02/24/15 1:57pm
02/24/2015 1:57 PM

Former Southampton resident Harry Jones of Riverhead died Jan. 25. He was 81.

Mr. Jones was born May 15, 1933, in Southampton to Archenetta Arrington Jones. He attended schools in Southampton, where he was on the football team. While in high school he worked at Shinnecock Golf Course.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956. In 2013, he received a certificate for his U.S. military service.

After returning from the Army, Mr. Jones worked for Southampton Tire for 25 years. He was a member of Riverhead Masonic Lodge 91. Family members said he enjoyed living at John Wesley Village in Riverhead and later moved to Riverhead Care Center, where he was president of the Resident Care Council.

Family members said Mr. Jones made many friends during his lifetime, on his high school football team, at the golf course and at the care center. He enjoyed playing bingo and played the lottery daily, continuing to play at the care center, where his cousin would drop off tickets.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (née Davis); his son, Regan; his daughter, Brenda; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many other relatives. Arrangements were in the care of Seay Memorial Chapel in Riverhead.

02/24/15 1:13pm

Melissa Denna Brown of Riverhead died Feb. 12 at Peconic Bay Medical Center. She was 34.

She was born Jan. 13, 1981, on Long Island to Vanessa Brown and Charles Dalton.

Predeceased by her parents, and her sister Pearl, Ms. Brown is survived by her sisters Keisha Dalton of Middle Island and Joann Booker of Ridge; her brother, James Davender, also of Ridge; and many other family members.

Services took place Feb. 20 at Galilee Church of God in Christ in Riverhead, officiated by Pastor Dr. Roy Pennon Sr. Interment took place at Riverhead Cemetery.

Arrangements were in the care of Seay Memorial Chapel in Riverhead.

02/17/15 4:01pm
02/17/2015 4:01 PM

Former Riverhead resident Winnie F. Ayers-Brown of Bellport died Feb. 10 at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. She was 67.

Ms. Ayers-Brown was born May 24, 1947, in Dillwyn, Va., to Nannie (Woodson) and Robert Ayers. She worked as a certified nursing assistant at Southampton Care Center.

Her mother said Ms. Ayers-Brown was a kind-hearted person who loved helping people.

Predeceased by her husband, Harold Brown, in 2010 and her father, Ms. Ayers-Brown is survived by her mother, of Riverhead; her daughters, Angela Booker of Bellport, Dakota Ayers of Riverhead and Thermia Booker of Mastic; her son, Jamie Ayers of Riverhead; her brother, Robert Ayers of Riverhead; her sisters, Nancy Rose, Barbara and Anna Ayers, all of Riverhead, and Shirley Ayers of Coram; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors Friday, Feb. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Riverhead, where a funeral service will immediately follow, the Rev. Charles McElroy officiating. Interment will take place at 12:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Calverton National Cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead.