Mrs. Wanda Gathers of Port St. Joe, Florida went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday November 14th at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 47.
Wanda was born on February 24, 1960 in Port Saint Joe as the eighth of twelve brothers and sisters and was educated in the Gulf County Public School System. Throughout her childhood and adult life, Wanda was a compassionate sister, a loving daughter, and a caring and trustworthy friend. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mrs. Leola Gathers and two brothers, James Earl and Jimmy Gathers.
Those left to cherish her memories and mourn her passing are a devoted and courageous soulmate, Billy Lee Ellis; her father Steve Gathers, Jr.; her siblings: Robert McCleary (wife Doris) of Miami, Florida, Yvonne Landrine of New York City, Carolyn Sims (husband Thomas Sr.) of Port Saint Joe, Doris Morning (husband Reverend Ben) of Panama City, Florida, Gwen Dawson (husband Darion), Sandra Addison of Port Saint Joe, Florida, Tressie Russ (husband Fred) of Panama City, Florida, Patricia Williams (husband Robert) of Port Saint Joe, Florida and Steve Gathers III of Panama City, Florida; her special friends, Bessie Willis and Denise Granger Williams of Port Saint Joe, Florida; a special aunt, Ms. Emily Jefferson (husband Jessie) of Panama City, Florida, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and caring friends.
Funeral services was held Saturday, November 23rd, 2:00 P.M., in the Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church, Avenue D, Port Saint Joe, Florida, with Reverend Jessie Hawkins officiating. She was laid to rest in the Forrest Hill Cemetery under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, Florida.
Published in The Star from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6, 2007.