September 19, 2017
William Stennis Vail, age 78, of Columbus, MS, passed away Septemer 17, 2017, at his residence. Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 17, 2017, at 1:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Westmoreland officiating. The interment will immediately follow at Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Lamar County, AL. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the time of the service. Mr. Vail was born and raised in Caledonia, MS, to the late Jesse Michael and Minnie Bell Partain Vail. He was a 1957 graduate from Caledonia High School and attended Draughon’s Business College in Jackson, MS, where he earned a degree in accounting. William was a member of Freewill BaptistmChurch in Vernon, AL. He will be laid to rest at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery where both of his parents and his two sons Michael Vail and Clayton Vail lay to rest. William Stennis and his wife, Charlene Vail, moved their family from Dyer, TN, back to Caledonia, MS, with his job at Ceco Buildings in Columbus where he retired years later. He had a huge passion and love for all children and pets. He gave numerous donations to the Palmer Home of Columbus, Columbus Lowndes Humane Society, and Wildlife Conservation. He has left behind lots of friends, family, class mates, and coworkers that cared for him deeply and he will never be forgotten. The family wishes to thank all friends, neighbors, and the staff of Camellia Hospice of Columbus. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Charlene Matlock Vail, children, Crystal Pyle, Charlotte Russell, Wendy Blankenship, Randy Autry, and Mike Autry, brother, Bobby Vail, grandchildren, Austin Middlebrooks, Carlee Middlebrooks, Christopher Vail, Jacob Vail, Lorie Russell, Megan Blankenship, Brian Russell, Ashley Vail, Kristen Laster, and Keith Vail, and 8 great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Austin Middlebrooks, Brian Russell, Christopher Vail, Jacob Vail, Steve Pyle, Wayne Russell, Brent Pyle, and Harold Wayne Partain. Honorary pallbearers will be John Harvey Partain, Ray Dyer, Jason Dyer, Larry Vail, Joe Vail, Sonnie Corbett, Lanetta Avery, Mary Partain, Leslie Perkins, Susie Perkins, Billy Goodman, Willie Quin Vail, and Andrew Kilburn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to The Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS, 39703.