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Obituary for Berkley Bullock

The Daily Progress

Charlottesville, Virginia(?)


Jan. 27, 1908, p. 3.


The funeral services of the late Burkley B. Bullock were held from the First (colored) Baptist church yesterday at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. Thos. H. Atkins, paster of Ebenezer Baptist church of which he was a member and deacon, assisted by Rev. R.C. Quarles, pastor of the First (colored) Baptist church and the order of Odd Fellows of which he was also a member.


Bullock had been in failing health for over two years. He died at the advanced age of 77 years and had been a member of the church for 65 years, having joined at the age of twelve. He organized the Old Ivy Creek Baptist church, which is now Union Ridge Baptist Church in the county.


He was one of the pioneer business men of the city. For a number of years he conducted a restaurant at the Union Station and later engaged in the wood, coal and ice business.


He was the father of twelve children. After the death of his first wife, who was known to all on account of her great benevolence, he married again and is survived by his second wife, who was attentive and faithful throughout his entire illness; 10 children, 3 sons and 7 daughters, 3 stepchildren, 23 grandchildren, one great grandchild and a number of other relatives.


Submitted by L. Kemp


Obituary for Louis Carper

Tonganoxie Mirror

Lawrence, Kansas

Thursday, October 25, 1923


Louis Carper, colored, aged 75 years died Tuesday afternoon at his home in Elm Park Addition. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon conducted by the colored Masons of Lawrence.


Submitted by L. Kemp


Obituary for Evans Cantrell

Friday, August 28, 1981



Evans Cantrell, a California economics executive who was a native of Portland, died of cancer Sunday in a Long Beach, California hospital.  He was 85.


Mr. Cantrell, a graduate of the University of Oregon, operated his own financial consultant practice and worked as controller and accountant for federal government projects.  He was vice president of Economic Resources Development Co. in the Watts area of Los Angeles where he was involved in the development of a large supermarket.


He made his permanent home in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay area but was a frequent visitor to Portland and traveled throughout the country.  He had lived in Long Beach for more than a year.


At the time of his death he was assisting in the development of a 200-unit senior citizens project, which will be renamed the Evans Cantrell Manor.


Mr. Cantrell had been a senior investigator for a study of Housing and Urban Development programs, senior investigator of the economic impact of the closure of the Hollywood-Burbank airport, vice president of fiscal administration for Pacific Consultants in Berkeley, director of the American Technical Assistance Corp., and senior management consultant of Cheechi & Co. in Washington, DC.


Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Downs Memorial Church in Oakland, with burial in Richmond, Calif.



Evans Wayne Cantrell 

May 15, 1926 – August 23, 1981

Funeral Obit


Evans was a dedicated and loving human being.  He was a devoted father and was an inspiration to his family and friends.


Evans Cantrell, Vice President of the Economic Resources Development Corporation, was born in Portland, Oregon on May 15, 1926.  He attended public schools in the Portland area and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Business Administration from the University of Oregon.  He received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Evans further attended the United States Army School in Finance; the University of California at Berkeley; and Hastings Law School.


In his professional career, he was Assistant Project Coordinator and Senior Financial Advisor of the Oak Center Project in West Oakland; President of the Technical Assistance and Management Corporation, an on-the-job training program for low-income families; Director of the American Technical Assistance Corporation to develop a shopping center in Seattle, Washington; Project Director for the Pacific Consultants in Berkeley, handling technical assistance to cities and counties for the Housing and Urban Development Block Grants; Vice President of Pacific Consultants Fiscal Administration Division; Project Director for the provision of technical assistance for Housing and Urban Development Black Grant Funds in the city of Pacifica; Senior Investigator for Housing and Urban Development funded projects and their impact on utilization of tax increment financing for taxing agencies.


Evans migrated to Long Beach, California to become Vice President of the Economic Resources Development Corporation.  He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Ella Fitzgerald Children’s Center.  One of the most recent projects that Evans was working on at the time of his demise was the development of a shopping center in Watts, California, and the development of a 200 unit senior citizens center in California City which will now be named the Evans Cantrell Manor.


Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society will be greatly appreciated.




When I was a little girl, I was the only child in the neighborhood.  My aunt told me to pray to God for a little brother.  I did pray hard, and very soon after, arrived a tiny baby brother, EVANS, the first miracle in my life.


When Evans was 30 years old, he had a serious accident.  Holding his hand, and knowing that he was dying, I prayed for another miracle – and God answered my prayer.  He spared Evans for 25 more glorious years – to live a full and productive life, to be a wonderful father to five beautiful children.  Twenty-five years to be a living inspiration to others, to set a high standard of perfection and to assist many towards successful careers.


Once more, I found myself holding his hand and praying, praying with the help of my father, my dear cousins, the mother of his children, and a host of others, praying for a third miracle.  Praying for God to save him, and once again, God answered my prayers, but in HIS own way.  HE gave Evans a peaceful death and near the end granted him two days free of any pain, so that he could talk about his philosophy of work and living.  These were some of his words:


“Remember, people have personal and human needs.  No matter how efficient they are, or how hard they work to get the job done, they still have these personal need.  We want so many things, and we want to do so many things and we won’t get all of them, but we have to get some of them . . . the head man, or the boss, or whatever you want to call him, must remember that the people who are working, giving their talent and their loyalty to the project, he must remember that those people are individuals.


In the workplace, people need recognition for what they do – more than a paycheck.  They need to socialize with the chief, the man at the top to make sure that every project succeeds.  He should recognize them as individuals and human.


It is not just salary and material things . . . but things like “let’s get together and talk.  Come over and we’ll have some food and just enjoy ourselves.”  The head man shouldn’t just say ‘goodnight, see you tomorrow’ and then go off to play golf or live his own life and forget his staff until the next work day.  That’s what I mean Florence, people need to feel other people.”



My little miracle brother is gone now, but his spirit is still very much alive and his deeds will keep growing – like great redwood trees, if we believe in ourselves the way he believed in himself.



     Florence Cantrell May


Submitted by L. Kemp