William Jefferson Logan, age 85, also known as “W.J.” to his childhood friends and “Bill” to his more recent acquaintances, passed from this life Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro. Born December 19, 1928 in Opelika, Alabama, he was the son of the late Carter Berry Logan and Nell Waldrup Logan (Hickerson). W.J. spent most of his childhood in Nashville and Hohenwald. He joined the Army in 1951 and served in the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he attended Art College in Detroit, Michigan.
Following graduation, he traveled extensively across the United States, Canada and Mexico doing portraits at Art Shows to enhance his abilities as an artist. After years of drawing, he began developing his own style, which evolved from working from life to capture the gesture and working from daylight to capture the color. Later, his drawings began to show the spirit and personality of the subject. By the age of 65, he had painted sports figures, celebrities, and dignitaries from around the world. His motto was “The best art is one that has the essence of the subject matter, with the least presence of detail.” He inspired countless numbers of people throughout his lengthy art career and will be greatly missed by all who had an opportunity to know him. His artwork that he poured his heart and soul into, to pull things out of others and share it with the world is a legacy that will artistically resound for many, many years to come. He returned to Hohenwald as a permanent resident in 1984. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary Ann Logan; two sons, Carter David Logan of Ontario, Canada and William Jefferson Logan, Jr. of Hohenwald; two nieces, Vicki Logan Brown and Wanda Kay Logan Lawson; three grandchildren, Jade, Ryan, and Shelby Logan; and two great grandchildren, Jacob and Nicole. Other relatives include Joyce Hickerson Essary, Jess Oliver Mulkey, and Celeste Blocker. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Sgt. Carter Berry Logan, Jr., KIA. No funeral service has been scheduled at this time. The family requests you to personally reflect on your relationship with him. A memorial service may be held at a later date. Williams Funeral Home and Crematory in Columbia assisted the family with arrangements.
I met Bill at a show in Montgomery, AL. It was an honor to know him, though sad that when I tried to look him up I found this. He did a portrait of me to start his day off, for which I offered one of my paintings in trade. I hope he enjoyed my work and hope that his family still does. I only knew him for a day but the advice he shared has stuck with me. He was quite an inspiration and will be missed.
Dazzlin’ Dave Peterson
Here is a photo from my Facebook page. It’s an article from the day I met Bill with a photo of him working on the portrait of me – https://scontent-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/1526752_10153005362921181_869121438464486357_n.jpg?oh=0829f412cc9f7850fc6417c371bc852e&oe=55830254
I met Bill in the middle seventies when we attended art shows together.He was the most talentented portrait artist in the area, and it was just amazing how he could capture personalities, so effortlessly. He used pastels while working the art shows and did portraits of my young son, Timothy and of me.I just heard of his passing last week and I know that he is sadly missed by all.
I have a painting by W. J. Logan. I don’t know if it is the same artist. How can I find out?