Ms. Jeanette Norman, committee person and neighbor, died on December 12th, 2011. Ms. Jeanette was a committed leader not only to her block of5100 Walton Avenue, but also advocated in the political arena of Philadelphia. She took great pride in rallying for various political leaders and issues, especially when it related to the city and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. She worked to help prevent youth violence, and participated in many conferences. Ms. Jeanette called Hickman Temple AME her “church home.” She received honors in 2002, as an Unsung Hero, served as vice president and secretary of the Usher Board. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and neighbor. Ms Jeanette Norman leaves a legacy of love and caring, and she will be missed.
Mr. Jamar K. Ferrell, aka DJ Jamar, husband, friend, neighbor, businessman, mentor and awesome turntable technician, died Sunday, January 8th, 2012. Jamar was the regular DJ for the Cedar Park Fair and also at Elena’s Soul Showcase and Lounge. Jamar was not just a local DJ but a mentor to children and adults alike. He was always positive, and one of his strengths was that his positive attitude was contagious. Dan Raaf, aka Danophonic Dan, recalled that he met Jamar through the Cedar Park Fair several years ago. It rained that day, and he had a wedding to DJ for but allowed Jamar to use his porch for cover so the Fair could continue. Dan and Jamar conversed over digital DJing and began to partner at Elena’s Soul and for the Cedar Park Fair. Cedar Park will not be the same without Jamar.