Heaven is alive with the sound of music as our beloved Mildred Hong has joined God’s heavenly choir.
Mildred Hong died peacefully on the morning of December 10, 2020 at Brookdale after a recent illness.
Following her graduation from Magnolia High School and Southwestern Junior College, she received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. Described as a dramatic soprano, Mildred won an audition to the Metropolitan Opera and studied under the renowned Boris Goldovsky. She was a soloist with the Pensacola, Jackson, and Meridian symphonies and was well known for her leading roles at HCLO and Tulane Summer Lyric Theater. She also performed with the Visionaires and was the always entertaining emcee of the City of Hattiesburg Concert Band. For over 30 years, she taught in Petal, Lumberton, and Hattiesburg. Under her direction, the Hattiesburg High School Show Choir became well known for its outstanding performances. In addition, she was a vocal coach for young women preparing for local, state, and national pageant competitions.
Born in Magnolia, MS on October 8, 1944, she was one of nine children. Mrs. Hong is survived by her husband of over fifty years, Dr. Sherman Hong, son Dr. David Hong (Dr. Linda) of Myrtle Beach, SC and daughter Frances York (Jason York) of Knoxville, TN. She was preceded in death by her parents J.H. and Vera Sterling, brothers Kenneth and James and sister Betty Revis. She is survived by brother Wayne (Becky) and sisters Bobbye (Jerry Padgett), Peggy O’Quinn, and Mary Ann O’Brian.
A celebration of life will be held whenever we can gather safely.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mildred and Sherman Hong Scholarship Fund at the USM, at 118 College Dr. #5210, Hattiesburg, MS 39406 or the charity of your choice.