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Lee Thomas Emerson, 1940 – 2021



Lee Thomas Emerson passed away at his home in Yokena, Mississippi on January 30, 2021 at the age of 80 years old.

Lee Emerson (courtesy of Glenwood Funeral Home)

Lee Thomas Emerson is preceded in death by his parents: Earlie Elan Emerson and Mary Kate Willis-Anderson; brothers: Earlie Emerson, Willis Emerson and Anderson Emerson; grandmother Clara Norwood Willis.

Mr. Emerson is survived by his wife of 57 years, Miriam Jacobson Emerson, of Vicksburg, Mississippi; four children: Demi Emerson (Timmy), David Emerson (Donna), Karl Emerson (Vicki), and Kevin Emerson; eight grandchildren: Tavia Dewey (Zac), Sydney Case (David), Leah Emerson, Lauren Abernathy (David), Anna Templeton, Bristol Emerson (Railey), Abrina Emerson, and Daria Bowen (Dylan); six great-grandchildren: Link Gervasi, Seth Case, Hadley Case, Raylee Abernathy, Willow Woodrell, and Kasen Abernathy; one brother: Ray Emerson (Martha), one brother-in-law: Ronald Jacobson (Felicia), one sister-in-law: Sandra Cooper (Jerry), and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mr. Emerson was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 8, 1940. He grew up in Claiborne County and graduated from Port Gibson High School in 1959. Mr. Emerson served in the Mississippi National Guard. He retired from LeTourneau after 35 years.

Mr. Emerson loved his wife, Miriam. They married on October 24, 1964 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. They shared a great life together while raising their children. They honored and obeyed God’s instruction of a lifetime commitment to each other.

Mr. Emerson had a special love for the outdoors. His children were taught from a young age to hunt and fish as a means to provide for their family. To this day family and friends would stop by to show him their harvest. He had a skill for carpentry and mechanics, which were passed to his children. He was cherished by his daughter, Demi. She followed her daddy’s footsteps and thought the world of him. He coached little league football, this led him to grow close with Jody Steen whom he loved like son.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2021 at Glenwood Funeral Home, 145 US-80, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180. The visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m., with a ceremony to follow. A graveside service will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church in Port Gibson, Mississippi. Brother H. Bryan Abel will be officiating the services.

Pallbearers will be Bristol Emerson, Jody Steen, Mark Daniels, Stephen Parman, Brent Hopkins, Dennis Lewis, Jerry Cooper and David Abernathy. Honorary Pallbearers will be David Emerson, Karl Emerson, Kevin Emerson, Ray Emerson, Ronald Jacobson, Darrell Spivey, Charles Smith, Buddy Parman, Danny Daniels, Johnny Nevels, Billy Gene Wright, Steve Ott, Jerry and Janice Bufkin, Shawn Spivey, Patrick Emerson and Jimmy Emerson.

The family would like to thank Darrell Spivey, Danny Daniels, Sandy Raines, Nancy Brice, Michelle Harmon Spray, Jennifer Smith, Connie Nevels, Dawn Flowers, Cindy Meyers, Dr. Sam

Pierce III, Dr. Paul Pierce, Dr. David Headley, Joanna Kimbrel, Fern Martin, the staff at Mississippi Homecare, Encompass Home Health, Encompass Hospice, Merit Health, Medical Associates, and Claiborne County Medical Center. Thanks to the members of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Donations may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 1059 Shiloh Road, Port Gibson, Mississippi  39150.

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