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Ray Lavelle Nations

Funeral services for Ray Lavelle Nations were held Jan. 27, 2024, at Saulters Moore Funeral Home, with interment following in the W.W. Scarborough Family Cemetery in Silver Creek. Bro. Lynn Nations officiated. Mr. Nations, 76, passed away Jan. 23 at Merit Health Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. Saulters Moore Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

Mr. Nations was carried to his final rest by those serving as pallbearers; they include Clayton Holmes, James Ray Cliburn, Roger Ross, Corey Nations, Delay Blair, and James Nations.

Mr. Nations was born on May 3, 1947, in Monticello to Homer and Alma King Nations. A graduate of New Hebron High School, Lavelle played football for the Golden Bears. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he honorably served his country and fought in the Vietnam War. During his enlistment, Lavelle received several citations, commendations, and medals for his service and valor, including The National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and the Presidential Unit Citation. Lavelle worked for many years as a tool pusher for Poole and afterwards worked as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. His sons relate that in addition to hunting, their father enjoyed camping at Paul B. Johnson State Park and fishing in the Pearl River. Mr. Nations was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Nations was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Alma Nations; his daughter, Tracy Rayelle Nations; sisters, Jean Nations, Sherry Nations; and his brothers, Pat Nations and Ronnie Nations.

His memory will forever be cherished by his two sons, Joey (Tina) Nations, of St. Francisville, La., Michael R. (Cheyenne) Nations, of New Hebron; six grandchildren, Ethan Nations, Rayelle Nations, Joseph Nations, Joshua Nations; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Lynn Nations, of Philadelphia, and Terry Nations, of Prentiss.