40 long years after graduation from one of Liberia’s most famous high schools, the Ricks Institute in Virginia, outside Monrovia, members of the “class of Siva” last Thursday January 23, 2014 gathered in the home of Ms. Muna Stubblefield at the James Spriggs Payne Airfield to bid their colleague, Mr. Othello Nance of Texas, USA, farewell.
The farewell comes in the wake of the recent burial of the younger brother of Mr. Nance, the late Reginald Nance, in Bensonville, outside Monrovia.
“Reggie,” as he was affectionately known, died during the Christmas season after a brief illness, having contributed his quota to the nation in various professional fields.
Members of the “class of Siva” were brought together through the instrumentations of Caesar Hall, a noted national basketball coach in Liberia. Mr. Hall organized the few Sivans still residing in the country as well as other school mates.
Amongst those gathered for the fond farewell were Mr. Alfred Harris, former Administrative manager at the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC); Monroe Theophilus Weeks, Alias “Railroad Cowboy;” former technocrat at the Ministry of Public Works, Sando Johnson; and Merkel Greene, son of the late vice President of Liberia James E. Greene amongst other.
While the Sivans were reflecting on life in the 1970s at the Ricks Institute, they proudly declared the Baptist run Educational Institution continues to promote quality and holistic education that attracts thousands of students thanks to the vision of the late President of Liberia and head of the Baptist Missionary and Education Convention (LBMEC) Rev. Dr. William Richard Tolbert, Jr.
Dr. Tolbert Jr. became the president of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) a development leader in the country that is currently run by Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay. The BWA remains unwavering in creating an enabling learning environment that provides quality education with the requisite professional instructors and staff.
The wake-keeping and funeral services of the late Reggie Nance took place at the First United Methodist Church on Ashmun Street in Monrovia. The occasion brought together brothers, sisters, cousins, and sympathizers who shared vivid reflections of Reggie. Reggie’s passing was also a catalyst for reuniting the “class of Siva” and the Ricks Institute family as they continue to make progress in Liberia.