Dr. Oney D. Fitzpatrick, Jr.
Born an only child on December 22, 1957, in Elyria, Ohio, to his loving parents, Bishop Oney D. Fitzpatrick, Sr. and Susie A. Johnson-Fitzpatrick who preceded him in death.
He gave his life to Christ at an early age and shared his gift as a bass player in music ministry. He was a licensed and ordained minister who loved God with everything in him. He shared his love of God through an effective ministry with men. He was an author and an artist.
He was a passionate pool player and spent many fun hours in his Man Cave with friend (Bobby) and brother-in -law (Earl). Oh what fun! Skip will be dearly missed.
He married Cheryl Black- Fitzpatrick on July 10, 2008. They spent seven wonderful years together. Where you saw one you saw the other. They were a loving, spiritual couple that blessed many people and were blessed by many people.
While it appeared the we would share many more years with him, he passed away very quietly on Monday evening, June 1, 2015, in Port Arthur, Texas.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving wife, Cheryl, a daughter Epiphany, one stepson, Marcus and a grandson, Jacob.
Besides his immediate family, he leaves behind many loving family members, friends, and co-workers.
Fitzpatrick earned a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in religion. Higher education and professional memberships include: the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE), Southeast Texas Psychological Association (SETPA), Phi Beta Delta International Scholars, and the Rotary Club of Beaumont. He served on numerous community committees, state and regional organizations, and national groups. He has publications in the areas of health psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and college retention issues among minorities and underrepresented groups.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015 at New Hope Baptist Church, 549 W. Gulfway Drive, Port Arthur, TX with visitation from 12 p.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.