OBITUARY

Michael Hataway

May 19, 1946September 11, 2021
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Michael W. Hataway, 75, of Raymond, died September 11, 2021, at Bedford Alzheimer’s Care Center in Hattiesburg. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Lakewood Funeral Home on Clinton Blvd, with visitation at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. A private family graveside service will follow at Raymond Cemetery.

Mike was born on May 19, 1946 in Louisville, MS, to the late Cecil and Essie Hataway, and was raised in Jackson. A graduate of Provine High School, Hinds Junior College, and Mississippi College, he had a long and distinguished career in education. He taught art at Central High School in Jackson for three years, and then became the graphic arts instructor at Hinds Community College, where he built the graphic arts program from the ground up and won the National Teacher of the Year award in 1983 from the American Vocational Association. Retiring from Hinds after thirty-three years, he continued to teach graphic arts at Mississippi College for another eight years before retiring from teaching. In addition to his teaching career, he spent several decades as a reserve police officer, working for the Jackson Police Department, Raymond Police Department, and Hinds Community College Campus Police.

He was an immensely talented artist, particularly in watercolor, with his work displayed in numerous art shows over the years. He enjoyed whittling walking sticks and distributing them to his friends. He enjoyed watching baseball and college football, and never found a cop show he didn’t like. He never met a stranger, enjoyed visiting with others, was a dedicated worker and volunteer, and was always willing to help others. He was a long-time supporter of the Christmas Program at the Wingard House in Jackson. He loved gospel music and helping at his church. He loved his Lord Jesus Christ and was confident in his salvation and eternal destiny. He was a dedicated husband and father and was very proud of his family and his sons, and he cherished spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Hataway of Raymond; sons, Rob Hataway (Melanie) of Madison, Reagan Hataway (Paige) of Raymond, Cameron Hataway (Christa) of Wiggins, Tabb Hataway (Tori) of Raymond, and Tyler Ellis (Chelsea) of Edwards; brother, James E. Hataway (Rosalyn) of Kingsport, TN; and grandchildren, Maggie Hataway, Elizabeth Hataway, Lee Hataway, Sadie Hataway, Jackson Hataway, Peyton Ellis, and Presley Ellis.

Memorials may be made to the Wingard Home (wingardhome.org) or to the Hinds Community College Foundation (foundation.hindscc.edu).

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Sheryl Chamblee

September 20, 2021

My deepest condolences to Mr. Hataway's family. Mr. Hataway was my CDA instructor at Hinds many years ago. He was truly a great teacher and all his students thought so. He was so talented and creative and he made the courses he taught very interesting and fun - not boring at all! It was a great department that he built from the ground up and he helped me get my first job as a graphic artist. I will always remember him as a go getter and a teacher who was truly interested in helping all his students to learn and be successful. May his soul find rest in God's Kingdom.
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Jason Moulder

September 16, 2021

There have only been a handful of pivotal people in my life, and Mike was one of them. He is most responsible for my early career success as a graphic designer, as he was teaching practical skills that employers were looking for. He was always so approachable and kind - a true mentor. I am truly a richer person for knowing him.

Freddy Puckett

September 15, 2021

Mr. Hattaway was my art teacher in 1970-1971 at Central High School. He inspired me to continue with my interest in art. I will be forever appreciative of his dedication to inspire his students to continue a life long love of art.
Freddy Puckett

Jean Roberts

September 14, 2021

I read with sadness about the passing of Mr. Hataway. He was my art teacher at Central High School in Jackson. He was a great art teacher and a wonderful man. I had great respect for him. He was such a sweet natured person. Condolences to his large family. What a great legacy he has left to all of you. You will think of him each time you look at one of his paintings on your wall. Tremendously talented man. A very good man that will be missed by all who knew him. He made an impression on my life. I never forgot Mr. Hataway and never will. God bless.

Rachel Truong

September 14, 2021

Mr. Hataway was my college advisor at MC, and professor for more classes than I can remember. He helped shape me not only as a graphic designer, but as a person. He quietly affected so many people at a pivotal point in their lives, living by example, and sharing his stories. He'll be fondly remembered by many.

Debi Collins

September 14, 2021

Mr. Hathaway was a gifted artist and teacher but mostly a friend to his students and all who knew him. We are blessed to have known him. May he rest in peace.

Hope Smith

September 13, 2021

Mike was a very special friend-He stopped by to visit us at MC Library very frequently. He gave me one of his Ruins of Windsor prints -and quoted “ To My Friend Hope Smith” in pencil-He also painted me my office nameplate -He was my daughter Cherish Smith’s advisor at MC. My fondest memory was seeing him drive into the MC parking lot with his students in the backseat of his white car-returning from their latest adventure. Love & Miss my friend.

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