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Blake-Lamb Funeral Home

4727 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, IL

OBITUARY

Roy Cameron, Sr.

September 17, 1938March 19, 2020

Celebrating the life of Roy Cameron Sr.

Roy Cameron Sr., affectionately known as "DOC", was born in Mantua, Alabama on September 17, 1938 to the late Zack and Mary Lavender Cameron. Roy was preceded in death by three sisters, Eva, Clara and Irene and four brothers Enoch, Joe, Johnny, Clarence, and Celesta.

Roy received Christ at an early age, being Christened as a baby at Mount Sinai Methodist Church in Mantua, Alabama and later being baptized at 15 years old at Bethel Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His favorite scripture was Psalms 23.

Roy graduated from Druid High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1957. In 1957, Roy moved to Chicago for better opportunities. In 1959 Roy was drafted into the United States Army and served for 2 years. While serving in the Army, Roy received the Good Conduct medal and was discharged with honors.

Roy held a variety of jobs throughout his life after moving to Chicago. These included jobs at a bakery, Leaf Candy Company and General Motors. He enjoyed a long successful career with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). He began his career there in 1967 as a bus driver and was promoted to Supervisor in 1974. Through hard work, humbleness and a dedication to education and training, he was promoted to Controller in 1983. He was promoted to Manager in 1992 and held this position until his retirement in 1999. He worked without clout and had an ambitious spirit saying. He stated, “I didn’t believe in stepping back, I wanted to move up.” He was given numerous awards over the course of his career. These included Employee of the Year in 1967-68, Certificate of Achievement Front Line Management Program, and the Striving for Excellence Award, just to name a few. He built many lifelong relationships with his CTA colleagues and even after retirement made sure to keep in touch.

Roy married Lillian Riley in 1961 and to this union, Roy Jr. and LaWanna were born. He loved his family very much and enjoyed taking his family on road trips to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Gulfport, Mississippi.

Roy was an early riser who loved to drink his coffee and read the paper everyday. His love for reading the newspaper stemmed from his childhood. It was his way of learning about people, politics and what was going on in the city. In his early days coming to Chicago, he liked playing baseball but, if he had a choice of playing sports or going to work, he’d go to work. He loved to garden, from planting collard greens and tomatoes to planting flowers. He said, “I used to like to watch things grow. When you grow up in the south you always watch things grow.” He enjoyed listening to country music and the Blues. He had an impressive record collection that included B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland and Issac Hayes. Roy always told great stories filled with honesty, humor and wisdom. He enjoyed taking care of his health, was a hard worker and loved taking care of and providing for his family. He promoted a strong work ethic and wanted all his children and grandchildren to flourish and prosper.

Roy made his transition on March 19, 2020, the first day of spring. Roy leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Lillian, his children Darryl, Roy Jr. (Carlashawn), and LaWanna, grandchildren Avery (Nina), Cameron (DeAndrea), Caralanay, Brandon, Christopher, Sonni (Sam) and Darryl II, ten great grandchildren, brother Zack Cameron (Hazel), brother Marvis Cameron (Shirley), sister Jacquelyn Sanders, sister in laws, Lucille Cameron, Rose Cameron and Claudette Cameron, his special niece Evangelist Sandra Brown-Peeples who prayed with him everyday and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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