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CALVIN JEROME WILLETT, SR.

April 28, 1948 October 30, 2014
CALVIN JEROME WILLETT, SR.
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Calvin Jerome Willett Sr., the eldest of thirteen children was born to the late Herbert Gerome Willett and Mabel Pauline Gross Willett on April 28, 1948 in Prince Frederick, Maryland. As the eldest son, he set the mantel high for himself. An energetic, optimistic man, he rose to challenges, overcame obstacles and set a good example for all who knew him. Calvin, known by many as "Jerome", was a wonderful, hard-working brother, father, uncle, cousin, and friend.

Jerome graduated from William Sampson Brooks High School in 1966. After working a few years, he entered into the United States Army and served from March of 1968 to March of 1972. He returned to Calvert County and held a variety of jobs in areas such as Construction and Finance. Jerome obtained a temporary Federal job as a janitor at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) and then became an elevator operator. When the opportunity presented itself, he applied and was accepted into an apprenticeship program to become a plate-finisher.
Jerome became a journeyman expert in his craft. His handiwork and skillfulness contributed to the production of US Currency, some of which is possibly in your pockets today. Jerome's legacy is that he started in the basement, and by God 's grace, worked his way to the Penthouse level of the BEP. He was a well-loved employee at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for nearly 40 years.

Jerome accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at Bethel Way of the Cross Church as a young adult. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church and also attended First Baptist Church of Glenarden. He had an exceptional memory of the Bible and was a self-taught Bible "Scholar ". Jerome was also a good neighbor, visiting the sick and helping those in need.
His life demonstrated the great commandment, "Love the Lord and your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:36-40).

Jerome enjoyed spending time with all of his children and family members. His siblings were his best friends. He regularly attended family functions and always made it a point to sit down and talk to the youth of the family. He wanted them to stay on the right track in life. Jerome was always busy and had a variety of interests and hobbies. He especially loved to play baseball and basketball, as well as all kinds of card games. He had a witty sense of humor and could make people laugh with his jokes. Jerome was a technology wiz and always had the latest computers, phone and electronic gadgets. He was also an entrepreneur and had several businesses, the most enduring of which was "Best For Less Services". Jerome was very intentional about managing money and tried to instill this discipline in his children.

Jerome departed this life suddenly on Thursday October 30, 2014. We will miss him terribly, but take comfort in the fact that he knew the Lord. Jerome was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Mabel Willett; brother: Archie Willett, sister: Renae Willett-Towns and his daughter Delma Douglas.

Jerome leaves to cherish his memories: 4 sons: Andre White, Calvin Willett Jr., Tyrone (Sontaria) Willett, and Stephen Willett; 2 daughters: Tiana (Jodel) Cherenfant, and Kelly (James) Lawrence; 1 step-daughter: Tracy Brooks; fifteen grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; 10 siblings: Rose Willett, Mary (James) Smith, Herbert (Sharon) Willett, Austin Willett, Marcus (Wanda) Willett, Brenda Willett, Glenda (Kim) Stepney, Sheila Willett, Leon (Shedina) Willett, and Zera Willett, 5 aunts: Celesta Mackall, Elizabeth, Estella, Loretta and Gertrude Willett, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and Melvilee and Stephanie Willett.

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Visitation

Friday

7

Nov

10:00 AM 11/7/2014 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/7/2014 11:00:00 AM
Greater Mt. Zion Church

3170 German Chapel Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Greater Mt. Zion Church
3170 German Chapel Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Service

Friday

7

Nov

11:00 AM 11/7/2014 11:00:00 AM
Greater Mt. Zion Church

3170 German Chapel Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Greater Mt. Zion Church
3170 German Chapel Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Friday

7

Nov

2:30 PM 11/7/2014 2:30:00 PM
Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery

11301 Crain Highway
Cheltenham, MD 20623

Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery
11301 Crain Highway Cheltenham 20623 MD
United States
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