DUNCAN, Verdella

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Last Name
Given Names
Verdella Boxx
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Family Tree
  Boxx Family Tree
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Dorothy Boxx Daniel
Walter Duncan
Tyrone Duncan; Sonje Regina Duncan; (granddaughter) Ebony Patrice Duncan aka Ebony Jackson
Non-Temple Relatives
Mattie Lee Thompson, Willie Boxx (parents); James Boxx; Eural Boxx; Willie Boxx; Patsy Boxx; Jewel Boxx; Barbara Jean Boxx; Rosetta Boxx; Veatta Boxx (siblings)
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA
Source of Death Information
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
San Francisco, California 94102
Residence (JT)
Not Known
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
Government Income
“I Love And Miss you Mom. ” - Tyrone W Duncan

“Dear Aunt Verdella, There will never ever be another you. A trailblazer who established the first black beauty college in San Francisco, "Regina's Beauty College" I only regret I did not do as you instructed me at the age of 16 to get my cosmetology license and carry on your legacy. I always believe I would have you in my life for a long time. I certainly did not expect that October 1978, when we drove to Pomona and then went shopping for Regina's new baby that would be the last time I saw my SHERO. The one who sent people to find me after I ran away from home. Took me to Philadelphia to see The Father Divine Estate with Jim Jones. You tried to empower me with so much knowledge. For that I will always regret not being able to say, "Thank You". Your life was cut short before my eyes on a visit to Guyana. Auntie I must say I had a bad feeling when you did not come back with Uncle Walter. Be it as it may we loved you but God loved you more. As you would say on several occasions, "I'll bet you a dollar to a donut", that the women in heaven have their hair looking good, since the GREATEST COSMETOLOGY INSTRUCTOR is in their midst. I love you and miss you truly, Shirletha Holmes ” - Shirletha Holmes

“You were an early mentor, Miss Duncan. My first beautician. You took me to Macedonia to see James Meredith and offered me a scholarship to your beauty school. Bless you. I always defend Jonestown victims citing you as an example. I will never forget you. ” - rahimah lateef nee Patricia Mc Cutcheon