7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60649


Fax: 773.721.9106

Mr. Rufus William Lacey

Born Into Time: August 13, 1930
Born Into Eternity: December 11, 2017

Rufus William Lacey, affectionately known as Uncle was born on August 13, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama to Carrie Bell and Dave Lacey. He along with his twin sister Ruthie were the youngest of 6 including Ann, David, Chester, and Susie. He was preceded in death by his parents and 4 of his siblings.

Education was very important to the Lacey family. Rufus earned his education in the Birmingham school district, specifically at Parker High School. Parker High School once held the title of being the largest black high school in the country. When he was not in school, he was playing softball, baseball, or football with his brothers at Dorothy Spears park, near their childhood home.

After high school, Rufus enlisted in the armed services. Like his father and older brothers, Rufus bravely served his country during the Korean war. He earned several different honors while in Korea. After his term ended he decided to move to Chicago for new opportunities. Once in Chicago, he joined 3 of his siblings and nestled comfortably on the city’s south side. He became a member of the Chicago Police Department, and remained an active police officer for over 35 years. As a police officer he spent his time protecting the Chicago metropolitan area as the city went through some of its most historic changes. During his time as a police officer, he received many awards recognizing his service and dedication. His hard work was acknowledged by the city of Chicago on multiple occasions. In 1991, he received recognition from Mayor Daley for his commitment.

The Lacey family stuck together and remained very tight knit. While his siblings that relocated to Chicago all lived close by, that didn’t stop Rufus from keeping in touch with his brother who stayed in Alabama. Chester & Rufus met each other in Birmingham and traveled to Uniontown, Alabama to search for their family roots. This was the beginning of what would be a multiyear genealogy project that continued with the help of their sister, Ann.

Through his hands-on experience in many of Chicago’s neighborhoods, he acquired an interest in buying property and bought buildings on Chicago’s southside. Rufus eventually purchased a 3-level apartment building where him, Ann (Aunt Sister), and Ruthie, lived. Along with being able to look out for each other, Rufus had the opportunity to develop an everlasting bond with his nieces and nephews. He truly enjoyed watching them grow up, and was very supportive of all their goals and aspirations. While he watched his family grow and develop, he also pursued his hobbies. Rufus enjoyed boating, golfing, poker, watching baseball, listening to jazz music, and collecting African art. He attended church faithfully, and was an active member of his church community.

Over time, he became a pet owner to his beloved dog Max. Whenever you would see Uncle, you would see Max scurrying behind him eager to greet anyone Rufus was planning to interact with. He was Rufus’ ultimate protector, watch dog, and companion. When Rufus could get away, he took the opportunity to do so by pursing one of his passions- travel. He has traveled all over the world, including Greece and different countries in Africa. He collected seashells from his travels and always brought back art work, jewelry, and other special souvenirs for his family.

Rufus never married nor had children, but did help raise one of his friend’s sons after his mother passed away. This was one of the many examples of Rufus’ selflessness. He played an active role in all his nieces & nephews lives. He even filled in and walked his youngest niece down the aisle for her wedding. He supported everyone’s goals, and even committed to purchasing laptops for many of his nieces and nephews as their gift for college.

On any given summer evening you could catch him in the family building backyard enjoying a cigar and listening to music. He took pride in dressing well. He was very mild mannered, and could spark a conversation with anyone.

On Tuesday evening, December 12, 2017, Rufus transitioned to heaven. His memory and legacy will be carried on through his brother Chester Sr. (Hattie, deceased) Lacey, nephew Chester Jr (Lynn) Lacey, and nieces Gloria Swint, Beverly Jeffries, Tonya Lacey- Henderson, Jeffrey (Alice)Lacey, Leah (Tim) Marable, Patricia Hill, Wendy (deceased) Donald, Ona Hill -Lewis, Megon (Kenneth deceased) Hill- Washington along with a host of great nieces and great nephews. His countless examples of sacrifice, care, support, and love will last a lifetime and will remain in the forefront of his family’s minds to teach the next generation of family members to come.

Public Viewing:

Monday, December 18, 2017
12:00PM - 5:00PM
Cage Memorial Chapel
7651 S Jeffery Blvd
Chicago, IL 60649

Service Information:

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Visitation / Family Hour:
10:00 AM
Service Time:
11:00 AM
Cage Memorial Chapel
7651 S. Jeffery Blvd
Chicago, IL 60649


Oak Woods Cemetery
1035 E. 67th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Add comment

Security code