703.828.7308 PAO@nnoa.org

Orion M. Kidd, Sr – Son of CAPT Don Flowers, USN (Ret.)

Condolences to our CAPT Don Flowers, USN (Ret.) for the loss of his son Orion M. Kidd, Sr.  CAPT Don Flowers, USN (Ret), is a long time member of NNOA who served as the Western Region VP and Symposium Chair.

Funeral arrangements for family and friends are as follows:

*April 1, 2019 – Viewing

Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home
524 Capitol Street
Vallejo, CA 94590
3:00 pm – 6:30pm, Viewing of Body
6:30 pm – 8:00pm, An opportunity for Family & Friends to provide Comments and/or Reflections on the Life of Orion Kidd, Sr.

*April 2, 2019 – Funeral Service & Repast

Union Baptist Church
128 Encerti Ave
Vallejo, CA 94589
11:00 am, Funeral Service

Repast immediately following the Funeral Service at the church

*April 3, 2019 – Burial

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
5810 Midway Road
Dixon, CA. 95620
10:30am, Burial

Ms. Margaret Oliver – Mother of NNOA President, RADM Sinclair Harris, USN (Ret.) – 2018

Ms. Margaret Oliver – Mother of NNOA President, RADM Sinclair Harris, USN (Ret.) – 2018

Margaret Oliver lived a life filled with love, overflowing in joy, and of great faithfulness to her Lord Jesus Christ for all of her 83 years. She went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on 26 December 2018. Margaret was generous to a fault, gracious to everyone, and effervescent in her sense of humor. Margaret served her country with pride, both in uniform and as a civil servant. She was devoted to her son, family, friends, and coworkers. Hers was a life very well lived.

Margaret Joyner Moore was born in Farmville, North Carolina (Pitt County) on 29 October 1935 to James Herbert Joyner and Arthelia Moore. Margaret was raised in a home where faith in God, hard work, patriotism to country, and education were revered. From an early age, Margaret began to write speeches and poems that were well appreciated by many. Margaret won awards for her speeches and poems from the American Legion Post in Farmville, NC, and she was the Valedictorian of H.B. Suggs High School (formerly Farmville Colored School).

Upon graduation, Margaret moved to Washington DC to live with her favorite Aunt, Vestal Moore Askew, or “Auntie”, as we knew her. Growing up in North Carolina, Margaret always loved coming to Washington DC and claimed it as her city early in her life. Soon after coming to Washington DC, Margaret decided to join the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and served as a Private First Class (T). All of her brothers served in World War II, and her cousin, Virginia, had also been a WAC. After serving her enlistment as a Postal Clerk, Margaret returned to Washington DC, where she attended Howard University, majoring in English. Margaret always excelled in her studies. Because of Margaret’s beauty and her grace, she quickly caught the eye of an upper classman at Howard, Gerald Mischal Harris. They were married for two years, then divorced. She later met Robert Lee Oliver, to whom she was married for 11 years. 
Margaret went to work for the United States Postal Service on a temporary assignment in 1956, which led to a career that lasted over 31 years. Working for the Postal Service was in her blood, as her grandfather, John Spurgeon Moore, had been appointed Postmaster of Beaufort, North Carolina on September 5th, 1892 by the then Postmaster General, John Wanamaker. Margaret rose quickly in her career through her diligent work and fast study of personnel and labor relations issues to become a well-respected expert in the Postal Service’s Labor Relations Department, Grievance and Arbitration Division. Margaret also represented the Postal Service management in arbitrating labor relations, overseeing the National Rural Carriers’ contract, working with its labor management personnel.

After retirement, Margaret returned to her love of writing and published six books of poetry. She wanted to be the “Norman Rockwell” of poets by writing poems that were easy to understand and meaningful to readers. Margaret read her poems at many venues over the years, and her poetry was always highly praised. Frequently, her poems could be found in the Southwester, a local newspaper of Southwest, Washington DC, and she read her works at Arena Stage, a theatre and arts venue in Southwest Washington, DC. When she was not writing poetry, Margaret could be found enjoying time with her friends, especially the ladies of the “P-9 Club”, with whom she played pinochle for decades.

Always a woman of faith, Margaret attended many churches over the years, and she became a proud member of Garden Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was also a faithful supporter of many charities, including her favorite, So Others Might Eat (SOME). Margaret never turned away any family member or person in need. She did her very best to live a life according to God’s will and the teachings of the Holy Bible. 

Margaret is survived by her son Sinclair and his wife Cora; her sisters Mary Elizabeth, Barbara Ann; her “adopted brother”, Charles and his wife Delores; loving nieces Paula and Gwen; and nephew Maryland Carmel and his wife Tammy.

A celebration of the life Margaret’s life will be held at the Fort Myer Chapel, located at Joint Base Fort Myer – Henderson Hall in Arlington, VA on Friday, January 11th, 2019. A viewing will be held from 11:00 am to noon. Services will follow, beginning at noon. On Saturday, January 12th, 2019, 11:00 am, a private burial service will be held at National Harmony Memorial Park, located at 7101 Sherriff Road, Hyattsville, Maryland. 

In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make donations to Margaret’s favorite charity So Others Might Eat (SOME). https://www.some.org/give/donate-now#!
RADM Mack C. Gaston, USN (Ret) – 2018

RADM Mack C. Gaston, USN (Ret) – 2018

RADM (Ret) Mack C. Gaston, USN passed on 2 December 2018.  RADM (Ret) Gaston was a longtime NNOA member and a longtime member of the DCNNOA Chapter and Executive Board.  A true trailblazer, outstanding Naval Officer and leader and most importantly an outstanding human being.  The loss of this great patriot will be felt to all at NNOA and throughout our nation.  The NNOA Executive Board and its members send their heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his family, friends and loved ones!

Rear Admiral Gaston’s Life Story with service details to follow can be found on SNA’s Final Call webpage: http://www.navyhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/RADM-Mack-C-Gaston-Oral-History1.pdf

Rear Admiral Gaston’s Obituary

A Tribute to LTJG Asante McCalla – NNOA Member

By LT Darnell “Gov” Harris (VP SDNNOA 2018-2019)

LTJG Asante McCalla graduated from Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia and had strong ties to the community.  He went on to attend Morehouse college on a full military officer scholarship and graduated magna cum laude in 2016 with a degree in sociology.  In May 2018, he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade and was close to completing his Surface Warfare Officer designation.

On Aug. 19 while underway onboard the USS LAKE ERIE (CG-70), LTJG McCalla failed to report for duty and could not be located on the ship.  LAKE ERIE went into man-overboard procedures and seven U.S. Navy ships, along with aircraft from the Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, contributed to the search of more than 16,550 square nautical miles of open water for four days.  The aircraft flew more than 140 sorties, with LAKE ERIE serving as the on-scene commander and U.S. Coast Guard District 11 serving as mission commander.

I had the distinct privilege of meeting Asante roughly three years ago at a San Diego Chapter NNOA general body meeting and we immediately connected.  Asante being a recent graduate of Morehouse possessed confidence and maturity unmatched by many Junior Officers.  Over time we became extremely close, he would come over to my home to spend time with my family and I during weekends & holidays when he was unable to go home to be with his own family.  Asante served as Vice President for the San Diego Chapter of NNOA 2017-2018 and was deeply committed and highly effective in supporting his fellow Officers, area youth and the community at large. Moreover, Asante enthusiastically volunteered to serve as lead planner for numerous NNOA sponsored events and was instrumental to the successful Junior Officer Speed Mentoring event held in May 2018 held onboard Naval Base San Diego. This event afforded young Naval Officers the rare opportunity to engage with Senior Officers in an informal setting, facilitating a meaningful exchange of indispensable career guidance. Asante understood that professional development and mentorship was vital to the success of a Junior Officer; and although a Junior Officer himself, he took the care and feeding of others as his own personal endeavor. Asante’s unyielding concern for everyone, regardless of rank, gender or race, truly allowed him to stand out as a model Naval Officer and integral part of the National Naval Officers Association. On 29. May I had the honor of pinning Asante to LTJG onboard LAKE ERIE – and it is a memory I shall never forget.Make no mistake, Asante made a positive and everlasting impact on his Shipmates and his Navy. Asante’s passion, infectious smile and outgoing personality will never be forgotten.

Missing my friend, my shipmate and my little brother . . .I will never forget him!

LT Darnell “Gov” Harris
Vice President SDNNOA 2018-2019

LtCol Eric M. Lindsay, USMCR(Ret) – 2018

LtCol Eric M. Lindsay, USMCR(Ret), passed away suddenly on 28 July 2018. A member and past president of the “Mighty” Quantico Chapter, Eric made great strides in diversity recruiting and mentoring junior officers, keeping with the mission of our great organization.  His passion for the Marine Corps and diversity initiatives were apparent in all he did, directly contributing to the chapter winning national recognition, as well as the Marine Corps earning the Effie Award (in the African American category) for its national commercial, “Leap” in 2010.

He is survived by his loving children: Amanda, Elise and Eric Jr.; as well as siblings: Joyce, Donald, Michael and Ian (Tony).

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, 3 August, 2018 at 10am at the Marine Corps Base Quantico Chapel.  Homegoing services will take place on Saturday, 4 August, 2018 at 1pm at Galilee United Methodist Church in Laurinburg, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Eric’s name to the National Montford Point Marine Museum by clicking the following link: www.montfordpointmarines.org/national-museum/

Mrs. Bonita Kay Haney “Bonny” wife of ADM Cecil Haney – 2017

BONITA KAY HANEY “Bonny”

On Saturday, October 14, 2017.  Beloved wife of Cecil Haney; loving mother of Elizabeth, Thomas (Shervyse) and Joseph Haney.  She is also survived by her dear mother Freda Thompson; sister Penny Kriesch and niece Erin Burt; wonderful grandchildren TJ, Daniel, and Timothy; sisters-in-law Yvonne Coates and Yvette Morris (CV) and a host of other relatives and friends.  On Friday, October 27 visitation from 4 to 8 pm at the Borgwardt Funeral Home 4400 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD.  On Saturday, October 28  at 11 a.m.service at Hillandale Baptist Church 2601 Powder Mill Rd. Adelphi, Maryland 20783.  Interment George Washington Cemetery in Adelphi, MD.  Arrangements by Borgwardt Funeral Home 301-937-1707.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc (https://ww5.komen.org).