Dr. Samuel Jobe Wilder, Jr. ’57
August 18, 1935 – February 18, 2021
Dr. Samuel Jobe Wilder, Jr., 85, of Clinton, Mississippi died on February 17 at home.
Jobe Wilder was born on August 18, 1935 in Columbus, Mississippi, son of Samuel Jobe Wilder, Sr. and Clara Louise (Fox). Dr. Wilder was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Louise “Peggy” Cail of Danvers, Massachusetts.
Jobe graduated from Lee High School in Columbus, MS; then attended the University of MS, where he attained a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Chemistry and German and graduating in 1957. Wilder was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and an honored member of the Pride of the South Ole Miss Marching Band. After completing his undergraduate work, he entered the United States Navy as an officer.
In 1959 Jobe married Peggy and they moved to Jackson, Mississippi where he began attending medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Wilder completed his residency in orthopedic medicine in Jacksonville, Florida and subsequently returned to Jackson to begin private practice with Dr. Thomas W. Talkington in southwest Jackson. Jobe was on staff at Hinds General Hospital and practiced medicine there for more than thirty years.
This engaging conversationalist and storyteller was an avid, some might say rabid, sports fan, especially when it came to Ole Miss Football, but would watch any and all sports. Recently he was caught watching girl’s fast pitch softball. He was crazy about a good joke and his anecdotes frequently left those around him in stitches. Jobe enjoyed fishing, studying World War II memorabilia and visiting those sites, singing in the church choir and listening to a plethora of all college football fight songs.
Dr. Wilder is survived by his three children, Elizabeth “Beth” Wilder Santoro (Paul), Beverly Anne Wilder, Andrew Jobe Wilder (Pamela), and three grandchildren, Joseph “Josh” Thibodeaux (Caitlin), Derek Ching, and Sarah Margaret Wilder, siblings Elizabeth “Betty” Austin and Donald Wilder (Brenda) as well as a multitude of nieces and nephews and his dog Lucy Lou.
A celebration of the life of Dr. Wilder will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Creator in Clinton, MS on March 4, 2021 @ 11:00 am CST. This will be a private service for immediate family only; however, the service will be available via Zoom. Please contact the family or church office for the link.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Dr. Wilder’s name to the Episcopal Church of the Creator or your favorite charity.
In all discourse, Jobe’s parting words were always: “Go to Hell LSU and State college too”.