“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” - II Corinthians 5:1
Wilson Lee Oliney was born on April 10, 1956, to Leon Oliney and Ruthie Mae Brown in Lake Providence, Louisiana. He was raised by loving co-parents, Ella Louise and Aaron (Jack) Middlebrooks, where he received his first nickname “John Henry.” He was affectionately known by other family and friends as “Soul.” He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age at Central Baptist No. 1, under the leadership of Reverend W.L. Kent. He attended East Carroll Parish public schools and graduated from Lake Providence Senior High in 1974.
Soul loved people. Although blind for the majority of his life, he was well-known for his sense of direction, love of travel, and ability to make everyone feel they were the most important people in the world. Soul would sit at his CB base and connect with people all over the world. He could always reach out and get a ride wherever. In the course of his life, he would call over a thousand people in the run of a year to wish them a happy birthday. We will definitely miss those calls. We all knew if no one else remembered our birthday, Soul did.
him in death were his co-parents, Ella Louise and Jack Middlebrooks, daughter,
Tonquita Vongaee Lewis, and brother, Leon (Merrill) Brown. He leaves to mourn
his passing: his mother, Ruthie Mae Brown, Lake Providence, LA; grandson, Drake
Weaver, Monroe, LA; godson, Ben Jones, Fort Worth, TX; siblings, Gloria (Amos)
Wright, Lake Providence, LA, Evelyn (Herbert) Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA, Octavia
(Roger) Washington, Inglewood, CA, Elizabeth (Duncan) Swan, Monroe, LA, Mary
(Robert) Brown-Robertson, Lake Providence, LA, James (Debra) Whalen, Sr.,
Monroe, LA, Diann Dawson and Leroy Dawson, Milwaukee, WI, and Ethel Baker,
Atlanta, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends
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