Mr. Melvyn E. Whitfield departed this life on March 4, 2023 at his residence in Inkster, Michigan.
Funeral Services will be noon, Saturday, March 18, 2023 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jacarra Williams to give the eulogy. Viewing will be 11am, Saturday, March 18, 2023 at the church until the time of service.
Melvyn was born on March 6, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois to Franklin Eugene Whitfield and Dorotha Whitfield. He relocated to Michigan City with his family and was baptized at an early age.
Melvyn graduated from Elston High School in Michigan City class of 1973. He worked at National Can in LaPorte, Indiana for a number of years and eventually served in the Army National Guard.
In 1980 Melvyn married Carla Kates and from this union he had three children. In 1998 Melvyn moved to Inkster, Michigan and became a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Wayne, Michigan. While in Michigan he married Serena Adams. He had various jobs in Michigan; painting houses and office cleaning.
Melvyn leaves to cherish his memories; five children: Takeyla Nichols of Hiram, Georgia; Ebony (Brandi) Kates of Chicago, Illinois; Monique Anozie of Kannapolis, North Carolina; Demario Wilkins of Michigan City, Indiana; and Nikia (David) Austin of Valparaiso, Indiana; five grandchildren: Chisom Anozie, Ezekiel Anozie, Zion Austin, London Austin and Ryan Wilkins; three sister: Juanita (Kerrie) Akins of LaPorte, Indiana; Marlva Lynn McNeal of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Donna Horne, of South Bend, Indiana; three nephews: Shannon McNeal, Andre Akins, and Garrett (Katie) Horne; four nieces: LaShonnda McNeal, Katrina (David) Jackson, Rhandi (Kellen) Anderson, and Serenity Allen, one special brother/friend; LA Williams of Wayne, Michigan, many extended brothers and sisters, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many friends.
Melvyn was a simple man who did not like being around a lot of people. He enjoyed cooking, watching almost all sports on TV, and talking to family and friends on the phone. It was almost impossible to get him to come out if he was watching sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin Eugene Whitfield and Dorotha McNeal; step-father, Eddie McNeal; one sister, Mary Dyann Whitfield.
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