Ray A. Heffner

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 9, 2009

Ray A. Heffner, died Tuesday April 7, 2009, at his home in Vicksburg. He was 78.

Mr. Heffner was a native of Greenwood and had been a resident of Vicksburg since 1963. In 1971, he was named superintendent of the City of Vicksburg Water and Sewage Treatment Plants, from which he retired after a number of years. He was a former officer of the American Waterworks Association; the American Public Works Association, where he was a past president of the Mississippi chapter; former president of the Mississippi Water and Pollution Control Works Operators Association; and vice president of the Mississippi Water Pollution Association. He also was employed for 11 years at the Jackson Water Treatment Plant.

He was a member of Highland Baptist Church. He spent two years in the U.S. Army serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and attending engineering school at Fort Belvoir, Va., and he served 9 months in Korea.

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He was preceded in death by his parents; Hubert A. and Delma Richardson Heffner; his son, Kenneth Arnold Heffner; a sister, Jettie Taylor; and a granddaughter, Rachel Heffner.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Jean Rodgers Heffner of Vicksburg; two daughters, Darlene Vincent of Savannah, Ga., and Angela Buckley of Collierville, Tenn; a son, Ray Lamar Heffner of Vicksburg; a sister, Patricia Wiltshire of Carrolton, Miss.; and a brother, Roger Heffner of Edwards; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Michael Heffner, Gary Heffner, Doug Barker, Larry Vincent, Kenny Heffner and Clark Buckley.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the McDonald’s Coffee Club.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Brian Ivey, pastor of Highland Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 or Highland Baptist Church, 3518 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180.