Feb. 15, 1938-April 5, 2022
Wilson Enoch “W. E.” O’Bannon was born Feb. 15, 1938, to Ruffin Wilson O’Bannon and Mae Bell Cobb O’Bannon in Provencal. He passed from this life April 5, 2022, at home in Provencal.
W. E. was a retired log truck driver. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, carpenter and all-around woodworker. He could build anything that came to mind. He definitely loved to tinker around and build things in his shop. He enjoyed attending church at Provencal UPC, even though he didn’t get to attend much over the last couple of years due to his health. When he could still get around, he made it a habit to go to the sawmill and sit on the porch of the office and he and Larry Davis would drink a pot of coffee before most people ever rolled out of bed. W. E. has a lifelong friend, Cliff Rachal, that, when they could, would spend time sitting and talking about anything that crossed their minds.
W. E. was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Audrey Mae “Sudie” Broadway; and son, Earl Wayne O’Bannon.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mary O’Bannon; his children, Jerry O’Bannon and wife Candy, Bruce O’Bannon and wife Jan, Jeanette Jiles and husband Scott, and Glen O’Bannon and wife Melissa; step-children, Jeff Mahaffey and Mary Davis; brothers and sisters, Ann Pitts, Gwedndolyn “Tootie” Davis and husband Larry, Eddie Wayne O’Bannon and wife Beverly, and Diane O’Bannon; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Provencal United Pentecostal Church from 5-10 p.m. Sunday, April 10. The funeral service celebrating the life of W. E. O’Bannon will be at Provencal United Pentecostal Church at 11 a.m. Monday, April 11 with Bro. Paul Grace and Bro. Buddy Boswell officiating the service.
Interment will follow at Friendship Cemetery in Provencal.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Zachary Davis, Matthew Jiles, Marcus Jiles, Shane O’Bannon, Lynn Oxley and Chuck Thompson.
Honorary pallbearers are Ray Ebarb, Cliff Rachal and Jeff Mahaffey.