Clarence Davis Sr

  • Clarence Davis Sr St. Louis COVID-19 veteran death
  • St. Louis WWII COVID-19 veteran death, Clarence Davis Sr.

Clarence Davis Sr., a World War II veteran, died from complications of COVID-19 at St. Louis University Hospital on November 20, 2020 at the age of 97.

During World War II, Clarence served in the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of Carpenters Mate Second Class; he was among the first Black enlisted men to attain this designation. He was also a Freemason, a Boy Scout Leader, and an active member of the VFW. After WWII, Clarence worked a variety of jobs before retiring from the Records Management Department at Monsanto. He always loved carpentry, and was known and respected for his skill across St. Louis City and County. Clarence also loved gardening (especially roses), watching baseball, bowling, and keeping active with church activities (St. Johns Church). He was a devoted husband and father, and contributed to the development of countless children and teenagers in the community.

Clarence Davis Sr. is missed deeply by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, extended family, church family, and those in the St. Louis community fortunate enough to know him.

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Clarence Davis Sr. obituary at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Kirkwood MO 

Kim Jennings

Kim Jennings, a high school physical education teacher in East St. Louis IL (district 189) died of COVID-19 on April 16, 2020.

Less than a year before her untimely death from coronavirus, Kim had helped the Flyerettes of East St. Louis win the Illinois Class 2A state championship (in May 2019), their first state championship since 2011. She worked as a physical education teacher and a track and field coach for many years.

Kim Jennings touched countless lives as a teacher and coach. She undoubtedly imparted values and ideals of teamwork, facing adversity, and practicing to reach top performance to thousands of children during her time as a teacher. She was vivacious and was looking forward to more years working in her vocation.

“When I would bring my Granddaughter, Jaleah out to practice, I’m looking to see the man, Coach Fennoy. Jaleah would say to me, PaPa, we don’t need the man, there’s Coach Jennings. Coach Jennings did so much for the kids. She also taught me to stay out of the way. COACH will be missed. We all loved you.”

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Larry T Hampton Sr
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Kim Jennings is missed deeply by her family, friends, and the thousands of lives she touched over her many years as a teacher.

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Marian C. Gates

As written: “Marian Constance Gates of Bridgeton MO died of COVID-19 on August 31, 2020 at the age of 96 in the hospital (DePaul) after three days of attempts to conquer her dreaded virus failed. She was a long time nursing home resident where she contracted this dreaded virus. Even though her short term memory began to fail, her long term memory never wavered one bit. No longer will additional wealth of her first hand family history can be shared with the rest of the family. COVID restrictions imposed on family and friend visitors were difficult on all because they prevented both from being with her at the nursing home and hospital during her final days. She was buried next to her beloved husband of many years, Curtis Gates, Sr. Our 96 year old family matriarch will be greatly missed.”

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Ruth Kathryn Mathews Gay

Ruth Katheryn Mathews Gay St. Louis COVID-19 death

Ruth Kathryn Mathews Gay passed from complications of COVID-19 on April 17, 2020 at the age of 74 while at Life Care Nursing Facility. One of her daughters was allowed to be visit while wearing protective gear. Her family sent the memorial below:

Obituary of Ruth Kathryn Mathews Gay (November 1, 1945 – April 17, 2020)
Ruth Kathryn Mathews Gay was born in St. Louis, MO on November 1, 1945 to Henry and Ruth Mathews. Family and friends affectionately addressed her as Ruth Kathryn, though she preferred to be called Ruth. Her parents (Henry and Ruth Mathews), husband, Albert W. (Al Sanders) Gay, Jr. and her granddaughter, Jade Aaliyah Valdes preceded her in death.

Her maternal grandmother, Rosebud Turner, made sure she attended the historic Antioch Baptist Church regularly. At the age of ten she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized. Ruth participated in the Children’s Choir, the Girls Auxiliary, and the Baptist Youth Fellowship at the church.

Ruth graduated from Beaumont High School in 1963.She attended the University of Missouri in Columbia and became a civil rights activist. While there she participated in marches and sit-ins. When Ruth left Mizzou, she married her knight in shining amour; Albert Gay, Jr. known professionally as Scoop Sanders on radio station, KXLW in St. Louis. In 1970, their first son, Brandon C. Gay was born. Soon afterwards, Albert’s career took his new family to Baltimore, MD where he became a TV news anchor on Channel 13-WJZ. There they expanded their family with two additional children, Christopher M. Gay and Tisha K. Gay.

In Columbia, MD, Ruth was a devoted homemaker for thirty years. She chauffeured her children and their friends to their various extra-curricular activities ranging from soccer and football to equestrian training. She was a true sports mom. During the 70’s and 80’s, she was active in the PTA and volunteered in classrooms and in the library at Thunder Hill Elementary School. Ruth and Albert enjoyed their life on the east coast. They traveled frequently to New York, Las Vegas, the Bahamas, Philadelphia, and Ocean City, MD. They loved playing bid whist, listening to music, and spending time with their friends. Ruth was an excellent cook and hosted many scrumptious lunches and dinners for family and friends. In her spare time, she bowled with a league and every Thursday for more than ten years she volunteered at the Howard County Center of African American Culture, Inc. founded by the late Mrs. Wylene Burch.

In 1995, after a brief battle with lung cancer, her beloved husband, Albert, passed away. Five years later, Ruth relocated to her birthplace, St. Louis, MO and joined Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church. In 2002, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, yet she continued to travel, play cards with a St. Louis bid whist card club and was welcomed by the Ford School retired friends birthday club. Ruth was always pleasant, displayed a sweet smile and generously shared whatever she had with others. She had a great sense of humor and often left one with a puzzled smile!

Ruth contracted the Coronavirus while at Life Care Nursing facility and transitioned peacefully on April 17, 2020. She leaves a lifetime of fond memories to be treasured by her children, Brandon C. Gay (Angela) of Warren, MI; Christopher Gay of St. Louis, MO; and Tisha Gay of Brandon, FL; her sister, Rosalynde Scott of St. Louis; niece, Dr. Harriette Scott Dudley of Boston, MA; and nephew, William Henry Scott (Colleen) of Dallas, TX; five grandchildren, Xavier Matthew Valdes, twins, Lia and Lauryn Benning, Brandon Stanley Gay, Lucas Michael Gomez, and a host of family and friends.

Angela R. Jones

This memorial is unedited, as written by her family: Angela Renee Jones, 53, passed on May 9, 2020 after contracting COVID-19.

Angela Renee Jones was born on January 26, 1967 in Saint Louis, Missouri. Angela belongs to a large family and an even bigger blended family. Angela was affectionately known as “Cookie” and also later as “Cook Book” and “Auntie Cookie”.

Angela was a proud graduate of Soldan High School. She kept in close contact with her fellow classmates and she loved to attend alumni events. After graduating from Soldan in 1985, Angela attended Southeast Missouri State University where she studied Accounting. She also attended Saint Louis Community College where she studied nursing. Angela earned her certification in Phlebotomy and she worked for the Saint Louis Red Cross for over 10 years. Angela always did her part to help serve others. Angela had a rare blood type and she regularly donated her blood.

Angela later worked for United Health Care Group for 13 years until she contracted COVID-19.

Angela always made the time to volunteer and serve in her community. She would often thank others for giving her the opportunity to serve.

Angela had a very full life and she was an avid traveler. Not only did Angela travel all over the United States, she traveled all over the world. Just to name a few places, she traveled to Jamaica, Belize, Dominican Republic and Cancun. She was so fearless. She never missed an opportunity to experience and travel. She was such an inspiration to so many people.

Cookie was a staple at family functions. She was always ready to help organize and put on a family function. Cookie was always there…. Graduations, Birthday Parties, Barbecues, The annual Fish Fry… Cookie was the glue to our family.

Angela never had any children of her own, however, she was a mother to so many of the children in our family. It takes a village and she certainly did her part to help raise, love and support so many kids. She sacrificed her life to others and gave selflessly. She touched so many lives. We thank God for the gift He gave to us in the person of Angela “Cookie” Jones.

Angela is dearly missed by her family, friends and loved ones. She was so special to us. Not a day goes by where we don’t have a memory of Cookie. We are so thankful for the time we did get to spend with her and all of the memories that we made with her.

Thank you for allowing us to share the life, memory and the legacy of our loved one!!

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In Loving Memory of a Beautiful Soul – by her loving sister

Angela R. Jones Affectionately known as Cookie was a beautiful soul that is Deeply missed!! 

Angela was a Loving Daughter, Sister, Friend and Auntie. 

She was witty…
She had a quirky sense of humor…
She had a smart mouth…
She loved to travel all over the world…
She loved concerts & plays
She loved her family and they loved her back
She had no kids, but was a mother to many and took care of her many many nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews and so many other kids who needed anything…
She had a heart of gold…
She was fun…

She’s gone but most certainly always in my heart and surely will never be forgotten!!

Written By: Her Loving Sister!

Mr. Edward Hellm, Jr.

Edward Hellm Jr. died of COVID-19 on April 27, 2020 at the age of 69. He was a veteran who’d served our country, a loving father and husband, and a retiree with lots of friends. He died alone in the hospital on a ventilator.

Edward (Eddie) Hellm, Jr., a 69 year old African American Father of four sons; Husband, Veteran, Retiree & Realtor was fighting the biggest battle of his life – the pandemic infused Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. On 3/27/20, Mr. Hellm, Jr. visited his primary care Dr. Michael Spezia (near Lucas-Hunt/Natural Bridge Rd.) with complaints of chills and body aches.  He was told to rest & prescribed Claritin!  3 days later with the urging of his wife, Eddie called in an uproar about how much pain he was having & chills.  He was prescribed an antibiotic & cough medicine with no testing, despite his doctor knowing of other underlying health conditions.  The Hellms called the COVID-19 hotline twice expressing their concerns & was told to continue the meds as he most likely had strep throat!  These are horrifying examples of disservice which leads to mistrust by black people of those we are expected to entrust our lives to.

3 days later, Mrs. Hellm drove her husband to the ER at Progress West Hospital near their home in O’Fallon, MO.  He was immediately sedated, intubated with the ventilator & tested for the virus.  24 hours later results revealed that he was in-fact POSITIVE!  2 days later (04/05/20), Eddie was transported by ambulance to Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJC) to their Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  His family is not able to be at his side, but are allowed sporadic video viewings of him via text alerts.  Every hospital should follow the Louisiana examples of palliative/hospice care which allows family to visit critically ill coronavirus patients with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

from Black Corona Lives Matter on A Red Circle

Eddie is missed deeply by his wife, adult kids, grandkids, family, many friends, and all those who knew him.

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Rosie Mae Walker

Rosie Mae Walker passed at Saint Louis University Hospital of COVID-19 with her family watching via video on their phones and iPads on April 9, 2020 at the age of 87. It’s thought that she caught COVID-19 at a family BBQ in early March after which several family members became ill; one of her sons was still recovering at another hospital when he found out she was dying alone.

Rosie Walker was the family matriarch, with 15 children of her own and a tremendously large extended family including two great-great grandchildren. She was widowed twice and retired to St. Claire Illinois to be close to family and joined the Mount Moriah COGIC in Centreville. Rosie would give her heart and soul to help anyone in need.

Rosie was known for making mouthwatering soulfood dishes for potlucks, large early morning breakfasts, and delicious holiday meals that included neighbors and anyone who was lucky enough to go to the same event that she was at. She loved seeing people happy and always had a joke or witticism to brighten the mood up.

Rosie is missed by her large family, her church family, and anyone who was fortunate enough to know her.

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Frank Massey

Frank Massey COVID-19 death

Frank Massey, passed of COVID-19 on April 17, 2020 five days after his 68th birthday. He had been married 20 years and had seven children. He served four years in the military as a Marine. After he retired from commercial truck driving, his passion for kids let him to become a school bus driver at the Belleville Township High School District 201.

Frank’s grieving wife gave an emotional interview with News Channel 5 on Your Side on April 18th:

“I want people to know that coronavirus is not a joke. It is not a hoax and it is definitely not fake news because I’m living the nightmare,” Cynthia said.

Frank Massey is missed by his children, grandchildren, extended family, all the kids he drove to and from school and events, and the Greater St. Mark COGIC family.

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Juanita Eason Graham, former Webster Groves preschool teacher

Juanita Eason Graham

Juanita Eason Graham died of COVID-19 on March 28. She was 55 years old.

Juanita had previously worked for almost 20 years at Walter Ambrose Family Center in Webster Groves (but hadn’t worked there since 2018) and had a genuine love for young children that was expressed in her calm cheerful demeanor. She was, simply put, amazing at her vocation.

Juniata’s doctor had originally thought her cough was a symptom of seasonal allergies at a regular visit on March 16 and sent her home with a prescription for Zyrtec. Caring for her husband who had been diagnosed with pneumonia after the couple took a trip, Juniata’s health continued to worsen. She went into the hospital on March 25, tested positive for COVID-19 and within three days had passed away. The day she was admitted to the hospital, the friend from out of town who Juniata and her husband had visited called to tell them that a woman Juniata had sat next to had tested positive for COVID-19.

Juniata Graham is missed deeply by her husband of 18 years, her mother, her family, everyone that she worked with, and the former preschoolers who she introduced to school for the first time.

Juniata’s husband wishes people to take social distancing and all the precautions seriously, because COVID-19 is not a joke.

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Carol A. Strawbridge, retired school principal

Carol Strawbridge St. Louis Covid19 death

Carol Strawbridge was admitted to the hospital on May 3, and died of COVID-19 on May 21 with her family watching 15 minutes away on Facetime as a nurse held her hand. She was 73 years old. Carol was a retired teacher and school principal, an active board member at the League of Women Voters, and taking all the precautions that she could to avoid catching COVID-19.

The much loved matriarch of her extensive family, Carol Strawbridge left an indelible mark on her community she helped, the kids she taught, and everyone who was fortunate to know her in any way.


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St. Louis City’s first known person to die of COVID-19: Jazmond Dixon

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Jazmond Dixon died of COVID-19 on March 22, 2020 at only 31 years old.

Dixon earned her Masters in Business Administration from Lindenwood after graduating from Harris-Stowe University, and worked for the American Red Cross where she managed the computerized maintenance management system. She dreamed of starting a baking business.

She went to Urgent Care with breathing difficulties on Tuesday March 17th, was placed on a ventilator Thursday March 19th, and passed away Sunday evening on March 22 with her mother at her side. She had no preexisting conditions and was “young and healthy”. It is not known from whom or where she caught COVID-19.

Dixon’s cousin Belafae Johnson Jr. told the St. Louis American: 

Dixon could have caught the virus anywhere between family functions, work or social gatherings, Johnson said. 

“That’s what makes it so unnerving,” he said. “That’s why we wanted to get out and share her story and give out the most accurate information as we can.”

St. Louis American Jazmond Dixon, 31, is first COVID-19 death in St. Louis City

Jazmond is survived by her large extended family and work friends.

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