Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Francis Gadegbeku, Jr., Kingstree - Francis Koku “Gbeku” Gadegbeku, Jr. of Kingstree, 69, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House of Florence.
Funeral services, conducted by Elder Larry Moultrie, were held Friday, July 25, 2014, at House of Prayer of St. Stephen. Mr. Gadegbeku was born October 28, 1944, in Harper City Maryland County Liberia, West Africa, the son of Francis Gadegbeku, Sr. and Sally Freeman Gadegbeku. A brother, Harry Kojah Gadegubku, preceded him in death. He was reared in Harper City by his grandmother, Sarah Jane Dade. He was baptized into his faith as a young boy at Mt. Ashton AME Church, later moved to Mt. Scott United Methodist Church. He graduated from Harper Primary School in 1958 and attended Harper Elementary Demonstration School. After graduating, he moved to the Cape Palmas High School. In 1960, he transferred to Bishop Ferguson High School, but he graduated from Booker Washington Institue (High School) BWI, in Kakata Liberia. He participated in the boy scouts. He also was a master soccer player and also ran track on all the high schools teams. During high school and years later, he shared his love of music as a DJ and on TV as he developed his radio and TV broadcasting skills. He was on the forefront of the hip-hop revolution in New York. After high school, he entered the National Police Academy and graduated with honors. He worked for the Liberian National Police Force, C.I.D. Division. He traveled to Germany for studies and after a few years in Germany, he returned to Liberia. Shortly thereafter, he earned a scholarship to study in the United States.
He enrolled in the New England Institue of Technology, earning a bachelor’s degree. He was married to the late Thelma Gadegbeku. He ran his own trucking business for many years in the New York area. Survivors are: his wife, Fatimah O’Neal Clarke Gadegbeku; one daughter, Frances; two sons, Benamin and Masiah; two sisters, Magdalene Neal and Gloria Neal-Caine; two brothers, Eugene Neal and Emmanuel Horton; and one granddaughter.