Brickey, Willie Sue (Woods)

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Willie Sue Woods Brickey, 69, of Bluefield W.Va., Frederick Md., and Hiwassee Va., passed away without pain at her home, surrounded by the love and care of her family on June 4, 2008. She was predeceased by her mother, Willie June Spangler Woods and father, Frank H. Woods.

Willie is survived by her husband, Clarence O. Brickey, her loving spouse and soul mate of 45 years; and her children, Willie June Brickey, Clarence Brickey and wife, Laura (one grandchild) and Mary Brickey Moores and husband, Jon (four grandchildren); and her sisters, Frances Ann Woods Shumaker (two children) and Martha Lee Woods Birkelbach and husband, George (two children).

Willie had many special relatives and friends from around the world. Willie taught math and science and served as a guidance counselor for over 30 years in Maryland and Texas. She also volunteered as a teacher’s aide in Virginia for young kids who had difficulties in reading or writing. Receiving a Bachelors degree at WVU, she deeply loved those “EERS”. Willie later obtained a Masters degree from UVA. Willie was active in professional organizations and served as a member and delegate for over ten years to the NEA and as Treasurer of the Frederick Co. MD Teacher’s Association. She assisted in the development of a scholarship program for the Western MD Trooper’s Association.

At Beaver High School (Class of 1957) in Bluefield WV, Willie was voted the most athletic woman and, yes guys, she could play basketball and win marbles from the boys.

Willie was a devoted Christian who enjoyed participating in disaster relief trips and community outreach missions in several states in the US. She was currently serving on the Habitat for Humanity Executive Board of Wythe Co., Va., where she loved to help build houses as well as in other southern states. Recently, Willie received a Presidential Award signed by President George H. Bush, for her extraordinary dedication in making society a better place for humanity by contributing over 3000 volunteer hours in the aforementioned service projects.

Willie was a very cheerful and encouraging person, bringing love and smiles to everyone. Willie will be greatly cherished and missed by her family and friends.

Willie’s family is extremely grateful for the affectionate care and honor showered on Willie in her final days. The family is deeply appreciative of Willie’s medical care given by Dr. Jerome H. Goldschmidt, Carilion NRV Medical Center and Blue Ridge Cancer Care. The family is very grateful to the following churches for support, pastoral care and friendship that deeply touched Willie, Alexander UMC in Bishop, Va., Cecil’s Chapel UMC in Hiwassee, Va., Dublin UMC in Dublin, Va., Morrison UMC in Leesburg, Fla., St. Paul’s UMC in Smithsburg, Md., and Woodlawn UMC in Woodlawn, Va.

A Memorial service will be conducted at the Dublin UMC, 424 East Main St., Dublin, VA, (540) 674-5128, with visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. and service from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2008, with pastors William Rowland, Kenneth Fields, Sr. and Bryan Wyke officiating. Internment and graveside service will follow at Monte Vista Park Cemetery (Section Q), Courthouse Rd., Princeton, WV, (304) 425-8103, at approximately 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be offered to Habitat for Humanity. Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va.