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Mr. Willie E. Kent

Mr. Willie E. Kent
  • April 18, 1941 - January 4, 2016
  • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Willie Earl Kent, Sr., was born April 18, 1942 in Clayton (Johnson), North Carolina, to the late James North Kent and Lena Nixon.

Willie graduated from Johnson County Training School in Smithfield, North Carolina in 1961. He worked briefly for Nixon Brothers Transport (a family-owned business) before moving to Maryland where he attended Cortez Business College. He later attended and graduated from Martin University in 1990.

September of 1963, Willie was drafted into the U.S. Military where he served three tours in Vietnam as Administrative Specialist with the 3rd Brigade 1st Calvary Division. During his military career, he was the recipient of several military honors: National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Bars (3), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal (7), Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal and the Bronze Star Medal.

After returning to the states, Willie served the rest of his twenty-two year military career as Personnel Senior Sergeant and Drill Sergeant. He served his country honorably and retired February 28, 1985. He was later employed with Burns Security as Client Service Supervisor for 10 years where he also retired.

From March 2002 until 2012, he worked for the Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Loss Prevention until his health failed.

Willie enjoyed traveling to new and exotic places, fishing and had a strong love for family. He and Gaye enjoyed hosting family and friends in their home for the holidays and especially looked forward to the family reunions each year. He was a great storyteller who loved sharing a "good story" about his life experiences.

In 1964 Willie met and married Betty Sue Madole. To that union 2 children were born, Antionette Denise Kent and Willie Earl Kent, Jr. In 1991 he met Gaye Caldwell who shared his love for adventure and travel. They married in July 2001.

Willie was preceded in death by both his parents; sister, Parthenia Watson and brother, Darnell Kent.

He departed this life at the age of 73 years. He leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory: Wife: Gaye Caldwell-Kent. Daughter, Antionette "Denise" Kent and son, Willie Earl Kent, Jr. (Laurie). Two stepdaughters, Taveta Legatha Caldwell-DeBrow and Patricia Kay Unseld. Sister, Earnestine "Tine" Kent Sanders (Eugene London), brother, James Arthur Nixon (Mary); Aunts, Hattie Nixon-Bell and Flora Mae Kent; 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Information

Funeral services for Willie Earl Kent will be held on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 at Crown Hill Memorial Chapel. Visitation is 11:00 AM. to 1:00 PM. followed by service at 1:00 PM. He will be laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery.