Burial services for educator Lawrence Jarmon, 64, held
Played in the NFL
The body of Lawrence Jarmon, Ph.D., retired dean of student services at West Los Angeles College and former professional football player, was interred Friday at Inglewood Park Cemetery.
Jarman died in Los Angeles on July 15. He was 64.
A Los Angeles native, Jarmon attended Manual Arts High School, Los Angeles Harbor College and California State University, Los Angeles.
An all-conference football player and honor student, he began his professional football career in 1969 with the New England Patriots before joining the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams.
Jarmon earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s in education from California State L.A., a second master’s from the University of Washington and a doctorate in administration from Washington State University.
He spent the majority of his professional career at Los Angeles Southwest College, beginning in 1975 as the director of athletics and a professor of health and physical education, and in 1986 joined the department of developmental communications where he taught English and math.
During his tenure at Southwest, he also served as director of adult education and later as vice president of student services.
In 2001, Jarmon became special assistant to the executive director of facilities planning with the Los Angeles Community College District chancellor’s office and eventually the dean of student services at West Los Angeles College.
Jarmon served as activities director for National Youth Sports, a summer math and science academic program for Los Angeles’ underserved youth.
He was inducted into the Los Angeles Southwest College Physics Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Los Angeles Harbor College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, after which he retired.
Jarmon is survived by three sisters, Ivella Laskey, Patricia Handy, and Louida Miller.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles for Lois Bernardine Murray, wife of former FAME pastor the Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray.
She died April 27 from complications of a stroke. Murray was 83.
Entombment will take place at Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 E. Florence Ave., Inglewood, and the repast will follow at the church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles.
Ronald “Ronnie” Ray Smith, a 1967 graduate of Manual Arts High and winner of a gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics, has died. He was 64.
Smith attended San Jose State University during the “Speed City” era, coached by Lloyd (Bud) Winter.
At the 1968 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Championships, Smith equaled the 100-meter world record in the semifinal, repeating the same time of 9.9, which was also run by Jim Hines and Charles Greene in another semifinal of the same competition.
LONG BEACH, Calif. — A former Long Beach high school football star who spent more than five years behind bars for rape but was exonerated after his accuser recanted her story came closer to his dream of playing in the National Football League today when he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons.
Brian Banks, 27, gushed thanks on his Twitter page to the team’s management and players, saying, “Thank you for accepting me into the family.”
As the political ramifications of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death remained uncertain, his followers demonstrated Wednesday in plazas nationwide to show they support a continuation of his policies.
Inglewood Park Cemetery has for 108 years been among the premier venues for interment in Southern California. Today, its Garden of Chimes is the newest completed project and provides additional mausoleum space as well as cremation columbarium, family estates and individual lawn crypts.