W.T., as he was affectionately known to family and friends, and Papaw to his grandchildren, was an electrician at Arrow Shirt Company in East Point and retired from the University of West Georgia, Carrollton, as Master Electrician. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, having served at U.S. Naval bases in Guam and Okinawa aboard the minesweepers USS Mississppi and USS Zebra. W.T. attended Haralson County Schools and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Bremen.
W.T. enjoyed travel. He took numerous trips, but one of his favorite memories was walking to the floor of the Grand Canyon and camping there overnight. He also enjoyed watching Braves baseball on TV, gardening several acres and doing mechanical projects around his house. During his younger years, he played guitar and was frequently heard on local radio stations.
Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn (Robert) Smith, Elaine Fincher Wilson and Linda (Randle) Bearden; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services will be Wednesday, April 11, at 3 p.m. from the Bethel Baptist Church with Reverend Van Brown officiating. Music will be furnished by the McBrayer Family. Chris Coffman, Terry Coffman, Austin Coffman, Johnny Bollen, Herbert Whitton and Jim Persons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Curtis Mann, Jerry Mann, Gerald Willis, Harold Hamrick, Wayne Hamrick, Don Willis and Daryl Whitton. Interment will follow in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
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