Death Notices & Obituaries: Sally Grace Powell, Leroy McCall, John Fitzpatrick, Dale Lionel Sharp

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sally Grace Powell

The visitation for Sally Grace Powell wll be at Corbin’s Colonial Funeral Chapel, 5345 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60644, from 3 PM to 7 PM, Friday, June 20, 2014. The homegoing services will take place at Progressive Life Giving Word Cathedral, 4500 Frontage Rd, Hillside, IL 60162, on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The viewing will take place from 10 AM to 11 AM. The service will begin at 11 AM.

Leroy McCall

Leroy McCall

(This obituary and accompanying photos were obtained from the Port Authority News).

MAYWOOD, IL —    Leroy McCall, 82, of Maywood, IL, passed away on June 8, 2014 at the VA Hospital in Hines, IL after a brief illness. Leroy was born on February 19, 1932 to the parents of Henry and Clara McCall in Lake Charles, LA. His parents moved to Port Arthur, TX when he was 18 months old and he attended Abraham Lincoln High School. After high school he enlisted in the United States Army in March of 1951 and was discharged in March of 1953, then moving to Chicago, IL. There he met and married the love of his life Flossie. Leroy worked and retired from the Main United States Post Office in Chicago, IL.

Leroy is preceded in death by his parents Henry and Clara McCall; two brothers, Lawrence McCall and Edward McCall all of Port Arthur, TX. He is survived by his wife, Flossie; one step-son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Izola Spears  all of Maywood, IL; two brothers, Junious McCall and C.J. McCall; two sisters-in-law, Irene McCall and Jeanetta McCall all of Port Arthur, TX. An Aunt, Julia Robinson of Houston, TX along with a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Leroy will be laid to rest in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.

Leroy touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of humor until he ended his life’s journey.


John “Jack” Fitzpatrick

(This obituary and accompanying photos were obtained from the Chicago Tribune).

Mr. Fitzpatrick was called home June 11, 2014 surrounded by loved ones in Oak Brook, IL. Jack was born in Chicago on August 3rd, 1939 to Charlie and Isabel and later lived in Potomac, MD, Northbrook, Chicago, Glen Ellyn and Oak Brook, IL. He attended DePaul Academy in Chicago, received a BA in Economics and Philosophy from DePaul University and a MA in Urban Affairs from Loyola University. Jack served in the Army and the National Guard.

He is remembered as the world’s biggest Bears fan attending nearly every Bears home game for nearly 50 years while also attending the 1963 Bears championship game as well as Super Bowl XX; both games in which the Bears won. Jack loved sports to see a plan or strategy come together after repetitive practice. He was a Cubs fan, a football and basketball coach. Jack loved and lived the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Jack loved all of his dogs over the years as well as fishing and enjoying a good pontoon ride.

Most of all, Jack was a man of deep faith always saying, “stay close to Jesus!” Jack made his life’s work a ministry of service and hope. Jack founded Employment & Employer Services in 1982 believing quality employment is the foundation of human dignity, economic stability and community self-sufficiency by connecting job seekers with quality employers, so Chicagoland remains a great place to live and work. Before E&ES, Jack was the Senior Vice President and COO of the National Alliance of Business (NAB), an organization which worked in partnership with government, labor and education to both secure jobs and job training opportunities in the private sector for hard to employ Americans and to develop business-education cooperative programs aimed at motivating young people to complete their high school education.

Before joining the National NAB office, he was Executive Director of the Chicago NAB office and the Chicago Alliance of Business Manpower Services, which in cooperation with the City of Chicago became the largest and most successful CETA-funded On-the-Job Training (OJT) program in the country. The success of this program in securing jobs for the disadvantaged made the Chicago program the basic model that stimulated the White House and the Department of Labor to propose legislation that led to the passage of the Private Sector Initiative Program.

In 1978, Jack was provided a Presidential Citation by President Carter for his leadership and direction in the Chicago program. Before joining the CABMS/NAB Jack served as director of planning for the City of Chicago’s Department of Human Resources. Jack developed the policy framework for Chicago’s human resources programs. Prior to that he was planning director for the Chicago committee on Urban Opportunity, the City’s anti-poverty agency where he played a lead role in developing and coordinating the City’s related policies and programs.

A loving father and grandfather, Jack was an exceptionally devoted and supportive husband. Jack was the beloved husband of Judith Ellen Woods, devoted father of Lawrence (Annemarie), Megan (Sean) and Daniel (Zuzana) and proud grandfather of nine grandchildren: Jonathan, Jimmy, MaryKate, Anne, Katie, Molly, Lizzy, Hana and Vera. Visitation Monday 2-8 pm at the Williams-Kampp Funeral Home: 430 E. Roosevelt Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187 (one block east of Naperville Rd). Funeral Mass Tuesday 10:00 am at Notre Dame Church, 64 Norfolk Ave., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514. Please meet at the church. A private family interment will take place at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. Funeral info: 630-668-0016 or

Published in Chicago Tribune from June 13 to June 15, 2014.

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Dale Lionel Sharp

Dale Lionel Sharp was born on November 14, 1957, in Starkville, Mississippi to Jim and Mandy Sharp. He was the thirteenth child of fourteen children.

Dale accepted Christ at an early age at Bell Chapel Church in Starville. He graduated from Starville High School in 1976 and attended East Mississippi Junior College on a basketball scholarship. At East Mississippi, he would major in Physical Education and receive his associate’s degree.

Dale moved to Maywood, Illinois in May of 1977. He was employed with Lindberg Learning and Treating in Melrose Park. He retired from Osco Drug Distribution in Elk Grove Village.

Dale had a kind and giving spirit. He loved and enjoyed helping others, but more than anything Dale loved his family.

Dale was called home to glory with his family by his side on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Dale was proceeded in death by his sister, Pauline Randle; father Jim; and brothers John, Joe, Bobby, Willie Pearl and Billie Wayne Sharp.

Dale leaves to cherish his memories: his mother, Mandy Sharp; five sisters, Pearl Hankerson, Ida (Otis) Hamilton, Luella (L.B.) Blakely, Flora (Eddie Wayne) Neely and Mechelle (Joe) Brown; two brothers, Stewart (Dorothy) Sharp and Jimmy Sharp, as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. VFP

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