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Murry C. ‘Chooky’ Falkner dies at 76

April 26, 2004

OXFORD, Miss. — Murry Cuthbert “Chooky” Falkner Sr., 76, died Friday, April 23, 2004, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Services were this morning at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford with the Rev. Taylor Moore officiating. Burial followed in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

A lifetime member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and a member of the Rotary Club and the Lions Club, he was a retired insurance agent with Lamar Life Insurance Co. and a retired brigadier general with the Mississippi Army Reserve National Guard. Falkner was troop commander of the Oxford National Guard unit which was federalized for the admission of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi. He received 12 ribbons for his service, the highest of which were the Army Commendation Medal and the Mississippi Magnolia Medal. He also served in the U.S. Navy and received the World War II Victory Medal.

Falkner attended Ole Miss and graduated from Mississippi State College where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

His was a literary family. In addition to being the nephew of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner, other writers in his family include another uncle, Murry Falkner; his brother, Jimmy Faulkner; and his father, John Faulkner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elleine “Mutt” Williams Falkner.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne Logan Falkner of Oxford; three sons, Murry Cuthbert Falkner Jr. of Aberdeen, John Barkley Falkner of Oxford and Charles Ramey Falkner of Dallas; a step-daughter, Leslie Jones Ferguson of Oxford; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 113 S. Ninth Street, Oxford, MS 38655 or French Camp Academy, 1 Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745.

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