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Dr. Ralph Lee J. Willie, Sr.

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Dr. Ralph Lee J. Willie, Sr.
Seale Funeral Home

Our dearly beloved, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Ralph Lee J. Willie, Sr., went to his heavenly home on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at The Carpenter House. He and his devoted wife, Jewell, were lifelong residents of Bayou Barbary community. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir, teaching and attending Sunday School, and being involved in Church activities. He helped in the construction of several community churches including First Baptist Church of French Settlement, Fundamental Baptist Church, and Oakview Baptist Church. He was a graduate of French Settlement High School. He also graduated from SLU with a B.A. in Elementary Ed.; LSU with a Masters of Ed.; and University of Southern Mississippi with a Doctorate in Education. His education also included Massey Technical Institute Diploma in Radio, TV, and Industrial Electronics, and BR Vo-Tech diploma in Climate Control: air conditioning and refrigeration. He served as a teacher and principal of French Settlement School, supervisor for the Livingston Parish School Board and a school board member for two terms, and as principal of Fundamental Baptist Christian Academy. During the latter years, he continued to serve the LPSB as a construction overseer until his battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis prevented him from fulfilling his duties. While his love for education was important, his hobby was gardening. Growing and selling strawberries was his joy, along with growing fresh fruits and vegetables year-round for his family. Along with his education and hobbies, his passion was for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Odess Martin Willie; sister, Renee Willie Wascom and husband, Elbert (Dook). Ralph is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Jewell McCarroll Willie; daughter, Wanda Willie Dyess and husband, Darryl; son, Ralph Lee J. Willie, Jr. and wife, Vicki; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Arthur Stephen Watts, Jr. and his wife, Sheli and their children, Sabrina, Joel, Cameron, Ashton, and Davon; Jonathan David Watts and his wife Britany, and their children, Logan, Bailey, and Colton; Joshua Willie Irvine and his wife, Taylor, and their children, Cole, Brayden, and Kendyl; Caleb Allen Irvine and his wife, Taylor and their newborn son, Owen George Ralph; Joseph Dwayne Willie and his son, Joey; Jessica Nicole Willie and her fiancé, Javin; and Julie Ann Lafferty and her husband, Kenny. Visitation will be held at Seale Funeral Home in Livingston, LA on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Visitation will continue at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Bayou Barbary on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 9 a.m. until Funeral Service at 11 a.m. conducted by grandsons, Reverend Jonathan Watts, Reverend Joshua Irvine, and Pastor Br. Paul Taylor. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.