Herman Hansel "Hank" Waycaster

October 15, 1924July 5, 2013

Herman Hansel “Hank” Waycaster, age 88, died Friday, July 5, 2013 at NMMC Tupelo. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pontotoc, and a graduate of Smithville High School and Meridian Jr. College. He was a retired Major with the MS Highway Patrol, where he served from 1950 to 1984, and was a member of the MS Highway Patrol Retired Troopers Association. He served his country in the Army in Central Europe from 1943 to 1946 and then in the Air Force until late 1952, in the Ante Aircraft Artillery Group. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He enjoyed skeet shooting and being outdoors.

Services will be at 2 PM Monday, July 8, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc, with Dr. Ken Hester and Rev. Doug Jones officiating; burial will follow in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife: Betty Gabbert Waycaster of Pontotoc, MS; his daughter: Elizabeth; a son: Larry W. Simmons, of Madison, MS; two sisters: Doris Brasfield of Aberdeen, MS and Iris Nell Weaver of Amory, MS; and one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Grover C. Waycaster and Alma Goodson Waycaster; his three sisters: Annie Easter, Mary Waycaster and Sibyl Williams and four brothers: Leroy Waycaster, Clinton Waycaster, Cecil Waycaster and Harold Waycaster.

Pallbearers will be: MHP Troopers, Chad Moore, Chad Cummings, Philip Mitchell, Brad Hogue, Brad Hamblin and James McGregor. Honorary Pallbearers will be the member of the MS Retired Troopers Association and the Jimmy Wise Sunday School Class from First Baptist Church.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 PM in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church, and Monday from 1 to 2 PM at First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church, C/O “Raise the Roof”, 31 W. Washington Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

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  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, July 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 8, 2013

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Candy Hood Gordon

July 8, 2013

Mrs. Waycaster, when I was a little girl, the Highway Patrolmen (Troopers, now) were my larger-than-life, shining heroes. Mr. Waycaster is a wonderful example of why, all these years later, those heroes still brightly shine and will always have my love, respect, and gratitude. I send deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss. You are in my heart and thoughts.

Carol Brasfield

July 8, 2013

Betty, Thinking of you and your family at this time. Love, Carol Thompson Brasfield

Fred and Carol Hood

July 8, 2013

From years past, I already knew the name "Hank Waycaster" when my family moved to Pontotoc in 1990. Mr. Hank sought me out, introduced himself, and recalled his past association with my father, B. S. "Bill" Hood, as their MHP careers coincided from 1950-61. I learned to admire and appreciate Mr. Waycaster. He represented "the best" in what MHP strives for, I believe. Please know my prayers are with you at this time.

Bill & Billie Lane Hood

July 8, 2013

My family and I send our condolences and deepest sympathy to your family during this time of grief. My father, (Col.) Bill Hood, served on the MHP with Mr. Waycaster. We are so thankful for outstanding men of the calibre of Mr. Waycaster who have served the MHP, their country and their fellow man so well and so faithfully. You all are in our prayers.

Walter Tucker

July 7, 2013

One of the best men I have ever known. He exemplified what all state troopers should strive to be like. He put God, Country, and Family above all else. I feel fortunate to have known and served with "Hank". He will be sorely missed.
Walter Tucker, President, MHP Retired Troopers Association.

From the Staff of Browning Funeral Home

July 6, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.