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Retired Vice President Hardie Luckett, Jr. of USW Local 5544 dies

A former employee of Leavitt Tube and Metal Company on Chicago’s South Side for 30 years, Hardie Luckett, Jr. died. He was 65 years old.

Luckett, who was an active union member and devoted family man, received his formal education in the Chicago Public School system. After graduating from Morgan Park High School, he was employed at Leavitt Tube and Metal Company for 30 years. Hardie continued his education as an active union member with The United Steel Workers (USW) Union, receiving many certificates and awards.

His leadership ability led to increased responsibility in USW’s Local Union 5544. Here, Luckett held four positions. He served as Grievance Chairman, on the Safety Committee and as the Union Steward. His final position was Vice-President of Local Union 5544.

Luckett remained active with Local Union 5544 until his retirement in 2002 from both his union position and as an employee of Leavitt Tube and Metal Company.

Hardie Luckett, Jr. was born on June 28, 1950 to the union of Hardie Sr. and Vera (Haynes) Luckett of Chicago, Illinois. He was the fourth of six children. His family affectionately called him Ricky.

He was united in holy matrimony with Cynthia Burton on November 10, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois. Their union was blessed with two children, Nicolle Luckett (McKinney) and Natalie Luckett. In June 1994, they adopted a son, Launden Luckett.

Hardie accepted Christ as his Personal Lord and Savior and was baptized at St. John Missionary Baptist Church by Reverend A. Edward Davis, Jr., where he was a member throughout his life.

Hardie departed this life on April 21, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hardie Sr. and Vera Luckett; two sisters, Marsha Luckett Barlow and Jeanette Luckett; and nephew, Michael Foster.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Luckett, two daughters, Nicolle Luckett McKinney and Natalie Luckett (Ricky Cooper); a son, Launden Luckett; and goddaughter, Donna Collier; all of Chicago, Illinois. Seven grandchildren, Lenard Hardie (Zack) McKinney, Amarre Rhyne, Tareonna Cooper, Adam McKinney, Emauni Rhyne, Destiny McKinney and Tarek Cooper; two sisters, Thelma (Alois) Foster of Chicago, Illinois; Marilyn Luckett (Adlai Warner) of Bloomingdale, IL; one brother, Jerry Luckett of Chicago; two sister-in-laws, Carole Geary of Columbia, Maryland; Cheryl (Charles) Blackmon of McCalla, Alabama; three nieces and nephews, Michelle Harris, Tonya (Richard) Griffis, Markeish (Aries McGrew) Luckett, Kenneth Foster, Myrick Luckett, Michael Sims, and a host of other relatives, friends and his Twelve Eight family.

Funeral services For Hardie Luckett, Jr. were held April 28 at St. John M.B. Church in Chicago, Illinois.



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