William Jerry Wilder


Mr. William Jerry Wilder, age 68, of Mentone, AL (formerly of Port St. Joe, FL) died Thursday, March 06, 2008.
Mr. Wilder was born November 13, 1939 in Thomasville, NC, the son of the late James William and Inez Pruitt Manning Wilder. Mr. Wilder attended both the Mentone Community Church and Subligna Baptist Church. He was instrumental in establishing several churches and was director of the music programs. He was retired from the United States Navy as a Chief Petty Officer. Mr. Wilder had performed in the Navy Marching Band, Navy Jazz Band, Navy Show Band and was leader of the Navy Country and & Navy Bluegrass Band. He was a professional musician and singer/songwriter, and a recording artist on TV and radio. He was an instructor of stringed musical instruments. Mr. Wilder was also a master craftsman of wood, carpentry, & masonry.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Pauline “Polly” Shackford Wilder, sons & daughters-in-law, Jimmy & Lisa Wilder of Subligna, GA, Darron & Shelia Wilder, of Port St. Joe, FL; daughters and sons-in-law; Brenda Ann and Jack Davila, of West Virginia, Jeri Lynn and Kenny Strickland, Powder Springs, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Bobby Joe and Frances Pruitt, of Marietta, GA; grandchildren, Daniel Wilder, Katie Wilder, Turner Wilder, Benjamin Wilder; and several Great Grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p. m. Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Sublinga Baptist Church, with Rev. Charles Bishop officiating. Burial will follow in Subligna Cemetery with full military honors. Pallbearers will be Ben Hege, Turner Wilder, Kenny Strickland, Jack Davila, Max Cordle, and Alex Clater.
Mr. Wilder will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p. m. Friday. He will also lie in state at the church on Saturday from 1:30 p. m until the service hour.
Mason Funeral Home is directing. For guestbook go online to www. masonfuneralhome.com
Published in The Star from Mar. 14 to Mar. 20, 2008
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