Wayne Maxson Wooten was born August 2, 1942 in Topeka, Kansas to the late Melvin and Norma Wooton. He passed Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in Columbia, SC.
Wayne’s family moved to Wichita, Kansas where he attended school graduating from North High School. He joined the Navy after and married Beverly Cole. During their marriage, they had two children, Wayne, Jr. and Andrea Wooton. He worked as a cook at Kau Kau Chicken restuarant which later became Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). He also worked as a cab driver at Best Cabs. Wayne later married Jackie Anderson where one son, Kevin, was born. The couple moved to Columbia, SC where he became a tandom truck driver for Kelley Trucking Company. After a short while, his second marriage ended. While residing in Columbia he became a chemical lab technician. He met Jule McDuffie and together they had a daughter, Meleinkya McDuffie and two sons, Andre Seibles and Martin McDuffie. He was over joyed in raising all of their children together especially traveling together as a family in the summer. Wayne later became the owner and operator of Wooten Trucking Company. He worked in that capacity for several years. He later stopped working and became a fulltime dad and pursued his passion of working on cars.
Wayne loved to dance, especially when he was young. During his teenage years in Wichita, he danced in a contest on a local television show “Hi Fi Hop” and won.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Jule A. McDuffie; his children, Wayne Wooton, Jr., Andrea Wooton, Kevin Wooten, Andre Seibles, Meileinkya McDuffie, and Martin McDuffie; sister, Paula Wooton; brother, Gary Wooton; grandchildren, Antonio Wooton, Wayne Wooton, III, Tevin Wooton, Terran Wooton, Meilein McDuffie, J’von Grayer, Mahagani McDuffie, Mea McDuffie, Myla McDuffie, Tyler Wooton, Meileigha McDuffie, Ashley Robinson, and Zayari Bostic; and a host of foster children, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
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