Fallen Hero: SFC(Ret) John Wiley Williams, Sr.


Funeral Home

Wade Funeral Home

401 Main St, Collins, MS
(601) 765-2121


July 16, 2022, Saturday,10- 11:30 am, Wade Funeral Home


July 16, 2022, 11:30 a.m., Wade Funeral Home Chapel


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on July 14, 2022, and moved on to his heavenly home. SFC(Ret) John Wiley Williams, Sr., age 78, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the 623rd Ammunition Company(Collins) 3656th Maintenance Company (Shelby) has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.
You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Obituary, visitation, and service details:
September 26, 1943 – July 14, 2022
Funeral services for Mr. John Wiley Williams, Sr. will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at the Wade Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Williams, age 78, passed away from this life on Thursday, July 14, 2022, in Collins. Reverend Ronnie Maxie, Reverend Timothy Beard, and Reverend Sammy Napier will officiate. Interment will be in the Eminence United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Wade Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Levi Williams, Scott Williams, Christopher Williams, Michael Truitt, Wade Green, and Michael Collins. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Mike Leggett, Tony Rigney, Ray Hughes, Arnold Bullman, and Matt Gray.
John Wiley Williams, Sr. was born on September 26, 1943, in Collins, to John Sharp Williams and Gladys Marie Leggett Williams. Mr. Williams was retired from the U.S. Army National Guard and a farmer. He was a member of the Eminence Cemetery Committee and a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.
Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his mother and father, 1 infant son, John Thomas Williams, and 1 brother, Thomas Earl Williams.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Shelby Williams of Seminary; 2 daughters, Jacqueline Sue Sanford (Cody) and Jane Collins (Zane), all of Seminary; 1 son, John Wiley Williams, Jr. of Seminary; 7 grandchildren, Leigh Anne Truitt, Levi Williams, Codie-Jaclyn Green, Sarah Anne Cliburn, Anna-Cathryn Sanford, John Lee Williams, and Michael Collins; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, David Williams (Kathy) of Ruston, LA, James Williams (Martha) of Hattiesburg, and Stanley Williams (Cynthia) of Mt. Olive; 1 sister-in-law, Kay Williams of Seminary; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00am until 11:30am at Wade Funeral Home.