Louis “Uncle Buddy” Malcolm was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on October 18, 1930 to Charles and Mabel Topps Malcolm. He attended Saint Peter’s Catholic School in Pine Bluff. He started his career in Chicago in 1951 at R.R. Donnelley and Sons; it was interrupted by a tour of duty in Korea. While serving in the United States Army as a Corporal in Korea, he earned many honors and medals, including a Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Camp Stars, United Nations Service Medal and an OS Service Bar. After his honorable discharge in 1954, he returned to work for 41 years at R.R. Donnelley until his retirement in 1993.
Louis met his Soulmate, Martha Cannady, in Chicago and they were married on June 16, 1956. They were “joined at the hip” and enjoyed walking the malls together every morning. Martha preceded him in death in 2000. From this union, Yolanda “Yoki” was born. Everyone who knew Louis knew that he “loved his baby girl to life.” She is the epitome of a “Daddy’s Girl.” Louis was an all-around family man. There was absolutely nothing he would not do for his loved ones. He enjoyed watching boxing and wrestling. Fannie Mae turtles were his snack of choice.
Louis is survived by his daughter, Yolanda “Yoki” Malcolm; his grandchildren, Aris Martha Chantal and Thomas Louis; his sisters, Mary “Maeginnie” (Ocie) Johnson, Leola Malcolm Sims, Margaret (Sonny) Parks; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and longtime friends.
We send a special Thank You to all family and friends for their support. And a special Thank You to cousin Dorothy R. Leavell, Publisher of the Chicago and Gary Crusader Newspapers.