John  Emory

John W Emory Jr.

Monday, July 20th, 1931 - Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
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John W. Emory, Jr. 89, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 3, 2020.

John was born in June of 1931 in Jackson, Mississippi, and resided there for his entire life. He is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Barbara G. Emory, and his daughter, Paula Pafford. He is survived by his oldest son John W. Emory, III of Jackson, MS, Son Tommy Emory (Brenda) of Michigan, N. Dakota, and daughter Audrey Emory of Jackson, MS., 8 Grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

John served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and was an active member of the 31st Dixie Division. He also was an active member of Antique Car Club for over 30 years and enjoyed his 1949 Hudson and 1949 Nash for many years. John was also a member of North Jackson Lions Club for over 30 years, attaining every title and received the Melvin Jones award as the highest honor one could receive. John was an active member of Central High School class of 1949 and was instrumental in leading annual picnics and Christmas parties with his lifelong friend Fred Sanders.

John spent 40 years in the life insurance business at all levels and his one foray into politics was running for Insurance Commissioner in 1976. John was a lifelong active member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church serving as Past Chairman of Deacons and an usher and loved serving his Lord and Savior faithfully every week.

John truly never met a stranger as he would talk with anyone and had an uncanny ability to recall names.

There will be a graveside service only due to Covid concerns and will be held at 1:30PM Thursday, November 5, 2020. Arrangements are being made through Culpepper Funeral Home of Canton, MS, with interment at Jessamine Cemetery in Ridgeland, MS.
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  • Service

    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 1:30pm
    see Interment Information
    .., MS
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  • Interment

    Jessamine Cemetery


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Brian Emory

Posted at 03:34pm
It’s taken a while to write this bc of so many feelings and memories that come up. It can be overwhelming. Since Nov 3rd, so much has come to mind. He and I had similar characteristics and it certainly passed down from him to my dad and to me. I don’t have regrets, but I certainly wish I had been more aware of how short life is. I missed out on some wisdom from him for sure. I will always love how people say something about him when they learn of my last name. I will miss you papaw. I’ll see you again!

Linda Heflin

Posted at 09:12am
I worked with him at Consolidated American Life Ins. and would see him with the antique cars at the fair occasionally and the Central High School picnic after the company closed. Prayers for peace, comfort and strength for John, Tommy and the family for the days ahead.

Linda Heflin

BJ moore

Posted at 01:45pm
I was John’s secretary at Standard life Insurance in 1963. For years after I left, if John saw my name or picture in the paper he would send a clipping with a nice note. John was a man of superior qualities, never saying anything ugly about anyone. I always enjoyed reading his letters to the editor. Sadly, I lost contact with him these past few years. He was an honorable Christian man. My deepest condolences. Billie Jane Moore

Brian Posted at 09:08am

Thank you so much for the kind words Billie Jane. I still have people mention the letters to the editor haha. He is missed by so many. -Brian Emory (Grandson)

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