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“Willie Royster was a great baseball player to the Charlotte O's baseball team. As a kid I thought he was the best catcher I could see. He was nice to...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: linda Fowler - Charlotte,, NC

“Dear Family, Sorry to hear of Willie's death, our deepest sympathies are extended to his family. Spingarn Alumni Association, Inc. ”
2 of 31 | Posted by: Lisa Wheeler - Washington DC, DC

“Will miss seeing that smile fishing at our pond. You are probably already fishing with the disciples. Will miss you our friend. ”
3 of 31 | Posted by: Ken and Debbie Raker - NJ

“My condolences to the Family of Willie Royster for of your love one. ”
4 of 31 | Posted by: Shirley Jenkins - Rochester, NY

“Kim, Your loss is felt in South Texas. We were friends with your dad many years. Willie was Allan's catcher and Al always commented about what a...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Allan and Hilda Ramirez - TX

“Sister Ruth, I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved brother. His life was very full and I know the memories of his life will last forever. Keep...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Deborah A. Taylor - Washington, DC

“Rest Willie Rest ”
7 of 31 | Posted by: Mike Harrison - Washington, DC

“I was so saddened to hear of your loss of Willie. I will always remember his smile and enthusiasm. He was such an inspiration and a great teammate. I...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Dan Logan - Summerville, GA

“Kim, Sorry for your lose! Prayers sent to you and your family! Know this is not easy, been there too! Not a day goes by that you don't think...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Cathy - Millville, NJ

“So very sorry to learn of your loss. 26 years of marriage will give you strength and wonderful memories as you say goodbye to your husband and friend...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Nick Tracy - Absecon, NJ

“I am privileged to have know this beautiful Man. Willie was a presence on and off the field. Watching him catch and lead the players was like a...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Frances Crockett - Charlotte, NC

“Will u will be missed n I can say u was the best person to have for a boss at Salem City School District and Thank you for all the talks about...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Marie Dilks - Pennsville

“I was both a teammate and His managed in Charlotte the year Willie went to the big leagues. A great person and friend. Someone who always made others...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Mark Wiley - Boca Raton, FL

“My family and I mourns your passing you were my catcher as well as my brother. I will always cherish the memories we had in Charlotte and Rochester...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: Nate Snell - Randalstown, MD

“Deanie and Kim, Trina and I are so saddened by the passing of our good friend Willie. We will never forget all the great memories playing in Miami,...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: John T Shelby Jr - Lexington, KY

“The very first time I meet Willie, he made me feel like family and that he had know me forever. He was a loving man with an infectious smile. I...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Crystal Swider - Littleton, CO

“Was able to pitch to many catchers. Willie was my favorite. Remember that smile through his catchers mask calling an 0-2 slider. We were having the...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: John Flinn - Charlotte

“Mrs. Royster and Family: I know your most immediate need is to be healed of your grief. If you continue to hold to God's unchanging hand, He will...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Leesa Williams-Mckenzie - DC

“Willie did have that special smile and spirit. He made a pleasure to come to the ballpark everyday. He was a guy you couldn't wait to see when you...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Brooks Carey - Key West, FL

“Will will be terribly missed by his MLBPAA family. We have lost his always smiling face and his terrific heart. Personally, Ill miss seeing Isaac...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Geoff Hixson - Colorado Springs, CO

“Willie was such a nice man a good Godly manI dididn't know very well but my son Roberto would talk about his classes at church he was one of the men...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: ashley

“I'm truly sorry for your loss. I pray that the Lord comfort and keep you and your family as you mourn the loss of your loved one. ”
22 of 31 | Posted by: Kristina Coleman - Upper Marlboro, MD

“Willie was a player that you wanted on your team from the clubhouse to the field. Always ready to contribute to the team from being a catcher to...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Lance Nichols - Dodge City, KS

“We are all so very sorry for your loss, and are thinking of you, Kim, Rachael, and Isaac during this difficult time. Though we have been able to ...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Jack & Debbie Worrall, Patrick & Cassie Worrall, Sean Worrall, C - MA

“Fare well my friend. Enjoy the golf courses in Heaven! Pick out some good ones. I'll see you there sooner or later. God bless you my brother. ”
25 of 31 | Posted by: James Cobb - NJ

“Although I knew Willie for many years, we did not see each other often. However, you did not need to be around him very long to be captured by his...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Tom and Claire Kihar - Galloway, NJ

“I am saddened for the passing of Willie but I know he's resting with the Lord now. Willie was not only a great ball player but a greater person and...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Dallas Williams - Indianapolis, IN

“Willie was my catcher in AAA Rochester, what a great teammate, catcher and man. I will always remember his smile and laugh that brought happiness to...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Dave Ford - Rocky River, OH

“We are sadden by the passing of your love one. We know he will be truly missed. We are just so thankful that God allowed our paths to cross. To the...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Vern Thomas Jr - Thomson, GA

“I loved Wille! When I wa traded from the Padres organization to tge Orioles he was the first player that really welcomed me and befriended me...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Tim Derryberry - Yucaipa, CA

“Thoughts and prayers to the Royster family. May God comfort you at this time. Willie was a great team mate and friend, with an infectious smile that...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Will George - Milford, DE


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ROYSTER, WILLIE A., 61, of Ocean View, NJ, passed away at home on Monday, November 23, 2015. Born in Clarksville, VA to Arthur Lee and Hilda G. Boxley Royster, he moved to Cape May County 27 years ago from Washington, D.C. He was an Elder of Calvary Baptist Church, where he also served as a teacher for the Adult Sunday School. He worked as the Director of Facilities for the Salem County Board of Education.

Willie was a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles organization. He was a member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni and served as a Board Member. He liked to golf and especially ride his Harley.

Willie is survived by his wife of 26 years, Kimberly K. Royster; his children, Kimberly Sims, Rachael Royster, and Isaac Royster; his grandchildren, Darren Smith and Kimmya Sims; his mother, Hilda Lampkins; and his sisters, Andre White, Lynn Miller, and Ruth Hackney.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, 2373 Route 9, Ocean View. Interment will be in Calvary Baptist Cemetery.