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Maria Avarez


October 22, 1922 – November 14, 2014

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Santos E Cesena


November 1, 1940 – November 13, 2014

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Rosalinda Montanez


September 27, 1963 – November 11, 2014

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Maggie Adkins


October 26, 1916 – November 11, 2014

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William McKinley Nason


February 16, 1943 – November 11, 2014

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Guillermo Catano


December 9, 1968 – November 6, 2014

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Rodricgo Vitee Armstrong


January 8, 1975 – November 6, 2014

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Eddie Lee Jackson


January 28, 1948 – November 5, 2014

Good morning. I Eddie Lee Jackson was born in Albany Georgia on January 28, 1948 to the late Lewis “Pap” Jackson and Dorothy Lou Harris. Their union was blessed with two children of which I am the youngest. The eldest being, my sister Odessa Jackson. I attended Madison Elementary in Albany Georgia. In 1964 my family and I moved to San Diego where I continued my education at Memorial Jr. High and San Diego High School. On December 6, 1966 I joined the United States Army and proudly served in the Vietnam War from 1967-1969. In 1969 I re-enlisted, met, and married my wife Betty J. Marshall. Betty and I married on August 25, 1969. We moved to San Diego CA in 1975, which was my last year serving in the United States Army. I was employed at general Dynamics for more than twenty years. My wife and I joined Ambassadors in 1984 under Rev. Jimmy Fuller.

I later answered the call to the ministry.

On November 5, 2014 I became absent from my earthly body to be present with the Lord and to be reunited with all my loved ones who preceded me. A celebration of my life will be remembered by my wife Betty Jackson, my sons: Kenneth Jackson, Edmond Jackson (wife Arika), Eddie Jackson Daughters: Tracy who preceded me, Victoria Jackson, Frieda Downs – climax, Natale Holmes-Laird (husband Tippy), La’Toya Holmes. Sister, Odessa Jackson of San Diego, Shirley Jordan, Gloria Wimberley, Cynthia Battle(husband Sherman) Deborah Jackson and Sandra Jackson of Albany Georgia. Brothers: Lewis Jackson, Jr. who preceded me (wife Jackie), Larry Jackson (wife Oral). Niece: Regina Jackson Patton (husband Harold) and her children Keion and Kajahn Patton. Grandchildren: Elika Reaux, Tony Lewis, Jr., Bryce and Brooklyn Jackson, Hannah Jacobs, and Wallace Thomas V, and my best friend Cornelia “Neetie”Willams.

I also leave behind a host of “brothers”, “sisters”, “daughters”, “sons”, “grandchildren”, mentors, and friends.

Don’t mourn for me … I am doing MAGNIFICENT!


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Anthony Cheeks McDowell


August 29, 1944 – November 4, 2014

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Altagracia Espinoza


March 12, 1929 – November 4, 2014

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Mirwais Malikyar


April 4, 1966 – November 3, 2014

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Jose Godinez Roa


May 30, 1935 – November 1, 2014

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Garand Ray Smith


March 3, 1947 – October 31, 2014

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JD McClanahan


October 27, 1927 – October 30, 2014

JD McClanahan was born on October 27, 1927 in White Flat, Texas. He was the fourth child born to Isaac Sr. and Jennie McClanahan. JD was one of seventeen children and expressed a zest for life very early. He was known as the chief prankster in the family. The family could always depend on JD for some kind of mischief.

When JD was eight or nine years old, the family relocated from Texas to Bakersfield, California. He attended school at Fairfax Elementary and Union Avenue Elementary Schools. The family moved several times in Bakersfield, so JD attended a number of schools. Other than a few fights, he managed to get through elementary school without stirring up too much trouble.

By the time he reached the seventh grade, JD didn’t know how to back down from anything or anyone. After a number of fights at Emerson Jr. High, he was transferred to Lincoln Jr. High. For High School, he attended Kern County Union High School (now Bakersfield High), where he lost interest in school. JD loved money and there was money to be made in the farm fields of Bakersfield. He cut school regularly to work in the fields. School truant officers would come after him to no avail. They would escort him to school and the next day he would be back working in the fields. JD was very strong and, thus, able to do the hardest of work. At sixteen years old he was loading 70-pound potato sacks onto trucks. In 1943 he quit school altogether and headed north to work in the ship yards in San Francisco, California where he worked for the federal government during World War II.

After the war, he returned to Bakersfield and once again took to working in the fields. During this time, he became a professional boxer. He boxed at Strelick Stadium, and continued well into his twenties. During his tenure as a boxer, he met some of the greatest boxers of his time, such as Archie Moore, the light heavy weight champion.

As a young adult, JD was well liked by the teenage boys in the Mayfair District. He and his childhood friend coached a pee-wee softball team. Bakersfield was very racist during the 1940’s. There were no Black businesses to sponsor the team and he could not get a white business to help. Taking action, JD and Sheik raised the money to pay the fees and his team made it all the way to the championship.

In 1952 he married Emmergene Jordan. They lived in Bakersfield for a short while, but soon moved to San Diego where, together, they raised their family. To their union, they had four children: Stanley, Sabrina, Terence, and Chimene.

During his years in San Diego he worked for Sanitation Department for City of San Diego. He began his career with the Sanitation Department, and he retired thirty-three years later as a Street Sweeper Operator. While working with the City of San Diego, JD served as the union representative, fighting for the rights of his fellow workers. An astute man, JD also owned a few of businesses. He had a gardening business where he designed and landscaped residential homes, and he also owned a restaurant, J & Js.

After his retiring from the City of San Diego, he and Emmergene moved to Chowchilla where they had a custom built home on nine acres. They had farm where they raised cows and had a huge vegetable garden. Practically every afternoon JD would go fishing in the nearby lakes and canals.

JD’s greatest love, other than his family, was camping and fishing. He lived a life full of adventure and travel. There are only few fishing holes in California that he has not fished. To ensure he maintained close contact with his family, JD attended every family event, no matter the location. For five consecutive years on Columbus Day weekend, the McClanahans travelled to Morrow Bay where they chartered a boat and went deep sea fishing. What started out as a trip for the McClanahan men, the sisters and wives soon joined, proving that they were a force to be reckoned on land and sea.

He and Jean traveled to many states in their motor home to visit family, to fish and to camp. He and Emmergene travelled the entire United States in their motor home. Later in life, he shared his passion for travel with his grandchildren. He took them fishing, camping, and on many expeditions in the motor home. The Grand Canyon, out of state Pop Warner football & cheer championships, and frequent road trips to Chowchilla were some of the places they ventured. JD also supported his grandchildren throughout college, enabling them to study abroad in Spain, Costa Rica, and Ghana, Africa.

JD was a lover of life and never stopped learning. One of his major accomplishments was he went to night school while living in San Diego to get a GED, he graduated from San Diego High School and proudly wore a cap and gown.

JD leaves to cherish his memory, Emmergene “Jean” McClanahan, his wife of 62 years, his children Stanley (Jadene) and Sabrina (John) of San Diego, CA; Terence of Rawlings, WY, and Chimene (George) of Las Vegas, NV; nine grandchildren Marisa, Gerald, Staci, Timia, KaVon, Rashard, Malik, Dante, and Shawnte; ten great-granchildren, siblings, Elnora Lewis of Bakersfield, CA, Isaac (Ruth) of Fairfield, CA; Ralph (Dorothy) of Jacksonville, FL, and Lois of Sacramento, CA; in-laws, Bobbi McClanahan and Ida McClanahan, and a host of relatives and friends.

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Pearlie Lee McCoy


March 6, 1931 – October 29, 2014

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November 10, 1955 – October 29, 2014

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Wendel F Lansinger


December 1, 1942 – October 25, 2014

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Betty Louise Bennett


August 29, 1948 – October 25, 2014

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Mary Joe Nance


August 7, 1921 – October 25, 2014

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Anthony Donald Newton


July 10, 1967 – October 24, 2014

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