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.

Rosenwald Allen Sr. (son-in-law of Miss Laura

On Monday afternoon, February 25, 2013, Rosenwald “Dean” Allen, Sr. transitioned into peace. He was a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. Dean was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Gary, IN and Worsham College of Mortuary Science.

He was a member of St. Luke A.M.E. Church, East Chicago, IN for many years . He was also a member of NAACP in East Chicago, IN and Paradise Lakes Association.

Dean retired from LTV Steel Corp with over 30 years of service. He was one of the first African American general foreman at LTV Steel. He was a Bailiff for the East Chicago City Court. He was also a restorative artist. He and his twin brother (Roosevelt) were masters at their craft! He started with his parents at Guy and Allen Funeral Home in Gary, IN and briefly worked for Hawkins Funeral Home in East Chicago and then became co-owner of Allen’s Funeral Home in East Chicago, IN.

Rosenwald loved to play cards. If there was a game anywhere in the area, he would be there! And what a skillful player he was. Bid whist was his game!

He was very social and a rare combination of a man’s man and ladies’ man. He had undying loyalty to his children. He gave tough, fair and affectionate love to them all.

Rosemary Couch (grandduaghter of Miss Laura

On Sunday evening, April 27, 2008, she transitioned into peace following her courageous battle with cancer. She was born to Venetia (Williams) and Rosenwald Allen in Gary, IN. She joined First Baptist Church in Gary and was baptized at an early age. Rose graduated from Horace Mann High School, Lincoln University with a B.S. in Education, and Ball State with a Masters in Social Work. She met Kenneth Couch at Lincoln University and they later married. From their union two precious sons Kenyatta and Kareem were born.

Rosemary loved life! To say she was very active is an understatement. She loved to learn and she explored everything from belly dancing, to jewelry making, to every type of religion and she made sure she exposed her sons to all that life has to offer. She traveled extensively and was committed to every organization that she was associated with which included the Book Club, Ski Club, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. Rose’s achievements and memberships in organizations are too lengthy to list! Rosemary also gave of herself unselfishly. She tutored and mentored teens and touched more lives with her unique style of counseling than she will ever realize. Rosemary was dedicated to her family and her friends. She attended as many birthday parties, concerts, programs, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas celebrations, and card parties as she could. She was in Gary and Chicago as often as she was in L.A. When she left Chicago she knew no one in L.A. and when she left L.A. there was no one that did not know her. Double Click below to start video