Willie J. “W.J.” O’Neal, 90, of Hazlehurst, passed away at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Jackson, Sunday, August 17, 2008. Services will be Monday, August 19, 2008 at Unity Baptist Church with burial in the Poplar Springs Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Home in Hazlehurst is in charge of the services.
Mr. O’Neal was a native and long time resident of Copiah County and a WWII veteran. Before retiring, he was a ship fitter for Ingalls Ship Yard in Pascagoula and later raised cattle. He loved to fish and hunt with his friends. Mr. O’Neal was a member of Unity Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annette Hamilton O’Neal in 1990.
Survivors include: Son-Lynn O’Neal of Clinton, Harmon O’Neal of Philadelphia and James O’Neal of Wesson; sisters, Ruby Knight and Peggy Kees, both of Brookhaven; 2 grandchildren.