Minister Kevin Dean Fuqua, 56, Sandusky, took the final steps of his earthly journey and went home to be with his heavenly father, Jesus Christ, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Stein Hospice Care Center.
He was born Jan. 28, 1954, to Lawrence Albert Fuqua Sr. and Evelyn Jean (Crump) Fuqua, and was one of six children. Kevin attended Sandusky City Schools, graduating from Sandusky High School in 1972. Upon graduation he attended The Ohio State University for a short time but decided to forego college and chose to serve his country with the U.S. Army, from which he was honorable discharged. He attended and received degrees from various colleges and universities including: Ashland Theological Seminary with a Master of Pastoral Counseling; Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and an Associate of Human Services; and Ohio Business College with an Associate in Business Administration and Real Estate.
Kevin was baptized at an early age in Ebenezer Baptist Church where he was a lifelong member and later became an associate minister. He served faithfully under Pastor Curtis A. Brown and then, Pastor Clayton E. Howard. His passion was preaching the Word and bringing God's children back home.
Kevin's accomplishments included the following: member of the Gideon's; founded the Black History Leadership Dinner, New Spirit Drugs and Alcohol Prevention Program, and Junior NBA. He was also a student specialist mentor; role model for Young World Ministries; and a volunteer for Crossroads VOA, Senior Citizens Building, Erie County Jail, The Center for Cultural Awareness and Bayshore Counseling; and served in numerous capacities with NOBDA.
Kevin will be sadly missed by his parents; siblings, Jeanne (Cleveland D.) Palmer, Lawrence A. (Allean) Fuqua Jr. and Brett (Mary) Fuqua Sr., all of Sandusky, and Derrell Fuqua and Lori (Kevin) Simmons, both of Dayton; two sons, Christopher Pool and LaDonte Grant, both of Sandusky; loving and devoted daughter, Jeannine Fuqua of Salisbury, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; special friends, Birdia Edmon, Brenda Jones and Karen Churchwell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. Saturday until funeral services at 1 p.m. in Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1215 Pierce St., Sandusky. The Rev. Clayton E. Howard will officiate. Burial will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Services of Erie Co., 505 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, OH, 44870; Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH, 44870; or Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be shared at toftfh.com.