In Memoriam

Our loved ones that have transitioned to Life Eternal may not be physically present, but they will never be forgotten.  We are grateful to God that we will see them again some day.

In the years since our last reunion in 2018, we have lost multiple beloved members of our family due to COVID and other illnesses. We thank God for His grace and comfort during this time. One of the most challenging parts of these monumental losses was the inability to gather during the grieving process as we normally would. 

During the reunion, we will have a special time to celebrate those who have transitioned since the last reunion, but we also wanted to share their stories again as well. Many of these beloved family members faithfully participated in our family reunions, investing their love, time, money, and energy. They are beloved members of the GLT Family and we know we will sense their presence as we gather in July.

Feel free to leave a brief tribute to them here by clicking the link under the respective photo. 
 

Judy Elliott

Birth Date: 1944-10-29
Deceased Date: 2020-06-07
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Louis Green

Birth Date: 1941-03-13
Deceased Date: 2020-03-10
Obituary:
Louis Earl Green, "aka King Lou", 78, of Topeka, KS was born March 13, 1941 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Louis Edward Green and Doretha Green (Ledbetter) Muskogee, OK. The Green family moved to Topeka in 1949, and join Truevine Missionary Baptist (Topeka, Kansas) at an early age and truly loved his church family to the very end when he gained his wings on March 10, 2020

After accepting Christ as his Lord and Savior he went on to serve as the Chair of Deacon Board, Treasurer, Choir Member, Choir Director, Male Chorus, Laymen's, and a host of other auxiliaries. He worked for Goodyear and Stormont Vail until he retired. He graduated Topeka High School and attended Washington Elementary.

Deacon Green loved to go fishing, watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports. He loved his family so deeply. If you ever got the privilege to hear him sing "Still have joy" or any other gospel song then you know God blessed him with an amazing voice. Deacon Green was well known in his community always smiling and willing to do anything for the kids. He loved watching his granddaughters play fastpitch softball and his daughter, granddaughter, and great nephew coach Lady Cyclones Organization in which he would always say "He was the owner." Never hesitated to teach all the men in his family what it takes to be a Godly man, and all the women how a man should treat you. Deacon Green loved to be spoiled by his Davita and Cotton O'Neil family who showered him with gifts every birthday and holidays.

Louis married his longtime sweetheart Virgiline Ida Green (Fisher) on April 7th, 1957 and together they had six children Brain A Green Colorado (Angel), Gregory Green (Deborah) Topeka, Peggy Alexander Topeka, Kenneth Green Topeka, Kevin Green (Davy) Topeka, Gary Green Topeka. He leaves behind two sisters whom he was proud to be their "Big Brother" Shirley Woods (*Lorenzo) Topeka, Anita Green (Topeka). Louis was preceded in death by his father and mother, sister, Floretta Harris (*John), his sister, Doris Miller (*Rev DD Miller), brother, David Green (*Carolyn), Sister, *Martha Green and Brother, *Samuel Green. Louis also leaves behind 11 Grandchildren LaTasha Green-Clanton (Jason), Aisha Green (Texas), Adria Robinson (Texas), Tenille Alexander, Louis Alexander (Trisha), Brandi Green, Kevin Green Jr (Lisette), Marquez Green (Amber), Holli Henderson, Gregory Green Jr, Amari Green Colorado.

22 great-grandchildren Mahogany Green Clanton, Eboni Green Clanton, Michael Beamon, Trevion Alexander, Xavier Alexander, Keilan Green ,Amia Alexander, Brooklyn Alexander, Michelle Alexander, MaKenna Green, Ca'Launi Brown, Ca'Lese Brown, Markeya Green, Adrian Robinson, Destiny Clanton, Juelz Green, Marquez Green Jr, Titus Green, Kamira Green, Noriella Green, Harmoni Clanton. Deacon Louis Green also leaves behind a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. So many people who loved and respected him.
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Reva Harris

Birth Date: 1956-03-08
Deceased Date: 2021-06-14
Obituary:
Reva Elaine Harris, 65 of Topeka, Kansas passed away June 14, 2021 at Midland Hospice Center. She was born March 8, 1956 to Rev. John Harris Jr. and Floretta Mary Green Harris. Reva accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Ebenezer Baptist Church where her father was the pastor. After the family left Ebenezer, Reva united with the True Vine Missionary Baptist Church where she served as the musician for the Youth Choir for several years. She later joined Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, where she remained. Reva attended East Topeka Jr. High School and later graduated from Highland Park High School, where she was crowned Queen of Courts. She was an accomplished musician and during her high school years Reva along with her sister Debbie and her cousins, the Wakes brothers, won numerous high school talent shows. While in high school Reva played in the band Black Velvet with Vernon Steele, Gale Martin, and Jo Jo Johnson. After high school, Reva worked for the Topeka State Hospital, Hallmark Cards and the KS Turnpike Authority. In the late 80's Reva moved to Walterboro, South Carolina where she worked for Dayco. In May of 1991 she had her daughter, Brianna Harris. In 1993 both Reva and Brianna moved back to Topeka. Reva then worked for the Kansas Dept. of Revenue until she retired in 2017. Reva had many special gifts: a great musician, a voice like an angel, and the best Macaroni and Cheese this side of heaven. Of all her qualities, motherhood was the one thing that she lived for. She was a very devoted, loving, attentive and supportive mother to her daughter Brianna and her nephew/son Sylvester (John). Reva is preceded in death by her father, Rev. John Harris, Jr., mother, Floretta M. Harris , sisters, Debra Harris and Sherrie Daniels, brother Samuel Harris, nephew Deon Harris and niece Bridgette Daniels. She leaves to cherish her memory; her daughter Brianna, Topeka, KS, bonus son/nephew Sylvester, Columbia, SC, her brother James Harris, Topeka, KS, sisters, Vida Cameron and Tonda Boatman (Edwin), Columbia, SC and Kristin Percell, Topeka, KS. Aunt, Anita Green Topeka, KS, Uncles, Milton Carr (Brenda) Topeka, KS, and James White, Sr., Ohio, neices LaKisha Cameron, Illinois, T'Auna Boatman, New Jersey, nephews Kelvin Darnell Cameron, Jr., San Antonio, TX, Eric Cameron and Devonte Boatman, both of Columbia, South Carolina, Kenny Posey, Jr., Topeka, KS, Deondre Harris, Lawrence, KS, and a host of great nieces and great nephews, cousins and friends.
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Holli Henderson

Birth Date: 1986-10-27
Deceased Date: 2020-11-03
Obituary:
Holli Faye Henderson, 34, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. She was born in Topeka, Kansas to Deborah (Thornton) Henderson and Lloyd G. Henderson, Jr.

Holli accepted Jesus Christ at an early age. She was baptized by the late Pastor Harold Murray, Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church.

Holli currently attended the City of Calvary, Bishop Crowder, where she enjoyed working with the youth.
Holli attended the Topeka Schools and graduated from Highland Park High School in 2004.

Holli moved to Georgia, there she attended Georgia Perimeter College and Clayton State. She received her CMA and began what she enjoyed doing; helping other people.

When she returned to Kansas, she enjoyed working with Dr. Keller and his team in Lawrence, KS. Holli was a Jayhawk fan and even attended some college at KU.

Holli loved to read and do journal work.

Survivors include her mother, Deborah Kay Henderson-Green (Gregory E.); brother, Gregory E. Green, II; half-sister, Christine Eppinger; step-sister, Adria Robinson and many Aunts, Uncles and cousins and many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father; maternal grandparents, William H. and Jessiefaye Lena Thornton and infant daughter, A’Lena Kay.
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Vicki Ann Ledbetter Metcalf

Birth Date: 1965-02-12
Deceased Date: 2021-06-01
Obituary:
Vicki Ann Ledbetter-Metcalf, 56, Annapolis, Maryland, passed away on June 1, 2021 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), after a courageous battle to overcome the tremendous damage done to her lungs by COVID19. Vicki was the beloved daughter of Eva and Charles Ledbetter of Scott Depot, West Virginia and wife of Hollis R. Metcalf of Annapolis, Maryland. Born on February 12, 1965, into a career army family, Vicki attended public and private preK-12 schools located in California, North Carolina, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, and West Virginia; and graduated from Dunbar High School in Dunbar, West Virginia. Following high school, Vicki earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Finance from Hampton University, and a Master's degree in Business from Bowie State University. After graduating from Hampton, Vicki began her 34-year career with the federal government and was currently an Appraisal Policy Manager in the The Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) agency. Vicki was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dora Mae Ledbetter, and Elnora and Adolph Ford; mother-in-law Shirley Metcalf; and many of her beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. Those she leaves to cherish her memory include her husband, Hollis R. Metcalf and parents, Eva and Charles Ledbetter. Additionally, she leaves her uncles Fred (Joyce) Ledbetter and James (Judy) Ford, and aunt Brenda Mae Ledbetter; her loving, close cousins, Michelle Robinson, Frankye Johnson, Jerome Ledbetter, Steven Ledbetter, Lanell Meeks, Heidi Watson and Demetria Walker; Extremely close, long-time friends, Vivian Banks, Markita Black, Ken Hawes, Lori Moore, Mark Watson, Sue Austin, Daniel Jones; and her cherished, close co-workers Jenny Tidwell, Denise Graves, Neal Fenochietti, Kristi Klamet, Lori Schuster, Claire Brooks, Ron Pepe', and Jim Parks. Finally, Vicki is survived by many, many, many other loving cousins, close friends and co-workers that will never allow her memory to fade. At her request, no funeral service will be held, and based on Vicki's wishes, she will be cremated.
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Kyran L. Taylor

Birth Date: 1996-10-04
Deceased Date: 2020-07-12
Obituary:
Kyran Lee Taylor was born on October 4, 1996 to Courtneigh Sourie and Plez Taylor in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Most of his life was lived in Muskogee, where he received his secondary education. He excelled at athletics until an injury on the football field.  As a child, Kyran was baptized at Deans Chapel Baptist Church. Kyran was a fun-loving jokester and friend.

Kyran passed from this life on July 13, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A huge and loving family is left to remember and cherish the memories, including: his mother, Courtneigh Sourie, his father, Plez Taylor, II, his siblings, Kennedeigh, Kyla, Paris, Jayden, Plez, III and Ezra; his sons, Prynceton and Karter; his grandmothers, Beverleigh Sourie and Vanella Taylor, several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
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James R. Vauls

Birth Date: 1957-02-28
Deceased Date: 2021-08-08
Obituary:
James R. Vauls was born February 28, 1957 in Dayton, Ohio to the late James Shells and Joan Vauls.  He was one of nine children born to this union.  James accepted Christ at an early age.  James graduated from John H. Patterson High School in Dayton, Ohio.  James was on the wrestling team and achieved the level of Black belt in martial arts. James was the first of his family to graduate from college and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wilberforce University.
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Shirley Woods

Birth Date: 1944-10-07
Deceased Date: 2020-11-10
Obituary:
Shirley Ann Green Woods, 76, of Topeka, KS, passed away on November 10, 2020. She was born on October 7, 1944 to Rev. Louis Green and Doretha Ledbetter Green in Muskogee, OK where she lived until she was five years old. The family relocated to Topeka, KS in 1949 to be closer to family. Reverend Green later became pastor of the True Vine Missionary Baptist Church where she accepted Christ at an early age. She was a dedicated member of the True Vine Missionary Baptist Church. During her tenure as a member, Shirley held many positions, including serving on the Usher Board, Chairmen of the Kitchen Committee, Director of Baptist Training Union, Chairman of Men and Women Day, Youth Director, and she was very active in the Mission Department both at True Vine and Kaw Valley District. She was awarded Youth Director of the year by Kaw Valley District Youth Department. Shirley attended Topeka High School and was a graduate of Clark Business School. After graduation, she worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield before moving on to Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation services, where she retired after 32 years of services. She met the love of her life, Lorenzo Woods, and spent 25 year of blissful marriage before his passing in 2019. Their love created a beautiful blended family and a lifetime of happiness. Shirley is preceded in death by her father Reverend L. E. Green; mother, Doretha E. Green and siblings, Floretta Harris (Rev. John Harris), Doris Miller (Rev. D.D. Miller), Louis Green (Virgiline), Martha, Samuel and David Green (Carolyn). She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Jolene Green; grand-daughter NeShaundra Green; and her “Man,” great-grandson Kayden Green, all of Topeka, KS; her sister, Anita Green of Topeka, KS; brother, Milton Carr, Sr. (Brenda) of Topeka KS, sister-in-law, Maudenna Woods-Burke of Atlanta, GA; special sister, Mother Mary Jo Anderson of Topeka, KS. She also loved and leaves behind her bonus children, Adrian Green (LaTosha) of Topeka, KS, KaMaya Green Gibson (Billy) of Oklahoma City, OK, Severino Woods of Phoenix, AZ, Leesha Moore of Topeka, KS, Lorenzo Woods, Jr. (Lisa) of Wichita, KS, Rev. Orlando Woods (Ledora) of Kansas City, MO, Val Haggerty (Ron) of Topeka, KS, Elli Scroggins of Topeka, KS, and Damita Johnson of Topeka KS, and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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