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Fred was born to the proud parents od Frederick and Winifred Shockley at Women's Hospital in Detroit, MI on April 22, 1948. As a toddler, the small family lived with Fred Jr's parents in Hamtramack, MI. When they learned of the budding, newly developing City of Inkster, they moved on to Kitch St. and Sylvia, This corner house would be a place they would call home for many years. Fred was a smart student having a great foundation at home with his mother teaching him his A-B-C's and 1-2-3s". He attended grade school at Daly and McNair Elementary in the Westwood School District. He graduated from Robichaud High School in 1966, with his strongest subjects being science and math. Fred was an astute learner and very popular, at some point gaining the nickname, "Tweed".
Fred made his parents proud by going away to Western Michigan University. There he pledged to the greatest fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc and crossed the sands as part of "The Knowledgeable 8". This brotherhood meant a great deal to him since he was an only child. His life would take many twists and turns, but finally graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor's Degree in computer science/mathematics.
Fred was married to his high school sweetheart, for 12 years and from that union, he became the father of LaTasha Donyale and Nicole Denyse. They purchased a home in Inkster, Michigan and were happy to be a part of this growing community. He was elected as an Inkster School Board member, serving one 4-year term. Fred accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and was baptized at People's Community Baptist Church in Westland, MI on April 1, 1979. The young family enjoyed entertaining outdoors. Family and friends often gathered for good music and playing games. Fred would challenge anyone to a game of chess!
Fred worked for several companies during his career. He was a sought after contracted IT and Systems Analyst. He worked for many companies looking to implement new changes for their production lines, such as the Big 3 (Ford, GM, Chrysler), IBM, Compuware, and Burroughs, just to name a few. He finally ended his career with the City of Detroit, as he was more than ready to retire.
Fred developed a loving relationship with is longtime friend and partner Marester (Cookie) Alford, and was elated to welcome his first son, Brian Douglas. His parents would take Brian and love on and support him, as the family was very ecstatic to have a baby boy in the family.
Years later, Fred met Sherry Brooks and their beautiful friendship turned into love. They married soon after and to this union Frederick Douglas IV and Sydney Danyelle were born. They enjoyed having family over and often traveled for fun. He practically enjoyed spending time with his in-laws. Fred would often crack jokes or give you a smile or wave and tell you "everything is alright." During the last few years of his life you could find him being constant neighbor lookout in the garage at the corner house on Kitch St. Fred never met a stranger.
His soul is now resting peacefully with the Lord along with his father, Fredrick Jr. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Winfred; children; LaTasha (Kevin), Nicole, Brian, Fredrick IV, and Sydney; grandchildren: Joshua, Perlee, Dorsey, Gabrielle, Adilah, Maliah,; great grandchildren: Noelle and Kairo, cousins: Carolyn, Cheryl, and Jackie; and a host of cousins, family, friends as well as his extended family the Carters, Byrds, Baileys, Neals, Whites, Pearsons, and special "neighbors."