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Cornelius "Neil" Singleton III

October 17, 1952 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Cornelius Singleton III Obituary

Corneilus Eugene Singleton III, affectionately known as Neil, was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 17th, 1952, to Veoma P. Harmon-Grant and Corneilius Eugene Singleton Jr.

Mr. Singleton accepted Christ in his life from an early age, following Gods promise throughout his life. Graduating from Elston High School in 1970, Neil attended Purdue North Central, and took ministry courses at Moody Bible College. A man of many talents, Neil was a gifted musician. He played guitar and drums in bands: Premiums Unlimited, The Future, and Reborn. Always an active and social man, Neil enjoyed Tae Kwon Do, kick boxing, planning events, ministry, jogging, dancing, telling jokes, and enjoying the company of those he cared for.

Grand Master Singleton’s love of martial arts began in 1973, subsequently leading to the establishing of the American Tae Kwon Do Fellowship Association in 1979. A charitable pillar of the community, Neil offered a safe place for children and adults to train (often for little or no money). Leading by example, serving as a mentor in the community, Master Singleton aligned himself in the promotion of D.A.R.E, The Boy and Girls Club, Smoke Free Indiana, and a host of other organizations. In well over 50 years of martial arts, he instructed over 400 Black Belts and attained his 9th Degree Black Belt in 2005. Mr. Singleton inspired his students to set high goals, face their fears, and achieve greatness. He was more than a mentor. He was a hero and father figure to many in the area.

Neil “Smiley/Super” Singleton was a force to be reckoned with in the ring, finishing his career with an overall record of 105 wins, 19 losses, and 1 draw (53 wins by way of KO or TKO). From 1981- 1994 he dominated as a light heavyweight fighter, becoming a 9-time Kickboxing Champion. Traveling all over the world to compete in a sport he excelled in, Neil gained recognition on the world stage while competing in the World Games in West Germany, as he was ultimately awarded a Silver Medal. 

Cornelius Eugene Singleton was promoted from Earth to Glory on January 28, 2024 in South Bend. He was preceded in death by his parents; his maternal Grandparents: Naomi and Wilbert Berger; and paternal grandparents; 3 brothers: Fredrick Harmon, Nicholas Harmon, Michael Singleton, 2 grandsons: Chance Singleton, and Ken Young Jr., and one paternal uncle: Vernon Tony.

Neil is survived by his childhood sweetheart Charlotte Singleton. they were joined in marriage under God in 1975. The couple shared a lifetime of unity and joy. Neil’s legacy will live on through his wife, and loved ones he leaves to cherish, his Children: Shone (Esperanza) Johnson, Tanya Henson, Ken (Aniqua) Young, Corneilius Singleton IV, and Blake Fleming; his adored his Grandchildren: Amanda Johnson, Neil Singleton V, Honesty Singleton, Courage Singleton, Sincere Singleton, Bruce Singleton, Joseph Phillips, Ken Young III, Ava Young, Ana Young, Aya Young, Rodney Henson, Jasmine Banks, Jade Leglend, Janel Wenger, Sweet Smoote, Lexus Henson, Jeneia Dedio, Angeleck Richardson, Christian Henson, John Phillips, Chrishone Reed, and Tiara Miller; his Great- grandchildren: Ezra Joseph, Yasmyne Brown, Meilani Joslin, Christopher Joslin, Italia Dedio, Alexander Dedio, Beya Smoote, Sweet Smoote III; his God daughter: Ashley Aldridge; His Siblings: Bill Harmon, James Harmon, Dr. Theresa Harmon, Eugene Hodge, Gary (Alela) Singleton, and Linda Hodge; Aunts and Uncles: Myrtle Berger, Linda Evans, Frances Ajani, Wilma Smith, Clara Johnson, Fred Berger, Rosetta Barnes, Rufus (Carol) Banks, James (Christine) Banks, Robert (Mary) Banks, Barbara (Ezra) Low, Philistine Vann, Mildred Webster; Sister in law: Chrystal Harmon, Nieces and Nephews: Nick Harmon Jr., Latoya Harmon, Tabetha (Jean) Fonville- Saint Victor, Tawnya Fonville; Great nephews and nieces Kesi Falls, Akaye Falls, Lamandous (Jamie Oliver) Reid, Jonnese Fonville, and Brandya Fonville, Great- great nieces:  Akami Bluitt and Elliana Reid, and Xalia Reid. Neil was beloved and known as a man who never met a stranger. Beyond family, his absence will be greatly felt by his community, friends, former students, and colleagues from around the world. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him.

2 Corinthians 5:7-8 For we walk by faith and not by sight. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

A Celebration of life will be Friday, February 16, 2024 at 11am, Life Temple COGIC 3707 W US HWY 20 Laporte, Indiana 46350 with Ronald Gaston to do Eulogy. Viewing will be 10am until time of service at the Church. Burial to follow at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens.



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February 16, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Life Temple Church of God in Christ
3707 W US HWY 20
LaPorte, IN 46350

Celebration of Life
February 16, 2024

11:00 AM
Life Temple Church of God in Christ
3707 W US HWY 20
LaPorte, IN 46350

Interment following funeral service
February 16, 2024

Swan Lake Memorial Gardens
5700 US HWY20
Michigan City, IN 46360


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