William Estelle Yancey was born July 29, 1932, in Rockford, Illinois to Frank and Genevieve Yancey. William graduated from West High School. William was joined in holy matrimony with Ruth for 65 years. To this union six children were born. William departed this life August 06, 2020. William was preceded in death by: his father, mother, and 7 siblings, Booker, Harry, Mary, Henry, Benny, Sharon, and Ossie Boddie.
William leaves to cherish his memories: Spouse, Ruth Yancey; Sons, Frank and Gordon Yancey; daughters, Ruth Sockwell, Brenda (John) Knuckles, Andrea (Rashidi) Benson, and Angela (Victor) Henson; 15 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
William served in the Korean War sustaining injuries that rendered him a 100% disabled veteran. William was awarded the purple heart medal, and several distinguished medals for his bravery in the war. William loved to fish and hunt. He was a faithful devoted member and tither of the Israel of God’s the White Horse Army Church. The happiest moments of William's life were the day he was granted permission to marry his beloved wife, Ruth Yancey and the birth of their six children.
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