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Obituary for Willie Z Brock

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Willie Z Brock

April 6, 1929 - March 26, 2011

Willie Z. Brock, 81, of Ogden, Utah went to be with our Lord at the Mount Ogden Health and Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Willie was born in Aberdeen, MS, on April 6, 1929 to the union of Charlie Lee Brock and Sarah Pruitt. He graduated from Aberdeen Colored High School. He went on to attend and graduate from Alcorn A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in the field of agronomy science. After college graduation Willie was drafted into the United States Army and served approximately four years. After the military tour of duty, Willie attended the University of Illinois and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Soil Science.Willie met and married Dula Gray at the University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana on May 11, 1955. They made their home in Michigan where he worked as a Soil Scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A job transfer took them to California where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1977, the Brocks made their home in Utah where Willie later retired from the U.S. Forest Service after 32 years. He worked for the Ogden Community Action Program in the Weatherization Program and later retired from the Program. Willie also worked for Delta Airlines at the Salt Lake City International Airport as a Postal Carrier for 13 years. Sports was Willie’s passion throughout high school and college and also while he resided in Michigan, California and Utah. Willie attended Alcorn A&M on a football scholarship in addition to obtaining a barber license and worked as a campus barber. He coached and refereed little league baseball to American League Softball, Pop Warner Football to high school and flag football. Willie also coached the New Zion Baptist Church Young Men’s Basketball team in the Ogden Church League. As an Usher at the Salt Lake City Energy Solutions Arena, Willie enjoyed watching the Utah Jazz basketball games and other sporting events. Willie was an active member of the New Zion Baptist Church in Ogden where he served as a Sunday School teacher for over 30 years. He also served in the Finance and Laymen Ministries of the church. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, three brothers and one sister. Willie leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife, Dula; three children, Jacquetta (Walter) McGlothan, California, Vincent Brock, Washington, Shardel (Michael) Guinn, Texas, Stanley, Dean and Brenda. Three grandchildren, Demetrius, Griffin and Nia; three great-grandchildren, Griffin Jr., Xzavion and Jordan; two siblings, Dorothy Neal and Walter Brock both of Benton Harbor, MI; and a host of nieces and nephews. Willie also leaves a loving New Zion Church family, a host of friends from the community, Delta Airlines, the Utah Jazz Team and Ushers of the Delta Center/Energy Solutions Arena. Willie Brock was full of love, respect and compassion for everyone. He loved well and was well loved. We will miss you! The family wishes to thank the Ogden Regional Hospital Emergency Care Staff, the Mount Ogden Health and Rehabilitation Center staff, and the staff of Alpine Hospice for their professional home care and support. Friends may visit the family, Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, and one hour prior to services on Friday, April 1, 2011 at New Zion Baptist Church, 2935 Lincoln Avenue, Ogden. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made the the New Zion Baptist Church Building Fund in memory of Bro. Willie Brock Interment Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Date: Friday, April 1, 2011

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

New Zion Baptist Church


2935 Lincoln Avenue, , Ogden, UT,

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Service Information

Date: Friday, April 1, 2011

Time: 11:00 am -

New Zion Baptist Church


2935 Lincoln Avenue, , Ogden, UT,

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Timeline for Willie Z Brock

Born: April 6, 1929
Died: March 26, 2011

Condolences for Willie Z Brock

Theresa Y Mayo posted on 7/24/12

Demetrius called you "Grandpa" and to me I feel the same as your are my elder and was the love and well respected Patriarch of the Brock Family. I am visiting your hometown for Pioneer Day and I wanted to pay my respects this way since we never met. I have enjoyed listening to all the wonderful stories and memories that your grandson shared with me. He loves you so very very much and he misses you even more. I love and respect you through my familiar friendship with Demetrius. I am happy to have known of you through him and I am blessed that he brought back tome some of your memories and safekeeps from Ogden, so that I will remember you in heart and spirit for life.God Bless your Spirit Grandpa Brock, you are truly loved and missed


Greg Ollis posted on 3/31/11

Willie was a great friend as we worked together at the Delta Center, we love the jazz and know that he will be missed. He was a good friend to all. Thank you for sharing him with us.


Gwen Holston-Harris posted on 3/31/11

Life is a journey, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon. You have my sincere condolences on the loss of such a wonderful Father.


Scott Jensen posted on 3/30/11

My deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers go out to the Brock family. I knew Willie from his baseball umpiring days. Willie was the comdumate professional. He made the games so easy to coach. He threw me out of a game once (should have several other times)... but even when he threw me out, HE was the humble one. I learned a lot about humility from this loving and gentle man. Rest in peace dear man. I have no doubt you are with the Lord!Blessings always!Scott Jensen


Rosalind Knox-McDaniel posted on 3/30/11

I'm sadden to hear about your loss. Mr. Brock will be missed by many.In your sadness, may there be hope. In your thoughts, may there be peace. In your heart, may there be healing.May God give you comfort as you go through this very difficult time. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.Rosalind Knox-McDaniel


Connie Lobato Mickles posted on 3/29/11

Shardel, I am so sad to hear about the passing of your dad. I only have fond memories of him from back in the 80's when I was at your house visiting after school or on weekends. I did see him occasionally out and about in town and he was always friendly and smiling. I loved his smile! What a wonderful person. God Bless you and your family during this time. Love you, Connie Lobato Mickles


June Mercer posted on 3/29/11

Vince, I am so sorry. I am sorry I never met your Dad, he sounds like quite the amazing person. Know that you have so much of my love and, although it sounds trite in a message like this, a huge hug. June