Willie C. Doss was born June 8, 1957 in Joliet, IL to Willie C. Doss, Sr. and Willa Blanch Thompson. He has three brothers, Frankie Hale-Doss, Dennis Doss and Dion Clark and one sister, Marjovel Gardner.
He attended Elementary School at Eliza Kelly and matriculated to Washington Junior High. High School was spent at Joliet Central High School for 3 ½ years, but he graduated at Joliet East High School. While in high school, he played football, quarterback and kickoff returner. He also played baseball, shortstop
He has a love of sports, played basketball, football, baseball and street hockey all year long. Street hockey was played with rolled up aluminum foil and broomsticks.
Willie lost his father at 5 years old to a car accident. He was returning home from working at Corn Products in Argo. His mom passed away after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was a Union Steward at Caterpillar. The doctors gave her three month, but through God’s grace she lived three years it was during this time that Willie gave his life to Christ.
Willie began college at Northern Illinois University in 1975. For three years prior to attending NIU he attended Project Upward Bound where he met Renard I. Jackson who challenged him to “stop being so damn shy.” That challenge caused him to push forward whenever he wanted to lay back.
While at NIU Willie became the Resident Hall DJ and played for the largest After Set at NIU during that time. It was also one of the reasons he flunked out of NIU. Not enough focus on his education. The flunking out was the wake up call to get it together. Willie went to Joliet Junior College for a year, and graduated with a A.A. in Data Processing.