WILLIE LEE COSEY, SR. (aka Will) was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on January 31, 1941 to the late Leon, Sr., and Mattie Lee Cosey.
Willie attended Roundaway Elementary then went to Aggie High School. He began working on a farm as a truck driver, then changed employment to work as a furniture maker at Kyle Manufacturing.
In 1963, Willie married Georgia Morgan, and to this union they had four children. Will relocated his family to St. Louis, MO in 1965, where he and Georgia raised their children before parting ways. Willie was a hard worker and was employed with Jake Evans Manufacturing; he later found a love for construction and was employed with Alberici Constructors before retiring from Orea and Botta Construction Company in 2003.
In 1980, Willie married Willie Beatrice Loving and to this union one child was born and he gained six stepchildren, whom he loved as his own. Willie and Bea were married for 25 years before she preceded him in death. Will was a family man who loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren, siblings, and friends. He was the life of every family gathering and loved to snap pictures of all his loved ones.
Willie married his beloved wife Doretha Jones in 2014, and she preceded him in death on December 20, 2020 just four days before his own transition. They were married for six years and Will had eight stepchildren whom he adored. Willie had a strong faith in God, and he made that evident throughout his life, serving as a deacon at the churches he joined.
Willie departed this life on December 24, 2020. He was preceded in death by his son Pearce, Sr., daughter-in-law, Monica; brothers, Thessie Sr., Lurinzo Sr., Leon Jr.; and sisters, ]urine Morris, Shirley Baker, and Bobbie Ficklin. He leaves to cherish his memories: two daughters, Mattie Cosey and Paula Hill (Gerald); two sons, Willie Jr., and Melvin; three brothers, Issac (Betty), Wiley (Dolly), and Matthew; two sisters, Ella Gates ( G L) and Pearlie Gordon; sister-in-law, Gwen; aunt, Mamie Cosey; special friends,James Davis and Harvey Allen; one greatgreat grandson and a host of grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
We also remain hopeful, as Willie did,
that his dearest granddaughter, Shemika Cosey,
will soon find her way home.
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