Willie Sturgill, a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on January 9, 2024. Born on September 5, 1943, in Harold, Kentucky, Willie led a remarkable life characterized by his commitment to his profession and his numerous hobbies and interests.
After completing his education, Willie joined the US Marine Corps where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. His military service instilled in him values of discipline and dedication that carried over into his civilian life. Upon completing his service, Willie embarked on a career as an automotive painter at the Ford plant in Louisville. For three decades, he honed his skills contributing to the production of countless vehicles.
In his personal life, Willie was a man of diverse interests. He had a passion for nature and spent many hours golfing, fishing, gardening, and even beekeeping. These activities allowed him to connect with the outdoors and find solace amidst the beauty of the natural world. Willie's love for these hobbies was infectious, and he often shared tales of his adventures with family and friends. Willie also possessed a kind and generous spirit that resonated with all those who had the privilege of knowing him. He was always quick to lend a helping hand to those in need and never hesitated to assist his loved ones whenever they required support. One cause that held particular significance for Willie was assisting women escaping human trafficking. Whenever he could afford to do so, he generously donated money to aid these individuals on their journey towards freedom.
Willie's loved ones will remember him not only for his professional achievements and varied hobbies but also for the remarkable impact he had on their lives. He was an adoring husband to Virginia and a loving father to Dawn Purser (Sean) and Gina Burson (Kevin). The bond they shared filled their lives with cherished memories that will be treasured forever.
In addition to his immediate family members, Willie is survived by his sisters Nadine Lingle, Joyce Casale, Maudie Sturgill, and Barbara Richardson, as well as grandchildren Abigail Purser, Rachel Reeves (Major), Drew Burson, Morgan Purser, Jenna Burson and great-grandchild River Grace Reeves.
The memory of Willie Sturgill will be honored at two events. The visitation will take place on January 13, 2024, starting at 11:00 AM, followed by a memorial service at 12:00 PM at Southeast Christian Church Crestwood Campus located at 6220 Crestwood Station in Crestwood, KY 40014.
Willie Sturgill's legacy will live on through the memories he created with his loved ones and the impact he made in his career. His dedication, kindness, and zest for life will be forever cherished by those who had the privilege of sharing his journey. As we bid farewell to Willie, let us celebrate his life and the many ways in which he touched our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Empty The Jar at the Southeast Christian Church Crestwood Campus to continue Willie's legacy of giving.