HATTIESBURG, Mississippi – Royce W. Nation, 97, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, died Monday, September 5, 2022 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He was born on February 17, 1925 in Owensboro.
He was predeceased by his parents, Addie B. Powell Nation and AB Nation, and his sisters, Anna (JT, deceased) Hayden and Mary (Elmer, deceased) Ford.
He is survived by his wife, Nell Nation of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; children, Ronald Royce Nation of Denver, Colorado, Teddy Nan Box of Westcliff, Colorado, Terry Wayne Nation of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Camelia Ann Swift of Woodland, Texas; stepchildren, James W. Sumrall and Elizabeth Ann Lindsey, both of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; brother, George Waller (Neal) Nation, and sisters, Mildred (Prentice) Vaught and Jeanette (Houston, deceased) Mohon, all of Owensboro; and many grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Owensboro Business College, Owensboro, with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration, completed the University of Denver’s Management Development Program, and attended the University’s Executive Business School. from Colorado. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and was assigned to Marine Air Wing VMF 451 at Marine Air Station Mohave Desert, Calif., and was also a 66-year member of the Monserrat Masonic Lodge, Panther.
Funeral service will be held Friday, September 9, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Burial will follow. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. until mass time Friday at the church.