Willie Junior Muse of Christiansburg entered his heavenly home on Feb. 14, 2022.
Junior was born in Pittsylvania County on Aug. 29, 1931, to John Swanson and Mary Muse on the family farm in Penhook.
He was married to Lola Francis Muse for 45 years until her death in 1999. He was preceded in death by siblings Claude Muse, Dudley Muse, Clark Muse, Monsey Muse, Francis Muse, and Hazel Ray, and his beloved border collie, Maggie.
Junior is survived by his sons, Barry Muse (Vickie), Kevin Muse (Sebrena), and Aaron Muse (fiancée Kelly Doss); daughters Deborah Zimmerman, Teresa Muse, Tammy Goodyear (Ken), Renee Dalton, and Stephanie Harris (Scott); 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Junior began working on the family tobacco farm at a very young age helping to grow crops and milking cows. After leaving the farm, he joined the United States Air Force and was promoted to staff sergeant while serving in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1956.
Junior then started selling produce throughout West Virginia, North Carolina, and Virginia before settling in Christiansburg and opening the B & M Market that was well known for some of the best produce and fresh meats in the area.While working in his market on a daily basis, he began farming and raising hogs and sheep while concentrating on his cow calf operation.
Junior was supportive of his family and was a volunteer 4-H leader in Montgomery County, helping his children with their livestock projects and taking time off from work to take them to livestock shows throughout Virginia. Junior was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church where he enjoyed the fellowship and word of the Lord.
The family received friends on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at Mullins Funeral Home in Radford. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. with Pastor James Bradley officiating. Interment with full military honors followed in the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Christiansburg Rescue Squad, 190 Depot St. NW, Christiansburg, VA 24073 or the Auburn High School FFA, 1650 Auburn School Dr., Riner, VA 24149.
The Muse family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com.
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