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Derrick Lydell English Sr.

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Derrick “Old E” Lydell English Sr., 60, passed away peacefully on September 30, 2021 while surrounded by family.


Born in Lorain, Ohio to George Sr. and Mary McCall-English, Derrick graduated from Lorain High School in 1980 and joined the US Army to serve as a Combat Engineer. While enlisted, he received a number of good commendation ribbons as well as an Overseas Service Ribbon where he was based in Germany for a period of time. After his time in service, he returned home and established a youth basketball program that became his true passion, impacting the lives of young men and women across the area with lasting effects to this day.


He was a very proud father of his children: Derrick English Jr., Darketta English, Jenelle Jackson, Jocelyn Jackson, Jamar Jackson, Denexxus McGhee, Jordan English and step-children: Jason Bugg, Ashley Bugg, and Selena Merrick. Also left to cherish his memory are his loving mother, Mary McCall-English; brothers: Delbert English Sr., George English Jr., Roderick English Sr., and Melvin English; grandchildren (who loved their “Poppa” dearly), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.


Derrick was preceded in death by his father, George English Sr.; maternal grandparents, Isaiah and Elizabeth McCall; paternal grandparents, George and Leola English, and a sister, Vernita M. English.


There will be a public walk-through viewing on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 10am until time of private family services at 12pm. at Faith Ministries Christian Center, 1306 Euclid Ave, Lorain, OH 44052. Burial will be at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst. Social distancing and wearing a mask are required. Online condolences at

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