June 8, 1951 ~ October 18, 2020

Born in: Greenwood, MS
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

MR. WILLIE C. BOOKER, son of the late Robert Lee Booker and Josie Booker, was born on June 8, 1951 in Greenwood Mississippi.
WILLIE professed a faith in Christ at an early age and attended Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church.
WILLIE attended Arsenal Technical High School where he excelled as a star in basketball. His passion and perseverance earned him multiple scholarships. One of those scholarships was to attend Indiana State University 1970.
WILLIE was unable to pursue the sport of basketball he loved so much because he was drafted into the United States Army to serve his country and he did so proudly.
After his discharge from the Armed Forces, Willie returned home and joined the work force. He was employed at Richardson’s Rubber Company, located in Indianapolis for over 20 plus years before his retirement.
WILLIE was joined in holy matrimony to Barbette Cox April 24, 1987. They shared over 35 years together.
WILLIE loved the sport of professional and college basketball and football. He was passionate about one of his favorite teams “Indianapolis Colts” and did not want to be interrupted while they were playing. He enjoyed watching those games with two of his closest friends Bob and DJ. He also enjoyed preparing steak dinner for his wife because he always knew she would enjoy it.
MR. WILLIE C. BOOKER departed this earthly life on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the age of 69. His father, Robert Lee Booker; mother, Josie Booker; brother, Robert Booker Jr. proceeded him in death.
He leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Barbette Booker; daughter, Angela Townsel-Booker; brother, Larry D. Booker (Tammy); sisters, Pearl M. Dotson; Robbie M. Dotson; Dorothy J. Booker; Betty J. Booker; Gail Vinson; 3 grandchildren, Da’Shae Townsel; Damiya Townsel; Ja’Quon Townsel; great grandchild, London Townsel; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.


Visitation: October 31, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Funeral Service: October 31, 2020 12:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

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  1. My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God’s loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time.

    Arnold Garner

  2. To Willie’s Family:
    Like my family born in Greenwood Ms. We came to Indianapolis about the same time. Like Willie, my brothers sisters, and I attended Arsenal Tech Hs. I was a few years younger than Willie, howerver, my late brother who is named Willie also introduced me to him while playing basketball. He became an instant big brother to me. We had many days of fun hooping all over the city. Our best days were spent balling at the church at 16th and Delawere st. I learned my skills competing and trying stop his side twisting jumper. We will all miss his great sense of humor and conversations about sports, especially lately this year as we gathered at our special “place”. I can see his smile and hear his voice all the way from Heaven. “Tony I got you again you can’t stop me” Play On Player!!

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