Memorial services scheduled for Alvin Sykes

Services for Alvin Sykes, a human rights activist who died Friday, March 19, have been scheduled.

Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 1, followed by services at 11 a.m. April 1 at Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2301 E. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri.

A Go Fund Me page has been established to help with the cost of Alvin Sykes’ memorial service, at

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Obituary: Betty Jolene Simpson

Betty Simpson

Betty Jolene Simpson, 77, of Independence, Missouri, died Feb. 15, 2021.

She was born on July 13, 1943, in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended Ward High School and was a stay-at-home mother, after spending several years as an operator at Providence Hospital.

Betty married Franklin D. Simpson – together, they enjoyed 11 years together. Betty was the most caring and giving mother; she sacrificed her life for her daughter, Kim. Next in her heart, was her Westie, Muffin; Betty didn’t go anywhere she couldn’t take her precious dog. Her house and yard were always spotless. She loved flowers, bingo, going to the boats, game nights with the McMullen and Paris families, with whom she was life-long friends. Betty was always stylish, a great friend, and incredibly generous. She loved doing things for, and buying for, others, specifically from QVC, being a “Nana” to her grandchildren, nieces and nephews, family get-togethers, gardening, and was a gifted seamstress, making elaborate costumes for her grandchildren at every opportunity. Betty was so meticulous in tending to her yard that she spent her days perpetually picking up every stick and leaf in the yard.

Betty is survived by her daughter and light of her life, Kim (Larry) Griffin; her three grandchildren Ryan, Paige, and Elijah Griffin; very dear, life-long friend, Meryl Christ; and her dog, Muffin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Genevieve (Shafer) Bondank; husband; stepchildren; and three sisters.

A service will be held on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Speaks Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, Missouri, 64055. She will be buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.

Online condolences may be expressed at (Arrangements: Speaks Chapel)

Obituary: Daniel Dewayne Williams Sr.

Daniel Dewayne Williams Sr. (left)

Daniel Dewayne Williams Sr. of Kansas City, Kansas, died Nov. 8, 2020, at Advent Health Shawnee Mission. He was 63 years old.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Olivet Baptist Church, 4901 Mission Road, Westwood, Kansas.

Williams was born Sept. 3, 1957, in Kansas City, Kansas. Williams graduated from Schlagle High School and worked at Advanced Auto. He enjoyed collecting records, CDs, baseball cards and movies. Williams loved to joke, and was always there to help in any way when the children needed help.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Debbie Williams, and his stepfather, Freddie Ottens.

He is survived by his mother, Darla Ottens; siblings, Kenny Ottens, Deby Carothers, Cathy Ottens, Freddie (Mac) Ottens; children, Kelly (Michael) Patrzykont, Daniel (Shaunna) Williams Jr., Katie (Rodney) Wittkopp, Jay (Jenny) Czechan, Christina (Ryan) Davis, and Cindy (Memo) Avalos; grandchildren, Kelsey, Katrina, Kristen, Dylan, Milli, Gabby, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Lynx, Paislee, Emery, Olivia, Marissa, Austin (Bre), Byron, Kaylee, Keira, and Zach; great-grandchildren; Acelynn and Urijah; along with many nieces and nephews and other family and friends.