William R. Mize Sr.
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AGE: 97 • McCalla, AL
William R. Mize Sr., 97, of McCalla, AL, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, with his caring daughter, Robin by his side. Born in Birmingham, AL to Ross and Ruth Mize on Feb. 13, 1917. After losing his father at the age of 11, was raised in Odenville, AL. He moved to NJ in 1949, residing in Hoboken where he met and married his wife, Helen after only a 2 week courtship. Bill also lived in Jersey City, East Keansburg, and Forked River before returning to Alabama in 1981. He was a welder for Fruhauf Trucking Company for many years and later owned his own towing business in Forked River. In his later years, Bill took up dancing and enjoyed Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel music at the 15th St. Dance Hall in Bessemer, AL. In addition to his father, Bill was preceded in death by his mother, his wives, Helen and Betty; brothers, Marion and Emmett and sister, Mary Mims. Surviving are 4 sons, Ross (Gay), Charles, William Jr., and James; 5 daughters, Jacqueline Dennis, Ruth (Charles) Fischer, Ellen (Larry) Brower, Robin (Joe) Simpson and Donna (Alan) Praschil; grandchildren, Al, Kathy, Frankie, Charles, Richard, Jennifer, Raymond, and Maria; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Wayne and Don; sister, Margaret; many nieces and nephews, and many other dear family members and friends. Bill was laid to rest on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Forest Hills Cemetery, Birmingham, AL.
Published in Asbury Park Press on May 1, 2014