September 16, 1926 ~ May 15, 2020

Born in: Athens, Georgia
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

Herbert Hoover Bullock Sr., age 93, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on May 15, 2020.

Herbert Hoover Bullock Sr., was born to parents Vance and Madeline (Pryor) Bullock, on September 16, 1926, in Athens, Georgia. At the age of 1-year, with his parents, he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. During his youth, Herbert joined his maternal grandmother Docia (Pryor)’s church home, New Mission Baptist Church, pastored by Reverend J. Cleveland, where he served until he was a teenager.

Herb, as he was affectionately called, developed a strong work ethic from an early start. He began working professionally skilled jobs at the age of 15, and was an apprentice to his father Vance, a cement finisher, at the age of 16. Saving his earnings from hard earned work, he purchased his first car, a 35 Ford, which his mother Madeline signed for because he was not yet of age. It is also at this age that he began pursuing his future wife, Dorothy Jean Hopson, who he often wooed by riding by her house and performing tricks on his bicycle in an attempt to catch her eye.

On February 24, 1944, at the age of 17, Herbert proudly enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. After the role of flag bearer and with aspirations of a more prominent position while serving, Herbert pursued schooling to become an airplane mechanic. During his tour of duty he obtained the role of Aircraft Technician – Aviation Mechanic, stationed at the Olathe, Kansas and Pensacola, Florida Navy Air Stations. Herbert Bullock Sr. was honorably discharged June 21, 1946.

Upon returning to Indianapolis from his tour of duty, Herbert sought out his long time crush, Dorothy Hopson, even saying “She was the one, the others couldn’t dance like she could, she was my baby”. He’d work odd jobs to earn extra cash just to take her to the local theater for special dates. On November 6, 1946, Herbert H Bullock and Dorothy Jean Hopson were wed in holy matrimony by his pastor, Reverend J. Cleveland. Born to this union were 9 children – sons Michael H., Anthony W., Herbert H. Jr., Allison D., Kevin T., Randall E. and daughters Cathy J., La Donna G. and Anital L. Bullock.

Herbert was a hardworking man, determined to go up the ladder one rung at a time. His professional career spanned from Naval Avionics, the Indiana State House, Eli Lilly, and finally, RCA Records. It was during his time at RCA, where upon entry as a maintenance technician, he completed multiple continuing education certifications from the University of Wisconsin and Indiana University, and retired 33 years later as a plant engineering services foreman in 1986.

Following in his father’s footsteps, in 1960, Herbert Bullock Sr. became a proud member of the Prince Hall Freemasonry. He earned the 32nd degree as a Master Mason and was a member of Trinity Lodge #18 and Constantine Consistory #25.

Herbert was known for his determination to provide for both his family and extended family, and being committed to protecting those he loved – “I didn’t want nobody to run over my family” he’d say. He also loved to show off his smooth moves on Indiana Ave. club dance floors, had a passion for fishing in Canada and the Gulf of Mexico for red snapper, enjoyed music, often playing Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie records, and kept a loyal dog by his side.

Herbert Bullock Sr. will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 73 years, Dorothy Bullock of Indianapolis, Indiana; surviving children, Cathy (Scates), Anthony (Sharon) Bullock, La Donna Bullock, Anita (Gilbert) Brown, Herbert Jr. (Liona) Bullock, Kevin (Myrna) Bullock, Randall (Alisa) Bullock; a host of grand, great, and great-great grandchildren; brother David Bullock and sister Lillian (Weathers) Bullock; and numerous other family members and friends. Herbert Bullock Sr. was preceded in death by sons Michael Bullock and Allison Bullock and brother Chester Sr. Bullock.

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  1. My grandpa was my heart smile – always supporting my big decisions, encouraging me when I needed a lift, loving me without conditions, cracking silly jokes at the start of our phone calls, hugging me tight when I’d head to the airport, and most important, teaching me not to “take no shit from nobody”. At the age of 93 his journey was long, a rich history with winding paths of life. I cherished the times that we’d sit at the kitchen table for hours as I’d listen to him share his life stories. I will miss him dearly, but the memories will live forever in my heart. Grandpa, I will love you forever and always.

  2. Dorothy and Family,
    We are so deeply saddened by the passing of our dear neighbor, Herb. He was the first person to welcome us when we moved next door. That big smile and natural, honest friendship he offered never wavered through the years. A beautiful light just went out in Harcourt Springs.
    All our love to you. God’s perfect comfort to you, Dorothy, and to the whole family.
    Louise & Ron

  3. Dear Randall,
    We’re so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Due to the circumstances of these days, I am so very sorry we won’t be able to support you as you did us when we loss our father. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you and your entire family. Our prayers are that God will give you all strength to get through these difficult times and comfort your hearts forevermore.

    The Byrd Family

  4. My deepest condolences for your loss. My GOD grant you peace in the midst of your storm. My prayers are with you Randall and your family

  5. Family during this extremely difficult time please know the our prayers are with Aunt Dorothy and the entire family.

    Remember earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal. May you Lord turn to the Lord at your deepest time of need.

  6. So sorry for the loss of Mr. Bullock. As a child, I can remember so many wonderful times spent with your family. I pray that God gives you all strength at this trying time. May God bless you.

  7. To anita and ladonna
    Sorry for your loss
    Sending my prayers and condolences
    Just know he lived his life setting a legacy
    T. Coleman

  8. Praying for my family during this time of sorrow. As Uncle Herbert is resting in peace, may God comfort the family.

    Love you ALL.

  9. Praying for your family, that may care & love of those around you provide comfort & peace to get you all through this difficult time. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. -Katie

  10. I light this candle with love, in memory of a life well-lived, and to celebrate a rebirth of life. To my family, you are surrounded by much love.

  11. Will be sadly missed. Thank you for the kind soul you always demonstrated in our loves. RIH, RIP.
    Love and prayers to all of my family,


  12. Rest in peace Uncle Herbert. Our thoughts and prayers are with our family.
    Chezik, Mike, and Maddox Lee

  13. Sister Dorothy, Sis Weathers, Latrisha, Lisa, Lance and the entire family,
    It is with heavy hearts that I am writing to express our sadness to hear of the death of your loved one. Sister Dorothy , the Zion Hope Missionary Ministry and Zion Hope Family will always consider you to be apart of our family and our Sister in Christ. Sis Weathers, Lisa, Lance and Latrisha you know that we love you and are sorry for your loss. We love you are praying for your entire family.
    Zion Hope Missionary Ministry
    Sister Sheila Long and Sister Shirley Mitchell
    Zion Hope Missionary Ministry

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