Royl HargroveAugust 10, 1954 ~ January 5, 2018 (age 63)
Roy Lee Hargrove, also known as “Royl” or “Uncle L”, was born to Gracie Hargrove and (the late) James Hargrove, Jr. on August 10, 1954 at Cumberland Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He was one of five children among three brothers: Anthony and Jimmy (both of whom predeceased him), and Ray (“Oriel”), and his baby sister Jacqueline.
Roy attended Public School 59, then I.S. 33, and graduated from Boys High. Shortly thereafter, he landed a job as a psychiatric nurse at Kings County Hospital in the “G Building” where he worked for nineteen years. He worked there with his long-time friend of over forty-eight years, Al Pierson. Although Roy did not bear any children of his own, he had a host of godchildren whom he loved like his very own, including Robert Buford, Jr., Elijah Stephenson, Demani Bailey and Cameron Crawley.
Roy was a distinguished and dedicated member of St. Paul Community Baptist Church in East New York, Brooklyn for many years. He shared his godly love with everyone as well as everywhere he went. He was a great dancer combined with his debonair style of dressing. He loved making everyone laugh. He was half of the comedy team of “Budwheat and Tanky” with Jeffrey Jacox, Sr. He also went with his long-time friend Josif Clark to California where they appeared on Soul Train.
Although there are many people who held a special place with Roy, we would like to acknowledge: Dawn Ammons (fiancée); goddaughters: Lovely Pyrame and Naturelle High; a godson Alex Monroe; three nieces: Izora (“Niki”) Neal, Iyesha Cook, Natasha Dixon and Carolyn Moore (who was like a second mother to him).
On Friday, January 5, 2018, Roy became absent from the body and present with the Lord. He leaves to cherish his life, his mother Gracie Hargrove; his brother Ray (“Oriel”), and his wife Deborah; his sister Jacqueline; three uncles: Walter (and his wife Judy), John (and his wife Vernell) and Otis (and his wife Lusella); two aunts: Carolyn and Betty; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Each one of you were very dear to him. Roy will truly be missed. He left the saying for us to remember him by:
“Be sad for me a day, but don’t let sorrow rule your heart.
Think of every time you thought I was crazy and made you laugh,
and you will know the goodness of my life.
The battle has been fought and the victory has been won.”