On July 24, 1952 in Harlem New York, John Willis Hood Jr. was born to the late John and Helen Hood. At a young age, John’s family moved to Rochester, New York where he attended school and graduated in 1970 from Madison High school. In 1972 he was drafted into the military and served in the Vietnam War. After active duty, he served in the National Guard where he retired in 1999. For a number of years, he worked at Kodak and retired from Monroe Developmental Center in 2011 after 26 years of service. John loved fishing, watching Science Fiction movies, and listening to all forms of music. On Wednesday October 11, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital, an angel said to John, that it was his time to go home. John Willis Hood Jr. left to cherish his memories; His devoted and loving companion of 38 years Lena Tennyson, four daughters ( Kerri Berry of Rochester New York; Tanyia Owens of Rochester, New York; Kari Owens of North Carolina; Tiffany Owens of North Carolina) and one son ( Terry Smith of Augusta, Arkansas), and step-daughter (Vickie Piner of Beverly Hills, Michigan). John had 15 grandchildren (Tierra, Takirrah, Daniel, Sheldon, Sincere, William, Taliyah, Akeem, Jahmeer, Chereia, Chandria, Mark, Mahki, Ke’Shaun, and Khristian). John had 8 Great Grandchildren, (Janirra, Ky’Lei, Darrel, Sa’ionna, Kerri’onna, Keiron, Keir’stynn, and Kennedy) John is also survived by two dear friends (George Johnson and Melvin Marshall), and a host of relatives and friends.
Emma Gaines, age 96, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 7, 2017, in Rochester, NY. She was born on July 5, 1921 in Sumter, South Carolina to Rosa Holiday and Frank Billie. Emma is survived by her brothers Clyde (Annie Mae, deceased) Billie and James Elijah Billie; son, Frank (Julia) Dow; grandchildren Emmanuel (Marissa) Dow, Rock Hill, NC, Belinda Dow, Kathryn Shereen (Darnell) Anderson; and a host of great-grand children, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is predeceased by brothers Frankie Billie, Bleese Billie, and Timothy Billie; and sisters Elizabeth Blakeley, and Rosa West. Emma grew up in South Carolina and settled in Rochester in the late '70s to be near her son and his family. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking southern foods for friends and family. Emma loved crafts such as crocheting, painting bird and little houses, and ceramics. Emma was a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church and loved gospel music, going to church and listening to the choir. Emma worked at Hillside Children's Home and retired from Hurlbut Nursing Home. She will always be remembered as a kind and loving woman who touched the lives of many people. Emma will be missed by all that knew and loved her.