W.O. Layer, 82, of Rector passed from this life on July 17, 2009. He was born July 13, 1927, in Rector to the late Floy and Maude (Thomas) Layer. W.O. was a farmer and a lifetime member of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Layer; one infant daughter, Lana Layer, and three brothers, Melvin, Glenn and Herbert Layer.
He is survived by one son and his wife, Robert and Regina Layer of Rector; two daughters, Mickey Ann and husband James Thompson of Spring, Texas, and Michele Layer of Rector; three grandchildren, Rebecca and Derrick Dale of Spring, Texas, Matthew and Melissa Thompson of Olive Branch, Miss., and Amanda Layer of Rector; two step-grandchildren, Josh Noel and his son Zake of Paragould and Justin Noel of Bryant, Ark.; one sister and her husband, Louise and John Rowton of Rector; two sisters-in-law, Mary Layer of Jonesboro and Wanda Layer of Paragould, along with a host of nephews, nieces and many friends.
Funeral services were Sunday, July 19, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Irby Funeral Home in Rector with Brother Eddie Gene Wright officiating.
Interment was in Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector.
Visitation began Saturday at 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Those who wish may sign the online guest book at www.irbyfuneralhome.com.