Mr. Melvin Croskey, Jr. (73) was born May 13, 1946 to the late Mr. Melvin Croskey, Sr. and Mrs. Mollie Franklin Croskey in Montgomery, AL. Melvin departed this earthly life, March 11, 2020 in Chicago, IL. He confessed Christ at an early age and joined Abraham Baptist Church , Montgomery, AL.
Melvin attended the Abraham Vine Yard Elementary School, Booker T. Washington Junior and Senior High School all in Montgomery, AL. Upon graduating from B.T. Washington High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in Colorado Springs, CO and Guam. While stationed in Colorado Springs, CO he met and married Phyllis Lorraine Robert's, to this union a daughter was born, Tessa Lorraine. After serving four years in the military, at which time most of it was served on the Island of Guam, he received an Honor Discharge and relocated to Chicago, IL better known as the "Windy City".
The "Windy City" was his home for 52 years where he was employed by Chicago Housing Authority and the VA Hospital until he retired in 2011. He was a proud member of the Black Panther Party in which he helped to lead the charge for Equal Rights of African Americans everywhere.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Sr., and Millie Franklin Croskey, two sisters: Edna Marie Gilbert and Rose Mary Fannin; nephew: Ceasar Croskey; brother-in-law: LaVonn Gilbert; Irene Jackson (Mother of Anastasia Jackson).
Melvin will be forever cherished in the hearts of his children: Tessa Lorraine Jowers, Dever, CO; Anastasia Jackson, Kansas City, MO; Caesar Eric Peppers, Chicago, IL, and Fatima (Anton) Neeley, Atlanta, GA. Siblings: Eunice (Rufus) Croskey-Lewis, Wynona Lavelle Croskey, Erick Conrad (Autherine) Croskey and Letitia Croskey; brother-in-law: Willie Fannin; one Aunt; Luvenia Robinson; three Uncles: Daniel Croskey, Sidney Williams and Walter Tolliver. Fifteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, twenty-two nieces and nephews. A host of cousins and friends.
A very devoted friend Teressa Simmons of Chicago, IL, (His children's Mother who remained with him), Welma Peppers and Sabrina Hale both of Chicago, IL.
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