University Memorial Ceremony Set for Thursday, May 2

Event to honor the memory of students, faculty, staff, and emeriti will be held in Paris-Yates Chapel at 4:30 p.m.

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi and Oxford community is invited to remember students, faculty, staff, and emeriti of the university who have died during the past year at the annual University Memorial Ceremony on Thursday, May 2.

First instituted by Chancellor Robert Khayat in 2008, the annual event is open to the public and is set for 4:30 p.m. at the Paris-Yates Chapel. Especially invited to attend are the friends and family members of those being remembered.

Sparky Reardon, University of Mississippi dean of students, says the humble and moving ceremony provides the opportunity to honor the lives of individuals who have passed away.

“When we lose even one member of the community, the fabric of the University is changed,” Reardon said. “This ceremony is important because it gives us a chance, as a community, to come together to remember and celebrate those who remain a part of our university family in spirit and memory.”

The individuals who will be remembered that day are as follows:



Caroline Victoria Bartley

Brooks Michael Degutis

Olivia Lee

Ryan Phil Malone

David Louis Ott, Jr.

Harlon Smith, Jr.

David Bradley Taggart

Price William Thornal

Sarah Katherine Wheat

John William Wheat


Faculty/Faculty Emeriti

Frank A. Anderson

Richard L. Barnes

Aaron S. Condon

William H. “Bill” Norman

Charles A. Panetta

John Pilkington, Jr.

Robert W. Plants

Gene A. Saucier

Damon Wall



Mattie Draper

Justin Allen Ledbetter

Julius Minor

Guy Thomas Ricker

Timothy Patton Russell

William Earl Sheffield


A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. Handicap parking is available at Paris-Yates Chapel that day. For more information or for assistance related to a disability, contact Johnette Taylor in the Dean of Students Office at (662) 915 – 7248.