Eloise Akyamfuo (nee Whitfield) was born June 7, 1943 in Pearson, Georgia. Eloise was one of four children (3 boys and 1 girl) born to Armetta Harmon (Whitfielc). Eloise and her siblings, Jake, Willie, and Lonnie Whitfield were raised by her cousin, Flossie Williams and grandparents, Jake, and Dinah Whitfield. Flossie is whom she called Momma. Honorary mention to her ‘brothers’, Samuel and Ricky. Her family moved to Valdosta, Ga and later called High Springs, Florida home.
Eloise was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard“Paradise” Swinson. Lovingly, Eloise remarried to Bi Akyamfuo, Ghana. Unfortunately, Bi passed away before he and Eloise could move to Ghana. She is preceded in her death by her sons, Michael Anthony Nixon (Fuji) and James Willis Favors (Top).
In her early years, Eloise changed the narrative of her life and moved to New York. Although she chose Long Island as her home base, she would encourage her children to travel and see the world. Eloise had a sense of adventure and would suddenlydecide to take a trip. You never knew when she would arrive or leave. All you knew, is that when that feeling hit, she had to go.
Eloise was a born entrepreneur and a survivor. She created opportunities for herself and others. She did not let others define her by race or gender. She was ahead of time and used whatever was in her hand to make things happen.
Eloise was a superhero to many, especially her children: Paul Favors, James Favors (deceased), Diane Montague, Lorenzo (Herb/Zaire) Nixon, Angela Nixon, Michael Nixon (deceased), Alfie (Missy) Nixon, Candie Nixon, Traci and Staci Nixon. Collectively her crew would tell you, “ain’t nobody got a better mother than mine”. Eloise did not work to become rich, she labored for so many years to take care of her children and the many generations that came and will come after. Eloise has a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. All of whom she carried in her heart.
Lastly, Eloise would tell you to look toward the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit in the Name of Jesus Christ for she knew that all of creation must return someday to the Creator. So, she would encourage you to shed a tear, but not to cry to long, for you must continue to live and live a Godly life-for this is a good life that ensures that she will see you in eternity