The Personal Life

willie gary stuartWillie Gary thrives outside the courtroom

At home, most of his nights are spent watching sports. “A lot of basketball,” said Gloria. “And we’re big boxing fans. We’ll watch old classic boxing matches.”

They met in the second grade. She, too, grew up poor. She was salutatorian of her high school and followed him to Shaw University. “I knew from the time he was in high school he was going places,” she said at the kitchen table after he had gone off to the office. “Law school was the first time he really committed himself. He found his niche.”

They were raised Baptist and they remain Baptist: No drinking, no smoking. They have four sons. Three still live in the Stuart area. One, Sekou, is an attorney in Miami Shores.

After almost 40 years of marriage, they play tennis together and work out on side-by-side treadmills. Sometimes they talk. Sometimes they listen to gospel music. She still cooks his meals.

She still keeps tabs on how the business is going — proofreading the law firm’s newsletter — but she doesn’t try to follow his lavish lifestyle.

“I drive a 1999 Lexus SUV every day. I’m a very simple girl. I have a Bentley. It sits in the garage and the battery goes down because I never drive it. I don’t like people looking at me.”

They take one vacation a year — leaving Stuart the day after Christmas, flying in Wings of Justice II to Steamboat Springs, Colo., for skiing, then a night or two in Las Vegas, followed by attending the national college football championship.

“That’s the only time he relaxes,” she said.