Services entrusted to Clarke & Sons Funeral home (816) 8004148.

Zaida Ivette Torres, affectionately known as “Zee,” was born on July 6, 1957, in Yauco, Puerto Rico. She has been a resident in Kansas City, Mo., since 1993, after her military service.

She was a devoted mother to her son, Raenaldo David Torres (Amy) of Kansas City, Mo., and doting grandmother to three grandchildren: Jer’Samuel Rashad “Jay” Torres of Warner Robins, Ga., and Amiyah and Lilly Torres of Kansas City, Mo., one great granddaughter, Ja’Kiyah Torres of Warner Robins, Ga.

She leaves behind three brothers, Luis Torres Jr. (Penny) of Buffalo, N.Y., Samuel Torres of Kansas City, and Raul Torres Sr. (Jeanette “Geanie”) of Buffalo, N. Y.; and one sister, Jeanette Woods (Pastor JJ Woods Jr.) of Kansas City, Mo.; brother of love, Samuel Brown of Warner Robins, Ga. She also leaves behind a host of loving nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews in New York and Kansas City, Mo., many cousins, aunts and uncles, dear close friends, Dave, Tracy, Pedro and many more friends.

She was a proud patriot who served her country for 10 years as an active duty Sergeant in the United States Army. She protected and served our country with distinction, and her commitment to her duty was admired by her colleagues.

Ms. Torres was also known for her vivacious and outgoing personality. She was the life of the party and always had a way of bringing joy and laughter to those around her. Her infectious smile and kind heart will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

She graduated from Father Baker High school in Buffalo, N. Y., in 1975, and during her high school years, she worked multiple jobs. After graduating, she continued working until she decided to join the United States Army.

Ms. Torres united with the Bethel Missionary Baptist church and was baptized in 1994. She served faithfully for many years as a servant, choir member, and was very active in Bible Study, Sunday school, and all activities until her health began to fail her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Luis E. Torres Sr., and Maria (née) Irizarri Torres of Yauco, Puerto Rico; as well as three brothers and one sister-in-law, Daniel Torres (Elaine), Frankie Torres, and Adam Torres.

She will always be remembered for her love of life, her dedication to her country, and her ability to light up any room she entered. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 12 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist church, 4300 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, Mo.

Interment, Leavenworth National cemetery, Leavenworth, Kas.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Service conducted by Lawrence A. Jones & Sons Funeral chapel.

Sheldon Scott Jackson, affectionately known as “Scotty J” died on Monday, April 24, 2023. He was born to Karla Jackson and James McCarty on August 11, 1985. He was the youngest of three children.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Frank Scott Emery and Prophetess/Evangelist Earlene Davis; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Lureatha “Dear” McCarty; uncles: Eric Larond Davis Sr., and Pastor Calvin Wainright; aunt, Mary Louise Douglas; and cousin, Danielle Sana Shareef.

He received his education at Wendell Phillips and Three Trails Elementary schools;

J.A. Rodgers Middle school and graduated from Paseo High school. He also went to the Job Corps in Utah and received certifications in welding, plumbing and carpentry. He worked for the City of Kansas City in the Public Works & Water Services department for several years and later became selfemployed.

He was baptized at the Emmanuel Baptist church at an early age and later united with Heaven Sent Outreach Ministries under the leadership of Pastors Calvin and Cassandra Wainright.

He was best known for being a self-made and self-proclaimed comedian and singer. He was a great artist and loved to draw. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and his #1 Lady, his mother!

He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved mother, Minister Karla Rena Jackson of the city; father, James McCarty of Houston, Texas; a son, Aiden Shirley; two sisters, Stacey Jackson and Sierra Jackson of the city; three nieces, Dei’Jairria Roland, Au’Zanai’ Jones and Kyndal Jackson; two nephews, De’Ron Roland, Jr. and Keilyn Jackson; three great nephews, Javon Johnson, De’Ron Roland III, De’Jay Roland; a special friend, Maria Shirley and her children, Aaron, Yana, Zirah and Lennox; best friend, Steven Lewis; uncles: Leon Davis Jr., Myreon Davis, Michael McCarty (Donna) and Floyd McCarty (Cynthia); aunts: Gloria (Samuel) Shareef, Pastor Cassandra Wainright, Dana (Donald) Cannon, Vickie Richard and Ruby Robinson (Charles); and a whole host of other family and friends. Sheldon shared a very unique bond with all of his cousins (who are all too numerous to name) as they all grew up as brothers and sisters.

A public viewing will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Oasis Church International, 11500 East 53rd Street, Raytown, Mo. Funeral services will begin promptly at 12 p.m., with Pastor Cassandra Wainright, officiating. Private Disposition. Arrangements by the Golden Gate Funeral & Cremation Services, LLC.

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