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Malcolm D. Pressgrove Jr.


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Malcolm D. Pressgrove Jr. Obituary
Malcolm D. Pressgrove, Jr.

Memphis, tn

Was born May 1, 1924 at Indianola, Mississippi, to Malcolm D. Pressgrove, Sr., and Myrtle Smith Pressgrove. He attended public schools in Indianola, Charleston, and Greenwood, MS.

He joined the U. S. Army in 1942, and served with distinction in the Pacific in the campaigns under General Douglas MacArthur in New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, and as a member of the 24th Infantry Division went in on the first wave during the amphibious landings at Hollandia and Leyte. Rising to the rank of sergeant, he participated in the campaigns at Mindoro and Mindanao, where he was seriously wounded on May 12, 1945. After a long convalescence, he entered Memphis Academy of Arts, graduating in 1950. He worked as a talented commercial artist for 27 years, first at Plough, Inc. and later as head of his own studio. He served on the Board of Directors of the Art Directors Club of Memphis.

On January 15, 1954, he married Bunny Wood of Holly Grove, Arkansas. They had four children: Randy, of Monroe Township, New Jersey; Micki Luann Wood, of Memphis; Jennifer Pearl Pressgrove of Memphis, who preceded him in death; and Timothy Thomas Pressgrove (Jeanne), of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. He leaves five grandchildren: Patrick Randolf Emilio Pressgrove, of Houston, TX; Catharine Marie Pressgrove, of San Antonio, TX; Thomas Plass; Blair Plass; and Shelby Caitlyn Blake, all of Memphis; and two great-grandchildren. His sisters, Sybil McKnight, of Memphis, and Josephine Hughes, of Shaw, Mississippi, preceded him in death. He leaves two sisters, LaYuna Spears of Alabama; and Glyn Alice Gibson, of Memphis; and a brother, Therrell, of Olive Branch, Mississippi.

A great and loving father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, and fishing buddy, he was also a hero--in the service of his country, in whose service he received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star nomination for bravery; and in the minds and memories of those he touched, and loved.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 7, 2017
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