Mr. LeRoy James “L. J.” West, 81, a resident of Whistler, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. He was born Monday, Jan. 6, 1936 to Lenwood Leon and Sallie Mae Eidson West in Wayne County.
Visitation for Mr. West will be 5-9 p.m. Thursday in the parlor of Freeman Funeral Home in Waynesboro. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. with a lie-in-state from 10-11 a.m. Friday from Boyles Chapel United Methodist Church in Waynesboro with Rev. Glenn Freeman and Rev. Tom Walker officiating. Interment will be in Boyles Chapel Cemetery in Waynesboro. Pallbearers are from Kelley Brothers Contractors, Inc.
On Dec. 26, 1957, he married Myrtle Annette Henry. He worked in the oilfield industry and had retired from Kelley Brothers Contractors, Inc. in Waynesboro after 52 years of service. He was an active member of Boyles Chapel United Methodist Church since he was baptized and joined there in October of 1975.
He is survived by his wife Myrtle Annette (Henry) West, daughter Sarah Lanette (West) Crocker, grandsons First Sgt. Gregory Alexander (wife Jasmine) Croker and Alex Jayrid Crocker, great-grandchildren Madelyn Elizabeth “Maddie Beth” Crocker and Cason James Crocker, two brothers Willie James (Joan) West and Thomas E. (Louise) West and sister-in-law Annie Ruth West.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Leon E. “Stub” West and grandson Jayrid Will Croker.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to help in the construction of the Multi-Purpose Building in Wayne County. Donations can be mailed to Wayne County Cattlemen’s Foundation, 914 Jordan Sumrall Road, Buckatunna, MS 39322 with a note in memory of L. J. West.
Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook can be signed at www.freemanfh.com.