OBITUARY

Willie J. Josey

November 26, 1937October 15, 2020
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Willie J. Josey, 82 of Jacksonville, Fl., formerly from Palm Coast, passed away October 15, 2020 at Community Hospice of St. Vincent Hospital in Jacksonville.

Mr. Josey was born November 26, 1937 in Bishopville, SC., to Willie and Minerva Halley Josey. He was the second child of seven. At a young age, he and his family moved to New York City, growing up in Harlem, then later moved to Queens. He was baptized at a family church by the name of Carolina Baptist Church in Harlem. He attended Queens Vocational High School in Queens and had dreams of becoming a train operator but it was deferred to be sent back to South Carolina to help his grandfather with his acres of land. Realizing this was not the life for him, he returned back to New York City to help support his family.

At the age of 18, Mr. Josey joined the United States Army for a short period of time receiving an honorable discharge which he was glad because he wanted to pursue his dream. After studying real hard, Mr. Josey passed the exam to start working for the New York City Transit Authority as a conductor. A few years later, he took the exam and became a Train Operator, in which he retired after 25 years. In 1968, he met and fell in love with Jean then married her three months later. She gave birth to two beautiful children, Anthony and Veronica. In 1995, the Joseys left New York City and moved to Palm Coast where he enjoyed gardening, traveling, jazz music and playing cards, especially with his fellow retired NYC Transit Authority coworkers. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter and great- granddaughter.

Mr. Josey is survived by two daughters, Veronica Josey, and Deborah Abney-Brown; one son, Anthony Josey. Three grandchildren, Shayla Josey, Colin and Nathaniel Russell. A great-granddaughter, Gianna Josey; two brothers, Silas (Cristolbalina) Josey, Clifford (Maxine) Josey both of Palm Coast and a sister Sylvia Williams (Charles) of Charleston, South Carolina. Two sisters-in-law, Mary Bembry and Annie Brown both of Greensboro, North Carolina and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins and friends. He also leaves behind someone that was there that helped him with his illness until his last breath, Michelle Abner.

Besides his parents and wife of 45 years, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Leo and Paul Josey, and a sister, Willie Mae Lancaster.

Family and friends will be received Wednesday, October 21st from 4-7 at Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home, 511 Old Kings Road South in Flagler Beach. A funeral service will be held Thursday, October 22nd at the funeral home at 11:00 AM. Family and friends will also be received one hour prior to the service.

Condolences may be sent to www.craigflaglerpalms.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

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  • Interment

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

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Willie J. Josey

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Barbara Evans

October 21, 2020

Mr. Josey will be greatly missed and my prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time.🙏🏾
Rest assured knowing that Mr. and Mrs. Josey are together, and at Peace.
I have so many, wonderful memories of Mr. and Mrs Josey.
Keep his/ and their memory close to your heart.
And know that we are here for you, Always. 💕
Love you guys.

Arnie Levine

October 18, 2020

During these many tumultuous and impersonal years bonds between people took on new meanings. No longer are bonds only between family members or people of the same national, racial or ethnic group. This has been most evident in the life of Willie Josey and his bond to fellow transit workers. I met Willie about 50 years ago while working on the New York City subway system. Like all other Transit Authority workers our goal was to make a living so we can provide the best lives for our families. Much of what we earned and the pay we received was by working long hours anywhere in the system. Willie was part of a “unique” group of men who weren’t afraid to work long hours even on our days off. Our little group laughed and teased each other over the hours we worked. Often the times we spent with each other in crew rooms became personal. We spoke of our families and frequently shared thoughts of the future. Willie always had a way of bringing a sense of optimism to the conversation. All those years of working paid off when we were able to retire and put our plans in motion. You couldn’t imagine the joy I got when I walked into my first meeting of the Transit retirees and saw Willie Josey sitting there. I said, hey Willie how are you going to get to work from Florida if the crew office calls you for a RDO? Willie answered, don’t worry I’ll find a way.
Willie and so many former transit workers continued the bond that was formed decades ago. He always had that infectious laugh that made being with him a pleasure. Willie was one of the “good people” who was easy to bond to whether on the job in New York or retirement in Florida. There is a short passage in the Bible that states: all a man could hope to leave when he leaves this Earth is a good name. Willie J. Josey left a great name, great memories and lots of former coworkers who admired him. Rest In Peace, Motorman Josey.

Lenny Bagley

October 17, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Josey family. Bill will be greatly missed, he was a great friend.
Lindsay Park, Brooklyn New York.

Edmund Pinto Jr

October 17, 2020

For many years I had the pleasure of working with Willie, he was always the professional in the execution of his duties as a motorman whether on a passenger train or a diesel locomotive work train. As his location chief, I could always call on him to handle the difficult assignments because he was that good. I’ll miss him and my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
Rest in eternal peace.

Ps Kimberley Pullings

October 16, 2020

As a fellow NYS MTA PD Sgt. Retiree and New Yorker I felt it was important for me to say thank you for creating a beautiful spirit like Veronica. You were a bright light when we were figuring this whole FL thing out. One thing I learned about Josey as we spent hours at MGMS is she would always talk about and travel to see her parents.

Josey you spent your time honoring your Mom and Dad in life. You will continue to honor them as they have transitioned to be with our Lord. I pray you know you and Shayla are loved with an everlasting love and I pray you feel the love of your both your Fathers even in your time of bereavement. I pray God’s comfort and peace over you all. Love you and we are here if you need anything.
Kimberley

Wanda Bagley

October 16, 2020

My condolences go out to the family on the passing of Mr Josey. You fought the good fight sir. Rest in heavenly peace reunited with your wife 💕😇🙏🏾

Shayla Josey

October 16, 2020

I have countless memories of my grandpa but my favorite ones are the after school moments. He’d pick me up from school and let me watch reruns of sitcoms like Living Single or The Parkers before starting my homework. Sometimes he’d even let me eat snacks from his secret stash in the den. Grandpa you will be truly missed and I love you 💕.

-Your little Shay Shay

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