Walter E. Oglesby
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Walter Eugene Oglesby was born August 4, 1930, in the then small Mississippi town of Poplarville. He died December 27, 2012 at St. Dominic's Hospital. His family relocated to Jackson, allowing Walter to attend Central High School from which he graduated in 1949. He attended Hinds Junior College with plans to further his studies at Mississippi State University, only to have his plans interrupted by the Korean War. Enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1951, he was ordered to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska as a radar specialist. While still in the service, Walter married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane McDonald of Jackson in 1953. Following his discharge, Walter returned to Mississippi to earn his degree from Mississippi State University, and was hired by the Jackson Tobacco Company, a wholesale grocery supplier where he worked until his retirement in 1995.
Walter's greatest joy was in serving his church, St. Luke's United Methodist. For more than forty years, he taught Sunday school, worked as a Trustee, sang in the Choir, was a member of the Administrative Board, supplied the church's Christmas tree every year, and helped to expand the church by working to procure the former Primos Building, now known as the Fondren Building.
Known to his many nieces and nephews as Uncle Pooh Bear, for his kind and gentle nature, he was fiercely loyal and will be sorely missed by all that knew him. Walter loved many things, but mostly he loved his wife, his church, his Lord and those "Bulldogs". We will always hear his voice singing in the church and cheering on the field.
Preceded in death by his parents, William Rodney and Nell Therrell Oglesby of Florence, and his younger brother Therrell Oglesby, Walter is survived by his wife Mary Jane, his older brother, Jimmie Lee Oglesby, both of Jackson, as well as many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.
Visitation and service will be held Monday, December 31, 2012, beginning at 10 a.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 621 Duling Avenue in the Fondren District of Jackson, MS.
Memorials can be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Online guestbook www.wrightferguson.com
Published in Clarion Ledger on Dec. 30, 2012