"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us."

RIP, Mrs. Hilda Tillett Westby

We would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of a beloved daughter of Crooked Tree Village, Mrs Hilda Tillett Westby. 

We will always remember her as distinguished and confident among our Crooked Tree Village Community. During the village reunion in 2008 she played a big part in helping to feed the workers, clean the roads and getting the village ready for a great homecoming of villagers from abroad. 

Her energy, warmth and compassion was instantaneously evident to all who came in contact with her. She was an elementary school teacher in the village and has accomplished many great things in her church, in raising her children and caring for the sick in the village. 

Hilda was always smiling and eager to help visitors to our village; we knew then as we do now, just how lucky we were to have been a part of her life. Her contributions to Crooked Tree Village will live on!

Wishing her family and friends peace and wonderful memories. 

"Because I could not stop for death He kindly stopped for me The carriage held but just ourselves And immortality". Emily Dickinson

"No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why." 
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of our beloved son, and dear brother, Benjamin "Ben" Jerome Gentle, III.
Ben died on Friday, January 31, 2014 in a tragic boat accident while crossing the Crooked Tree Village Lagoon.
He was born on January 29, 1993, the eldest son of Jessie Crawford Gentle and Benjamin Gentle, Jr of Crooked Tree Village. He was 21 years old.
In addition to his parents, Ben is survived by his grand-parents Daniel and Kathleen Gillett Crawford of Crooked Tree Village and Francis and Benjamin Gentle, Sr of Belize City.
He is also survived by his siblings; Nigel, Kenrick, Enis, Joseph, Rondu, Daniel, Danna and Jahad Gentle all of Crooked Tree Village.
Funeral service will be held on February 6, 2014 at Living Word Ministries Church, Crooked Tree Village, at 1:30 p. m.
Pastor Hilbert Crawford, a close family friend, will preside. The funeral will be open to the public.
His life work has ended too soon, but no one understans like Jesus. There is no footprint too small to leave an imprint on this world. May his soul rest in peace.
Benjamin Jerome Gentle, III
Sunrise: January 29, 1993
Sunset : January 31, 2014
We are saddened to informed you of the passing of Howard Nicholson, who passed away yesterday, January 12, 2014 at the age of 59.

He was the son of the late Mavis Idolly Codd and Selvyn Gilroy Nicholson of Crooked Tree Village.

In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by his sister Loraine Usher, Dennis and Daisy Usher and Selvyn Nicholson, Jr.

Surviving him is wife, Rosa Marie Nicholson, two sons and four daughters; Howard Nicholson, Jr., and Christopher Nicholson in Minnesota, USA, Keisha Hoffman in North Carolina, USA, Victoria Idolly, Sarah and Jillian Nicholson of Orange Walk Town, Belize.

He is also survived by three brothers; William Usher and Earl Nicholson of Orange Walk Town and Dexter Nicholson of Los Angeles; sisters: Verna Nicholson Adolphus of Crooked Tree Village, Azelia and Jennifer Usher of Los Angeles, Lee Chmilarski of Miramar, Florida and Carol Nicholson of Los Angeles.

Out thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and children, brothers and sisters, and to the entire extended family.

We all join together in prayer that Howard rest in peace and that his memory be a blessing for his family, for his friends and the entire community.
Funeral services will be at the Crooked Tree Living Word Ministries Church on Saturday, January 18, 2014

May the Lord comfort all who mourn.

Howard Nicholson: Sunrise, December 10, 1954; Sunset, January 12, 2014
Faith is the evidence of things unseen.  Even though we can't see a reason for what has happened, we can have faith that there is a reason in His plan. 
Michael Winston Lewis died, on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital in Belize City.
He was born on April 12, 1966, the eldest son of Louisa Crawford of Palmdale, California, and Aldo Lewis of New York City. Mike was 47 years young.
In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his grand-parents, Winston and Alma Adolphus Crawford of Crooked Tree Village and Edward and Violet Joseph Lewis of Belize City.
Surviving him is his estranged common-law wife, Tarah Sebastian, two sons, and one daughter, Michael, Jr and Clayshaun, and Shameeka Crawford. Stepsons; Andre, Raheem and Corey.
He is also survived by 4 brothers; Ian Payne, Kirk and Aldo Lewis, Jr., and Jefferson Mc Field. Two sisters; Desiree Crawford and Sharon Lewis.
Family and Friends will be received at Ebenezer Methodist on Barracks Road, Belize City, on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. The body will be received at 12:00 noon for funeral service at 1:00 p.m. There will be no wake.
The Lewis and Crawford family would like to thank everyone for their time, love, food, prayers, flowers, cards and letters during their time of bereavement. 
Mike will be missed, but never forgotten.
Michael Winston Lewis: Sunrise: April 12, 1966; Sunset: Jan. 1, 2014
“When those we love have left this earth, we still can feel them near. We'll see a picture, hear a song, and it’s just like they are here. And when we call upon our faith, when we believe and trust, we know the ones we care about are always close to us.”  ~Constance Parker Graham~
Mr. Barry Blayney
Mr. Barry Blayney
Mr. Barry Blayney, a New Zealand national, has been found murdered in his home in Crooked Tree Village. He has been living in Crooked Tree Village for about 10 years and was operating a small grocery store.

This morning a neighbor went to the shop to purchase some items and when she called out for him, he did not answer. Upon checking the unlocked house, Mr. Blayney was found with his arms and feet bound and tape across his mouth. Robbery is believed to have been the motive and earlier this evening the police found some of the items from his shop behind some bushes in the area. 

A number of people living (not native) in the village were taken in for questioning, but no one has been charged yet for his murder.

In the meantime, Mr. Blayney was laid to rest at 3:00 p. m. today, August 16, 2013 in Crooked Tree Village. He was 76 years old. 

I'm at a loss of words of what to say. Our thoughts are with his family; on behalf of the residents of Crooked Tree Village please accept our condolences and know that we are thinking of you. 

When something like this happens, it's easy to get discouraged. I am praying for encouragement to overcome this difficulty in our village.

God sees and knows everything; He will take care of whomever did this terrible act. Faith is the evidence of things unseen. 

Crooked Tree villagers remained in shocked as to why someone would do something like this.

"Be aware every morning that you may not last the day and every evening that you may not last the night."

SUNRISE: DECEMBER 27, 1927 – SUNSET: JULY 11, 2013

VIEWING: 10:00 A.M-11:00 A.M.
A bus operated by the Kerr bus company will leave Queen Elizabeth Park near the Town Board in Orange Walk Town at 8:45 AM on Saturday, July 20th, for all those who wish to attend the funeral.

Robert Lindbergh was born the second son to Elston and Leolin Kerr. He was educated in Belize City where he attended Baptist Primary School. He later served his country and the British Army during World War II as a member of the British Honduras first battalion.

Lindy, as he’s commonly known, was a man of many talents. He was excellent furniture and cabinetmaker, a skill he learned from his uncle, Wilfred Reynolds. He was also an excellent cook having worked as a private chef for a time in Gallon Jug. He willingly shared his bread making skills with his younger siblings.

Lindy was married to Isolene Wade; together, they had seven children. Lindy took great pride in taking his young children to matinee on Sundays after church services and to the park to play. The family later migrated to New York, USA where he continued work in his trade. On retirement he returned to Belize and lived in Orange Walk Town.

As a young man, Lindy loved and played cricket and was a member of the Crooked Tree Brilliant team. He loved to dance and would clear the floor with his moves. He also enjoyed reading westerns and could finish a book in just a few days. In Orange Walk Town, he could frequently be seen riding his bicycle. He was known in the neighborhood as “grandpa.” in the evenings, he enjoyed watching movies and listening to his music.

Lindy is survived by his seven children and their spouses, Robert and his wife Terry; Kay and her husband John; Peggy and her husband Emile; Verla and her husband Bert; Cynthia and her husband Larry; Mark and his wife Andrea; and Curtis; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his siblings, Hubert (Berty) Kerr, and Elaine Middleton of Belize, and Loretta Colinet of Florida, and by his foster sisters, Angela Claire of Belize City and Norma Patten of California; his sisters-in-law Ann Kerr of Belize and Frankie Egan of Illinois; brothers-in-law Winston Middleton and Aderad Colinet, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Lindy was predeceased by his parents, Elston and Leolin Kerr and his brother, Karl Egan.
Reverend McBride, bereaved family and friends:
My wife Sandra and I, along with our sons Andrew and Craig, extend our love and deepest sympathy, to my equally longtime friend, Elma and to Butch, JB, Debbie and to the extended families of Wades, Tilletts and Kings.
We also express our condolences to Terry, Jonathan, Natalie and Nora.
As could have been expected, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of this man, this father, this professional, this friend, this committed Belizean. When JB called early Monday morning to deliver the news, I told my wife that perhaps it is the “three-score-years-and ten thing”.
It was less than a week before he was overcome by illness that we (he and I) were talking as we often did, about world affairs, about the state of the nation and of our misgivings. Carlos Santos was usually a part of these discussions as we tried to formulate the panacea for the nation’s ills as well as the global problems of wars, religious divisions, the dynamics of international politics and the problem of corruption at the expense of the poor.
As with every death, as with every transition of one of our species, we are diminished by our human frailties - a reminder of who we really are not.
It was a seventeenth century Anglican priest, John Donne, who had converted from Catholicism, who wrote, and I paraphrase: No man is an island….any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.
Norris Edgar Wade Sr. was born in the village of Crooked Tree in the Belize District 22nd January in 1940. He was one of several children of the late Granville and Natalia Wade.
To have understood the man - his toughness of character, his resilience, his determination, his steely personality, one had to understand his youthful environment.
Crooked Tree was a family village of Wades, Tilletts, Gilletts, Rhaburns and Crawfords that became inter-related over the years. These people were (and still are) subsistence farmers, hunters and fishermen. It was not the idyllic tourist attraction that it has become. Access to Belize City was through a back, sometimes impassable dirt road to Orange Walk town, or by paddling a dory from this virtually isolated village to the other side of the Crooked Tree lagoon and then trek five miles, or in Norris’ case, a privileged ride on his father’s horseback and then onto an old bus, Batty’s bus, at the time, to Belize City. Access via a causeway and the portable water and electricity came years after he had received his early education at the Crooked Tree Baptist Public School - an explanation, no doubt, about his character when we were losing ours.
I first met this country boy in 1954, in June of that year. Our first introduction to each other was by way of a classroom desk. It was our first day at the Technical High School on Freetown Road. We were taken to our assigned classroom and had to select a chair and desk which were already arranged in the classroom setting. We both went for the same desk. A confrontation ensued. This was my first introduction to Norris Wade and his Crooked Tree environment. I had to concede. We maintained a lasting friendship for sixty years and later we became political comrades in the pre and post independent Belize. Education was limited and so were opportunities under colonial rule. During our high school years, there were certain things that were taboo for him. He declined to engage in our boyish discussions about the physical attributes of Miss Mary Wright, the Domestic Science teacher or to attempt any overtures to the senior girls like Ismay Meighan, Emerita Vasquez, Delia Magana and others. Our class had no girls. But there were numerous like attractions on the other side of the river at Wesley College, which was our rival in Cricket matches. Norris’ interest then was Cricket and Cricket only. He played the game well; usually he was our wicket keeper or bowler. It became one of his lifelong passions both on the turf and as an Umpire.
He was never involved in our pranks - playing hooky from Thursday’s religious class to smoke cigarettes under the school building or to make pencil sketches of our drooling Spanish teacher, Mr. Moody. But with a little encouragement he did participate in smoking away the straw basket which was made from ti-tie when we discovered that it was a cheap alternative to cigarettes. 
This country boy was never dazzled by city life and never spent a weekend in Belize City, always anxious to return home.
A new set of girls were enrolled at the school two years later. It appeared that it was a school policy to keep us away from girls and to see our reaction when the new girls were enrolled. With this new intake of girls were names that come to mind like June Craig, Marion Longsworth and Elma Tillett, not from Crooked Tree but from New Road in Belize City. He focused on the latter, Elma and was determined to make her his childhood sweetheart. It almost appeared that this union was pre-ordained as
Norris Wade shed his shyness and entered into love’s dangerous territory which led to their marriage in 1962.This after he had begun to earn a few bucks working with the law firm of W.H.Courtenay and Associates on Regent Street. He had shown no indication that law was his calling. I suppose he grabbed the first job that was available, so hooked he was on this Tillett gal. My question to him was: Why the rush bro’?
Shortly after the wedding, he was awarded a scholarship to study for a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy at the University of Arizona. He took his young wife with him. While he was studying, he was also able to dispel the myth of storks bringing babies and sowed some oats that produced Landis (their first son now deceased) and Norris Wade Jr. – Butch. JB and Debbie were, I suspect, products from the rural environments of Central Farm and the Pomona Valley - at least that was based on my own calculation after two and counting. To me, he seemed to be a man in a hurry.
After returning home with his wife and their two children, Norris became the Head of the Research Department and Chief Agronomist in Central Farm. He later took up an appointment with the Citrus Company of Belize where he was responsible for citrus cultivation and production. He made his mark as the leading agronomist in Belize. His career also included many consultancies in crop cultivation for local agro-industries and for the World Bank.
I must, as an aside, mention an incident in Pomona. I had decided to take the marital plunge. A few months later, I took my young wife to visit with Norris and Elma. In my introduction of Sandra to Elma, Elma was totally unabashed and undiplomatic and in trying to sound a warning to Sandra, she said: “Gal you know da whe you di get yuself inna?” That was the nature of the friendship with both of them.
While our career paths diverted we kept in touch with each other. We again began to spend more time together when he and Elma moved to Belmopan in 1977 for another short stint in the Ministry of Agriculture. Shortly after, he took up an appointment with the Hershey Food Corporation of Pennsylvania as Manager of their operations in Belize and located on the Hummingbird Highway where they had made a large investment in Cacao cultivation for their chocolate industry. I recall his experience during Hurricane Greta in 1978 which caused heavy flooding of the Hershey farms and his working hand in hand with his labour force to save the trees and to salvage the cacao plantation. This was again an example of the measure of this man.
Norris was also a member of the Belize Volunteer Guard. This was another side of this complex and enigmatic man.
He made no apologies that he was an imbiber, yet he would run a mile away when offered a joint. For years and years and years he observed his Christian Lenten season by abstaining from booze in observance of the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert.
He was a man of many contradictions; he was smart and assertive but maintained his humility. Perhaps he was simply passive-aggressive. Norris Wade never bore any grudges or held any malice towards anyone. I can never recall Norris ever being mean spirited no matter his negative experiences.
Norris, the extrovert, loved a party and loved to entertain his many friends, perhaps, a little too much. But that was his way. Yet he was a very private man, resilient and resolute when the going got rough -and there were times when I visited with him when he was experiencing, what was probably the toughest time of his life. He never moaned nor complained. He rolled with the punches - tough and never down; on his knees, but never out. He was always, always able to get up and brush himself off until finally this week…….
Norris Wade was perhaps an unorthodox Christian. He was a non-conformist who thought out of the box -always a thinker who never saw a half-empty glass.
He loved his children to the point of spoiling them. He was also a family man. Debbie told me that for him Christmas was always about family. His birthdays were for friends, Elma always having to prepare much more food than for the fifty he had invited.
While he will be missed, and while the world with all its troubles, will continue to turn, he lives on in the gene pool he has left with his off-springs.
I close with the words of the prophet Kahlil Gibran:
Cover me with soft earth and let each handful be mixed with seeds of jasmine, lilies and myrtle, and when they grow above me and thrive on my body’s elements, they will breathe the fragrance of my heart into space….
Leave me then friends - leave me and depart on mute feet, as the silence walks in the deserted valley.
Go back to the joy of your dwellings and you will find there, that which death cannot remove from you and me.
He was buried today, July 11, 2013 in Belmopan, Belize,
11th July, 2013
O Lord, we beg of You, through Your loving kindness, have mercy on the soul of Your servant, Erma Marie Wade and now that she is set free from the defilement of this mortal flesh, restore her to her heritage of everlasting salvation. Amen.

May she rest in peace! ERMA MARIE WADE, 53 years old.
Sunrise: May 16, 1960
Sunset: May 24, 2013

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of a daughter of Crooked Tree Village, Ms. Erma Marie Wade.

Erma was born in Belize City, Belize, but grew up in Crooked Tree Village with her grand-parents Haze and Harold Wade and her beloved brother, Earl Wade. She was well known and well liked in the village and was always seen with a big smile on her face. There was never a time that she was too busy to help someone, even if it meant interrupting her favorite trekking in the woods with her brother.

She attended St. Hilda’s High School in Belize City where students and friends were very fond of her happy and vivacious personality; later in her life, she moved to Chicago, Il where she made a home for her children.

Erma Marie was pre-deceased by her mother Idolly Gideon of Gardenia Village, Belize

Left to mourn her passing is her husband, Isaiah Allen.

Also mourning her passing is her father Elston Wade, Sr. of Bermudian Landing, Belize

Two sons; Ian and Justin Young of Chicago, Illinois; one grand-son, Adam Young.

Sisters: Vicky Dawson, Elvia Murriello, Therese Tillett, Morna, Janet, Sharon, Deserie, Eleanor Wade

Brothers: Earl Wade of Chicago, Il, Derick, Robert, Elston, Dwight, Emerson, Eward, Jerome, and Dwayne Wade.

Order of Services:
Friday, June 7, 2013 2:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
At: McCullogh Funeral Home
851 E. 75th Street, Chicago, Il

Funeral Service:
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Visitation: There will be a viewing at the church prior to the service from 10:00 AM - 11:00AM at Mount Missionary Baptist Church 1113 Clark St. Evanston, Il

Internment: Rose Hill Cemetery, 5800 Ravenswood Ave, Chicago Il 60660

Repast will follow at the home of her brother, Earl Wade: 14518 Harvey Ave. Harvey, Il 60426

May the Almighty comforts all who mourn and may we all join together in prayer that Erma Marie Wade rest in peace and that her memory be a blessing for her family, for her friends and for us all.


A Psalm of David: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

May he Rest in Peace! MAURICE NATHANIEL WESTBY, 86 years old!

Sunrise: March 7, 1927
Sunset: March 12, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mr. Maurice Nathaniel Westby of Crooked Tree Village.

Mr. Maurice, better known by villagers as “Faama George”, was one of the greatest folk herbalists of Crooked Tree Village. From an early age, Faama took great interest and pride in healing the villagers of their sprained ankle or bones with locally grown herbs and exotic plants.

But not only was he able to heal the bones, in fact, he was very experienced and well known for his treatments of anemia, known locally as “poor blood”, infertility and impotence. Mr. Westby got all his knowledge for the treatments of illness outside of conventional medicine passed on to him from his parents, the late, Edward and Susan Tillett Westby. His mother was also a mid-wife and passed on the skills of treating women for infertility and was widely known for treating men for impotence.

For some of us today, where life is a little better than thirty years ago, seeing a bush doctor is hardly on our radar screens. But not Mr. Westby, up until a few years ago, you could have still found him in the bushes with his machete mixing and chopping leaves and roots with twigs fasten and tangled all among his hair.

The village of Crooked Tree has lost a great community and family man and a great grassroots practitioner. We will never forget his time spent out in the forest and bushes harvesting his favorite medicine from the earth and not from a bottle with a fancy label.

We will miss Faama for his cheap bush medicine remedies that worked. Mr. Westby was unpretentious and his remedies were embraced by many villagers; this is a sad end of an era in these challenging times.

Mr. Maurice Westby was pre-deceased by his parents, Edward and Suzanne Tillett Westby.
Sisters: Violet Westby Wade, Noemi Westby McCulloch, Christiline Westby, Irene Westby Cadle, and Leonie Westby.
Brothers: Claudius Westby, Reginald Westby, Harmon Westby, and Percival Westby.
Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Mrs. Emma Rhaburn Westby; she was his sweetheart, his first lady, his best friend, and life long partner.  His everything!!

Also mourning his passing are four sons and six daughters.
Sons: Joel, Maurice, Jr., Arnold and Edward Westby.
Daughters: Abigail Tillett, Naomi Westby, Susan Evans, Nerita Westby, Chriselda Gillett, Joy Westby, and beloved gran-daughters Tessa Westby Martin and Teresa Westby.

He is also survived by 39 grand-children, 26 great-grand-children, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and close friends.

A wake will be held at the family residence in Crooked Tree Village on Saturday night, March 16, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at the Crooked Tree Baptist Church on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 10:00 a. m.

A bus will leave the Pound Yard Bridge in Belize City at 8:00 a. m. for those wishing to attend the funeral.

Repast will follow at the church in honor of his memory.
I know that your faith is strong, and I want to encourage you to hold on to it.  Faith is the evidence of things unseen.  Even though we can't see a reason for what has happened, we can have faith that there is a reason in His plan. 
Please tell the people in your life you love them as much as you can. You will never know when it will be our last.

We regret to announce the death of John Alexander Gideon III of Biscayne Village. He was the son of a daughter of Crooked Tree Village, Ethel August.  
John lost his life on February 24, 2013. He was traveling from the direction of Belize City on the George Price Highway on the way to his home in Hattieville Village.  He stopped off the highway because of an apparent car problem and was walking in the direction of Hattieville with the car battery in his hand when he was approached by a man on a bicycle who fired several shots at him and rode off. John was hit in his head, face and neck and died at the scene.
John was a beloved husband, father, son and brother to his family and friends. He was an announcer at the San Pedro/Belize Water Taxi for many years. Friends of John said they are deeply saddened and will miss his call to passengers to get on/off board the boats. People who are familiar with the area would always hear him calling: “Ladies and Gentlemen - Welcome back! And watch your head and if you hit your head, watch your language, please. Thanks for riding with us, and may God bless you to ride with us again.”
 He was taken away from us so suddenly! Our hearts bleeds for his family.
John is survived by his wife, Darrett Gideon and two children; daughter, Jahra 6 years old, and son, Jaron, 1 year old.
He will be sadly missed by his beloved mother, Ethel August, of Biscayne Village.
He is survived by his siblings; Kimberlyn, Mirian, Anneka, Priscilla, Jessica, Kenrick and Derrick Gideon, and Candyce, Gerine and Tiana Taylor.
He will also be mourned by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A wake will be held at the family residence in Bicayne Village on Saturday, March 2, 2013 and the funeral will on Sunday, March 3 at the Biscayne Baptist Church.
A repast will be held immediately following the funeral at the family’s home in Biscayne Village.
Forever remembered!
Sunrise: September 15, 1981….Sunset: February 24, 2013
Lester Llewellyn Gillett sunrise 12/07/1929 sunset 2/10/2013

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Lester Llewellyn Gilett, eldest son of Mr Hubert and Mrs Ethel Nicholson Gillett ( deceased ) of Crooked Tree Village.

After many years with various ailments and failing health, Lester passed away on Sunday, February 10th, 2013. He is predeceased by his son Maxwell, daughter Alester, brother Cyril and parents Hubert and Ethel Gillett.

He is survived by his children, Thirza, Deonelia, Lillian and Nigel Gillett, siblings Evadney, Austin, Oswald Gillett, Pearline Pinks, Idolly Myvett, Vida Coye, Virginia Malcolm and Josephine Smith-Andrewin.

He will also be mourned by his nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren and his many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service in his honor will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Family Mennonite Church.

6520 South Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90044

A repast will be held immediately following the service.
SUNRISE: December 5, 1926; SUNSET: Feb 6, 2013

May he rest in peace.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Osmond Tillett of Crooked Tree Village. He was hospitalized for two days and died this morning, February 6, 2013 at the KHMH in Belize City.

Mr. Osmond served our Crooked Tree Village community well. It began with his father, Mr. Randolph Tillet, as our first village chairman. The elder Tillett was also responsible for registering the births and deaths in our village.  As his father apprentice, Mr. Osmond took up the reins of the registrations in our village until that practice ended. He is being remembered as a smart guy with a great sense of humor and always willing to help anyone who came to his door. In his early years he always kept a huge vegetable garden behind his house where villagers could find him many days tending his tomatoes, okra and other veggies. Mr. Osmond was a pleasure to be around and I can say that he has left a lasting impression on all the villagers he came in contact with.

It is difficult to see the purpose of death in this world, but God sees and knows everything and is with him right now.

He is survived by brothers: Norman Tillett, Gerald Tillett, Mordant Tillett, William Tillett, Randolph Tillett Jr and sisters Adlene Gillett and Louise Wade. He was predeceased by two sisters Lucinda Gillett and Merlene Rhaburn.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Tillett Family of Crooked Tree Village.

Funeral services set for FRIDAY Feb, 8th, 2O13 at Crooked Tree Nazarene Church, 2pm. He was 86 years old.
He will be greatly missed!!
We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Orvin "Skippy" Russell of Crooked Tree Village. 

He passed away this morning, December 27th at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital in Belize City at the age of 79. 

He is survived by his sisters: Elfreda Russel Tillett, Claribel Russell Banner, Estelle Russell Smith and Isolene Russell, Eileen Russell Harris and brother Cecil Kaffa Russel 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Russell and Rhaburn families. 

May we all join together in prayer that Orvin rests in peace, and that his memory be a blessing for his family, for his friends and for all of us.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday December 29th, 2012 at 10:00a.m. at Living Word Ministries in Crooked Tree Village. There will be no wake.


Our deepest sympathies to the Dawson family for the loss of a son of Crooked Tree Village, Rodney Dawson.

He was the son of the late Adalbert and Rosemond Wade Dawson of Crooked Tree Village.

 The funeral is today, December 16, 2012 at 2:00 p. m. in the Village of Gardenia, Belize. 

May he rest in peace!




 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints”.


May She Rest In Peace, Mrs. Claribel “Oga” Gillett Crawford.

Sunrise: July 20, 1934
Sunset:  December 14, 2012

We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Claribel “Oga” Gillett Crawford of Crooked Tree Village. She passed away peacefully at her home.

Mrs. Oga, as she is known by her family and friends was a beloved and outstanding woman of character in her Crooked Tree Village community.

She is the beloved wife of the late, Edmond Crawford, and devoted mother to the late Wilda “Idency” Crawford.

Left to mourn her passing are her children: Sons: Dennis, Murvin, Edmond, Jr., and Lawrence Crawford

Daughters: Gladys, Evelyn, Lavern, Meleace and Yvonne Crawford. She is also survived by 23 grand-children and 4 great-grand children.

Sisters: Bridgette Gillett and the late Mrs. Ida Gillett Tillett, Ms. Rose, and Ms. Elswith “Kadie” Gillett.

Brothers: Wilfred, Clifford, Nathan, Hubert, Hildebrandt, Alexander, Ivan, Valan, Norris, Eldred Gillett.

She was the daughter of the late Nathan and Mariah Perriott Gillett of Crooked Tree Village.

A wake will be held at the family residence in Crooked Tree Village on December 15, 2012.

Funeral Service: Starts at 2:00 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Baptist Church; Sunday, December 16, 2012. Pastor Maurice will conduct the funeral sermon.

There will be a bus leaving the Pound Yard Bridge in Belize City and will stop in Ladyville Village for those wishing to attend the funeral.

Rest In Peace. We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Claribel "Oga" Gillett Crawford.

Mrs. Oga, as she is know by all of her family and friends passed away this morning at her home in Crooked Tree Village.

Be strong and allow the Almighty to comfort your heart. Deepest sympathy to the Crawford and Gillett families.

More information will be announced later.

Image fragile, sudden. Rest in peace Coolie.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mrs. Amelia "Coolie" Guy Gillett of Crooked Tree Village and Isabella Bank.

She is survived by her husband George "Georgie"Gillett.

Her children Frederick Sr Guy, Calvin Gillett Jr, Victor Gillett, AnnaMarie Gillett, Alvin Gillett, George Gillett Jr, Urilla Gillette Wade, MaryAnn Gillett and Andy Gillett. She leaves behind 16 grandchildren, one great-grandchild 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Coolie, as she was know to villagers for her kindness and strong work ethics.

A wake will be held at her residence in Crooked Tree Village on Saturday, November 1Oth with funeral services on Sunday November 11th, 2012, at the Crooked Tree Adventist Church at 1Oam.

Our deepest sympathies to the Gillett family for the loss of a son of Crooked Tree Village; Norris Richard Gillett.

He was the son of the late Nathan and Mariah Perriott Gillett of Crooked Tree Village.

Brother of Mrs. Claribel Gillett Crawford of Crooked Tree Village and Ms. Bridgette Gillett of Belize City.

Sunrise: December 2, 1932; Sunset: September 2, 2012

May he rest in peace.

Sunrise: October 29, 1932; Sunset: September 2, 2012

In celebration of the life of a wonderful mother, grand-mother, sister, and aunt; the family of Isolene “Iso” Wade Kerr informs you
that she departed this earth for a more perfect and beautiful everlasting life on Sunday, September 2, 2012.

She is survived by three sons, Robert Kerr aka Ocean X, Mark Kerr and Curtis Kerr,
Four daughters: Kay Kerr Alfonso, Peggy Kerr Sanon, Verla Kerr Bidos and Cynthia Kerr Clover,

Ten Grandchildren: Kevin Kerr, Jenna Kerr, Jasmine Alfonso, Jennifer Alfonso, Christine Sanon, Emile Sanon, Calbert Dawson, Shawn Dawson, Alexandre Bidos , Gabrielle Clover, seven great-grand-children.

Brother: Hilton Codd of Phoenix, Arizona. Sisters: Casorine Codd Maloney of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, May Codd Romans of Phoenix, Arizona and Loraine Codd Hernandez of New York City.

She is also survived by four sons-in-law: John Alfonso, Emile Sanon, Berthier Bidos and Larry Clover; two daughters-in-law Terry X and Andrea Wong, her loving niece Enid Gillette Smith and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and loved ones.

She was pre-deceased by her mother Ms. Florence Crawford; brother, Oliver Codd, and sister, Helen Wade.

We thank God for her long life, her dedication to her family, to her church and her community. We will miss you Ms. Iso and your memories will be cherished forever. Peace and eternal rest!

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

Order of Services:
Thursday September 6, 2012 4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Kraeer Funeral Home
1655 University Drive
Coral Springs, FL

Funeral Service:
Starts at 11:30AM at St. Christopher Episcopal Church
Friday September 7, 2012
There will be a viewing at the church prior to the service from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Repast will follow at the Church in honor of her memory as one of the “Daughter of the Kings”

Flowers can be sent to the funeral home.
Cards can be mailed to: Cynthia Clover, 12326 Royal Palm Blvd Coral Springs, FL 33065

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Death is only the beginning of a more perfect and beautiful everlasting life.

It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that I tell you tonight of the passing of Isolene Wade Kerr. She was a beautiful and inspiring mother, grand-mother, sister, and aunt.

We’re praying that the light of God’s face shines on her family in the darkness of their grief.

There will be a special tribute and announcement later this week, but you can leave your condolences in the comments section of the guest book page.

May she rest in peace.   September 3, 2012


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Lord, as we mourn the sudden death of Mr. Vernon Jones, Sr., show us the immense power of Your goodness and strengthen our belief that he has entered into Your Presence. Amen.

We are celebrating the life and passing of our beloved father
Vernon Jones. Sr. He leaves behind his children Vernon Jones, Jr., Nancy Jones Pelissier, Marcia Jones Edwards, and Lisa Jones. He is also survived by 11 grand-children.

A wake will be at the family home in Carmelita Village on Friday, August 31st and the funeral will be on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Carmelita Bible Chapel.

Tomorrow, August 18, 2012 is the funeral of Mrs. Muriel Tillett in Crooked Tree Village.

O Lord, grant those who have died the joy of Your presence, and us who are living the happiness of knowing this.

May her soul rest in peace.


Mrs. Mary “Miss Molly” Tillett

Psalm 18:2 - The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

The death is announced of Mrs. Mary “Miss Molly” Tillett of Crooked Tree Village. She passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter Marilyn in Chicago, USA on July 26th at 5:59pm.

Beloved wife of the late Mr. Donald Richard “Mr. Dan” Tillett Sr. and devoted mother of Mr. Richard Tillett, Mrs. Daisy Campos, Mr. Walter Tillett, Mr. Lawrence Tillett, Mr. Ricky Tillett, Mr. Steve Tillett, Mrs. Marilyn Khan, Mr. Donald Tillett Jr., Mrs. Jessie Crawford, Mrs. Elena Jex, Mrs. Lois Magana, Mr. Modesto Tillett and Ms. Nancy Tillett. She is also survived by her 63 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday August 3rd, 2012 at 3pm at the Living Word Ministries Church in Crooked Tree Village.


Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His holy ones. Psalms 116:15

May she Rest in Peace! VIOLET WESTBY WADE, 93 years old!

Sunrise: May 18, 1918
Sunset : April 25, 2012

Homecoming and funeral services will be held at the Crooked Tree Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mrs. Violet Westby Wade of Crooked Tree Village.

Mrs. Vio, as she was known by many in Crooked Tree Village, was pre-deceased by her parents Edward and Suzanne Tillett Westby.

Pre-deceased by sisters: Neomi Westby McCulloch, Christiline Westby, Irene Westby Cadle and Leonie Westby.
Brothers: Claudius Westby, Reginald Westby, Harmon Westby, and Percival Westby.
Daughter: Millicent Bull Wade

Left to mourn his passing is her brother Maurice Nathaniel Westby, Sr. and beloved son, Orville Wade of Crooked Tree Village.

Also survived by grand children, great grand-children, many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

All relatives and friends are called to this announcement






To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die........... Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Isaac Absolom Gillett: May he rest in peace

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His holy ones. Psalms 116:15

Isaac Absolom Gillett went home to be with the Almighty on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012 at his home in Carmelita Village, Belize.

Isaac, known to many of his friends as “Largo” was pre-deceased by his Mother Helen Wade and his younger brother Floyd Adolphus.

Left to mourn is passing are his wife Mirtha Gonzales Gillett and 8 wonderful children.

Step-father: Mr. Walden Adolphus, Sr.

Beloved Sisters: Enid Gillett Smith of Ft Lauderdale, Florida; Evie Adolphus Mallett of Chicago, Il; Patricia Adolphus of Los Angeles, Ca; Ruth Adolphus Tillett in Belize, and Yvette Adolphus Quiros, and Sharrette Adolphus of Chicago, Il.

Brothers: Andrew “Andy” Adolphus, Denfield Adolphus, Jason Adolphus, Walden Adolphus, Jr, and Wayne Adolphus.

Dear to the Heart of Auntie, Isolene Wade of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Homecoming for Isaac Absolom Gillett is as follows.

A wake and viewing of the body will be held at his home in Carmelita Village on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Carmelita Village.

Isaac was greatly loved by numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. He was also the grand-son of the late Florence Crawford, George Wade, Everillia Codd and Josiah Adolphus of Crooked Tree Village.

Sunrise: February 18, 1960………Sunset: April 8, 2012

May his soul rest in eternal peace!!



It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Willard "Willie-Bill Black" Cadle.

Bill Black, as he is know to most of his relatives and friends, passed over to glory today April 2, 2012 at his home in Crooked Tree Village.

Bill is pre-deceased by his parents Harry and Irene Westby Cadle, and sister Loviny Nicholson Dawson.

Left to mourn his passing are: Sisters; Gloria Cadle Crawford of Crooked Tree Village and Rubena Cadle Tillett of Biscayne Village. Brother; Lingford "Lingy" Cadle.

He was the proud uncle of numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later!

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me… Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." Psalms 23:4, 6.........May his soul rest in peace!!!




Psalm 27:1 and 7 - The Lord is my light and my salvation……Hear, O Lord when I cry with my voice; have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

It is with sadness that the Henderson & Wade families announce the death of Mrs. Casarine Wade Henderson of Crooked Tree Village which occurred on February 21, 2012 at the KHMH at the tender age of 67.

She is pre-deceased by her father and mother Harold and Hazel Wade. Her daughters Desiree and Tanya and son Marlon Henderson. She is survived by her husband Winston Henderson; sons Harold Burns and Kerwin Henderson living in New York; her grand-daughter Mirriane Henderson.

She is survived by her brothers: Elston (Best) Wade Sr., Harold Wade Jr and Rayford Wade; sisters: Mrs. Elorine Flowers and Mrs. Curline & Yvonne Tillett.

Also survived by eleven (11) grand children and 1 great grandchild, many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Crooked Tree village on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm. All relatives and friends are called to this announcement.

Casarine Wade Henderson dead at 67!
Sunrise:  April 18, 1944  –  Sunset:  February 21, 2012


Please pray for peace, comfort, and strength for the Wade and Henderson families and the villagers of Crooked Tree Village. It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death Mrs. Caserine (Teacha Cass) Wade Henderson of Crooked Tree Village. 

She is the daughter of the late Mr. Harold, Sr and Mrs. Hazel Banner Wade. 

Mother of Harold Burns, Kerwin and Marlon Henderson, Indira and Alicia Banner.

R.I.P Caserine Wade Henderson......funeral arrangements will be announced later. February 21, 2012



May He Rest In Peace!!

Those who are asleep will awaken on the day the Lord comes for us all. We will be called up by our Lord Jesus Christ. Death is only the beginning of a more perfect and beautiful everlasting life.

The death is announced of Mr. Ewing Rhaburn of Crooked Tree Village. 
February 18, 2012

More information will be announced later.




Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity. Mother Teresa

It’s with deep regret that we the Estell family announce the death of our beautiful mother Elswith Berthamae Rhaburn Estell.

I know everyone tends to say all the best things about their mom but our mom was genuinely a humble, sweet, giving, honest and simply pure of heart, don’t get me wrong she had an edge to her where you messed with one of her own she would snap at you in a flash) but it was just the MOTHER GENE in her.  My heart aches at our loss of our AWESOME mom, but I also want to acknowledge that she was also a sister, aunt, grandmother, neighbor, and really wonderful friend. I learned quite a few things about my mom with our last quality time we spent together over this past holiday that I will hold mom was funny as hell and love to find the laugh in every situation.

She had this look she would give you if she was trying to make fun of something or someone----yes someone----we all do it so don’t pretend you don’t {laugh} but she did it in a very jovial way as a mockery rather than a make fun of. 

Funeral service will be held in Ladyville at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 5th, at the Ladyville Baptist Church.

Burial will be in Crooked Tree Village where here late parents, James & Winnefred Rhaburn were laid to rest.

Following the funeral service buses will be leaving for Crooked Tree Village where the burial sermon will be conducted by Pastor Maurice Westby.

Elswith Estell is survived by her husband Dudley Estell, daughters Yvette Halliday{wife of Henry Halliday}; Rowena Estell and Trisha Estell of Chicago, Ill, Sherria (Betty} Estell, Keishalyn Estell & Starlee Estell.

Grand-children: Tyronne Fuentes, Shauntice Martin, Ellsworth Sutherland JR., LeeShawn Gordon, James Halliday & Oren Humes.

Siblings: Ionie Wright, Evan Rhaburrn, Norma Gillett, Wincy Rhaburn, Bernice Sutherland, Elswith Estell, James Rhaburn III, Genevieve Comber, Maridell and Faye Rhaburn.

Sunrise: December 12, 1943
Sunset:  Febuary 2, 2012



Sunrise:   May 14, 1937

Sunset :   Jan.  25, 2012

This eulogy is dedicated to family, relatives, and very close friends who knew my mother intimately.

Our Mom Burmah Flowers, for those of us who knew her well, was a woman of class, integrity, strength and great faith. She was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gillett on May 14, 1937 in Crooked Tree  Village, Belize.  The third eldest of 10 children, she helped raise her younger brothers and sisters, at the same time that she helped her parents along on their land.

   She attended college, pursuing a degree in Education and thereafter becoming a teacher in a school in Belize City; eventually working her way up to an Assistant Principal. Students and fellow teachers alike were very fond of her because of her magnificent personality. She was caring, giving, understanding and loving. My Mom taught in Belize City for a couple of years. She then decided to move to the United States to raise her family as a single parent. This was the beginning of many hardships.   She toiled and worked very hard, taking her first job working as a clothing seamstress in a factory. There were instances where Mom would only have bread and water for lunch in order to save money for us. One day, she came across a nice gentleman who encouraged her to try for a position at the D’ Agostinos supermarket; she applied and got the job in 1976, permanently working there until her retirement. Mom suffered her first stroke on February 21, 2001 which only affected her left peripheral vision. She decided to work for a few more years finally retiring in 2007.  At first, she was bored but later on she began to enjoy her free time.

    On January 7, 2010 Mom suffered a second stroke which this time became more severe, paralyzing her entire left side, affecting her vision and losing her ability to swallow. It was at this moment in time that we, her children, realized she would never be the same. Released from the hospital and transferred to a Nursing Home for rehabilitation, she never once gave up as she fought to walk. The physical therapists did all they could, but in-spite of their efforts, Mom was unable to recover. She was eventually released from the Rehabilitation and then went on to live with my brother, where my sisters and I took turns caring for her. Mom then developed a cough that would not go away; she was later diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia.  However, after performing a CATSCAN, the doctors discovered she had two lumps in her right lung.

   On January 25, experiencing breathing problems, Mom passed away that very night.  She leaves behind her four children:  Jason Alfred Flowers, Sharlene Victoria Flowers, Rema Elvina Flowers and myself, Nadia Elaine Vales; her siblings Gwenyth Tillet, George Gillett (deceased), Elistine Tillet, Donald Gillett, Jennifer Wilkerson, Edwin Gillett (deceased) and Stephen Gillett, plus numerous cousins, relatives and intimate close friends.


Mom, you were so dear to our hearts. You will be greatly missed. We love you and will cherish you all the days of our lives. Rest in peace, Mom, you will have no more pain and suffering. You have been set free. Love You.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 3, 2010 at Community Worship Center-Church of the Nazarene at 117 Madison St, Brooklyn, New York, 11216. The Rev. Dr. Elmer Gillett will be conducting the funeral sermon.





Our Beloved Pastor- Rev. Owen. Frederic Rhaburn Pastor Emeritus Crooked Tree Baptist Church.

Sunrise: April 12, 1928
Sunset: December 23, 2011

Owen Fredric Rhaburn was born in 
Crooked Tree Village on April 12, 1928, the third child of John and Edith Flowers Rhaburn. He attended the Crooked Tree BaptistSchool and church. After completing primary school he went to work along with his father in his farming and chicle operations.

Rev. Owen Rhaburn, a beloved husband and pastor served the Crooked Tree Villagecommunity well. He was a leader and centerpiece in the community officiating at many weddings, baby christenings and funerals. He was very committed and he touched many lives in the village. Pastor Rhaburn was a man of character, upstanding in our community and an incredible man of God. 

The year 1957 was a very important one in his life. In June he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior. And on August 3rd he took Maggie Crawford as his wife and there a month later, on November 3, the Reverend Michael Marrith baptized him and his wife on the profession of faith in Jesus Christ. He was subsequently admitted into the membership of the Crooked Tree Baptist Church.

He served in various capacities of the church including that of deacon. The Reverend Arnold Pearson Superintendent of the Baptist Mission and Pastor of
the Queen Street Baptist Church assumed pastor ship of the Crooked Tree Baptist Church. He retained pastoral responsibility while delegating most of the operational functions of theCrooked Tree Church to the then Deacon Rhaburn. While serving in this capacity, the position of pastor became vacant and he was appointed provisionally as the pastor of the Crooked Tree Baptist Church in 1964.

With the support of Pastor Pearson and the Baptist Church Mission he enrolled in several courses of studies. In 1970 he graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a Diploma in Theology. He subsequently did a post-graduated study and was awarded certification in ‘Sermon Buildings” and “Church Growth”.

In 1968 Pastor Rhaburn left Crooked Tree Village for the Stann Creek Valley Community to serve as pastor of both the Light of the Valley and Stann Creek Town Baptist Churches. He served in that district from 1968 to 1971. In 1971 he returned to Crooked Tree and resumed his position as pastor of the CT Baptist Church. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1998.

It is with great sadness and heaviness of heart that we announce the death of our beloved Pastor Owen Rhaburn. He wrestled long and hard with much pain and illness, and the Lord decided it was time to take him home.

He passed away peacefully on December 23, 2011 at 7:30 p. m. with his loving wife Maggie Crawford Rhaburn at his side. He is now in a place of vast beauty, having passed through the valley of the shadow.

He is survived by his wife Maggie Crawford Rhaburn.

Son: Andrew Rhaburn

Brothers: Cordel Rhaburn, and the the late Alvan Rhaburn, and Clinton Crawford.

Sisters: Mrs. Emma Rhaburn Westby of Crooked Tree Village, Mrs. Isa Rhaburn Matthews of Miami, Florida, and the late Ms. Illa Rhaburn.

He is also survived by 5 grand-children and a host of nieces and nephews.  

On Friday, December 30, 2011 the body will be borne by relatives and friends for funeral services at
the Crooked Tree Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. with burial at the Crooked Tree Village Cemetery. Pastor Maurice Westby and Brother Joel Westby will be conducting the funeral sermon.

SUNRISE: April 12, 1928 SUNSET:   December 23, 2011



Personal Reflection on Pastor Owen Rhaburn by Tiffany Cadle

Known to be as godfather and goddie Pastor Rhaburn and Miss Maggie Rhaburn have being the spiritual force behind my life. From the moment they set eyes on me Pastor Rhaburn and Maggie Rhaburn vows that they will be my godparents. Many people fail to realize what is the role of godparents, but these two individual have live up to the meaning of that word. They have loved me as a father and a mother love any child. The love I got from these two people was unconditional and the spiritual blessing is overwhelming. They were the ones who made sure that I had the presence of the lord in my life from the time I was able to get myself ready and use the bathroom on my own.

Not having any kids of their own was of no issue to this loving couple. They had loved so many and help so many it was just as if they were the biological parents. Pastor Rhaburn was the father I never had, and where my mother would drop short, Miss Maggie was there to pick up. 

I spent every Sunday of my life with my godparents. I can always remember after church we use to all sit and have lunch. I use to love the fact that I got cold water to drink. They were one of the few people in the village that owned a refrigerator powered with kerosene. I use to always get my milk ideal after lunch on a Sunday.

There is no way I can think of my life being this successful without my godparents.  I can remember when I got pregnant at such tender age I felt the worst when I had to go to them and tell them what happen. I thought that I would have scolded me so badly for what I have done. No such thing!! These two people loved me and guided me through that process, and I could not have done it without the love and prays from them.  I am a grown woman now and whenever I feel the world on me I can call them and ask my godparents to pray for me and I can assure you my world of problem is lifted.

I can go on and on about all the lovely things they have done for and I do not see any end any time soon. It boils down these are two exceptional human being in my life and in the life of the people of Crooked Tree.

My godfather lived his life well on this earth and was ready when the Lord called him home. This is one of the most painful day of my life, but I can live knowing that I will have one more angel looking over me.

Rest in peace Pastor Rhaburn.

Tiffany Cadle



We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Elfreda Matilda Tillett, age 86 of Crooked Tree Village.

She is predeceased by her parents Mr. Ethelbert Tillet and Mrs. Alberta Tillett nee Gillett; by her siblings Crispin, Donald, Frank and Blanche Tillett and Mrs. Jean Rist. Also, by one son Ulric Burns and her ex-husband Mr. Walter Burns and husband Mr. Egbert Pinkard.

She is survived by seven children: Errol and Eric “Ricky” Burns, Mrs. Myrtle Bailey, Mrs. Olive Leslie, Mrs. Sonia MacDonald, Mrs. Valerie Kerr, Mrs. Louise Pattico and Ernestine Pinkard.

Four brothers: Clifford, Gaston, Lennard, and Edward Tillet
Two Sisters: Rose Cox and Inez Tillet.
She also leaves behind 42 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank all who assisted us during mommy’s illness. Especially Nurse Burgess of Hattieville Village, the staff of the K.H.M.H, her dear friend Robert Kidd and his family. A special thank you goes out to her son-in-law Mr. Allen Leslie who patiently and lovingly helped Olive to take care of mommy throughout her illness.

Funeral Services will be on Tuesday December 13, 2011 at The Living Word Ministry church in Crooked Tree Village. The body will be received at 1:00 p.m. for funeral services at 2:00 p.m. A bus will leave from the Pound Yard Bridge at noon to accommodate those wishing to attend the funeral.

Elfreda Matilda Tillett
Sunrise: March 25th, 1925
Sunset: December 9th, 2011
We will miss you Gran!!


Just heard on Love FM a death announcement in Crooked Tree Village this evening, Dec 9, 2011. After checking with my sources I found out that it is Ms. Elfreda Tillett.

May she rest in peace. Elfreda Tillett, 86 years old of Crooked Tree Village. Ms. Freda is the mother of Eric Burns and Olive Leslie.

Sister of Clifford "Charo" Tillett, Edward "BigBen" Tillett, Gaston Tillett, and Leonard Tillett of Crooked Tree Village.

More information regarding the funeral will be announced later.



Rest in Peace Jason Ryan Wade.

Jason is the son of 
Elston Wade, Jr., the Postmaster General of Belize. Taken unexpectedly from his loved ones at the tender age of 24. I had an opportunity to meet Jason on Easter Sunday this year. He was a humble and quiet young man and seemed to have so much love for his dad and his grand-father, Mr. Elstan Wade, Sr., and in turn they for him.

Mr. Elstan Wade, Sr. was born and raised in Crooked Tree Village.

Be strong Elston and allow the Almighty to comfort your heart. Deepest sympathy to your family. 

A wake will be help in Bermudain Landing Village at the residence of Elston Wade, Jr. on Saturday, December 10th. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 11 at the Roman Catholic Church in Bermudain Landing Village. 

May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory. 

Sunrise: June 10, 1987
Sunset: December 6, 2011



In 2008 Crooked Tree Village held it's very first reunion and this lovely billboard was painted by Mr. John King. John was from Dangriga, was married to a Crooked Tree gyal, Olive Swazey and living in Crooked Tree Village with her and their 4 children. About four years ago his wife passed away after a long illness leaving behind John and the children.

Yesterday, December 6, 2011 John passed away at the KHMH and we would like to give our condolences to his family. John was an artist and a hard worker doing whatever odd jobs he could get in Crooked Tree to help support his family. Recently he left the village for the Ladyville area to seek better employment, unfortunately the Lord had other plans for John. His children are still living in Crooked Tree Village and we send our heartfelt condolences to each of them.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, December 8th at the Sanai Church in Ladyville

Rest in Peace John King.



Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears; in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years.

The Ortega, Cadle, and Wade families which to announce the passing of Mr. Juan Augustine Ortega. He is predeceased by his wife Mrs. Ann Cadle Ortega and his daughter Lupita Ortega. 

He is survived by three sons and four daughters. 
Sons: Juan Ortega Jr., and Raul Ortega of Palmar Village, Orange Walk Dictrict and Eduardo Ortega of Crooked Tree Village. 

Daughters: Maria, Mariela, and Elena Ortega of Palmar Village, Orange Walk District and Francelia Ortega of Crooked Tree Village. 

Adopted children: Mavis Cadle, and Emilia Wade of Crooked Tree Village and Lincoln Cadle of New York City. 

He is also survived by 20 grand-children, great-grand-children and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

A wake will be held at the residence of Mavis Cadle in Crooked Tree Village on Monday, Dec 5, 2011. 

Funeral service for the late Juan Augustine Ortega will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Crooked Tree Village. Internment at the Crooked Tree Village Cemetery.

Sunrise: June 24th 1931
Sunset: December 2nd 2011




May the Almighty, creator of heaven & earth brings peace and blessings to our heart as we mourn the calling home of a daughter of Crooked Tree Village. Andrea Estell

Andrea Estell, daughter of Mary Oshon and Andrew Estell…step-daughter of Edward “King” Westby.

She is also survived by brothers….Alton and Trinisie Hope and Kenmore Gladden and step-brother, Edward Westby.

Step-sister: Latoya Westby of Los Angeles

Three uncles: Edward Anthony of Punta Gorda Town, Anthony Rhaburn of Los Angeles and Dean Palacio of New York.

Aunts: Coretta and Leota Rhaburn

Caregiver: Mrs. Yvonne Wade Tillett

Funeral services will be at the Crooked Tree Baptist Church on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.

Sunrise Nov 13, 1983-Dec 2, 2011………28 years old

May she Rest in Peace!



Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for, and expect the Lord!

It is with great sympathy that we announce the passing of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

John Hubert Gillett Jr. better known as John-John or Bindo

He is predeceased by his parents John & Rita Gillett, 2 Sons Ian & John Gillett III

He is survived by his wife: Nadia Hall Gillett
Sons: Deon and Francis Gillett
Daughters: Keisha, Samantha and Tracy Gillett

Grandchildren: Adrian and Kellis Gillett, Ersha and Asia Diaz

Brothers: Robert and Trevor Gillett, Kenneth and Albert Dawson and Benjamin Moguel

Sisters: Ethlyn Perriot, Lueann, Wilda, Claudet, and Herminia Gillett, Mrs. Elsa Tillett, Mrs. Mary Coleman, Carla Dawson, Annlee Moguel and Shereeann Andrews

Aunt: Mrs. Judith Gentle

Uncles: Kirk and Withfield Jones

He is also Survived by his mother-in-law Adelia Hall
7 sister’s-in-law and 2 brother’s-in-law
2 son’s-in-law and 1 daughter-in-law
A host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends

May his soul rest in peace.

A goodbye wake will be held at Crooked Tree Community center on Thursday, November 17, 2011

And a wake will be held at Gillett's residence in Orange Walk town on Saturday, November 19, 2011

Funeral services will be held at Orange Walk Baptist Church on Sunday November 20, 2011 at 1p.m

Sunrise: January 31, 1958
Sunset: November 14, 2011





 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

The Wade Family wishes to announce the passing of George Walter "Wally" Wade I of Crooked Tree Village, affectionately known to most as BraWally.

He is survived by his loving wife, Vilma Flowers Wade, and eight children; six sons and two daughters.

His sons are: Charles Wade of Orange Walk Town, David Wade of Isabella bank, Walter Wade II of Arizona-USA,  Hugh Wade of Corozal Town, Fredrick Wade of Chicago-USA and Joshua Wade of Belize

Daughters: Ruth Wade of Arizona-USA and Betty Wade Westby of Ladyville Village, Belize.

Son-in-law: Reverend Maurice Westby of Ladyville Village, Belize

Daughters-in-law: Claudette Wade, Gertrude Lanza Wade, Avril Codd Wade of Arizona-USA, Kendra Crawford Wade, Ramona Jones Wade of Chicago-USA, and Stacey Baizer Wade.


Brothers: Claude Elliot Wade of New York,  the late Hugh Wade of Crooked Tree Village, the late Rev. Rudolph Wade of Corozal Town, the late Wilword Wade of Belize City, and Denfield Wade of California.

Sisters: Sylvia Diaz, Alice Flowers of New York, Claurice Anthony,
Marilyn Lauriano, Sonia Wade, and Gilda Wade of Crooked Tree.

He was also pre-deceased by his loving mother, Ellen Banner, and Pete "BraPete" Wade, his loving aunt, Rubena Banner Wade and his precious grandson, Malcolm Westby.

He is also survived by 31 of grand-children, 20 great grand-children, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Wally Wade was blessed with a long life and was cherished by his family and all his friends.

There will be a wake on Friday, November 4th, at the Crooked Tree Community Center.

The funeral will be held at the Wesleyan Missionary Church in Crooked Tree Village on Saturday, November 5th starting at 1:00 p.m.


SUNRISE: October 20, 1930
SUNSET : October 27, 2011



Edwin (Eddie) Gillett Jr., was born on December 26th, 1948 and died on October 5th, 2011, at the young age of 62. He was the son of Edwin Gillett Sr. and Maryann Westby Gillett, both deseased. His eldest brother, George, to whom he was very close, also died a few years ago. Eddie, who is nicknamed “Pumpkin” by most of his friends, is survived by his wife, Faye Perriott Gillett, and their two sons, Lydell and Lowell. He is also survived by his older brother, Donald, and youngest brother, Stephen “ Stebo” Gillett, and his four sisters, Burma Flowers, Gwendolyn Tillett, Elestine Gillett and Jennifer Wilkerson, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

Eddie was born in Crooked Tree Village and attended the Crooked Tree GovernmentSchool. He joined the Belize Police Force on May 1st, 1970 and graduated from thePolice Training School on November 1st that same year, with a marksman badge for shooting on the rifle range. He reported for Beat Duty at the Central Police Station inBelize City. He was well liked and admired in the Police Force. During a transitional period bent 0n improving the immigration image at the airport, he was assigned posts at the Police Headquarters and Quarter Master Departments in Belize City.  Eddie came through as usual, and eventually worked his way up through the ranks to become the Chief Immigration Officer of Belize. He retired a few years ago and built a home in Crooked Tree Village where he and his family spent quality time among relatives and friends.

Eddie was also an outstanding sportsman, playing on the Police Cricket Team.  He was the open pace bowler and a fairly good batsman as well. He even played cricket last Easter Sunday in an over fifty match-up game against the visiting Goldies Team fromLos Angeles and did very well. He also enjoyed playing a game of domino, joking and clowning around with his friends in his usual happy-go-lucky ways, always with a bright smile on his face. His favorite partner, Gilroy Nicholson, had just returned from vacationing in Belize, when Eddie arrived last week in Los Angeles to visit his brother, Steven. Gilroy who lived and worked for many years in Los Angeles was showing him around for the past few days. They were scheduled to go on another outing the day he died, but cancelled due to the heavy rain. L.A.P.D. Officer, Sheldon Nicholson, had a special dinner at his home for him on Saturday, October 1, and plans were for all of his colleagues and cricket buddies from Belize to meet and dine with him in Los Angeles.


Memorial to Mark “The Fisherman” Hernandez

On October 7, 2011, I informed you of the passing of Mark "The Fisherman" Hernandez in Crooked Tree Village. He died on his birthday, 62 years old at about 8 a.m. and was buried at 4:00 p.m. the same day. He was not afforded a funeral service in any of the 6 churches in Crooked Tree Village; nor was there an announcement over the radio as is customary in Belize.

Mark’s body was laid to rest at the Crooked Tree Cemetery with prayers and blessings by Pastor Mildred Crawford.

About fifteen of his friends turned up to say good-bye to him.

Thank you to Verna Adolphus and family, Joyce Adolphus, Dexter Nicholson, Rema Tillett Seely, Joe Crawford, Mrs. Hessie Codd, Suze Tillett, and her sister.  

Thanks also to Kenneth Bruce, Claro Quilter, Albert Tillett, and Tony Sutherland for preparing the grave site.

I think it's an opportunity to remember the good things Mark did for us as a person in our community, and that's what we should focus on. He has lived in our village for more than 25 years providing fish for our tables, and was always a great storyteller.

Then Jesus said these important words: "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies”. We must always remember this verse from St. Matthew; “A house, village, community, nation divided against itself will not stand”.

I am so sorry Mark Hernandez. May you rest in peace and rise in glory!

Sunrise: October 1949
Sunset:  October 7, 2011




Ma-Ma Mavis died at 5:00 a.m. Just minutes before she died, the nurse on duty went to check up on her. Ma-Ma Mavis told the nurse that she was feeling stuffy in her stomach and the nurse told her that she was going to get the doctor and would be right back. Before the nurse left she gave her thanks for caring for her and her last words were "I love you nurse".  Ma-Ma was the pillar of the Tillett family and a woman of extraordinary strength and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed all her children to take chances. She was proud of her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of them was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.

Ms. Mavis, Ma-Ma Mavis, Granny Mavis, Aunt Mae-Mae, Aunt Mavis or Cousin Mavis, as she was called by so many of those who knew her, was born in Crooked Tree Village on September 25th, 1925. She died shortly after celebrating her 86th birthday with many of her children and grand-children.

She is survived by her sister, Ellen Brown Camera, and twelve of her thirteen children – six sons and six daughters.

She outlived her eldest son, Burton, and her husband, Robert ‘Bob’ Tillett, by 33 and 31 years, respectively. Her sons are Winfield, Clarence, Murvin, Leeroy, Barrington and Brian Tillett, and daughters are Olga Fleshman, Noreen Tillett, Annette Crown, Marva Gillett, Lottette Bracket and Bernadette Middleton. Granny Mavis also had 30 grand-children and 22 great-grands. She died as she lived - peaceful, humble, loyal, loving, caring and all that one could have asked for from a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She gave her all, and was truly blessed with a long and loving life, cherished by family and friends, alike. She departed this earth to enter her new home ‘beyond the sunset’, and may she rest in peace.

Her funeral is scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd at 9:00 a. m. at the Crooked TreeBaptist Church in Crooked Tree Village. Rev. Lloyd Stanford of the Belize City QueenStreet Baptist Church will be moving his congregation to Crooked Tree for the funeral.

SUNRISE:September 25, 1925
SUNSET :September 29, 2011


Remembering Evangeline Wade Washington “Vangie”
December 23, 1940 ~ June 11, 2011

Evangeline Washington was born in Crooked Tree, Belize, Central America on December 23, 1940 and later moved to California in 1972. She enjoyed a happy childhood as one of fifteen kids born to Efrem and Ena Wade (deceased).
Dignity, elegance, courage, endurance, faith, hope, and strength are just some of the words that described Evangeline Washington. Everyone that knew her can attest to the fact that she was a woman who would never step out of the house without everything coordinated and totally in place.

With all the challenges that she faced in her life, starting at a very early age, we watched as she overcame her handicaps and setbacks to pursue a full and independent life.  

Evangeline accepted Christ at Johnson Chapel AME in Santa Ana ~ she loved the Lord and knew him for herself.

Evangeline Washington departed this life on June 11, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.  

Evangeline leaves to cherish her memories:
One Daughter: Cynthia Brasley 
One Son:  Reginald Rowley
Five Granddaughters:  Michelle, Mellisa, Linda, Phillipa, and Rosalind 
Three Grandsons:  Jamie, Justin, and , Jovanni 
Three Great grand children:  Kelan, Kaden, and Kelvin
Three Sisters: Amy, Vecenie, and Elestine 
Four Brothers:  Hector, Vinton, Ewing and Alexander                         
Many Cousins, Nieces, Nephews and friends. 
“We will miss her MAY SHE REST IN PEACE”

Funeral Services: June, 23, 2011 at 11:00 o’clock a.m.    
Johnson Chapel AME
1306 West Second Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703

Forrest Lawn Memorial, Cypress, 2:15PM Internment ............................ At Forrest Ca.

We at the Crooked Tree Village Reunion are sadden to inform you of the death of Velda Cecilia Hemsley, better known as Ms. Selia.

Ms. Celia was living in Crooked Tree Village for some time with common-law-husband, Hector Wade. 

Our deepest sympathy goes to his children, grand-children, brothers and sisters. Ms. Celia was a friend to many in Crooked Tree Village. 

May the Almighty comfort all who are mourning her loss.
Velda Cecilia Hemsley also known as “Celia” was born in Belize City on December 23rd, 1939. She was born into a family of three sisters, Leola, Myrna and Dorla, and seven brothers, Earl, Lester, Lennox, Martin, Charles, Rayford and Raymond. Celia attended Ebenezer School and later began to work in various restaurants making delicious foods & pastries. Celia later had a family of her own, David, Steve, Janet, Maureen and Alida.

Celia came to the U.S. around 1985 to be closer to her family. Celia lived a full life and was a support structure and provider for many. Celia had many passions, her fondest was for cooking and baking. If anyone was craving food from home, they just had to ask and she was willing to provide. Whether it was tarts or jam rolls “just call Ms Celia”, and she would make it for them. She also loved to party and have a good time. Where ever the party was she was there! She loved the Casino, state line, Morongo or Pachanga, they were her second home.

Velda was a very loving mother, grand mother, great grand mother, sister and friend to everyone who knew her. While speaking to one of her grand children she said “grandma was the only grandma who you can go out with and party, and she would still get up and make fry jacks for you early in the morning no matter what time she got home.” Her dedication to her family was grand and the love shehad for others could not be matched. That type of person is one in a million.

Although she is no longer in our presence, she remains in our hearts and will live on for all of eternity. We Love You Ms Celia!



God saw you getting tired,
So He wrapped his arms around you,
and whispered, "come to me."

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Ila Rhaburn, age 74 yrs of Belize City.
She is predeceased by her two sons: Lloyd August Jr. and Mike Fabro; two brothers: Clinton Crawford Sr. and Alvan Rhaburn.

She is survived by daughters: Mary Rhaburn-Mangar, Ethel Rhaburn, Alicia Fabro, Consuelo Fabro, Leticia Ford, Valerie Rhaburn and Brenda August-Leonard of FL, U.S.A.

Sons: Andrew Rhaburn Sr. and Keith Ford.

Sisters: Isa Matthew of FL, U.S.A. and Emma Westby of Crooked Tree Village

Brothers: Rev. Owen Rhaburn and Cordell Rhaburn of Crooked Tree Village.

She is also survived by 35 grandchildren and 15 great-grand children, many nieces and nephews.

The body will be received at Central Assembly of God on Friday, October 22nd at 10:00am for funeral services at 11:00am.

Following the funeral service a bus will be leaving for Crooked Tree Village where the body will be interred.

Ms. Ila Rhaburn
Sunrise: January 7th, 1936
Sunset: October 17th, 2010


We regret to announce the death of Annette Adolphus Estrada which occurred in Los Angeles, California on September 9th, 2010

Ms. Annette is the daughter of Walden Adolphus, and grand-daughter of the late Josiah Adolphus and Everilla Codd of Crooked Tree Village.

She is being mourned by her two daughters Charla and Ebonie Estrada and two grand-children. Also mourned by six sisters and six brothers, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


A private memorial is being held in her honor in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, September 18th, 2010, followed by a home coming celebration.


She will be sadly missed!!



I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:2-3

The Crooked Tree Village Reunion Foundation, the Wade and Cadle families regret to announce the death of Ms. Loleen Elizabeth Wade which occurred on Monday, April 26, 2010 in Belize City, Belize.

Loleen was the daughter of the late Ephraim and Ena Crawford Wade.

Ms. Loleen is pre-deceased by her common-law-husband Randolph Cadle, Sr., and her sons Alvan Rhaburn and Lester Cadle.

She will be mourned by her children Urvilla Rhaburn Kelly, Iris Rhaburn, Calvin, Randolph, Jr, Ruth, Cherry, Glenford, Dean and Rayford Cadle; step-children Daphne Cadle Morris, Gladston and Alvin Cadle.

Six sisters, Amy Wade Wheeler and Vangie Wade of California, Elestin Wade Gillett of Crooked Tree Village and Vicinie Wade of Burmuding Landing, Belize.

Brothers Alexander: Hector and Ewing Wade of Crooked Tree Village and Alexander Wade of Rhaburn Ridge, Belize.

Numerous grand-children, nieces and nephews.

A wake will be held at the Cadle Family resident in Crooked Tree Village on Friday, April 30, 2010

Funeral services will be held at Living Word Ministries on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Crooked Tree Village is mourning the loss of a humble and loving mother and grand-mother. She will be sadly missed by all her children, grand-children, family and friends!!

Sunrise: February 27, 1932
Sunset : April 26, 2010

Written with permission from her daughter Cherry Cadle and grand-daughter Kayla Burns. 



It is with a sad heart that we have to announce the sudden death of Diane Tillett Dawson which occurred this afternoon, April 10, 2010 in a traffic accident in the vicinity of Lemonal Village, Belize. 

Diane is survived by her loving husband Eustace (Tess) Dawson, her children Shanda, Tess Jr. and Derek Dawson. Her beloved parents Mr. Clifford (Charo) and Mrs. Gloria Tillett, brothers and sisters. 

Crooked Tree Village is mourning the loss of a humble and gracious daughter. Please pray for her family!! RIP our dear cousin and friend. Diane, your life was too short on this earth. 

Written with permission from her brother Elvis Tillett.

Viewing of the body will commence at 1:00 p.m. and funeral services will begin at 2:p.m. on April 14, 2010 at The Crooked Tree Baptist Church .


As a community we believe prayer to be the source of salvation, healing,and reconciliation.  Through prayer we can bear each others burdens and receive God's grace and strength in the hour of need.  Please join us by lifting our hearts in prayer for the Tillett and Dawson families.



God Bless!




"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you..
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid". (John 14:23)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of:

James Alexander Nehemaih Rhaburn, affectionately known as "Bra James".

He is preceded by his parents 4 sisters and 2 brothers and wife Winifred Usher Rhaburn.

He is survived by caregiver Therese Tillett, sister Adora Rhaburn, children; Ionie Wright, Evan Rhaburn, Norma Gillett, Wincy Rhaburn, Bernice Sutherland, Elswith Estell, James Rhaburn III, Genevieve Comber, Maridell and Faye Rhaburn, 31 grand-children and a host of great-grand and great-great-grand-children, relatives and friends.

Viewing of the body will commence at 1:00 p.m. for funeral services at 2:00 p.m. at Crooked Tree Baptist Church on Friday March 26th, 2010.

A bus will leave Pound Yard Bridge at 12:00 noon for those wishing to attend.

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power! Our condolences to the Rhaburn Family for the loss of Mr. James Rhaburn, he was 105 years old. God's Grace and Peace be with the family and friends!

Mr. James was the oldest person in Crooked Tree Village and possibly Belize at 105 years old.


Sunrise: December 31st, 1904
Sunset : March 21st, 2010






The Crooked Tree Village Reunion Foundation, the Crawford and the Gillett families wish to announce the passing of  a sister, aunt and friend, Wilda Idency Crawford.

Teacher Wilda as she was fondly known was the daughter of the late Edmund Crawford and Claribel Gillett Crawford.

She is survived by  her mother, 4 brothers,  5 sisters, several neices and nephews.

Funeral services are set for Sunday August 9th, 2009 at 2pm at the Crooked Tree Baptist Church.

Dec 26th, 1953 - Aug. 6th, 2009
Rest In Peace



The Crooked Tree Village Reunion Foundation, The Trapp and Crawford families wish to announce the untimely passing of our son, brother and nephew:

Jermaine Sanjay Matthew Crawford Trapp better known as "Sammy". which occurred in Belize City, Belize on December 27, 2008.

He was the son of Deborah Trapp and Ronald Crawford; step-father Hugh Ramclam.

Grand-son of the late Emanuel Trapp & Hortence  Crawford and Winston & Alma Adolphus Crawford.

Jermaine "Sammy" is survived by three children: Shantia 10yrs, Jaylyn 9yrs, and Jermaine Sanjay Trapp, Jr 7yrs old.

Seven sisters: Tamarie Morris, Marsha Crawford Trapp, Keisha Crawford, Carolyn Crawford, Angela Ramclam of Belize City, Page  and Paris Crawford in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Five brothers: Ronald Crawford Jr, Kenrick Crawford and Leon Ramclam of Belize City, Khory and Christopher Crawford of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Brothers-in-law: John Fowler, Derwin Middleton and Kevin Morris

A celebratory gathering  will be held at 2909 Fabers Road on January 1, 2009 at 7 p.m., Belize City, Belize.

Viewing of the body will be held at 2909 Fabers Rd. from 1:00 p to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 2, 2009, and the funeral services will be at Calvary Baptist Church, 3135 Kraal Rd, Belize City on Friday, January 2, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

SUNRISE: MAY 13, 1979




The Crooked Tree Village Reunion Foundation, the Rhaburn and Flowers families wish to announce the untimely passing of Claris Agatha Rhaburn Flowers which occurred in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2008.

She was the daughter of Mr. Ewing Rhaburn of Crooked Tree Village, Belize and the late Caroline Crawford Rhaburn.

Claris is survived by her husband Errol Flowers, three children- Wesley Flowers, Errolyn Crawford and Roselle Wilson.

Five sisters- Delsey Rhaburn Buckhalter of California, Gertel Rhaburn of Ladyville, Belize, Rita Rhaburn Pope, Estelle Rhaburn Massiah and Myra Rhaburn of Belize City, Belize.

Four brothers- Samuel Rhaburn, Ewing Rhaburn,Jr., Uriah Rhaburn, Pastor Delbert Rhaburn all of Crooked Tree Village, Belize and the late Wilfred "Shoodie"Rhaburn.

Five grand-children- Sierra and Brandon Flowers, Nyrie and Gabriel Van Patten and Anna Crawford

Viewing of the body- Wednesday, December 17, 2008 3p.m – 8pm at McKay’sSouth Bay Mortuary 3918 Marine Ave. Hawthorne Ca 90250

Funeral Service- Thursday, December 18, 2008 11:30a.m at University Seven Day Adventist Church   1135 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90037

Re-past will be at the church following the service.

SUNRISE: August 11, 1950
SUNSET: December 11, 2008



The Crooked Tree Village Reunion Foundation, family and friends wish to announce the death of Theophillus Wellington Dawson, which occurred on October 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

Theophillus Wellington Dawson  is survived by his wife Kimberly Adolphus Dawson in Los Angeles, California

Four daughters- Lanique and Myeasha in Phoenix, AZ- Loretta and SheryLynn in Belize City-

Three sons- Theophillus II of Phoenix, AZ- Joshua and Eleazar of Los Angeles, Ca.

Four sisters- Adelia Dawson Codd in Belize, Brenda Dawson Yearwood and Marjorie Dawson Marshall in Chicago, Il and Abigail Dawson Tillett in Oklahoma City, OK.
Six brothers_Adalbert, Jr., Harry and Gilbert in Belize, Rodney in Chicago, Il, George and Melvyn in Los Angeles.

He is also survived by grand-children in Arizona and Belize, a host of nieces, and nephews in Belize, Switzerland and USA, uncles, aunts, relatives and friends.

Wellington is pre-deceased by his parents Adalbert, Sr. and Rosemond Wade Dawson. Two sisters Veronica Dawson and Aleta Dawson Cabral.

A wake will be held on Friday, October 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Pedro and Mozetta Pelayo, 1244 West 36th Street, Los Angeles.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 18th at 3:00 p.m.

LOS ANGELES, Ca. 90011

Re-past will follow after the service at the home of Walter and Evelyn Codd: 1642 W. 85th Street, Los Angeles, Ca.

Sunrise: June 8th, 1946, Sunset: October 10th, 2008


The Crooked Tree Village Reunion Committee and  the Wade and Leslie families wish to announce the untimely passing of Morlene Elizabeth Wade Leslie, which occured on 15th July, 2008.

Morlene is survived by her common-law husband, Ira Tillett.

Three sons; Wayne, Max and Don Tillett.

Three daughters; Norma Tillett, Morna Tillett and BrendaLee Tillett Riverol.

Sisters: Joyce Wade Jang, Ann & Lorena Leslie, Camille Morgan, Hydee Guitierrez, Barbara Thurton, Kathleen Skeen and Helen Bowen.

Brothers: Nathaniel, Norris, Gaswell, Louis, and Everett Wade, Fidel Ayuso, Terrence Allen, Richard and Charles Leslie and in-laws Karen Tillett, Balita Campos, Roque Riverol and Rafael Velvie.

She is pre-deceased by her father Oswold Leslie and Grandville Wade. Mother, Maria "Ms. Netty" Crawford Wade and brothers Clifton and Chester Wade.

She is also survived by 23 grand-children, 2 great- grand children and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

The body will be available for viewing at 9 a.m. and funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 20th, 2008 at the Crooked Tree Baptist Church.

A wake will be held in Belize City at #12 Gibnut Street on July 19th, 2008 and a bus will leave The Pound Yard Bridge at 8 a.m. for those who wish to attend.

SUNRISE: Feb. 5th, 1942, SUNSET: July 15th, 2008. 

Please join us in extending our condolences to the family in their time of bereavement. Our prayers and thoughts will remain with you. May she rest in peace!




Greg, you would have been 20 years old today. We love you and we miss you so much, and our hearts are still aching with grief for you. Seven and a half years ago you left us Greg, but your memories kinger; your memories will be cherished by all of us and will foever be in our soul. We love you, and Miss you.....REST IN PEACE!

We love you, and we miss you...REST IN PEACE!





Today our dad, Mr. Winston Crawford, Sr. would have been 87 years old. Papa, even though your time on earth has ended nine sad years ago, you are very much alive in the hearts and minds of all your children and grand-children. Memories of you are still lingers, and will exist beyond the end of our time.

What more can we say except Rest in Peace!

Sign: Children and Grand-Children

March 7, 2011

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