On the day after the Super Bowl, Pastor Daryl Arnold turned on the TV expecting to see interviews with the players who had fought so valiantly on the field the night before. Instead, the media was focused on the halftime show and what pop superstar Beyonce wore, said and did.
At the city’s recent Neighborhood Awards & Networking Luncheon, Arnold told leaders from 100 neighborhoods across the city that he wasn’t there to talk about halftime, that he was there to “celebrate your fight on the field.”
The funeral service at Overcoming Believers Church for Zaevion Dobson on Dec. 26 was one of the saddest and most moving I have attended.
He was killed while saving the lives of two young girls in Lonsdale. Local officials were represented by Mayor Rogero who spoke, as well as Police Chief Rausch, former Mayor Daniel Brown, former Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, Council member Finbarr Saunders, former Council member Larry Cox and School Superintendent Jim McIntyre, along with former school board chair Sam Anderson and state Rep. Joe Armstrong.
Clarence Mitchell was “Coach Scooter,” to Zack and Zaevion Dobson and their brother Markastin Taylor, and to a lot of other Lonsdale kids whom he coached in city recreation league basketball. Zaevion wasn’t really old enough to be a Laker, and his chunky physique wasn’t ideally suited to basketball, but Mitchell took Zaevion on as a favor to his hard-working mother, Zenobia “Tinkerbell” Dobson. There was a caveat, though.
“I told her I was going to be hard on him, and I told him the same thing – ‘Now don’t you go crying on me.’ He told me he’d work hard, and he did. He worked as hard, if not harder, than the bigger boys, and he stuck with me the whole year and never complained. He became one of my key players off the bench. Tinkerbell trusted me to get the best out of her kids because I didn’t baby them.”