October 2, 1930  –  January 14, 2023

Mr. Willie C. McConnell was born on October 2, 1930 to the late Gathan and Sally McConnell in Fayette, Alabama. Willie died peacefully at his home on January 14, 2023.

Willie was drafted by the United States Army at an early age. He served his country with honor until his retirement in 1978. On May 25, 1963, he married the love of his life, Bernice Thompson, in Newburg, New York.

His parents and sisters, Wilma McConnell and Lois McConnell Wilson, preceded him in death.

Willie leaves to cherish his memory: a devoted and loving wife of 60 years, Bernice McConnell; three sisters-in-law, Mary Hill, Bonnie Sanders and Ruth Graham of Lumberton, North Carolina; brother-in-law, Sam Thompson, Jr. of Petersburg, Virginia; special niece, Anita Sanders of Greensboro, North Carolina; nephew, James Whiteside and niece, Dee Whiteside of Fayette, Alabama and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Graveside service will be held 2 P.M.,  Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Southlawn Memorial Park, 1911 Birdsong Rd., Petersburg, VA, 23803.  Reverend Dr. Andrew White will be the eulogist.

The funeral arrangements for Mr. Willie C. McConnell have been entrusted to the caring professionals of Bland Funeral Homes, 137 Harrison St., Petersburg, VA, 23803, 

(804) 732-7841. Please keep the family in Prayer. www.blandfuneralhomes.com