Services for Willie Ray Walls, 83 will be held at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Conehatta, MS, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Randall Creel, Rev. William Savell, and Rev. Heath Johnson officiating . Burial will be in the church cemetery with Newton County Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements, (601) 635-3200. Visitation will be held from 1 - 2 PM at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
Mr. Walls, of Glen Allan, MS died Saturday, May 5, at his home. He was born June 18, 1928 in Forest, MS. He was in the United States Air Force from 1947 to 1967. He and his family were stationed in Hawaii before it became a state and was stationed there when Hawaii gained statehood. He was also stationed in several states and in France. While in France he and his family visited several European countries.
Mr. Walls retired to Conehatta, MS in April 1967. He was employed for the summer with the Newton County Supervisor in Beat 3 where he helped black top the road from Conehatta to Prospect. He then worked for Jerry Trest at the Forest Air Conditioning/Refrigerator Service, worked at the Newton Record as the teletype operator, East Central Community College, and Green Acre Farms until he retired in 1989 and moved to Lake Washington in Glen Allan, MS where he and his wife loved to fish.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Yates Thorne and husband Curtis of Decatur, MS, one sister, Cecily Walls Wilder and husband, Winston of Starkville, MS, one brother James Austin Wall and wife, Betty of Biloxi, MS, his grandson Mickey and wife Karla Yates and children Tyler, Zach, Kaylee, and Brandon Yates of Decatur, also Julie, Josh and Tyler G. He had nine other grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, sister-in-law Brenda Crawford and husband Ron of Hattiesburg and Billie Leach of Decatur, several nieces and nephews and very special friends, Mr. & Mrs. Murry Barr, Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie McIntire of Glen Allan and Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Rochelle of Holly Bluff, MS.
He was preceded in death by his wife Louise Leach Walls, and parents, Mr. & Mrs. Earl Wall, one son, Danny L. Yates and one daughter, Rita C. Walls Gibbs and husband Dean.
Pallbearers were the Military Honor Guard.