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Prophet Woodrow Wilson Waller Sr., age 87, was called home to be with his Lord on Monday, July 7, 2014, at his residence in Chester, Va., surrounded by his family.

Born Feb. 14, 1927 in Chesterfield County, Va., to the late Sam Waller and Helen Waller, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Madeline Waller, and sons, Milton and Melvin Waller.

Founder of Straight Away Pentecostal Holiness Church, Prophet Waller was a true man of God committed to winning souls for Christ even extending into his missionary work to Africa. Beloved by many for his kind heart, he served as pastor and overseer for more than 50 years until a decline in his health.

Left to cherish his memories are his children, sons, Woodrow W. Jr. (Gertrude) of Richmond, Va., Wilbur (Princetine) of Chester, Va., Elder Vernon (Elaine), Carol (Louise) and Jerome, all of South Chesterfield, Va., John (Bonnie) of Richmond, Va., Charles (Debra) of South Chesterfield, Va., devoted son and caretaker, Carl (Viola) of Chester, Va., and daughter, Esther Edmunds (Mickey) of South Chesterfield, Va.; 28 grandchildren, devoted granddaughter, Dr. LaChelle Waller; 54 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Aaron (Marian) and James Jones (Clara); sister, Pinkie David; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Homegoing services for Prophet Woodrow W. Waller Sr. will be held noon Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Zion Apostolic Christian Memorial Temple, 1601 Youngs Road, Petersburg, Va.; Bishop Samuel Wright Sr., pastor, and Bishop Mack A. Vincent, presiding bishop of the Virginia Central Diocese, officiating. Interment to follow at Moore's Cemetery, Chester, Va.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Prophet Waller at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from July 8 to July 10, 2014
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