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Willie J. Guilford, 81, of Lakeland, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on November 15, 2017 after an extended illness.

He was born December 21, 1935, in Opp, Alabama, to Heddie Goodwin. After completing high school, he attended technical school where he obtained certification as a Tool Dye Machinist. During this time in his life when he was stepping out on faith and beginning his newfound trade, a young lady, Amelia Daniels, crossed his path and he knew without a doubt he would make her his wife. On June 28, 1959, Willie and Amelia were married and she truly was the apple of his eye, enjoying a marriage of 58 years. After getting married the two newlyweds moved to Stamford, CT where they were blessed with three children, Annie, Willie Jr., and Amelia. They later moved to Norwalk, CT where Willie worked for the City of Stamford for over 25 years. While employed with the City he owned a mobile wash and a moving company; he also was a Real Estate Investor and a Professional Bowler.

In 2002, Willie and Amelia retired and moved to Sebastian, Florida, then later moved to Lakeland, Florida. While retired Willie enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing cards and watching his favorite football team, the "New York Giants".

He was proceeded in death by his loving mother Heddie Goodwin, and four sisters, Jessie Rene Jones, Mammie Lee Douglas, Lillie Mae McGriff and Ossie Mae Tharps.

He was survived by his devoted wife Amelia Guilford of Lakeland, FL; his son Willie (Veronica) Guilford Jr. of Seymour, CT; two daughters, Annie "Candy" Corbett of Christiana, TN; Amelia "Zette" Guilford of Lakeland, FL; five grandchildren, Deidre, Aris, Willie III, Heddie and Douglas; his brother, Oscar Guilford of Stamford, CT; a loving and special niece, Cedalia Tharps of Roanoke, VA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Coney Funeral Home. Visitation will be 10:00-11:00 a.m. Services are entrusted in Coney Funeral Home.

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  • Saturday, November 25, 2017
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