2011-01-20 / Obituaries


Johnnie Elizabeth Wimberly Wills, a resident of Jackson, died Jan. 14, 2011. Affectionately known as “Gramps”, she was 94. She was affectionately known as “Gramps and “Paint Cuz”.

Her church membership was at St. Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson where she served as a musician in the Sunday school department, was a senior choir member and a member of the Missionary Society. She was past Worthy Matron of the Morning View Chapter No. 101 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Jackson. She also served as a church musician at the Mt. Sinai No. 1 Baptist Church in Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Viola and James Wimberly and brothers, James D., Charles L and Eddie Wimberly.

Survivors include her devoted daughter and son-inlaw, Christine and Otis Jones of Selma; three grandchildren, Lemetrius C. ( Janella) Jones of Jonesboro, Ga., Otis C. (Nataki) Jones of Manassas, Va. and Cecilia Jones of Tuscaloosa; five great-grandchildren; four nieces, four nephews, one sister-in-law and many friends including those who attend the Jackson Nutrition Center where she served as an assistant. She also had many friends at her church and at First Baptist Church in Selma.

The funeral will be Saturday, Jan. 22 at St. Union Baptist Church in Jackson. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. with viewing to begin at 10 a.m. Pastor, the Rev. James M. Howard Sr. and the Rev. Natalie Wimberly will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Jackson with Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directing.

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