In Memoriam

Leaf Collection Schedule


The DC Department of Public Works has announced its leaf season collection schedule for 2021-2022.

The estimated pick-up periods for the Penn Branch neighborhood are November 29 to December 4 (first pick up) and January 10 to January 15 (second pick up). Residents are asked to rake leaves into the nearest tree box the Sunday­ before the scheduled pick up. Leaves should not be raked into the street or into city or federal parkland. You can find more information on the DC leaf season pick up schedule at the following link:

In Memoriam (Week of January 8, 2021)


This week we are sad to report the loss of two long-time Penn Branch residents:

•On December 30th, Mr. Charles G. Dorse, Sr. of Highwood Drive passed away¬.
Mr. Dorsey and his wife Joe have been residents of Penn Branch for over 40 years. In addition to being actively involved in the community, Mr. Dorsey was known for knocking on neighbors’ doors every New Year’s morning with a hug and Happy New Year greeting. This year, his son, Charles Jr., knocked on doors and said he knows his father would want the tradition to continue.

Bobby Chandler, Jr and his sister Jeanarta McEachron
Bobby Chandler, Jr and his sister Jeanarta McEachron

Robert “Bobby Chandler” Jr. passed away on January 5th after a long illness. Bobby grew up in Penn Branch and returned to our neighborhood two years ago.


Memoriam: Mrs. Gladys Dorn-Hall, 3100 Block of O Street, SE


Long-time resident and Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association (PBCCA) Member, Mrs. Gladys Dorn-Hall of the 3100 Block of O Street, made her transition on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

Mrs. Dorn-Hall will forever be remembered for her dedication, community involvement, and feistiness. She was a very active participant in the PBCCA until her illness last year.

Our prayers and condolences to her son Keith, family and friends. She lived life with love and vigor.

Mrs. Gladys Dorn-Hall will lie in state at McGuire Funeral Home, 7400 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, DC on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until time of the Service at 11:00 a.m. 

Interment  – Clear Hill Cemetery

Flowers can be sent to the Funeral Home

The PBCCA Board

In Memoriam – Ms. Inez Lillian Turner of 33rd Pl, SE


The PBCCA Executive Board would like to offer our deepest condolences to Ms. Turner’s family in the passing of their beloved mother.  Ms. Tuner was a longtime resident of the Penn Branch neighborhood. She was a dedicated Block Captain for 30+ years and beloved by all who knew her.

Ms. Turner made a peaceful transition on Friday, October 4, 2019 in her home. Ms. Turner was 97 years old. She will be missed by all in the community. 

Visitation for Ms. Turner will be at the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ on Monday, October 14, 2019 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The funeral will be on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

Rest in Peace Ms. Turner






In Memoriam of Gilbert Bussey, Sr. – Former PBCCA President


The Penn Branch community celebrates the life and legacy of Gilbert Bussey, Sr., former Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association president, who transitioned on May 12. Mr. Bussey was a resident of our community for more than 50 years. He was a leader, inspiration and played a major role in cultivating Penn Branch leaders and creating a strong community.

The late Mr. Gilbert Bussey, Sr.; Angela Hammond, and the late James Speight, Jr.