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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION
 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Senate were saddened to learn
 3    of the death of Charles Henri Billups on February  11,  1998;
 4    and
 5        WHEREAS,  He  was  born in Columbus, Mississippi, on July
 6    19, 1912, the  son  of  Reverend  William  Henry  and  Callie
 7    Jackson Billups; and
 8        WHEREAS,  The  family  moved  to  East St. Louis in 1917;
 9    Charles Billups attended Denver  Side,  Dunbar,  and  Lincoln
10    High  School;  he was an honor student and a 1935 graduate of
11    the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy; and
12        WHEREAS, He joined the  U.S.  Army  in  1942,  completing
13    Baker's Training School and attending specialized training at
14    City College of New York, Washington and Jefferson College of
15    Washington,  and  Penn  and  North  Carolina  A&M  College at
16    Greensboro; he was honorably discharged in 1946; and
17        WHEREAS, Charles Billups was a Pharmaceutical Chemist; he
18    was the first African-American at Christian Welfare  Hospital
19    for  13 years; he went on to work at East Side, Sykes, Rhein,
20    Rice's, Yociss, St. Mary, and King Medicate,  from  which  he
21    retired at age 85 on December 31, 1997; and
22        WHEREAS, He has been affiliated with Kappa Alpha Psi, the
23    Psi Chapter of the National Chi Delta Mu Medical, Dental, and
24    Pharmaceutical  Black  Fraternity, the East St. Louis Housing
25    Authority, the Regional Citizen Council, and  the  East  West
26    Gateway Coordinating Council Board of Directors; and
27        WHEREAS,   He   leaves   to   cherish   his   memory  the
28    Billups/Walker family: Willie, Lawrence,  Don,  Anne,  Amber,
29    Miranda,  Ariya,  and  Evelyn  and  the  Harrison families of
30    Joseph, Jaye,  Joel,  Josette,  Rene,  and  Etienne;  special
31    friends and adopted families of: Mr. William W. Buchanan, the
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 1    Lincoln  1930 classmates, Robert Mosley, Irene Byrd Campbell,
 2    Dortha Lewis, Mamie Hall, and Marion Smith; St. Paul  Church;
 3    Kappa  Alpha  Psi  Fraternity,  Inc.;  and  many other loving
 4    relatives and dear friends; therefore, be it
 6    OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we note with sorrow and regret
 7    the death of Charles Henri Billups  and  extend  our  sincere
 8    condolences to his family and friends; and be it further
 9        RESOLVED,  That  suitable  copies  of  this resolution be
10    presented to the family of Charles Henri Billups.

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