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Joe Miller Ceasor
March 3, 1928 ~ September 12, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
Joe Miller Ceasor, son of the late Harry Ceasor, Sr., and the late Mary Morris Ceasor, was born March 3, 1928, in Monterey, Louisiana. He was the 4th out of 6 and later moved to Balina Plantation, Frogmore, Louisiana.
Joe married Carrie Ceasor on January 16, 1950, at St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesville, Louisiana, and to this union 3 sons were born. Joe joined the United States Army and survived from 1946-1949 in Japan as a Duty Solider WWII and received a WWII Victory Medal. He was Honorably discharged on May 23 rd, 1949. In the early 50's Joe and his wife, Carrie with little Joey made their way up to Northwest Indiana, and Hammond became home. In 1957, Marvin was born, and in 1961, Calvin was born.
With odd jobs here and there, Joe made his way to what the older residents in this area called "Inland Steel" and worked there on to a 40-year career, with 30 years as a Crane Operator, and Union Member. After retiring from Inland, Joe focused on being a good landlord with some of the residents still living there over 48 years.
In 1992, Joe was baptized at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. A.R. Burns. He remained under the leadership of Rev. Dr. William R. Collins, Pastor of the Historic Mount Zion Baptist Church. Joe joined the Male Chorus, Combined Choir, and was a member of the Trustee Ministry. Joe was a part of the Hammond Crusaders. To remain active, Joe was an avid walker, and many days fellow walkers would say "Why do I try to walk with Joe" because of the pace he kept.
In his quiet but strong ways, he was very helpful to others. In the late 2000's Joe began his battle of the brain slowly deteriorating, which with his son close by, battle, No !! Lived life to the fullest ! It was a point that Rev. Dr. William R. Collins told members that all of us should try to abide by "The Unending and Overflowing Wonders of This Grace."
In 2014 during Black History Month, the City of Hammond, Indiana awarded Joe with a Proclamation for his WWII service. The last few years Joe made his home comfortably at Spring Mill Campus in Merrillville, Indiana, until his passing.
Joe was preceded in death by both parents, the late Harry Ceasor, Sr. and Mary Morris Ceasor; his wife, Carrie Ceasor; sons, Joe and Marvin Ceasor; 4 brothers, Harry Ceasor, Jr., Alton Ceasor, Sr., Herman Ceasor, Sr., and H.B. Ceasor; 2 sisters, Jessie M. Ceasor-Thompson, and Lillie Mae Ceasor-Edwards.
He leaves to cherish his memory, son, Calvin Ceasor; 2 brothers, Gerald Ceasor, and Curtis Harvor; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services Friday, September 29,2023, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. from Historic Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church 1047 Kenwood St. Hammond, Indiana 46320. Rev. Dr. William Collins, Pastor /Teacher. Interment Private.