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Elder Willie Napoleon

Sunrise:  May 28, 1928                                          Sunset: October 9, 2015

 

" And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;  and there 

shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall

there be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away." 

REVELATION   21:4

 

ELDER WILLIE NAPOLEON

LIFE REFLECTIONS

 

Willie Napoleon was born May 28, 1928, the third child born to the parentage of

Henry Napoleon Sr. and Gertrude Hughes Napoleon. As a young boy he accepted the

call of salvation and was baptized under the pastorship of Pastor J.B. Martin at Corner 

Stone Baptist Church in Dixie, LA.  In his early years he received his formal education

in Dixie, then moved to Dallas at the age of 8 years old and attended J.P. Starks

Elementary then Lincoln High School.  After serving his country in the United States

Army a special time in his life, he met and married his soulmate and best friend,

Johnnie Mae Wright.  On November 2, 1952.  Johnny Mae served as a loving wife of 63

years until his death.

 

After his sister death in 1964, Willie and Johnnie Mae raised 4 of his nieces aka 

daughters, Kathryn, Beverly, Marilyn and Gayla Baccus. Their children called him Paw Paw !

Willie supported his family as a printer and etcher for Texas Nameplate Co. in

Dallas, Tx  where he retired after 39 years.

Later in life, he united with Cedar Grove Christian Church in Rockwall, Tx.  He was

a faithful member for 50 years.  Serving as a Deacon, Elder, Chairman of the Board,

Sunday School Teacher, worked on the Building Committee and served in the District

of the Christian Churches.

Willie was a active member of the Jubilee Community Center (Dallas).  Elder

Napoleon loved the Lord, loved his Pastor and was loyal to his church until his health

failed.

Willie is preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude Devereaux, father, Henry 

Napoleon Sr.; brother, Henry Napoleon Jr.; sister, Mary Napoeon Baccus;  stepfather,

John Devereaux.

He leaves to cherish his memories forever in the hearts of his devoted loving

wife, Johnnie Mae Napoleon; special cousins, Rosie Lee Williams of Shreveport, LA;

four sister-in-law, Ruby Shelby, Doris Brown (Roscoe) of Rockwall, TX, Dorothy Terrell

of Dallas, TX and Velma Coleman of Garland, TX; brother-in-law, Jasper Baccus Jr.; over

120 nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

CELEBRATING   HIS   LEGACY

Elder Willie Napoleon   1928 - 2015