Willie E. Rountree Jr., 78 passed away on August 25, 2020, in Elizabeth City North Carolina. He was born to Willie E. Rountree Sr. and Bannie Ann Rountree on July 27, 1942 in Elizabeth City. He attended Pasquotank County Public Schools and in 1965 moved his family to Waterbury, CT. Willie worked as a welder for United Technologies (Pratt & Whitney) for over 36 years. He was a long-time member of the International Free and Accepted Masons where he was the Grandmaster for several years. Since 1998, Mr. Rountree has been a faithful member of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Willie had an innate ability to light up a room with his smile and had a heart of gold. He was a loyal Dallas Cowboy fan and he loved to tell jokes. Willie was the “jack of all trades”, and had an interest in photography, video and audio recording, and muscle cars. He also played the trumpet and had a love for music. Willie mastered the art of cooking and when it came to soul food, he was the best around which inspired his decision to later start a catering business. After retiring from Pratt & Whitney he returned to his hometown of Elizabeth City to live happily ever after with his wife Deloris.
Willie was the Eldest of 14 children. He is survived by his lovely wife of 55 years, Deloris P. Rountree of Elizabeth City, NC. He also leaves behind two sons, Harvey Rountree and his wife Veronica and Sterling Rountree of Waterbury, CT; his eight grandchildren, Andrew Boyle of Meriden CT; Rondrea Douglas, Sarquavius Douglas, of Waterbury, CT; Azria Rountree, Yahmad Rountree, Rahmi Rountree, Asadi Rountree of Bethany, CT; and Mason Rountree of Waterbury, CT; four great-grandchildren, Sarquavius Douglas Jr., Andrew Boyle Jr., Que’vian Douglas, Yahmad Rountree Jr., and Michael Calderone. He also leaves behind five brothers and seven sisters, Sarah Dillard and her husband Thomas, Lee Rountree and his wife Evelyn, James Rountree and his wife Lisa, Annie Wilson and her husband Vincent, Janice Parker, Wayne Rountree and his wife Larcina, Winston Rountree, Minnie Rountree, Saletha Rountree, Robin Distisio and her husband Phil, Clara Rountree, Rodney Rountree and predeceased by Venita Benjamin. He also leaves behind eight in-laws, Stairlon Gregory and his wife Barbara, Cornelius Gregory, Frankie Gregory (deceased), Dexter Gregory, Violet Alexander and her husband Felix, Chriskey Gregory, Lonzo Gregory, Gerald Gregory and his wife Joan, Michelle Wright and her husband Randy and host of nieces and nephews.
Willie’s wife, children, and grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. The legacy of Willie Rountree's, kind spirit and zest for life will live on through them.
Life Celebration Services will take place on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery with Bishop Stairlon Gregory, officiating. The service will be streamed live at this obituary link at www.mitchellcares.com. Mitchell Funeral Care and Cremations is assisting the Rountree family.
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