2006 – 2010

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

George R. Martindale, O.D. (b. 08.02.1920 d. 12.08.2010) of Ripley, MS. Dr. Martindale was born in Walnut to Finley and Molly Curle Martindale. He was an optometrist in Ripley for 43 years. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during World War II and earned the Purple Heart and four Bronze Service Stars. He was a member of the Ripley Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Waltine “Tot” Weatherly Martindale of Ripley; one son, Mark Martindale (Bonnie) of Ripley; two grandsons, Barrett Martindale (Tiffany) of Olive Branch and Brandon Martindale (Andrea) of Ripley; three granddaughters, Emma, Rachel and Elizabeth Martindale. He was preceded in death by his parents, seven sisters and seven brothers.

James P. Hogg, O.D. (b. 11.16.1930 d. 09.27.2010) of Greenville, MS. Funeral services for Dr. James P. Hogg, 79, of Hattiesburg and formerly of Greenville were be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 2010, at First Baptist Church, Greenville. He died Monday, September 27, 2010, at St. Dominics Hospital in Jackson. Burial was at in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville.

Bolivar Sims, O.D. (b. 12.19.1924 d. 05.08.2010) of Greenwood, MS. Licensed to practice in MS in 1951.

Charles Collins, O.D. (b. 01.03.1938 d. 09.18.2009) of Bay Springs, MS. He graduated from George S. Gardiner High School in Laurel and Jones Junior College. After 4 years in the United States Army, he attended and received his BS and OD Degrees from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, in 1965. Dr. Collins worked as an Optometrist in Bay Springs for forty one years. He was a Past President of the MOA (1973-1974). He was preceded in death by his parents, Thurmon L. Sr. and Christine Collins; a brother, Larry; and a son, Jon Collins. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Shirley B. Collins; two sons, Dr. Chris Collins of Vicksburg and Philip Collins of Bay Springs; two sisters, Gala Graham of Birmingham and Wilda Shoemaker of Hattiesburg; and two brothers, Bobby Collins of Hattiesburg and Laurin Collins of Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Russell R. Lunstrum, O.D. (b. 07.04.1923 d. 05.08.2009) of Biloxi, MS. Dr. Lunstrum was a graduate of Reed College, the University of Southern California, and the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He was an Emeritus member of the American Optometric and Mississippi Optometric Associations. He entered military service in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942 serving with the Weather Service through World War II. Later recalled to active duty, Dr. Lunstrum served in the Korean and Vietnam wars and eventually completed twenty seven years of military service retiring as a Lt. Col. in the United States Air Force. Dr. Lunstrum was active in the Masonic Bodies on the Gulf Coast being Past Master of Magnolia Lodge in Biloxi as well as head of the York Rite Bodies of Biloxi and the Scottish Rite in Gulfport, MS. He was a recipient of the KYCH and KCCH, a charter member of the Joppa Shrine Temple, and Director Emeritus of the Joppa Oriental Band. Dr. Lunstrum was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of Biloxi recently serving as a Sunday School teacher and an active participant in many church and senior activities. He was also a decorated leader in the Boy Scouts of America. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara L. Hall Lunstrum, his father, Russell R. Lunstrum Sr., his mother, Arminta Hagar Lunstrum and his eldest son, John Eric Lunstrum. He is survived by his two daughters, Laura Lunstrum Hall of El Paso, TX and Linda Lee Richmond of Biloxi, his sons-in-law, Marty Smith of El Paso and Frank Richmond of Biloxi, two sons, Michael Robert Lunstrum and John Eric Lunstrum Jr., his sister, Betty Louise Howard of Oak Ridge, Oregon, four grandchildren, Jessica Hall, Jennifer Hall, Jasmine Hall, Christopher Richmond, and two great grandchildren.

Travis Manning Pierce, O.D. (b. 04.08.1924 d. 04.21.2009) of Amory, MS. Dr. Pierce was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Marvin Travis and Ella Ophelia Robinson Pierce. He lived in several places before moving to Tupelo in 1932. He married Gene Stratton Carr in 1945 in Lincoln, Neb. He graduated from Tupelo High School and worked as a bookkeeper for Gulf Refining Company in Tupelo. He entered the Army Air Corps and received his pilot’s wings on Sept. 8, 1944, at Luke Field, Phoenix, Ariz. After instructor’s school, he trained for and became a B-17 first pilot and later a B-29 co-pilot. He served in the Air Corps until 1946. He later served at Keesler Field and then was assigned to Kearns, Utah. Survivors included his wife of 63 years, Gene Pierce of Amory; two sons; three daughters; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Paul Willis Lycette, O.D. (b. 09.29.1929 d. 03.01.2009) of Jackson, MS. Paul Willis Lycette was born in Caribou, Maine, and passed away peacefully into the presence of his Savior on Sunday, March 1, 2009. Paul served his country for three years in the Korean War and played professional baseball as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox organization. He graduated from Colby College in Maine and Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. He practiced as an Optometrist for 40 years and was active in the Mississippi Optometric Association (President from 1967-1968) and the Lions Club. He also coached various youth sports. He served as a Bible teacher and a deacon at Broadmoor Baptist and Woodland Hills Baptist Churches. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Margie Smith Lycette of Laurel; his parents; and his sister, Pat Adams of Wilmington, Delaware. He is survived by his three children, Lori Cotten (Bryant), Doug Lycette (Karen), and Lisa Goforth (Philip); grandchildren, Cody and Courtney Neitte, Jake, Luke, Lynden, and Emerie Lycette, and Adam Goforth, Leslie Hoback (Joe), and Laura Knisely (Nathan); and great-grandson, Josiah.

James E. Byrd, O.D. (b. 11.10.1925 d. 06.03.2008) of Gulfport, MS. Dr. James Edward Byrd died after a brief but valiant struggle with colon cancer. He was 82 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Viola Byrd, of Picayune, MS, and an older brother, Arthur Byrd, Jr. He joined the Merchant Marine Cadet Corps in 1942, when he was 17 years old. After a tour of duty in the South Pacific, he served in the Army of Occupation in Paris, France. Jim made an anatomical gift of his body to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS, so there will be no funeral or burial services.

David W. White, Jr., O.D. (b. 04.21.1914 d. 11.21.2007) of Hattiesburg, MS. Licensed in July of 1951, Dr. White was the first African-American optometrist in the state of Mississippi.

Paul K. Shannon, O.D. (b. 03.14.1924 d. 08.12.2007) of New Albany, MS. Licensed in July of 1948. Son of Robert L. Shannon and Jennie King Shannon. Husband of Martha Thurmond Shannon whom he married August 14, 1944. Father of Paul Hampton Shannon and John T. Shannon.

John R. White, O.D. (b. 05.09.1937 d. 07.03.2007) of Baldwyn, MS. President of the Mississippi Optometric Association from 1976 – 1977.

James C. Hamilton, O.D. (b. 07.31.1931 d. 02.11.2007) of Jackson, MS. Dr. Hamilton was a native of Harperville and had been a resident of Jackson since 1965, formerly living in Memphis, TN. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Jackson where he was currently serving as a trustee. He was currently practicing optometry in Jackson and Yazoo City and was a member of the Mississippi Optometric Association, The American Optometric Association, The Mississippi Optometric Foundation and a former board member of the Vision Service Plan. Dr. Hamilton had served as past secretary treasurer of M.O.A. and had served as chairman of M.O.F. and was a former officer of the Suburban Lions Club in Jackson and a member of the Hinds County Forestry Association. He had served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the USS Rochester Association and the Navy Cruise Association. Dr. Hamilton was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard Alvin and Mary Lee Hamilton; and one sister, Connie Hamilton Fritz. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Annie Noel Hamilton of Jackson; son, William James Hamilton of Hoboken, NJ; daughter, Lee Anne Robinson and husband, Ward of Brandon; brother, Alvin Dudley Hamilton of Dallas, TX; granddaughter, Mary Everett Robinson of Brandon.

Marion J. Wolfe, O.D. (b. 12.31.1931 d. 08.17.2006) of Bay St. Louis, MS. Dr. Marion “Sonny” J. Wolfe, Jr. passed away on August 17, 2006 at the age of 74 after battling Alzheimer’s disease for 10 years. He is survived by Kay Wolfe, his devoted wife of 26 years. He resided at Twin Oaks Nursing Home in Pass Christian, until being forced to evacuate as a result of Hurricane Katrina. For the last year, Sonny has resided at Brakebill Nursing Home in Knoxville, TN. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Marion J. Wolfe, Sr. and his mother, Lillian Vetter Wolfe. Sonny was a long-time resident of Bay St. Louis, where he was an optometrist for 45 years. He and his father shared an office in Bay St. Louis for many of those years. Sonny’s retirement was celebrated by friends and family in 1998. Sonny was a graduate of St. Stanislaus High School, and he later attended both Notre Dame University and the University of Mississippi before completing his education at Southern College of Optometry in 1955. Sonny is survived by 1 son, Chip Wolfe of Pensacola, FL and 4 daughters, Cindy Wolfe Scott of Walland, TN, Nancye Wolfe Renihan of Fairhope, AL, Leslie Wolfe Youd of Gulf Breeze, FL, and Cathy Wolfe of Bay St. Louis. He is also survived by 3 stepchildren, Gordon Boh of Hopkinsville, KY, Michael Boh of Beverly Hills, CA, and Kathryn Boh Morgan of Maryville, TN. He is survived by 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandsons, and 5 step-grandchildren. He has one brother, Bernie Wolfe of Bay St. Louis and one sister, Helen Wolfe Wirth of Metairie, LA.