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Hart, Herbert  
Mr. Herbert Hart Hatiesburg Herbert Allen Hart was born in Hattiesburg, MS on February 2, 1942 to Gerald and Sara Hart. Herbert was named after his uncle Herbert Phillips. Herbert proudly recollected growing up on Mabel Street where his first job was as a neighborhood paper boy and later a stock boy at the local grocery store in downtown Hattiesburg. After graduating from Hattiesburg High School, he and twenty young men from Hattiesburg joined the Navy, traveling to Charleston, SC. Several of the men ended up together on the destroyer, USS Harold J. Ellison (DD 864), where Herbert was postmaster. The destroyer was tasked with recovering the module containing the monkey (named "Ham"), the first living creature sent into space! Imagine the disappointment after deploying the rescuers when a helicopter swooped in dropping divers into the water to rescue the monkey. The crew of the destroyer responded by throwing potatoes at the helicopter (or so the legend goes). Upon returning after four years of service, Herbert entered The University of Southern Mississippi, earning a bachelor's degree in marketing. He maintained a lifelong love of Southern Miss, serving as campus security under Jim Tullous and working at both home and away football games escorting The Pride of Mississippi marching band and the famous Dixie Darlings. His trips with The Pride took him as far away as Ireland (1995) and New York. Generations of students have known the presence of Herbert Hart on the sidelines at The Rock. Most people know Herbert best from his numerous years of devoted service to the Forrest County Sheriff's Department. Despite his long tenure, he served under only two sheriffs, Gene Walters and Billy McGee. During his time serving the county, Herbert at one point ran the jail, other times traveling extensively transporting prisoners and later in his career keeping the books and payroll records. Herbert is known and loved by so many from all walks of life, ranging from children he befriended on the Navajo reservation and in Honduras, to world renown musicians for whom he served as security detail. He was equally comfortable with all of them and is remembered for his sincerity and kindness. He was a life long member of the United Methodist church, growing up at Broad Street church and transferring later to Parkway Heights where he served faithfully on many mission trips and as everyone's favorite church bus driver. Herbert is survived by his wife, Jennifer Jill (Hatch) Hart of Petal, his daughter, Ann Hart Laughlin (Ned) of Memphis and son, John Gerald Hart (Nikki) of Petal, step-daughter Christina Hatch of Petal, nephew Jay (Jerry) Simmons as well as grandchildren Ryder, Allie, Edwin, Harris and Nealy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Sara Hart, his sister Geraldine Hart Simmons and his wife, Alice Gannon Hart. Gifts and memorials can be sent to Rice and Beans Ministries, www.riceandbeansministries.com P. O. Box 626, Petal MS, 39465
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on May 17, 2015
Hunter, Georgia Ann  
Georgia Ann Adams Hunter In Loving Memory of Mrs. Georgia Ann Adams Hunter February 23, 1950- March 19, 2015 From Hattiesburg, MS resided in Detroit, MI. Our loved one, no longer with us, leaves footprints in our hearts, impressions of kind acts, loving words and happy memories. These prints build a path for us to follow which always leads to warmer places and brighter days. For each uttered prayer, for each lovely card, for each beautiful flower, for all of your comforting words, your visits and your many acts of kindness, we say THANK YOU! Please accept our sincerest gratitude and know that your love and support have meant more to us that mere words could ever express. You are deeply loved and appreciated. May God continue to bless you! -The family of the late Georgia Ann Adams Hunter
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on May 17, 2015
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