Obituaries – 2007 – W

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 1, 2007

The Panolian: OBITUARIES (W)


WAGNER, John William
RAYMOND – John William Wagner, 92, formerly of Batesville, died Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at St. Dominic’s Hospital following a brief illness. Visitation is 12 noon until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service Friday at the First Baptist Church in Raymond with burial in Raymond Cemetery. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home has charge.
     Wagner was born in Butler County, Mo., on April 27, 1914 to the late Ed and Mary Wagner.
     He was actively involved in church ministries everywhere he lived and served as pastor to three churches in Monterey, Louisiana, and the surrounding area after retiring from Tennessee Gas Transmission Company. He traveled on mission trips to Zimbabwe and South Korea.
     He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Blanche Kirby Wagner.
     Survivors include: two daughters, Johnnie Lou Marshall of Vicksburg and Mary Ann Averitt of Raymond; one son, Buddy Wagner of Clinton; one sister, Hazel Rankin of Memphis; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
     In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in his memory to a favorite charity.

BATESVILLE – John E. Watley, 45, died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
     Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Zannie Leland will officiate. Burial will be in Batesville Cemetery. Visitation will be today 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Watley, born March 28, 1961, in Ruston, La., to the late Johnny Edward Mays and the late Alma Burgess, was a security guard for the Batesville Job Corps and a member of St. Mary Church in Ruston, La.
     Survivors include: three sisters, Jessie Marie Burgess of Batesville, Muriel Shirlene Wright of Goldsboro, N.C. and Charletta Evans of Raleigh, N.C.

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BATESVILLE – E.J. Watson, 53, died Monday, January 22, 2007, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Services were Sunday at Antioch M.B. Church. Rev. Louis Wilson officiated. Burial was in the Antioch M.B. Church cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home had charge.
     Survivors include: three brothers, Prentiss Hamilton of Memphis, Jessie Watson of Batesville and Jerry Watson of Jackson and one sister, Leonna Jones of Jackson.

WHITE, Page Vaughan
CLEVELAND – Page Vaughan White, 78, died Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at Cleveland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
     Graveside services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Cemetery in Trenton, Tenn. Ray Funeral Home has charge.
     White, born April 24, 1927, in Dyersburg, Tenn., to the late Thomas Vaughan White and the late Maggie Mae Grisham White, attended the University of Mississippi where he received his degree as a pharmacist. After graduation, he owned White Drug Company in Batesville and he worked as a pharmacist until his retirement. He also served his country in the United States Army.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ruth White.
     Survivors include: two sons, Thomas P. White of Cleveland and John D. White of Memphis.

BATESVILLE – Addie B. Williams, 73, died Monday, March 5, 2007, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
     Services are Saturday at 2 p.m. at Spring Hill Asa Church in Courtland. Rev. Louis Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Hill Asa Cemetery. Visitation will be today 10 a.m.  – 6 p.m. at Cooley’s Mortuary. Cooley’s Mortuary has charge.
     Williams, born Dec. 1, 1933, to the late Jessie Hogg and the late Allie A. Hamilton, was a housekeeper for Dr. John Smoot and a member of Spring Hill Asa M.B. Church.
     Survivors include: one daughter, Bertha Williams of Milwaukee, Wis.; five sons, Johnnie Wayne Williams of Memphis, Jessie Earl Williams of Charleston, Willie Roy Williams, Robert Earl Williams and Mack Williams, all of Milwaukee; one brother, E.O. Hogg of Memphis; 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

WILLIAMS, Magnolia Crawford
LAMBERT – Magnolia Crawford Williams, 85, died Friday, February 23, 2007, at Quitman County Hospital.
     Services are Saturday at 1 p.m. at Visitor’s Chapel M.B. Church. Rev. Edgar L. Scurlark will officiate. Burial will be in Visitor’s Chapel Church Cemetery. Visitation will be today 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Delta Burial Funeral Home in Marks and also at 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Delta Burial Funeral Home. Delta Burial Funeral Home has charge.
     Williams, born March 3, 1921, was a homemaker and a Baptist.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Williams and her daughter, Lorene Williams.
     Survivors include: five sons, Leon Williams of Elkhart, Ind., J.D. Williams of Lambert, Wallace Williams, Sylvester Williams and Charles Williams, all of St. Paul, Minn. and seven daughters, Gloria O’Neal of Elkhart, Ind., Velma Williams of Memphis; Ernice Sanford of Pope, Irene Williams of St. Paul, Minn., Cora Miller of Albuquerque, N.M., Vinnie Allen of Memphis and Johnnie Johnson of Lambert.

     LITTLETON, Colo. –  Max D. Williams, 78, formerly of Batesville, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at his daughter’s residence.
     Services were Friday at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence, Miss. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville. Florence Funeral Home had charge.
     Williams, born Jan. 4, 1929, was retired from the U.S. Army. His entire military career was spent as a military police officer and commanding officer for CID in France. He retired after 20 years as a Chief Warrant Officer II.
     He was preceded in death by one brother, Elmo Williams.
     Survivors include: two daughters, Carolyn Sullivan of Littleton, Colo. and Aline Lewis of Ottawa, Canada; three sons, Steve Williams of Rio Rancho, N.M., Alain Gossein of Albuquerque, N.M. and Chris Gossein of Los Alamos, N.M.; one brother, Jack Williams of Terry and five grandchildren.

WILSON, Billy W. "Bill"
BATESVILLE – Billy W. "Bill" Wilson, 71, died Wednesday, January 17, 2007, at his residence.
     Services are today at 11 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Rev. Milton Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Sardis Lake Baptist Church Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home has charge.
     Wilson was an audio technician of Audio Communication of Olive Branch.
     Survivors include: his wife, Mary Davis Wilson of Batesville; two sons, Barrett Wilkinson and wife Tammy of Batesville and Bart Wilkinson and wife Betty of Millington, Tenn.; one sister, Patsy Weldon Wilson and husband Weldon of McRae, Ark. and two grandchildren, Blair Wilkinson of Batesville and Austen Wilson of Memphis.

WILSON, Patricia
SARDIS – Patricia Wilson, 47, died Friday, February 16, 2007, at her residence.
     Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Gillion M.B. Church. Rev. Odell Draper will officiate. Visitation is today 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Peters Cemetery in Sardis. Hodges Funeral Home has charge.
Wilson was a machine operator.
     Survivors include: two daughters, Constance Wilson and Dominique Wilson, both of Sardis; her mother, Mary E. Wilson of Sardis; her step-father, Joe Lewis Bobo of Chicago; two sisters, Vernesser Wilson and Amanada Bobo, both of Sardis; three brothers, Ronnie Wilson of Memphis, Sammy Bobo of Senatobia and Willie Joe Bobo of Sardis and two grandchildren.

BATESVILLE- Dan Le Roy Wofford, 73, died Thursday, January 4, 2007, at his residence.
     Services were Sunday at Drew United Methodist Church. Rev. Reid Burt Fade and Dr. William A. Pennington officiated. Burial was in Drew Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home had charge.
     Wofford, born Sept. 4, 1933, to Thomas DeWitt and Ada Manning Wofford Sr. received a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Mississippi State University. While attending college he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Batesville and was a former member of Drew First United Methodist Church where he was in the choir. When living in Drew he was a former member of the Sunflower Economic Board. He worked as an accountant for Boswell and Boswell for 20 years before opening his own practice in 1983. He retired 17 years later in 2000.
     Before becoming an accountant he was a farmer. He also worked for the state department of audit and chaired the finance committee in Drew. He was a former board member for North Sunflower Academy.
     Survivors include: his wife Dr. Evelyn Burt Wofford of Batesville; two daughters, Jennifer Wofford and husband Emery Edwards of Gulfport and Valerie Wofford and husband Christopher Baker of Mobile, Ala. and five grandchildren, Allen, Matthew and Ada Catherine Edwards and Virginia and Kenneth Baker.
     Memorials may go the the charity of the donor’s choice.

WOODS, Bobby Joe
WESSON – Bobby Joe Woods, 66, died Monday, January 8, 2007, at his residence. He was the brother of Billy Woods, Henry Woods, Johnny Woods and Bonnie Albritton, all of Batesville.
     Services were Wednesday at Riverwood Chapel in Brookhaven. Burial was in Sylvarena Baptist Church Cemetery. Riverwood Family Funeral Home had charge.
     Woods, born Sept. 3, 1940, to the late Henry O. Woods and Ella D. Woods, was a retired owner for Operator Trucking Company and was a member of the Baptist Church.
     He was preceded in death by his sister Joyce Ann Baker and one granddaughter Amanda Joe Purser.
     Survivors along with his brothers and sister include: four daughters, Jan Hutson of Wesson, Christy W. Cape of Mendenhall, Billie Jean Culbreath of Quillian, Texas and Renee Russell of Brandon; two sisters, Lena Davis of Jena, La. and Virginia Culbreath of Wills Point, Texas; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
     Memorials may be sent to Hospice Ministries of Brookhaven.



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