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Hilman Wedgeworth: WWII veteran; father of Rep. Blackburn

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Hilman Wedgeworth, 87, of Laurel, Miss., died on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.  Mr. Wedgeworth was the father of U. S. Congressman Marsha Wedgeworth Blackburn of Brentwood.

Mr. Wedgeworth was retired in sales and management from Armco Steel/National Supply Company and co-owner of M&D Sales in Laurel.  He served his country as a member of the US Army during World War II.

He was a founding member of the Jones County Sheriff’s Volunteer Deputy program and was the outstanding deputy in 1994.  He was recognized for his volunteer work by the Jones County (Miss.) Chamber of Commerce with inclusion in the Civic Awards Hall of Fame in 2003.  He was also honored by the Red Cross, the Mississippi FFA and FHA organizations.  He served as a member of the Farmer’s Home Administration Loan program advisory board.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lemuel and Vermel Wedgeworth, brother Bonnie Wedgeworth, and son-in-law, Dan Miller.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Jo Morgan Wedgeworth; son, James (Jane) Wedgeworth of Hilton Head Island, SC: daughter Marsha (Chuck) Blackburn of Brentwood, Tenn., and daughter Karen Miller of Nashville.  Grandchildren are Mary Morgan (Paul) Ketchel of Nashville, Chad Blackburn of Nashville; Brandi Jane(Jason) Graham of New York City, NY; Marsha (Drew) Hunter of Chapel Hill, NC; Chip Wedgeworth, Charlotte, NC; David Wedgeworth of Greeneville, SC; and McKensie Miller of Nashville.

Great grandchildren are Jack and Chase Ketchel of Nashville and Preston Hunter of Chapel Hill, NC. 

Visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 1 , followed by a service Saturday, Feb. 2, at Memory Chapel Funeral Home, in Laurel, Miss. Dr. Randy Turner, pastor of First Baptist Church, Laurel, will officiate. 

Pallbearers will be members of Mr. Wedgeworth’s Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church and his grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mississippi 4-H Club Foundation  

Wedgeworth Memorial Fund, ATTN: Courtney Headley, Box 9641, Mississippi State, MS 39762, or the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Wedgeworth Memorial Fund, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, P.O Box 1108, Laurel, MS 39441

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