Jesse Sconiers, a retired construction worker who also sold health and beauty products aimed at African-Americans, died Thursday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a lengthy illness. He was 94.
He had been a resident of Our Lady of Peace Nursing Home, Lewiston, for the past two years.
Mr. Sconiers was born in Bellwood, Ala., the eldest of 10 children. He attended school there but started working when he was 10 years old, according to his son, Lester G., a Buffalo attorney.
He moved to Andalusia, Ala., where he married on Christmas Day 1934. He lived there until July 1950, when he moved to Niagara Falls.
Mr. Sconiers worked at Vanadium Corp. for a time before becoming a construction worker. He worked on the construction of the Niagara Power Project and later joined Scrufari Construction Co., from which he retired at age 62. He was a member of Laborers Local 91.
His son said Mr. Sconiers sold health and beauty products door to door in Andalusia and later in Niagara Falls, at a time when products designed for African-Americans were not generally sold in local stores.
Mr. Sconiers was a life member of the International Free and Accepted Masons. He enjoyed reading and for many years was a regular at the Niagara Falls Public Library.
Besides his son, survivors include his wife of 72 years, the former Lola Bradley; four daughters, Ola L. McClendon, Mattie S. McCoy, Jessie M. Williams and Mary F. Smyer; a brother, David; and two sisters, Alma Dawson and Ollie Booker.
Services will be held at noon Tuesday in St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 917 Garden Ave.