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.
Published in Clarion Ledger on Jan. 14, 2007.