We sadly inform the Safe Harbor family of Mr. Willie’s passing on Monday, August 17th, surrounded by loved ones at his side. For over 6 years he greeted volunteers, residents, and community members with a twinkle in his eye and a warm smile. Cooking in the kitchen and working with the Kitchen Volunteers and Staff was his passion. Delicious smells of his beef tips and gravy would fill the rooms.
Mr. Willie represented the best example of empathy and kindness to his co-workers, our residents, and the entire community. He has touched the lives of many people who have walked through our doors. Every person who had the privilege to know him well, or even meet him just one time, was forever changed. His charisma, compassion, sense of humor, generosity, thoughtfulness, gentleness, and friendliness will forever be remembered and cherished.
We Love you and Miss you Dearly, Mr. Willie. Rest in Peace.
Willie Thomas Duncan, 70, of Coatesville, PA, peacefully departed this life on August 17, 2021. He was born in Thomasville, NC, on July 15, 1951. He was the youngest son of eight children to the late Eugene and Sarah Huntley Duncan.
Willie was educated in the Davidson County school system in Lexington, NC. He sought out his passion for providing for others and began working in the hospitality industry. Willie’s various occupations included parking attended, janitorial services, and cook. He was employed by Safe Harbor of Chester County, West Chester, PA until his health declined.
Willie was erudite – reading books, newspapers, current events, and the arts. He was also an audiophile and enjoyed listening to all genres of music, especially jazz.
God’s gracious gift to Willie was his heart of service. Willie used his gift to serve God as a faithful Deacon at Greater Deliverance Church International in Coatesville, PA. He held several positions, including but not limited to member of the Pastor’s Aid, member of the Finance Committee, Janitor, Landscaper, and many more. Willie loved being a caretaker in and out of the church.
His loving memory is cherished by his surviving seven siblings, Clara Lee Mickles of Clinton, MD; Apostle Bobby G. Duncan (Stephanie) of Coatesville, PA; Mildred A. Duncan-Vann (Leslie) of Thomasville, NC; Curtis Duncan (Diane) of Hagerstown, MD; Jimmy Duncan; Sarah D. Duncan; Sharon A. Duncan (Johnny) all of Thomasville, NC; former spouse Dontressa Osbourne of Lexington, NC; one uncle Eugene Huntley of Thomasville, NC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He will be greatly missed.
Homegoing services will be on Monday, August 30, 2021, at 11:00 am at Second Baptist Worship Center 857 Lumber Street, Coatesville, PA. A viewing will be held beginning at 9:00 am until the service time.