A memorial service for Joseph Major Bacote Jr., was held Sept. 16 at Morgan State University’s Memorial Chapel. He died Aug. 28, just prior to his 73rd birthday.
Bacote was on Labor Day, Sept. 6, 1944 in Baltimore to Joseph Major Sr. and Sara Bacote. He attended Baltimore City College High School for two years, before graduating from Forest Park High School in 1963. He entered the U.S. Army and served from 1963-1969 in the 101st Airborne Division as a paratrooper serving in Vietnam.
After his military service Bacote utilized the GI Bill to attend Morgan State College (now University) obtaining a BS in Biology and an MA in Mathematics. He also pledged Omega Psi Phi’s graduate chapter.
Bacote taught at several area public schools and was vice principal at Lake Clifton High School. He also coached baseball, basketball and football at Southwestern High School, where his football team won the citywide championship in 1981. Bacote also worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier and the MVA where he retired in February 2015.
Bacote is survived by: his wife Doroli; three sons, Kenneth, Justin and Joseph Bacote, III; four stepdaughters, 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.