2011 – 2014

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

Donald Held Adler, O.D. (b. 09.09.1922 d. 06.20.2014) of Meridian, MS. He attended NICO and obtained his MS license in 1949. Dr. Adler was a Life member of the MOA. He was a resident of Memphis, TN at the time of his passing. Services and burial were held in Beth Israel Cemetery in Meridian, MS.

Paul W. Clark, O.D. (b. 10.18.1944 d. 06.09.2013) of Mendenhall, MS. Dr. Clark was an optometrist practicing for 40 years in Mendenhall, Prentiss and many other cities in MS. He also served as minister of music in Jones and surrounding counties prior to beginning his practice. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by father, Winnie Willard Clark, mother, Audell Craft Swager and step-father, Percy Swager. Survivors include his wife, Dora L. Clark of Mendenhall; daughter, Robin Clark Gorski of Orlando, FL; brother, Ken Swager and wife Karen of Laurel; and sister, Barbara Clark Miller of Guither, OK.

Eddie L. Golden, O.D. (b. 01.03.1955 d. 03.25.2013) of Gulfport, MS. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Hazel Golden. He is survived by his former wife, Kathy Golden, of Memphis, TN; his children, Jonathan Golden of Roswell, GA, Heather (Jason) Smith of Marion, AR, Jeremy and Matthew Golden, both of Memphis, TN; his brothers, Richard (Janet) Golden and Larry (Janice) Golden; his grandson, Owen Smith; his nieces and nephews, Chad (Karen) Golden and their daughter, Grace, Lori (Jason) Miles and their daughters, Jaycie and Lydia, Mark Golden and Jacob Golden. Dr. Golden is a graduate of Scott City Christian Academy, attended East Central Community College and the University of Mississippi. He received his Doctorate at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He practiced as an Optometrist in many cities, and most recently, The Eye Clinic in Gulfport. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Gulfport and was a devout man of faith. He was loved and appreciated by his family.

Howard Carlton McMillin, O.D. (b. 10.18.1929 d. 08.23.2012) of Carthage, MS.  He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Kerry Lee, his brother Bill, and his sister, Rebecca Tidwell. Dr. McMillan leaves behind his lovely wife Shirley, his daughter, Lisa Townsend, her husband, Bruce, of West Monroe, Louisiana, his son, David McMillin, his wife, Leesa, of Monroe, Louisiana. His five grandchildren include Laura, Eden, and Gabe Townsend and Brady and Cody McMillin. His great grandson is Brayden Townsend. He received his undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Mississippi State University in 1952. Following two years of active duty in the United States Army, Carlton completed his education at the University Of Houston School Of Optometry, receiving his Doctorate of Optometry in 1958. Dr. McMillin established his optometric practice in Carthage in 1958. He was a co-founder of Leake Academy, where he served twelve years on the Board of Directors. He also co-founded the Bank of Central Mississippi and the Leake County Little League Baseball Association. He was a past president of the Carthage Lions Club as well as the Leake County Jaycees. He served 37 years as a member of the Leake County Chamber of Commerce, and maintained a seat on the Mississippi State University Agricultural Advisory Council. He was a trustee with the American Redbone Coonhound Association and served as the treasurer for the Mississippi Simmental Association. Carlton enjoyed membership in the American, Mississippi, and Central Mississippi Optometric Associations. Additionally he treasured his membership in the Carthage United Methodist Church and its Friendship Sunday School Class.

Frederick Lee “Ted” Malone, O.D. (b. 12.25.1938 d. 08.21.2012) of Pensacola, FL and formerly McComb, MS. He graduated from McComb High School, Southwest Mississippi Jr. College and the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. Ted was a retired military Optometrist having served in Europe in the Army and Air Force. He also practiced optometry in McComb and the surrounding area retiring in 2008. Ted had a deep appreciation for nature and enjoyed farming and gardening. He also loved spending time with his family and friends by whom he was much loved and will be dearly missed. Ted was preceded in death by his father Eddie Malone. Survivors include his wife, Connie Malone; mother, Anne Malone Fuller; daughter, Tammy Malone; son Parry Malone; daughter, Huntley Malone; sister, Patricia Harbinson (Greg); grandson, Michael Malone; granddaughter, Shealan Malone; grandson, Evan Malone.

James Marvin Moye, O.D. (b. 02.09.1921 d. 04.24.2012) of Laurel, MS.  He graduated from Laurel City Schools and Jones Junior College, and entered the Army Air Corp in 1943. After discharge from the service, he enrolled in the Southern College of Optometry graduating in 1947. He practiced until his 80th birthday in 2001. He was President of theMOA for 2 years. He was on the Board of Directors for the MS Optometric Foundation, Member of the Board of Examiners, and served on the Board of the Southwest Contact Lens Society. He was both Chairman and Member of the American Optometric Association Practice Administration Committee for many years and worked on the American Optometric Association Interprofessional Relations Committee. He was a Member of the Board of the Foundation for Education and Research in Vision and the Advisory Committee on Health for the Department HEW for the Southern Region of the U.S. As a charter member of the American Optometric Association’s Political Action Committee, he chaired the first fundraising event held in MS. The American Optometric Association named him Key Man of the Year. Dr. Moye also served the State of Mississippi as a member of the Board for Health. Dr. Moye was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Feriba Brown. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mae Eleanor Freeman Moye; two daughters and two sons-in-law: Marilyn and Joel Thoms of Petal and Jamie and Brad Farber of St. Peters, Missouri; three sisters, Frances Moye of Biloxi, Margaret Anderson of Louisville, Kentucky; and Sue Lightsey (Bill) of Laurel; 6 grandchildren, Marcy Moye Thoms Scoggins, Joel Thoms, Jr., Kirk Thoms, Stephanie Farber Dunn, Christopher Farber and David Farber; and 7 great grandchildren, Kathryn and Will Scoggins; Trey, Claire and Bo Thoms; and Palmer and Taylor Dunn; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Ray F. Mitchell, O.D. (b. 06.11.1921 d. 11.13.2011) of Picayune, MS. He was a graduate of Picayune Memorial High School, attended Pearl River Community College and graduated from Northern Illinois College of Optometry. He practiced optometry in Biloxi from 1949 until his retirement in 1998. His studies at Pearl River Community College were interrupted by his enlistment in the Infantry of the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the Burma China India Theater with distinction. Ray was a Sergeant Major with Merrill’s Marauders. For his service he received many honors including the Bronze Star with a V for Valor and the Purple Heart. He was past president of the Mississipi Optometric Association, past president of the Mississippi Board of Optometric Examiners, a founding member of the Biloxi Businessmen’s Club, life time member of Rotary International and a Paul Harris Fellow. Ray was a member of First Baptist Church of Picayune and a former member of First Baptist Church of Biloxi for more than 55 years where he served as a deacon and in many other capacities of the church. He was an avid fisherman enjoying countless hours on the water with his many friends. Ray will be greatly missed by family and friends. Preceding him in death were his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Harmon Mitchell, and his daughter, Marsha L. Mitchell. Left to cherish his memory are: his son, Dr. James M. Mitchell of Waco, TX, his grandchildren, Brian (Tracy) Davis of Vestavia Hills, AL, Kathryn J. Mitchell and Molly E. Mitchell of Manchester, CT, Jacob M. Mitchell of Waco, TX, his sister, Mrs. Judy (Warren) Seal of Picayune, MS, two great-grandsons, Micah and Joshua Davis, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Roger Ray Loose, O.D. (b. 02.23.1947 d. 09.03.2011) of Perkinston, MS. Dr. Roger Ray Loose was a member of Seventh Day Adventist, a Vietnam Army Veteran and a Optometrist. He owned and operator the Vision Center in Wiggins for 31 years and owned and operator the Vision Center in Lucedale for 29 years. He graduated 1967 from Professional Business Institute in Minneapolis, MN and graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He survived by his wife Janet Thelen Loose of Perkinston, MS, his son, Dr. Gregory and his wife Tana (Myers) Loose of Perkinston, MS, his daughter, Brenda (Loose) Hope of Jackson, MS, his five grandhildren; Raigen, Brennen, Samuel, Jeffery and Christian Loose all of Perkinston, MS, his father, Carl Loose of Underwood, SD, his brother, Loren Loose of Underwood, SD, his two sisters; Linda (Loose) Brown of Hyannis, NB and Mary Kay (Loose) Stanton of Hyannis, NB and numerous of nieces and nephews.

William Thomas Hyde, O.D. (b. 01.29.1919 d. 05.28.2011) of Grenada, MS. He was a retired Optometrist. He was born January 29, 1919, in Tate County, MS. He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the U. S. Army. After the war ended he completed his education at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He moved to Grenada where he was an Optometrist for 52 years until he retired in 1999. He was a faithful member of the Van Dorn Street Church of Christ. He was a fan of the Ole Miss Rebels. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mary Hyde, three sisters, two brothers, and his wife, Lola Patridge Hyde. He is survived by his son, Tommy Hyde (Cindy) of Easley, SC; three daughters, Kathy Hyde of Madison, MS, and Carol Hyde and Rosemary Hyde of Grenada, MS; and two grandchildren, Lauren and Caroline Hyde of Easley, SC.