Dr. Weldon Hatcher departed this earth the morning of September 12 at the age of 81, after a long and difficult struggle with Parkinson's. He is preceded in death by his father, Lewis Hatcher and mother, Edna Hatcher, of Heber Springs, Ark.; his son, Gary Hatcher of Haughton; his first wife, Betty Hatcher; and son-in-law, Ralph Payne.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Hatcher of Ridgeland, Miss.; his daughter, Donna Payne of Minden; his son, Jim Hatcher of Plain Dealing; granddaughters, Ashley Davis and her husband, Clint Davis, Catherine Payne and Laura Payne; and his sister, Esther Smith of Omaha, Neb.