Monday, April 7, 2014

Funeral services in Cleveland for retired Cleveland teacher, community activist and political affiliate Ann Romans are Friday, April 11, 2014, Romans fought against discrimination in housing, public education, she was a member of the grassroots activists groups G-PAC and the Carl Stokes Brigade, she rode a motorcycle yearly in the 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade in Cleveland, was mother-in-law of House of Payne Actor Palmer Williams, services are entrusted to E.F. Boyd Funeral Home


Ann Romans

Ann Romans, center, with her son Anthony Jones and his wife Loretta,
and her grandchildren Aryanna Jones and Anthony Jones II
during the annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade in Cleveland, Ohio
By Kathy Wray Coleman,  Editor-in-Chief,
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 who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper

CLEVELAND, Ohio- Ann R. Romans, 84, of Marietta, Georgia and a native of Cleveland, Ohio passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 11 at the Church of the Covenant Presbyterian Church at 11205 Euclid Ave in Cleveland with a wake at 1 pm and funeral services at 2 pm. 

Services are entrusted to E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home in Cleveland. CLICK THIS LINK HERE TO GO TO E F BOYD FUNERAL HOME ONLINE

Mrs. Romans moved to Marietta seven years ago to be with her daughter, son-in-law, and three of her six grandchildren. She retired as a school teacher with the Cleveland Public School System. She earned a master's of education from John Carroll University in University Heights at the age of 67, and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Mrs Romans was a member of the greater Cleveland grassroots community activists groups G-PAC and the Carl Stokes Brigade and she loved politics and was active with the 11th Congressional District Caucus under then Congressman Louis Stokes, who has since retired, and under the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, who succeeded Stokes. She was also a Cleveland area community activist who fought against alleged housing discrimination in Shaker Heights, Ohio and against the mistreatment of Blacks students, teachers and administrators in Cleveland schools in the 1990s. She rode a motorcycle even in recent years at the annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Annual Parade, an event initiated by Stokes and also sponsored by Tubbs Jones and current Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress , and a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose majority Black congressional district includes the largely Black cities of Cleveland, East Cleveland and Warrensville Heights.

Her son-in-law, Palmer Williams Jr., is an actor who plays the barber in Tyler Perry's sitcom House of Payne.

Romans was preceded in death by 14 siblings: Calvin, Rainey, Augusta, Curtis, Cecil, Alberta, Julie Bell, Annie Maria, Valeria, Cateria, Maerener, Veolia, Arelia, and one at child birth.

Survivors include son Anthony Jones (Loretta) of  Shaker Heights, OH;
daughter Annetta Williams (Palmer, Jr.) of Marietta, GA; and six grandchildren, Aryanna Jones, Anthony Jones II, Nia Williams, Palmer Williams III, Luke Williams and Tierney Stewart.