Frederick D. Sturdivant

April 09, 1994 - March 28, 2013

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Service: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 11 a.m. in Five Corners Baptist Church, Wolcottvlle

Calling: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 2 to 10 p.m. in the church. Evening service at 6 p.m.
Frederick Donald “Lil Fred” Sturdivant, 18, of Middlebury and formerly of Rome City died Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Bristol.

He had attended East Noble High School, and has lived in Middlebury for a year.

He worked at Keystone in Goshen.

Lil Fred enjoyed music, but he especially enjoyed Rap music. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He was born April 9, 1994, in Kendallville to Frederick Earl and Angela “Annie” (Wertz) Sturdivant.

Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Angela “Annie” and Troy Hedges of Middlebury; his father and stepmother, Frederick Earl “Big Fred” and Dee Dee Sturdivant of LaGrange; his girlfriend, Sherie Shalley of Goshen and her daughter, Maci; a son, Frederick Donald Sturdivant due on May 27th; seven sisters, Chelsea (Nathaniel) Sturdivant-Martin of Oak Grove, Kentucky, Sydnee King of Fort Wayne, Catrina (Andy) Bontrager of Goshen, Candice (Nate) Trejo of Ligonier, Kelsey (Jeremy) Frey of Topeka, Kaitlin Hedges of Ligonier, and Kayla Hudson of Kendallville; a brother, Ford King of Fort Wayne; maternal grandmother, Lois Wertz of Rome City; paternal grandparents, Frank Sturdivant, Sr. and Shirley Sturdivant of Rome City; step grandparents, John and Jan Diller of Fort Wayne and Gordon Jordan of Rome City; two nephews, Caden Martin and Karl Hedges-Baker; two nieces, Melody Bontrager and Trinity Bontrager; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ora Donald Wertz.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Five Corners Baptist Church, Wolcottville with Pastor Clarence Combs and Pastor Wade Sturdivant officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.

Calling is Tuesday, April 2, 2013, from 2 to 10 p.m. in the church. An evening service will be held at 6 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Brendon Sutter
April 5th, 2013 12:49pm

I was able to work with Fred for a number of months in Middlebury (ShowHauler Trucks). He was our parts receiver. My heart is heavy as I just found out of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Fred was full of life and fun to work with. He had the nickname here of "Fabulous Fred". Philippians 4:7 New International Version (NIV) 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Deb Godsey
April 4th, 2013 1:39am

To the family of Fred Sturdivant........... I know there are no words I can say that will bring you comfort right now. Just know that I love you all very much. I will continue to take your names before the Lord for I know He is who you need. He will be your strength and comfort today and in the days ahead.............and during those times when you feel as if you can't take another step He will carry you for as long as you need Him to. (Deuteronomy 31:8) The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (NIV)

Brandy & Trevor Norman
April 3rd, 2013 12:53pm

Dear Fred, I will never forget you and all the goofy times we all had, especailly you, zach and david jumping on yours sisters bed singing barbie girl in a barbie world before school.Lol you always made everyone laugh. It breaks my heart to see you so young and full of life to have passed away but God has a plan for you, even though we don't know what it is or why; but what we do know is tat you love everyone and that everyone loves you and you will be greatly missed. I still pray for your family in this troubling time. Even though I didnt come say good bye to you at the viewing I hope you can undertand thay I still have respect for you and your family and that if you could hear me that I am saying bye and we'll all see you later on this life. Love always Brandy and Trevor

Tom & Patty Duty
April 3rd, 2013 10:35am
Wolcottville , In.

So sorry for your loss . Please know that your familys are in our thoughts and prayers.

irene helton
April 2nd, 2013 12:28am
winchester , ky

My condolences to the family , so sorry for your loss-- prayers going up, for all concerned.

Randy & Sandra Pippenger
April 1st, 2013 11:36pm
Rome City, In

We are so sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and our prayers.

Ben & Linda Castle
April 1st, 2013 10:21pm
Rome City, Indiana

To Annie, Fred, Troy, and all of Little Fred's family... Our hearts go out to you! We are so sorry for the loss of such a precious young man. I remember when you were pregnant with him, Annie. I can still remember what a chunky, and happy baby he was! Ben saw him often, and he always had something silly to say...always had a smile on his face!! He will always be remembered for that. May God wrap his loving arms around each one of you during this time, and the days ahead. May he give you much comfort, and strength!! Please know, that so many people care, and never hesitate to ask for anything you may need. With Love, Ben, Linda, Ryan, and Holly Castle

March 31st, 2013 8:19pm

Sorry to hear of the death of this young man! To Frank and Shirley ,His mom and dad and his family our prayers are with you all. It is so hard but trust The Lord he is with you !!!

Tony & Chryl Van Allen
March 31st, 2013 6:03pm

Our family is in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. Bubby will be deeply missed.

Brenda and Larry Gayheart
March 31st, 2013 12:48pm
Rome City

We are with you in prayer, We are truly sorry for your loss.

Papa John & Grandma Jane
March 31st, 2013 3:08am
Fort Wayne, IN

Bubby (Fred) will be greatly missed by all his family & friends, we all loved him dearly. He always made each & every person feel special in his/her own right with his "cute nicknames" he gave them and his "Elvis" charm. Heaven has gained an awesome angel.

Brackie & Lori Fugate
March 31st, 2013 1:46am
LaGrange, In

To Fred, Dee, Annie an all the grandparents, brothers an sisters an to all who loved "Lil Fred "! So sorry for your loss. May you find strength in knowing that others are praying for you ! May God be with you through this time of sorrow.

Pat Murphy
March 31st, 2013 1:45am
Fort Wayne, IN

Fred and family, So sorry to hear about your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I pray that God will give you strength and grant you peace as you go through this valley in your life. Hold on to the memories you have because no one can take those away from you. Hope to get up to Scott's soon and hope to see you. Will continue to pray for all of you. Love to all of you.

Vivian Travis Blankenship
March 31st, 2013 1:05am
Rome City

thinking of you all he will be missed for sure always loved seeing hime never knew what he was going to say but i knew for sure i would be laughing at what ever it was he was a great kid love ya lil Fred and will miss you for sure

Kimberly Bailey
March 30th, 2013 10:04pm
Rome Ctiy

To all of the Sturdivant family you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss.

mickey conley
March 30th, 2013 6:30am

To the family of lil fred you guys are in my heart and prayers. I luv u bub... He will be missed a lot.

Jesse & Mary Handshoe
March 30th, 2013 2:19am
3740 N 1100 E Kendallville, In

Please accept our sincerest sympathy.

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Derek & Kenna Jordan
March 29th, 2013 10:34pm

Annie, Troy, Fred, and Dee Dee we are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all now and in the days to come. If there is anything that we can do please let us know.

tonia conley
March 29th, 2013 10:02pm

I am so very sorry for your loss! My hearts and prayers go out to your family! To Frank and Shirley, I love you guys!

Vicky Smith
March 29th, 2013 9:33pm
Topmost, Kentucky

Fred, Dee, and Annie, my heart breaks for all of you during this time of loss. Prayers are sent to all of Lil Fred's family and friends. May God be with all of you during this time of sorrow! I love all of you and wish I could be there. You are all in my thoughts and heart during this tragic time.

homer bentley & kim rogers
March 29th, 2013 5:27pm
red fox,ky

we are so very sorry for your loss Fred,we will be praying for u and your family. love ya