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ARCHIE L. WILLETT

July 30, 1956 August 11, 2010
ARCHIE L. WILLETT
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Archie L. Willett, 54, of Savage, MD passed away on August 11, 2010 at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.
Archie Linwood Willett was born in Calvert County, Maryland on July 30th (or perhaps the 31st?) 1956. Actually, Archie celebrated his birthday on July 31st for numerous years until he later learned that his date of birth was in fact July 30th, and so he decided to celebrate both days. He often claimed to be younger because he was sick for two years. He was the son of the late Herbert and Mabel Willett. He was the fifth and often called himself the "favorite" of thirteen children. Archie, known by many as "Linwood" and "Line", was a wonderful, hard-working husband; father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.
After graduating from Calvert High School in 1975, Archie later attended and graduated an apprenticeship program in the carpentry, HVAC, plumbing and sheet metal trades from the Associated Builders and Contractors Virginia Chapter on June 11, 1985. Archie continued to work diligently with his passion for carpentry throughout his career that spanned over 30 years. Among many of the construction site jobs, Archie worked for the DC Government in places such as Defense Mapping, the DC Convention Center, Lafayette Park, and the Vice President's Residence. Archie owned his own company, ALW Contracting, for several years where he did various jobs for family and friends which included repairs and renovations. He worked for Pioneer Contracting Company, Inc. for the last three years where he was known for his agility, bright smile, and "signature" Spanish.
Archie enjoyed spending time with his family; especially his brothers. The Willett family would take annual vacations in the month of August to reconnect. He also enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and spending time with his biker friends. Archie loved fishing (when he would take the time to go), along with sitting beside his fish pond to wind down and reflect after a hard day's work. He enjoyed celebrating birthdays, holidays, special occasions, weddings, and especially his marriage to Catherine Robinson in 1995. From this union, his girls Arlin and Amoni were born which added to their three sons; Shannon, Sherman, and Christian. Archie and Catherine could often be seen at family gatherings dancing the night away to songs such as "Before I Let Go" and "Baby I Can't Wait". His favorite quote was: "Love is a Beautiful Thing, It's a Beautiful Thing" something he demonstrated with his wife, children, family, and to everyone he knew. Archie had a special bond with his in-laws; Catherine and Herbert, where he learned to communicate in his own special way using "their own sign language".
In 2004, Archie was a positive bone marrow match for his younger sister Renae and in that same year a bone marrow transplant was successfully performed. After the transplant, the bond between Archie and Renae grew stronger as she began to take on his personality. In fact, the family began to think they had two Archie's on their hands.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mabel and Herbert; and his youngest sister Renae Antoinette.Archie leaves behind to cherish is memories: wife; Catherine Ann; three sons: Shannon Linwood, Sherman Lee, and Christian Andrais; two daughters: Arlin Charity and Amoni Caitlin; five grandchildren: Jalen Damon, Maya Renae, Saniyah Ann, Alexis Ann, and Taylor Renae; 11 siblings: Calvin Jerome, Rose Marie, Mary Ann (James), Herbert Shelton (Sharon), Austin Avyon, Marcus Mardell (Wanda), Brenda Lee, Glenda Lee (Kim), Sheila Yvette, Leon Douglas (Shedina), and Zera Vannessa; mother and father-in-law; Herbert and Catherine Robinson; six aunts: Elizabeth, Estella, Loretta and Gertrude Willett, Celesta Mackall, Queenie Kyler; one sister-in-law; Maureen Woods; four brother-in-laws: Emmanuel, Herbert, Stephen, and Willis Robinson; one godson: Kevin Manning; one goddaughter: Nia Burley, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Cemetery:

Carroll Western Cemetery Barstow Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 (map/driving directions)

Visitation:

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 (map/driving directions)

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Greater Mt. Zion Church 3170 German Chapel Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Thursday, August 19, 2010 (map/driving directions)

Service:

11:30 AM at Greater Mt. Zion Church 3170 German Chapel Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Thursday, August 19, 2010 (map/driving directions)

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