Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Barbershop with Uncle Sheed and Uncle Chuck in the chair...



HAHAH..that was one of the nastiest Dunks I ever saw in my life..I would never have admitted that I got dunked on LIKE THAT even if it was Dr. J. hahah...Charlie was good natured about it though..cause you KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT THAT DUNK FOR awhile..OMG..after all it was Dr.J dunking on his head.. he kept talking about his two jumpers on Doc.... your right..Charlie only stayed at Canisius two years as I recall..I used to play against him in practice..he had a nice game..6'9" could handle..sweet jumper..cool kid too..he got drafted by Indiana..then tore up his knee..and his career was over..Larry Fogle on the other hand was a jerk..we had a few tete a tetes in practice..I used to D him up and he didn't like it..boy could shoot it though... Chuck, I do remember that Canisius team. Charley Jordan only stuck around for a year, then he turned pro. Larry Fogle did lead the nation in scoring in '74 I think, hit for around 33 a game as I recall. That squad got Canisius into a lot of trouble, with NCAA violations, allegations of improper payments, etc. That sent Canisius basketball into a prolonged slide.

So you was scrimmaging with the Doctor! Did you get the assist on the play? You should have had Doc dunking on YOU, it would have been a better story. I been dunked on by a lot of guys, but I ain't never been flushed by Dr. J!

On Jun 10, 2008, at 6:16 PM, Chuck wrote:

Cousin Sheed.. I got a Dr.J story for ya'll..after Grad H.S. getting Married that summer of 72.. needless to say that was quite a year..I took my new bride Lil and went out to the Univ. of Washington to play ball..another story for another time..anywhoo that summer I was back in Buffalo and Canisius had a summer basketball camp that I was attending..the top HS and College players were all there..ballin all summer..one day during camp we were all sitting on the bleachers for the obligatory stay in school get your education pep talk form Coaches and guest speakers..then I think John McCarthy was head coach at the time at Canisius and he stopped the conversation to announce a special guest who was going to speak to the camp that day..about that time the far gym door swung open.. and Dr. J came striding into the Gym..had on the flyest warm up suit..High top Cons with the Star on them Converse Bag..we lost our minds!!..We all just descended on him about 35 players coaches.it was crazy.

After a brief pep talk by the Dr. he was dying to scrimmage a little bit..most of the Canisius ballers were there..so they pretty much were one team and then we had another team I ended upon the squad with Dr.J and we started a scrimmage against the Canisius squad Kenny Key from D.C. Charlie Jordan from Indiana.. Larry Fogle leading scorer in the nation that next year I think..any way.. Charlie Jordan who was 6'9" and had mad skills was playing Dr. J...all fired up to play against him..came down on the fist possession shot a 20 ft J from the corner..boo ya..came back down on D Doc. hadn't really gotten warm so he passed the ball.. I was kinda nervous.. so I was swinging the rock back to Doc..came back down again Charlie was calling for the ball.. this time he hit a turn around J from the corner again..in Doc's face..now he was really feeling. it..by this time I guess word had got around the neighborhood that Dr. J was at the gym because I looked up and the gym was packed there had to at least another 50 tp 75 people in the gym going crazy.. any way on this possession Doc was bringing the ball up on the left side of the court..just as he got to the left of the three point circle..he went behind his back..from his left hand.. Charlie was right with him..but after he went behind his back.. when he was just a little past the foul line he took off..Charlie was right there.. but then it went into slow motion..because Doc kept going up and Charlie was with him.. but then Charlie started to come down in SLOW MOTION CAUSE DOC KEPT GOING UP... THE BALL IN HIS BIG RIGHT HAND.. AND HE THREW IT DOWN ON CHARLIE JORDANS HEAD BECAUSE HE WAS SOO HIGH AND THE DUNK WAS SOO NASTY..THE GYM ERUPTED... THE SCRIMMAGE WAS OVER.. THEY MOBBED THE COURT.. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A MORE INCREDIBLE DUNK IN MY LIFE..I THINK I FELL DOWN JUST WATCHING IT HAPPEN..IT WAS CRAZY.. i WILL NEVER FORGET THAT IN MY LIFE..BY THE WAY Dr. J was a cool cat EDUCATED DOWN TO EARTH...UMASS..RUCKER..SQUIRES.. NETS..76ERS..one of my favorite players of all time..

Friday, May 23, 2008

Message: This is one of your distant cousins. Gail Blocker from NJ will be here for the funeral. Mrs. Davis is related through the Combs. Grandma Sarah Combs (Dudley) Wright.
Please visit the Notice for Lucille V. Slade-Davis.
http://www.legacy.com/Link.asp?I=LS000110157726X





Lucille V. Slade-Davis

BROWNS MILLS, N.J. - Lucille V. Slade-Davis, 74, a resident of Browns Mills, N.J., passed away Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, N.J.Born in Warwick County, Va., she had been a resident of Browns Mills, N.J., since 1974.'Pie,' as she was fondly referred to by her family and close friends, was the daughter of the late William H. Slade Sr. and Florence Slade, and the widow of the late Lawrence T. Davis.Left to cherish wonderful memories are her son, Terence Davis of Columbus, Ohio; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Marguerite and Jeffrey Dunbar of Virginia Beach, Va., Regina Oakman of Hampton, Va., Norita and Kevin Northington of Memphis, Tenn., and Samantha Davis-Swint of Browns Mills, N.J., and her fiancE, Norman Conquest, of Lorton, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Davis of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers-in-law of Virginia and one brother-in-law of Texas; two special sons of Hampton, Va.; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Albert and Linda Slade of Hampton, Va., William H. Slade Jr. of Washington, D.C., and Linwood and Blendell Slade of Chatham, Va.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Barbara Wynder of Hampton, Va., and Eva Louise and Vernon L. Hodge Sr. of Browns Mills, N.J.; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. Viewing will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home, and the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the funeral home, followed by burial at Hampton Memorial Gardens Cemetery.The Slade-Davis family is receiving services of comfort at Nicholson-Cummings Funeral Home, 4304 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, (757) 728-0122. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Doris Byrd Goggins

"Orelia" and friends"Sunday Morning?"

Viola, "Orelia" and

friend

Van and Evelyn


Herbert and Jenny


Evelyn

Saturday, April 26, 2008

My Favorite Places

The Baltimore African American Heritage and Attractions Guide






Reginal F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

http://www.africanamericanculture.org/home.html






The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum http://www.ngbiwm.com/ (click here)












It is estimated that of the 15 million that made the journey, 3 million did not survive. Precise records are not available to provide an actual death toll, but it is estimated that as many as 8 million slaves may have perished to bring 4 million to the Caribbean islands More



The National Aquarium in Baltimore





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Friday, April 25, 2008

Enjoy...

Poppa Byrd and Uncle Dudley in Quebec
(click on picture to enlarge and who is the woman inthe background?)

Viola B. Jones




Poppa's favorite car

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Message

The Message

Long day ago, (as Van used to say) when Brandon was a young pensive lad, he came to me with his first snaggle toothed smile. The day had finally come; my first born lost his first tooth. Like most kids in America who anticipate the comings and goings of all the childhood, fantasy, gift giving, money stuffing, egg hiding creatures, which adults over the ages have concocted for their children to believe in, Brandon was no different. Before he could hide it under his pillow in anxious anticipation of the “Tooth Fairy” that night, he had to show it to Grandma!

He rushed upstairs with much excitement and glee to show her his smile and his little tooth. Well, Grandma, (is what they lovingly called my mom and your Aunt Doris) was the first to whip out her purse and give her “little man of the house” a bright shiny quarter! With wide eyed wonder, he clenched that tooth tightly in his little fist for a good portion of the day and took it everywhere we went to show it to any one who would look at it! (There was money to be made! Even at 5 years old, he was quite the businessman) The economy took a sharp turn upward when he showed it to Pa Laster, who immediately pulled a whole dollar out of his wallet and handed it to the proud snaggle toothed entrepreneur! (I had been taken on as his trusted financial consultant, as he had given me the job of holding on to the dollar and the quarter, because with the tooth in hand, it was just getting to be a little too much.)

Well, the day’s end finally came, and he carefully placed the small tooth (more like a goose laying golden eggs) under his pillow.

Now, here’s where the story takes a sharp turn towards reality and here’s where I underestimated the na├»ve innocence of my child. Being a single parent, there were many days when I was low on cash and that usually meant no cash. If there had been a contest for, who had the most money, Brandon would have won hands down. Shoot, that $1.25 was an answer to prayer, because I didn’t have any way to play tooth fairy that day! And heck, all I ever got for a lost tooth was a nickel! A buck twenty five ought to look good under his pillow! So, not knowing that my child had already compounded the interest in his head on the loot he had already gotten not to mention the anticipation of what the tooth fairy would leave, I very foolishly, but carefully placed the dollar and the quarter under his pillow, removed the tooth, and lovingly kissed my sleeping, toothless child on his forehead, and went to snuggle down for the night myself.

Morning came quickly, and as usual, I got up to start breakfast for my hungry little brood. Brandon found me at the stove flipping pancakes (not his favorite…this just was not going to be his day). He had this look of confusion on his little face; he had a quarter in one hand, he had the dollar in the other.

“Mommy,” his voice full of questions, “Is…this the quarter Grandma gave me?” He held up his hand to show me the quarter.

Oh,oh…I got a sinking feeling in my stomach…I knew where this was going.

“Ahhh, yeah, Brandon, it is.”

“And, is this the dollar Pa gave me?” The questioning was getting tougher.

“Yes Brandon, it is.”

He paused for a moment, and then concluded, “Well, THE TOOTH FAIRY didn’t leave me nothin.”

Oh boy, think fast, think fast what are you going to do? Ok, ok, I got it…

“Well, Brandon, after close examination of your tooth, The Tooth Fairy was able to determine that you had not been brushing very well. So, if you start brushing your teeth longer and better, she said that there would definitely be something for you the next time you loose a tooth, OK?”

That was thinking on my toes! Whew! And you’d better believe I was going to keep some change around for that!

Well, a little disgusted, he turned, walked away and headed for the one person who could maybe shed some light on this disillusioning turn of events …Grandma.

“Brandon!” she said, as she gave him a good morning bear hug. “Did the Tooth Fairy come? What did she leave you?” She asked him anticipating his excitement.

“Yeah, she came, BUT SHE DIDN’T LEAVE ME NOTHIN BUT A MESSAGE!!!!”

Grandma came downstairs with her disappointed little fella…I had some serious explaining to do…


Brenda Laster

Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Family of Viola B. Jones and Vanless Byrd

Kamliah,Janice, Veronica, Paul and Debbie (Rasheed in background)

Toni and Ronnie


Vanless Byrd, Jr.

Vanless Byrd, Jr. and Clara Baker (Sister of Vanless, Sr.)






Viola and her cousins in Hampton (Charlie Wilson's House)
?, Sarah, Viola, Mary, ?,Alias, Rosetta, Ruby


Toni, Cheryl, Nancy and Veronica




Mary, Courtney, Mary







The children of William Jones and Mary "Doodlebug" Wright

On the family Homestead in Williamsburg VA

Hamaza and Friends

Jones-Lewis Family Reunion 2004 Williamsburg VA