Mary Dorothy Mena Classen

Family and friends are advised of the death of Mary Dorothy Mena Classen, who passed away Dec. 1, 2019, at the age of 95.

Mrs. Classen was a longtime educator and teacher, with 30 years in the education system in the Virgin Islands.

Funeral services are Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, with the viewing from 8 to 9 a.m. at Turnbull’s Funeral Home. The service starts at 10 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral. Interment is at Western Cemetery 1.

She is survived by her son, Charles Classen; daughters, Mae Classen Wheatley and Geraldine Classen; brother, George A Mena Jr.; grandsons, John Partick Wheatley, Michael Alexander Wheatley, Hassan Frazer and Saleem Frazer; granddaughter, Kahsandera Frazer Carson; great-grandchildren, Sahaylie Carson, Selassie Carson, Saahir Carson; nephews, George Mena III, Gerald Rivera, Richard A. Mena and Roland Price; nieces, Elizabeth Rivera Hoover, Minerva Mena Mohanani, Marnie Price, Sonia Mena and Rosita Mena; adopted son, Capt. Vancito Gumbs Sr.; adopted daughters, Alva Lake Ambo and Elizabeth Registe; beloved caretaker, Gwendolyn Rawlins; and numerous other family and friends.

Funeral arrangements are by Turnbull’s Funeral home and Crematory Services

Nancy Orissa Firestone

Nancy Orissa Firestone, 75, passed away Nov. 24, 2019, on St. Thomas.

She was born Sept. 16, 1944, in Torrance, Calif., the daughter of late Sam and Mary Pat Drumright. She was the oldest of four siblings. She graduated from Marymount College and earned a master’s degree from Pepperdine University. She was a teacher in the Torrance Unified School District prior to moving to St. Thomas in 1976. She had two daughters, Jennifer Firestone and Meaghan Richardson, with her ex-husband Peter Firestone.

She is survived by her daughters and their spouses, Jennifer Firestone and Stephen Rivera and Meaghan Richardson and Cyril Richardson; her grandchildren, Connor Richardson, Madison Richardson and Natalia Rivera; her sisters, Kathleen Drumright and Christine Boyd; her brother, Steve Drumright; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Nancy had a deep love for sailing and the ocean, participating in numerous regattas and sailing adventures throughout the Caribbean. She would never turn down a game of bridge and was an avid reader. Her greatest joys were her daughters and grandchildren. She played an active part in their lives and cherished every moment. She was known by many as their “island mom,” always eager to help anyone, give a warm hug and offer encouragement. She was always thinking of others first.

A service will be held Jan. 24, 2020, at 4 p.m. at Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas. The family has requested donations to be made to Cancer Support VI in her honor in lieu of flowers.

Jean Barzey Ryan

Friends and relatives are advised of the death of Jean Barzey Ryan, affectionally known as “Barzey,” who passed Dec. 6, 2019, peacefully at her resident after a long battle with cancer.

She retired after working 30 years in the Community Health office at Schneider Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Agnita Forbes; sons, Calvin, aka Keba, Barzey, Aldix, aka Garnet, Callwood; and sisters, Gloria Williams and Shelia Williams.

She is survived by her husband, John Richard Ryan; mother in the Lord, Emantina Etienne; children, Sherilyn Gordon, Terrance Davis; adopted son, Akijah Newton; grandchildren, Davidson Tavernier Jr., Taiyana Phillip, Kyle and Kathlene Davis, Mercedes Maduro, Alecia Callwood, Tamya Davis; great-granddaughter, Kioree Davis; special sister, Juliet Alexander, other sisters, Joan Forbes, Selina Le Blanc, Eudora Hyman, Ingrid Bisette, Olivia Gibson, Emily Peters; apoted sister, Kathleen Fredrick; brothers, Pastor Alfred Forbes, Monroe Forbes, Carr Forbes; special cousins, Judith Lewis and Katrina Sotorie, Margret Swanson; special brothers- in-law, Charles Garnet Alexander, Jimmy Peters and others too numerous to mention; uncles, Edward Browne, Delio Browne; aunt, Lena Browne; sister-in-law, Lornette Forbes; daughters-in-law, Sandra Barzey, Natasha Espirit Callwood; son-in-law, Leslie V. Gordon; special care givers, Taiyana Phillip, Jim Peters, and Marvin Williams, many nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to mention.

Also acknowledged is Pastor Dennis Estridge and members of the Pentecostal Church and Pastor Alejandro and the Full Body EPC.

The first viewing is at Turnbull’s Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. The second viewing is at 9 a.m. at Faith Wesleyan Holiness Church in Anna’s Retreat on Saturday, Dec. 21. The service will immediately follow at 10 a.m. Interment is at Smith Bay Eastern Cemetery.

The family requests that festive colors be worn.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services.

Noel Downing Jackson

We regret to announce the passing of Noel Downing Jackson, who died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

The viewing will be held today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Turnbull’s Funeral Home. The second viewing will be Thursday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m. at Christchurch Methodist in Market Square, St. Thomas, with services to follow right after at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Western Cemetery No. 2.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Valdemar Downing and Martha Elizabeth Barry-Downing; brothers, Rudell Downing, William Downing, Leslie Downing; and sisters, Earlyn Downing, Genevieve Downing, Ilma Wallace Rhymer, June Downing-Dathan, Lolita Daniel and Myra Downing.

She is survived by her daughters, Lisa A. Swan, Laura A. Rouse; son, Leon A. Swan; brother, Carl Downing; sisters, Isa Wallace England, Gloria Downing Davis, and Elise Downing; granddaughter, Kieshelle Esprit; grandson, Léal Williams; nieces, Mary Alexis Rhymer, Janice A. Jeppesen, Carmen England-Terry, Laverne Wilkinson, Sarah Dathan, Maria Parker, Roxanne Downing-Lettsome, Radmur Downing, Raquel Downing-Benjamin, Stephanie Fahie, Carol and Jerilyn Sylvester, Dr. Simone O. Heyliger, Patricia Rosado, Tracy Francis-Oliver; nephews, Hugh and Albert Dathan, Alfredo, Richard and Luis Sylvester, Julien and Recaldo Dessout, Stephen Daniel, Courtney Francis and Ashanti Downing; sister-in-law, Melva Downing; and the Barry, Blyden, Abraham, Matthias, Mactavious, Jennings and Penn families; and many other family and friends too numerous to mention.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services.

Sophia L. Campbell Marrero

We regret too announce the passing of Sophia L. Campbell Marrero, who died Nov. 30, 2019.

A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at Turnbull’s Funeral Home. The first viewing will be at 9 a.m., with service immediately following at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Eastern Cemetery (Smith Bay).

Sophia L. Campbell Marrero is survived by her mother, Veronica Elaine Palmer; father, Errol Austin Campbell; sons, David P. Gooden, Balwin Scott, Steven K. Farquarson, Emmanuel E. Marrero, Joseph J. JeanBaptiste; daughter, Angel D. Marrero; sisters, Maria E. Gordon, Melicia Fredricka Campbell, Colleen Campbell; brothers, Michael L. Campbell, Errol A. Campbell; husband, Michelais JeanBaptiste; ex-husband, Pastor Robert Marrero (caregiver); nieces, Kameka Robinson, Zhavea Campbell, Shanuna-kay Tulloch, Antoinette Smith; nephews, Jaquan Campbell, Errol Campbell, Dennis Chamber, Oscar Robinson, Javon Gentles; granddaughter, Davayi D.V Gooden; daughter-in-law, Jendayi L.V. Perez; grand niece, Jessica Smith; and other family members and friends too numerous to mention.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services.

Larry Braga

The family of Larry Braga announces his passing at his St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, residence on Nov. 15, 2019.

Larry was a native of Washington state and an avid Seattle Seahawks fan. After formal education and graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a trained photographer. Based in Germany for several years, Larry traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia following his honorable discharge. He remained overseas for years, working in England and Australia.

In 1978, after several previous visits to the Caribbean, Larry chose to make the U.S. Virgin Islands his home. Five years later, he and his partner established Gutu Corporation and Parrot Fish Music in downtown St. Thomas, a retail, online, and wholesale business for recorded music. In 1987, a second Parrot Fish Music location was opened in Christiansted, St. Croix.

Under Larry’s direction, Gutu Corporation produced many music albums, CDs, and singles for local musicians and bands. Among them were Eddie and the Movements, Jam Band, Jamesie Brewster and the Musical Kafooners, and Nicky Russell (The Mighty Whitey). Also produced under the Gutu label were two steel pan CDs, carnival favorites and steel pan favorites, featuring local pan players.

In the late 1980s, Larry produced two New Age music concerts held at Reichhold Center. The programs featured musicians from the Windham Hill record label; Will Ackerman, Scott Cossu and Paul Horn were the headliners.

After 25 years in business, Larry retired in 2007 and again traveled to southeast Asia to further study Hinduism and Buddhism. In succeeding years, he returned several times to India and Thailand for extended retreats to further his studies.

Following his certification as a yoga and meditation instructor in 2008, he came home to St. Thomas and established a twice weekly yoga and Buddhist meditation practice for the community at Nirvana Temple in Estate Mandahl.

Larry frequented Magens Bay most days of the week until he became ill in late 2019. Although he had been to many famous beaches around the world, he thought Magens Bay was the best of them all.

A man of unwavering values, intelligence, and honesty, Larry was a loyal friend to those close to him. He was an avid reader and had a unique spirit of adventure. It is these qualities that are most memorable for his family and friends.

A special thank you to Dr. Erole Hobdy, the Buddhist sangha at the Nirvana temple, the Bahai’ community, and numerous friends for their support and assistance during Larry’s illness.

Left to mourn are his life partner, Bonnie Braga of St Thomas; sister, Raylene Braga of Seattle; brother, Dennis Braga, also of Seattle; and many long-time friends both near and far.

Larry lived by the Buddhist tenets of impermanence and equanimity, and that life is a continuous process of change. A celebration of Larry’s life will be held at 1 p.m. at Magens Bay on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Arrangements are under the care of Dan Hurley Home for Funerals and Cremation Center of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.

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Boyd. B Brown

We regret to announce the passing of Boyd. B Brown, who died Dec. 2, 2019.

The first viewing will be held Friday, Dec. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Turnbull’s Funeral Home. The second viewing will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, at 9 a.m. with services to follow right after at 10 a.m. at Turnbull’s Funeral Home. Interment is at Eastern Cemetery.

He is survived by his mother, Emily Brown; sisters, Barbara Brown Hansen, Beverly Brown Farrell, Bernice Brown, Margaret Banks; brother, Kirt Lettsome; nephews, Camile Hansen, Christian Hansen, Malik Johnson, Shabree Farrell, Shyenne Farrell, Rachael Hansen, Melanie Banks, Aleia Banks, LaToya Dowe; great-aunts, Norma Barnes, Gloria Brown; uncles, Oliver Smithen, James Smithen, Samuel Smithen, Prince Brown Jr.; aunts, Yvonne Audain, Marjorie Ryan Bellot, Annette Fleming, Una Farrell, Iona Morton, Guinivere Farrell, Beverly Davis, Eurita Brown; aunts-in-law, Esther Smithen, Martina Smithen; uncle-in-law, Virgil Audain; first cousins, Yvette Hedrington, Virgil Audain Jr., Virdin Audain, Bernadette Innis, Steve Monsanto, Godwin Fleming, Heather Smithen, Abigail Smithen, Margaret Ryan, Barbara Richards, Nathaniel Smithen, Paulette Thompson, Yvonne Thompson, Terrance Thompson, Russell Smithen, Akeem Smithen, D’Andre Smithen, Angela Smithen, Alexis Smithen, Kenisha Smithen, Jessica Smithen Charles, Shennel Smithen, Mischa Morton, Clayton Brown, Jacqueline Montes Chinnery, Michelle Francis, Alicia Smith Adams, Debra Brown, Cheryl Farrell, Lawrence Bell, Gweneth Russell, Abigail George, Alden George Jr., Pierre McCourty; special mentions, Ivy Fleming, Barbara Richards, Cuthbert Cuffy, James Fleming, Jason Fleming, Wanda Tyson, Alexia Chinnery, Bryan Polite, Carol Battiste, Cecil Battiste, Cyril Battiste, Earl Brown, Laurie van Beverhoudt, Marlon Hector, friends of the Bike Club and numerous other second cousins, third cousins and close friends not mentioned but who were dear to Boyd.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services.

Georgette Laguerre

Relatives and friends are advised of the passing of Georgette Laguerre on Dec. 3, 2019, at Schneider Hospital.

She is survived by her sons, Jean Mathieu Alexandre, Samuel Cherival, Marc-Henry Cherival; daughters, Marie Esther Alexandre, Myrlene Alexandre, Viergelie Lily Jean, Guytry Neissa Alexandre; daughters-in-law, Marie Garline Joseph Alexandre, Minova Gumbs-Cherival, Latinya Rose Cherival; sisters, Denise Laguerre, Christine Laguerre; nieces, Marie Jose Bien Aime’, Marie Myrtha Joseph, Gladys Beauvil; nephews, Onel Robinson, David Derosiers, Wilner Beauvil; great-nieces and great-nephews, Stephanie, Francesca, Andy, Thaisha Bien Aime’, Gladys, Marie Yolaine, Shaddoi, Pierre Richie’, Luna, Glory Wagnac; and grandchildren, Jean Ricardo, Emmanuel Daniel Shunga Alexandre, Samara, Shaynee, Malachi Cherival, Selena Examo, Kaithlyn Denise Stein, Kianna Tierra Demaris, Amiyah Marie, Xavier Nathaniel, Josiah Amir Cherival

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the first viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at Celestial Chapel of Hurley Funeral Home. The second viewing will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, at Emmanuel Baptist Church at 9 a.m. with the service immediately following at 10 a.m. Interment is at Western Cemetery No. 3.

Arrangements are under the care of Dan Hurley Home for Funerals and Cremation Centers of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.

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