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William Vernon Southern Jr.

May 3, 2012

William Vernon Southern Jr.

William Vernon Southern Jr., age 90, passed away Tuesday May 1, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center of West Point.
William Vernon Southern Jr., was born June 27, 1921, in Clay County, to the late Valena Yeary and William Southern. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific and served in WWII. In his working years he was employed at Babcock and Wilcox and later owned and operated Southern’s grocery. In retirement he enjoyed working in his shop and garden. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Graveside services are Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery with the Dr. James Towery officiating.
Pallbearers are James Hawkins, Don Griffin, Ray Carroll, Frank Gibbs, Will Friend, and John Rogers. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Wail Alnas, Richard Hazelwood, Charles Wyatt. Visitation is Saturday at 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mary Helen Southern of West Point; two daughters: Peggy Hawkins (James) of Columbus, Marty Friend of Starkville; Sarah Frances Cordray of Columbus, Ga,; son in law, Bob Gates of New Albany; seven grandchildren: Debbie Smith (Mike) of Edinburgh, Scotland, Susan Griffin (Don) of Nashville, Tenn., Amy Carroll (Ray) of Collierville, Tenn., Holly Nelsen (Thad) of Fairhope, Ala., Mary Heather Gibbs (Frank) of Hernando, Will Friend (Carrie) of Atlanta, Ga., Fleming Rogers (John) of Starkville; 17 great-grandchildren; and niece, Velma Caskey of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Patricia Southern Gates; brothers: Herman, Henry, and Charles Southern; sisters: Rena Mae Gartin, and Beulah Smith.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-1942
Friends may leave condolences online at
Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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