William Bollinger Sr.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

William L. "Willie" Bollinger Sr., 70, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center.

He was born March 8, 1933, in Cape Girardeau, son of Monroe James and Pinkie L. Robinson Bollinger.

Bollinger was a graduate of John S. Cobb High School. He worked with Sam and Dave singing group, recorded with Sun Records as Willie and the Challengers, and had worked with the Jerry Lewis Tele-thon. He retired from Union Electric in 1994.

He was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church and IBEW Local 702. He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include five sons, Gregory Bollinger Sr. and William B. Bollinger of Carbondale, Ill., Calvin Bollinger and William L. Bollinger Jr. of Cape Girardeau, William Roddy of Nashville, Tenn.; four daughters, Sharon Bryant of Tyler, Texas, Kay Hammonds of Atlanta, Ga., Kametre Ellis of Orlando, Fla., Leslie McClard of Cape Girardeau; two brothers, Billie and Bobbie Bollinger of Florissant, Mo.; a sister, Nellie Wellmaker of East St. Louis, Ill.; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Friends may call at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Greater Dimension Church. The Rev. Johnny Thomas will officiate. Entombment will be in Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum.