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Judson Davis Langston

Services for Judson Davis Langston of Brookhaven are 11 a.m.,Friday, Dec. 7, at Harrigill Funeral Home Chapel with burial inRiverwood Memorial Park.

Visitation is today from 5-7 p.m. and Friday from 10-11 a.m. atthe funeral home.

Mr. Langston, 76, died Dec. 4, 2001, at Baptist Medical Centerin Jackson. He was born in Baldwin on Dec. 16, 1924, to JudsonDavis Langston and Evelyn Frazier Langston. In 1951 he married MaryElizabeth “Betty” Denton in Tupelo.

Mr. Langston was a retired executive of Levi Straus CompanyInternational of San Francisco, Calif. Prior to that he was vicepresident of operations at Stahl-Urban Company in Brookhaven from1972-1977. He and his wife returned to Brookhaven on his retirementin 1981.

A graduate of Tupelo High School, he attended the University ofMississippi, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University prior tohis graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1947, andwas honored as Brigade Commander, the number one ranking Midshipmanof his senior year.

A veteran of WWII, he served seven and a half years as a U. S.Naval Officer with various destroyer and cruiser assignments. Heserved two and a half years on the staff of Admiral Forrest P.Sherman, Commander Sixth Fleet, at the time of his appointment tohead Joint Chefs of Staff in Washington.

Throughout his life he was active in civic affairs in Tupelo andin Brookhaven. On retiring to Brookhaven, he served actively withthe Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. In 1999 he wasKing of the Crewe of Ceres Charity Ball.

Hunting, fishing, tennis and a love of nature and theout-of-doors were among his many hobbies as well as graciousentertaining of family and friends. His family will cherish thememories of many unusual get-togethers over the years. The annual”Camp Catalpa,” a week-long family gathering enjoying the lake andthe woods at their home east of Brookhaven, was always thehighlight of each year.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his wife, Betty Denton Langston of Brookhaven; hissons and daughters-in-law, Judson Davis Langston Jr. and ElizabethLangston of Brookhaven, John Kennedy and Christy Langston ofCincinnati, Ohio, and Thomas Nathan and Patricia Langston ofFranklin County; his sister, Betty Jean Ridgway of Pine Bluff,Ark.; and eight grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the building fund of First UnitedMethodist Church, Brookhaven, or to Hamburg Baptist Church, Rt. 2,Box 193A, Roxie, MS 39661.