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Carol Catherine West
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Birth: May 23, 1944
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 5, 2011
Hinds County
Mississippi, USA

Wayne County News

May 23, 1944-Dec. 5, 2011
Funeral services for Carol Catherine West, 67, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 from the Chapel of Freeman Funeral Home.

Interment will follow at Yellow Creek Cemetery, and a memorial service will be held at a later date in Jackson.

Born on May 23, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pa., her father was actively involved in World War II and, because of his military commitment, she and her family lived in Hawaii, California, Pennsylvania and Texas before returning to Waynesboro upon her father's retirement.

In 1962, she was honored as salutatorian of the first graduating class of the recently consolidated Waynesboro Central High School. She continued her education by earning an AA Degree from Jones County Junior College, a BA Degree from Mississippi University for Women, a JD Degree (with honors) from University of Mississippi School of Law and an MLS Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

She began her career as the Public Services Librarian at University of Virginia School of Law. As she advanced in her career, she served as Catalog Librarian at the University of Mississippi Law Library, Head of Mississippi Legislative Reference Library and as legislative draftsman and then the Director of Law Library, Mississippi College School of Law. At the time of her death, she was Professor of Law at the Mississippi College School of Law, where she was greatly loved and respected by her students.

She was a member of the American Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar and the Hinds County Bar Association, serving as a member of its Board of Directors from 1994-1997. She served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association and belonged to the American Society of Legal History. Former Appellate Court Judge and close friend Mary Libby Payne called her a "notable woman."

Appointed a commissioner by Gov. Kirk Fordice, she served on the Mississippi Library Commission from 1992-1998. She was internationally recognized for her library expertise, serving as consultant to the Republic of Armenia on developing a Parliamentary Library, and with the National Assembly of Tanzania on parliamentary library services. She enjoyed extensive travels to Europe, Canada, throughout the United States and in the Caribbean.

Another of her passions was genealogical research. She had great interest in her family genealogy, and she selflessly provided assistance to others in their research efforts. For many years, she served in different capacities with the Mississippi Genealogical Society, actively planned the annual seminar and was serving as corresponding secretary.

She died suddenly on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.

She is survived by three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Charles S. and Sandra West of Jackson, James D. West of Waynesboro and Gary L. and Joan West of Martin, Tenn.; two nieces, Lydia H. West and Katherine G. West; and numerous cousins.

She will be deeply missed by her friends from childhood Dr. Jane Sanders, Gaynell Ainsworth, Judy Sullivan and Linda Lucas, who said Carol was a faithful and true friend and was always there for each of them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen Young West and Scott Gray West.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Carol West, MC School of Law, 151 E. Griffith St., Jackson, MS 39201.

An online guestbook can be signed at

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro is in charge of arrangements. 
Family links: 
  Scott Gray West (1913 - 2008)
  Helen Irene Young West (1914 - 1998)
Yellow Creek Cemetery
Wayne County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Gwen Langley Pittman
Record added: Dec 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81671966
Carol Catherine West
Added by: Ron (Ronnie Lee) Collins
Carol Catherine West
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Carol Catherine West
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 Added: Apr. 16, 2012
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Carol West. We will cherish the memories. To Carol's family, we are with you during this time of grief and pray that God will grant you understanding and strength to get through this difficult time.
- Michael Hollingsworth
 Added: Dec. 8, 2011

- Ron (Ronnie Lee) Collins
 Added: Dec. 7, 2011
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