Luit Richard Worthy, Jr. who was 81 years old, was born January 12, 1942, in Demopolis, Alabama to proud parents: the late Mr. Luit (Lieutenant) Worthy, Sr. & Mrs. Mary (Carter) Worthy. He was called by God to rest on February 3, 2023. He accepted Christ, was baptized, and joined the church when he was a child. Then and throughout his latter years, he worshiped God. He also was a member of the NAACP.
Luit, affectionately called “Budlee,” attended Goodyear Middle and East High Schools. Budlee lived a dynamic life, primarily growing up in East Akron amongst his family, aunts and uncles, and many life-long friends. He was adventurous, played and swam in community water spots, picked berries, and ate green apples from the trees. Many exciting stories are told about those unique times! As a young adult, he was an avid roller skater and could hand-dance like a “champ.” He was very social and made friends easily.
Luit joined the United States Army immediately after high school. He was trained at Fort Knox. His most instrumental assignment was during the Korean Conflict as a skilled “sharpshooter” staying extremely alert and focused while lying in the dugouts at the 38th parallel, the border between North Korea & South Korea. He was very proud but modest about his veteran status all his life.
Budlee returned to Akron, worked as a carpenter, and lived an active social life, dancing and listening to his favorite music group, Santana. When Budlee wasn’t working— he would be dressed in a suit, a tie, and especially a wide-brimmed hat. He loved to read, walk and research holistic health practices.
His joy was spending time with family & close friends, at family events, and especially at dinners—at the “Big House” and at his sister Eula’s (and James') home. Luit was held in high regard by his neighbors and friends at the places he last lived: Canal Pointe and White Pond Villa of Akron. He was “sharp” at remembering people and their names!
In this transition, Luit was preceded by his parents, Luit Sr. and Mary; his sister: Eunice Gross, and brothers: James Worthy, Dennis Worthy, and Edward Charles Worthy, Sr.
To mourn, he leaves his daughters: Lorita Carter and Rita Warren-Reynolds; his brothers: Obie Samuel Carter (Irene deceased), William Worthy II (Dolly), David Worthy, Sr., Don Worthy (Jan), and Ervin Darnell Worthy; his sisters: Odessa Theresa Worthy-Lee (George deceased), Eula Guess (James), Mary Worthy-Ewing and Darlene Worthy.
Also, Luit leaves his grandchildren: David Carter, and Caprice, Darryl, Andre, Joseph, and Johnathan Warren.
He also leaves his great-grandchildren: Nigel, NiAir, NyAri, Danea, DaMire, DaMya, Phoenix, Dallas, LeAndre, Sarahya, DreAnna, Andre Jr., Andrea, Joseph Jr., Kodi, DaCari, and Kyonia. And many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Budlee will surely be missed from this life, but we can rest assured that he is in a better place with our heavenly Father.