Willie Carter

Willie Carter

1944 - 2017

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Obituary of Willie Carter

~~Willie Ruth Carter of Corsicana, TX  was born June 28, 1944 in Oklahoma City, OK and peacefully transitioned on her 73rd birthday, June 28, 2017. She is the eldest of six children born to Willie Robert and Ruby Leonard (both deceased).  The family moved to Corsicana, TX when Willie Ruth was 11 years old.  Their grandmother, Mrs. Arneata Leonard of Corsicana, raised the children because both parents died at an early age. Shortly thereafter, the children became active members of Bethel A. M. E. Church.

Willie Ruth attended G. W. Jackson High School and during the course of her career received Professional Development certificates and Certifications in the health field.

To the union of Willie Ruth and Luster E. Brown (preceded in death), three children were born - Nichelle, Tyrone and Lester.

Willie Ruth recently received the “In Grateful Appreciation Award” for twenty years of outstanding service from the Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.  Willie Ruth worked tirelessly and set the standard for commitment and devotion to her job, patients, and co-workers. She also worked as a private health caregiver for over 10 years. Her work in the field of Health Care was both her calling and passion.

Willie Ruth was her own person and as many will tell you, she was a loyal friend with a giving heart and always lending a helping hand or a listening ear. She is deeply loved and will be remembered by her many friends.

Willie Ruth began singing at Bethel AME at an early age and continued to sing throughout her life, and was asked on many occasions to sing for various events.  She especially loved decorating for Christmas season and she took great pride in fully decorating her yard and the house, outside and inside, with award-winning lights and all the trimmings.  She loved nurturing her plants. Willie Ruth was also an avid and knowledgeable collector of some the finest antiques.  She was well schooled on the origin, history and value of each of her collectibles.

Those who will love and cherish her memories forever and always:
Daughter – Nichelle Crenshaw of Cedar Hill, TX, sons - Tyrone Leonard (Lakresha), of DeSoto, TX, Lester Leonard (Catrinna) of Plano, TX;  step children – Priscilla Johnson of DeSoto, TX, Anna Brown of DeSoto, TX, Dwayne Brown (Loretta) of Mesquite, TX, Anthony Brown (Alice) of Waco, TX, Lawrence Brown (Brenda) of Corsicana, TX, David Coleman of Corsicana, TX, preceded in death by Gaylord Brown of Corsicana; sisters – Jenelle Leonard of Washington, DC, Francene Pipkins (Blanchard) of Dallas, Doris Bagsby of La Marque, TX, Mary Leonard of Gilbert, AZ, and brother - Willie Robert Leonard (Mary) of Rockford, IL; grandchildren – Quamecia , Tyrone, Geonney, Ty'Real, Ty'Reana, Trak, Trace Leonard, Ta'Nia Campbell, Tae'Shun Thomas, Niaya Jackson- nieces and nephews of siblings – Xucia Brown, Xzandria Florence, Tinisha Agramonte, Keisha Brown, Reynaldo Leonard, Curtis Bagsby, Torri Reed, Willie Spalding; a host of great–grandchildren, and other loving relatives, long time friends, and co-workers.

1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, July 7, 2017
Black and Clark Funeral Home
2517 E. Illinois Avenue
Dallas, Texas, United States
Funeral Service
11:00 am
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Bethel AME Church
105 N. 4th Street
Corsicana, Texas, United States