OCIE LEE MCQUEEN, SR. was born on June 27, 1943 to Anderson McQueen and Elsie (Grove) McQueen in Detroit, Michigan. He was the third oldest of five children, which included one brother and three sisters. His parents, two sisters and brother preceded him in death.
He attended Louisville High School in Louisville, MS, where he graduated in 1962. While in school, Ocie was an athlete who performed in football and track, setting multiple state records. His feats earned him a track scholarship to Jackson State University in Jackson, MS.
In 1963, Ode's family relocated to Cleveland, OH. He then decided to serve his country by joining the Army and fought in the Vietnam War. He was decorated as a paratrooper and sharpshooter. He achieved the title of Quartermaster Supply Specialist and was honorably discharged from service in 1966.
In St. Louis, Ocie met and married Gloria Evans in 1980. To this union two sons were born: Adonis and Ocie, Jr.; and he gained three bonus children, Monica, Lisa and Jasper. Ocie was baptized at Lively Stone Church of God in 1987. Many family and community members expressed how Ocie helped them. He would share knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, music, and martial arts. Ocie was an avid Chess player and enjoyed playing and teaching others the game. Ocie had a way of lighting up a room when he entered and made a practice of spreading joy to those around him.
While being honored at the Veterans Administration Hospital for his service, he stated, "It is a blessing to be surrounded and loved by family and friends."
On March 7th, Ocie passed away from this life to an eternal rest with the Lord.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories: two sons, Dr. Adonis Christopher McQueen and Ocie Lee McQueen,Jr.; three grandchildren, Kamorie, Sean, and Alyssa; sister, Carolyn V. Hines (Larry); cousin and best friend, Samuel Boyd, Sr.; former spouse, Gloria McQueen; three bonus children, five bonus grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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