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Willie Maryland, Sr.

Montgomery - Willie was born on July 19, 1931, in Union Springs, Alabama, to the union of the late Wallace and Annie Maryland. This marriage enjoined six children: Willie, Wallace Jr., Annie, Roosevelt, Clinton, and Elijah. The Maryland Family moved to Montgomery in 1932, shortly after Willie's birth.

In his early years, he attended school at Hale School in Newtown and graduated with honors in 1946. He attended high school at Booker T. Washington High School, graduating in 1950. He went on to attend Alabama State University for a short period before joining the United States Air Force. His basic training took place at Lackland Air Force Base.

Willie was married on September 4, 1951 to the love of his life, the late Jannie Foulkes Maryland with whom they shared nine "bright and outstanding children" of whom he was very proud -- each of them graduating from Alabama State University mostly with honors and some of them pursued master's degrees and PhD's.

Willie spent his career in the Air Force serving 27 years from 1950 to 1977, touring the United States and abroad with his family. His military training at Gunter Air Force Base included courses for Officer Training Candidate School, Intelligence Officers School, and Electronic Specialists.

Willie was baptized at Weeping Willow Missionary Baptist Church in 1937 by the late Rev. G. W. Bradford. After serving in the military and retuning to Montgomery permanently, he became active in the church and was ordained as a deacon on June 29, 1986. He completed his graduate education at Alabama State University, the University of California, and Park College earning a Bachelor of Science degree, and Troy University where he earned a Master of Science degree in Personnel Management. He as a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society at Troy University. He taught school for two years at Floyd Elementary School and was later employed by the State of Alabama, Department of Archives and History as an Historian for 31 years before retiring in May 2011.

Willie Maryland Sr. was preceded in death by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Jannie F. Maryland; his parents, Wallace, Sr. and Annie Patterson Maryland; his brothers and sisters-in-law Roosevelt, Sr. (Cubie) and Wallace, Jr. (Naomi) and sister and brother-in-law Annie Maryland (Willie) Hardy; and sons-in-law Lewis Stoudmire and William Wiley. Also joining him in heaven are his grandchildren - granddaughter, RhuShunda Neko Stoudmire and grandsons, Matthew Joseph Perry and Benjamin Austin Maryland-Taylor.

Mr. Maryland leaves behind his two loving brothers, Reverend Clinton (Lucille) Maryland and Elijah (Marsha) Maryland whom he adored.

Left on earth to cherish memories are his nine children: Willie (Susan) Maryland, Jr., Patricia (Samuel) Tekyi-Mensah, Debra (Edward) Simpkins, Jearlean Maryland Ellen, Deloris Stoudmire (Freddie Hurt), Josephine Maryland Perry-Wiley, Cornelius (Joyce) Maryland, Laura Maryland Taylor (Derius Page), and Kimberly Maryland; in addition, his surrogate children Janice (Ray) Resendez and Milton Ellin.

He also leaves 29 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.

Family hour will be from 4-5 p.m. on Friday May 25, 2018. Public visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m.

Homegoing Celebration will be Saturday May 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Weeping Willow Baptist Church located at 2925 Forbes Drive Montgomery, Alabama 36110.
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from May 16 to May 25, 2018
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