Gloria Jean Hoskins was born August 19, 1956 to Margaret Hunter-Hoskins and James Hoskins in Como, Mississippi. Gloria relocated to Danville, IL in 1960 with her family. In 1967, Gloria confessed a hope in Christ at the age of 10 and was baptized at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. She later became a member of Lighthouse Ministries. She was a faithful member and cheerful giver. Gloria was a member of the Spiritual Connection singing group. Her favorite song “Won’t it be Grand.’ Gloria obtained an Associate in Applied Science from Danville Area Community College. Over the years she worked at District 118, Church’s Chicken but later retired from Danville Correction Center in 2016.
Gloria enjoyed playing cards, bingo, movies, taking care of kids, grocery shopping, and cooking. She was known in the community for her famous dressing and African Baked Chicken. Gloria devoted her life to helping everyone she met. She was a foster parent to countless children over the years and adopted some.
She leaves to cherish Brandon (Ken’Niesha) Hoskins, Stephon Osby, Malcolm, Teddy, and Lahron Hoskins. Daughters Nicole Osby and Kyiler Hoskins. Seventeen grandchildren; Donica (Ervin) Wheeler, Eric II, Essence, and Eriean Smith, Ta’Kavion, D’Jameia, Nathanael, and Za’Kyiah Hoskins, Zarria Dillion, Ollie Williams Jr., Robert Jackson, A’Laiya Greene, Royal and Tre’Zur Richardson, Lanillia Hill, Stephon Jr, Stephon II, Za’Khi and Zoie Osby. Four great grandchildren; Sariah, Mina, Ervin II, and Elani Wheeler.
Siblings: Charles (Linda) Hoskins, Shirley (Carl) Lewis, Rosie Chenault, and Ricky (LaLita) Hoskins. Special friends Lisa and Diane. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by a daughter Ericka Hoskins, and granddaughter Za’Nhia Hill.
A homegoing celebration will commence Friday, 12noon May 28, 2021 at New Life Church of Faith 1419 N. Bowman, Danville. Visitation will be one hour prior to Service 11:00 a.m. A public viewing will be on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 1-5pm at Leek & Sons Funeral Home 304 E. Williams St. Danville. Officiating Pastor Ricky Hoskins.
Burial will be at Spring Hill Cemetery.
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