William "Bill" Langworthy, 87, of Seattle, WA, peacefully transitioned on December 7, 2020, in Sun City, Arizona.
Bill affectionately known as Buddy to family was born in Eudora, Arkansas, on November 15, 1933, to Willie and Bessie Lou (Hawkins-De Vencinci) Langworthy. The eldest of seven, Bill and his family moved to Seattle in 1944. He was a 1950 graduate of Queen Anne High School and attended Seattle University.
Bill enjoyed a good time and fast cars. After serving in the Army for six years and traveling the world, he returned to Seattle and met the love of his life Roberta JoAnn Hall, his bride of fifty-five years. Blessed was their union with two children William Edward (Jocko) and Jacqueline Starr (Jacquie).
For many years, Bill was employed as a mail carrier until he resigned and worked as an Employment Counselor for the Seattle Urban League. While at the Urban League, he decided to change careers and follow in his father's footsteps. Bill pursued his calling to become a carpenter and established Langworthy Construction. His specialty was remodeling; however, he became very successful in new construction. He stamped the city with home designs, decades ahead of their time, a modern twist of the Seattle box style home.
Bill's greatest desire was to mentor and teach others, especially the less fortunate. An advocate for the community, he helped acquired the Fir State Golf Clubhouse and was active in Model Cities, and appointed by Mayor Wes Uhlman to the Board of Directors of the Mount Baker Rehabilitation Program. Bill was also a very active participant in the Central Area Credit Union, Kiwanis, and Politics. He loved talking about various subjects, especially classic cars, and he purchased more than a few.
When Bill wasn't working hard and committed to the projects he took on, he enjoyed life. Either on the golf course in his earlier years or close to home in the back yard of his lots "fixing up" cars or spending time with friends and family. He loved his family dearly and was a "father" and uncle to his children's friends and to those who took a liking to him. Missed by all, his legacy remains in the hearts of the people he helped along the way.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Lavell, Curtis Hamilton-Langworthy, and sisters Rita, Kaye Frances (Jesus) Rivera.
He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter; six grandchildren, Joshua Sally, Stephan Van Huukshoot, Jordan and Jazlynn Langworthy, AJ and Juliah Perdue, two sisters Gloria Jean Polk and Alice Faye Fabre, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Known for his joyful laugh and pearls of wisdom, he was always willing to lend a hand and was loved by many people. Bill lived a full life. On December 5, 2020, Bill concluded his memoir with these last words: "To all loved ones-never the right time to say all the right things; but you can't go wrong with this one...I LOVE YOU ALL."