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D. W. Rountree


Delma "D.W." Rountree passed away at the home of his daughter in Missouri City, TX on November 20, 2012 at the age of 92. He grew up in Alabama, married in 1940, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and resided in Jackson, MS until recent months. Mr. Rountree's profession for the majority of his life was as a barber at his shop located in Pearl. After retiring, he was able to devote time to his true avocation of training bird dogs and hunting and worked as a hunting guide at Kearney Park Shooting Preserve. He was preceded in death by his wife Thelma Nichols Rountree, his parents, Wilson and Lucy Rountree, and his sister Juanita Rountree Fraser. Mr. Rountree is survived by his sister, Mozelle Rountree Cook Cotton, his sons Rodney Neil Rountree and wife Linda; William D. "Bill" Rountree; John Michael Rountree and wife Pam; and daughter Janetta Rountree Whiteman and husband Gary; grandsons Rodney Rountree Jr., Rusty Rountree, Steven Rountree, Adam and Micah Cid; granddaughters Kelly Rountree Barnett and husband Greg, Holly Rountree Evans andr husband Butch, Michael Rountree Larsen and husband Lars; and Jennifer Rountree; as well as great grandchildren Alisa, Steven, Carly, Landry, Arianna and Adam, II.

Of special mention was Mr. Rountree's 60+ year affiliation with the Masonic Lodge, most recently with Capitol Lodge #600 where he served as three-time Master of the Lodge, Master of the funeral team, and an instructor in degree work. Over the years he received the Demolay's Legion of Honor award, as well as the Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, and an honorary 33rd Degree in the Scottish Rite. As stated by his Lodge brother, "He did it all." The family wishes the members of the Lodge to know that D.W. held them in high esteem and deeply valued their friendship.

The family extends a very sincere thank you to special friends Martha Turner, Patricia and Milton Baylis, and Mr. Rountree's niece, Cynthia Fuller, for their many extra efforts of assistance throughout the years.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday November 24 at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home, 1161 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS, followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson. Members of Capital Lodge #600 will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Capitol Lodge #600 or the are appreciated.


Published in Clarion Ledger on Nov. 23, 2012
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