Willie H. (Bill) DeShazer, 79, of South Bend, IN, passed away Sunday November 29, 2020 at Heritage Point in Mishawaka. Willie was born on July 29, 1941 in Hollandale, MS to the union of Anzie Sr. and Bertha (Ross) DeShazer. A graduate of Simmons High School in Hollandale, MS. A graduate of Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS. He served his country proudly in the US Air Force. On August 30, 1968, Willie married Earsel L. (Hawkins) DeShazer in Niles, MI. She preceded him in death on October 13, 2012 after 44 years of marriage. He retired in 2006 as a Technical Writer from Honeywell after 34 years and continued on with Lockheed Martin for 6 years. Willie was a member of the Bendix Retirees Club and was an avid basketball and football fan, especially Notre Dame and the Chicago Bears. In addition to his wife Earsel, Willie was also preceded in death by his father, Anzie Sr. and brothers, Anzie DeShazer Jr. and Col. MacArthur DeShazer. Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Bertha DeShazer and his children, Charlotte Hill of South Bend, IN, Chyrisse DeShazer and Jason (DeShawn) DeShazer, both of Indianapolis, IN, George Buchanon of Utica NY, Michael Buchanon and Cheryl Smith, both of South Bend, IN. His sisters, Adlay (Fred) Thomas of Vicksburg MS, Geraldine Lampkin of Jackson MS, Patricia (Jerry) Redmond of Hollandale, MS, Debra DeShazer of Los Angeles, CA, Birdia 'T' DeShazer of Chicago, IL and his sister-in-law, Janice (MacArthur) DeShazer of Woodbridge, VA . His brothers, Freddie (Bobbie) DeShazer of Clarksdale, MS, Roger (Evelyn) DeShazer of Hollandale, MS, Stanley (Patricia) DeShazer of Vicksburg MS. Along with and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and Friends.
A private family gathering has been scheduled at Palmer Funeral Home–Bubb Chapel, 3910 N Main Street, Mishawaka.
Willie will be laid to rest at Southlawn Cemetery with his wife, Earsel. To share a remembrance of Wille or to offer condolences to his family, please visit www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.
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