OBITUARY

Dr. John Vincent Golding, Jr.

May 19, 1939August 30, 2018
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Dr. John Vincent Golding, Jr.,

John V. Golding, MD, age 79, of Silver Spring, Maryland passed away on Thursday August 30, 2018. John was born May 19, 1939 in Harlem, NY. He successfully practiced radiology from 1970- 2018. We are truly grateful for the precious years he spent as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

A visitation for John will be held Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM immediately followed by a funeral at Dunbarton Chapel at Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness Street, NW, Washington, DC. 20008. Interment will take place at 2:00 PM at Gate Of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, Maryland 20906-5271.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.dignitymemorial.com

The family kindly requests that Floral Tributes for the services of Dr. John Vincent Golding, Jr. be delivered directly to Dunbarton Chapel at Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness Street, NW, Washington, DC.

We recommend reserving rooms at HILTON GARDEN INN SILVER SPRING NORTH 2200 Broadbirch Drive Silver Spring, MD, 20904 (866) 238-4218

  • FAMILY

  • John Vincent Golding, Father
  • Beryl (Betton) Golding, Mother
  • Betty J. (Kersh) Golding, Wife
  • John is also survived by his children, John Vincent (Monique) Golding MDs, Keena (Delonte) Howell MEd, Doctoral Candidate , Shana (Kwame) Bailey Esq., and Maren (Marcus) Shaw MD. Grandchildren- Haley Lauriel, John Vincent IV, Taylor Jasmine, Elijah Masai, Deven Marcellus, Sydney Mary-Ellen, Ava Mignon, and Marcus Keith Jr. Other loving survivors include twin sisters, C. Ellen Golding and C. Elaine Golding, numerous cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 6, 2018
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Dr. John Vincent Golding, Jr.

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Catherine Hill

September 13, 2018

Since my Uncle John passed, I have been trying to find the words to share and express to my Aunt Betty, Ellen, Elaine and cousins Vincent, Keena, Shana and Maren how truly grateful and how much I appreciate them sharing him with me and so many others over the years. Honestly I still can't seem to find the words that can express the love I have in my heart for him and how truly grateful I am that gave God brougth him and my Aunt Betty together to become my uncle. His was one of the greatest loves of my life. He was truly my rock. Uncle John always showed me unconditional love. My fondest memories of him is his laugh and how it could fill the air in any space or situation with happiness and love. I will miss him dearly but will always remember him fondly and love him for eternity.

Lois Roux

September 8, 2018

Dear Betty and family
So very sorry to learn of John's passing. He was a wonderful, delightful and funny person. I can envision him telling jokes in heaven. May God bless you all and give you strength to endure.
Lois and Vincent Roux

A. Bernadette Pulley Pruitt

September 6, 2018

Dear Shana & The Golding Family

I just wanted to reach out and extend my condolences upon the loss of your father.
Please know that I am thinking of you and your family, however, Mr. Golding left
you all an awesome legacy and beautiful memories that will sustain you.

I have found great comfort in: Revelation 21:4
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death,
sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

With My Deepest Sympathy,
A. Bernadette Pulley Pruitt and Family

Gemma Lancaster

September 5, 2018

I have hundreds of memories but one inparticular, which I have my kids do now is saveing all coins even pennies because they add up and you should never waste any money. I think this is why I'm so frugal and handle money well to this day. Love me some Dr. Golding! I will miss your stories on that porch and laughing all the time!!

Shana Golding Bailey

September 5, 2018

Shana Golding Bailey

September 5, 2018

Shana Golding Bailey

September 5, 2018

Shana Golding Bailey

September 5, 2018

Shana Golding Bailey

September 5, 2018

Shana Golding Bailey

September 5, 2018

Biography

John Vincent Golding Jr. was born in Central Harlem, New York City on May 19th, 1939 to the late Dr. John V. Golding and Mrs. Beryl Betton Golding, both of whom were Jamaican-born American citizens. He was the eldest of three children, having two younger twin sisters, Cleonis Ellen and Constance Elaine. All three children were born in the medical office/home of their father. John Jr., called “Vinnie” by his immediate family and friends, was described by his parents as a very bright, verbal young boy with high energy. From the age of two, he aspired to follow in his father’s footsteps by telling all those who asked what his name was, “Dr. John Vincent Golding, Jr.”

When John Jr. was five, his parents purchased a large private home in the West Harlem historical Hamilton Grange district, honoring the nearby residence of founding father, Alexander Hamilton. In this ethnically pluralistic neighborhood, John thrived and exhibited early leadership abilities. He was a popular youngster who enjoyed games of stick ball with older and younger playmates. When he was about 9 years old, his father enrolled him and his only American born first cousin, the late Robert Lewis “Bobby” Betton, in the Harlem YMCA where he was a member of “The Harlem Mights” Little League Team. The coach, F. Leo Swanson, was a friend of trailblazing baseball player, Jackie Robinson, the first African American to break the color barrier in the major leagues. The Hall of Fame Brooklyn Dodger came often to talk to the group of admiring, impressionable young fans, including an enthusiastic John Vincent Golding, Jr.

A product of the then excellent NYC Public Schools, John graduated from PS 186 Manhattan, the Edward W. Stitt Junior High School 164 Manhattan, and George Washington High School. He certainly did follow in his father’s footsteps when he entered Howard University in the fall of 1957. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1961 with high honors in Chemistry, and a Medical Doctorate in 1965. The commencement speaker for both graduations was then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, and President Lyndon B. Johnson respectively. His pride in alma mater motivated him to establish a scholarship for deserving students in the Howard University Chemistry Department. He was a conscientious student who helped to support himself as a barber for his schoolmates.

After earning his MD degree, John completed his medical internship at Freedman’s (now Howard University Hospital) in 1966. He was a School Physician in the District of Columbia Health Department from 1966-1967. He was a Resident in Radiology at the District of Columbia General Hospital from 1967-1970. He was a licensed Radiologist in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia. He maintained a private practice in Radiology from 1971-1986, and was a medical officer in Radiology on the staff of the District of Columbia General Hospital from 1970-2000. Another position held was Medical Officer in Radiology at the Greater Southeast Hospital, Washington, DC (2000-2004). He continued to work as a Consultant Radiologist with Radiation Physics, Inc, and Mobile X-Ray and Cardiovascular Service, in the metropolitan DC –Maryland areas until several months ago.

Although dedicated to his medical practice, John derived his greatest satisfaction from his family life and friends. John was married to the Miss Betty J. Kersh in 1972. During their 46 year union they enjoyed a very full and meaningful life together. Together they bore four children, John Vincent Golding III, Keena Delores Golding Howell, Shana Elease Golding Bailey, and Maren Elaine Golding Shaw. The family has many happy memories of numerous trips all over the country for many years to the National Medical Association Conventions and Disney World.

The four Golding children grew into successful highly professional adults. They all have distinguished themselves in the fields of medicine, law, and educational administration. Their choices of spouses enhanced, enriched, and insured the viability of future generations. Each family has a son and a daughter, for a total of 8 grandchildren. The 3 eldest are already in college. The first grandchild, Haley, has continued the Howard University family tradition into the fourth generation. They too have brought great happiness to their devoted grandparents, John and Betty, and other family members.

John was an avid sports enthusiast who enjoyed watching football, basketball, golf, boxing, tennis and baseball on television. He was interested in a variety of topics, especially politics, current events, history. He took particular pride in the accomplishments of African Americans. He felt extraordinarily fortunate to be able to vote for and witness the two term election of the first African American President, Barack Obama.

John was especially generous with sharing his extensive knowledge and wisdom with young people. He loved to encourage them to aim high and to do their best. He understood and could impart the fundamentals of mathematics to others. He also had a phenomenal memory for names, dates, sports facts and a number of other topics. He enjoyed a variety of different genres. He was a very congenial and generous. He had a jolly disposition that was infectious. He and Betty provided hospitality to his Medical School classmates over the years, including their 50th Anniversary celebration in 2015. His late God brother, Arthur Gray, Jr. MD, said, “I’ll always remember Vinnie with laughter.” He will be greatly missed. May he rest in eternal peace.

John is survived by his wife Betty and their children, John Vincent (Monique) Golding MDs, Keena (Delonte) Howell MEd, Doctoral Candidate , Shana (Kwame) Bailey Esq., and Maren (Marcus) Shaw MD. Grandchildren- Haley Lauriel, John Vincent IV, Taylor Jasmine, Elijah Masai, Deven Marcellus, Sydney Mary-Ellen, Ava Mignon, and Marcus Keith Jr. Other loving survivors include twin sisters, C. Ellen Golding and C. Elaine Golding, numerous cousins, other relatives, and friends. He peacefully transitioned on August 30th, 2018, to the beautiful soprano voice of operatic soprano, Lorraine Hinds Fassone, a beloved member of the extended Golding Family.

Lovingly and sorrowfully submitted by sisters Ellen and Elaine.

The family kindly requests that Floral Tributes for the services of Dr. John Vincent Golding, Jr. be delivered directly to Dunbarton Chapel at Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness Street, NW, Washington, DC.

We recommend reserving rooms at
HILTON GARDEN INN SILVER SPRING NORTH
2200 Broadbirch Drive
Silver Spring, MD, 20904
(866) 238-4218