Willo Irivin Wortham, 70 formerly of Dayton, Ohio unexpectedly departed this life on August 4, 2021 in Houston, TX where he made his home for over 50 years. Willo was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Dayton, c/o 1969, where he was involved in several groups and activities. After graduation, he left his home in Dayton to attend The Illustrious Fisk University in Nashville, TN. While at Fisk, with immense pride, Willo crossed into the brotherhood of the distinguished men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. where he was an active member until his passing. Willo graduated from Fisk in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in History and continued his quest for higher education by attending Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. Willo matriculated through TSU graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 1977. In 1989 Willo joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and was a valued employee for over 30 years and was soon scheduled to retire before his untimely death. At HUD, Willo was a mentor and an advocate for the homeless. Willo was also a member of Windsor Village United Methodist Church, Houston, TX; Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell.
Willo is preceded in death by his parents Willie & Georgia Wortham, sisters Dironna, Gayle, and Wyndia and nephew Charles III. He leaves to cherish his memory a brother Terrence Wortham, Atlanta, GA; brother-in-law Edward Hatch of Nashville, TN; two sisters B. Kaye Wilcox and Khrystal (Bobby) Wortham, both of Dayton, OH; and longtime friend Shirley (Jennifer & Ronald) Douglas, of Houston, TX; six nieces Vikkalynne Abdullah and Kearsten Hatch of Nashville, TN; Kelee and Dyronna Wilcox, Ashleigh Shaw and Brittney Foster all of Dayton, OH; two nephews Kevin Shaw of Atlanta, GA and Khrystopher Hatch of Nashville, TN; 10 great nephews; 8 great nieces; 2 great-great nephews and 2 great-great nieces; and scores of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
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