Colonel Rebel was known simply as Colonel Reb to all. He sprang to life in the pages of the University of Mississippi's 1938 yearbook. The look for the Colonel was inspired by Jim Ivy, the blind son of a slave, who sold peanuts at the school and was considered its mascot. The only difference in appearance was that Mr Ivy was African-American while the Colonel was as white as virgin snow.
Upon his forced retirement Colonel Rebel spent his time time playing his fiddle, attending the local Southern Baptist church, and bonding with other controversial mascots. Here are some kind words from a few of his friends.
The Colonel was a pleasant fellow as long as the Blacks, Jews, or Papists were not mentioned. - Honest Injun Joe, mascot of Bismark College
We had our differences, but he was a gentleman through and through. - Blackie the Blackshirt, mascot of Il Duce University
He was my hero. - Christine O'Donnell, mascot of the Delaware Republican PartyThe memorial service is invitation only. Donations in the memory of Colonel Reb may be sent to Focus on the Family.