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March 24, 2021
In Loving Memory
Evelyn Smith was born Jan. 30,
1941 to the late Curtis and Martha
Cunningham. Curtis was a nurse
and Martha a teacher in Portland.
Evelyn was immersed in the
Christian community that would
be her lifelong support.
She was blessed with a large and
loving family. She married twice.
First to James Graham with whom
she had a son, James A. Graham;
then many years later to James
Smith with whom she had daugh-
ter Sabrina Smith and son Andre
Smith in Portland. She raised these
three beautiful children with pa-
tience, discipline and humility. She
taught them to read, write, sew and
often took them on long family
drives to see the natural beauty.
Evelyn worked in many differ-
ent facets in life where she was
able to meet and help many dif-
ferent people. She was kind and
softly spoken, and always had
time to answer a question or solve
a problem, no matter how small.
She will be dearly missed by her
Evelyn is survived by her son
James A. Graham, daughter Sa-
brina Haskins; her sister Cynthia
Cunningham; her grandsons C.
Haskins and P Haskins, grand-
daughters Michelle Cady and
Coisha Graham, and great grand-
daughter Kori Hardy.
She was preceded in death by
her parents; brother Rudolph Cun-
ningham; and son Andre Smith.
Men’s Club Founder Remembered
Joseph Rudolph Haley, a for-
mer Portland resident, was born
on April 26, 1947 in Natchez,
Miss. to the parents of Joseph
Patrick Haley and Emma Rebec-
ca Haley. He departed this life
March 2, 2021 at the Northridge
Care Center in Baton Rouge, La.
He was preceded in death by his
parents; a brother, Michael Haley;
and four sisters, Bettie Middleton,
Francis Pendelton, Lula Wade and
He graduated from Liddell
High School in 1964. He furthered
his education at Alcorn State Uni-
versity studying biology. Follow-
ing college, he enlisted in the US
Army and was stationed at Fort
Benning, Ga. He became highly
decorated, earning 5 bronze stars,
4 O/S bars, expert (M-16), the
Purple Heart and the Good Con-
duct Medal. He ended his military
career as a staff sergeant and was
honorably discharged in 1973.
Succeeding his army career,
he began working for the USPS
in Fayette and later transferred
to Washington State. In his time
working with the Post Office he
was promoted to the position of
Shop Steward working with the
Union where he fought valiantly
against systemic racism and advo-
cated for fair treatment.
When he moved to Portland,
he began working with the Fed-
eral Express as a courier, then
manager and was later promoted
to the human resource department
as a hiring manager and retired
Styled by Her Mobile Beautique
Portland Oregon native Rita Calloway is the
lead cosmetologist and sole owner of the
Styled By Her Beautique Brand.
in 2006. He was also one of the
founders of the African American
Men’s Club in Portland.
The precious memories of Jo-
seph will forever linger in the
hearts and minds of his wife, Kar-
en Haley and his loving children,
grandchildren and great grand-
Rita’s full-service salon and boutique was originally
founded and established as a brick-and-mortar location
in 2013 until 2019. Operating and maintaining a brick-
and-mortar salon was an everyday lifestyle for the
dedicated entrepreneur who took on the responsibility at
ripe age of 22 years old.
mobile salon and retail boutique on wheels in the entire
state. She also released her first book entailing her journey
with the mobile transition titled “Do it Herself” which
is an entrepreneurial self-development and resource
guide that provides insights and resources to others with
aspirations of building their own mobile business.
In 2019, Styled By Her Mobile Beautique was featured
in The Portland Observer’s 50th Special Edition Issue
honoring small minority businesses! Since then, Rita has
found a stationary commercial lot placement to host her
mobile Beautique and she has also expanded her brand
with a second mobile salon that she drives daily around
the city. Dually licensed as a cosmetology educator, Rita
is currently training upcoming stylists in the community
to use her first mobile salon as a shared platform to grow
their skillset and clientele.
Rita Calloway is an original trailblazer that continues to
make her’story in the Portland, Oregon community.
Keep up with Rita’s brand and journey on her Instagram
Cut, trim, edge,
hauling, leaf removal,
Entering her sixth consecutive year serving her Portland
community as a professionally licensed stylist, Rita has
been known as a trendsetter for her creative and forward
thinking. She made the decision to take a new approach
at an old dream and began the process of converting her
brick and mortar into a mobile salon.
Her work began immediately as she envisioned and
placed into perspective the steps that were needed to
transition her salon into a fully operable mobile structure
which was crucial during the manifestation process
simply because it had never been done before.
In just six short months, Rita introduced the new
innovative spin to the Pacific Northwest. Styled By Her
Mobile Beautique is the first black-owned full-service
To book services with the salon, visit the new stationary
commercial lot location at 55 SE 11th AVE Portland,
OR 97214 or to have the mobile beautique come right
to your door, visit the Styled By Her Website www.
styledbyherbeautique.com and click on the BookHer tab.