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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, January 29, 2015, Image 1

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"It's sad but joyous at the same time, because we know where he is," she said. "He's transitioned to that glorious church." Heath was born and raised in Winston Salem. He was the youngest of seven chil dren and started singing at an early age. Jones recalled that at only 12 years old, his rendition of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" got a standing ovation at a service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s mem ory. Heath's baritone voice, which she said "came straight from God" only got better with age.. "He would just open his mouth and sing, and you'd just get lost in it," she said. She said he had a special wisdom beyond his age and his brother and sisters came to know God through him. In 1982, he became an ordained minister under the leadership of Bishop F.D. Patterson at Ambassador Cathedral. He also had a long career as a gospel singer, which began as one of the lead singers with David Allen and the Ambassadors for Christ Church Choir. He would go on to sing all over the country, perform with numerous gospel singers and groups and record several CDs. He was a member of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, using his j See Heath on A2 1 File Photo 3 is hop John Heath performs with the choir from Greater Higher Ground Worldwide Ministries Inc. at The Chronicle's Gospel Fest in 2011. New NAACP regime halted as national office steps in BY CHANEL DAVIS THE CHRONICLE The Winston-Salem branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will void its last election, which took place on Jan. 10, as the national office looks into a complaint filed by the organizations' executive board. The complaint states that campaign material was passed out inside of I the 50-foot buffer zone and that there were no printed ballots. L Current President S. Wayne Patterson has told The Chronicle that he I has been given orders to advise members to follow Article IX, Section 2 F and paragraph C, which states 'Spending resolution of the dispute, the officers whose terms were to have expired with the new election, will L continue to function," as the national office investigates the process of the K state-monitored election in early January. An announcement was made at the general body meeting Tuesday, Jan. 27. "Nothing has changed as far as officers," Patterson said. "We did find out, for a fact, that the national office deemed the election null and void on the premises of there not being ballots." Patterson said that the believes it was not reasonable for them to vote on a blank piece ot paper. "The main issue is that you can't have an election with a piece of paper like this is 1941. You got to have a ballot with names on it," he said. Numerous calls to the Rev. Gill Ford, NAACP national director of unit administration, went Sec NAACP on A3 ft n?- ? .?? ? .1 III II ? Rle Photo S. Wayne Patterson still has a chance at the presidency. Howard King expected death, Dick Gregory tells W-S audience BY CHANEL DAVIS THE CHRONICLE Winston-Salem State University's K. R. Williams Auditorium was filled with hundreds of people who were waiting to hear what the 82-year-old Richard Claxton "Dick" Gregory had to say about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gregory told more than 1,400 that King knew he was going to die. The social activist and comedian was the keynote speaker at. See Gregory on A2 L Rodit Lamb Jr. File Photo Earline Parmon is a longtime public servant. Parmon ready to start new position Vote to replace her in the Senate is tonight BY CHANEL DAVIS THE CHRONICLE State Sen. -Earline Parmon, District 32, announced her resignation last week, effective Wednesday, Jan. 28. She will now be the director of outreach for 12th District U.S. Rep. Alma Adams. She'll work under the dis trict director and beside the director of casework. "This job will allow me to continue to do the > thing that has always been a part of my life and that's helping people by empow ering and providing serv ices for them," she said. "This will allow me to do what I've done in the political community all my life." When Parmon first talked to The Chronicle on Jan. 14, she did not want her new position to be released. j Adams Chief of Staff * Rhonda Foxx said that Parmon made an inde pendent decision to resign and that after learning of it, the office offered her the position. "With her addition, our team will be well equipped to address the needs of the 12th District," she said. "The knowledge Earline has gained through her extensive work in the community is a welcomed addition that will bring added value to team Adams." Parmon said that after her husband's passing last year, she felt this would be a good opportunity for her to do something different. "1 think this is an opportunity for me to serve the comlriunity in a different and wider capac ity," she said. Sec Parmon on A2 WSSU Photo by Garrett Claims Dick Gregory speaks to a large crowd at WSSV last week. ASSURED STORAGE of Winston-Salem, LLC ) ; I 1 r-i MpBWPMiPflfPiPPIIIWi^^^H ??nf ?HI1? mmm m E HHIHHHHHHHHIHHHIHHHH f v

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