Norman Milton Haigh Jr.

Published 12:01 am Friday, October 30, 2015

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Dec. 9, 1928 – Oct. 27, 2015

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FERRIDAY — Services for Norman Milton Haigh Jr., 86, of Vidalia, who died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at Merit Health Natchez, will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Young’s Funeral Home Chapel with Waymon Swain officiating.

Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Natchez National Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Home in Ferriday.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Haigh was born Dec. 9, 1928, in Detroit, the son of Norman Milton Haigh Sr. and Rose Young Haigh.

He proudly served his county in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Norman was a kind, gentle and honest man. When he gave his word, he kept it. His was a farm manager and land developer. He received a number of state and national conservation awards for his dedication in conserving and restoring wetlands to benefit wildlife. He was responsible for planting thousands of trees and discovered/co-discovered trees that are now state or national champions.

One of his greatest pleasures was being outdoors photographing nature. He loved to share his photos with everyone. His photos were so amazing, it was as if wildlife posed for his camera.

He was an inventor and was best known for his self-propelled rotary excavator which was patented with the U.S. Patent Office. This device was invented to improve drainage on farm land.

Mr. Haigh enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be dearly missed by everyone’s life he touched.

Mr. Haigh was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Florine DuBois and Rosemary Bossetti.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Marian Haigh; two sons, David Haigh and wife, Barbara, of Natchez and Stephen Kelly Haigh and wife, Melinda, of O’Fallon, Ill.; two daughters, Marian “Bunnie” Haigh and husband, Peter, of Austin, Texas and Barbara Haigh Bamer of Natchez; two brothers, Jack Haigh and wife, Chris, of Texas and Tom Haigh and wife, Sheryl, of Kansas; five grandchildren, Andy Haigh, Kenny Bamer, Stephen Bamer, Katie Haigh and Thomas Enright; and six great-grandchildren.

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