fellow Alumni, Greetings! The genesis of our beloved Alma Mater was a trip that Bishop Charles C. Penick, a missionary and visionary from the United States, made to Robertsport, Cape Mount in 1878 to establish an Episcopal Mission and School. During the intervening years, other missionaries.... journeyed to St. Johns and the House of Bethany with the singular purpose of advancing what Bishop Penick started. They were joined by an equally committed cadre of Liberians....

Together, these stalwart individuals built a Citadel of learning in Robertsport that was the envy of the nation in terms of academic excellence and discipline. It attracted students from every region of Liberia who graduated and went on to become many of the nation’s best agriculturalists, chemists, clergy, dentists, diplomats, engineers, educators, economists, entrepreneurs, geologists, lawyers, medical doctors, nurses, and politicians.

This is the history of our Alma Mater--indeed, quite exemplary. This is what was destroyed by a senseless and protracted civil war. For us, the Civil War was particularly devastating, as it destroyed that shining Citadel on Cape Mount that quenched the academic thirst of Liberians for more than a century. Click here to read the entire letter (in PDF format)...

Wedding Announcements

Rev. Fr. John Edgar Freeman and Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines

Rev. Fr. John Edgar Freeman and Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines

The Alumni Association congratulates two newlyweds: The groom is Rev. Fr. John Edgar Freeman, Vice President, Liberian Chapter, St. John's Alumni Association (EES/EHS). The bride is Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines, Vice Provost for School Services & Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA.

The wedding took place at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, North Grafton, Massachusetts, on December 14, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

At the reception

The reception was held at the Beachwood Hotel.

Wedding party

Rev. Mother Flemister delivered the homily. George Boima Freeman, Rev. Freeman's brother, and George A.M. Brooks, Rev. Freeman's brother-in-law, were best men. Mother Marilyn K. Robertson, Pauline Carrick from Port Hope, Canada, who were sponsors of Edgar, attended the wedding. Margaret Ann Woods and Carmela Polanik were Matrons of Honor.

The celebrant was the rector of the church, The Rev. Laura B. Goodwin; Deacon Rev. Delores Nicholson, read the Gospel. Also in the wedding party were sons of the bride, Christopher Hines and Damion Hines, and the Eucharistic Minister, June Lufki.

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Death Announcements

William T. Bruce, Sr.

The Bruce Family has announced the “Grand Home-Going” of William T. Bruce, Sr., Class of 1942. This sad event occurred on April 10, 2015, at his home in Monrovia, Liberia.

Borbor Bruce, as he was affectionately known to many, served his beloved Alma Mater with diligence and fortitude. For many years, he represented us in Liberia by spearheading our rebuilding efforts. Whenever his visits to the US coincided with our Annual Reunions, he attended them and inspired us to “give back” to our Alma Mater so that the next generation would benefit as we did.

In the same vein, several of his children, namely, Glen, Ernie, Johnny, Bill and Oso attended the Episcopal High School. His steadfast love for his Alma Mater is reflected by the fact that even though he was born in Peblo, Maryland County, and lived in Monrovia, he requested that his final resting place be St. John’s on April 24, 2015.

What a remarkable demonstration of love, indeed, a legacy worth emulating. Borbor Bruce epitomized the spirit of our Alma Mater, thus his loss is a shared loss. Given this and, in these difficult times, the family will be comforted by a phone call which I strongly recommend. Please call Ernie at 231-886-876051 or Bill at 231-886-475056 or Oso at 231-886-275219 and offer condolences.

Robert G. Sherman
Chairman, Membership & Outreach Committee

James Theodore Wilson

With a deep sense of loss, the Wilson family has announced the death of James Theodore Wilson, Class of 1967. This sad event occurred on December 8, 2014, in Highpoint, North Carolina.

Funeral services for Tutu-Boy, as we affectionately called him, is shown below. We encourage those who can to please participate in these services. During these difficult times, a phone call from you will be uplifting and comforting to the family. You may contact Jacob Wilson (brother) at 916-548-8335 and Selena Wilson (widow) at 336-889-2041 and sympathize.

Robert G. Sherman
Chairman, Membership & Outreach Committee

Beatrice Georgia Nevins Williams

We are sad to report that Beatrice Georgia Williams, humanitarian, educator, and an alumna of the House of Bethany Episcopal School for Girls, passed on April 11, 2014. Her funeral was held on April 19 at the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Forestville, Maryland (http://www.epiphanyforestville.org/).

C. Gyude Bryant

With profound sadness, the Bryant and Carr families have announced the death of Gyude Bryant, former student of EHS as well as Ex-Interim President of Liberia. This sad event occurred on April 16, 2014 at the J.F.K. Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Funeral services for Wes Gyud, as we affectionately called him, will be held over the weekend of May 9th in Monrovia. We encourage everyone to sympathize with the bereaved family by contacting Dr. Kate Bryant at conah@aol.com.  Dr. Bryant is a member of our Executive Board and a sister of our dearly departed.

Robert G. Sherman
Chairman, Membership & Outreach Committee

David G. Giddings

Our Secretary, Bendu Fahnbulleh-Giddings, has announced the death of her husband, David G. Giddings. This sad event occurred on December 26, 2013 and he will be interred on January 18, 2014.

Bendu is an invaluable member of our association; thus, it behooves us to support her during her bereavement. Please call and console her and/or make a donation. Contact information: 651-278-0423 (cell) or 651-278-0423 (home).

Robert G. Sherman
Chairman, Membership & Outreach Committee

Thelma A. Morgan

The Morgan family has announced the death of Thelma A. Morgan, former teacher of French, English and Literature at our Alma Mater. She passed away on September 29, 2013, in Maryland at the home of her sister, Dolly Labor. Below are the funeral arrangements.

Viewing & Wake: October 18, 2013
R. N. Horton Funeral Parlor
600 Kennedy Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
Time: 6 - 9pm

Funeral Services: October 19, 2013
Good Samaritan Lutheran Church
10110 Green Belt Rd.
Lanham, MD 20706
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Thelma was an excellent and devoted teacher who triggered our love and admiration for her. Because of this, we encourage all alumni in Maryland and its environs to participate in the funeral services as a demonstration of our appreciation for her contributions to our Alma Mater. For additional information, please contact her sister, Dolly Labor at 301-809-1151.

Hawah P. Kromah

With profound sadness, the Kromah family announces the death of Hawa P. Kromah, former Alumnus of EES/EHS and Class of 1962. She passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Below are the funeral arrangements.

Wake Keeping: October 18, 2013
Raleigh Rucker Funeral Home
2199 Chandler Rd, Decatur, GA
8pm - 10pm

Funeral Services & Repast: October 19, 2013
Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross
2005 South Columbia Place
Decatur, GA 20032
10:30am - 1:30pm

An account has been established at Wells Fargo bank for donations to assist in defraying her funeral expenses. Please donate generously. The routing number is: 061000227. The account number is: 7837165179. The name on the account is: Ellen Freeman-Clemons.  For additional information, please contact these individuals.

Bill Paasewe : 404-822-6840
Ellen Freeman-Clemmons: 404-397-8476
Abbis Mason: 678-558-0891

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