Honoring the Memory of Recently Deceased Members

The Long Beach Branch NAACP is deeply saddened by the recent loss of several members of our organization.

Harvey Hunt

Naomi Rainey Pierson-Erdmann, President of the Long Beach Branch NAACP, announces with great sorrow the passing of Harvey Hunt.
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of a former college intern, Harvey Hunt. He was born 1982 and passed 2021. I met Hunt when he was a Long Beach Branch NAACP Intern in 2011. We remained dear friends and he was an active supporter of the Long Beach Branch NAACP after his internship was over and he began working at CSULB in Africana Studies. His next assignment was working in the College of Liberal Arts for the Dean’s Office. Harvey was from New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Tulane University. He was a devout Christian with a gentle and kind spirit. Harvey would be the first to give help when someone was in need. He was disciplined with a strong work ethic. Harvey loved cooking and made the best soul food dishes. Harvey, may you rest easy in God’s grace and love.

Ruth Hayes

Ruth Hayes
Ruth (1931-2021) was an active supporter of the branch as well as an avid advocate for many causes. You can read her obituary on the Long Beach Press-Telegram website.

Eunice Sato 

Eunice Sato
Eunice N. Sato was the first female mayor of Long Beach. She helped turn the city around during tough economic times in the 1970s and 1980. Sato served on the Long Beach City Council, representing the Seventh District, from 1975 to 1986, including two years as mayor in the early 1980s. Sato was appointed to that post by her City Council colleagues during the time before Long Beach’s election rules changed to have voters select the mayor. Read her obituary here.

Forrest Joiner

Forrest Joiner
Forrest Edward Joiner was active in church throughout his whole life and felt that one of the greatest things to ever happen to him was during his time serving in the Navy, when his sailor friends, Guy Miller and Ellison Miller, introduced him to Reverend Herman Gore, Sr., Pastor of Christ Second Baptist Church, with whom he became lifelong friends. Forrest was married to Julia Joiner and they had six children together and were blessed with four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In 2011, Forrest retired from the Long Beach Unified School District after spending 38 years at David Starr Jordan High School in North Long Beach. He was a father/mentor to thousands of students and developed close relationships to many that lasted until his departure from this life. Forrest tirelessly gave himself to his family, friends, and any person, group, or organization that needed help. He was also a proud member of Long Beach Branch NAACP. Read his obituary here.

Connie Odem

Connie worked for the Long Beach Park and Recreation Department. She was well known for organizing outstanding Juneteenth and Dr.Martin Luther King Jr Programs. Connie was a strong supporter of youth programs throughout the community. We’re proud and honored that you were a LB NAACP member.

Lou Wielder

Lou Wielder
Long Beach Branch NAACP is sad to announce the loss of Lou Wielder. He worked for the City of Long Beach and supported the Long Beach Branch NAACP.

Trevon Williams

 Trevon Williams was Long Beach Branch NAACP Intern, Graduate student at CSULB, and Youth minister of Faithful Central Church.