Antonio Fitzpatrick Vereen was born on February 15, 1972 in Loris, South Carolina, the first child born to Dr. Jack Timothy Bellamy and Janice Myles Vereen. Antonio lived in Wampee, South Carolina until 1974. He was two years old when he and his mother moved to Trenton, New Jersey. His mom later met and married Charles W. Allen, Jr. Antonio attended Cathedral Grammar School and McCorristin Catholic High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps and worked as a Bulk Fuel Specialist. He served in the military for twelve years . During his many deployments, he saw more of the world than most of us could even imagine, both internationally and domestically. His domestic travels are evident through his educational endeavors. He obtained his Associates Degree in General Studies while in California, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Business Management while in Houston, Texas. Antonio returned to Tucson, Arizona, where he eventually separated from the military and started a career as Operations Manager at Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department. He served this organization and his department well for fifteen years before relocating his family to Houston, Texas and joining the City of Houston as the Assistant Director of Houston Public Works. In 1992, Antonio met the love of his life; Cornetta Young. They were married two years later. To this union, four children were born: Jasmine, Jaslene, Antonio Jr. (AJ) and Aubrey. Now a family man, Antonio remained very close and dearly cherished by and to several of his military friends, Arizona friends, and the new relationships he established in Houston. Antonio was extremely athletic. He played basketball and semi-pro football both during and after his military career. After retirement, he devoted many hours refereeing, coaching and mentoring. He was active in the High School Referee Association and he was also known for always being willing to lend a helping hand and having a positive attitude. As a reflection to his character, while in the US Marine Corps, Antonio drove eighteen hours to attend his brother’s Air Force graduation. Antonio departed this life on September 18, 2021. He was preceded in death by his fathers, Dr. Jack Timothy Bellamy and Charles Allen. Surviving, to cherish his memories are his wife, Cornetta; four children, Jasmine, Jaslene, Antonio (AJ) and Aubrey; mother, Janice of Trenton, NJ; mother-in-law, Mary Young of Jacksonville, FL; grandmother, Carrie Neal Rigging of Little River, SC; three (3) sisters, Synetra Allen (Mike) of Willingsboro, NJ, Tre Hammond and Serena Brown, both of Jacksonville, FL; four brothers, Charles W. Allen of Charolette, NC, Calvin Allen (Latarish) of Mississippi, Rodney Young (Britney) of San Antonio, TX, Keion Young and Jeremy Brown, both of Jacksonville, FL, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The Funeral will be held Tuesday Oct. 5, 2021 11Am at Chesterfield MBC Cemetery on Della road in Longs, SC with Military Honors.
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