Willie B. Youngblood, Jr., was born on February 16, 1947 in Troy, AL to Willie B. Youngblood, Sr. and Eloise Youngblood. He was called from labor to reward on January 26, 2013.
He attended Hillcrest High School in Brundidge, AL. He then joined the US Army where he became a highly decorated veteran due to his valiant efforts in the Vietnam War. His awards include a Bronze Star and Purple Heart along with many others. Willie's strong work ethic and dedication made him a valued employee of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. from which he retired after 36 years of service. He enjoyed all sports, especially football. He already had his 49'ers attire laid out for the Super Bowl. He also enjoyed cooking wild game meat and socializing with his friends at the Elks Lodge, but above all, he loved family and showed it daily to his wife, grandchildren and children whom he adored. He possessed the purest form of love and it radiated from him.
While he sleeps in Christ, he leaves cherished memories behind with his wife, Betty (McTyere) Youngblood; daughter, Kimberly Youngblood; son, Reece Mims; grandchildren, Jevante (Abney) Youngblood, Briazsa (Abney) Youngblood, Lea (Presley) Youngblood, Aquan Mims, Deandra Mims; great-grandson, Evan Sims and his unborn namesake, Willie B. Youngblood III. He also leaves to mourn six siblings, Sara Lou Hendricks, Shirley Ann Baker and Danny Ray Youngblood of Detroit MI, Mary (Glen) Anderson and Amy Camillia Lewis of Phillipian, NE, James Edward Youngblood of Los Angeles, CA, and Christine Youngblood of Troy, AL; along with a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, double cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by Eloise Youngblood, Willie B. Youngblood, Sr., Pauline Tyner, Reginald Tyner, Sr. and Alphonso Youngblood.
On Thursday, January 31, 2013 visitation will be held from 10 AM-11 AM with service directly following at Mt. Erie Baptist Church, 1152 Fairfield Ave., Niagara Falls NY 14305, after which time Willie B. will be sent to his sweet home in Alabama to rest in peace. Local arrangements by Williamson Funeral Home, 635 Main St. Alabama arrangements by Grubbs Funeral Home.
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