In Loving Memory of Joseph Hillard Eckwood
June 1, 1929 - November 10, 2018
Joseph Hillard Eckwood was born June 1, 1929, in Humnoke, Arkansas to the late Hattie and Reverend William Eckwood. Joseph was raised along side his nine siblings in Humphrey, Arkansas.
Joe accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age under the leadership of his father, Reverend William Eckwood. Joe attended and graduated from Scipio Jones High School in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
In December of 1952, Joe was drafted into the US Army. During his time in the Army Joe was stationed in France and worked in motor transportation. Joe helped supply ammunition supporting the military in the Armaments Division during the Korean War. He served his full tour and was honorably discharged in December 1954.
After his service in the military, Joe moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where he lived with his cousins, Kermit, and Emma Carol. It was while living in Little Rock that Joe met and married Dorothy Reaves. Dorothy and Joe married on January 25, 1958, and soon grew their family to include four rambunctious boys and one lovely daughter. It was at this time that Joe and the family attended and joined Saint Paul's Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. While in Little Rock, Joe worked for the Department of Sanitation, a local furniture store and drove trucks for Gilmore Produce Company.
In 1963, after the birth of his youngest child and only daughter, the growing Eckwood family made their move to sunny Los Angeles, California. Soon after arriving in Los Angeles, Joe fellowshipped with True Samaritan Baptist Church and then 1st Community Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles. Joe and the family lived in Los Angeles for five years. In 1968 he and the family made one more move and settled in Gardena, California.
Joe made use of his military transportation and maintenance experience and found work with Pacific Motor Trucking Company. Joe worked for P.M.T. for twenty-five years and retired in 1992. Joe was also a member in good standing with the Teamsters Automotive, Industrial & Allied Workers Union; Local No. 495.
After retiring Joe enjoyed fishing (even though he could not swim) and eating good Bar-B-Que. Joe also loved trips to Las Vegas, long leisurely walks and talking with neighbors. Joe was normally a quiet man; however, when he did decide to talk, he talked and talked and talked.
In later life, Joe became of member of New Pilgrim Baptist Church. Joe resided in Gardena until his death on Saturday, November 10, 2018.
Preceding him in death, were five brothers: Thurgood, William Jr. (O.Z.), James, Aldophus, and Roosevelt; two sisters: Clotile Lindsey, and Lutisha Reams; two children, Michael Keith Eckwood, and Deidra Joy Solomon.
He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Mrs. Dorothy Eckwood, his older sister, Mae Ella Starks, three sons: Kirk Andre Eckwood, Cedric Demetrius Eckwood, and Barry Antoine Eckwood; four grandchildren: Doniel Eckwood, Dashona Eckwood Bryant, Ryan Solomon, and Bria Solomon. He also leaves a host of family, and friends including great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and neighbors.