|Birth: ||Aug. 27, 1925|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 2012|
BOONEVILLE – Surrounded by his family, Obie T. Koon departed this earthly life on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born August 27, 1925, in Prentiss County to Obie Roy and Carrie Mae Martin Koon. He attended Osborne Creek and Blackland Schools. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather who was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was a Baptist.
He willingly served his country during World War II by enlisting in the United States Coast Guard. He served as Radarman 3rd Class-aboard the USS Gordon, a transport carrier. He made several tours to the South Pacific and North Africa. After the war, he re-enlisted and was stationed in Panama City, Florida. After returning home to North Mississippi, he co-owned and operated Weeks & Koon Service Station. He was also a farmer not only working his acres but also helping neighbors and friends. Later he owned and operated Koon's Texaco Station. He retired from DeVinney Construction Company.
In 1950, he married Zana Holland Smith, and they welcomed two children, Nelson and Susan. During Zana's illness, he lovingly cared for her while working and raising two children. In 1965, he married Sis Downs, and they welcomed three children, Annett, Tyron and Roy. He loved his family and taught them by example.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth "Sis" Koon; his five children, Nelson (Mary) Koon of Fulton, Susan Lambert, Annett (Steve) Treece, Tyron (Suzanne) Koon, and Roy (Leslie) Koon, all of Booneville; his grandchildren, Holly (Jim) Gray, Laura (Zac) Richardson, Bryson (Lauren) Lambert, Tyler Koon, Cody Koon, Trey Koon, Annabelle Bullard, and Davis Koon; seven great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Sandra (Phil) Purvis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Zana Holland Smith Koon in 1964; sisters, Virginia Koon Rowland and Lera Koon Rowland; and a son-in-law, Johnny Lambert.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm Saturday, September 22, 2012, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Kerry Powell officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5-8 pm today and until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Jim Gray, Zac Richardson, Bryson Lambert, Tyler Koon, Cody Koon, Trey Koon, and Davis Koon.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Carolina Methodist Church Building Fund, 2001 Ninth Street, Booneville, MS 38829, or to a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
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Zana Holland Smith Koon (1930 - 1964)
Oaklawn Memorial Park
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Record added: Sep 21, 2012
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Salute To Our Veterans Who Sacrificed So Much For So Many. Forever In The Loving Arms Of Our Heavenly Father.|
Added: Sep. 21, 2012