Forever maroon

Webster Cleveland (W.C.) Alderman (’62) – 82, Raymond. From a family of Mississippi delta sharecroppers, he graduated from Redwood High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, which trained him to be an air traffic controller. He attended Hinds Community College and met his future bride, Dot Pickett of Utica, Jan. 12, 2015.

L. B. Barton (’56) – 83, Lucedale. In addition to National Guard duty during the Korean Conflict, Barton served the state of Mississippi for 16 years as public health environmentalist for George, Jackson and Stone counties. His professional career also included positions with the Borden Co. and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Additionally, he was a two-term president of the George County Horseman’s Association, April 22, 2015.

William Dudley “Bill” Bell (’53 and former employee) – 84, Macon. A retired history professor and former head of the MSU-Meridian Department of Arts and Sciences, he earlier taught at Athens (Alabama) State College (now University). He also was a 28-year military veteran, having served as a lieutenant colonel and helicopter pilot in the Army Air National Guard, and as commanding officer with Meridian’s 123rd Medical Co. Air Ambulance, May 6, 2015.

Sara Ann Lyle Bennett (’60 and former employee) – 76, Starkville. A 16-year member of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s referral clinic staff, she earlier worked as a computer programmer in the defense industry alongside husband George Bennett, now a retired MSU aerospace engineering professor and administrator. A Starkville native active in community affairs, she was a life member of the Starkville Junior Auxiliary and member of the CCI Investment and MSU Women’s clubs, April 24, 2015.

Beth B. Bounds (friend) – 95, DeKalb. A former Farmers Home Administration employee, she also had served as a clerk for the U.S. Selective Service and director of the DeKalb High School Band, May 17, 2014.

William R. “Bob” Boyd (former employee) – 85, Palm Desert, California. MSU men’s basketball coach from 1982-86, he was regarded as “the best basketball coach in the modern era” at the University of Southern California, where he sent 10 players into the NBA and his 1971 team is considered among the school’s best. Boyd was a member of the USC and Pacific-12 Conference basketball halls of fame, Jan. 14, 2015.

Duward Brown (’58) – 85, Caledonia. Retired in 2009, he was a self-employed real estate and insurance employee for 35 years, May 9, 2015.

William Hubert Coltharp (’77) – 59, Nashville, Tennessee. A Kodak Academic All-American football player at MSU, he went on to receive a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Mississippi. In 1988, he performed the first successful single-lung transplant on a patient with pulmonary fibrosis and, later, became a cardiothoracic surgeon and board of directors member at Nashville’s St. Thomas Hospital, November, 2014.

Berry Crain Jr. (’63) – 73, Aiken, South Carolina. A chemical engineer, he retired from DuPont’s Savannah River Plant before becoming an independent contractor and authority in nuclear material control and accountability. As a contractor, he worked with the U.S. Department of Energy in a cooperative program with the Federal Agency on Atomic Energy. He was an avid golfer who received the Hitchcock-Whitney Award for contributions to the game in the Aiken area, March 9, 2015.

Robert Peter Hairston (’49) – 86, Silver City. A lifelong farmer at Riven Oak Farms and retired member of the Bank Plus board of directors, he was a former president of Midnight Gin and Southern Cotton Ginners Association, as well as former director of the American Soybean Association. He also was a Rotary Club member, March 13, 2015.

A.P. “Jack” Hatcher (’49) – 86, Pinehurst, North Carolina. During a career in both public and private sectors, he created, led and restructured many companies—most in the pre-engineered metal building and construction industries. Also an entrepreneur, he established and endowed the Jack Hatcher Chair for Engineering Entrepreneurship in MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering and was its 2011 Alumnus of the Year. Additionally, he was a member of the MSU Foundation board of directors. Feb. 5, 2015.

Robert L. “Bo” Haynes (’58 and former employee) – 84, Starkville. A professor emeritus of poultry science, he had served as leader of MSU Extension poultry. He also was a former board of directors president of the Mississippi Egg Marketing Board, board member of both the Mississippi Poultry Association and State Board of Animal Health and co-founder of the Mississippi Game Bird Association. Haynes served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, Feb. 23, 2015.

William Arland “Billy” Hays Jr. (’60) – 85, Jackson. A 39-year state employee, he worked for the Mississippi Employment Security Commission, Mississippi Council on Aging and Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development. Hayes also was a longtime volunteer with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and member of the Gardeners of Jackson, April 1, 2015.

James “Jim” Elwood Knox (’48) – 91, Boulder, Colorado. He served three years during World War II with the Army Air Force in the China-Burma-India Theater. In addition to the Kansas State University Experiment Station, he worked with Boulder realty and building companies before moving into banking, Feb. 24, 2015.

George V. Marler Sr. (’61) – 77, Morton. A charter member and former director of the MSU Bulldog Club, he had a civil engineering career with the U.S. government and was serving on the Mississippi Board of Contractors at the time of his death, Jan. 28, 2015.

Clyde J. Perrere (’56) – 81, Houston, Texas. A former MSU football and baseball player and U.S. Marine Corp. veteran, he worked for more than 30 years with National Supply Co. Perrere also had a 17-year career with Bourland and Leverich, an oilfield pipe company, Oct. 6, 2014.

Douglas P. Richards (former employee) – 80, Johnson City, Tennessee. In addition to heading the forestry department, he was associate director of MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center. He was a member of the Society of American Foresters and Canadian Institute of Forestry, Feb. 17, 2015.

Barton George “Bart” Schreiner (’60) – 77, Vicksburg. A licensed professional engineer, he was a retired civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg. He also was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Hinds Community College Football Hall of Fame, Nov. 11, 2014.

Marjorie Steward (friend) – 86, Pontotoc. A former secretary and bookkeeper for Pontotoc Public Schools, she also worked for the Mississippi Department of Human Services’ Pontotoc County and district offices. Along with helping her husband in his State Farm insurance office, she enjoyed bowling and playing golf, Feb. 23, 2015.


Billie Scott Suber (’56) – 80, Calhoun City. Retired in 1996 as executive vice president of Renasant Bank in Tupelo, he was a 1952-56 MSU football player named First Team All-SEC, All American and SEC Most Valuable Lineman. An M-Club member, Suber was honored with selections for the MSU Football and Mississippi Sports halls of fame. Additionally, he was a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard who served during 1961’s Berlin Crisis, March 31, 2015.

Janice Bilik Vanlandingham (’65) – 73, Pittsburg, Texas. Retired, she was a former instructor at Auburn University and Northeast Texas Community College, Feb. 27, 2015.

Ray McDonald “Woody” Woodson (’90) – 48, Greenwood. District sales manager for 15 years with the Monsanto Co., he was a member of the Delta Council, Delta Wildlife Board, Mississippi Agricultural Industry Council board of directors, Mississippi Seedsmen’s Association and Greenwood Farmers Club, March 17, 2015.

Michael P. Younger (’75) – 61, Starkville. A municipal judge in Brandon for 31 years, he had been an MSU offensive lineman on the nationally ranked 1974 Bulldog team that finished 9-3 and beat North Carolina in the Sun Bowl. He was a former M-Club president who served twice in a similar position with the Bulldog Club, Feb. 9, 2015.