Willie Lee Luckey, also known as “Dude” or as his mother affectionately called him, “Doolum”, was born September 11, 1934 to the parentage of the late Oscar Arthur Luckey, Sr. and Maxine Jones Luckey. He attended Floyd Valley School and Panhandle School where he earned his diploma. He joined the Floyd Valley Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. Willie became a deacon and he remained an avid and active member until his health began to fail. He was also a mason with Sunset Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. In 1956, Willie married the love of his life, Velva Lee Collins (Sattiewhite), and to this union 3 children were born. During the early years of marriage, he worked for U-Valley Construction until he was injured. In 1958, he began driving the school bus for Panhandle, then Douglas High. Willie became an Atlanta ISD bus driver during the 1965-66 school year and also worked as one of the mechanics. He first retired in 1989. He came out of retirement to go back and help AISD for several more years before retiring again in 1999. Willie was the firstborn of nine siblings of whom all are deceased: Vernita Luckey Steger, Theotis Luckey, O.A. Luckey, Jr., Marvin Luckey, Callie Luckey Washington, Gladysdene Luckey, Whalen Luckey, Sr. & Clara Luckey Oliver. Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Floyd Valley Baptist Church, Marietta, TX. with Pastor Reginald Bowser, Officiating. A walk-through viewing will be held March 3, 2023 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Coleman-Atlanta Funeral Home. Burial will be in Floyd Valley Cemetery under the direction of the funeral home. He leaves to cherish his memories: 2 daughters: Velma Jean (Crawford) King and Ivory Pearl (Rod) Birmingham, 1 son who stood by his side through thick and thin: Willie Odell. The Apples of his eyes: The Grands - YoShandra Russell, Christy King, Keres Garrett, Sharedan Birmingham, DeCori Birmingham, and Demecia (Trey) Nickleberry. The Great Grands – Caleb King, Kelis Willis, Katelyn Russell, Brynlee Mason, Dawson Birmingham, McKenzie Birmingham, Dillon Birmingham, and Jordan Hodge. 9 sisters in love: Linda Luckey, Betty Luckey, Roberta Luckey, Ella (Virgil) Hatley, Wilma (Greg) Frazier, Ruth (Martin) Harris, Vanessa Cormier, Joyce Streeter and Aretha Streeter, 5 brothers in love: Fealto Oliver, Felton Collins, John L. Collins, Benjamin (Martha) Collins, Sr. and Jerrel (Roxanne) Sattiewhite, 4 Special daughters: Lawanna Haskins, Donna Hurndon, Gwendolyn Anderson, & Doris Casteel, 2 Special sons: Charles & Ricky Casteel. And a host of loved nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Published March 3, 2023