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s Even after her illness, she and her husband delivered Meals on Wheels to seniors. She continued to sing in the Echoes of Heritage group, which she co-founded. She entertained her friends at GEM and sang at many other events throughout Dare County to spotlight Alzheimer Awareness. Soror Hester was selected as Dare County Citizen of the Year in 2004. Soror Hester was the mother of two sons Frank and Radcliff of Manteo, NC and one daughter, Soror Gussie Shavers of Leesburg, Va. s Soror Beatrice Nickens James transitioned into the Omega Omega Chapter on Feb. 9, 2012. She was was born in Richmond, Va. on April 4, 1919. Soror James was a product of the Richmond Public Schools and a graduate of Armstrong High School. She attended Virginia Union University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University. She also continued studies at Virginia State University and the University of Virginia. Soror James was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority through the Richmond Alumnae Chapter in 1949 and was a Golden Life member. Soror James began her professional career teaching in Richmond Public Schools at the George Mason Elementary School. She later became head of the guidance department at B.A. Graves Middle School and retired as a counselor in 1974 from John Marshall High School. Soror James was very active in community affairs in the Richmond area. She served on the Board of Directors of several organizations including the Northside YMCA; the Greater Richmond United Way Senior Citizens Association; the State Council of Higher Education Committee for the Commonwealth of Virginia; and the National Association of Retarded Citizens. She was the first African American to serve as the president of the Board of Directors of the Greater Richmond American Red Cross. As a result of her service to the American Red Cross, she received the Clara Barton Award, the highest honor of the organization. The proposed fitness center at Virginia University at Lynchburg has been named in her honor. Soror James is survived by her husband, Dr. Allix James; Portia James; one daughter-in-law; Rosalind Knight James; and a god-daughter, The Honorable Margaret P. Spencer. s Soror Eleanor Geneive Matthews Jones transitioned to the Omega Omega Chapter on July 7, 2011. She was born in Baton Rouge, La. on Nov. 2, 1926. Soror Jones was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority through the Alpha Tau Chapter at Southern University in 1947. After graduating from Southern University, Soror Jones joined the Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter where she continued to actively serve on several committees and was a Golden Life member. Soror Jones attended Southern University Laboratory School, graduating in 1944. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Administration and Supervision degree from Southern University and A & M College. She loved children and taught in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System for many years at Northwestern High School, Capitol High School, and McKinley Jr. High School. Soror Jones was united in holy matrimony to George E. Jones, Sr. on January 20, 1950. From this union, they were blessed with two children: George E. Jones, Jr. and Soror Patrice Jones Warren of North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter. s Soror Frances Audrey Dunton Orton, a past president of the Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter, entered the Omega Omega Chapter on Oct. 1, 2012 at the age of 97. Soror Orton’s educational journey began in Accomack County. She attended and graduated from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University). She later earned a Master of Arts degree from New York University. Soror Orton taught ten years on the Eastern Shore and then relocated her family to Portsmouth, Va. in 1947. She taught in the Portsmouth Public School System for 27 years and retired in 1976 to devote service time to serving the community by serving on various boards and commissions. Soror Orton was an active member of the Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter from 1951-2004. She served as chapter president from 1968-1971. She also served as treasurer, historian, recording secretary, parliamentarian, the Pan-Hellenic Council and other committees. Soror Orton united in Holy matrimony to the late Vernon Alexander Orton on June 9, 1940. From this union they had one daughter and one son. Devoted to her family, Soror Orton leaves to cherish her memory three Deltas in the family; daughter-in-law Evelyn married to her son V. Wayne Orton; granddaughter, Kimberly Orton Jones, and sister of her daughter in-law, Essie Bowie, all members of the Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter; five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one brother and sister, one niece, one great-niece and a host of other relatives and friends. s Carletha Ransome “Ran” Palmer, a charter member of the Williamsburg Alumnae Chapter, entered the Omega Omega Chapter on Nov. 20, 2012, she was 89. A native Virginian, Soror Palmer was born Nov. 30, 1922 in Crew, Va. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and education from Virginia Union University and a master’s degrees in education from Columbia University. Soror Palmer enjoyed a distinguished career in education as an employee of the Williamsburg-James JOURNAL Summer 2013 69


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