Major Jack Bryan Wildberger, USAF Ret., 89, of Elaine passed away on March 30, 2009. Jack went home to be with his Heavenly Father after experiencing a brief illness.

 

Major Jack Bryan Wildberger, USAF Ret., 89, of Elaine passed away on March 30, 2009. Jack went home to be with his Heavenly Father after experiencing a brief illness.
Jack was born in Clarksdale, Miss. on May 24, 1919. He finished school at Clarksdale High School and attended Mississippi State University studying agriculture.
He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1941 before U.S. involvement in World War II, flying fighter planes during the entire conflict. He flew P40s, P47s and the P51. He retired to the grade of major as he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Air Medal and Bronze Air Medal.
He and his family settled in Elaine. He taught school in Elaine and later engaged in farming and agricultural aviation.
Jack belonged to the Elaine Methodist Church where he served as board chairman, lay leader and adult Sunday School teacher.
His wife, Helen Peden Wildberger, preceded him in death.
He leaves a son, John Bryan Wildberger; a daughter, Edna Wildberger Cureton; a grandson; and a very special friend, Ann T. Hill.
Services for Wildberger will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2009 at the Elaine Methodist Church. Rev. Richard Rogers and Rev. Monty Bell will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Ben Williams, Poindexter Fiser, James Tucker, Jerry Don Flynn, Lucien Webster and Steve Toney. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. P. Reddy Tukivakala and Dr. Jim Pillow.
Roller-Citizens Funeral Home will direct services. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.