Community Life

Willie Koonce: "A Really Nice Guy"

2b09229a094d7896f135_20032122_10209764449530908_1427798406879578298_n.jpg
Actor John Amos (seated), co-worker Jimmy Gamble, Whitney Houston Academy Principal Henry Hamilton and Robert Lee Credits: Katherine Willis
40cb048fa5d6ffa8dfa3_19990516_10209764450210925_8622833267670496927_n.jpg
Picture collage of Willie Koonce Credits: Ms. Catherine Willis
a5de6793757fe863753e_20140042_10209764448730888_200198301138000810_n.jpg
Credits: Catherine Willis
2b09229a094d7896f135_20032122_10209764449530908_1427798406879578298_n.jpg

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Seldom does any one individual receive the number of accolades from young and old, male and female alike, matching the recently deceased barber, Willie Koonce. According to a number of interviewees, Mr. Koonce was more than an exceptional barber; he was a “really nice guy”, explains Councilman William Holt.

Former 4th Ward Councilman Holt spoke in glowing terms about the life and legacy of Willie Koonce. He reminisced about their early days in East Orange and how Mr. Koonce reached out and mentored several neighborhood youths in the science of barbering, which, according to the councilman, he learned while in the Air Force.

His funeral service brought out what many consider, ‘East Orange royalty’. Chief among the attendees was veteran actor John Amos of the television hit, Good Times and movie blockbuster, Coming to America.

Sign Up for E-News

In a statement from former Board of Taxation Commissioner and Director of Senior Services, Catherine Willis, she replies, “Some of East Orange finest reminisced about the good old days in EO as they spoke about their friend, mentor, father, father figure, big brother, uncle ,parent and entrepreneur. Willie Koonce touched the lives of many and he shall remain in the hearts of all those whom touched. Thank you John Amos for the eulogy, thank you Rev. Dr. Erica Crawford for the word. Willie was a fisherman and Dr. Crawford reminded us of the word, (Matthew 4:19-20) And He said them, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

Mr. Koonce was proprietor of Modern Era Barbers on the corner of Clifford and Halsted for more than 50 years.

Willie Koonce was brother of Mary Patterson former 5th Ward Councilwoman. Mary recently made her transition on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Orange/Orange

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

July 12, 2018

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...

2nd Annual Love & Not Hate March Today in East Orange

July 13, 2018

EAST ORANGE, NJ - This morning the Rev. Al Sharpton will join East Orange Mayor Ted Green for their 2nd Annual Love & Not Hate March against gun violence at 8:00 AM. 

The March will begin at Hollywood Ave & Central Avenue in East Orange and will work its way to Oval Park. Once at the park there will be youth activities, vendors, music, school give-a-ways and much more.

More Essential Niches for Case Studies

Last time, we discussed how valuable business-related case studies can be in showing the way to success for aspiring entrepreneurs. In this article, we will be discussing two more important categories, finance and marketing. 

Finance

Finance case studies can offer valuable guidance for small businesses. Topics include:

* Budgeting

* Best accounting practices

  Automation ...

Winning Case Study Topic Areas

In the last article, we discussed why case studies can be an excellent opportunity to add income and prestige to your business. This time, we want to start taking a look at the kinds of case studies that people in your niche would be eager to see. 

Business Case Studies

Every small business can use a helping hand when it comes to laying a solid foundation for success. One of the most ...

How Case Studies Can Help Your Business

Hi, and welcome to your article series on “Creating Case Studies for Your Business”, no matter what niche you are working in. We hope you get a lot out of it.

What Is a Case Study?

Case studies are becoming an increasingly popular type of information product, designed to report on a problem a company had and how they went about solving it. The case study will usually outline the ...