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Official Obituary of

Willie J Stallworth

February 4, 1948 ~ February 9, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Willie Stallworth Obituary

Mr. Willie James Stallworth’s earthly journey began February 4, 1948, born in Selma, Alabama in Dallas County to Mandy and Anderson Jennings; of this union were twelve children born.

Willie’s life began in the heartbeat of an era that witnessed the dawning of The Cold War and Civil Rights Movement. Throughout his 76-year-long life, although he faced socio-economic challenges, he also witnessed much progress, change, local and global advancement. His humble beginnings in Selma, working in cotton fields as a youth to support his family, instilled within him the attributes of a “model man.” These humble origins nurtured his commitment to hard work, perseverance, loyalty, dedication, and most importantly, resilience.

Willie was educated in the Dallas County School System. Willie accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized in Selma. He was raised in a Christian household where his faith was cultivated and groomed especially by his mother, Mandy Jennings, who was a pastor and was dedicated to rearing him in the faith. As his journey continued in life and in faith, he joined The Worship Center Christian Church in Birmingham, Alabama and he also enjoyed worshiping at The Tower of Prayer Church in Leeds, Alabama.

In early adulthood, Willie relocated to Birmingham with hopes of new opportunities. After relocating to the Magic City (Birmingham), Willie began his career and family. For 38 years, he shared a loving relationship and marriage with Rhonda (Johnson) Stallworth. 

His career constituted a significant aspect of his life, spanning five decades at the Alabama Farmers Market in Birmingham, Alabama. Employed by the Flavor Pic Tomato Company, he managed a wholesale produce warehouse, fostering enduring relationships with farmers, restaurants owners, and vendors statewide. Outside of work, he cherished moments with family and friends -always showing up as “the life of the party!” Willie was known for his humor, quick wit, generosity, diligence, loyalty, and commitment. He epitomized a robust work ethic, emphasizing consistency and perseverance. Emerging from modest origins in Selma and laboring in cotton fields to provide for his family, he later rose to prominence in the wholesale produce industry, affording him the opportunity to not only sustain his own family but also extend support to numerous others. Willie enjoyed watching and rooting for University of Alabama Football and also enjoyed gardening at his home. Willie exemplified exceptional organizational skills, making him a leader at home and in his career. However, his deepest affections were reserved for his grandchildren, delighting in shared celebrations of birthdays and holidays surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

Great men are only born for the time they are needed most. It is clear that the world needed to see the example of an exemplary man, Willie James Stallworth indeed was. Willie was a savvy businessman, salesman, and model manager. Willie showcased resilience amidst adversities in early stages of life; he worked hard to overcome all odds and he did. Despite facing health challenges in his latter years, he persisted with unwavering positivity and faith and his example of living serves and will continue to serve as a beacon of inspiration to many. Inspiration is like an eternal flame that never dims, Mr. Willie James Stallworth’s flame of perseverance, resilience and determination will never fade.

1 Corinthians 15:53 NLT declares, “For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.” Willie’s body transitioned yet his spirit lives. Willie quietly transitioned from labor to reward on Friday, February 9, 2024. 

Willie was welcomed to his new eternal home by his two children, Curtis Stallworth, Donald Stallworth; and two siblings, Elder Georgia Johnson and George Kinnon, Jr. Willie leaves his legacy and love with his loving wife, Rhonda Stallworth of Birmingham, AL; 6 children, Willie James Stallworth Jr. aka ‘June’, Cartrina Jones (Mark Jones, Sr.), Cory Stallworth, Bianca Stallworth, Brandon Stallworth (Charnesia), Cameron Stallworth (Kahdejah Porter); 10 siblings, Joseph Kinnon of Birmingham, Willie Kinnon of Louisville, Kentucky; Helen Carter of Birmingham, AL; Pastor Mary Graham (Gary) of New Haven, CT., Elder Julie McCrea of Hamden, CT; Geraldine Brown (Ron Roberts) of Coral Springs, FL; brothers Hercules Jennings, Roscoe Jennings, Jodie Jennings of New Haven, CT; 12 grandchildren – Karmesia Pope, Donald Pope, Curtis McIntosh, Tiara Jones,Tamia Jones, Caitlynn Stallworth, Braelynn Stallworth, Brandon Stallworth, Jr. (BJ), Elizabeth Stallworth, Creed Stallworth, Noah Gosa. He leaves behind a loving host of great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. He also leaves behind one special sister: Janice Dudley of Birmingham, Alabama and special cousin, Annie Burke of Selma, Alabama.

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”                        

Revelation 21:4-5

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Celebration of Life
February 17, 2024

12:00 PM
The Worship Center Christian Church
100 Derby Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35210

Interment following funeral service
February 17, 2024

Elmwood Cemetery and Mausoleum
600 Martin Luther King Jr Drive
Birmingham, AL 35211


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