In Memoriam Mississippi State University

 

Obituaries


  • Roger Sherman Myers ('23)-96, Oxford; retired civil engineer for state Highway Department and Myers and Knight Engineers, and World War II veteran, Oct. 25, 1998.
  • Byron Thigpen ('26)-93, Bay Springs; retired petroleum engineer, Sept. 10, 1998.
  • Theodore B. Plair ('29)-Walnut Creek, Calif., retired chief forester for USDA Soil Conservation Service, July 18, 1998.
  • Ripple Cates Underwood ('29)-92, Corinth; retired home economics teacher, Jan. 8, 1999.
  • Eckford C. Brooks ('31)-91, Poplarville; retired health sanitation officer with state Board of Health and former major in the U.S. Army, Jan. 12, 1999.
  • Wafford H. Merrell ('31)-92, Jackson; retired loan officer for Farmers Home Administration, Jan. 6, 1999.
  • William Rush Valentine Sr. ('31)-89, Starkville; retired postal worker, Nov. 14, 1998.
  • William P. Cox ('32)-87, Oxford; retired manager for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Services, Jan. 11, 1999.
  • Francis Taylor McGough ('32)-87, Morton; retired entomologist and former mayor of Morton, Nov. 9, 1998.
  • R. Clarke Morris ('32)-LaPorte, Texas; retired manager of chemical research and applications for Shell Development Co., Oct. 26, 1998.
  • James Rye Barton ('33)-88, Raleigh, N.C.; former schoolteacher, retired lieutenant colonel in U.S. Army Reserves, retired head of the Sales and Use Tax Division of the State Tax Commission, World War II veteran, and designer of Mississippi State University's official seal in 1932, Dec. 16, 1998.
  • Robert H. Herrington ('34)-86, Madison; retired vice president and director of engineering for Hunnicutt and Associates and World War II veteran.
  • Lucas Mason Prescott ('34)-91, McComb; retired Army lieutenant colonel and schoolteacher, and World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veteran, Sept. 25, 1998.
  • Frank A. Waits ('34)-87, Hattiesburg; retired salesman, professional baseball player, and World War II veteran, Aug. 2, 1998.
  • Earl Grady Perkins ('35)-86, Greenwood; retired president of Supreme Instruments and Community TV Systems, a director of First Federal Savings and Loan Co., and Distinguished Engineering Fellow at Mississippi State, Sept. 2, 1998.
  • Harry B. McNeel ('36)-84, Vicksburg; retired employee of Firestone Home & Auto Store, former Winston County sheriff, and World War II veteran.
  • Benjamin Franklin Barrentine ('37)-Starkville; retired professor of biochemistry and department head at Mississippi State, chemical consultant, and World War II veteran, Dec. 5, 1998.
  • Pressley C. McInnis Sr. ('37)-82, Satartia; retired inspector for U.S. Department of Agriculture and farmer and World War II veteran, Dec. 18, 1998.
  • Shelby S. Shows ('37)-84, Madison; retired Mississippi Chemical Corp. employee, former Collins mayor and director of Mississippi Farm Bureau, and member of the Mississippi State Alumni Association Executive Committee, Sept. 5, 1998.
  • Albert Von Faloon ('38)-82, Oak Ridge, Tenn., retired development chemist for Union Carbide Corp. and World War II veteran, Sept. 29, 1998.
  • Robert Hugh French ('38)-82, Indianola; retired cotton broker and World War II veteran.
  • Mary Elizabeth Josey Hough ('38)-Columbus; retired owner of Hough Florist and Columbus Garden Center and Landscaping, Dec. 6, 1998.
  • John B. Moak ('38)-87, Augusta, Ga.; retired soil conservationist for U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Henry P. Richardson ('38)-86, Hazlehurst; retired supervisory auditor with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and World War II veteran, Dec. 27, 1998.
  • Archie Stanley Walker ('38)-82, Starkville; retired from U.S. military and World War II veteran, Dec. 6, 1998.
  • J. Starr Howle ('39)-83, Macon; retired USDA Soil Conservation Service employee and former schoolteacher, Oct. 25, 1998.
  • Johnny Rupert Thompson ('39)-81, Starkville; retired Farmers Home Administration employee and World War II veteran, Dec. 24, 1998.
  • James Owen Jones ('40)-Montgomery, Ala.; retired teacher of business management at Auburn University, Dec. 13, 1998.
  • William Arthur Gresham ('41)-79, Covington, La.; retired U.S. Army colonel.
  • Robert Nelson Beard ('42)-80, Houston, Texas; retired teacher, principal, district scout executive for Boy Scouts of America, and World War II veteran, Oct. 23, 1998.
  • Newman Bolls ('42)-77, Greenville; chief engineer of the Mississippi Levee Board, former state Highway Department employee, and World War II veteran.
  • William T. Shows Jr. ('42)-78, Jackson; owner of Southland Supply Co. and World War II and Korean War veteran.
  • James W. Chrestman Sr. ('43)-78, Tupelo; funeral home president and co-owner and World War II veteran, Sept. 18, 1998.
  • Hoyt Baxter Wilder ('43)-76, Corinth; former employee of Bill Danton Insurance Agency, retired president of Corinth Machinery Co., and World War II veteran.
  • Clyde P. Bryson ('46, M.S. '69)-80, Starkville; retired extension specialist at Mississippi State and World War II veteran, Jan. 6, 1999.
  • James Russell Bryson ('47, M.S. '53)-72, Tupelo; retired senior vice president for Citizens State Bank in Jackson (now Deposit Guaranty), farmer, and World War II veteran, Sept. 18, 1998.
  • Thomas Henry Howell ('47)-77, Biloxi; retired businessman and World War II veteran, Sept. 6, 1998.
  • K.B. Keary ('48)-77, Jackson; retired petroleum geologist, member of the board of directors of the Jackson Ballet, and World War II veteran.
  • Anita Irene Kinard ('48)-103, Louisville; retired schoolteacher and registrar for Louisville public schools.
  • James Roland Scribner Jr. ('48)-71, Amory; president of Scribner Equipment Co. and director of National Bank of Commerce of Mississippi, Sept. 27, 1998.
  • Benjamin C. Lee Jr. ('50)-70, Jackson; chairman of the board at KLLM Transport Services, Aug. 31, 1998.
  • Gilbert Montgomery ('50)-73, Golden; retired district director of Farmers Home Administration and World War II veteran, Sept. 18, 1998.
  • Bernard Hopkins Ellis ('51)-73, Columbus; psychiatrist, general medical practitioner, and World War II veteran, Nov. 21, 1998.
  • John S. Standifer Sr. ('51)-72, Greenwood; retired farmer and World War II veteran.
  • Floyd E. Fulgham ('52, M.S. '71)-71, West Point; retired agricultural engineer with Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in Stoneville and World War II veteran.
  • Mary Belle Campbell ('53)-90, Nashville, Tenn.; retired schoolteacher.
  • Robert David Heslep ('53)-66, Boyle; retired farmer, postmaster, and battalion commander in Mississippi National Guard, Oct. 13, 1998.
  • Louise Chamber ('56, M.S. '63)-95, Macon; retired schoolteacher, principal, and administrator, Oct. 11, 1998.
  • Bynum Lee Meeks ('58)-62, Brookhaven; fiber basin manager for Georgia-Pacific Corp., former chair of the Mississippi Forestry Commission, former president of the Mississippi Forestry Association, and member of the MSU College of Forest Resources Advisory Committee, Sept. 26, 1998.
  • Carroll Youngblood ('58)-79, Fulton; retired assistant county agent and Korean War veteran.
  • Peggy Jean O'Neill Dixon ('59)-Memphis, Tenn.; medical technologist at Veteran's Hospital in Memphis, Nov. 25, 1998.
  • Paul Nichols Jr. ('59)-62, Morton; retired soil scientist for the U.S. Soil Conservation Services and former agriculture teacher at Sebastopol High School.
  • Tommy Gene Eskridge ('60)-64, Birmingham, Ala.; retired schoolteacher and coach, Dec. 30, 1998.
  • Earl Leslie Koskela ('60)-63, Moss Point; assistant general counsel for the state Department of Transportation, Nov. 9, 1998.
  • James W. Twiner ('60)-59, Brandon; member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Mississippi Geological Society, Jan. 6, 1999.
  • Nolan E. Taconi Jr. ('61, M.S. '63)-59, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; chief of program control for U.S. Department of the Air Force at Eglin AFB, Sept. 22, 1998.
  • Dennis Ford Bouchard ('65)-57, Talladega, Ala.; owner of Bouchard Agri-Chemical Consulting Service.
  • Albert Wayne Moore Jr. ('65)-56, New Albany; retired from furniture manufacturing management with Futorian Corp., Aug. 18, 1998.
  • Frank Millard Raymond ('66)-59, Austin, Texas; retired engineer for Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 7, 1998.
  • Gary Douglas Allbritton ('69)-51, Germantown, Tenn.; retired vice president for Buckeye Technologies Inc.
  • Thomas Edward Curro ('69)-51, Leland; owner of Auto & Tractor Parts in Drew and in Hollandale.
  • Ida Gail Fleming ('69, M.S. '72)-53, Jacksonville, Fla., retired systems manager for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sept. 13, 1998.
  • James Glenn McKenzie ('69)-51, Starkville; president of Southern Wood Specialties and Vietnam War veteran, Oct. 2, 1998.
  • John R. Lee Jr. ('72)-50, Starkville; retired businessman, Nov. 9, 1998.
  • Janis Guynes King ('73)-47, Brandon; retired teacher, Nov. 22, 1998.
  • William Anderson Peeples ('75, M.S. '77)-45, Eupora; regulatory affairs/analytical services manager for Bryan Foods in West Point, Oct. 13, 1998.
  • James Rufus Vaughan Jr. ('75)-55, Starkville; retired schoolteacher and coach, Sept. 10, 1998.
  • Douglas Paul Traweek ('77)-43, Dallas, Texas; reimbursement coordinator for Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. and former Blue Cross/Blue Shield employee, Oct. 3, 1998.
  • James P. Stafford III ('78)-49, Vicksburg; employee of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, and retired U.S. Army major, Nov. 28, 1998.
  • Elvira Jackson Morris ('79)-82, Itta Bena; former teacher, administrator, and choir and band director for Leflore County School System, Oct. 29, 1998.
  • Judy Christine Castleman Fremin ('80)-41, Ocean Springs; former principal of St. John Elementary School in Gulfport and of St. Alphonsus Catholic School in Ocean Springs, Sept. 14, 1998.
  • Jerry Charles Maier ('80)-41, Jackson; nuclear medical technician with Byro Regional Hospital in Leesville, La.
  • David M. Boswell ('86)-36, Madison; regional sales manager for Martin's Herend Imports and former Bully mascot at MSU, Nov. 1, 1998.
  • Mark T. Smith ('86)-34, Brandon; student at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jan. 7, 1999.
  • Edward Patrick Brennan ('91)-58, Ocean Springs; detective for the Biloxi Police Department and former chief of detectives for Starkville Police Department, Sept. 26, 1998.
  • William Roger Bell (attended)-63, Carthage; vice chief of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and former personnel director and maintenance supervisor for Chahta Enterprise, Aug. 28, 1998.
  • Clarence Hix Blanton Jr. (attended)-76, Durant; former mayor of Durant, former alderman, and owner of Junior's Quality Cleaners, Oct. 8, 1998.
  • Ralph C. Brinson (attended)-76, Jackson; former director of the Use Tax Division of the State Tax Commission and World War II veteran, Sept. 15, 1998.
  • Jack Brinson Chapman (attended)-65, Jackson; retired vice president for Trustmark Bank and Korean War veteran.
  • Royce Houston Franks Sr. (attended)-79, Shannon; retired orthopedic surgeon in Tupelo, medical consultant, and World War II veteran.
  • Edwin S. Goodwin (attended)-76, Biloxi; World War II veteran, Aug. 18, 1998.
  • Edward P. Harvill (attended)-71, Jackson; retired inventory control manager at Methodist Healthcare and World War II veteran, Nov. 5, 1998.
  • Victor Price Johnson Sr. (attended)-75, Corinth; retired owner of Johnson Motors and sales manager for Heyer Motor Co., and World War II and Korean War veteran, Sept. 16, 1998.
  • John Butler Kellum (attended)-73, Starkville; retired purchasing agent for Illinois Central Railroad and World War II veteran, Jan. 9, 1999.
  • Tracy Key Kiker (attended)-34, Arcola; homemaker, Nov. 5, 1998.
  • Max B. Littell (attended)-65, Irving, Texas; Korean War veteran.
  • Pamela D. Lyles (attended)-32, Atlanta, Ga.; market manager in the southeastern division for Calvin Klein Cosmetics and Operation Desert Storm veteran, Dec. 6, 1998.
  • James P. McCormick (attended)-73, Senatobia; retired accounting instructor and administrator at Northwest Mississippi Community College and World War II veteran.
  • Wallace McGehee (attended)-61, Edwards; engineer for Illinois Central Railroad and commercial pilot, Sept. 25, 1998.
  • John A. Mullins (attended)-82, Starkville; retired cattleman and World War II veteran, Oct. 1, 1998.
  • Matthew Scott Hooker (student)-22, Greenville; Mississippi State student and Hooker Engineering employee, Sept. 7, 1998.
  • Dana Marie Johnson (student)-19, Carthage; sophomore at Mississippi State, Sept. 13, 1998.
  • Caroline Elise McMurchy (student)-20, Duncan; junior at Mississippi State, Sept. 13, 1998.
  • Christopher Jerry Seago (student)-22, Kossuth; senior at Mississippi State, Sept. 28, 1998.
  • Tommie Gillespie (former employee)-73, Starkville; retired employee of MSU Poultry Science Department, Sept. 3, 1998.
  • James O. Johnson (former employee)-87, Starkville; Employee of Custodial Services at Mississippi State and World War II veteran, Oct. 1, 1998.
  • Thomas L. Wellborn Jr. (former employee)-66, Houston; retired University of Florida fish pathologist, former leader of Extension Wildlife and Fisheries Department at Mississippi State (1971-87), and aquaculture consultant, Sept. 22, 1998.
  • William Odell Young (former employee)-72, Maben; retired police officer at Mississippi State, Sept. 29, 1998.
  • Avis Dunlap Catledge (friend)-82, West Point; former secretary at First Presbyterian Church and former employee of the county agent's office in West Point, Nov. 11, 1998.
  • Sarah Frances Fountain (friend)-69, Forest; former home demonstration agent in Leake and Franklin counties, Jan. 14, 1998.

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