Dallas County Obituaries - Nov 2007

Jan. 6, 1922, was a blessed day when Willie Washington was born to the late Nathaniel Washington and Emma Maul-Washington. He was the ninth child of 10 siblings.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Freedom Baptist Church, 1910 Summerville Road, Selma. Burial will be in Pointview Memory Gardens under the direction of Lewis Brothers Funeral Home.

He confessed Christ at an early age and later joined The Freedom Baptist Church family after retirement from his job in Cleveland and relocated to Selma.

He served his country as a proud soldier in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. During his years of military service he received several medals of honor, including the Fidelity Efficiency Honor, European African Middle Eastern Campaign, World War II medal; National Defense Award, Korean Service Award, Submachine Gun Operator and Carbine.

He also was one of the Tuskegee airmen. He was married to the late Georgia Mae Green. To this union three children were born: Dorothy, Irene and Melvin.

He leaves to cherish his memories: two daughters, Dorothy Mae Washington-Morrison and Irene Washington -Dean, both of Detroit; a daughter-in-law, Doris Washington of Selma; a son-in-law, Michael Dean of Detroit; eight grandchildren, Mac Morrison Sr., Corey Morrison Sr. and Ivan Washington, all of Detroit; Derrick Washington, Ericka Washington (Jermaine), Aaron, La., Melody Washington (Anthony) Sellers, Natalie Washington and Ashley Washington of Selma; seven great-grandchildren, Mac Morrison Jr., Corey Morrison Jr., Kearsten Morrison, all of Detroit; Austin Washington, Aaron; a devoted sister, Estelle W. Ellis of Selma; a devoted niece, Dorothy M. Chatmon, Selma; two sisters-in-law, Ceola Washington of Birmingham; Ella Washington, Selma; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his son, Melvin; four brothers, James Washington, George Washington, Robert Washington and Reuben Washington; and four sisters, Louise Washington, Dora Washington-Chatmon, Rosa Washington and Corine Washington-Welch.

Source: Selma Times-Journal, 25 Nov 2007

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