Antonio C. Carr, Sr.

Antonio C. Carr, Sr.

Antonio C. Carr, Sr. 90th Birthday

Antonio C. Carr Sr.
December 20, 1926 – January 16, 2017

Antonio “Tony” Carr, age 90, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017. Beloved husband of Dolores Carr (nee Jenkins) for 69 years. Loving father of Laura (Jerry) Kirby, Antonio Carr, III, Shyrle (Grady) Searcy, Johari (Hank) Griffith, Regis (Debbie) Carr, Gary (Les) Carr, Jess (Patty) Carr, Daisy (Dennis) Bush and Michael (Susan) Carr. Special friend of Ronald Jackson and Dee Sloan. Also survived by his special brothers, Joseph Steele and Billy Steele, sister-in-law, Dorothy, 19 loving grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his grandson, Ashambei Griffith and son-in-law, Hank Griffith. Also survived by nieces, nephews and other extended family, as well as many dear friends. Tony was awarded the Korean Veteran’s Honorary Membership Medal. He was a veteran of the Korean War; past commander of the VFW District III (Korea) Department of Pacific areas. Tony also served as the Chairman of the Department of Pacific Areas 1978 Convention held in Seoul, Korea. He co-authored the first Pacific Area Resolution for the Retention of United States Forces in Korea which was adopted by the 1978 VFW National Convention. As a United States Civil Service employee, Tony helped develop the USFK Logistical Maintenance Support activities from 1966-1988. He received a Purple Heart, Meritorious Unit Service Plaque, a Korean Service Medal with six Battle Stars, a United Nations Service Ribbon and a Presidential Unit Citation from the Republic of Korea. By his example, Tony spent his entire adult life fighting for justice and recognition for Black service and women from his induction into the segregated United States Army in 1944 through the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was exceedingly proud of his sons who also chose military service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection, 1619 California Avenue (45237). Visitation with the family will be held at 10 a.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus Honor Ceremony. Mass begins at 11 a.m. with a formal Military interment at Spring Grove Cemetery. A reception for family and friends will be held at the Church after the Spring Grove ceremony. No flowers, please. Memorials suggested to Church of the Resurrection or the charity of your choice .

Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Jan. 20, 2017

Allan & Asha – A Roots Union

Allan & Asha – A Roots Union

Allan Henderson is a Roots. His mother is Sandra Henderson, whose father is Robert Mealy, whose mother was Leila Roots, one of the Roots sisters. Welcome, Asha, you’re a Roots now.

Asha’s Story The [second] time I saw Allan [he] was loudly leaving a party as I was entering. When he showed up in the [dorm] lobby [we] decided to call him over so we could try to figure him out. Allan was… the most intriguing person I’d ever met. Every day with him was a new adventure- We came to easily love each other’s friends and families early on, It was impossible not to fall in love with such a sweet, caring, funny, smart, truly one of a kind man and I did.
I couldn’t be more in love or happy to spend forever with my best friend.

Allan’s Story I met Asha when her friend pulled me over to where they were sitting. We all got to talking and before I knew it, hours had passed. [We] became very good friends after that day.Throughout that summer, we spent almost everyday with each other and our friendship blossomed. I asked her if she would be my girlfriend- to which she smiled and said “I have to think about it.” Of course the answer was yes and we have been inseparable ever since. I knew this was the woman of my dreams and that we would be together for ever. Not only is she my best friend but she is my other half.
I feel blessed to have the opportunity to spend the rest of my life with such an amazing, beautiful, and caring person.

Joseph N. Griffith Obituary

Joseph Nathaniel Griffith was born on March 30, 1944 to Joseph Allan and Mary-Elizabeth Griffith in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. During his youth, the family moved to Beaver, Pennsylvania. Joseph was the youngest of three boys; John Allan and Ronald James preceding him. His older brother Ronnie who couldn’t pronounce “Nathaniel” affectionately called him “Nahankel” garnering him the nickname “Hank.” He was an intelligent, adventurous athlete who never turned down a challenge. Mary-Elizabeth passed when Hank was 14 leaving Joseph Allan to raise him with the help of Daddy John Nimmey (his maternal grandfather). After high school, Hank went on to follow in his parent’s footsteps to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. During his studies at Howard, Hank established lifelong friendships. He also enjoyed being a member of the Bison crew team. In 1964, Hank was drafted into the Vietnam War. He served two years in the army and was honorably discharged in 1966.

Upon returning to Washington, D.C., Hank met Carolyn Russell. Through their marriage, his first child, Aisha Mary-Elizabeth was born. Later, Hank met D. Dominique (Johari) Carr . Through this union came Olani Hadiya, Ashambei Nimmey-Roots (dec.), and Obika Olatunji.

His entrepreneurial spirit led him to help establish many businesses including Hairlox, Cornicopia and Africorn Health Food Stores. From his time at Howard and through his early adulthood, Hage’ was a soldier for the revolutionary movement.

Always a committed family man, his strong work ethic and love of family led him to his career at the United States Post Office where he worked for over 20 years.

Upon retirement, Hage’ maintained a fervent zest for life through furthering his education, learning to play instruments, maintaining a healthful lifestyle, supporting his children, and enjoying his grandchildren.

As the clock struck midnight on September 11th , Hage’ took his eternal walk with the ancestors.

Hage’ is survived by his wife, Johari Griffith; his children, Aisha, Olani (Eddie Jones), Obika; his grandchildren Ariama Phoebe Fultz and Hadara Charley Jones; his brother John (Patricia); his nieces Pamela, Gail, Jennifer; and a host of other relatives and friends. His parents, his brother Ronnie, and his oldest son, Ashambei, preceded him in death.

His motto was, “Give me flowers while I’m alive.”


Going for the Gold in Rio!

By Laura Carr and Herald Staff
For Rachael Adams, a young woman who grew up in North Avondale, competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil is the summit of her career. Adams, a professional volleyball player on the USA Women’s National Team, will join an elite group of 12 athletes for her first Olympic Games in August.


Charley Jones- The Roots Runner

Charley Jones
The USATA Junior Olympics is celebrating its fiftith anniversary and Charley Jones get to be a part of the celebration. Since the Olympics started in ancient Greece, track and field has been a existential part of the contest. This ain’t a come if you can competition, you must qualify. Jones qualified in the team 4×100 relay, and individually in the 100 meter dash. The 2016 will be held from July 25-31, 2016 in Sacramento, CA. Charley is the daughter of Olani and Eddie Jones, via Johari Griffith, via Dolores Carr, via Laura Roots. Best wishes to Charley and her team.
Go Roots- Grow Roots- Run Roots.

It’s Miami 2018

By a unanimous show of hands, Miami was selected as the site of the biennial 2018 Roots Family Reunion. Since the RFR’s inception  in 1992, this will be the furthest south the reunion has ever been held. It also marks a changing of the guard, with Jumaane, Lauren and new baby Nataki N’Namdi stepping up to continue an idea, that has become a tradition. The torch has been passed to the next generation.

Miami was almost selected on the last go-round and except for a set of circumstances- Jumaane had an early flight, some of the old-heads had reservations about changing the formula that had worked for twenty years, and we had a willing host who had done it before, and we were certain could do it again. But this go-round marks a definite changing of the guard. Cincinnati placed its hat in the ring (and is the perennial Plan-B) but even Cincinnatians wanted something new. The site of Austin was placed in the ring, with KC and Dionne also marking a transition to the future. A dark horse had been North Carolina with another youth taking the lead, but it never gained traction. It was when Miami came up for a vote that the takeover by the future became clear.

The Youngin takeover was complete when an overwhelming show of unwrinkled hands were raised to say to go South. The “Geriatric Generation” has been supplanted by “Young Cousins”. The Chicago Clan did a great job of showing how to host a Roots style family reunion. Now it’s on to the next ones, and may they take it to another level. Truly, the Roots just keep on growing.

Jumaane N'Namdi Roots Family Reunion 2018 Host

Jumaane N’Namdi
Roots Family Reunion 2018 Host

Thank You

Jess and PattiThe Host of the Roots Family Reunion 2016 would like to say thank you for an enjoyable and successful reunion.
See you in Miami.