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 Leevester Willie Stokely

Leevester Willie Stokely

Death 21 Dec 2007 (aged 75)
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Memorial ID 62715555 · View Source
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SN US Navy - Korea

Anchorage Daily News December 28, 2007:

Anchorage resident Leevester Willie Stokely, 75, died Dec. 21, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Services were at Witzleben's Bragaw Chapel. Services were held afterward at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

Lee was born Aug. 7, 1932, in Bennington, Okla., to M.A. and Savannah (McGill) Stokely, the youngest of six children. He matured into a loving, caring adult, his family wrote. Upon completing his formal education in Oklahoma, Lee entered the U.S. Navy in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1953, serving active duty during the Korean War.

He met Pearl Youngblood in Sacramento, Calif.; they were later married in Las Vegas and became parents of daughters, Lula "PeeWee" Beatrice, Leetta "Michell" and Cleo "Ranette" and a son, LaDell "Milky" (named in honor of Lee's older brother killed during active military duty).

"Choosing the Lord as his savior, Lee respected those religious beliefs of others and stood firm with the religious beliefs instilled during his childhood," his family wrote. His faith would lead him to be baptized at Greater First Deliverance Temple in Oklahoma City, Okla., under the guidance of Bishop Vanuel Little, and later to fellowship with Crossroads Cathedral in Oklahoma City, under the direction of the Rev. Dan Sheaffer, before relocating to the Kansas City, Mo., area and later to Anchorage to be near his daughters, Cleo Ranette and Leetta Michell, and their families. They worshipped under the leadership of the Rev. Ronald F. Taylor at the 3 Fold Cord Ministry.

Lee was a skilled machinist, but his true passion to help others made him a "jack of all trades" on handyman projects, his family also wrote. "Over the years, Lee would find enjoyment in helping others and became very passionate in his quest to provide an open ear and heart to those he held close. Since moving to Alaska, Lee made a huge impact on so many, garnering a tremendous amount of love and respect. Spending quality time with family, living life to its fullest, down to the 'speaking' of his own language which included words like, 'Bloop! Bloop! Bloop!' and 'In a minute' and 'Jones' will forever remain in our hearts." He will be truly missed, his family added, and also said that "as we celebrate the homegoing of our beloved father, we graciously honor him on this day." He was described as a unique and wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Survivors are his children, Lula (Michael) Richardson and LaDell Stokely of Oklahoma City, Leetta Michell (Freddie) Smith, and Cleo Ranette (Ricardo) McIntosh of Anchorage; grandchildren, Kapriece and Jacques (Dulcia) Richardson of Oklahoma City, Joshua and Jerrell Stokely of Salem, Ore., and David Watkins, Natetisha Dollison, Adonnis McIntosh and DaRon Franklin of Anchorage; great-grandchildren, Kaci, Andrew, Jacques Jr., Ja'Quan and Jacqari Richardson, all of Oklahoma City, and Nijhay and Amare Watkin of Anchorage; nieces and nephews; special friends; and many other loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Elnora (McGill) Fisher, Oreatha (McGill) Anderson, Uraha Bell (McGill) Triggs, LaDell McGill, and LaVennia (McGill) Walker; and other family members and friends.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Leevester Willie Stokely (7 Aug 1932–21 Dec 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62715555, citing Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA ; Maintained by Twist (contributor 46920390) .