YOUNGSTOWN A homegoing celebration in honor of Mr. Van Sylvester Lightning will be held today January 14, 2021 at the Jaylex Event Center, 2110 Glenwood Ave in Youngstown, OH. Van Sylvester Lightning was born on March 6, 1990 to the parents of Sylvester Van Cox and Ella (Lightning) Ford both of Youngstown Oh. He gained his wings on Friday, January 1, 2021. Van passionately enjoyed being a great father, boxing, exercising, making music, and helping the community. He was a lady's man, one that could immediately grab your attention with his smile and beautiful bright eyes. His friends would refer to him as "The life of the Party. A well-dressed man, that not only enjoyed life, but also worked hard. He was currently employed with Home Depot, where he was continuously promoted. He was a true friend and a protector, someone you could reach out to for anything. If you had the chance to meet Van , you would know he would not want us crying today, instead he would want us to celebrate his life, lift his name and remember the good times we each shared with him. Sweet memories of Van will continue through his parents Ella (Richard) Ford, Sylvester Van Cox; his grandmother, Mafaye Lightning , his 3 Children, NaZirya LeAnn, Cali Lynn, Vanaya Serra Lightning; his sisters, Tracey Lightning, Terraine Lightning, Tyrella (Manigault) Estella Rose Cox; 4 brothers Ronndle Lightning, Edward Lightning and Charles Winphrie, Sylvester Van Cox jr.; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousin and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Tamika Lightning, and His Grandparents Estella, Sylvester Cox Sr, & Elmo Lightning. Visitation will be held on today, January 14, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at The Jaylex Center.
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