In Memoriam

In honor of the history and legacy of the Mississippi Optometric Association and its members. Obituaries from the current calendar year are listed here. Past years are listed in the “Additional Information” menu on the right side of the page.

R. H. Bostwick, O.D. (b. 03.20.1946 d. 11.19.2015) of New Albany, MS.
Dr. Robert Henry “Robin” Bostwick, III, 69, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at his home. Born on March 20, 1946 in New Albany, he was the son of Dr. R.H. Bostwick, Jr. and Mary Parker Bostwick. Dr. Bostwick graduated from W.P Daniel High School, class of 1964, and was a member of the 1963 “Little Ten” league championship football team. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Mississippi and graduated in 1969. After graduating from Ole Miss he received his doctorate of optometry practice for over 42 years. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church. Dr. Bostwick was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and was devoted to his family. He enjoyed grilling and being outdoors. He spent the majority of his free time at Midway Hunting Camp and Darden Lake with his friends and family. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, November 22,2015 at 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, New Albany, MS. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Laura Turner Bostwick; daughter, Claire Bostwick Harris (Cheyne Harris), Memphis, TN; grandson Charles Bostwick Harris; sisters Mary Ann Herrington, New Albany, MS and Margaret Stack, Nashville,TN. The family asks that all memorials be sent to the FUMC building fund.For online condolences and guest registry, visit

Gene Felder, O.D. (b. 10.30.1928 d. 04.24.2015) of Hattiesburg, MS.
Dr. Felder practiced optometry until he retired at age 75. He was a deacon and longtime member of Main Street Baptist Church. A survivor of childhood polio, he will be greatly missed by his family and friends who will never forget his loving spirit and genuine heart. In heaven, he joins his children, Gene Michael Felder and Kathy Felder Powell. He is survived by his lovely bride of 64 years Maxine Felder; his son Paul Felder and wife Beth; his grandchildren Claire and Dana Felder, Josh Felder and wife Amanda, Katie Powell Gustafson and her husband Dane, and Bob and Jack Tibbs. He is also survived by his brother Carl Felder and wife Peggy, and great grandchildren Mia and Max Felder.In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to Homes of Hope at, (

Billy Lightsey, O.D. (b. 09.16.1927 d. 04.07.2015) of Laurel, MS. Dr. Lightsey was a resident of Laurel, Mississippi at the time of his passing. Dr. Lightsey was a Past President of the MOA Board of Directors (1968 – 1969). He is survived by his wife Anna. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Memory Chapel with the memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. Dr. Mark Anderson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Laurel. (

Sylvester William “Bill” Hora, O.D. (b. 10.12.1923 d. 01.03.2015) of Corinth, MS. Licensed in MS in 1955. Dr. Hora was a Life member of the MOA. He was born in St. Louis, MO to the late S.W. Hora Sr. and Margaret Nile McMullen Hora. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School and attended Christian Brothers College. He began attending SCO and enlisted in USAAC for the duration of World War II. He then returned home and reentered SCO and received his Doctor of Optometry in 1948. He remained on the clinic staff until he moved to Corinth to join his brother Dr. Jack Hora in his practice in 1955. While serving in WW II, he was part of the air-offensive in Japan and the Eastern Mandates. Dr. Hora was a member of the 40th Squadron, 6th Bomber Group, 313th Wing and the 20th Air Force. His honors include; American Theater Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, WWII Victory Medal, Sharpshooter Carbine Medal, and Good Conduct Medal with recommended increase in rank to Staff Sargent. Dr. Hora was selected for membership to the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists, which is limited to 60 members worldwide. He was a member of the British Optometric Assn., charter member of American Optometric Assn., section on contact lenses, American Optometric Assn. Recognition Annual Awards 1980-1996, Fellow American Academy of Optometry, Member National Eye Research Foundation and The Medical Research Assn., advisory panel. Dr. Hora was also an Honorary Member of the West Tennessee Optometric Assn., and the American registries of Who’s Who in Leading Professionals and Executives. Lastly, he was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Color and Honor Guard, Pope John Paul II assembly. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife of 50 years; Frances Hornberger Hora and a sister Helen DeCaro. He is survived by his son; Dr. Sylvester William Hora III his wife Marcia, his daughter; Denise Michelle Hora, brother; Dr. John Joseph Hora and his wife Eleanor and his sisters; Margaret Guidi, Patricia Zanone and her husband Charlie. His grandchildren are Alan Hayes Hora and wife Andrea and Alexandra Niel Hora Fraley and her husband Frazier and great-granddaughter; Eleanor Rene Hora. His nephews are John Guidi, John Hora, Tim Hora, Niel Hora and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. (Published in The Commercial Appeal from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2015 – See more at: