Willie Clarence (Doug) Ivey was born on May 21, 1936, in Warrenton, Georgia, to Jim and Annie Lou Ivey. He transitioned to eternity on July 28, 2020, in Grand Prairie, Texas.
In his early years, Willie moved to Michigan. In 1954, Willie married Johnnie Mae Bully. To this union, four children were born: Celeste, Greg, Cheryl, and Ernest. In 2001, Willie married Mable L. Stevenson.
Willie was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved Johnnie Mae Bully; children, Greg and Cheryl; siblings: Fred, Willie James (Ethel), Bessie Mae, Daisy Mae, Johnnie James (Beatrice), and Eva Lou; and nephews, Willie Clarence and Perry. Those left to cherish precious memories include two children, Celeste and Ernest; eight grandchildren: Marquetta, Ivey, Greg, Alex, Alexis, Trent, Faith Ann, and Elijah; three great-grandchildren: Jailon, Jamon, and Iyanna; nieces and nephews: Sandra, Margarette, Alice, Thirkel, Yvonne, Angie, Donnell, La'Donte, and Charon; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Affectionately known as "Pops", Willie will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
"Success" by Ralph Emerson
To laugh often and love much;
To win the respect of intelligent persons
And the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics
And to endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self;
To leave the world a little better,
Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch
Or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation;
To know that even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived –
This is to have succeeded.
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