The Monitor-Herald, Calhoun City, Calhoun Co., MS, Thursday, July 6, 1939
BILL JOE YANCY [aka Willie Dalton Yancy]
Bill Joe Yancy, the son of William L. and Martha Bratton Yancy, was born July 5, 1897, in the Shady Grove community, Calhoun County, Miss., in which he lived all his life except for a short time while away teaching school.
At the age of sixteen, he made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as his Personal Savior and united with the Shady Grove Methodist Episcopal Church, South. From the time of his conversion until his death, he lived faithful to his church as a steward and as teacher of adult class in church school. For this writer it was a pleasure and treat to be in his class on Sunday mornings.
Once to a new acquaintance he said: "You will find me to be just a man." In the age and time in which Bill Joe lived it took lots to be a man. He measured up to every requirement. Not only that but a christian character.
In no place did the beauty of his christian character shine in such a radiant way as in his home circle. Here he was a true companion, a loving father and a kind and genteel host. His home was at all times thrown open to his friends. He did not let the cares of the world dim the glow of true affection about his heart-store. To know him was to love him. By any measure he was a great man.
After the physicians told him there was no cure for his illness, he met the situation with the words: "I am ready." Then after several weeks of suffering, on May 27, 1939, Bill Joe Yancy quietly slipped from this earthly pilgrimage into the dawn of an eternal fellowship with God and Redeemer, the Host of Heaven.
On the following day, Sunday, May 28, 1939, at 2:30 P.M. under the mighty oaks of Sarepta cemetery, services were conducted by his Pastor, Rev. Ocel Lex Elliott, assisted by his former pastor, Rev. B.E. Crowson, and his body was laid to rest under a beautiful mound of flowers.
He leaves to mourn his going his wife, a daughter, Erma Yancy, his aged father, W.L. Yancy, three brothers, Word, Jack and Jess Yancy; four sisters, Mrs. Clarence Mize, Mrs. E.H. Cain, Mrs. D.M. Hipp, and Miss Phronie Yancy, and a host of relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were brother-in-laws of the deceased. They were E.H. Cain, D.M. Hipp, Emery Yancy, Clarence Mize, Van Powell, Dewey Crowson, Rolen Waldrop, and Howard Yancy.
"His ideals were typed by noble ancestry and the teachings of Christ so that his life was gentle and the elements so mixed that nature might stand up and say to all the world, 'this was a man'.
OCEL LEX ELLIOTT