Willye Joyce Buckley

Published 9:39 am Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at Springhill Baptist Church for Mrs. Willye Joyce Buckley, 71, who died Friday, Dec. 27, 2020, at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg.  Rev. Micheal Evans officiated with interment following in the church cemetery.

Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Willye Joyce Buckley, “Bill” as she was known by her family, was born to the late Willie and Ollie Neal Williams in Jefferson Davis County.  She joined Green Grove Baptist Church at an early age and later moved her membership to Springhill Baptist Church after the passing of her mother.  She was a faithful member of Springhill Church where she served as an usher, church secretary, Chairperson of the church anniversary committee, Sunday school member and kitchen matron.  She catered and cooked for many years; she opened her own restaurant.

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Mrs. Buckley attended J. E. Johnson High School and graduated in 1968; after high school she joined the Job Corp and later moved to Los Angeles, California.  She moved home to her grandmother, Fannie Neal. In 1974, she married the late Dorscel Buckley and to this union one child was born.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Vert, W. L. and George; sisters, Ruby Nell and Patricia; nieces and nephews, Charlene Butler-Ellis, Cathy Butler and Leonard McInnis and Keith Williams and aunt and uncle, Charley and Victoria Gholar.

She is survived by daughter, DaBrina Moore of Prentiss; brothers, John (Debora) and I. L.; sisters, Lucy, Elaine (Clyde), Alberta (Charley), Helen (Antoine), Edwin, Jeanette, Barbara, Sarah and Cormy Lean; many nieces, nephews and godchildren and special friends, Betty Davis and Juanita Jackson.