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Roscoe McWilliams

Memphis, TN

On March 30, 2017, Roscoe transitioned to his heavenly home after his work was done.

Therefore, in 1948, Roscoe became one of the first of nine African American men chosen out of 160-plus applicants hired as police officers. These nine men were assigned to patrol the areas of Beale Street and Orange Mound. They played a key role in integrating a police force that had been all white for decades.

He had a passion for learning that led him to another venture. He enrolled in LeMoyne College and received a BS Degree in Education. He began his teaching career at Mitchell High School. In his quest to be a more informed teacher, he went back to college and earned a Masters Degree in Library Science at Memphis State University. He served as Librarian at Craigmont High School until his retirement from Memphis City Schools.

Roscoe was involved in several activities in the community including the political area, the education field, neighborhood clubs and religious organizations. He also served faithfully in two churches, Emmanuel Episcopal Church and Trinity CME Church. He taught Sunday School, served a Sunday School Superintendent, an Usher, a Steward and sang in the Male Chorus. Roscoe loved to be a part of church growth and development and giving his opinion on church matters.

He leaves to cherish his memory his son, Roscoe McWilliams, Jr. (Jean), two granddaughters, Trisha McWilliams and Robin McWilliams of St. Louis, MO; two nieces, Celeste Jones and Georgette Charlton of Memphis, TN and a host of great and great grand nieces and nephews of California, Ohio, Memphis, and Detroit, MI.

Visitation, Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 5-7 p.m.,

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4150 Boeingshire Drive. Funeral Service, Thursday, April 6 at 12 noon, Trinity CME Church, 1096 Thomas Street. Burial, 2 p.m., West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.

Published in The Commercial Appeal on Apr. 4, 2017
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