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Dr. James Christopher Gbanyon Natt

The Natt family regretfully announces the death of Dr. James Christopher Gbanyon Natt. Dr. Natt dedicated most of his life to the education of children and young adults in the Republic of Liberia and in the U.S.A. He served for many years as a teacher and principal at various schools in Monrovia, Liberia; Detroit, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor in the United States. He later served under presidential appointments, as the Director of Scholarships at Ministry of Education and then the Director of Research and Publications - also at the Ministry of Education. Dr. Natt went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 5, 2012.

He is survived by his loving wife Elma Marietta Natt; daughter, Tuoanyene Sims (Leon), Detroit; son John Nyema Natt (Lyla), Connecticut; sisters Mercy Natt, Pennsylvania and
Elizabeth Gedi Garwo, New York; brothers: George Natt (JoAnna), Liberia; William V.S. (Shad) Tubman, Jr. (Wokie), Liberia; William Appleton (Marianne), Germany; mother-in-law, Elma L. Stewart, Detroit; sisters-in-law, Pastor Ruby L. Moon, Detroit; Rev. Cressie L. Inge, New York; Lecta M. Stewart, Detroit; brother-in-law, Henry C. Stewart, Jr. (Thelma), Roseville, Michigan; four grandchildren; plus a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other dedicated and supportive family and friends.

Funeral Arrangements are as Follows:


Friday, April 20, 2012
3:00p.m.- 9:00p.m.
Swanson Funeral Home
14751 W McNichols Rd.
Detroit, Michigan 48235
(313) 272-9000

Funeral Services:

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Family Hour/Viewing – 10:00–10:50a.m.
Worship Service – 11:00a.m.
Metropolitan United Methodist Church
8000 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 875-7407

For family members, friends and well-wishers traveling to Michigan, and requiring hotel accommodations, the family has reserved a block of rooms at the Springhill Suites in Southfield, Michigan. Please inform the reservationist that you are part of the Natt bereavement group. Please contact Springhill suites directly for reservations and to get directions and rates.

Hotel contact information:

Springhill Suites
28555 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, Michigan 48034 USA

Family Contact Information:

Elizabeth Gedi Garwo – 1-347- 248-5967
Kate Adams – 1-612- 747-1875
Tuoanyene Natt Sims – 1-248- 910-4914
Elma M. Natt – 1-248- 948-1694