Willie Jones Tollison

June 28, 1932November 28, 2012
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BOSSIER CITY LA – Services for Willie J. Tollison, 80, will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Stockwell Road Missionary Baptist Church with Pastors Jason Hebert and Lane Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Stockwell Road Missionary Baptist Church.

Willie was born on June 28, 1932 in Spartanburg South Carolina to the parents of James and Clara Tolleson, and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Willie was awarded the Purple Heart Medal while serving at Siagon in Vietnam. He proudly served in the United States Air Force for 21 years, retiring at Barksdale Air Force Base. After retirement Willie went to work for and retired from Coca-Cola in Shreveport. In his spare time he loved to spend time with his family, fish and work in his garden along with his faithful companion Buddy Boy. He especially loved to grow tomatoes and cucumbers and always had enough to give away to friends and family members. Willie was a faithful member of Waller Baptist Church. He loved to watch football and was an avid Cowboys fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eugene and Tillman Tolleson; a sister, Barbara Petty.

Willie is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Shirley Foster Tollison; son, Billy Wayne Tollison and wife Becky; daughter, Debbie McCain and husband Sammie; sisters, Annette Sanders and husband Joe, Diana Gwinn, Joan McAbee and husband Jimmy; Grandchildren, Jamie McCain and wife Shelley, Jenifer Ward and husband Josh, Savannah Snyder and husband James, Susanne Martin and husband Robert, Caroline Glenn and husband Alex. He also leaves behind 9 great grandchildren and numerous friends and family.

The family would like to extend thanks to the staff of the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans home for their support and loving care of Willie.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Waller Baptist Church or Stockwell Road Missionary Baptist Church in memory of Willie.

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December 1, 2012

Sammie and Debbie so sorry for your loss I have fond memories of Mr. Tollison when we were all kids growing up. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brad and Debbie Cummings

December 1, 2012

Our prayers are with the family Uncle Billy will be missed. Love you 'll Robbie McAbee & family

Susan & Mike Hilburn

November 30, 2012

Dear Tollison family, We so sorry to hear of Willie's passing. He was such a kind person. When my dad was ill, he brought an ice chest full of drinks to us at the hospital. Your family are in our prayers.

Frances Bryan

November 30, 2012

So sorry for your loss. We visited Willie on Tues. And after Bob prayed Willie said "Amen". May Gods peace comfort.

For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud

November 30, 2012

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Willie J. Tollison our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Willie. And to Willie it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Korean and Vietnam Wars while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Willie, you are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Willie's family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

November 30, 2012

I knew Willie years ago at the Coca Cola plant. He was a relatively quiet man and a good man. He must be very humble as I had no idea about his Purple Heart. I lost track of Willie but always remember his quiet, diligent nature and a sens of humor.
Mike Green

karen noren

November 30, 2012

so sorry for your loss of bro Tollison he was special christian man the whole family are in my thoughts and prayers always may God give you comfort and strength during thsi very difficult time and always love each one of you very much prayers love and hugs always

Cyndi Pace

November 30, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about Bro. Tollison, he was always such a blessing to me and my family everytime I talked with him. He was a great Christian man.