Willie Leo Urick – beloved husband, father, uncle and friend – passed away at his home November 3, 2019. Willie passed away peacefully in his sleep, which his family considers a true blessing from God. He simply fell asleep and woke up in Heaven!
Willie was born in Roans Prairie, Texas, on April 11, 1941. He grew up in Alvin, where he attended Alvin High School and Alvin Community College. He married Nelva Wofford in 1966. Shortly afterward, he was drafted by the Army, where he served his country in the Vietnam War. Willie returned home in 1969, and he and Nelva welcomed their daughter, Vicki, the following year. Their son, Steven, completed their family in 1972. Willie began working at Amoco as an Operator in the mid-70s – where he worked until his retirement in 1999. Willie considered many of his co-workers close friends, staying in contact with many of them after retiring. During his retirement years, Willie began his second career: devoted grandfather to his two grandsons.
His family and friends loved Willie for many reasons – including his big heart and generous nature. Willie especially loved working outside in his vegetable garden and taking part in barbecue cook-offs. His award-winning brisket and delicious pulled pork were especially enjoyed by his loved ones. However, Willie made barbecue for more than competitions. He also donated barbecue plates to local FFA and 4H chapters – and their families – during the annual Brazoria Country Fair. Willie also took an active role in helping his children and grandchildren with their 4H projects through the years – including son Steven’s Grand Champion pig and grandson Drew’s Grand Champion chickens. Whatever his family needed, Willie was always there to help them achieve their goals!
Most of all, Willie loved to spend time with his family and friends. He loved to share the vegetables from his garden with those closest to him. It was impossible to visit Willie’s house and leave empty handed! One of his favorite hobbies was to restore antique John Deere tractors, and his tractor restorations received several awards. Willie proudly rode his restored tractors in local parades and displayed them at community tractor shows. He was especially close to his friends in the Bluebonnet Tractor Club. One of the last events Willie attended was the Alvin High School Class of 1959’s 60th Class Reunion the day before his death. He thoroughly enjoyed a day of reminiscing with lifelong friends.
The funeral service will be held Friday, November 8, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Heights Baptist Church in Alvin. Visitation will take place at the church prior to the funeral at 10:00 a.m. The church is located at 1591 CR 144, Alvin, TX 77511. Burial will follow at Alvin Confederate Cemetery, located at 998 Dickinson Road, Alvin, TX 77511.
Willie was a member of Heights Baptist Church in Alvin.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Nelva; daughter, Vicki Urick Griffin and husband Gary; son, Steven Urick; beloved grandsons, Drew and Luke Griffin; sister, Lavinia “Beanie” Urick; numerous nieces and nephews; and a circle of lifelong friends. Willie was preceded in death by his parents, John and Victoria Urick.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like for donations to be made in his name to the Alvin Food Panty, 1212 Durant St., Alvin TX 77511.
Condolences may be sent to the Urick family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements under the direction of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home.