OXFORD – Simon LaVois Webb, known by his friends as ""Spider,"" died at the Mississippi State Veterans home in Oxford on Oct. 27, 2013. Born Feb. 25, 1919, in Helena, Ark., to Walter Edward and Marie Waddell Webb, he graduated from Helena High School and attended the University of Notre Dame and the University of Mississippi prior to World War II, and received a BBA from the University of Southern Mississippi after the war.
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During World War II, he served as a Marine Corps aviator in the South Pacific, flying the SBD ""Dauntless Dive Bomber"" and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals. Recalled to active duty during the Korean War, he flew the F7F ""Tiger Cat."" After the Korean War, he transferred to the Mississippi National Guard and later to the Army Reserve, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. Upon returning stateside in 1944, he married Dorothy Ann Thompson of Laurel and settled in Laurel after World War II.
He was employed by Masonite Corporation in Laurel, and Towanda, Pa. He joined U.S. Plywood in Oxford and retired from Champion International in Stamford, Conn. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the Marine Corps Aviation Association, The Roundtable Writers Group and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Oxford.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ann Webb, and is survived by a son, Tom Webb and wife, Beth, of Collierville, Tenn.; a daughter, Sally Webb Boteler and husband, Randy, of Upper Arlington, Ohio; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and his brother, Joseph A. Webb of Virginia Beach, Va.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church with visitation afterward in the Parish Hall. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 113 S. 9th Street, Oxford, MS 38655, or to the Stand Behind Campaign, Mississippi State Veterans Home, 120 Veterans Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Nov. 1, 2013