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Meridian MS 39305
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Magnolia Cemetery, Famous Residents

  • Collins, Ross Alexander   b. April 25, 1880  d. July 14, 1968
    Congressman. He graduated from the University of Kentucky and the law department of the University of Mississippi. Collins practiced law in Meridian and served as Mississippi Attorney General from 1912 to 1920. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 1919. In 1920 he was elected to the US House of Representatives as a Democrat and served from 1921 to 1935. He was an unsuccessful US Senate candidate in 1934, and was returned to the US House in 1936, serving from 1937 to 1943. He was an...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill McKern)
    Magnolia CemeteryMeridianLauderdale CountyMississippi, USA
  • Davis, Paul Lavon   b. April 21, 1948  d. April 22, 2008
    Musician. He is best remembered for his 1978 hit single, "I Go Crazy." The song which was featured on his 1977 album, "Singer Of Songs--Teller Of Tales", went to number seven on the music charts and stayed there for a full eights months after it was released. It also spent an additional 40 weeks on the Top 100 and it would go onto become his signature hit. Born in Meridian, Mississippi, he began his music career by playing in several local country rock bands, and worked for as a writer for...[Read More]
    Cause of death: Heart attack
    Magnolia CemeteryMeridianLauderdale CountyMississippi, USA
  • Dunn, Aubert Culberson   b. November 20, 1896  d. January 4, 1987
    US Congressman. Served in the United States Navy during and after World War I. He was elected as a Democrat to represent Mississippi's 5th District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1935 to 1937. (Bio by: Russ Dodge)
    Magnolia CemeteryMeridianLauderdale CountyMississippi, USA
  • Gilmore, Howard Walter [cenotaph]   b. September 29, 1902  d. February 7, 1943
    World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born at Selma, Alabama and served as a US Navy Commander. From January 10 to February 7, 1943, he was commanding officer of the submarine USS Growler (SS-215), on her forth patrol in the Southwest Pacific. Striking at the enemy in spite of continuous hostile air and antisubmarine patrols, he sank one Japanese freighter and damaged another with torpedo fire. In the darkness of night on February 7, an enemy gunboat closed range and prepared to...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)
    Magnolia CemeteryMeridianLauderdale CountyMississippi, USA
    Plot: Secton 13, Lot 5
    GPS coordinates: 32.3868713, -88.6995163 (hddd.dddd)
  • McNair, Donald Eric 'Boob'   b. April 12, 1909  d. March 11, 1949
    Major League Baseball Player.
    Magnolia CemeteryMeridianLauderdale CountyMississippi, USA
  • Montgomery, Gillespie V. 'Sonny'   b. August 5, 1920  d. May 12, 2006
    US Congressman. A conservative Democrat from Meridian, Mississippi, he represented east-central Mississippi from 1967 to 1997. Himself an army veteran, having served in both World War II and the Korean War, he was recognized as a champion of veteran causes during his Congressional career. He was chairman of the House of Representatives Veteran Affairs Committee for thirteen years and is credited with modernizing the GI Bill in 1984 which resulted in a sharp increase in the numbers of young men...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo)
    Magnolia CemeteryMeridianLauderdale CountyMississippi, USA
  • Venable, William Webb   b. September 25, 1880  d. August 2, 1948
    US Congressman. He graduated from Mississippi College, the University of Mississippi and Cumberland University's law department. He became an attorney in Meridian and served as Lauderdale County's District Attorney from 1910 to 1915. From 1915 to 1916 Venable was a District Court Judge. In 1915 he was elected to the US House of Representatives as a Democrat, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel A. Witherspoon. He was reelected twice and served from 1916 to 1921. After running...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill McKern)
    Magnolia CemeteryMeridianLauderdale CountyMississippi, USA
  • Webb, James "Skeeter"   b. November 4, 1909  d. July 8, 1986
    Major League Baseball Player. The 5-foot-9 1/2, 150-pounder was a utility reserve infielder for much of his career. He played in one game for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1932 but didn't bat. He was signed by Cleveland on April 6, 1938 and played for the Indians from 1938 until traded to the Chicago White Sox on January 10, 1940 for infielders Ollie Bejma and Johnny Gerlach. He had hit .276 in 20 games in 1938 and .264 in 81 games in 1939. For the White Sox, he batted .237 in 84 games in 1940...[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Coons)
    Magnolia CemeteryMeridianLauderdale CountyMississippi, USA

  • "Sunset and evening star,
     And one clear call for me!
     And may there be no moaning of the bar,
     When I put out to sea."

    Magnolia Cemetery at Sunset (photo by Rash Walker)
    Crossing the Bar, Alfred, Lord Tennyson