December 11, 1932 – August 23, 2015
December 11, 1932 – August 23, 2015
July 12, 1938 – August 23, 2015
July 24, 1918 – August 22, 2015
August 16, 1921 – August 22, 2015
May 3, 1941 – August 21, 2015
January 29, 1938 – August 19, 2015
October 20, 1967 – August 18, 2015
December 25, 1941 – August 18, 2015
January 21, 1961 – August 17, 2015
Mary Helen Jones was born in Banning, California on January 21st in 1961 to the late Robert Lee and Helen Davis. She blessed us with her million-dollar smile for fifty-four years before being called home due to complications from diabetes, a disease she had been battling since the age of 18. Shortly after being diagnosed, she gave her life to Christ at First Missionary Baptist Church, also in Banning California. Mary Helen was an intelligent and determined woman. Once she graduated from Banning High School, she immediately pursued a career in law enforcement while simultaneously attending college in Northern California. However, Mary’s continued education was put on hold when she learned that she was to become a first time mother at the age of 24.
In 1985, Mary, now a married woman, welcomed her first baby-girl, Ms. Shayna Lea Alexander, who currently resides in Las Vegas, NV with her children: 10 year old Aalyna Rae and 7 year old Amaya Lea; Two loving little girls that were countlessly referred to by Mary as “Grammy’s whole world”. In 1986, shortly after Shayna was born, Mary gave birth to her second and final biological child, Ms. Shontel Sherreà Alexander, who now resides in San Diego, CA. Mary would end up raising her girls primarily as a single parent as she continued to further her career. After working with the California Highway Patrol for eighteen years, Mary retired as a Supervising Dispatch Operator.
In 1997, Mary Helen permanently relocated to San Diego, CA, a city she had grown very fond of, and here is where she would fall in love with and eventually marry her best friend, Mr. Rodney Jones Senior. Once the two were married, they wasted no time combining families and raising their children together under one household. Without hesitation Mary became “Mom #2” to Ms. Mercedes Jones, Mr. Rodney Jones Junior, and Ms. Kyra Foster. All of who currently remain in San Diego, CA.
Mary Helen loved hard and as a result was loved by many in return. In addition to those previously mentioned, with the exception of her parents, Mary leaves behind two brothers: Raymond Davis and Tommie Davis, One sister, Ms. Linda Davis, a host of nieces and nephews, including but not limited to: Carmela Davis, Michaela Davis, and Marius Davis of California, Brian Davis of Alabama, as well as Erin Davis-Westergren, Erica Davis, and Elaine Davis of Iowa. Mary is also survived by her Mother and Father in-law, James and Claudia Mae Smith along with several other members of the Jones and Smith Family that were all very near and dear to her. We would also like to make special mention of The Alexander Family, The Neals, The Philips, The Jordans, The Avery-Wilkinsons, The Bailey-Colemans, The Quintanas, The Atwatwers-Garners, The Williams, The Guilleens and a slew of other close family friends that affectionately referred to Mary Helen as “Mama Mary”.
On August 17th 2015, Mary Joined in Heaven her Beloved Mother and Father, Her brothers Bobby Lee and Fred Michael Davis, and her all time favorite, her grandmother Mrs. Lilian Prince.
August 6, 1932 – August 17, 2015
February 7, 1955 – August 16, 2015
July 7, 1959 – August 16, 2015
April 1, 1936 – August 15, 2015
Our beloved Akemi Hastings was born in Yokohama, Japan on April 1, 1936 to Suekichi Numata (father) and Kanaka Saito (mother). She was the third of five children born to this union.
At an early age, Akemi learned the hardships of growing up in post war Japan, taking on the responsibilities of helping to care for her younger siblings after the deaths of both parents by the age of seventeen. Though her assets were very meager, she always had a heart of gold and would never deny anyone in need. This special quality became a common theme throughout her life. As a lover of knowledge and a life-long avid reader, she would excel in her academics during elementary and high school, even studying at night by candlelight when she couldn’t afford to pay for electricity.
In 1969, while working as a waitress in a military mesh hall in Yokosuka Japan, Akemi met Bobby C. Hastings, a young handsome Navy sailor. Initially not too enthused by his interest in her, she finally agreed to go on a date with the persistent young sailor. And despite the racial challenges of interracial relationships during those times, this unexpected courtship blossomed into a beautiful fifty-two year marriage and the births of four children.
Akemi peacefully left this world to begin her eternal journey on August 15, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving husband, children and grandchildren. She will be remembered as a selfless loving wife and mother, always supportive and encouraging, always loving and kind. She never complained and had a quiet strength. Forever graceful, she loved and lived every moment she was given. She always gave without expecting anything in return and her love was the force that multiplied these blessings higher and higher.
Akemi’s precious granddaughter Tianna Mai Bonner, preceded her in death but she leaves to carry on her legacy, her devoted husband Bobby C. Hastings; her two sons, Master Chief Le Hastings and daughter-in-law Jodi Hastings of Virginia; Robert Hastings and daughter-in-law Carla Hastings of San Diego; two daughters Andrea Bonner of San Diego; Lita Hastings of San Diego; grandchildren Akemi Bonner, Derrick Bonner, Cynthia Bonner, Aaliyah Bonner, Elijah Bonner, Derek Bronson, Danielle Hastings, Isaiah Fulton, James Edwards III, Robert Hastings Jr., Alex Hastings, Andrew Hastings, Maelynn Hastings, Le Aujanae Hastings, Le Ona Hastings and a host of other cherished family members in San Diego, Ohio, and Japan.
May 27, 1958 – August 13, 2015
August 4, 1935 – August 11, 2015
September 5, 1930 – August 11, 2015
August 2, 1946 – August 11, 2015
September 28, 1979 – August 10, 2015
Aiesha Nicole Williams was born in San Diego, California to Bishop John M. Givens III and First Lady Nadine Givens, on September 28, 1979.
Aiesha was a beautiful spirit and an outgoing inquisitive child who loved swimming, dancing and singing. While matriculating through primary education, she was known to make good grades and equally excel in citizenship. However, it was in the comfort of family where she used her intellectual critical thinking to challenge adults in the most creative way. So much so, her parents recall countless occasions of Aiesha producing well written letters in defense of her punishments or negotiating extra-curricular activities. She wise far behind her years.
At the young age of 14, Aiesha expressed a desire to become saved and her service was extended at the Light of the World Christian Community Church under the leadership of her parents, Bishop and First Lady Givens. Alongside her parent’s leadership she committed to several ministries which included singing soprano solo pieces, junior usher team, directing the choir, and others.
In 1996 while attending Morse High School, Aiesha met the love of her life – Jarren Jerome Williams Sr. Together they shared many special moments such as prom, their graduation day from Morse High School in 1997, their wedding day of July 6, 2002, various local staycations, and the birth of their three beautiful children. In spite of doctor’s beliefs that Aiesha would never bare children – God proved to be a miracle worker. In addition to being a loving mother to her three miracles, Aiesha will be remembered by always honoring the longevity of her marriage of over 13 years in which she fondly admired the devotion and commitment from her husband Jarren (Jay). They indeed were a team and served as an example to their mutual friends, cousins, and children as it relates to the power of love and commitment. Their unbreakable bond serves as a reflection of their union mirrored by the scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:13, And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
As an entrepreneur with a love for children; which is a characteristic she innately gained from her loving mother – Aiesha excelled in childcare and healthcare services. As the founder and Director of Lots of Love Childcare for over three years – Aiesha excelled in preparing children for Pre-K. In addition to possessing a child care license, she also was an Information Systems Credentialed Trainer for the University of California, San Diego Health System where she served in diverse roles for over six years. Aiesha was a devoted wife, nurturing mother, a caregiver to her parents when ill, loving sister and a loyal friend. She will be remembered by her love for shopping, entrepreneurship spirit, party planner, contagious humor, remaking of her mother’s recipes, and as the glue for her family. As a woman who wore many hats, Aiesha’s strive for continuous growth through adversity was contagious. Her husband believes the quote, “God often uses our deepest pain, as the launching pad of our greatest calling” to describe her life motto.
Aiesha was called home to rest on Monday, August 10, 2015. She was preceded in eternal life by her mother and best friend, First Lady Nadine Givens, and paternal Grandfather John M. Givens II; maternal grandparents James Moore Sr. and Erma L. Moore. She leaves behind her devoted husband Jarren Williams Sr., and loving three children Aliyah Marie Williams ten years old, Jarren Jerome Williams Jr. age seven, and Amaya Nicole Williams age five; loving father Bishop Givens III; siblings Latasha Marie Givens-Daniel, (Titus Daniel Husband) and John M. Givens IV; paternal grandmother Betty L. Givens; in-laws Bill and Tina Williams, three brother in-laws Donnell, Derrick, and Billy Williams; sister in-law Meisha Williams; nieces Maliah Janae’ Givens and Lo’Naya Nicole Daniel, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.
September 5, 1938 – August 8, 2015
November 22, 1937 – August 7, 2015