Remembering ‘Chilly Willy:’ Memorial Event At Whiskey Warehouse
Please join us at Whiskey Warehouse on Tuesday, October 23rd, as we honor the life of William Larry Major, or better known as “Chilly Willy,” to the citizens of Charlotte. The beloved but troubled homeless man was tragically killed on E. 7th Street Thursday night while crossing the street. The memorial will take place on the Upper Deck of Whiskey Warehouse starting at 6:00 PM.
At 58-years-old, Chilly Willy was seen throughout uptown, Dilworth, and Thomas Street areas. He has had a long history of alcoholism and police arrests after being homeless in Charlotte for over 20 years. He did reside in the Moore Place, a Charlotte apartment building operated by the Urban Ministry Center.
But with all of his troubles in life, the people of Charlotte grew fond of William Major. They always chatted, listened to his music or stories, and waved as they drove by.
Even restaurants where Chilly Willy was known to hang outside of have honored him. Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill will be running the “Chilly Willy” burger on special this which that consists of 1/2 lb black Angus burger, topped with our homemade chili, pepper jack cheese, and sautéed peppers & onions.
Here are some stories from local people who had their lives changed in some way by Chilly Willy.
“While working at a community service event in Charlotte this summer, a homeless man with long, gray hair, a full beard, and wild eyes came up to me and patted me on the back. He introduced himself: ‘Hey brother, I like that cross tattoo you got on your arm there. I know the good Lord and the Lord’s been good to me. ‘ We talked for several minutes. He shared his story and his struggles. I stood in awe of this funny and charismatic man. He put a smile on my face and I felt like I had known him for years after a short conversation. I went on my way and had no idea I was talking to a Charlotte legend. RIP Chilly Willy” – Justin A. from Waxhaw, NC
The thing with Larry “Chilly Willy” for me was, he was what I was always scared to be. He was one of the nicest men in the world, at one time a husband, and successful man. The fact that his life so easily and quickly became what it was always scared me, because I always looked at him and knew that couldve/could be me…He was an example to me on how easily life can fall if you have nothing to hang on to and he taught me so many valuable lesson and I will always thank him for that. Chilly I hope wherever you are your with your wife, and that the roads you happily walk are paved with gold “Brotherr” RIP and rest easy.” – Brenton S. from Charlotte, NC
If you would like to make a donation to the Crisis Assistance Ministry in his honor, then click here to visit their site and donate online.
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Check out Chilly Willy performing on his guitar below.
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