Wesley McCoy, 19, former OPRF student
Wesley Ashford McCoy, 19, died Sept. 10, 2005. He was born on Oct. 30, 1985 to Clarence and Emily (Wiseman) McCoy. He attended Irving pre-school, Whittier and Holmes elementary schools, Emerson Jr. High and Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he played basketball and baseball.
He loved architecture from an early age, drawing a detailed picture of Comiskey Park at the age of 4. At the age of 5, he received a summer scholarship to the Art Institute, where he developed his lifelong love of architectural design.
In high school, he worked at Oberweis Dairy, then as a day laborer while trying to earn enough money to go to college in Carbondale.
He was raised in the Apostolic Faith Church, and later joined Living Word Christian Center where his mother is a member. Family and friends are remembering his sense of humor, kind nature, and displays of compassion. He was especially supportive during his father’s serious illness last year.
Wesley McCoy is survived by his parents; his brothers, Marvin and Darnell; his grandmothers, Willie McCoy and Jessie Wiseman; his aunts, Joyce Randall, LaToya Wiseman, and Sharon Miller; his uncles, Jake (Bridjina) Wiseman and Reggie (Lisa) McCoy; his godparents, Robert and Veverly Edwards; and a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
The homegoing service was held Sept. 17 at Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park, Elder Ray McGhee Sr. officiating, followed by interment at Oak Ridge Glen Oaks Cemetery in Hillside. Arrangements were handled by Gatling’s Chapel in Chicago.
Robert Watts, 82, Dentist and veteran
Robert E. Watts, D.D.S., 82, died Sept. 23, 2005 at his home in Westchester Woods. Dr. Watts was a resident of Oak Park and River Forest until his move to Westchester Woods in 2000. He was a 1940 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, and a 1945 graduate of Northwestern Dental School. He had a dental practice in Elmwood Park until his retirement in 1995 and was a member of the River Forest Tennis Club. Dr. Watts was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a lieutenant senior grade in World War II and the Korean War.
Dr. Watts is survived by his wife, Betty; his brother, Dr. Donald Watts; his grandchildren, Jonathan and Joshua (Dawn) Stephens, and great-grandchildren, Emily and Lilly Stephens. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Watts Stephens.
Private burial services were held in Concordia Cemetery, Forest Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division, River Forest 60305, are appreciated. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown, & Williams Funeral Home.