Israel was born on September 25, 1951, in St. Louis, Missouri to Maggie Byrd and Creamon Arston. Abinadab was the 2nd of 4 children.
He was very close to his sisters Demetrius, Hazel, and Beverly. He was also greatly influenced by his grandmother May Frances and Maggie Byrd, whom he truly adored.
Soon after high school, Israel enlisted and served in the Military under USAF, defending our country for 7 years.
After this, he worked in corrections and later the postal services.
Israel is the epitome of a good man. Anyone that had the pleasure of experiencing him would agree that he embodied the following virtuous characteristics: Courage, Humility, Generosity, Excellence, Tenacity, and above all, Integrity.
Although he was a man of few words, he bestowed much wisdom upon people. Israel's genuine dedication to his culture and uplifting his people will remain unmatched. The only thing that outweighs his brilliance, is his astonishing selflessness, as he would sacrifice everything for the comfort of the ones he loved.
Israel loved with a fierceness. He unconditionally committed his life to serving the Most High, as a Hebrew and his family. He is survived by his unfalteringly loving partner of 27 years and wife, Elishebah (Derica), his children (from a previous marriage) Nakia, Creamon, and Emmanuel. with his surviving wife, he raised the following children: Yahcarah, Electa, Chephzibah, Yoel, and Yahzeel, as well as his grandchildren Uriel, Camille, Creamon lV Breaunna, Naomi, Isaiah, and Adam, Uriah, Raina, Rashacl, Zion, and Zakai. In addition, to the vast amount of people whom loved him such as his nieces, nephews, mentees, and caring in-laws.
His favorite pastimes include watching t.v. (CNN, cowboy and vampire movies) cruising, and resturaunting. His wit was magnetic, as he had the ability to connect with people. Israel always had a house full of children, his hands full of books, and his heart filled with love. He is and will always be everyone's favorite "Colored Guy."
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