2001 – 2005

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

Carl Von Suetter, O.D. (b. 01.23.1925 d. 11.19.2005) of Magee, MS. Carl R Von Seutter was born on 01/23/1925 and died on 11/19/2005 at the age of 80. Carl Von Seutter is buried in the cemetery: Concord Cemetery, which is located in Mize, MS. VETERAN INFORMATION Relationship to Veteran Veteran (Self). Veteran Name Carl R. Von Seutter. Veteran Military Branch US ARMY. Veteran Military Rank PVT. Veteran War(s) World War II.

Fred Smith Jr., O.D. (b. 01.16.1924 d. 07.18.2005) of Brookhaven, MS. Licensed in July 1948. Corporal in the US Army, WWII.

Curtis B. Magee, O.D. (b. 08.22.1923 d. 12.05.2004) of Jackson, MS. Dr. Magee was a life long member of Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church. Dr. Magee was a member of the Ben Fatheree Sunday School Class. Dr. Magee joined the Naval Reserves while attending Millsaps and was called to active duty in the V12 unit. He attended Optometry school in Memphis. Upon graduation he began his practice in Jackson and in Morton. He retired after over 58 years. Survivors include his wife, Jane Robinson Magee of Jackson; stepsons, T.C. (Bubba) Emidy of Brandon and Mike Emidy of Madison; and three grandchildren.

James P. Brownlee, O.D. (b. 02.11.1945 d. 11.22.2004) of Laurel, MS. Dr. Brownlee was inducted as a Life member of the Mississippi Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association on June 18, 2004. He was President of the MOA from 1984 – 1985.

Simeon W. Thorne, O.D. (b. 05.23.1924 d. 09.29.2003) of Hazlehurst, MS. Dr. S. W. “Jack” Thorne, 79, a retired optometrist, died Monday, September 29, 2003, at Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital in Hazlehurst, following a lengthy illness.  Dr. Thorne graduated from Hinds Agricultural High School and Hinds Community College in Raymond. A veteran of World War 11, he served with the Navy in the Pacific Theater. Following his military service, he graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, practicing optometry in Hazlehurst for 49 years. An active member of First Presbyterian Church, he served as a deacon, elder, Sunday School teacher and in many other leadership roles. He was involved in community service through a number of civic organizations, and was an avid golfer. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, June Lewis Thorne of Hazlehurst, and an uncle, Cecil Thorne of Ocean Springs. He leaves a host of wonderful friends.

Walter Newsom, O.D. (b. 03.31.1917 d. 08.20.2003) of Waynesboro, MS. He was born March 31, 1917, in Hiwanee. A sixth generation Wayne Countian at his birth, he was the son of Louis Rowan and Annie Coral Gray Newsom. On June 18, 1934, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He enrolled at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, attending until April 1942. After graduating from Advanced Officer Training School, he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade, serving as Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Gloucester-PF22. He was Commanding Officer of several ships during the Pacific conflict and was promoted to Lieutenant Senior Grade after that tour of duty. On Jan. 25, 1946, he received an Honorable Discharge and was awarded The American Defense Ribbon, The American Theater Ribbon, The World War II Victory Medal, The Asisatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and The Good Conduct Medal for his service in World War II. In December 1948, Dr. Newsom began his practice at 814 Station Street, Waynesboro. In 1964, he opened a second office in Quitman, which he served for the next 20 years. In 49 years of fitting glasses and contact lenses, he performed thousands of visual examinations. He is survived by his wife, Hilda Minton Newsom of Waynesboro; two sons and daughters-in-law, David L. Newsom and Martha Newsom of Waynesboro and Richard Lee Newsome and Renee Newsom of Laurel; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Steve Nail of Greenville, and Karen L. (Raad) Cauthon of Pensacola, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Michelle D. Petren, O.D. (b. 04.21.1958 d. 11.27.2002) of Brandon, MS.

Nash Cochran, O.D. (b. 12.31.1931 d. 07.24.2002) of Cleveland, MS. Licensed in July 1944. Inducted into Life membership in the Mississippi Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association on October 10, 1988.

Jesse E. Griffin, O.D. (b. 1920 d. 05.12.2002) of Starkville, MS.

Walter C. Simpson, O.D. (b. 09.27.1923 d. 04.06.2002) of Portsmouth, VA (formerly Mississippi). Licensed in January 1952. President of the Mississippi Optometric Association from 1959 – 1960.

Charles P. Tillman, Sr., O.D. (b. 03.08.1920 d. 01.31.2002) of Houston, MS. Dr. Tillman was born in Pontotoc on March 8, 1920, the son of Francis Raymond and Olivia Shannon Tillman. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Houston, where he was a Sunday school teacher for men and boys. He was educated at Pontotoc High School, the University of Mississippi, Southern College of Optometry, the University of Alabama and Penn State University. He served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II and began an optometry practice in Houston in 1949 and Eupora in 1950. He was a member and president of the Houston School District, and was a charter member of the Chickasaw Development Foundation. He was a charter member of the Houston Country Club, where he also served as president. He had been an member and president of the Houston Exchange Club, the Northeast Mississippi Optometric Association, and a member of the Mississippi State Optometry Board. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers. He is survived by his wife, Nettie McCarty Tillman of Houston; one son, Dr. Charles P Tillman Jr., and his wife, Joetta, both of Houston; four daughters, Norma Neill and her husband, James both of Keller, Texas, Nancy Whirley and her husband, Richard, both of Goodhope, Ga., Beverly Smetko and her husband, Dr. Carl Smetko, both of Newport Coast, Calif., and Patricia T Daughtery and her husband, Steve, both of Florence, Ala.; one brother, James Tillman of Willington, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Brad Neill, Jason Neill, Jesse Neill, April Whirley, Richard Whirley, Brian Tillman, Jennifer T Kelly, Caleb Long and Denicia Long; and one great great grandson, Nathan Charles Tillman. Pallbearers were his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were Crowell Armstrong, Jack Holleman, Tommy Baird, Max Johnson, Dr. Herman Smith and Armis Hawkins.

Sidney J. Watson, O.D. (b. 03.06.1917 d. 06.17.2001) of Bay St. Louis, MS. Sidney J. Watson O.D., 84, of Pascagoula, Mississippi, a U.S. Armed Forces veteran, a member of Silver Beaver, died in Pascagoula on Sunday, June 17, 2001.

Richard G. Stribling, O.D. (b. 06.28.1927 d. 05.07.2001) of MS. President of the Mississippi Optometric Association from 1966 – 1967.

Robert P. Herrington, O.D. (b. 04.12.1921 d. 04.09.2001) of Jackson, MS.