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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION
 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are  saddened
 3    to  learn  of  the death of Mr. Lee Franklin DePriest of East
 4    St. Louis, Illinois; and
 5        WHEREAS, Lee DePriest  was  born  February  12,  1925  in
 6    Newbern,  Tennessee; Lee was the oldest son of Henry and Mary
 7    E. (Lewis) DePriest; Lee completed high school in Newbern and
 8    developed   his   interest   in   hunting,   community,   and
 9    Christianity; as a young man he  moved  to  East  St.  Louis,
10    Illinois; and
11        WHEREAS, In 1943 Mr. DePriest was drafted into the United
12    States  Army;  he  received  an  Honorable Discharge in 1946,
13    achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant; he returned to East St.
14    Louis and went to  work  for  the  Swift  Packing  House  and
15    Granite  City  Steel;  he went on to work for Cerro Brass and
16    Copper, where he worked as a  machinist  and  served  on  the
17    credit union board before his retirement in 1974; and
18        WHEREAS, Mr. DePriest went on to study Labor Relations at
19    Illinois   State  University;  in  1982  he  became  Precinct
20    Committeeman of Precinct 35 in East St. Louis, a position  he
21    held  until 1986; in 1984 he was appointed Deputy Assessor of
22    St. Clair County in Illinois, where he served until  December
23    of 1992; and
24        WHEREAS,    Mr.    DePriest   became   an   Advisor   and
25    Administrative Aide for the Honorable Mayor  Gordon  Bush  of
26    East  St. Louis, Illinois; Mr. DePriest served as Chairman of
27    the Clyde Jordan Senior Citizens Program,  President  of  the
28    East  St. Louis Public Library Board, Director of the Victims
29    of Crime Program for  the  State  of  Illinois,  as  well  as
30    serving   on   the   Metropolitan  Community  College  Foster
31    Grandparents Program Board; and
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 1        WHEREAS, Mr. DePriest was an active member  of  Mt.  Zion
 2    Baptist  Church  where  he  served as a Deacon, member of the
 3    Board of Trustees, President of Ministry I, member  of  Usher
 4    Board #1, and advocate of the Senior Citizen's Program; and
 5        WHEREAS,  Mr.  DePriest was a member of the Elks Hercules
 6    Lodge #90, a member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars,  and  a
 7    Mason  with  affiliations  including Master Mason of Southern
 8    Cross Lodge #112 F. & A.M. 33,  member  of  Tyree  Consistory
 9    #64,  Past  Potentate  of Aahmes Temple #132, and Past Worthy
10    Patron of Eastern Light #68 O.E.S.; and
11        WHEREAS, Mr. DePriest is survived by his daughters,  Mrs.
12    Mary  E.  Cotton,  and  Ms.  Tracy DePriest; his son Mr. Ocie
13    Melvin Nevelles; his oldest grandchild Mr. Anthony Cotton and
14    his wife  Dorothy;  grandsons  Masters  Anthony,  Arban,  and
15    Courtney  DePriest;  his  granddaughter Miss Jalysa DePriest;
16    his brother Mr. William DePriest and his wife Vera; Ms. Lydia
17    Nevels and her children Jenifer and Jeremy;  Mr.  T.  Herbert
18    Cotton  and  Mrs.  Sarah  Cotton;  his dear friends and other
19    relatives, as  well  as  the  citizens  of  East  St.  Louis,
20    Illinois; therefore, be it
22    OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we express our sympathy to the
23    family  of  Mr.  Lee  Franklin  DePriest  of  East St. Louis,
24    Illinois; and be it further
25        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
26    presented to the family of Mr. Lee Franklin DePriest.

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