Willie Lee Roquemore

08/01/1923 — 02/22/2014

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Bivins, TX

Willie Lee Roquemore

OBITUARY of Willie Lee Roquemore

Willie Lee Roquemore was born August 1, 1923 to Clayton Roquemore, Sr., and Fannie Brice Roquemore in Bivins, TX. He was the fourth child of eleven. He left this earth to join his heavenly Father on February 22, 2014.

On September 12, 1946, he united in marriage with Emma Mitchell. To this union two children were born, JaLinda and Fay. He lovingly acknowledged as "children in heart', Brenda Thorp and Lawrence Bennett.

He loved the Lord and accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age at St. Paul Baptist Church, Bivins, TX. He was a faithful servant at Morning Star Baptist Church in Pasco, WA, where he served as an usher for 63 years, progressing to Chief Usher. He was recognized with distinguished awards of "50+Years As A Dedicated Door Keeper" by the Tri-State Baptist Association in 2012, and "Faithful Servant to the Usher Board Department" by Morning Star Baptist Church. Willie graduated from Perfection High School in TX, and attended Columbia Basin College. He served in the army from 1943 to 1946. He moved from Tacoma, WA to Pasco, WA in 1948, and in 1954 became a resident of Richland, WA. Willie was chosen to appear on the Northwest Public Television to tell the story of his World War II experience. He was named Grand Marshall of the 2012 Juneteenth Parade. After 33 years of service never being sick or forgetting his employee badge, Willie retired as a supervisor from Battelle Pacific National Northwest Laboratory. Some may describe Willie as a quiet gentle soul that was always showing consideration and love for others. Known to his siblings as "Fat Boy", Willie loved to tend to his rose and vegetable gardens and shared them with others, as well as his sense of humor. Willie had his own system of living, church on Sunday, rest on Monday, laundry on Wednesday, called his relatives on Friday and Sunday afternoons he listened to his spiritual music and sermons on tape.

Cherishing his memory is his daughter, JaLinda Roquemore of Seattle, WA; son in heart, Lawrence Bennett of Pasco WA; four grandchildren; Edwin Brooks of Federal Way, WA; Makeesh Brooks of Seattle, WA; Jametra Bell of Pasco, WA; and Javon Roquemore of Everett, WA; ten great grandchildren; sisters, Goldie Cheathan and Erma Tucker of Chicago, IL; Ola Lewis of Bivins, TX; two brothers and sisters-in-laws, Fred and Theresa Roquemore of Huges, TX and Clayton and Jean Roquemore , Jr., of Kildare, TX; step-brothers, Harold Riley of Detroit, MI; and Rayfield Riley of Menlo Park, CA; brother-in-law, Dennis Weaver of Fort Worth, TX; sister-in-law, Daisy Roquemore of Pesco, TX and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Willie was preceded in death by his wife, Emma; daughter, Fay; daughter-in-heart Brenda Thorp; his parents; his siblings, Vern Weaver, Prentis Roquemore, Saul Roquemore, Clyde Roquemore, James Roquemore, Melvin Riley and Bernice Tyson.

Visitation will be held at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland on Friday, February 28, 2014, from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The funeral will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 631 South Douglas Street in Pasco at 11:00 a.m. with one hour visitation prior to the service. A graveside service will immediately follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland.

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  • I knew Willie for many years at PNNL. He was a kind and gentle soul that always had his staff’s best interest at heart. My Mother worked for Willie for many years and a better supervisor she couldn’t have asked for.We can all learn from his grace, compassion and expertise with people. Willie walked the walk. RIP my friend, and we’ll meet again on the other side

    Rick Herrington
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, USA
  • Morning Star will not be the same without Mr. Roquemore! His talents, experience and overall disposition cannot be replaced! I remember when he came up to me when I was a child with a tissue in his hand – wanting me to “give up the gum I was chewing in church!” RIParadise – until we meet again!

    Ervin Upton
    November 4, 2014
    Los, Angeles, CA, USA
  • Remembering You in thought and Prayer. With our Deepest Sympathy.

    Wayne&Katie Jackson

    Wayne & Katie Jackson
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, USA
  • I was blessed with being Willie’s next door neighbor for 17 years. I always enjoyed talking with him. He was filled with Christ’s love and reflected that in everything he did. I will miss him. I am comforted knowing that he is now in heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Tim Flaten
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, USA
  • My prayers are with you.

    Annette Roquemore
    November 4, 2014
    Shreveport, LA, United, States
  • enjoyed always visiting with him condolences

    Norman
    November 4, 2014
    pasco, WA, usa
  • Sorry for the loss of our dear cousin. He was a wonderful man, husband, father, and cousin. He lead a beautiful life! Praying for you! Love you all during this time!!

    Bernetta and the Cobb Family

    Bernetta
    November 4, 2014
    Seattle, WA
  • May you rest in the Loving Arms of Our Heavenly Father! I will always remember the unconditional love you showed to my family and I once we moved to the Tri Cities.

    Delores Roberts
    November 4, 2014
    Elk, Grove, CA, USA
  • Mr. Willie, you are a great man and someone I hope to become. RIP

    Antonio Johnson
    November 4, 2014
    Frederick, MD, USA
  • It was always a joy to talk to my brother via telephone and more so to see him during the family reunion. During our last convesation he stated:God didn’t bring me this far to leave me now”. Love you brother, we will miss you very much, but we will always cherish the good times.

    Fred & Theresa Roquemore
    November 4, 2014
    Hughes, Springs, TX, US
  • I knew Willie for many years at PNNL. He was a kind and gentle soul that always had his staff’s best interest at heart. My Mother worked for Willie for many years and a better supervisor she couldn’t have asked for.We can all learn from his grace, compassion and expertise with people. Willie walked the walk. RIP my friend, and we’ll meet again on the other side

    Rick Herrington
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, USA
  • Morning Star will not be the same without Mr. Roquemore! His talents, experience and overall disposition cannot be replaced! I remember when he came up to me when I was a child with a tissue in his hand – wanting me to “give up the gum I was chewing in church!” RIParadise – until we meet again!

    Ervin Upton
    November 4, 2014
    Los, Angeles, CA, USA
  • Remembering You in thought and Prayer. With our Deepest Sympathy.

    Wayne&Katie Jackson

    Wayne & Katie Jackson
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, USA
  • I was blessed with being Willie’s next door neighbor for 17 years. I always enjoyed talking with him. He was filled with Christ’s love and reflected that in everything he did. I will miss him. I am comforted knowing that he is now in heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Tim Flaten
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, USA
  • My prayers are with you.

    Annette Roquemore
    November 4, 2014
    Shreveport, LA, United, States
  • enjoyed always visiting with him condolences

    Norman
    November 4, 2014
    pasco, WA, usa
  • Sorry for the loss of our dear cousin. He was a wonderful man, husband, father, and cousin. He lead a beautiful life! Praying for you! Love you all during this time!!

    Bernetta and the Cobb Family

    Bernetta
    November 4, 2014
    Seattle, WA
  • May you rest in the Loving Arms of Our Heavenly Father! I will always remember the unconditional love you showed to my family and I once we moved to the Tri Cities.

    Delores Roberts
    November 4, 2014
    Elk, Grove, CA, USA
  • Mr. Willie, you are a great man and someone I hope to become. RIP

    Antonio Johnson
    November 4, 2014
    Frederick, MD, USA
  • It was always a joy to talk to my brother via telephone and more so to see him during the family reunion. During our last convesation he stated:God didn’t bring me this far to leave me now”. Love you brother, we will miss you very much, but we will always cherish the good times.

    Fred & Theresa Roquemore
    November 4, 2014
    Hughes, Springs, TX, US