Joel Robert Converse, 63, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at home in Madison. Services were held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and interment followed in Natchez Trace Memorial Park.

Mr. Converse was a native of North Carolina but had lived in the Madison area for a number of years. He was employed with Floor Trader. He was a guitar player and played with the band Flashback for 27 years. He also played and sang at St. Richards Catholic Church and St. Francis of Assisi.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Ann Hernandez Converse; sons, Kirby Ray Converse and Robert Daniel Converse, both of Madison; sisters, Marianna Measells of Beaumont, Texas and Rebecca Schweigert of Houston, Texas; brothers, Phil Ray Converse of Memphis and Kenneth Clayton Converse of Ridgeland; one grandson; five nieces and two nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hederman Cancer Center, 1227 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39202.