Cousin Ada you have always been a part of our lives and we know how much you loved our mother and family. We find comfort in knowing you are in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that you are no longer burdened by this fragile, human body. We will miss you and we look forward to the day we will see you again in heaven. I know you were looking forward to seeing your son Jeff again. I will take comfort in knowing you're together again. Rest in peace.
Ada's parents were Mason and Margaret Smith Thurman. She was the only child of their holy union. She was the granddaughter of John and Ada Maloney Smith. She is survived by her oldest son Greg Gossett and only daughter Cynthia Gossett. And a great host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many other loved ones.
Ada Gossett was born February 17, 1939, in Prescott, Arkansas to Mason and Margaret Thurman. Ada was the only child to this union. While living in Prescott, Ada attended McRae HighSchool. Ada made it a point of interest to attend every class reunion at McRae High School. In the 1950’s Ada and her mother Margaret moved to Omaha, NE and lived with Aunt Gert, which Ada talked about frequently. Ada attended Kellom Elementary and Technical High School in Omaha, NE. On January 19, 1957, Ada united in marriage to George Gossett and to this union three children were born-Gregory, Jeffrey and Cynthia. Ada was employed at Northern Natural Gas and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She retired from both Northern Natural Gas and the University of Nebraska at Omaha as a supervisor. Traveling was one of her joys of life with her family which consisted every summer. Ada accepted Christ at an early age which she enjoyed serving her father until her departure. Ada’s lifelong church was Freestone Baptist Church where she was a “Mother of the church.” Ada departed this life on January 7, 2014 as a child of God. Ada was preceded in death by her father and mother Mason and Margaret Thurman, husband George, son and step-son Jeffrey and Bennie. Ada is survived by her son Gregory (Sandra) and daughter Cynthia of Omaha, NE. Grandchildren Troy, Bennie Jr.(Shawndra), Melvia, Marketta(Jason), Clover, Kirlisha, April, MaKayla, Amanda, Michael, Chelsey and Cheyenne, four great-grandchildren, the Smith, Ward, Maloney and Bogards and a host of friends and other relatives. Wake 5-7pm Tues., Funeral Home. SERVICES 1pm Wed., Freestone Primitive Baptist Church, 4023 Ames Ave. Interment Mt. Hope Cemetery
I miss you Jeff. You were always the same whenever we were together. I never thought we'd lose you so soon. I always enjoyed our time together and will be thinking of you throughout this reunion wishing you were here. Peggy Royston
The late Patriarch and Torch Barer of our family, James A.Holley was born November 22, 1916 in Prescott, Arkansas to Jim Lott Holley and Lucy Smith Holley (Mama Lucy). He was the third oldest child in a family of five siblings. James's parents and four of his brothers and sisters preceded him in death. James was honored by the family on April 30, 2006 as a Torch Barer. He was 93 years old in his passing.
Holley, James A. Nov 22, 1916 - Sep 25, 2010 How does one sum up a life well lived? It cannot be done. James Holley 'Big Jim' loved his life's journey and lived it to the fullest until his health began to fail. He was a man of integrity and 'generous to a fault!' He would share his laughter, jokes and joy with others. He loved to talk and sing and, after an all-day fishing trip, he would share his 'catch-of-the-day' with family and friends! Born in Prescott, Arkansas on November 22, 1916, he departed this life on September 25, 2010. Jim wed his beautiful wife, Hazel Lee Basden nearly 75 years ago on December 23, 1935, whom he leaves behind to cherish his memory, along with six children - Dorothy Holley-Harris, Evelyn Holley-Givens, Lucy Holley-Foster (David), James Holley, Jr., Jerry Holley and Marcella Holley- a multitude of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins, in-laws and many friends! 'Big Jim' holds the (self-proclaimed) distinction of 'Best Fisherman' and small game 'Hunter' in Omaha! Ask anyone who has ever fished or hunted with him and they would (in all probability) agree! He could hold you 'captive' for hours' relating many tales of his fishing and hunting exploits...what great stories! Jim and wife Hazel moved to California in May 2009, however, Jim returned to Omaha for the past 16 months and passed away while a resident of the Montclair Rehabilitation and Nursing facility. He would have celebrated his 94th birthday in 58 days! Mr. James A. Holley loved the Lord and was bold in speaking of his great love for his Heavenly Father. He loved singing songs of Zion - one of his favorites 'There's a New Name Written in Glory...Guess Who it is?' We know that Jim Holley's name was written in Glory early in the morning of Saturday, September 25, 2010 as he entered through the portals of Heaven into the presence of God! The angels were singing 'Glory' and 'Welcome!' He was such a gracious and generous person who will be dearly missed by his family and friends. The Holley family wishes to give special thanks to Dad's Pastor, Rev. Thomas Smith and the Paradise Baptist Church family for their love and support. He so loved (and missed) Pastor Smith and his Paradise Family! VISITATION will be held at Thomas Funeral Home Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 6pm to 8pm. A FUNERAL SERVICE to celebrate Jim Holley's life will be held at Paradise Baptist Church at 12 noon, on Friday, October 1, 2010. In lieu of flowers, do a kindness as 'Big Jim' would have done daily. You could often find him driving down Ames Ave., as well as on 24th Street, with food in his van to feed those who were less fortunate - the homeless and hungry! He didn't need a committee - he was a committee of one...and with Jim and Jesus, there were'two or more!' He was known in the 'city gates' for being available for others when they were in need...that was his Creed! [2 Timothy 4:6-8'...I have fought the good fight.']
Since you've been gone everything that is suppose to be just doesn't seem right. So as we continue in this world without you we keep you in our hearts with everything we do and remembering that in some kind of way you are here with us. With everlasting love your children Antonio Rae, Michael Lavelle, Felisha Minique, Johnetta Shantel, and Johnny Jr
Antionette Marie Maloney was the daughter of Jasper Rae Maloney and Thelma Maloney. She leaves behind to cherish her memory siblings Pamela Ann Maloney, Albert Rae Maloney, Deborah Lynn Maloney. Lots of others, but just to name a few
Colette my little sister, mom and daughter. You were a wonderful person growing up and even throughout our adult years. We love you and miss you so much. Mom and dad have done a wonderful job stepping in and raising your children There is not a day that goes by and we dont think about you. We love you. The Miller's
Grandma Essie, was the start of the Miller generation and she was the best leader of our family that any one could imagine. Grandma was a GOD fearing person who loved and tought her children the word of the LORD every chance she got.
Grandma Loved her children and she tought us that Family is important and we should never forget where we are from. I speak for myself and the rest of the family when I say that she was the most genuine and loving mother anybody could ever want. Grandma you are surley missed, and I know that we will be reunited on day. I Love You Forever............. Matt Hill.
Even though we are all heartbroken, we know that God called you home. You are safe, pain free, and in the arms of the Lord. We will always love you and will never forget our lil' Ernie. You were hardworking, wise, and and loved by many. We miss those big eyes, beautiful smile, and that 6'5" frame stature that graced our pathways. We will NEVER forget you. May God take care of you. We love you.
There hasn't been a day that has passed that I don't think of you. I have so many fond memories of you. Your strength and dedication to family inspires me to be the best person, son, brother, uncle and relative I can. You were indeed the sunshine of our lives and we miss you so very much. Until we see each other again... I love you.
You brought a smile to everyone's face whose paths you crossed. You were funny, warm, and loving and I will always remember your laughter. All of us, especially mom, think of you often. We miss you now and forever.
You were an example of strength, courage, compassion and of course cool! I couldn't have asked for a better role model to follow as I try to use what I learned from you to be a good Uncle to my nieces and nephew. So proud to call you my Uncle! We love and miss you Unk, and Go Pack Go!!
From Roy Royston on March 8th, 2011
I think of you often. I remember the time you did your Al Green impression. You always, always made life fun whenever you were around me. God Keep you and you are truly missed.
Love You Uncle,
From Leila Reynolds on April 17th, 2010
All I can say is the best father a girl could ever have. Simply the best!!!!! I love you dad and miss you every day.
NOT A DAY GOES BY WHEN HEARING MUSIC-WE DON'T THINK OF YOU- THANKS!
DIANE HAS DONE SUCH A WONFERFUL JOB WITH THE KIDS! THEY ALL LOVE GOD AND ACTIVE IN THE CHURCH. I SEE SO MUCH OF YOU IN ALL OF THEM - TJ AND ISAAC ARE BOTH MARRIED AND THEY SERVE GOD-AIESHA LOOKS MORE LIKE YOU EACH DAY. TJ HAS ONE DAUGHTER NAMED TIONA AND ISAAC IS EXPECTING HIS FIRST KID SOON. IT HAS BEEN AMAZING TO SEE THE STRENGTH OF DIANE ON HOW SHE HAS KEEP THE FAMILY CENTERED ON GOD AND FAMILY!
THE BUBBAS ' WE MISS YOU : LT, CARL, ROBBIE, KEN, JOE AND MIKE
Tony Lendale Steward, 42, of Prescott died Saturday, October 31, 1998.
Mr. Steward was born in Prescott August 13, 1956, the son of the late L.T. and Annie Stueart. He married Laura Diane Dickers on September 14, 1979. To this union four children were natured, step-daughter, Latoya Monique Dickerson; two sons, Tony Lendale Steward Jr., Isaac Lorenzo Steward and a daughter Aiesha Rena Steward. Tony started his Christian journey as a youth at the Prescott Church of God in Prescott. He attended Bay Ridge Christian College in Kendleton, Texas, to continue his Christian studies in music. He toured with the BRCC Choir as a solo vocalist. He worked with Tenneco Pipeline for 18 years. He took early retirement in May 1997, after which he became a mail carrier for the Herald Coaster in Rosenberg, Texas. After marriage, he confessed his church affiliation to Galilee Baptist Church in Wallis, Texas. During his years of church service he sang with the group Restoration and the Galilee Baptist Choir, where he served as the assistant choir director. He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a brother, Paul Edward Stueart; and his mother-in-law, Betty Agnes Dickerson.