Preston V. Vanderford Jr.

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Vanderford, Preston V., Jr. 77; Passed Thursday, May 10, 2018; He is survived by his wife, Brenda (Pearson) of 52 years, his daughters; Lisa Michelle Vanderford, Leslie Adra Vanderford-Muhammad (Clarence), LaTrice Irene Vanderford (Anthony Armstead), Loreal Irene Vanderford-Wilhite (Jermaine); mother, Wilhelmina Cleo Vanderford, Sisters; Elaine Hinton, Carolyn Aldrich (James), Jacqueline Vanderford, April Vanderford-Riley (Charles); thirteen grandchildren; Ronald-Malik Rashaad London jr., Lauren Crear, Ronald Crear Jr., Rahmad Crear, Labrianna Hawkins, Rasul Muhammad, Rahman Muhammad, Laila King, Ikee Muhammad, Jermaine Blake-Wilhite III, Lyndon Wilhite, one great-grandchild: Liberty Hawkins and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Preston retired from the St. Louis Post Dispatch after 29 years as the Personnel Director. He was a socially active man who was deeply involved in employment and civic organizations, including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., National Association of Black Journalist, National Urban League and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He enjoyed fishing, horse racing, grilling, and Frankie Beverly & Maze. His family and friends will always remember him as a comedian and jovial person. Preston was devoted to his parish, St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist, and the Knights of St. Peter Claver Council 213, where he served as Grand Knight and Junior Knight Commander. He also was a member of the Meritorious Fourth Degree Knights. Services: St. Elizabeth Mother John The Baptist Church 4330 Shreve Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63115. The wake from 12-2 & Funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018.
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from May 17 to May 20, 2018
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