Roosevelt D. Allen Jr.

Roosevelt D. Allen Jr., age 68 years of Gary, Indiana exchanged time for eternity peacefully on the morning of January 9, 2016. Roosevelt Jr. was born to the union of Patsy L. Taylor and Roosevelt D. Allen Sr. on June 16, 1947. He was the first born to this union. Roosevelt accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age and was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He later joined St. Timothy Community Church as a young adult and remained there until his passing. Roosevelt Jr. graduated from Roosevelt High School, Class of 1965. He attended Howard University, Washington, D.C. and graduated from Worsham School of Mortuary Science. He also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Indiana University, obtaining a BS degree in Accounting. He then pursued his graduate studies at DePaul University, Chicago, IL. He was a Life member of the N.A.A.C.P., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Lakeside Lodge #47, PHA, former Calumet Township Advisory Board Member for over 20 years, former Board Member of Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living, Executive Board member of NIRPC, member of the Lake County Democratic Organization, President of the 911 board, Sweetheart of the Phyllis Wheatley Federated Colored Women’s Club, I.F.D.A., N.F.D.A. and numerous other organizations. Roosevelt was co-owner of Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc. and 1st District Commissioner of Lake County Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents Roosevelt Allen Sr. and Patsy L. Allen and son Earnest Tre Daurham. Roosevelt leaves to cherish fond memories three loving daughters Lisa (Jerry) Wilson, LaTrice (Edward) Jeter both of Indianapolis, IN and Olivia Allen of Gary, IN; seven grandchildren Jasmine Allen of Brooklyn, NY Courdney Hines, Nidjah Wilson, Kaidlin Jeter, Jaden Wilson, Samari Wilson all of Indianapolis, IN and Amahri Tre’ Edwards of Gary, IN; one sister Valerie (Wallace) Broadnax; brother Gregory L. Allen; Aunts Mary Ann Guyton, Venetia Williams and Alta Allen all of Gary, IN; devoted companion Donna A. Brown of Merrillville, IN; two nieces Carmelita Perry-Henry of Gary, IN and Aaliyah Allen of Indianapolis, IN, nephew Edward (Shauntell) Perry both of Gary, IN and a host of cousins, great-nieces and nephews, other relatives, staff at Guy & Allen Funeral Directors and Lake County Government Center and friends. Visitation, Friday, January 15, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Family hours 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Guy & Allen Chapel 2959 W. 11th Avenue. Funeral service Saturday, January 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Timothy Community Church 1600 W. 25th Avenue. Rev. Dr. Alfred Johnson officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park.

Francine Louise Collins (Granddaughter of Miss Laura)

Francine Louise Collins (nee Wright) age 68 went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday October 27, 2015. She was a graduate of Calumet High School Class of 1966 and was an employee of BP refinery for over 30 years. Francine is preceded in death by father Frank (Annie) Wright; mother Louise Powe; brother Willie Wesby Jr. She leaves to cherish her memories son Michael Collins of Gary, Indiana, 2 daughters Michelle (Darnell) Bryant and Melanie Collins both of Indianapolis, Indiana; 4 grandchildren Jasmine, Chynna , Michael Bryant and Logan Collins; 5 brothers; 9 sisters;2 sisters-in-law; 3 brothers-in-law; special aunt/ running partner Venetia Williams; special friends Mozelle Anderson; Fannie Hughley and Alice Canada and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends . Visitation Friday November 6, 2015 from 12-8:00pm Family Hours 6-8:00p.m. at Guy & Allen Funeral Chapel 2959 West 11th Ave Gary, Indiana. Funeral Service will be Saturday November 7, 2015 at 11:00a.m. at Clark Road Missionary Baptist Church 2841 Clark Road. Rev. Pharis Evans Jr. Officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park Hobart, Indiana. 

Willa Belle (Lackey) Hughes (Daughter In-Law of Miss Laura)

Willa Belle (Lackey) Hughes, of East Chicago, IN went to be with our Lord on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the glorious age of 90. She is survived by daughter, Debra Denise Johnson (Anthony) of Bloomfield Hills, MI; sons: Harry Reddrick of Pleasanton, CA, Clifford Hughes of Orlando, FL and Darryl Hughes (Edye) of Aurora, IL; sisters: Edwyna Shaw (Eugene) Henning Tennessee, Essie Taylor (Joe-deceased) Kentucky; brother, Raymond Young (Kay) Ripley Tennessee; eight grandchildren: Clifford, La Toi, Devin, Kai, Tori, Antoine, Gabrielle and Adrienne; eight great grandchildren: Kevonate (Tae), Jayden, Aubrey, Ashley, Avery, Jasmine, Kendall and Christian; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by father, Clifford Lackey; mother, Lealice Young (Jim); stepmother, Ophelia Reed; sisters: Verneta Jones (Buoy), and Nellie Young; brothers, Willie J. Young (Laverne), and Willie L. Young; nieces Patty Young, Rhonda Young; and nephew Eric Young. Funeral Services are Saturday May 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Missionary Baptist Church 3939 Drummond Street East Chicago, In 46312. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment, Fern Oaks Cemetery Griffith, IN. Reverend Dr. Charles L. Thompson Jr., Officiant. Divinity Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Louis Hughes (son of Miss Laura) Merrillville, IN

Hughes, Louis E. Merrillville, IN. Louis E. Hughes peacefully passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Louis leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted and loving wife, Hazel; sons, Jeffrey Louis Hughes and Laurence (Angela) Hughes; daughter, Maria Jones; grandchildren, Chelsea, Dominique, Mya, Zoe, Geoffrey and Garrett; sister, Venetia Williams; brother, Calvin (Linda) Hughes; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister and 3 brothers.

Louis was a 1946 graduate of Roosevelt High School and was a scholarship recipient to Moorehouse College attending until he was drafted in 1951. Upon his honorable discharge, Louis went on to receive many degrees, among them are a BS and MS degrees from IU Bloomington, an MS degree from University of Chicago, and studied for his PhD at Cambridge University, England.

He served as a teacher, counselor and administrator at 5 Gary schools until 1972 when he went on to serve as principal for the American Schools for the armed forces in Europe for over 22 years. Louis was a life long member of First Baptist Church and a member of Kappa Alpha PSI, Gary Alumni Chapter.

He enjoyed traveling, playing bridge and especially walking his dogs. Louis was a loving husband, father and grandfather and he will be truly missed by all whose lives he touched.