OBITUARY

Willie Dell Hatcher

February 17, 1942December 27, 2020
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On February 17, 1942, Willie came into this world at seven months, the second child of eight children to Henry and Cora Hatcher in Jena, LA. Willie transitioned on December 27, 2020 at YRMC, Yuma, AZ. Willie graduated from Goodpine High School, Jena, LA, and Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA. He later enlisted in the United States Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. Willie completed his Army contract at Fort Huachuca, AZ, and relocated to Yuma, AZ to work at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground and retired after 38 years of service. Willie was high on education. He instilled in his children and grandchildren the advantages of going to school. He enjoyed everyone’s accomplishments and was proud to share the news with others. He was a very generous soul, and we were blessed to have him in our lives. Family was everything to Willie, so he made it a point to stay in touch and was always on the phone talking with them. He was everybody’s cousin. You were lucky if you were on his birthday or Christmas card list. He loved his children, but mostly he was crazy about his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Once he learned how to facetime and to use zoom, there was no stopping him. Willie is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Hatcher, two daughters and four sons; Mireya Balcazar (Armando) of Yuma, AZ; Adriana Chiang (Angel) of Bakersfield, CA; Ignacio Padilla (Africa) of Yuma, AZ; Jose G. Padilla (Glenny) of Olympia, WA; Jose DJ Padilla of Yuma, AZ and Marcus Hatcher of Ft Walton Beach, FL. He also leaves three sisters; Betty Addison of Jena, LA; Gloria Shields (Columbus) of Natchitoches, LA, and Letishia Hatcher of Jonesville, LA; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Cora Hatcher, sisters Jennie Hatcher and Carolyn Hatcher, and brothers Connie Hatcher, and Don Hatcher.

  • FAMILY

  • Gloria Hatcher, Wife
  • Mireya Balcazar (Armando), Daughter
  • Adriana Chiang (Angel), Daughter
  • Ignacio Padilla (Africa), Son
  • Jose G. Padilla (Glenny), Son
  • Jose DJ Padilla, Son
  • Marcus Hatcher, Son
  • Betty Addison, Sister
  • Gloria Shields (Columbus), Sister
  • Letishia Hatcher, Sister
  • Henry Hatcher, Father (deceased)
  • Cora Hatcher, Mother (deceased)
  • Jennie Hatcher, Sister (deceased)
  • Carolyn Hatcher, Sister (deceased)
  • Connie Hatcher, Brother (deceased)
  • Don Hatcher, Brother (deceased)
  • Mr. Hatcher also leaves a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Marcus Hatcher, Active Pallbearer
  • Gerardo Padilla, Active Pallbearer
  • Ignacio Padilla Sr. , Active Pallbearer
  • Quante Hatcher, Active Pallbearer
  • Martin Aguayo, Active Pallbearer
  • Jesse Hatcher , Active Pallbearer
  • Victor Rodriguez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jesse Aguayo, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Alejandro Padilla, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ignacio Padilla Jr. , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Adler, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Omar Vallejo, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Andrew Herrarte, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, January 15, 2021

Memories

Willie Dell Hatcher

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Carla Hardwell

January 14, 2021

Uncle Willie D was a well respected man in our fanily. As kids, if we messed up we always knew to get it together when he comes. Uncle Willie will be remembered as a strong man of the Hatcher Family.
He will be missed dearly.

Karina Adler

January 13, 2021

My grandpa was an great man who taught me so many life skills. He gave all of us grandchildren unconditional love. I’ll always cherish our trips to Louisiana to visit family and stopping by any Popeyes we could get our hands on. He never missed a chance to try to embarrass us and we just learned to embrace it. Those long train rides were our chance to just talk and watch the scenery. I’ll never forget the words he whispered to me on our grandfather granddaughter dance at my wedding. When I had my son, he was so excited to always see him on FaceTime and in person. He was his “Saw guy”. I’ll always remember the time we had together Grandpa. I love you.

Deterise Addison

January 12, 2021

I remember Uncle Willie coming home during the summer and bringing everyone. We had so much fun as we got to know each other. He gave us an Amazing aunt and many cousins. Uncle Willie had a big ❤. He loved his family and a Giver to anyone that needed help. I knew it was Uncle Willie coming when I saw those pants "high' above the waist. It was a blessing to have the Hatcher reunion and capture those memories. He was loved by a big family. RIP Uncle Willie Forever in our hearts♥️♥️ ❤

Mireya Balcazar

January 12, 2021

I will never forget how you and Mother took care of me when I was recovering from my operations. You would show up at 5am everyday to accompany me until Mother would take over at 7am. You would sit there and assured me everything would be okay while I lay there crying wondering if my body would ever recover. You would always bring me a snack. Later in the day you would do the same. Thank you so much for all you did for me and my children and grandchildren. Love, your daughter Mireya aka "Maria"

mark maria walker

January 8, 2021

Our hearts and prayers go to you Gloria as we grieve together. Mark & Maria Walker

Lomita Armendariz

December 28, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Gloria and the loved ones of Willie. My husband John and I enjoyed the times we spent visiting Willie & Gloria. He was always a very kind man. There was never a doubt he loved his family. He let us know we were family too. May he rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus. May God's love be a comfort to Gloria and the family.

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