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Mr. Joel Robert Converse, 63, passed away at his home on October 25, 2012. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 PM Saturday, October 27, 2012 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Madison with interment in Natchez Trace Memorial Park. Visitation will be Saturday from 12 - 2 PM at St. Francis.
Mr. Converse a native of North Carolina, has lived in the Madison area for a number of years and was employed with Floor Trader. Mr. Converse was an accomplished guitar player having played with the band Flashback for 27 years. He also played and sang at St. Richards Catholic Church and St. Francis of Assisi. He is preceded in death by his father-in-law, Thomas Kirby Hernandez and nephew, Clay Converse.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Ann Hernandez Converse of Madison; sons, Kirby Ray Converse (Tracy) of Madison and Robert Daniel Converse of Madison; sisters, Marianna Measells (Mike) of Beaumont, TX and Rebecca Schweigert (Kurt) of Houston, TX; brothers, Phil Ray Converse (Cheryl) of Memphis and Kenneth Clayton Converse (Jamie) of Ridgeland; grandchild, Kaleb Thomas Converse of Madison; mother-in-law; Ivy Lee Hernandez of Alexandria, LA.; 5 nieces and 2 nephews and his beloved border collie, Sheba.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to his doctors, Dr. Nicole Cleveland, Dr. David Wahl and Dr. Eric Wegener and caregiver, Kela Brown.
Memorials may be made to: Hederman Cancer Center 1227 N. State St. Jackson, MS 39202
Published in Clarion Ledger on Oct. 27, 2012