Obituaries: Bette Sturges, Frank Grace, James Fairley, Jr., Milton Carswell, Jr.,


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Bette Lawande Sturges (September 19, 1950 – April 18, 2014)

Born Bette Lawanda Brewer on September 19, 1950, to Willie and Dorothy Brewer in Chicago, Illinois–she was affectionately called “”Dexter.” She attended Washington Elementary School in Maywood. After graduating, she continued her education at Proviso East High School, where she graduated in 1968.

Bette was employed by the U.S. Postal System, Reynolds Aluminum, Pace Savers Credit Union and Proviso Township Transportation, where she worked until her health began to decline. Bette was the proud mother of three sons: Patrick, Peter and Marcus. Her sons were a delight to her and just talking about them would make her face light up.

In 1988, Bette was united in Holy Matrimony to Willie Sturges, the love of her life. They shared a loving, fun and devoted life with each other. Willie “Sturge” helepd with nurturing and assisted with raising her sons, treating them as if they were his own. Sturge lovingly nursed and served Bette during her illness.

Bette was a member of Progressive Life Giving Word Cathedral, under Apostle Donald L. Alford. She served on the Usher Board and was called the “Dancing Usher”. She drove the church van for various mission outings. She grew in grace and in the Word of God as she learned how to let her “light shine.”

Bette was promoted to Glory on Friday, April 18, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Dorothy Brewer; one sister, Helen Williams and two brothers, Grady Rivers Sr. and William Brewer. She leaves to cherish her memories: husband Willie; sons Patrick, Peter (Tiffany) and Marcus; one granddaughter, Karyn McFall; great-grandtwins, Ivy and Isiah McFall; two sisters, Alice Statten and OuidaBrewer; one brother, James (Patsy) Brewer; six sisters-in-law, Betty Rivers, Owheatha Sturges, Melitta Sturges, Sylvia Johnson, Mary Boykins and Vera Sturges, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Frank James Grace (March 13, 1932 – April 21, 2014)

Frank James Grace was born on March 31, 1932, in Grenada, Mississippi to Frank and Annie Bell Grace. At the age of 12, he moved with his family to Maywood, where he brought with him the southern sense of family and community. Frank attended Washington Elementary and Proviso Township High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in the Korean War.

On July 28, 1956, Frank married Barbara Louise Barnes and this union four children were born. Affectionately known as “Dada” to his children, he was a devoted father and grandfather.

Frank worked for several years at the American Can Company before joining the construction industry as a brick layer and heavy equipment operator for over 40 years. Frank worshiped faithfully as a long-time member of Rock of Ages Baptist Church.

As a resident of Maywood for 70 years, Frank served his family and community in a major way–umpiring or cheering at Little League baseball games, supporting Proviso East High School by forming the Booster Club and working with the Dad’s Club. Frank knew that the success of a community is rooted in the people who manage and run it. He was actively involved in politics; campaigning for politicians, encouraging people to vote and working the polls. Frank enjoyed fishing, playing the lottery and cultivating his vegetable garden.

Frank quietly departed this life on April 21, 2014, after an Easter Sunday filled with sunshine, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Barbara; his son Terence; his granddaughter, Kristin; both parents; and siblings Mamie, Lillie, Florence and Clyde. He leaves to cherish his memories: two sons, Rodney and Derek (Lucinda); one daughter, Victoria (Ronald) Gibbs; two grandsons, Joshua and Jordan Jones; one sister, Jimmie Curry; one brother Claude (Marsha) Grace; one sister-in-law, Lois Cade; and a hose of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

 James Lee Fairley, Jr. “Stymie” (September 22, 1928 – March 29, 2014)

James Lee Fairley, Jr., was born on September 22, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois. He was the only child of loving parents James Lee, Sr., and Minnie Fairley. He was raised in a Christian home and at an early age, he united with the Second Baptist Church where his parents and many family members were already very active.

James was educated at Washington Elementary, Proviso High School (Class of 1946) and Herzl Jr. College in Chicago. James was active in sports, especially baseball and basketball. He was a member of the winning 1947 Invaders Basketball team, coached by the late Walter Logan, as well as the Crusaders Basketball team.

James was employed by the Public Service Co., later known as Commonwealth Edison, for 38 years. He held several positions, ranging from mail delivery to Engineering. He retired in 1988. For several years while still working for Com Ed., he was the owner and operator of the “Rib Joint,” which was known throughout the area for its delicious barbecue ribs and sausages.

James was one of the founding members of the Maywood Horsemen’s Club, a group of men who loved sports and community. Eventually, the organization disbanded and an offspring, the Horsemen’s Travelers Club, was formed. James was a member of the club until it disbanded.

James was most proud of being a father to his four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Roger Thomas; and two sisters, Jeanette Finger and Emma Springfield. Among those left to cherish his memories include his wife of 22 years, Shirley (nee Westbrook); two loving daughters, Nedra Shelton and Denice (Tucker) Lott; one special son, Daryl Fairley; eight awesome grandchildren: Neron Shelton, Shomare Shelton, Iman Lott, Aria Lott, J. Ryan Lott, Dominique Johnson, Leah Fairley and Jackie Huges; seven wonderful great-grandchildren:Tiarah, Tichina, Kendra, Kenya, Ari, Ryon, Adonijah; three sisters: Roberta DeBerry (Billy), Verneice Glen, Lavern King; six brothers: Robert Forrest (Diane), Paul Forrest (Maxine), Glen Forrest, Larry Forrest (Barbara), Kenneth Forrest and John Forrest (Willie B.); a daughter-in-law, Doris Thomas; his extended families, the Westbrooks and the Roberts; and a host of relatives and friend.

Milton Carswell, Jr. (November 26, 1954 – May 3, 2014)

Milton Carswell, Jr., was born on November 26, 2014, to Mary Alice and Milton Carswell, Sr., in Danville, Georgia. He accepted Christ at an early age at Bethel Apostolic Church in 1975.

Milton attended Washington Elementary School and Proviso East High School in Maywood. He continued his studies at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois. Milton was known as “Fat Jack” and “Tough Tail” and was full of laughter and fun. He was very competitive and loved to joke around, play with the kids, step and listen to R. Kelly music.

Milton Carswell, Jr., was preceded in death by his nephew, Dante Powe. He leaves to cherish his memories: a lovely and devoted wife, Kimberly Carswell; one son, Ambrose Carswell; one stepson, Jared Fletcher; a loving mother, Mary Alice Carswell; a caring father, Milton Carswell, Sr.; one brother, LeeRoy Torrence; three sister, Robbie Carswell, Ruby Carswell and Barbara Carswell; and a grand host of relatives and friends. VFP

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