I just learned that L. K. “Pap” Pang has died, aged 105. Generations of Mississippians knew and admired him.
Born in Marks, educated partly in China (as his father wished), he lived most of his life in with family in Clarksdale. He will be buried in Marks, next to the extended family he loved so much. His brother, Andy Pang, and brother-in-law, Noah Chinn (married to Pap’s sister, Gene), ran our town’s best grocery, the King Store.
Pap was Mississippi’s oldest WWII vet, and, as everyone knew, a dedicated fan of the Ole Miss Rebels.
One of the high points of his later years was being honored at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on his 100th birthday, surrounded by family and friends. He was recognized there again, on Veterans’ Day, when he turned 105.
After a rich, full life, may he rest in peace.