Willie S. Culver, Jr. affectionately known as Shine suddenly went to his eternal home with his Lord and Savior on August 17, 2023. He was born on April 29, 1973. to Willie Fred and Geraldine Culver. He was a resident of Troy, Al. Willie’s life was a testament to his love for family, friends, and his community.
Shine was a man of many talents and interests. He was known for his love of music, often found DJing at local events, and was a passionate Auburn fan, frequently heard cheering "War Eagle" during football season. He had a deep love for gadgets, always eager to explore the latest technology. Shine also enjoyed the quiet solitude of driving trucks and the comfort of being at home. He had a knack for making people laugh, his humor was infectious, and he was known for his favorite saying, "Can I Get Down." Despite his quiet demeanor, he was a man of conviction, stubborn at times, but always meaning what he said.
Shine attended Dothan High School. He began a successful career as a short haul/long haul truck driver. He was a dedicated employee at University Corp Inc. in Montgomery, AL. His intelligence, creativity, and thoughtfulness made him a valued member of the team. He was humble, often downplaying his accomplishments, but his work ethic and dedication did not go unnoticed.
His parents, Willie Fred and Geraldine Culver, preceded him in death. He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife, Latwana Bryant Culver; his sons, Jamal Reeves and Jalen Smith; a devoted loving sister, Katerina (Mitchell) Reynolds of Atlanta, Ga; and his grandson, Javon Adams. Willie also leaves behind his stepchildren, Quan Bryant, LaQuavious Bryant, Lakeveya Bryant, and Naja Canty; six step-grandchildren; paternal aunts, Florence (Arthur) Corbitt of Abbeville, AL and Queenie (Jerry) Mason of Crestview, FL; paternal uncles, Herbert (Roberta) Culver of Jacksonville, FL and Allen Bright of Headland, AL; and maternal aunts, Inez Culver and Lula Snell and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Shine’s love for his family was evident in every aspect of his life. He was devoted to his family. He cherished his wife, Latwana, and their blended family. He had an unconditional love and bond with his sister, Katerina, and his love for his children and grandchildren was immeasurable. He was a pillar of strength and support for his family and friends, always there to lend a helping hand or a listening ear.
Shine’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew him. His memory will forever be cherished by his loved ones. His life was beautiful, demonstrated the love of family, and friendship. His legacy will live on in the hearts of those he touched with his kindness, humor, and unwavering love. Willie S. Culver “Shine” will be deeply missed, but his spirit will continue to shine brightly in the memories of those he left behind.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 26, 2023, at 2:00pm in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Burial to follow in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00pm until 2:00pm.