Friday, 18 September 2020

Obits

Jeanette Ruth Cargile Smith. Courtesy photo.

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – Jeanette Ruth Cargile Smith, 72, of Clearlake Oaks, passed away on July 20, 2020, in Lakeport, California.

Jeanette was born in Sacramento to Albert J. Cargile and Ella Mae Curley on Feb. 25, 1946. She married Edward Smith on May 18, 1985, in Hayward, California.

Jeanette graduated from Cal State, Hayward with an Associate’s Degree in accounting. She worked as an account supervisor for Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District for 26 years. She loved her fellow workers at H.A.R.D. and especially enjoyed company get-togethers.

She was an avid gardener who especially loved roses, bougainvillea and hibiscus. She absolutely loved the Christmas season and was famous for her cookies and fudge. She loved her boys and was a wonderful Mom. She also adored her puppies and made it clear to Ed that they were part of the package, currently Stormy and Ralphie.

Jeanette and Ed loved the “islands.” She was crazy about Elvis Presley and her favorite song was “Blue Hawaii.”

She was absolutely adored by her husband. He considered her to be his angel because she always was so gentle, kind, compassionate, and loving.

Jeanette is predeceased by her parents. She is survived by Ed, her loving husband of 35 years; their sons, Wesley and Joseph and their families; and her brother, Tim and sister-in-law, Wendy and their family.

The family of Jeanette wishes to extend sincere thanks to Rocky Point Care Center, Hospice and Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com .

Genevieve L. Miranda. Courtesy photo.

Genevieve L. Miranda (Hopper)
Sept. 9, 1945 - July 12, 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Genevieve passed away peacefully with her family by her side in Lake County at the age of 74.

Genevieve was born to her parents, Marx C. Hopper and Carmelita Patch. She was sister to David, Gus and Calvin Hopper and Patricia Want. She had a beautiful soul and was a beloved mother who will be missed by many.

Genevieve is survived by her children, Edward and Antoine Ellis, Jarrett, Garrett, Ella and Silvia Want; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by the love of her life, Stanley Want; daughter, Renee Ellis; and brother, Marx Hopper.

Private services will be held.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com .

James Coppa, at left, with his family. Courtesy photo.

James Coppa
May 25, 1950 – June 9, 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Loving husband, father, papa, brother, son, uncle and friend.

James is survived by his five children, eight grandchildren; two brothers, sister, ex-wife, mother in law, and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

James was born to Frank and Evelyn Coppa. He was raised in the Pinole Valley and enjoyed hunting and playing baseball and softball. He met his wife of 20 years and mother of his 5 children at a softball tournament in 1976.

James moved to Lake County in the 1980s. He was a James of many trades but the most fulfilling and long-lasting job he had was as head janitor at the Riviera Elementary School. There as “Mr. Coppa” he impacted many lives during his tenure of over 20 years.

In retirement, his joy stemmed from his family, especially his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

This Guy … this father, this papa, brother, son, uncle, and friend is already so missed.

This guy could drive me crazy like no one else! He’d call you and talk for hours for we all know he had the gift of gab. He was a man of many many many words. After that two hour talk 30 seconds after hanging up he would ALWAYS call right back. “Just one more thing…” God, I wish he would call now.

This guy loved being a Papa, he loved to spoil, drown with sugar, bags of candy, ice cream and cookies at each and every visit. I will never forget how he would stare into the eyes of his grandchildren, how he would lean into them, draw them close and kiss them on the top of their head. When I was on his list, I knew if the kids called him he would pick up; he would always pick up.

This guy loved the Lord, he was a God-fearing man and there is no doubt where he dwells now, without pain or fear smiling down upon us all with his infectious smirk.

When he said, “Don’t drive down here,” he meant, “please come.”

The only one I ever let call me Jennifer Jo.

The only one who could “handle the truth.”

This guy was the guy putting jackets on kids, buying basketballs, mounds of Girl Scout cookies, for all those kids that passed through the school while he was there, they all knew Mr. Coppa.
This guy loved coffee, chocolate, Oreos, crisp white tee shirts, mayonnaise (no dad it is not a food group), Camel non-filters, the GSW and any and every sport.

This guy was stubborn, passionate and loud. We will forever miss his voice, his hugs and his love.

Jennifer Jo AKA the firstborn

Dear Dad, Happy Father’s day

I can see you now … watching a basketball game with Yasmine, Sampson and a big bowl of garden tomatoes on your lap arguing with Jesus about a bad call.

Without you, my world is an incredibly smaller and lonelier place. I want to thank you for raising me to be the person I am, for being one of my biggest champions in life, for being honest with me and for showing me that even later in life change is possible. I am very proud of the changes you made recently. I loved seeing your face, hearing your laugh and our long talks about life.

Know that you will always be on my mind and that I love you with all of my heart.

Daddy’s girl,
Cora

Thomas A. Moore. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Thomas A. Moore passed away in Lakeport on July 9, 2020, at the age of 78.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Glenda R. Moore.

Thomas is lovingly remembered by his three children, Jeri Meyer of Springfield, Oregon, John Moore of Lewis Center, Ohio, and Joy Moore of Half Moon Bay, California; his sister, Sandra Brugger of Reno, Nevada; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many more family and friends.

Condolences for the family may be offered online at www.ThomasMoore.life .

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gideon International at https://www.sendtheword.org or Cancer Research Institute at https://www.cancerresearch.org .

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com .

Eddie Gale. Courtesy photo.

Eddie Gale, the pioneering Brooklyn-born jazz trumpeter who began his career as a sideman with legendary jazz artists such as Sun Ra, Larry Young and Cecil Taylor before forging his path as a bandleader on Blue Note Records and a performer and music educator on the East and West Coasts, passed away Friday, July 10, 2020. Gale was 78.

He’d resided in San Jose since 1972. In 1974, San Jose Mayor Norman Y. Mineta named him “San Jose’s Ambassador of Jazz,” for helping to bring jazz to the schools, an honor Gale took seriously.

Gale, also a longtime property owner in Lake County, California, used jazz diplomacy to build bridges between multicultural communities and generations, and promoted world and inner-peace through music. It caught on, earning him a loyal following and numerous awards, including the Sankofa Award from the California Arts Council for 25 years of service to youth and the Jefferson Award for community service in the arts. He was recognized by the New York Village Voice for “A Minute with Miles” named one of the Best Jazz Recordings of 1992. In 2019 he received a Black Legends Hall of Fame, Silicon Valley award.

With 35 years of support from his wife, Georgette Gale, the couple created community partnerships for youth and the world.

Gale was a healthcare advocate, especially for musicians. He created Jazz Musicians’ Self-Help Healthcare fundraisers donating proceeds from the performances to the Jazz Foundation of America.

To support the arts in public schools and engage music lovers, Gale organized the Evergreen Youth Adult Jazz Society, and the We’re Jazzed! Youth/Adult Jazz Festival to create performance opportunities for youth at venues in San Jose. One of his last San Jose projects was to give away dozens of free trumpets to youth.

With support from the San Jose State Cultural Heritage Center for 20 years, Gale produced his annual Concerts for World Peace and Peace Poetry Contest, and annual Concerts for Inner Peace in America and the World. These events were held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library and the First AME Zion Church in San Jose. Gale also held a California Arts Council Residency and received funding from the council to produce improvisational music workshops at San Jose State University, and venues in the Oakland, California, community.

A believer in the power of jazz to transform society, Gale’s musical activism is highlighted in the history book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 by Pat Thomas.

“Eddie Gale and Horace Silver changed the sound of Blue Note with consciousness-raising lyrical-jazz compositions,” Thomas wrote. “While there are other politically conscious recordings in the Blue Note catalog, there’s nothing quite like the two albums trumpeter Eddie Gale recorded in 1968 and 1969. Social messages aside, Ghetto Music and its sequel, Black Rhythm Happening, are delightfully unique by any comparison.”

As a sideman Gale's discography includes Cecil Taylor’s composition“Inter-Evening,” which is part of the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz.

Gale was the oldest son of Edward and Daisy Gale Stevens, both deceased. He is survived by three of his four siblings; his first wife, Marlene, and their five children, Marc, Chanel, Djuana, Gwilu and Teyonda; his oldest daughter, Donna, from a teenage relationship; and 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and admiring jazz supporters worldwide.

Final arrangements are pending.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Charlie was born on Aug. 30, 1923, in Mott, North Dakota.

He passed away on June 29, 2020.

Charlie was a proud World War II Veteran of the United States Navy.

Donations in his memory can be made to Westside Community Park or Hospice of Lake County.

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