Otis Wayne Ivey
March 1, 1932 – March 24, 2016
Reflection of Life
Otis Wayne Ivey was born on March 1, 1932 to the late Willie D. and Queen Esther Ivey in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina (Halifax County).
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eddie L. Ivey; his granddaughter; Tiffany She’ron Mack; his brothers, Delroy, Peter and James Ivey; his nephews, Glenn and Keith Ivey and his niece, Gwentavee Hawkins.
Otis or “Ivey” as he was affectionately known, enlisted into the United States Air Force in 1956 for the next 26 years. He traveled to such places like Morocco, Africa; Okinawa, Japan; and Thule, Greenland; affording his children an International Education. He also served across the 50 contiguous states; including, Texas, Ohio, Maine and California to name a few. Otis served in the Military Airlift Command; Wilford Hall Medical Center and The Los Angeles Air Force Station where he retired from military service.
He then began a second 20-year career with John Hancock Insurance and Financial Services in San Antonio, Texas. Otis had many duties and assignments but his main job was driving Eddie Lee Ivey wherever she wanted to go. He had fun in all he set his mind to do.
Ivey “Big O” was an avid sports fan. He loved his Texas teams, Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs. That love has filtered down to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his younger days Daddy loved to bowl in tournaments, fish, dance and tell all the jokes and stories from his childhood with his brothers and sisters (who apparently he got into trouble all the time). He also had plenty of military buddy stories too – to which Mom would say, “Ivey hush”, in that tone we all recognized. He loved fun and fun followed him.
Brother Ivey joined the Macedonia Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he served tirelessly on the Usher Board under the pastoral leadership of Reverend Roland Franklin. He then was Ordained as a Deacon by Pastor Jerry William Dailey. Deacon Ivey also held up the blood stained banner in the Men’s Choir. He never had his own solo but well represented the number and traveled wherever needed to sing and serve.
Otis, Bro. Ivey, G-Pa, leaves to celebrate his legacy; Johnny Gray, Sheryl Mack (Ronald), Clementine Cheek (William) and Donna Lacey; his loving sister, Kathryn Hawkins; grandchildren, Natasha Heard (Trevor), Brittany Lacey, Darnell Lacey; and great grandchildren, Trevian and Tajon Heard, Amari Lacey, Azzire and Ashon Rogers, and a loving host of cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and friends.