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John ‘Jack’ Piper Jr.

Funeral services for Mr. John “Jack” Piper Jr., of Brookhaven, were Monday, March 19, 2018, at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with burial at Rosehill Cemetery. Visitation was Monday, March 19, 2018, from 11 a.m. until time of services at the church. 

Mr. Piper, 81, died Saturday, March 17, 2018, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Piper was born July 9, 1936, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. He graduated Brookhaven High School in 1954.

He was a 1958 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. Upon graduation, he joined his father’s business, Jack’s Shop, and married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Lytle Piper. He continued in the family retail business, operating stores in Jackson and Hattiesburg before returning to Brookhaven to join his father in the Brookhaven store.

He was retired from First Choice Medical Supply as CEO, where he had been employed for 20 years.

Mr. Piper was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church. He served as president of United Methodist Men several terms,  chairman of the administration board, chairman of the pastor-parish relations committee, and participated in many areas of the church’s programs including Habitat for Humanity, The Doug Sullivan Community Thanksgiving Luncheon and various other projects and committees.

An Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Boy Scout’s God and Country Award, Mr. Piper supported his community enthusiastically. He was an eight-year veteran of the Mississippi Air National Guard, was a member of the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, served 12 years on the city board as Ward 4 alderman, was a member of the Rotary Club, the Exchange Club and the Kiwanis Club.

Piper is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley; daughters, Sheri (Steve) Richardson of Madison; Louann (Jeff) Porter of Brookhaven; son, Michael Piper (Bethany) of Brookhaven; grandchildren, Jessica, Chad, Cody, Devin, Torri, Gracie and Colton; great-grandchildren, Hadley and Stevie; and sister, Kathleen (Jerry) Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Charles Piper Sr. and Mildred Young Piper.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church’s Good Samaritan Fund, P.O. Box 358, Brookhaven, MS 39602.

Jack Piper