Willie Yelverton, age 85, passed away peacefully at his residence in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, on November 17, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 14, 1935 to Hosea and Hazel Yelverton. Willie lived his formative years in Shreveport, Louisiana, and graduated from Byrd High School in 1956. After moving to Baton Rouge, he was employed as a police officer for the City, and later as a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. Willie started his own insurance claims adjusting business, and maintained it for many years. The last few years in Baton Rouge, he performed claims adjusting for the City-Parish. As an adult, Willie converted to Catholicism. He and his wife, Melba Sweeney Yelverton, were active in their faith thereafter. After retirement, Willie and Melba moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to be near family. Willie enjoyed watching LSU football, eating Cajun food, and most of all, engaging with other people. He never met a stranger! He is preceded in death by his parents, Hosea and Hazel Yelverton; and siblings, Jessie Austin, Douglas Devane Yelverton, Sr., and Allen Yelverton. He is survived by Melba, his loving wife of 58 years; his children; Dr. Jodi Y. Guy and her husband, Dr. Mark Guy, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Greg Yelverton and his wife, Michelle, of Houston, Texas, and Jamie Y. Stage of Brandon, Florida, and her children, Chelsea Slater, Brandon Stage and Braxton Stage, plus numerous other relatives. In lieu of flowers in memory of Willie, his family is encouraging donations to the Alzheimer's Association
Oklahoma Chapter, which may be contacted at 800-272-3900. Visitation will be at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA, on Friday, November 26, 2021, from 12pm until the time of funeral services at 2pm. Burial will immediately follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park.
Published by The Advocate from Nov. 23 to Nov. 26, 2021.