Rev. Claude Eli Wiltshire
Rev. Claude Eli Wiltshire, 80, died at his home in Carrollton on Thursday, July 12.
Visitation was 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Providence Baptist Church in Carrollton and continued 10 a.m. until service time at 11 Monday, July 16. Bro. Eddie Carpenter and Bro. Keith Ramage officiated and burial was in the church’s cemetery with military rites by the Keesler-Hamrick-Gillespie American Legion Post 29 Honor Guard. Williams and Lord Funeral Home were charge of arrangements.
One of nine children, he was born January 31, 1938, to Eli Eugene Wiltshire and Katherine Broome Wiltshire. He was a graduate of J. Z. George High School where played football on the championship team in the Cotton Bowl his senior year.
He was ordained in January 1958 at Providence Baptist Church and preached his first sermon at 17. He attended Mississippi College, Washington Bible College, Capital Bible Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary. He pastored churches in the Washington D.C. area and in Carroll, Leflore, Grenada and Tallahatchie counties. He held many revivals and had a radio program for six years and several television programs.
He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years and was stationed at Misawa, Japan for three. While there, he did mission work and helped establish an off-base mission. He worked for the Town of Carrollton for 26 years as the water operator. He married Patricia Ann Heffner, daughter of Hubert and Delma Heffner, in 1970. They were married for 48 years.
He was survived by his wife and a son, Troy Eli Wiltshire and his wife Amanda, and a granddaughter, the apple of his eye, Kaylyn Rose Wiltshire all of Carrollton; a sister, Roxie Wiltshire Kinney of Muskegon, Mich. and one brother, Tom D. Wiltshire of Carrollton.
Pallbearers are Donnie Wiltshire, Danny Henson, Thomas Horne, Michael Abney, Jimmy Harrell, and Steve Slocum. Honorary pallbearers are John Pope, Harmon Stanford and Greg Wiltshire.