Memorial service to be held Friday for former Mercer University provost

A longtime Mercer University administrator, Horace W. Fleming Jr., died Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 65.

A memorial service for Fleming will be held this Friday at 10 a.m. in Newton Chapel on Mercer’s campus. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hart’s Mortuary on Cherry Street, according to a news release.

Fleming, a native of Elbert County, most recently served as Mercer’s provost from 2006 to 2008, when he was named a distinguished university professor of educational leadership.

Before that, he served four years as Mercer’s executive vice president. It was his second stint at the university, after leaving between 1997 and 2002 to serve as president of the University of Southern Mississippi.

He also served as Mercer’s executive vice president for five years starting in 1992.

In addition to his higher education duties, Fleming was active in the community. He served on advisory boards for the Salvation Army of Macon and the local branch of the American Cancer Society. He also was a member of Macon’s First Baptist Church of Christ.

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, Mercer University or another charity.