Thursday, May 27, 2021

Forget Me Not: Nelson Tate Ott, WWII Pilot

This obituary has a wealth of information about the life of Nelson as well as genealogy data. Nelson was a good example to his children and the rest of his family, a brave man and involved citizen. 

Nelson Tate Ott 
10 March 1917 LA - 25 June 1996 LA
Son of Charles Jacob Ott & Lillie Nelson Tate

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Nelson Tate Ott, 79, of Osyka, died June 25, 1996, at Baton Rouge, La., General Health Center. Visitation is 6 – 9 tonight at Hartman Funeral Home of McComb. Services will be held at 11 a. m. with the Rev. Joe Trull officiating. Burial will be in Osyka Cemetery.


Mr. Ott was born March 10, 1917, in Hackley, La. He was the son of Charles Jacob and Lillie Tate Ott. He was reared in Osyka. He was a graduate of McComb High School, where he excelled in football. He graduated from Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State) where he lettered four years in football.


He was a captain in the U. S. Air Force. He was a pilot and instructor at Foster Field, Texas. He flew a P-47 in combat in the European Theater, where he received numerous citations.


After World War II, he returned to Osyka with his wife, June, who was a first Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force. There he taught school and coached for 35 years in the surrounding areas of Mississippi and Louisiana. He retired as principal of Osyka Elementary School.


He served as alderman for the Town of Osyka. He was a member of Osyka Baptist Church.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Rebecca Ott Best, Gena Ott Trask and Zelma Ott; and his brother, Charles Jacob Ott, Jr.


Survivors include his wife of 52 years, June Balogh Ott of Osyka; four daughters,

Doris Ott Harris of Houston, Texas,

Sara Ott Wall of Denham Springs, La.,

Becky Ott Applewhite of Summit and

Donna Ott Speed of Chatawa;

One son, Nelson Tate Ott, Jr. of Osyka;

One son-in-law, Jack Speed of Chatawa;

One daughter-in-law, Ruthie Ott of Osyka;

Seven grandchildren, Mandy Wall, Leigh and Lesley Harris, Courtney and Allison Applewhite, and June and Dan Speed; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.


Source: Nelson Tate Ott, Sr. (McComb, MS: Enterprise Journal, 27 June 1996) 8; digital image, accessed Feb. 2021.


1 comment:

  1. A really detailed obit including WWII service! I'm also intrigued about June's WWII service. Have you found anything about her?


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