Arnold Frederick Gwin

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dec. 22, 1935 – April 10, 2011

GREENWOOD — Memorial services for Arnold Frederick “Bo” Gwin, 75, who died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at his residence, will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Greenwood with the Rev. Matt Rowe officiating.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the church.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Wilson and Knight Funeral Home in Greenwood.

Mr. Gwin was born Dec. 22, 1935, in Natchez, the son of Lucien Clouston Gwin and Frances Fredricka Hey Gwin. He was a 1953 graduate of Natchez High School and attended Washington and Lee University where he received a bachelor or arts degree with an English major in 1957. While at Washington and Lee University, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha social fraternity.

Mr. Gwin was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957 to 1960, serving in the artillery division with the Fleet Marine Force in Okinawa, Japan for a year and a half.

Mr. Gwin earned a LL.B. degree with distinction from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1963. He was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and was on the editorial board of the Mississippi Law Journal.

Mr. Gwin practiced law with Lott, Sanders and Gwin law firm in Greenwood until 1983, when he opened his own office as a solo practitioner. Mr. Gwin had an active practice as a trial lawyer for varying corporate and individual interests for more than 40 years. He frequently appeared in both state and federal court, successfully representing the City of Greenwood before the U.S. Supreme Court. In his later years he settled into primarily a domestic relations practice.

Mr. Gwin served as president of the Leflore County Bar Association from 1987 to 1989 and was honored with the Counselor-of-Law with Distinction Award from the Leflore County Bar Association in 2010.

Mr. Gwin raised, trained and showed racking horses for more than 30 years, receiving a number of blue ribbons. He served as president of the National Racking Horse Breeders Association of America for two consecutive terms. He was also an avid golfer.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Coggins Gwin; two sons, Michael Gwin and wife, Sherry, of Jackson and Christopher Gwin of Atlanta; two daughters, Melissa Pedron and husband, Mark, of Elizabethtown, Ky., and Betsy Burrus and husband, Dan, of Nashville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and one brother, Lucien C. “Sonny” Gwin Jr. of Natchez.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Leflore County Humane Society, P.O. Box 620, Greenwood, MS 38935.

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