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Darnell K. Martin

September 25, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Darnell K. Martin, 55, of McKeesport, was born September 9, 1967, in McKeesport, PA. He was the beloved son of his late father, Charles Martin, stepfather, Frank Mikell, and Mary (Larkins) Mikell. Darnell departed this life on September 16, 2022, at Forbes in Monroeville, PA.

He was a graduate of the class of 1986 from, McKeesport High School. Darnell lived in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

Darnell was a nice guy with a big heart, would give anybody anything, always doing for others. Darnell enjoyed cooking, cookouts, and going out to eat, he hated eating alone. He always wanted someone to try his food or eat with him. He enjoyed traveling.

Darnell loved being around his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed shopping, he was the “fly guy”! He enjoyed watching westerns. Darnell's occupation was a full-time provider to his children and family. Darnell was a member of Calvary First United Methodist Church in McKeesport.  When he was younger, he sang in the church choir.

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Paul Braxton Fields Jr.

September 14, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Paul Braxton Fields Jr., 86, of McKeesport died September 9, 2022. Friends will be received from 9 a.m. until the time of service, 11 a.m., on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust St., McKeesport.

Interment will be held Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville, PA 15017. Arrangements are in care of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, Inc.


Laura Mae "Mena" Green

September 14, 2022 |

By Robert A. Waters Funeral Home | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, Laura Mae (Mena) Green departed this life peacefully at home in McKeesport, PA. She was born October 28, 1939, in Charleston, South Carolina, and is preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Ethel Taylor Green, and sister Patricia Green, all, of McKeesport, PA. Laura was a loving sister/cousin/friend to Karen Green Andrews of, McKeesport, PA., and Alvin (Thea) Green of, Marlboro, MD. Laura is affectionately known by her friends and family as the best cookie, pie, and scone baker. Laura considered her younger cousins as her own children, Laura’s goddaughter, Deanna Lee Adams of Melbourne Florida.

Laura graduated from McKeesport High School in 1959 and went on to the Douglas School of Business. She retired from the City of McKeesport where she worked for over 47 years. She served in various capacities including Clerk in the Earned Income Tax Office, Payroll, Business Privilege/Mercantile Collector, Accounts Payable, Deputy Finance Officer, and Pension Disbursement. She ended her tenure with the city in the accounting department as Supervisor/Treasurer. Laura also worked with the City of McKeesport Credit Union, post-retirement. Prior to working with the City of McKeesport Laura worked for Flairs Cleaners, also in McKeesport.

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Tyrone Vincent Coward

September 04, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Tyrone Vincent Coward, 60, of McKeesport, PA born, March 14, 1962, suddenly departed this life on August 29, 2022.

Tyrone is the son of Joyce Gwendolyn Thompson and Louis Coward, Jr.  He was preceded in death by his loving brothers Kenneth Coward, Joseph (JoJo) Hill, Jr., Michael Coward, and his beloved grandparents Lucille (Nana) and Woodrow Cozart, Luealla & Louis Coward.

Tyrone was a graduate of Duquesne High School. He worked hard continually since graduation. He was currently employed for many years at Bettis Atomic Power Lab in West Mifflin.

Tyrone loved the Lord and attended Calvary United Methodist Church in McKeesport, PA.

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Maricco Alonzo Randolph

August 29, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Maricco Alonzo Randolph, 32, of Duquesne, was born December 27, 1989, in Pittsburgh, PA he was the beloved son of the late  Emeric and Lynne Randolph.

Maricco went to McKeesport high school where he was popular he loved everyone and everyone loved him. Maricco remodeled homes at Handyman Sam services Llc and with many other companies. He was the man with many plans!  Maricco was the protector of the family. He was charismatic, outgoing, a comedian, and loved hard. His smile would brighten up any room he was in, his laughter was contagious and hugs were warm and comforting you felt love within. The love he had for children was unspeakable.

Maricco had a love for rapping and writing music. He would always randomly text his loved ones “What you doing?,” “you okay?” and “I love you.”

Maricco departed this life on August 18, 2022, in Pittsburgh, PA. He was preceded in death by his mother Lynne Marie Randolph and father Emeric Alfonso Randolph.

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Douglas James Wright

August 15, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Douglas James Wright, 40, died August 4, 2022. Arrangements were in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Douglas James Wright, please visit our floral store.


Freddie Robbins

August 15, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Freddie Robbins, 88, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania was born September 26, 1933, in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the beloved son to the late John and Edna Green-Robbins.

Freddie was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He worked at Krispy Kreme Doughnut, Steel Mill, Auberle, School Bus Driver with perfect attendance with dedication & commitment to children’s safety. He enjoyed working on cars & would help his friends/family with repairs of their vehicles. He was a creative person with a natural niche for carpentry, electrical, mechanical, & plumbing workmanship.  He performed most of the maintenance in the upkeep of his home. Freddie was a man of many talents.

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Leah Ja'Nee Barber

August 02, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Leah Ja'Nee Barber, 50, died July 25, 2022. She was born on October 16, 1971, in McKeesport Hospital. She was the daughter of Robert C. Barber and the late Barbara Ann Barber. Leah was the youngest of 5 siblings.

Leah accepted the Lord as her Personal Savior during her preteen years at Morning Star Baptist Church, West Mifflin. Leah faithfully attended Sunday school and singing in the Sunbeam Choir.   As her health permitted, she developed a closer walk with God and became an avid bible study partner with her Aunt Sue Brown. Every week she watched MSBC online -services, Leah always told her nurses how much she enjoyed Sunday Worship, her sister is a good preacher, and how proud she was of her nieces who could mime. Even as her health was failing, she always looked forward to Aunt Lisa for a word of encouragement and motivation through the Word of God. And for that, her family thank you for keeping her mind stayed on Jesus.

During her younger years, Leah enjoyed double-double dutch jump rope, riding her bike, and modeling at various Back 2 School fashion shows. What many may not know is that Leah also enjoyed the arts. She loved to free-hand draw which included fashion designing. She was also an avid lover of Gospel music and Oldies but Goodies where she often posted songs to others from different decades on her Facebook page.

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Patricia Pitts-Scott

July 12, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Patricia Pitts-Scott (fondly known as Patty), age 75, was born June 15th 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was one of twelve children born to Haywood and Sarah (Bloss) Pitts.

As a child, she was known for being the life of the party, unintentionally funny, and having a dislike for any and all vegetables. All of which never changed once she became an adult.

She graduated from Duquesne High School in 1965 and went on to attend Connelley Technical Institute in Pittsburgh, PA where she received her Licensed Practical Nurse degree. She used her degree to get a job as an LPN at UPMC McKeesport where she worked for 49 years. It was during her time at UPMC that she met her husband, Wendell Scott, whom she was married to until his passing in 2009.

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James Wyatt

July 11, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

James Wyatt, 77, of McKeesport, was born in Brownsville, PA on February 10, 1948. He was the beloved son to the late Mozella Wyatt. James peacefully departed this life at home on July 7, 2022. He was a veteran of the Navy and retired from the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. He was a loving husband and father, who put his family’s needs above his own. He was a kind and warm-hearted person, whose positive energy radiated onto others.  He was happiest when building and repairing something.

James is survived by his loving wife of twenty-seven years Carmen McCall Wyatt; cherished father of daughter, Lori Gunter (Allen); three sons, Derrick Wyatt, James Wyatt Jr., Thomas Wyatt; stepfather of Monica Younger and Cassandra Jackson. Siblings, Julia Barley, Charlene Wyatt, and Robin Wyatt, he was preceded in death by Alma Lampert (Linwood), Robert Wyatt, and Brandon Barley. Loving grandfather of 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to those who have shown an outpouring of love for him and his family.

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Stephanie Diane Underwood Tyson

July 11, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

On June 28, 2022, God called Stephanie Diane Underwood Tyson home to eternal rest. “Diane” as she was affectionately called was born on May 3, 1953, to Oscar Wilber Underwood Sr. and Lucille Underwood in Pittsburgh Pa. Diane was the third of five children and only daughter. Although the “lady of the bunch”, she could hang just as tough with her brothers and was a force to be reckoned with. They knew who was actually in charge.

Before Diane’s transition to heaven, she lived an exciting and luminous life. You always knew when Diane was in the room from that distinct, bellowing laughter of hers that permeated the place. You couldn’t help but join in the laughter and you were just as happy. Diane had a way of making everyone around her feel good! She was full of life and had friends who became family from all walks of life. She never met a stranger that didn’t become family.

Diane received her formal education through the Duquesne Public School System from grades K-8. Due to her friendly and gregarious personality, it was no surprise that she became a cheerleader while in high school.   Diane was a trail blazer the only Black girl on her cheer leading squad. While attending Duquesne Senior High School, Diane met Russell Boston, her “high school sweetheart” and they were blessed with a son, Marlin Underwood.

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Leon Coleman

July 02, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Leon Coleman, 64, of McKeesport, was born November 2, 1957, in Braddock, PA. He was the beloved son to the late John Sr. and Adlee (Davis) Coleman. Leon departed this life on June 28, 2022, at AHN Jefferson Hospital.

Leon was a Duquesne High School graduate, class of 1975. He spent the majority of his 30+ year banking career, as a Branch Manager at Citizens Bank (formerly known as Mellon), and his remaining years at Dollar Bank.

Leon was a devoted member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where he served as Trustee, Deacon, Minister, Associate Reverend, and a member of the Christian Travelers Male Chorus.

In his youth, he was an avid basketball player and also enjoyed playing pool as a hobby. He liked to spend afternoons in the park listening to Jazz.  Leon always took a great deal of pride in his appearance. He was a loving and caring husband, son, father, grandfather, and friend.

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Marvin Dewitt Matthews

June 30, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Marvin Dewitt Matthews, 19, died June 19, 2022. A funeral service was held June 30, 2022 at Macedonia Baptist Church, Duquesne. Arrangements were in charge of Robert A. Waters Funeral Home Inc.


Roland Curdell Johnson

June 30, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Roland Curdell Johnson, 65, of Temple Hills, Maryland, was born May 31, 1957, in McKeesport, PA. He was the beloved son to the late Joseph and Barbara (Ruffin) Johnson. Roland departed this life on June 17, 2022 in Temple Hills, MD.

He was a graduate of Clairton High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh for a duration of time before exploring other career paths ultimately finding his footing in car sales. Roland worked as a Sales Manager for Waldorf Chevrolet Cadillac.

Roland enjoyed spending time playing his bass guitar, riding his motorcycle, and attending Steelers games, but would root for the Bengals when his cousin was on the field. While he had some personal struggles in his young adult life, he worked diligently to make amends and overcome his adversities. People who knew him will always remember him with a smile on his face and infinite knowledge about anything related to car sales and profits. Selling cars was his passion and it showed through his work ethic and easygoing nature about the business.

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Annette Marie Shogan

June 15, 2022 |

By Administrator | Posted in: Robert A. Waters Funeral Home

Annette Marie Shogan, 69, was born August 9, 1952, in Braddock, PA. She was the beloved daughter to the late Edward and Margaret (Hixon) Shogan. Annette departed this life on June 5, 2022, at her residence in Powder Springs, GA, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Margaret Hixon Shogan and siblings Patricia Kalanish, Margaret Putzlocker, and Marion Askey.

Annette moved to McKeesport when she was 19 years old. Annette was the proud mother of seven beautiful children, whom she raised in McKeesport, PA. She recently moved to Powder Springs, GA. Annette was a stay-at-home mom and also worked as a housekeeper and caregiver. Annette enjoyed her grandchildren and would attend school functions, sports events, and academic celebrations. Annette was also well known in the community for many things, especially her cooking, her kind and giving spirit, and her willingness to help anyone out. She also had a sharp tongue, in love. You could always get a hot meal, a good laugh, and leave with a full stomach and whatever else you needed.

Annette enjoyed puzzle books, coloring, playing cards, a good bingo game, and going to the casino. She also took up sewing and crocheting when she was 11 years old. These hobbies stayed with her, as she taught her children and would sew doll clothes, clothes for her grandchildren, blankets, etc.

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