Friday, October 31, 2014

Mr. Van Dorne Ming

Van Dorne Ming, 82, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, October 31, 2014, at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Visitation will be Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, 2014, in the Nowell Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Keen and Rev. T. J. Jennings officiating. Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery with Rev. Tim Horton officiating.
Mr. Ming was born on April 20, 1932, to Vernon and Olene Cockrell Ming. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher for more than 40 years. Mr. Ming was a welder and he enjoyed farming. He served his country during the Korean War in the Army National Guard.

Mr. Ming is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joy Hisaw Ming; three daughters, Debbie Cockrell and husband, Larry; Monica Cockrell and husband, Bob, all of Louisville; and Melanie Taylor and husband, Mickey, of Tupelo, Mississippi; his son, Delbert Ming; and his brother, Derrell Ming and wife, Elsie, also of Louisville. He loved being “Pap Paw” to seven grandchildren: Christy Russell and husband, Todd; Lori Brent and husband, Michael; Dewayne Ming and wife, Katherine; Jared Cockrell and wife, Diana; Amber Harper and husband, Andrew; Jon Richard Crowell; and Gracelyn Cockrell. He also has 12 great-grandchildren: Taylor Russell; Layla Cockrell; Toby Ming; Lillie Cockrell; Cayman Russell; Logan Cockrell; Keely Ming; Lauren Brent; Mallory Brent; Hayden Ming; Anne Brantley Brent; and Van Cockrell. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Betty Jane Ming.

Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Brent, Jared Cockrell, Jon Richard Crowell, Andrew Harper, Dewayne Ming, Toby Ming, Taylor Russell, and Todd Russell. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Bethel Baptist Church: Larry Cockrell, Mark Dempsey, Clarence Kelley, Bruce Lee, Tommy McKinley, Virgil Rodgers, Mitch Sanders, and James Sloan. Memorials may be given to Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Mitch Sanders, 769 Harold Ming Road, Louisville, MS 39339.

Services are under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at