James O'Gwynn 82, passed away Wednesday January 19, 2011 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg after an extended illness.
Mr. O'Gwynn was a life long Country Music Recording Artist and was affectionately known as "The Smiling Irishman of Country Music " in the music world. In his career he had been a member of the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry. He also served in the United States Marine Corps and was a Veteran of WWII.
He was born January 26, 1928 in Winchester (Wayne County) Mississippi to Louie W. and Ethel Busby O'Gwynn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Louise, his first wife Mary Suggs O'Gwynn,and his second wife Bertena Tucker O'Gwynn. He is survived by his four children, Robert J (Barbara)of Brandon, MS, Brenda (James) Sullivan of Memphis,TN, Carol (Eric)Murdock of Moselle, MS and James D.( Kitty) of Dardanelle, AR. one step-son Shelley Bordan of Little Rock, AR.
Twelve grandchildren, fourteen great- grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters Wilma Murdock of Meridian,MS June Ruttledge of Monroe,LA and his wonderful Sweetheart Jeanette.
Visitation will be from 5-9 PM Friday evening at Freeman Funeral Home in Waynesboro, MS. Funeral services will be at the funeral home chapel on Saturday at 10:AM officiated by Bro.Eric Richard Pastor of Petal Church of God where Mr.O'Gwynn attended for the past seven years. Internment will be at Mt. Zion Church Cemetery in Wayne County.
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Published by Hattiesburg American on Jan. 20, 2011.