Willie James Wooten Dies; Service to be in Alabama

Willie James Wooten

Willie James Wooten, a man who loved children and music, died in Sitka  on June 25, three days before his 55th birthday.

Willie was born June 28, 1967, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joe and Annie Bell Wooten. He was raised in Brooklyn until 1977, when the family moved to Mobile, Alabama.

Willie graduated from W.P. Davidson High School in Mobile, and for the last few years had come to Sitka from Miami, Florida, as a seasonal worker in the fishery industry.

Along with his enjoyment of kids and music, he truly believes in “Yahweh, God of the Israelites,” his family said.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Louis Wooten Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Annie Bell Wooten; his son Renwick James (Shantel) Tarleton; grandchildren Isaiah and Skylar Tarleton; sisters Lynne Denise Wooten-Lewis and Trina Kaye Wooten; and brother, Jose Wooten Jr. All are residents of Mobile.

The family plans to hold services in Mobile on July 23.

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At a Glance

(updated 8-17-22)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 12:15 pm Wednesday, August 17.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,444

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 277,007

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,296

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,843

Case Rate per 100,000 – 198.11

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "High.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Case Rate per 100,000 – 211.20

Cases in last 7 days – 18

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,022

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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