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 William Solon Mauldin, Jr

William Solon Mauldin, Jr

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Death 31 Jan 2010 (aged 92)
Burial McHenry, Stone County, Mississippi, USA
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William Solon Mauldin, Jr., age 92, of McHenry, MS, died on January 31, 2010. He was born on August 13, 1917, in McCool, MS, to William Solon and Kate Eddleman Mauldin. He attended Weir High School and Mississippi State College. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946. He was known for many years as the "Mayor of McHenry." Mr. Mauldin was employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1940-1943 and by the U.S. Forestry Service from 1946-1979. He served as ranger at Airey Tower and later as director of the Harrison Experimental Forestry Station. In that capacity, he was responsible for a variety of forestry research projects, including the famous "moon tree" experiment where pine seeds carried on an Apollo mission were germinated to seedlings for distribution during the 1976 Bicentennial celebration. He organized a number of educational activities for the Forestry Service including the Youth Conservation Corps, and his shrimp boils at "The Harrison" were well-known to foresters throughout the state. He was an active member of the Society of American Foresters and the Mississippi Forestry Association. He served for 20 years as a Trustee for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College District. During this time, he was vice-chair for two terms and chair for five years (1973-75 and 1978-79). He was instrumental in securing the bonds that allowed the college to construct the Jefferson Davis and Jackson County campuses. A loyal follower of Bulldog athletics, he received the "Up Front" award in 2004 in recognition for having attended all home football games at Perk for fifty-eight years. He also served as president of the Perkinston Elementary PTA, the Wiggins Kiwanis Club, and the Wiggins Rotary Club. He was a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club. For eight years beginning in 1963, he was Stone County Heart Fund chairman and then served four years as District Heart Fund chair. He worked to obtain grant funding to establish McHenry Utilities, a non-profit rural water utility corporation, and served as president from 1967-1996. He was a member of the Stone County Selective Service Board and the Stone County 911 Commission. A Methodist, he was Sunday School Superintendent at McHenry United Methodist Church for many years and served as Lay Leader there and later at Saucier United Methodist Church. He also served as a Trustee at First United Methodist Church, Wiggins. At the time of his death, he was a member of First United Methodist Church, Wiggins. He was a member of the Gulfport Elks Club, Les Cavaliers and Krewe of Neptune carnival associations, Pine Burr Country Club, and the Great Southern Club. He is preceded in death by his parents and a step-daughter, Vivian McWhorter Rigby. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dolores McHenry Mauldin; one daughter, Hannah Mauldin Cliburn (Joseph) of Wiggins; a sister, Catherine Mauldin Fallis (Arthur) of Greenville, SC; four grandchildren, Katherine Marie Cliburn of Oxford, James Ransom Geiger III of Corinth, Elizabeth Geiger Grilley of Columbus, and Ginny Geiger Gerrish of Hurley; a nephew, Don Fallis (Pam) of Wilmington, NC, and a niece, Jan Fallis Brown (Michael) of Greenville, SC; and ten great-grandchildren, three great-nephews, and a great-niece. The family especially thanks Mr. Mauldin's caregivers, Jean Eley, Ava Galloway, Abby Nell Nelson, and Leanna Taylor, and Forrest General Hospital Home Health nurses Jennifer Pullen, Jennifer Lee, and Vanessa Hartfield. The funeral service will be held on February 2, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., in the Family Life Center at First United Methodist Church, Wiggins, with visitation two hours prior to the service. Burial will follow at the McHenry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorial contributions be made to the McHenry Library (Pine Forest Regional Library), Beulah Cemetery Fund, French Camp Academy, or the McHenry Family Scholarship at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
2010 Sun Herald



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  • Maintained by: Vivian
  • Originally Created by: I CARE
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100124555
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Solon Mauldin, Jr (13 Aug 1917–31 Jan 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100124555, citing McHenry Gardens Cemetery, McHenry, Stone County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Vivian (contributor 49049640) .