Sylvester "Boody" Golden, Jr. was born October 7, 1967 to Delores Elaine (Jackson) Essix and Sylvester Golden, Sr. in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He departed this life on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 8:45 a.m.
"Boody" as he was affectionately called by family and friends was an alumni of Paul Harding High School class of 1987. Boody was a star basketball player, who dressed for varsity as a Sophomore. He helped his school in winning several state championships in basketball and track and field. He was listed as one of the Who's Who of high school basketball athletes in the mid 80's.
He continued his academic journey to Tennessee State University, an historically black university (HBCU). There he majored in Engineering. After returning to Fort Wayne, he started a business. He was an entrepreneur who owned and operated a home security company along side his two uncles, Terry Jackson, and Timmy Jackson. He was also the proud owner of a mobile music and movie store.
Boody has dreams, bigger than some could comprehend. What seemed outrageous or impossible to most, was a welcome challenge to him. He could do anything that he set his mind to do. He was resilient, smart, and funny. He loved music and dancing. His laugh was contagious and filled the entire room. He loved his life and all those that surrounded him. His house was an open door to everyone. His presence will be missed, and he will remain forever in our hearts of many.
Boody fought a hard battle but he was called home.
He leaves to cherish his memory his six children, Shardesha (Qualyn), Jakira Blackwell, Brittany Blackwell, Khalil Golden, Onisha Golden and Oniara Golden; fathers, Sylvester (Linda) Golden, Sr. and Albert Essix, Jr.; companion, Rita Barnes; mother of his children, Onjane Golden; five grandchildren, Shyera, Raiden, Honorah, Amirah and Karteric; grandmother, Louvenia Lymon; 15 siblings, Albert (Amanda) Essix, Tony (Michelle) Essix, Solomon Essix, Tammy (Eric) Essix-Riley, Aisha Essix, Yusuf Essix, Tahirah (Chizoba) Essix, Beverly (Frank), Ernie (Tameko) Golden, Terrance (Tamika) Golden, Matthew (Jessica) Golden, Lakeisha, Terri and Nyla (William); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Delores Essix; maternal grandparents, Rev. Randolph and Earline Jackson, Sr.
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