Beacon Obituaries

Maxine Garnes

Maxine Garnes

Maxine Garnes (1960-2020)

Maxine Naomi Garnes, 60, of Beacon, died Dec. 9 at Montefiore St. Luke’s-Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.

She was born Sept. 21, 1960, in Barbados, the daughter of George Clarke and Doreen Garnes. She loved the arts and worked as a graphic artist for many years, her family said.

Maxine is survived by her siblings: Alva Garnes and Nivon Garnes, as well as, in Barbados, Treavor Marshall, Marcia Clarke, Debra Batson and Roslyn Skinner. A private memorial service is planned.

Leanord Moore

Lenny Moore

Lenny Moore (1942-2020)

Leanord Moore, 78, of Beacon, died Dec. 4.

Known to friends and family as “Lenny,” he was born April 3, 1942, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the son of Samuel DeShields and Beatrice Moore Chapman.

He was a veteran, an athlete, a hard-working businessman and the first Black district manager at his company, his family said. He was the first person to say that Barack Obama would be the first Black president. He wrote for the Village Press in Hempstead, Long Island, and was a golfer who also played tennis. He opened his own record company in the 1990s. He loved to give hugs, his family said.

He is survived by his wife, Brigette; his children: Zenna Moore, Latressa Henson (Atoine), Lenny Moore (Jennifer) and Ali Moore; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his seven sisters: Johnnie Mae Byrd (James), Willie Mae Chapman, the Rev. Mary Sloan (Stanley), Linda Barber (John), Francina Taylor (Curtis), Laverne DeShields and Lynette McMillian (Olie) all of Greenville, South Carolina; and his brothers, Heyward Chapman, Freddie Chapman and the Rev. Tommi Chapman (Kewanda).

In addition, he is survived by his brothers-in-law, Floyd Brown Jr. (Grace), Ronald Brown and Jamal Brown; his aunts, Lois Chapman (age 102), Barbara Battles, Pat Richardson, Susan Davidson, Janey Curry, Joyce Vasquez and Jackie Hines; and his uncles, Booker Hines, Daniel Hines and Michael Hines.

Family and friends will gather on Tuesday (Dec. 15) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey in Beacon. A livestream can be viewed at An additional visitation will be held at Watkins, Garrett & Woods Funeral Home in Greenville.

Roland Russell

Danny Russell

Danny Russell (1954-2020)

Roland George “Danny” Russell, 66, of Beacon, died Dec. 2 at Kindred Hospital in Wayne, New Jersey.

Danny was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 18, 1954, the son of Winifred Eugenie (Smith) Russell. He worked as a sheet metal fabricator for more than 45 years in New York and New Jersey and was most recently employed with Coordinated Metals in Carlstadt, New Jersey.

On Oct, 26, 2002, in Beacon, he married Odilia Dawkins, who survives at home.

Danny’s passion was music, his family said. He spent his youth and early adult life as a disc jockey. He loved attending festivals and shows.

Along with his wife of 18 years, Danny is survived by his children: Rosalind Lucien (Ronald), Roland Russell Jr., Kyra Russell and Kendra Russell. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Noelle, Jeremy and Nicholas Lucien, Genesis Benedith, Jahniyah Russell, Faith Russell, Sean Williams Russell, Neveah Russell and Israel Brown Russell; a great-grandchild, Na’Lear Lateef Jones; and two sisters.

A service was held Dec.12 at Libby Funeral Home in Beacon, followed by interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Kristina Sharpe

Kristina Sharpe

Kristina Sharpe (1980-2020)

Kristina Maria Sharpe, 40, of Poughkeepsie, and formerly of Beacon, died suddenly on Dec. 1.

She was born in Cortlandt Manor on Nov. 27, 1980, the daughter of Leonard Sharpe and Susan Tompkins. She attended Beacon schools and graduated from Beacon High School.

Beside her father and his wife, Claudia, Kristina is survived by her son, Ronnie; her siblings, Dezzaray Sharpe, Tonia Cook, Raquell Smith, Earllonda Boone and Leonard Sharpe Jr.; a brother-in-law, Douglas Smith; and a sister-in-law, Crystal Conley. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Guadalupe Vega

Guadalupe Vega

Guadalupe Vega (1948-2020)

Guadalupe Vega, 78, of Beacon, died Dec. 4 at Montefiore St. Luke’s-Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.

She was born on June 20, 1948, in Mexico City, the daughter of Lorenzo Vega and Margarita Montes. She married Isaac Gutierrez, who died before her. Guadalupe was a member of El Shaddai Christian Church.

She is survived by her children: Isaac Gutierrez, Carlos Gutierrez, Lourdes Gutierrez, Alicia Gutierrez, Patricia Gutierrez, Ana Gutierrez, Malena Gutierrez and Javier Gutierrez; a brother, Demetrio Vega; a sister, Soledad Vega; and her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

A service was held Dec. 8 at Fairview Cemetery in Beacon.

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