Willie Wooten, 74

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Willie Wooten, 74, of Mayfield, KY, formerly of Panama and Raymond, died at 1:07 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, located at 117 Walnut Street in Panama.  Private funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Panama, with Pastor Roy Eller officiating. Interment will follow the ceremony at Asbury Cemetery in Raymond. In keeping with CDC guidelines, only 50 guests will be allowed in the funeral home at a time and the wearing of masks is recommended.

Mr. Wooten was born on May 29, 1946, in Hyden, KY, the son of Willie and Ella (Stidham) Wooten. He married Marie Eaker, and she preceded him in death. He then married Rita Fern (Cruthis) Blades on June 1, 1995, in Nashville, TN, and they enjoyed over 25 years of marriage.

Mr. Wooten worked as a machinist for Brake Parts for over 37 years until his retirement in 2007. He was a past member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Litchfield, as well as the Litchfield Moose Lodge #1634. In his spare time, he loved fishing, and attending auctions.

Mr. Wooten is survived by his wife; children, Donna Marie Fickas of Pekin, William J. Wooten of Mt. Olive, Rebecca Lynn (Darin) Dennison of Pawnee, Annette Hemken of Paducah, KY, Lannette (Dennis) Speck of Pekin, Sandy (Wes) Mueller of Effingham, and Sharon (Scott) Krahl of Santa Clarita, CA; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Ruie (Juanita) Wooten of Raymond; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Jacob Dey; brothers, Matt and Mike Wooten; and sisters, Rosie, Sally, Virgie, Shelby, and Ollie.

Memorials may be directed to New Hope Baptist Church, 1303 N. 18th Avenue, Litchfield, IL 62056, or the Montgomery County Cancer Association, 19 Circle Drive, Litchfield, IL 62056. Condolences may be left online at www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com. 

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