So then, being always filled with good courage and confident hope, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—7 for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]8 we are [as I was saying] of good courage and confident hope, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. (2 Cor. 5:6-8, Amplified Version)
Leandrew Bullock was born on December 23, 1939, in Pike County, Mississippi. He was the 6th of 9 children born to his mother, Mattie Bullock and father, Leander Bullock. He departed this life on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
He was preceded in death by his Mother and Father, Mattie & Leander Bullock. Brothers Jerry Bullock, Ray Bullock and Luther Bullock.
Leandrew leaves to cherish his memories: his wife Reta Mae Bullock; his daughter Carolyn Bullock Pearson-Millan (husband Pedro Millan) and son Andre Bullock. His Grandchildren Damean Bullock, Andre Bullock Jr, Destiny Bullock and Dacia Bullock. Great-grandson, Andre Ra’King Bullock. Brothers and Sister, Mason Bullock (wife Mary Bullock), Charles Bullock, Helen Stewart, Edward Bullock, Calvin Bullock (wife Barbara Bullock) and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
His beginnings started with his parents and siblings in Pike County, Mississippi. This is the foundation of where our father learned the strength of family and developed his strong work ethic.
The starting of Leandrew’s family began with his marriage to Reta Mae Spurlock in 1960, and they resided in Pike County, Mississippi. His family increased four years later with the birth of their daughter, Carolyn. In 1966 they moved to Milwaukee, WI and seven years later their son Andre was born. Leandrew lived his remaining years in Milwaukee, WI.
The growth of his family continued…. his daughter Carolyn married Pedro Millan. His son, Andre, also blessed our father with three grandchildren: Damean, Andre Jr., and Destiny. And then the blessings continued with his grandson Andre Jr., as he blessed our father with his first great-grandson, Andre Ra’King Bullock.
Our father loved all kinds of sports. He eventually became a little league baseball coach, and my brother was a part of his team. As for me, his daughter, I didn’t get to experience him as a coach on a team, but for all the sports I did play (tennis, basketball, and softball), he was always there with words of wisdom. Words that you would not only receive from a coach, but also from a father. His grandsons played sports as well. Damean played basketball, and Andre Jr., ran track, played basketball and was a gymnast.
Our father loved the outdoors – fishing, hunting, and working in the yard. I can understand why, because of his life on a farm in Mississippi.
Our father also worked at American Welding for the majority of his work career.
He had a very strong work ethic, and it was a conversation he would always have with us. His work ethic wasn’t just talk, it was shown by what he worked hard for to make sure that the family always had a home to come back too, if needed. “He would always say, your mama and I have worked hard for the things we’ve given to and are leaving for you, make sure you continue to do the same for the generations to come.” Our father was always big on family as well, and he always talked to us about the importance of family too. So, here’s a poem we dedicate to him.
For You Daddy
There’s a special kind of closeness that only families know,
It starts with early childhood trust and deepens as you grow.
There’s a special kind of comfort in knowing your family’s there,
To love and understand you, to listen and to care…
Of all the treasures life may bring, your family means the most,
And whether near or far apart, that love will hold you close. (Delores Claire Hamilton)
Thank you, daddy, for the joy you’ve always given, and for the love we’ve always shared.