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Marcus Catchings Jr.

September 13, 1995 ~ July 3, 2023 (age 27) 27 Years Old


Marcus Catchings Jr. was born on a Friday, the 13th of September 1995, in Chicago, Illinois.

We knew he was going to be talented. He was inborn with a special ability. He acquired his ability for basketball through practice.

At the age of nine he joined the Boys and Girls Club basketball team in Champaign, Illinois. He was starting on his journey. He soon joined the middle school team in Champaign, Illinois. He soon transferred to Urbana, Illinois. He gained more knowledge. He was ready for Urbana High School team in Urbana, Illinois.

He became one of the best basketball players that ever traveled through, Urbana High School. He was a star, when he touched the ball. Everyone in the stands would scream. They knew he was going to put on a show, and he did.

Anybody that knew him, knew he loved his four girls and Minnie the Frenchie. He was the best father a child could have. God made him special, gave him a kind demeanor. He was always smiling, being polite, and treating everyone with respect. If you were around him, he gave you joy. It was not about what he said but the way he said it. He had swag.

On July 03, 2023, He was called home to rest. Rest in Peace!

Marcus leaves to mourn: mother, Latrell Johnson of Calumet City, IL; father Marcus Catchings Sr. of Chicago, IL; two sisters, Marquette Zander of Illinois and Erica McKinney; one brother, Marcus Marquise Catchings of Chicago, IL; grandparents Patricia A. Gibbs of Calumet City, IL; Joyce Catchings of St. Paul, Minnesota; Oless James of Chicago, IL; godmother Tiasha Spicer of Chicago, IL; he is survived by his daughters with Altazah Davis; Ayla Catchings, Ayza Catchings and Ariya Catchings of Indianapolis, In; also, he is survived by his daughter with Amira Williams; Marayah Williams of Champaign, Il; his aunties and uncles; Ruben E. Gibbs and wife Altria Phoenix-Gibbs of Sunrise, FL; Latisha D. Gibbs of Champaign, IL; Victor D. Moore of Chicago, Il; Latonya Hassell of Calumet City, IL; Arian Mockabee of Champaign, IL; Eric Catchings of St. Paul, Minnesota;

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Deandre Catchings. Marcus has a hosts of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends that were well loved by him.

A Celebration of life will commence at 12:00 Noon on Thursday July 20, 2023 at The Vineyard Church 1500 N. Lincoln Ave, Urbana. Eulogist: Elder Michael Cunningham. A visitation will begin at 11:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will follow after at Grandview Memorial Gardens.



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July 20, 2023

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Vinyard Church
1500 N Lincoln Ave
Urbana, IL 61801

Funeral Service
July 20, 2023

12:00 PM
The Vinyard Church
1500 N Lincoln Ave
Urbana, IL 61801


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