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Kodi Kadeem Beckles Poughkeepsie - On Saturday, April 7, 2014, Kodi Kadeem Beckles passed away unexpectedly while away at college. He then entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior. He was 20 years old at the time of his passing. Kodi was born on October 17, 1993 to Michael Beckles and Lorraine Marshall in Bronx, NY. Kodi attended schools in the Hyde Park school district including Violet Avenue Elementary School, Haviland Middle School and FDR High School. He transferred to Arlington High School during the eleventh grade and graduated on June 26, 2011. Kodi's Christian foundation began at John 3:16 Christian Center in Verbank, NY. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at Beulah Baptist Church on the same day of his high school graduation. He remained a faithful and active member of Beulah Baptist Church until his passing. He regularly attended Sunday School (Covenant Keepers) and Bible study when on school breaks. Kodi excelled in academics from high school to college. He studied pre-law at Dutchess Community College from 2011 until he transferred to SUNY Plattsburgh in August 2013. He served on the board of SUNY Plattsburgh's Caribbean Club, in charge of Public Relations. On April 4, 2014, he was inducted into the Alpha Delta Phi Society. He was a fixture in the college library, where he could be found studying into the early hours of the morning. He loved sports and played varsity football at both of his high schools. He loved to play and watch basketball and was an avid Oklahoma Thunder and Kevin Durant fan. He loved watching T.V. shows, Breaking Bad, King of Queens, Law and Order, The Walking Dead and cartoons - his favorite was American Dad. Kodi had a great work ethic. He held part-time positions at Hollister Co. and K-Mart and was a summer intern at The Dutchess County Court House (2013).His favorite foods were crab legs, fried chicken and oxtails. His special skills included being exceptionally technologically savvy. He was also very adept at assembling things, even without reading instructions. Kodi will be lovingly remembered by his father, Michael and his wife Cheryl Beckles; his mother Lorraine and her husband Daveton Hill; (3) maternal grandparents: Ronald Marshall of Queens, NY; Norris Hamilton of Bronx, NY; Erna Thompson of Lugoff, SC; (2) paternal grandparents: Sidney Beckles of Queens, NY and Ruby Wilson of Bronx, NY ; (3) brothers: Michael Jr. of Chicago, IL, A.J. and Jonathan of Poughkeepsie, NY; a best friend and cousin, Martin of Poughkeepsie, NY; (2) sisters: Sergeant Rhynishka White of Hinesville, GA and Hannah of Irvington, NJ; (14) uncles: Patrick, Horace, Lee, Calvin, Ian, Leary and Dean all of Kingston, Jamaica; Anthony of Brooklyn, NY; Sean of Hyde Park, NY; Norman Sr. of Lugoff, SC; Dean Sr. of Atlanta, GA and Ferrel Jr. of Queens, NY; (5) aunts: Claudette of Ontario, Canada; Marcia of Brooklyn, NY; Althea of Bronx, NY; Ingrid of Queens, NY and Grace of Queens, NY; 1 niece, 1 nephew, a host of cousins and a beloved dog, Bud. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5-8 PM and Thursday, April 17, 2014, 9-11 AM at Beulah Baptist Church, 92 Catherine St. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. A Going Home Service will take place Thursday at 11 AM following the Visitation. Entombment will follow in the Community Mausoleum in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H., Inc., 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit . Read Obituary
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Charlotte Brooks HOLMES - Charlotte Brooks passed away at her home, Beulahland, in Holmes, NY on March 15th at the age of 95. Born Charlotte Finkelstein in Brooklyn, New York, she graduated from Erasmus Hall and the University of Minnesota with a degree in psychology. Returning to New York, Brooks' childhood interest in photography would lead her to pursue work in that field. She became an assistant to the celebrated photographers Barbara Morgan and Gjon Mili. Roy Stryker also so admired her freelance work that he recruited Brooks to be part of his team on the Standard Oil Project. Brooks is best known for her work with LOOK magazine, breaking new ground as the only female staff photographer during the magazine's run. Her tenure ran from 1951 until 1971. Brooks photographed everything from open-heart surgery, celebrities on location, and political campaigns to the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Following the closing of LOOK in 1971 Brooks went on to freelance photography. In the 1970's she was commissioned by the U.S. State Department to travel to the Soviet Union and Rumania to run a portrait studio in a cultural exchange exhibition during the Cold War. Brooks moved to Dutchess County in the 1950's, building a house in Holmes. Later in life Brooks became very active in her community, teaching photography classes at the Garrison Art Center and mentoring neighborhood teens. In 1976, along with Julie Arden, she established The White Pond Center, a community space offering daycare and a variety of activities and classes for all ages. It became a vibrant social center for the surrounding communities. Brooks' photographs have been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the International Center for Photography to name a few. Charlotte was predeceased by her partner of 62 years, Julie Arden, in 2003. Brooks is survived by her sister, Rita Berman and brother, Herbert Finkelstein. Burial services will be private. Donations in Charlotte's memory can be sent to: JESPY House, Inc., 102 Prospect St, South Orange, NJ 07079. Read Obituary
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