Willie Webb
1935 - 2020
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Wilhelmina "Willie" Webb passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020, at St. Joseph's Hospital.
She was a native of Augusta. She came to Springfield as the young wife of Effingham's new doctor, Dr. Ray D. Webb, who predeceased her. Willie was born Nov. 19, 1935, to William and Mary Lee Adams.
First, she was the wife of a doctor, who made house calls that led to a life of many interruptions. She understood that was the role her husband had chosen and she always supported the needs that took him away from home at all hours. It was their custom to have a real vacation every year. It was important to both Willie and Ray. On these vacations they travelled to many places at home and abroad.
Willie Webb was a unique personality, some may say a little on the eccentric side, but one whose interests in life were wide ranging.
Willie was a member of Springfield United Methodist Church and participated in many of the activities of the church, which she attended regularly until her health prevented her attendance. She served on the Administrative Board for a number of years and also served on the parsonage committee. Her church was important in her life as she had strong faith that carried her through several serious illnesses. Her faith was that God would always be there for her.
Willie took an active interest in the happenings of the community and of state and national politics. She served as the chairperson of the Effingham Democratic Party for a number of years. She treasured her long-standing friendship with Tommy Irvin, state agriculture commissioner. She was an ardent supporter of Lindsey Thomas as he ran for Congress and a trusted friend and advisor after he was elected. Her work as a poll manager in the election process was important to her and she understood the need to assure that elections were properly conducted.
Her interest in the community reached far and wide. She served on the Springfield City Planning and Zoning Board and was chairperson of the Springfield Revitalization Committee. In this role, she offered strong support for the renovation of the Mars Theater. This activity saw the renovation of the Mars and turned it into a showpiece for the city. She took these issues very seriously as she was an advocate to see that the community had a vital role in the development. The town achieved the recognition of this as the award for "Better Hometown" was received in recognition of the work of the city officials and the citizens.
She was one of the founders of the new bank in the community, First National Bank. She served on that board and continued on the board when it was bought out and became BB&T.
Willie was known as an advocate for animals, domestic and wild. She made pets of many of them. She had a parrot that she thought was wonderful. That feeling may have changed when he bit her hand (the hand that fed him). She tried to keep her "doctor husband" from knowing about it but it was too difficult to hide the bandage that the bite required.
One of her unique "pets" was a large boa snake. He escaped and Dr. Ray advised anyone who advised anyone who found it, "Do not bring him back", and the whereabouts of the boa remains a mystery.
There is an interesting story about his escape. Willie had fashioned an enclosure on the deck at the rear of the house. Knowing that snakes did not do well in the cold, she put a blanket in for the snake to lay on and hung a light bulb for added warmth. The snake in moving around apparently pulled the light bulb down on the blanket. Yes, it caught fire, setting the enclosure on fire and away mister snake, never to be heard from again.
One of her passions in life was shopping, whether it be in a mall or making the yard sale circuit. She was fascinated by the goods available and the people she met at the yard sales. Her ventures into the retail shopping were extensive. She could probably wear the crown of the "take-back queen."
Willie loved life and always wanted to know what was going on. She loved and cherished her friends. If there was an opportunity for her to participate in the happenings, she was always ready.
She is survived by her children, Ray Darwin Webb Jr. (Vicky) and Mary Lee Webb; grandchildren, Ray Darwin Webb III (Christy) and Victoria Webb Sikes (Griffin); great grandchildren, Britton Webb, Baxlee Webb, Bailee Milne, Bryson Milne and Coy Webb Sikes.
The memorial service will be private because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Remembrances: Springfield United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 237, Springfield, Ga. 31329 or Effingham Animal Shelter, 6-1 N. Laurel St., Springfield, Ga. 31329.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home Effingham Chapel (912) 754-6421

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Published in Effingham Herald from Apr. 29 to May 5, 2020.
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