Jalyn Bernard Fletcher was born to the union of Jennifer Cooks and Barney Fletcher on May 3, 2006, in Merrillville, Indiana. Jalyn was the fourth of five children. Jalyn's grandfathers, Minister Wendell Cooks, Sr. and Curly Fletcher preceded him in death.
Jalyn was a freshman at Lake Ridge High School. He was a joyful, animated child. He liked to dance and act out commercials. As a joke he would pretend to be a rapper while doing most of the craziest dances. He was very affectionate and brought joy to his family, especially his sisters and brother. They often liked to roughhouse, but he was very protective of his sisters. Jalyn's favorite color was green.
When Jalyn was in kindergarten, he said he wanted to be a zookeeper when he grew up because of his love for animals, especially gorillas; but as he got older, Jalyn developed a love for Legos after a family trip to Lego World in 2014. He and his dad built Lego kits together and he happily played with his Legos for hours, building worlds and machines, often talked about being a collector. When he wasn't playing Legos, he liked playing video games such as Fortnite, god of Wars and Batman. He also enjoyed comics and watching DC and Marvel movies with his family. He admired the entrepreneur spirit of his dad and came up with many ideas for his future. He talked about opening his own restaurant called "Cold and Fresh". He even came up with his own commercial for it. He also dreamed of owning his own brand of shoes.
Jalyn made his transition on August 1, 2021. He is survived by his mother, Jennifer Cooks-Berry; father, Barney Fletcher; stepfather, Jason Berry; his siblings; Javares Cooks, Tiana Jackson, Jessica Fletcher, Briana Fletcher and Jermaine Fletcher; grandmothers, JoAnne Cooks and Patricia Meauhead; aunts, uncles, and cousins. The memories of Jalyn's life will be forever cherished in the hearts of his loving family and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 12, 2021 12:00 P.M.- 1:00 P.M. from Ridgelawn Funeral Home 4201 West Ridge Road Gary, Indiana. Interment Ridgelawn Cemetery. May God bless the Cooks and Fletcher families.
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