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Roosevelt Hite Jr.

Roosevelt Hite Jr.

Nov 10, 1946 - Mar 6, 2023

Roosevelt Hite Jr. - Obituary


oosevelt was born November 10, 1946, in Greenville, Mississippi to the late Roosevelt and Vera Hite. He was the eldest of five children: Don (deceased), George (deceased), Willie and Carla. Roosevelt grew up in Greenville and graduated through its public school system. Roosevelt received the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age (11 years old) and became a member of Mount Ararat Missionary Baptist Church under the teaching of Reverend Albert Williams. Roosevelt was very involved in the church and served as the junior superintendent of the Sunday School, usher, and junior choir member. Roosevelt began using his God-given talent to sing God’s praises with a group of young men touring local churches in the city and surrounding countryside. There were a couple of singing groups he sang with until his graduation from high school. After graduation he enlisted into the United States Air Force and completed a four-year tour and was honorably discharged. He moved to Washington, DC in 1968 and began working for a local retail company as a Loss Prevention Specialist and Operation Manager for twenty-three years. In 1969 he enrolled at Federal City College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Prior to his coming to the Department of State, Roosevelt had been engaged in various careers, such as: Operations Supervisor and Manager for over forty retails stores from New York to Viriginia; Security Officer at St. Elizabeth Hospital working with the criminally insane patients; Security Project Manager for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Caterer, Treasurer and Administrator for his church and the United States Air Force. All of which he enjoyed and found very challenging. In August of 1973 Roosevelt met the love of his life, Jeanette Scott and on August 10, 1974 they were married. Their union spanned forty-nine years. They had no children of their own but are the proud Godparents of seven wonderful young people, and numerous nieces and nephews. Roosevelt loved his family, even to the point of allowing two sisters-in-law, plus a cousin to come and live with them, but not all at the same time. Now that’s LOVE! Roosevelt became a member of Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1976 under the teachings of Reverend Shepard A. Thompson. Roosevelt was very active in his church and served on several ministries through the years, some include the Steward Board, Sunday school teacher, Church treasurer, member of the Gospel Choir, Men’s Chorus, Voices Unlimited and the tape Ministry. Roosevelt founded two gospel quartet singing groups: Hite Gospel Singers (2008) and the Spiritual R’s (2012) that were blessed to have traveled to New York, Florida and the Washington, DC metropolitan area carrying the “Good News” in song. Some of Roosevelt’s many hobbies included reading, cooking, traveling, painting, drawing and of course singing. His favorite bible verse comes from Philippians chapter 4:4 “Praise ye the Lord, I say Praise the Lord”. His favorite song: When I’ve Gone the Last Mile of The Way. He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of forty-nine years Jeanette, two siblings Carla and Willie, in-laws Margaret Hite, Gloria Scott, Mary Scott, Irma and Lawrence Gantt Sr., Bryan and Penny Scott, Gay and Gary Speights, Ricky and Kathleen Scott, Barbara and Kenneth Boggess, Bernard Scott, Felecia Scott, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM with a funeral service to begin at 11 AM at Campbell AME Church: 2568 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE Washington, D.C. 20020.