Died: Wed., May 29, 2019


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Jun. 22, 2019
Location: Jones Tabernacle AME Zion Church

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Sat., Jun. 22, 2019
Location: Jones Tabernacle AME Zion Church

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Mr. Willie Lewis Wynne, son of Erma and Emerson Wynne Sr., was born in  Dyer, Tennessee, on December 27, 1939.

At an early age, Willie confessed his love for Christ and was baptized at Dyer C.M.E. Church. Willie eventually moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1959.

He became a faithful and active member of Jones Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church, where he served on many boards, including one of his favorites the Culinary Ministries. He served his church well until his departure, and always with a smile.

As a child, Willie attended Dyer Rosenwald Elementary and graduated from Trenton Rosenwald High School. He continued his education at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. Willie also served his country as a member of the United States Army, where he earned an Honorable Discharge.

Willie was a hard worker, a trait he learned early in life. Dyerwas a small town and opportunities for African-Americans were few. Willie and his older brother were the first African-Americans in Dyer to deliver a paper route. They were also the first to work as Bell Hops in all of Gibson County. Willie was extremely fashionable and loved participating in fashion shows. His fondness for fashion landed him in the ever-popular Ebony magazine, the runways of L.S Ayres and Company, Wm. H. Block, the exclusive men's store, L. Strauss & Co., as well as other charitable organizations. Willie was a loyal and dedicated employee of the United States Postal Service in Indianapolis, Indiana for over twenty-five years.

Willie was also well known for his culinary skills. He had a love for the art of cooking and it increased when he traveled abroad to Germany. He never turned down any requests to cook because he enjoyed people eating his food as much as he loved to prepare it. Willie enjoyed entertaining and was an exquisite host. Whether he was   hosting his Aunt Hope Phillips’ bridge club, church socials, card parties or family gatherings, in his own quiet way, he could be the life of the party. He loved to dance and was great at it, as he sat down many opponents on the dance floor.

Willie departed this earthly life on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Erma and Emerson Wynne, Sr., and brothers, Phillips Joseph Wynne and Samuel Asa Wynne.

He leaves to cherish his memory his siblings: Alma (Samuel-deceased) Rice, Memphis, Tennessee; Emerson L. (Karyn) Wynne, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana; Jerrye (Bill-deceased) Scates, Lansing, Michigan, and Delois Williams, Dyer, Tennessee; God- daughter, (great-niece), Karington A. Perry, Covington, Georgia; special niece, Chiquita Perry, Covington, Georgia, a host of other nieces and nephews which span multiple generations, cousins, the Jones Tabernacle A. M. E. Zion Church family and many, many friends.



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Regina A. Mack
   Posted Fri June 07, 2019
Mr. Wynne was a very nice man and will be missed. May he rest in heaven. To the family, may God comfort your hearts in Jesus Christ.

Paula Fernandez
   Posted Tue June 18, 2019
Please know that I'm praying for God's blessings and comfort to you and your family during this difficult time.

Bruce Warren Buchanan
   Posted Thu June 20, 2019
Julie and I send our warmest wishes and prayers to everyone in the Wynne family.

John W Moore
   Posted Fri July 26, 2019
Rest in peace cuz from your cousin John

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