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1927 Willard 2020

Willard Gossum

December 31, 1927 — October 29, 2020

Graves County

Willard Douglas Gossum of Graves County Ky, Born December 31, 1927 to Christine Yates Gossum and Willard Gossum in Water Valley, Ky. He completed his mortal experience on 29 October 2020 and returned to that God who gives all spirits.  Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

He was with the 82nd Airborne during World War II. He was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad as a fireman on steam locomotives. He rode the locomotives that now sit by the floodwall on Water Street in Paducah, Ky. Later he was employed by the Charles Todd Uniform Co. in Mayfield, Ky until retirement.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Melva King Gossum; his mother and father; one sister Don Ann Taylor; and one brother, Greg Gossum.

He is survived by one daughter, Connie Mansfield (Ken) of Florida; one son, Steven Gossum of Marshall County Kentucky; Five grandchildren, Tara Joyce of North Carolina, Stephanie Peek (Marshall) of Caldwell County, KY, Jennifer Brooking of Marshall County, Ky, Lauren Sharatt (Stuart) of Marshall County, KY, Michaela Gossum of Paducah, KY; five great-grandchildren Brittany Joyce, Ashton Joyce and Alexis Joyce of North Carolina, Jayme Burgess and Keaton Burgess of Marshall County, KY, Seth Brooking of Ballard County, KY; one great-great-grandson, Kaeson Burgess of Marshall County, KY; two brothers, Joe Gossum of Georgia and Jeff Gossum of Graves County KY.

Graveside services will be at 1:00pm on Friday, November 6, 2020 at Maplelawn Park Cemetery with the Rev. Ronnie Stinson Jr. officiating. Burial will follow.

Friends may visit the family from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Friday at Lindsey Funeral Home.

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Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, November 6, 2020

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Lindsey's Funeral Home

226 N 4th St, Paducah, KY 42001

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Graveside Service

Friday, November 6, 2020

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Maplelawn Park Cemetery

1335 N 13th St, Paducah, KY 42001

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