Legendary local educator and community leader James Stirgus Sr. passed away today in Vicksburg. He was 90 years old.
The long time educator was instrumental in establishing the Rosa Temple High Buccaneers and served as assistant principal from 1958 to 1962. He then went on to serve until 1971 as the principal of that school that became the North Vicksburg High School. Mr. Stirgus later became the assistant superintendent of the school system and was named superintendent in 1986 serving for one year. Stirgus also served as the executive director of the Vicksburg Housing Authority where he was a staunch advocate for tenants’ rights and endeavored to ensure that every resident had equal and fair housing during his tenure.
In addition to education and housing, Stirgus continued community outreach as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and as a charter member of the fraternity’s local chapter. He was also involved in Port City Kiwanis, the American Legion and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Stirgus is survived by his wife, the former Ms. Annie Anthony. They have four children and eight grandchildren.
In July of 2019 the street he lived on was named in his honor.
Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.