Herman Hansel "Hank" Waycaster, age 88, died Friday, July 5, 2013 at NMMC Tupelo. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pontotoc, and a graduate of Smithville High School and Meridian Jr. College. He was a retired Major with the MS Highway Patrol, where he served from 1950 to 1984, and was a member of the MS Highway Patrol Retired Troopers Association. He served his country in the Army in Central Europe from 1943 to 1946 and then in the Air Force until late 1952, in the Ante Aircraft Artillery Group. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He enjoyed skeet shooting and being outdoors.
Services will be at 2 PM Monday, July 8, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc, with Dr. Ken Hester and Rev. Doug Jones officiating; burial will follow in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife: Betty Gabbert Waycaster of Pontotoc, MS; his daughter: Elizabeth; a son: Larry W. Simmons, of Madison, MS; two sisters: Doris Brasfield of Aberdeen, MS and Iris Nell Weaver of Amory, MS; and one grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Grover C. Waycaster and Alma Goodson Waycaster; his three sisters: Annie Easter, Mary Waycaster and Sibyl Williams and four brothers: Leroy Waycaster, Clinton Waycaster, Cecil Waycaster and Harold Waycaster.
Pallbearers will be: MHP Troopers, Chad Moore, Chad Cummings, Philip Mitchell, Brad Hogue, Brad Hamblin and James McGregor. Honorary Pallbearers will be the member of the MS Retired Troopers Association and the Jimmy Wise Sunday School Class from First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 PM in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church, and Monday from 1 to 2 PM at First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church, C/O "Raise the Roof", 31 W. Washington Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com