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06/07/19 06:11 PM #589    


Ricardo Fleming

McKinley Tech Tech! Now say that 40 times!!!

06/09/19 04:26 PM #590    


Wardell Howell Jr

so sorry i could not make anything so far.  looks like  a lot of fun was had at cookout/picnic!!!!  i will be at the october  party!!!  tech 79!!!!!!  see you guys soon. our class is lookin' great guys!!!!



08/06/19 11:32 PM #591    


Charmaine Thrower (Franklin)

Hello Class of '79 -

We recently learned that we've lost another one of our classmates.  Matthew Brinkley passed away on July 9, 2019.  I don't think I've seen him since we graduated.  

Rest in Heavenly Peace Matthew!



08/07/19 07:27 AM #592    


JoVonne Jones (Lane)

Rest in Peace, Matthew, R.I.P.

08/07/19 10:54 AM #593    


Bruce Holliday

Rest In Paradise Matthew

08/07/19 11:02 AM #594    


Ricardo Fleming

Rest in peace Mr Brinkley.

08/07/19 04:34 PM #595    


George Branch Jr

Rip Matthew Brinkley

08/08/19 07:44 AM #596    


Rhonda Moore (Holder)

Heavenly Peace.  RIP Matthew. 

08/08/19 10:59 AM #597    


Debra Dansby (Smith)

Sorry to hear about the loss of another classmate. May the family and all touched by this loss be comforted and strengthen during this season.

08/12/19 03:27 PM #598    


Donald Davis

Rest Easy Brink. Sleep in Peace.

08/12/19 07:28 PM #599    


Regina Anderson

Rest In Peace Mathew.  

09/04/19 06:05 PM #600    


Charmaine Thrower (Franklin)

Dear Classmates -

Please keep David Janifer and his family in prayer, in the recent transition of his mother, Mrs. Rose Janifer. 

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Shiloh Baptist Church

1500 9th Street, NW

Washington, DC  20001

Viewing:  10:00 am 

Service:  11:00 am


The Internment will be at the Maryland National Memorial Cemetary (13300 Baltimore Avenue, Laurel, MD 20707). 


09/10/19 04:54 PM #601    


Charmaine Thrower (Franklin)

Classmates -

Please keep our Website Administrator, Tonya Thompson and her family in prayer in the loss of her dad,  Horace Thompson!  

Mr. Horace was a faithful member of the Usher's Ministry at my church -- First Baptist Church of Glenarden!  You could always find him on his post on any given Sunday!  He shall surely be missed!

We will provide funeral arrangements as soon as we receive the information!



09/11/19 11:16 AM #602    


Pamela Nixon (Nixon-Mckisset)

Many blessing to the family of Mathew Brinkley and Mr. Horace Thompson. May their souls rest in peace.

09/11/19 01:14 PM #603    

Sabrina Stewart

So sorry to hear about Tanya's father.  May he rest in peace.

I will keep the Thompson family in my prayers during their time of bereavement.




09/11/19 01:19 PM #604    


Bruce Holliday

So sorry fro your loss Tonya. My condolences and prayers for you and your family.

09/12/19 07:15 AM #605    


Rhonda Moore (Holder)

So very sorry for the loss of both David and Tonya's moms.  Rest in God's loving arms, He will give you peace.  crying

09/12/19 10:40 AM #606    


Joyce Lanelle (Williams)

My condolences to Tonya's family, just getting through my mom's passing last week, I continue to feel God's peace, know that God will be with you and your family.  I attend First Baptist and will miss seeing your Dad working in the church, from my family to yours may God continue to bless and keep you.     

09/12/19 11:57 PM #607    


Charmaine Thrower (Franklin)

Classmates -

Please keep Joyce Williams and her family in prayer following the passing of her mother, Mrs. Lawrence,  on August 25th.  It's the quiet time ... when everyone has gone back to their various homes ... that Joyce, David, Tonya and other classmates who have experienced losses will need our prayers the most!  heart


The Homegoing Service for Tonya's dad, Mr. Horace Thompson,  will be held on Monday, September 16, 2019:

Viewing:  10am - 11am

Service:  11am - Noon

First Baptist Church of Glenarden

3600 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD 20785


09/13/19 10:41 AM #608    

Jed Dudley Worrell

 I’m deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your father.  I believe I have encountered your father several times over these many years.  I thank God for your father’s life and the time God allowed us to experience his presence here on earth.  These saddened times often evoke memories of things long past.  And in your suffering I encourage you to continue to maintain strength always remembering these hallowed words:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help.   My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

And fine solace in knowing:

For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection




09/26/19 05:23 PM #609    

Sabrina Stewart

I just received what appears to be a broadcast email from James C. Grayton advising that our upcoming 40th Class Reunion will be the last event that he will Chair for the class of 1979.

I just wanted him to know that he has done a magnificent job over the numerous years of his committed service and dedication to our class.  I realize he did not do it alone and that he along with each one of the other committee members strived together to make each event unforgettable for us. 

Although I was not able to attend many of the events, the reviews provided by those that did attend told of the grand time had by all that were there and spoke to the labor of love that the entire committee provided.

In reading his email, he too is to be commended "for the many contributions that he made throughout the years" and for his personal time and energy sacrificed for the preparation of each event.  As he so eloquently stated in his email, and I agree, "McKinley Tech Alumni--Class of 1979--The Best Class to Ever Represent our Alma Mater"!!

Thank you James...and I wish you nothing but the best in whatever the future has for you.


09/29/19 11:42 AM #610    


Emmett Driggers

Greetings classmates! I take this time to get caught up and express my condolences to all who have lost their parents and other loved ones. Peace and Blessings that God alone gives. Until the October function, stay sharp! Be well!

09/30/19 11:25 AM #611    

Jed Dudley Worrell

Hello James {Grayton}

1.  Hey man, all were asking, is for you to continue your present duties until around {ahhhh} seventy-years of age.

2.  It’s the Fourth Quarter.  Thus, I’m going to contact Kenny {“Snake” Stabler} Wright.  The first prototypic left handed {southpaw} Inter-high quarterback.  So said, Washington Star newspaper sports writer, Donald Huff, who rendered this opinion circa 1978.  And for a contemporaneous point of corroboration, speak with David Jennifer. 

3.  We’re entering conclave and hopefully when were finished WE, {including Andre, who certainly understands your decision but implicitly wants you to remain on too} will  expel white smoke (fumata bianca) announcing your  re-selection to chair our Mckinley Tech 1979 Alumni proclivities, hence forth and forever more.

4.  One other thing Kennith {Wright}.  I acutely remember our late night jaunts gallivanting around the city in your green Nova/Pinto {I believe it was} listing to “Ring my Bell” on your AM radio station.  That’s all I choose to remember about those eclectic ventures {selective memory}.

5.  A quarterback and a kicker {some say}.


PS JAMES,  if you need ANYTHING don't hesitate - I'm going to be right there I promise - You ruffle wearing juggernaut - a true strong brother



12/05/19 10:22 PM #612    


Charmaine Thrower (Franklin)

Hello Class of '79 -

My heart is heavy.  With sadness I want to let you know that we have lost another classmate.  Please pray for the family of our dear brother, George Branch, who transitioned today.  We will provide the funeral arrangements once we receive that information.

Rest in Heavenly Peace George! 

We Love You!

12/06/19 09:07 AM #613    


Monica Carter

Hello Classmates. Rest In Paradise George, my condolences to his family.  Condolences to the familes of classmates who passed this year.

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