Sights from the 2011 Lowndes County Veterans Day Parade

November 13, 2011

Columbus, MS, Events, News

CAFB Honor Guard

Columbus Air Force Base Honor Guard

 

Proud Vets of Lowndes County

Proud Vets of Lowndes County

 

Sparky the Fire Dog

Sparky!

 

Marnie Priest and her children, Abigail and Isaac

Marnie Priest and her children, Abigail and Isaac

 

WCBI's R.H. Brown opens the program.

WCBI's R.H. Brown opens the program.

 

Mr. Charles Underhill and the POW/MIA Chair

Mr. Charles Underhill and the POW/MIA Chair

 

91 year old vet, Mr. Jessie Cobb

91-year-old vet, Mr. Jessie Cobb

 

Keynote speaker, Congressman Alan Nunnelee

Keynote speaker, Congressman Alan Nunnelee

 

The wreath was laid by Barre R. Seguin, Commander, 14th Flying Training Wing, and Board of Supervisors President Harry Saunders

The wreath was laid by Barre R. Seguin, Commander, 14th Flying Training Wing, and Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders

 

Some Gave All

Some Gave All

 

Doves donated by Mr. Larry Priest

Doves donated by Mr. Larry Priest

 

Kenya T. Barry and Evelyn Russell of Manassas, Virginia, after enjoying the program

Kenya T. Barry and Evelyn Russell of Manassas, Virginia, after enjoying the program

 

A special thanks to Cherie McGruff and the Veterans Day Committee!!!!

 

A special note:

Dr. Henry Holleman had his funeral services yesterday at First United Methodist Church yesterday. He was the inspiration for the TV show and Movie, MASH, and a true American Hero. Below is his obit from the November 10, 2001 Commercial Dispatch. It was apropos that he was buried on Veterans Day and a privilege he would be buried in Columbus, MS at Friendship Cemetery.

Dr. Jeremiah Henry Holleman, age 94, of Columbus, MS, passed away November 7, 2011, at Springhill Manor in Mobile, AL. Funeral services will be Friday, November 11, 2011, at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Sam Morris officiating. The internment at Friendship Cemetery with military honors will immediately follow. Visitation will also be Friday, November 11, 2011, from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church. Gunter & Peel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Dr. J. Henry Holleman, son of Jeremiah and Mary Jane Henry Holleman, was born December 18, 1916 in Hattiesburg, MS. He graduated from Camden, MS High School in 1935. He graduated from Millsaps College in 1939. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Mississippi and University of Tennessee Medical Schools in 1943. Dr. Holleman received his surgical training at Carraway Methodist in Birmingham and The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Holleman served his country in WWII with the US Army’s 89th Infantry in the European Theater until VE day. In 1951 He reentered service to his country and was the commanding officer of the 8055 MASH unit in Korea. His MASH unit is attributed with the initial use of TRIAGE and the development of vascular surgery. He and his team successfully saved the lives and limbs of over 5000 soldiers with a 97% survival rate. For his service in the MASH unit, he was awarded the Bronze by the US Army and the Order of the British Empire Medal by Queen Elizabeth. His service in the MASH unit was memorialized in the book, movie, and TV series MASH. He served as the role model for Henry Blake. Dr. Holleman returned to civilian life in Columbus where he began his surgical practice in 1950 that continued for 44 more years. He touched and saved many lives during his long and distinguished career, which he reflects on in his memoirs, An Unbroken Chain. Dr. Holleman was very civic-minded. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Columbus where he served as President and received the Paul Harris Fellowship award. He served also as the District Governor of Rotary from 1995 to 1996. He served on the Columbus Historical Society, the YMCA Frank Phillips Foundation, and was instrumental in the establishment of Trinity Health Care Facility, where he served on the Board of Directors from its inception. He served as King of Pilgrimage in 1984. He was a faithful and longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Columbus. Dr. Holleman established The Agnes Smith Holleman Endowment at Mississippi University for Women in 1988 to fund nursing scholarships for second year nursing students who exhibit academic excellence. Outside of medicine Holliman’s passion was fishing. He was a member of the Lake Norris Fishing club and the National Lure Collectors Club. Dr. Holleman is preceded in death by his first wife, Agnes, his brothers, Alton Holleman, Otis Holleman, Curtis Holleman, Lee Holleman and his sisters, Pearl Langston, Alene Carson, Olivia Williams, Coresta Marlar, Mary Hemphill, and Eunice Love. He is survived by his wife Donna McKnelly Giddens Holleman, son, Dr. Jeremiah Holleman(Karen) Charlotte, NC, daughters, Jenny Harkness (John) of Starkville, MS, Helene Hassell (David) Mobile, AL, six grandchildren, Jeremy Holleman (Wisty), Chris Holleman, Scott Holleman (Kana), Sara Holloway (Travis), Daven Hassell, and Holley Hassell. Great grandsons Henry and Owen Holleman, great-granddaughter ElíOra Nicole Holloway and his brother H.W. Holleman (Jackie) of Jackson, MS, Lorene Utz of Yazoo City, MS; one step-son, William Thomas Giddens (Patti) of Franklin, TN; two step-daughters Joy G. Lumb (Martin) of Uig, Scotland, and Dr. Elizabeth Giddens of Marietta, GA; one step-grandson, David Lumb; two step granddaughters, Suzanne Lumb and Katherine Giddens. Pallbearers will be Jeremiah Henry Holleman, Jr., Jeremiah Henry Holleman, III, Alexander Davenport Hassell, David Robert Hassell, John Harkness, and William Scott Holleman. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Stuckenschneider Sunday School Class, Columbus Bass Club, Ira Carter, Poogie Laws, Mrs. Brown Jones and Mrs. Marguerite Griffith. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 32,Columbus, MS, 39703, or Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS, 39703.

 

 

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One Comment on “Sights from the 2011 Lowndes County Veterans Day Parade”

  1. Dawnca Says:

    Kudos to the handful of people that attended this event! To the ones who didn’t….Shame on you! My sister and I attended this and could not stop the tears from flowing. To see our Veterans, young and old, with their heads held high and pride in their stride touched the core of my being. I shall not leave out the brave men and women who currently serve our nation that followed our Veterans: Thank you for continuing to fight for Mine and my family’s right to live in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave!

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