Willie Steele , Owner of WS Sod and Landscaping, dies peacefully
Submitted by Lorenzo Steele
Willie Steele, 71, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2018, at Florida Memorial Medical Center. Willie accepted Jesus Christ as His Personal Lord and Savior in 1993. He was a fully engaged and active member of The Church of God in Christ and served as Deacon.
McWhite’s Funeral Home is in charge of Funeral arrangements. The family will have the viewing on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at McWhite’s Funeral Home, 3501 W. Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 33312. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., March 10, 2018 at Agape Worship Center, 2230 N.W. 22 Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33311. Bishop Mack of Agape Worship Center will be officiating. The burial will follow the funeral at Sunset Memorial Gardens, at 3201 N.W. 19 Street, Fort Lauderdale. The family will receive relatives and friends following burial services at The Agape Worship Center Banquet Hall.
Willie was born in Samson, Alabama on August 1, 1946 to Willie Harold Steele and Pear-line Morgan. He attended Booker High School in Sarasota, Florida. He was also chosen as one that was most likely to succeed and attend college. Willie was married to Lula Quinn on August 5, 1965; they were married for 52 years.
Willie was a successful business man and entrepreneur. He was passionate and enjoyed challenges. He thrived as a mechanic before branching out as an entrepreneur and starting South Florida Lawn Service in 1972. In 1983 Willie changed his business name to WS SOD and Landscaping.
As the founder, Willie expanded into all sectors of landscaping: sodding, tree and shrub growing and installation, rock gardens and operated his very own, plant nursery. He enjoyed the business of agriculture and landscaping. His hobbies included fishing, boating, and reading. He was charitable, assisting numerous churches and organizations. However, he prided himself in giving others a second chance and helping those who were less fortunate.
Willie is survived by his wife, Lula Steele, and his children: Rose, Lorenzo, Rodney, Cletus and Malcolm Steele, and his adopted son Earl Mooney; his mother Pearline Morgan of Sarasota, Florida; siblings: Lois Steele, Willie Jewell Steele, Eula Nelson, Timothy, Johnny, Anthony, Linda and Roshunda Morgan; grandchildren: Mario Williams, Zoe, Ariel, and Aliya Steele; Sada Montgomery, Jada, Ja’Kara, Chloee, Collin and Promise Steele, and Carter and Malcolm Jr Steele as well as his many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other friends.
Willie is preceded in death by his father, Willie Harold Steele, eldest son, Willie Steele Jr, brother, Willie Steele, and Donnell Morgan.
WS Sod and Landscaping will continue operating under the leadership of Mr. Steele’s wife, Lula Steele and sons.