William P. Joseph Jr.
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William Paul, "Bill" Joseph, Jr. died Wednesday, January 10, 2007 from injuries received in an airplane crash. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Richard Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Parkway Memorial Cemetery.

On Wednesday, January 10, 2007, he was piloting his Cessna 310 as he did so often. It would be his final earthly flight. His plane crashed less than five miles from the airport.

Bill was born October 7, 1951 in Jackson, Miss., the son of Emily H. Joseph and William Paul Joseph. Graduating from Murrah High School in 1969, Bill continued his education at Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1974.

He was self-employed in Jackson since 1980. He was the CEO of William P. Joseph, Jr. A.I.A., President of Joseph Properties, Inc. and CEO of William P. Joseph Jr., Construction, Inc.

At the time of his death, he was A.I.A. licensed in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. He was also A.I.A. previously licensed in the state of Alabama, Alaska, and Colorado.

He was an active member of NCARB, member of National and Licensed Residential Builder in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

Some of Bill's honors and recognition were from National Recognition of Housing and Urban, Development for Mayfair Housing Project; Jackson, Mississippi City of Jackson Recognition of Loyalty and Service Leadership Jackson Honors, Recipient Assisted Mississippi Housing Task Force, C.D.B.G. Award for 314 Henry Street Housing Project; Greenwood, Mississippi. Bill was an astute business professional and well respected. His character speaks for itself. He has employees who have worked for him and his family of over 38 years.

Other than flying, Bill loved music and could play a mean harmonica. He also enjoyed boating. His sister, Mary Louise, said it perfectly when she stated: "Some people draw life out, but Bill put life into everything he touched."

Bill was a caring brother and uncle and will be greatly missed by his sister, Mary Louise, his brother in law, William Arthur Jones, his brother, Albert Paul Joseph, and his nephews, Arthur and Andrew Jones, and his niece, Elizabeth Jones Maitland. Bill was a bright, shining star that lit up any room he entered. He was a man of vision, hope and happiness. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.

Memorials may be made to St. Richard Catholic Church and St. Richard Catholic School.

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Published in Clarion Ledger on Jan. 14, 2007.
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February 8, 2007
I knew Bill because I filed a few months for him at his business. He was also my mother's boss. I was heart broken when I heard the news and it is still and always will be very sad. My thoughts are with the family and friends as they mourn a great loss.
Rebecca Green
February 2, 2007
Mrs. Jones,
My prayers are always with you, but especially now. I hold my own brother Billy tighter as I mourn your loss.
Liz Dubuisson
January 19, 2007
Mary Louise,
Vic had the great pleasure of getting to know your brother Bill, via their work together in Vicksburg and had come to know him as a "real fine guy"! He thought the world of Bill....our care and love for each of you as you so deeply mourn....
Gerry and Vic Gray-Lewis
Gerry & Vic Gray-Lewis
January 18, 2007
I'm an old friend from high school. I'm sorry for the loss to all the Joseph family. Bill was special and full of life. I'll miss flying with him when I come home for visits. We called him "Guillermo Jose" in spanish class at Murrah. I'm so sad. good bye old friend.
Alex MacDonald
January 18, 2007
This is too the family of a man that I never met. However I have come too know him through his employees. Everyone I have come in contact with that knew Mr. Joseph have always spoke highly of him. I am sure he will be missed not only as a family member but also someone that cared about the community.I regret never getting to meet him. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
January 18, 2007
Mary Louise, A.P., and family, Our hearts and prayers are with you now and always. Though we haven't seen you since Bill's wedding in Jackson a long time. You are and always will be family! Cousin Larry and Sheila
Larry Hakim
January 18, 2007
Dear Mary Louise, Arthur, AP and family,
I was so sad to hear about Bill's passing. Freddie and I remember his joy for life the last time all of us cousins were together years ago, and his face always had a smile on it. Our hearts go out to you all, especially you, Mary Louise, as I know that you will miss this piece of your life and your heart the most. We will keep you all in our prayers and thoughts in the days to come and know that God will greet Bill with open arms, and give you all the strength that you will need. Please accept our love and prayers.
Your Cousins, Betty Ann and Freddie
Betty Karrat
January 17, 2007
I want to say, Bill Joseph was a close friend. Rebecca and I miss him dearly. Everytime we got together were good times. He really enjoyed flying to the coast.
Norman Stokes, Jr.
January 17, 2007
Mary Louise and Albert Paul,

Please accept my sincere condolences at the passing of your brother, Bill. I lived down the street from you on Alta Vista Blvd. during our "growing-up" years. I had not seen Bill (or either of you) for many years--but from reading about Bill and all his personal and professional accomplishments in life, it is very evident that he was a wonderful human being and left quite a legacy.

Again, my sympathies to you and your family.

Libby Sills Skinner
Libby Skinner
January 16, 2007
Dear Mary Louise, A.P. and family,
I'd like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and all those who know Bill. He led a full life, gracing each person he came in contact with his wonderful, vibrant personality. Thank you for sharing the wonderful photo of him online. I know he's entertaining your folks this very minute. May the Lord bless each one of you with lasting, beautiful memories of Bill.
Mary Godwin Hauer
January 16, 2007
May your memory live on forever in the hearts of your family and friends. On behalf of Emergency Management International (USA), Inc, we want to send our condolences to the friends and family of William P Joseph Jr. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
January 16, 2007
He enjoyed every moment
January 15, 2007
I join with Bill's family in mourning his passing. Bill will be missed by all of us here in Ocean Springs who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Ross Dodds
January 15, 2007
I can't remember how I meet Bill but I seems like I knew him forever. He had more energy and was full of life. I used to stop by his office in Jackson just to say Hi because I knew Bill would have a great story to tell me or make me laugh. I will always cherish those memories. I will miss my friend. I know I will probably never meet anyone else like him but that O.K. because he was one of a kind.
Beth Krebs
January 15, 2007
Bill you be nothing but cool in my book, we'll miss ya!
Al Underwood
January 15, 2007
I worked for Bill in 1984-85, as well as his father, Mr. Bill at the Farmers Market. Bill, Jr. was one of the most optimistic people I have ever known. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Joy Fullen Hardin
January 15, 2007
Dearest Mary Louise,
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Arthur, and all of your family at this time of sudden loss. God's peace be with you.
Dana Godwin Downey
January 14, 2007
I worked with Bill in 1975 at Barlow & Plunkett. Those times of laughter are forever eitched in my mind. I lost my son last year and God will be with you at this time.

Diane Barnhill Steen
Diane Steen
January 14, 2007
To Bill's family and many friends- Chuck and Ella join me in expressing our deepest thoughts and prayers for the loss of our friend Bill. We feel fortunate to have known him and spent many wonderful times with Bill and all those who loved watching him play his harmonica and simply loving life! He was a dear man and friend. With deepest sympathy and love, Chrissy (Coffey) Gentry
Chrissy Gentry
January 14, 2007
Our families are enterwined forever. My deepest, heartfelt sympathy for your loss of your dear brother.
Maud Kuykendall
January 14, 2007
It is with deep regret that circumstances do not allow me to travel to Jackson today and pay my respects to Bill Joseph, his family and friends. I've known Bill for a number of years and was one of his sailing buddies when he frequently came to the coast.

Bill and I often had numerous discussions about life, philosophy, politics, sailing, jazz and other meaningful pursuits. During one of those discussions, Bill explained to me the architectural concepts of "essence of space", and the need for all to understand the concept for enriched discussion and its positive influences far beyond the domain of architecture in such matters as interpersonal relationship; sociological tolerances; and business management allignment approaches. Bill's sister was right when she described him as "...he put life into everyone he touched...", and we shall all miss him dearly.

I had numerous photos of some of our sailing adventures (for sometimes that's what they really were) but like most coast Katrina victims who had water in their homes, most of those photos have been lost. I do believe, however, I do have a video tape made on the "committee boat" when, under Bill's leadership, we won the "Race of the White Wings". As we begin to move back into our home, and we find the tape, I would be pleased to send copies to the family.


E. Spencer Garrett
Spencer Garrett
January 14, 2007
I went to high school with Bill and he was always a joy to be around. Each class reunion I looked forward to "catching up" with Bill on the activities of his life. I will be praying for his family during this time.
Bill Beach
January 14, 2007
I don’t know were to start. I met Bill when I moved from Carthage to Jackson in 1971. I played drums with many people and a lot of blues acts from Jackson to Austin. I met Bill through our late friend Nick Stevens and we use to jam at Nicks house after high school, Nick wanted to be a guitar player, Bill loved his harp. After years of hard living I found myself in dire straits. I had burned about all my bridges. I sat with Bill one morning at the old Primos across from the Baptist treatment center. Bill told me he would do whatever it would take to help me get my act together and that is what made me do what I had to do and I did it.
Last Christmas I ran into Bill at a coffee shop at Fondern Square. He wanted me to go to the new years Black and White affair. I had other plans but I got his card and I never got in touch. When I came home this year I wanted to see my old friends but I hurt my back on a job and was laid up for my trip. Mary Louise your brother was more than special he was/is a saint.
Robert (Byrd) Mann
January 14, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.We are so sorry to miss the visitation and Mass.We are in Texas with John and Marta.Take care
John,Camille,John,Marta and Ann
John Oliver
January 14, 2007
Mary Louise, you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Carla and Gary
Carla Thompson
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