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Willie Elder

July 8, 1955 — April 20, 2017

Willie Alphonso Elder Jr., also known as “Willieboy”, 61 of Philadelphia, departed this life on Thursday, April 20, 2017.   He was the son of the late Willie and Doris Elder. Willie was on Friday, July 8, 1955.

Willie was born and raised in Bethlehem, MD and graduated from Colonel Richardson High School in 1973.  He enjoyed playing football and basketball during his high school years. During his childhood, Willie was a member of Easton Apostolic Church and at an early age, was baptized by the late Elder Robert Tilghman.  He often joked and said, “I didn’t think he was gonna bring me back up out of that cold water.” For all who knew Willie, he always had a joke or something funny to say!

After high school, and during most of his adult life, Willie was a hard worker and was employed at various companies:  Booty Quidas’ Farm, General Motors, Rapa Scrapple, Shoregood Poultry, and Procino Plating.  At the time of his death, he was employed at Charger Metals and Frankford Plating in Philadelphia.

In 1988, he married Deborah Banks and they made their home in Seaford.  For a brief period of time, the two of them worked together and maintained the grounds at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford.

Willie had an outgoing personality and a big heart; he would do whatever he could for anyone. Wherever he went, he made his presence known with his ability to engage in a conversation and making you laugh.   He took pride in his children and loved his family. Willieboy will be sadly missed by all whose life he touched.

He leaves precious memories with his wife, Deborah Elder; 1 daughter Sheree Elder; 1 son Willie A. Elder III (and his mother Elsie Spruill); 2 sisters: Rowena Johnson and Lois Elder; brothers and sisters who were raised as family: Faye Clark (Calvin), Leroy Pritchett, Joyce Lindsay, Willie Allen, Ida Guy(Jimmy), and Mary Brown(Kenny); children he raised as his own: Deon Thompson, Patrice and Jermaine Newbill; several close friends: Janiqua Bueford, Gary Camper, Ellsworth Friend, Willie McClain, Eldridge Nichols; his co-workers and ALL the many, many friends he met in his lifetime.

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