Mr. Willie Webb, Sr. went home to be with the Lord Thursday morning, March 1, 2018, in the presence of his loving aide Falana “Flo” Hare and dear friend Debra Jenkins-Lewis. He was born on August 26, 1926 in Perry, Florida to Lydia Brown and Eddie Webb.
Willie joined the United States Army in July 1941 and served his country until October 1945 receiving an honorable discharge. He was a veteran of World War II and held as a POW in Italy. The military brought him to Newport News where he fell in love with the city and with a young lady named Maryland Spratley. They were married for many years until her death in September 1984.
Willie Webb began working in civil service at Fort Eustis and Fort Story. However, he had an entrepreneurial spirit that led him to start his many businesses. He spent years building a successful business life—He started Webb’s Janitorial Service which later became Webb’s Full Service, a barbershop, and Beauty Bazaar Salon. Webb’s Full Service, along with his loyal staff Susan Rollins and Henrietta Wynder, were awarded numerous contracts with Fort Eustis and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was a risk-taker who was not afraid to invest in new opportunities to make money.
He later formed Webb’s Food Service in partnership with Roberta Brown. Webb’s Food Service was awarded the contract for Hampton University’s concession stands. There they reigned as Pop Webb and Ma Brown for many years. He made sure that before he opened for every event, Dr. Harvey had his freshly roasted peanuts and Doretha Spells and Nell Crawford had hisWebb’s specialty, fried chicken and fish.
Brother Webb loved the Lord and had a deep abiding faith in God that carried him through the hills and valleys of his life. Even during his illness, he voiced his belief that God would take care of him. He was a former member of First Baptist Church Morrison and later joined First Baptist Church Denbigh (FBCD) where he worshipped faithfully until he could no longer attend. For more years than he could count, he worked in food service at FBCD, serving as cook for the daycare and as head chef in the church kitchen. He could cook anything but kept his recipes secret! In 1992, Mr. Webb was elected as a Trustee, and he served in that capacity until 2009 when he became Trustee Emeritus.
During his lifetime, he touched countless lives in positive ways. He has employed many people over the years including family, friends, students, and neighborhood kids. He also was a part of the “Village” that it takes to raise a child and was always willing to give them fatherly advice.
Willie was preceded in death by his wife, Maryland; his siblings, Leroy Jacobs, Mattie M. Jackson, James R. Webb; grandchildren, Aquinetta Robinson Stothart, Tyree Burrell, and Ashton Junk. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Bill (Ruh) Webb of Los Angeles, CA, Eddie (The Rev. Ruth) Webb of Hampton, VA, and Coreen Brown of Hampton, VA; grandchildren, Eddie Webb, Jr., of Norfolk, VA, Gina (Donald) Campbell of Woodbridge, VA, Stephanie (Joseph) White, of Owings, MD, Gregory (Quita) Webb of Greensboro, NC, Cierra and Cayla Brown of Hampton, VA; 18 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; favorite cousin Lucius (Maxie) Fleming, Sr., and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; faithful daughter Ernestine Webb; business partner and special friend Roberta Brown and her children Robyn (James) Burrell and Jamarr Brown.
Although we mourn the passing of our loved one, we shall always remember the love we shared. He will be sorely missed.
A homegoing celebration for Mr. Webb will begin at 11:00a.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018 at First Baptist Church Denbigh, 3628 Campbell Rd, Newport News, VA 23602.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 1:00p.m.-6:00p.m. at C.C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc., 3314 Roanoke Ave, Newport News, VA 23607.
Entombment with military Honors will follow at Hampton Memorial Gardens.
It is the desire of the Webb family that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The family of the late Mr. Willie Webb, Sr. has entrusted his final care to the staff of C. C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc..