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LOCAL FRIENDS REMEMBER MIKE FORSTER

Born into a family of anglers, Mike came into the world with a fishing rod in hand on Oct. 21, 1960, in Portsmouth, VA, to Milton Forster and Penny Joseph. The youngest of five siblings, he could be found fishing in his backyard, on piers and along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay throughout his youth and teenage years. Into adulthood, fishing continued as his passion, serving as the driving force with all he did, including landing in Islamorada in 1990 after living for a short time in Miami. At a young age, he was driven to serve those in need and continued with that drive until his passing on Sept. 6, 2021.
ISLAMORADA, FL
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Martha Jane Toms, of the Graham Dairy farm family, dies at 96

Martha Jane Cannon Toms was an elegant and proper Southern lady who was not above cooking a hairy feral hog that her son Tommy Toms once brought home after a hunting trip. Called Mango because she was so sweet, Toms was 96 when she died from natural causes on Sept. 2 at the Southwest Ranches home of her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Bill Brinegar.
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Adam Nelson Effertz

Effertz, Adam Nelson Age 47, of Minnesota and Miami, FL, passed away August 3rd, 2021. Adam proudly worked for Big Brothers & Big Sisters and Children of Inmates for 20 years. He was a superb skateboarder. He is survived by his parents Kathleen Booker Sherman and Charles Effertz; daughter Ky'alah and granddaughter Eva; sister Hillary (Jacob) Horvath, nieces & nephew Lila, Harper & Benjamin; by his beloved aunts, cousins, and relatives who loved his brilliant inquisitive mind. Visitation 10:00 to 11:00 am on SATURDAY Oct 2nd, 2021. Service at 11:00 am at Faith Church, 12007 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins, MN 55345. (952) 934-4481.
MIAMI, FL
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BERTHA SANDILANDS LANKFORD

73, retired educator, died September 4. Viewing 3 - 7 p.m., Friday at Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. Service 10 a.m., Saturday at Faith Truth and Deliverance Church of God by Faith, located at 16969 NW 23 Avenue Miami Gardens.
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LORRAINE “Misty” GORDON

82, entrepreneur, died September 2 . Viewing 11 a.m., - 12 p.m., follow by Service 12 p.m., Sunday, September 19 in the chapel, located at 15011 W. Dixie HWY, North Miami, FL 33181.
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NICOLE SPAIN

52, telemarketer, died September 9 at Mercy Hospital. Survivors include her mother, Joann Spain; father, Rochelle Spain; sister, Stacey Spain; brother, Rochelle Spain, Jr.; and a host of other relatives and friends. Service 10 a.m., Saturday at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
MIAMI, FL
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Kimberly Michelle Satterfield

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Kimberly Michelle Satterfield, age 34, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021. She was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, a daughter of Russell Dean Satterfield and Kristi Renee Salyers Casey. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Patricia Ann Satterfield; and maternal grandfather, Sherman Harrington Salyers.
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Death Notice MARTIN LUTHER LAMPKIN

56, a lifelong resident of Perrine, FL transitioned peacefully to his Heavenly Father at home on Friday, September 10. The youngest of nine children, Martin was born to his parents Robert and Joycelyn Adderley Lampkin in Miami, FL. Who proceeded him in death. Martin is survived by his brothers: Ronald...
MIAMI, FL
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GARY ALIE COLLINS

48, metro transit driver, died September 8 at Jackson Memorial North. Viewing 4 - 9 p.m., Friday in the chapel. Service 10 a.m., Saturday at NorthSide Church of God, located at 2590 NW 103 Street, Miami, FL. 33147.
MIAMI, FL
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Death Notice, HELEN MERNETT DORSETT

94, spent the majority of her Life in Miami, Florida, where she was born as the daughter of the late Moses Nathaniel Dorsett and the late Estella Gaiter Kelly Dorsett. Helen graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and in 1944 left Florida to attend the prestigious Spelman College, one of Atlanta’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the only one solely for African American women.
MIAMI, FL
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Death Notice, EMANUEL LAWSON

84, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle died Friday, September 3, 2021. He was a trusted and dedicated employee of Flowers Foods for 45 years; never missing a day of work. Emanuel enjoyed sports immensely. He would often say “if any sports game is being played, I’m there.” He shared his love of sports with all who knew him.
MIAMI, FL
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Diana Cecelia Griffin

Canton, Diana Cecelia Griffin, 76, passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at her residence. Born Feb. 23, 1945, and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Howard J. Griffin, Sr., and Doris B. Griffin. She was a graduate of Stranahan High School Class of 1963. Diana retired from the Florida State Turnpike Authority. She dearly loved the mountains and moved to Canton in 2008. She adored her grandchildren and loved being involved with the care of children. She was currently working with the Foster Grandparents Program through Mountain Projects.
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SHEMETRIA T. COOPER

52, senior claims specialist (international claims), CVS Healthcare, died August 24. Viewing 4 - 7 p.m., Friday in the chapel. Service 10 a.m., Saturday at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens. Entombment: Vista Memorial Gardens.

Donna Cristina and Barbara Dente Die Together in Miami

Barbara Dente, 71, and Donna Cristina, 72, personal and professional partners in Dente & Cristina, the advertising and marketing agency, were found dead together in their Miami apartment. The cause and date of their death haven’t been determined pending autopsy results, according to Cristina’s nephew, Scott San Emeterio. A public...
MIAMI, FL
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Mark Safferstone

On August 31, 2021, Mark Safferstone went to be with the Lord. He was born on September 3, 1948 and was preceded in death by his parents Irving and Sylvia (Graber). He was born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in Niagara Falls, NY and relocated to Miami, FL in 1965 to finish high school and attend college. While raised as a Torah-based Jew by his parents, in 1992 Mark accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and thereafter lived a Christian life.
MIAMI, FL
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LORRAINE “Misty” GORDON

82, entrepreneur, died September 2 . Viewing 11 a.m., - 12 p.m., follow by Service 1 p.m., Sunday, September 19 in the chapel, located at 15011 W. Dixie HWY, North Miami, FL 33181.
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Death Notice JULIUS MATHIS SR.

The man. The myth. The legend. Julius “Smitty” Mathis, Sr., 75, of Miami, Florida died peacefully in the home that he shared with his daughter in McDonough, Georgia on August 29, 2021. Our father, was a very giving man. One who lived and died on his “own” terms. A graduate of the class of 1964 from Miami Northwestern Senior High “Proud Blue and Gold Bulls.”
MIAMI, FL
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NOLAN TOREL MCFARLAND aka Big Mack

52, entre-preneur died September 1 at West Regional Hospital. Nolan was one of our own family members here at Eric L Wilson and will be greatly missed. Viewing 5 - 8 p.m., Friday at Bethel Apostolic Temple, located at 1855 NW 119th Street, Miami, Florida 33167. Service 1 p.m., Saturday at the church.
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MATTIE L. BANKS

Retired educator of Miami Gardens, died September 3. She was a member of Greater New Bethel Baptist Church. Survivors include her son: Tracy L Banks. Viewing 5-8 p.m., Friday in the chapel. Service 10 a.m., Saturday at New Way Fellowship Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fort Valley State University.
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Gerald E. Mason

Gerald E. Mason, “Jerry” or “Buddy” as his grandchildren affectionately called him passed away August 23, 2021 at age 91. The son of Nuell and Lillian Adeline Mason (Shanks), he was born on January 28, 1930, in Smiths Ferry, Pennsylvania. Jerry attended public schools in Wellsville, Ohio and after graduating from Wellsville High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. During his years in the R.O.T.C., he was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1952.
WELLSVILLE, OH