Veterans Who Have Passed–James Jackson

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Aug. 12, 2021.

Veterans Who Have Passed–James A. Jackson

Source:  Rockford Register Star, August 8,2021.

John W. Williams – 1996 First African-American Deputy Sheriff



Source:  Rockford Register Star April 10, 1996

Willie Percy Yarborough – 2016 Obituary


Source:  Rockford Register Star 9/24/2016


Papa Hawks – Archie Hawks, Sr.

Papa - 1

Source:  Rockford Morning Star 6/7/1976

Papa - 2

Source: Rockford Register-Republic  6-6-1978

Papa - 3

Source:  Rockford Register Star 12-8-1978

Hempstead, Homer

Born Aug. 10, 1925, in Chidester, Arkansas; the son of Barney and Cora Hempstead.

Lived in Rockford since he was 17.

Married Mildred “Wee Wee” Williams in Rockford, 1948.

employed as molder by Gunite Foundry many years

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving in WWII.

Member Bethel Baptist Church.

Died Jan. 20, 2015 in Rockford Memorial Hospital.

Carl E. Ponds Funeral Home; Bethel Baptist Church, Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Register Star 1/29/2015