J.T. Madry Dies; Services To Be Held Saturday

James Madry

Pastor James T. Madry Jr., son of James and Dorothy Madry, former owners of Madry’s Dash of Flavor where he served as part owner, died suddenly on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Lee’s Summit hospital.
Pastor Madry was a noted singer throughout the Kansas City area. He was executive director of Madry ministries, and the founder and leader of James Madry, Jr. And Praize. He was the founder of New Day Fellowship Christian center in Grandview, Mo. He was educated in the Kansas City public schools. He traveled extensively with various artists singing and acting in plays.
There will be a memorial musical in his honor on Friday ,Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. at Memorial Church International featuring various local choirs and gospel artist.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m., at Concord Fortress of Hope, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Services under the direction of Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors.


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Three Charged In Teen’s Murder

3 col suspects

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Murder charges have been filed in the murder of 14-year-old Alexis Kane whose remains were found at a water park located in South Kansas City on January 11.
On Sunday, Jan. 25, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker filed first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges against Isaac M. Carter,   17; Ce-Antonyo D. Kennedy, 17, and Dominic McDaniel, 18.
The murder of Alexis shocked the entire community on both sides of the state line.
According to court records, friends of Alexis stated that she had been communicating with a person referred to as “Malik Suckafree”, through a Facebook inbox prior to the homicide. Her friends further stated that Alexis had arranged to meet someone at 7-11, located at 10615 Blue Ridge Blvd. Her friends drove Alexis to the 7-11 and observed the her  enter a white Chrysler, four-door vehicle with two unknown black males with dreadlocks.
Alexis’ friends advised the her not to get into the vehicle and began to follow the vehicle as the Chrysler left 7-11 with the victim inside. After losing sight of the white Chrysler, the Alexis’ friends asked the victim to turn on her cell phone’s location service in order to be located


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‘Mr. Cub’ Ernie Banks To Be Laid To Rest Saturday

Banks, Ernie--KC-head shot

By Tracy Allen
CALL Staff Writer

Buck O’Neil once called him a son that he never had in real life.
For O’Neil, the former Negro Leagues baseball manager for the Kansas City Monarchs and a coach for Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, his young prodigy who for thousands became “Mr. Cub”, having Ernie Banks under his tutelage not only was a privilege but a chance once again to prove that black baseball players could succeed at the Major League level.
While Banks didn’t have nearly the same impact entering the Majors like former Monarch and baseball legend Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers once did, Banks no doubt paved a pathway of success for many black players coming from the Negro Leagues to follow.
And it is why Banks, who died Friday, Jan. 23, of a heart attack, at age 83, will be remembered for not only what he meant to Chicago and Major League baseball fans and black baseball enthusiasts, but also, his role in his short, but impressive career as a member of the Negro Leagues’ Monarchs.
Funeral services for Banks will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, just off Michigan avenue.
“Mr. Cub” was impressive in the Majors. He hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career in professional baseball, all with the Cubs. He had five seasons where he hit 40 or more homers. Banks, who never played in a post-season game, was also a two-time National League MVP, 11-time All Star and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1977, in his first year of eligibility!

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