April 17, 2020
RaVey Galen Brumfield, was born on Thursday, May 4, 1939, to Willmetta Gowdy and Richard H. Brumfield, in Chicago, Illinois. As a child, he was given the nickname ‘Happy’ because of his outgoing, joyful, charming, bubbly personality and his zest for life. He grew up in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago.
RaVey accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and baptized as a young boy. He attended Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist School and DuSable High School. He learned music and played under the direction of Capt. Walter Dyett. And in later years attended Chicago Baptist Institute.
RaVey, ‘Ray’ (as he was also fondly known), started working at a very early age to support his family. He worked a multitude of jobs which included Stotland’s Clothing Store, sold life insurance policies, Esseman Dodge, partner in AA Best Credit Collection Company, Chicago Transit Authority, R.B. Clothing, Evans Fur Company, Caribbean Village Night Club, Ford Motor Company (Flat Rock, MI), Louis The Hatter (Detroit, MI), Marriott Hotels and U-Haul, to name a few.
While living and working in the Washington D.C. area, RaVey met Ves Borneo, and later on married. To this union, they were blessed with two children, Steven and Willena.
RaVey worked for more than half of his life in Law Enforcement. After returning to Chicago from the Washington D.C. area, he worked with several Security/Detective agencies in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. He was very well versed with Criminal Law and kept up with judicial procedures. Although ‘retired’ he would still work when the opportunity arose. In 2011, RaVey, started SRV Security Services with his family and colleagues whom he had worked with in the field of security. Anyone who knew him could attest to the fact that a lot of their conversations would include law, public safety, weapons, and even politics. Although he did not have the chance to do it, he always wanted to go hunting to ‘try out’ his shooting expertise. RaVey stayed as active as he could; he considered himself as being ‘semi-retired’.
RaVey loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, son, grandson grandfather, and great-grandfather. Even if he was living in another part of the country, he would always make sure that his family could get in touch with him by telephone or in writing by providing his phone number and address.
His hobbies included collecting firearms, playing conga, timbales and bongo drums, listening to Latin and many genres of music. Among the artists he enjoyed were Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, BB King, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, Luther Van Dross, Seal, Eric Clapton, and lately Justin Timberlake, just to name a few.
He also enjoyed travelling. Although his schedule was quite hectic, he would take short weekenders as time would allow. He loved life and enjoyed meeting people; taught and learned from them.
RaVey was a member of King David #1 Lodge and was Past Master in the St. John Grand Lodge of Chicago, IL. He was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates (FOPA), Chris Anton Lodge #125, of Lake County, IN.
RaVey wanted to devote his remaining years to serving God and had plans of starting his jail missionary ministry. On December 9, 2018, RaVey was ordained as a Minister, a dream that he had had for some time, which was fulfilled with the help of Pastor Randy L. Berry Sr.
RaVey passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 38 years, Ves (Borneo), his children, Steven, Willena (Patrick Johnson), Tiniqueka, RaVey II, LaVan Griffith (Phyllis Morris), Tanya (Chauncey Broadnax); God daughter, Heather (Duran Allen), Joseph Glover, whom he loved as a son (Malou Maranion); brother, LaMar (Sonja Strome), brother-in-law, Ve Borneo, sister-in-law, Vel (David Foust). He also leaves his grandchildren Veshell Porter, Alec Johnson, Khalil Todd, Christopher Redmon, Nakayla Jones, Raenique Young, Shayda (Rev. Darrell L. Harrington), Kayci Griffith, Benjamin Griffith; great grandchildren, Jasmine Rankin, Raquel Rankin, and Justin Harrington; along with other relatives and multitude of friends.
He was preceded in life by his parents and grandmother.
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Ves P. Brumfield
Calumet Park Funeral Chapel
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