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Frederick Wilbert Talbert

January 14, 1927 ~ April 9, 2019 (age 92)
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On January 14, 1927 Frederick Wilbert was born to the proud parents of James and Amelia Talbert in the city of Detroit, Michigan. He was the 6th born child out of 8 children; Helen Talbert, a brother (unknown died at birth), Naomi White, Dorothy Stokes, Gloria McCurdy, Amelia (Gerri) Cathy, and Betty Talbot and daughter in law Carolyn all preceded him in death. 

Freddie or Uncle Freddie (affectionally as he was known) was educated in the Detroit and Inkster Michigan school system. In 1951 he was drafted into the US Army where he served as a medic in the Korean war for 21 months. In 1952 he was honorably discharged and received an honorary bronze medal for his services. 

He later met and Married Mabel Juanita Jenkins on June 26th, 1955. God blessed them with the union of 3 children, Shawn, Risa lynn (Whom preceded him in death), and Craig. He also has a son, Damon Allen Rice (Mother; Barbara Rice). He Later Worked for A&P Grocery store for 12 years. When he decided to change career paths, he went back to school to become a heavy truck mechanic; where he was later employed at Wolverine Ford Truck Sales when he retired after 25 years’ service.

For 30 years Freddie dedicated his time and service with the pathfinders and as a deacon of Burns Seventh day Adventist church. He also had a passion to sing with his base baritone voice with the men of Burns and the male Chorus under the direction of Anthony Thornton. He had a love for camping, fishing, outdoor life and a love for roller skating where he spent many special moments with his friends, Jonathan Crawford, William Harris, and Tim Gardner. 

In Early December he took a fall and broke his arm where he later relocated to Dothan, Alabama to be cared for by his daughter Shawn. Frederick Departed on April 9th, 2019 from short health complications.

He leaves to cherish his memories his daughter Shawn Talbert-Brown (Henry) of Alabama, His sons, Damon Rice (Felicia) of Indiana & Craig Talbert-Gonda of Arizona, and Grandchildren Heather, Brandon, Kendall, Andrew, Jackie, Christina, Carmiela, Carmiya, and Maya. Also, a slew of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
We will miss you until that trumpet sounds.

A simple act of bravery
A selfless single act
Becomes the things of legend
That all began as fact

No one wants to be a hero
The price is far too high
Most just do the basics
Trying to get by

Some will do the impossible
To change the course of fate
Making sure that someone lives
When it almost seems too late

Some may just get lucky
But most pay for their gift
And so heroes live for ever
As their stories we do lift

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