1996 – 2000

In honor of the history and legacy of the Mississippi Optometric Association and its members.

William F. Clark, O.D. (b. 04.09.1919 d. 05.31.2000) of Meridian, MS. Licensed in April 1947.

Claude S. Sarphie, O.D. (b. 12.16.1906 d. 02.17.2000) of Hattiesburg, MS.

Fred G. Blevins, O.D. (b. 10.22.1917 d. 12.27.1999) of Lucedale, MS. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Lucedale, a veteran of the U.S.Navy and a retired Optometrist. A native of Calhoun, TN., he died December 27 at his home following an extended illness. He is survived by his wife, Mattie Blevins and two sisters, Dorothy Jones and Viola Hamlet. President of the Mississippi Optometric Association from 1969 – 1970.

Paul A. Doherty, O.D. (b. 08.06.1923 d. 10.03.1999) of Natchez, MS. Dr. Paul A. Doherty, 76, a retired optometrist, died of heart failure Sat. at Natchez Community Hospital. Dr. Doherty was a member of St. Mary Basilica. He was a Life member of the American Optometric Association and Mississippi Optometric Association, the Knights of Columbus, Krew of Kilarney, and Santa Claus committee. He was a Veteran of World War 11, having served in the Naval Air Corps as a fighter pilot. Survivors include; wife, Joyce; sons, Dr. Shawn Doherty, Dr. Patrick Doherty, both of Natchez, and Dr. Michael Doherty of Ridgeland; sister, Josephine Grace of Ocean Springs; and four grandchildren.

Thomas E. Osborn, O.D. (b. 09.24.1935 d. 10.01.1999) of Picayune, MS. Son of Neoma Gleason and Frank Osborn. He married Alma Jean Curtis April 14, 1961 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Father of Kimberly Paige and Lesley Dare Osborn. Burial was in Unity Baptist Church Cemetery where the family attended services.

James E. Herrington, O.D. (b. 08.06.1931 d. 09.20.1999) of Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Herrington was President of the Mississippi Optometric Association from 1974 – 1976. He was inducted as a Life member of the American Optometric Association and the MOA in December 1997.

Ben Crawford, O.D. (b. 07.24.1955 d. 04.20.1999) of MS.

Frank D. Weinberg, O.D. (b. 07.19.1920 d. 09.30.1998) of McComb, MS. He was inducted as a Life member of the American Optometric Association and the Mississippi Optometric Association in November 1986.

Avery H. McKinley, O.D. (b. 11.08.1920 d. 02.17.1996) of Natchez, MS.