Mr. Robert E. Hymer, Sr. was born in Beaumont, Texas, October 29, 1926. Shortly thereafter, his parents, George Hymer and Rose Bryant Hymer moved to Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School at 16 years old and attended UCLA majoring in Mathematics. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II for 17 months, subsequently receiving an Honorable Discharge for his service. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service on January 2, 1987 after becoming a Tour Director in the Mail Processing Division. During his professional career, he was a pioneer, later rising in the ranks because of his efforts. In 1953 Mr. Hymer built a new home in the Roseland area of Chicago, Illinois. Since the neighborhood was totally white and unhappy about Hymer’s introduction, somebody bombed the home. Subsequent to this act Hymer became extremely active in the Civil Rights movement becoming Vice President of the Roseland Heights Community Association, and Trustee of Hunter United Methodist Church for 10 years. During his spare time, he thoroughly enjoyed writing and playing baseball in his younger days. Traveling was a passion when time and funds were available. Helping and mentoring others and simply enjoying his life is how the life of Robert Earl Hymer Sr., will be remembered. Mr. Robert E. Hymer Sr. passed away in the comfort of his home in Swansea, Illinois on Monday, April 24, 2017. Mr. Hymer is survived by his son, Robert E. Hymer Jr. of Little Rock, Arkansas; God son, Kourtney “Leader” Teat and his loving God daughter, Francine Renee Gaston-Teat both of Swansea, Illinois; two special nieces; Linda Lee(Clint) Tarver and Jeanette (Tom) Hall-Jackson of Lansing, MI; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, other friends and church members.
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