Jack Boyd Hatten

March 13, 1929March 8, 2013

Retired Army Master Sergeant Jack Boyd Hatten died at his home in Lillian, Alabama on March 8, 2013, at the age of 83. He enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 and served with the Occupation Forces in Japan and Germany. His major military occupation was as a cartographer and cartographic instructor and after retiring from the military he was employed by Neel-Schaffer Engineering Firm. He was a member of VFW Post 3036 in Hattiesburg and a life member of the Masonic Lodge. He was born in Sumrall, Mississippi on March 13, 1929 and is preceded in death by his parents Vance Ray and Mary Ellen Hatten; a son, Vance LeeRoy Hatten; brother, Robert Hatten; and sister, Frances Hull. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years; Gretchen Williams Hatten; daughter, Renee Mendola (Michael McClain); granddaughter, Sofya Leras (James) of Boston, MA; and 2 great grandchildren. A memorial service with full military honors will be held at Oak Lawn Funeral Home on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 1pm, followed by a lunch reception hosted by the family at the funeral home. Inurnment at Barrancas National Cemetery will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Army Emergency Relief Fund 200 Stovall Street, Room 5S33 Alexandria, VA 22332-0600 or or to Covenant Hospice at Oak Lawn Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.


  • Lunch Reception Monday, March 11, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, March 11, 2013

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Claire Warren

March 14, 2013

To Renee and her lovely mother I send sincere condolences. It sounds as if Mr. Hatten lived a full and very productive life and was obviously a true member of "the greatest generation." We look forward to Mrs. Hatten's move to the upstate of SC, should that remain in your plans. In the meantime, know that I am thinking of you both, and I hope that the dignity and beauty of a military service brought some comfort. When my father received his service, I found some brief solace in the knowledge that we knew it was what he wanted and that it was lovely, appropriate, and well deserved, as I know Mr. Hatten's was. My thoughts are with you both as you face a very different world.

Debbie Watson

March 11, 2013

Gtretchen, So sorry for your loss. Jack will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.