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Obituary for John Evans Sr.

The Portland Skanner

February 16, 2000


Portland resident John Hall Evans Sr. died of a stroke on Feb. 12. 


Submitted by L. Kemp


Submitted by Lenora Esther Gaskin

The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

April 17, 1994

Edition:  FOURTH


Page:  D06



Funeral will be at 2 p.m. April 18, 1994, in the Bethel A.M.E. Church.


Mrs. Gaskin was born May 16, 1909, in Seattle. She died of a heart attack April 13, 1994. She was 84.


Mrs. Gaskin was a bowler and golfer who served as past vice president of the Greater Portland Women's Bowling Association. She also a charter member and treasurer for 49 years of the Leisure Hour Golf Club, formed in 1944 for golfers of ethnic backgrounds who weren't allowed to join golf clubs then in existence.


She married Cyril Vernon Gaskin June 2, 1932. Mr. Gaskin died in August 1985.


Interment will be in Lincoln Memorial Park.


Remembrances: Bethel A.M.E. Church; or the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation of Oregon.


 Submitted by L. Kemp



Obituary for Jesse Lee Hall

The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

December 4, 2004


A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, in Bethel A.M.E. Church in Portland for Jesse Lee Hall, who died Nov. 30 at age 67.


Mr. Hall was born Dec. 3, 1936, in Valliant, Okla. He served in the Air Force and lived in Portland. He was a supervisor for John Deere.


Arrangements by Caldwell's Colonial.


Submitted by L. Kemp


Obituary for James Lee Williams

Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)

April 12, 1989


Edition:  Fourth     Section:  Local Stories

Page:  C05


Former Portland Athlete dies at 51 


James Lee ``Precious'' Williams of San Diego, a former Portland high school athlete who began his career as a busboy and rose to become food and beverage director for the Red Lion Inn/Jantzen Beach, died of complications arising from leukemia Monday in a San Diego hospital.


Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. Mr. Williams was 51.


He was born July 29, 1937, in Austin, Texas, and moved in 1943 to Portland, where he attended Guild's Lake and Chapman schools and graduated from Failing School. He was a graduate of Benson Polytechnic High School, where he was a member of the football team. He was voted ``most outstanding back player'' at the Shriners All Star Game in 1954.


He attended the University of Oregon on an athletic scholarship for about a year before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He served four years in the Air Force until his discharge in the late 1950s.


Mr. Williams began his 27-year career in the hotel business as a busboy for the old Lloyd Center Sheraton. He worked his way up to banquet manager and was employed in that capacity at the time the hotel became the Red Lion Inn/Lloyd Center.


He then went to work as food and beverage director for the Red Lion Inn/Jantzen Beach, a position he held until 1986, when he moved to San Diego. He had worked as a new car salesman in California for about a year. At the time of his death, Mr. Williams was working as a sales manager for a Nissan dealership.


Burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery.


Submitted by L. Kemp