Lyman Carlton Fillingame
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Services will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11:30 a.m., at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg for Lyman Carlton Fillingame, 89, of Purvis, who died Friday, February 10, 2012 at Forrest General Hospital. Interment will follow at Roseland Park Cemetery.
Born in Purvis, August 31, 1922, Mr. Fillingame was a longtime resident of Hattiesburg before returning to Purvis in 1973. He was a member of Main Street Baptist Church of Hattiesburg and later, First Baptist Church of Purvis. Mr. Fillingame was retired from the United States Postal Service. During World War II, he served in the Air Force as a B-17 bomber pilot, completing thirty missions in the European theater and attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring from the Air Force Reserve. Mr. Fillingame was a member of the 100th Bomb Group Foundation, the American Camellia Society, and former member and president of the Lamar County Historical Society. He was an avid gardener and took great pride in his award-winning collection of over three hundred camellia plants.
Mr. Fillingame is survived by five children: Don Fillingame (Georgiana Rizk) of Purvis; Michael Fillingame of Lacombe, LA; Steve Fillingame of Picayune; Alice Williams (Jim) of Clarkesville, GA; Sharon Russell (Mike) of Columbia; six grandchildren: Donny Fillingame (Jodi) of Queensland, Australia; Carla Gates of Atlanta, GA; Robbie Fillingame of Ocala, FL; Kacy Fillingame of Lacombe, LA; Michael and Ross Russell of Columbia; three great-grandchildren: Ben and Will Fillingame of Queensland, Australia; Zachary Gonzalez of Lacombe, LA; two sisters: Iva Nell Hammett of Hattiesburg and Katie Vaughn of Collins; cousin: Mary Harris of Hattiesburg; best friend, Bonnie Trippe of Slidell, LA; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-five years, Mary Alice Harrington Fillingame, a sister, Doris McLelland, and his parents, Luther and Katie Fillingame.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 246, Purvis, MS 39475 or 100th Bomb Group Foundation, c/o Cindy Goodman, 13 Ettington Lane, Bella Vista, AR 72714.
Published in the Hattiesburg American on Feb. 13, 2012