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William Ellie McCormick

March 30, 1954 ~ December 22, 2018 (age 64)

Reverend William E. McCormick, II was born on March 30, 1954 in Sanford, North Carolina to the late Bishop Ellie McCormick and late Mrs. Jessie McCormick.  He transitioned peacefully to his heavenly home on December 22, 2018 at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.  
 
Reverend McCormick grew up in Sanford, NC and was well-known  throughout the community.  He attended school within Lee County Public School System at Sanford Central High School, with the first integrated class. He continued his education at the local community technical college,  strengthening his skills in auto mechanics.  He married the love of his life, Miss Brenda Cotton. Throughout their union ten children were born.  
 
He was preceded in death by his parents Bishop Ellie McCormick and Mrs.  Jessie McCormick; and one son, Mr. Elliott McCormick. 
 
Reverend McCormick was not a stranger to hard work. In September 1973, he enlisted in the US Army and began working as a Hercules Missile Crewman. After faithfully serving his country, he became a Correctional Officer, working within a correctional penitentiary in Raleigh, North Carolina. He continued and worked with R&R Railroad, Hallman Foundry, and Roofing and Son in  Sanford, North Carolina. He loved fixing cars and doing small, odd jobs for  people throughout the community.  
 
Reverend McCormick was a God-fearing man who served the Lord and was deeply passionate about being a shepherd of his people at McCormick Chapel, where he pastored for several years until his health began to fail.  
 
Reverend McCormick leaves to cherish his memories and continue his  legacy: (7) Sons: William McCormick, III of  Wilmington, NC, Joseph  McCormick of Sanford, NC, Lynard McCormick of Durham, NC, Edward McCormick of Wilmington, NC, Elijah McCormick of Broadway, NC,  Jeremiah McCormick (Tashonda) of Fayetteville, NC and Christopher  McCormick of Sanford, NC; (3) Daughters: Ernestine Murphy of Highpoint, NC, Cassandra Fortune (Carlton) of Raleigh, NC and Elizabeth Small (Gavin) of Raleigh, NC;  (2) Sisters: Vinella Lee Brooks of Odessa, DE and Shawn Trussell of Sanford, NC; (2) Brothers: Pastor Jason Trusell (Danielle) of  Sanford, NC and Brandon Trusell (Juanita) of Sanford, NC; (14)  Grandchildren; (1) Great-Grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

 

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