Services for Homer Horace "Mac" McCown will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. A graveside ceremony at Eastlawn Cemetery will follow with McClain-Hays Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

A Neshoba County native and long-time resident of Arlington Community, Mac McCown passed away at home surrounded by his family on Aug. 31, 2013, at the age of 82. He graduated from Arlington High School and East Central Junior College, ultimately earning a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1955. He subsequently taught engineering at MSU until 1961, when he began his career at TRW Space and Defense Sector in Redondo Beach, Calif. as an engineer. Among his many accomplishments were training Apollo 12 astronaut Pete Conrade to deploy an antenna on the moon and leading the design and development of the antenna system on the Pioneer 10 spacecraft, which has traveled further away from Earth than any other spacecraft in history. He then worked as a consulting antenna systems engineer for TRW and the European Space Agency from 1980 to 1987. He formed Applied Electromagnetics Inc. in 1988 and served as President until his retirement in 2008. He was a lifelong member of IEEE and several other prestigious professional associations. Mr. McCown was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Vonnie McCown, his daughters Bevin (Stan) Sistrunk, Deanne McCown and Sharon McCown, all of Philadelphia, his sons Colin (Kim) McCown of Birmingham, Ala., Jay (Kristi) McCown of Philadelphia, and Joel (Ginny) McCown of Philadelphia, and 15 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Ozie McCown, and his brother, Garland McCown.