Mack Emmons, of Meridian, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. He was 85 years old. Mack was born on January 23, 1932 in Meridian, Mississippi.
Mack attended Stevenson Elementary, Southside Elementary, Kate Griffin Junior High and graduated from Meridian High School in 1949. He earned a BS in Industrial Management in 1953 from Mississippi State University. He was a member of the MSU Air Force ROTC and a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
In January 1954 he reported to active duty in the Air Force. While serving for two years in the Korean War he was stationed at bases in Texas, England and Germany. In 1956 he returned home to Meridian where he and his brother-in-law Tom Downey assumed the responsibility of operating Emmons Brothers Mattress Factory taking over for his father Rome and uncle Mack.
In 1957 he met Gloria Ann Williams and they married on March 1, 1959. He served on the Lamar School Board for 10 years and was an usher at the First Baptist Church of Meridian where he also taught 5th and 6th grade boys Sunday School for over 40 years.
He is survived by his wife Gloria Williams Emmons; his daughters Nancy Yarbrough and her husband Doug Yarbrough, Anna Wageman and her husband Paul Wageman, Hope Taylor and her husband Mark Taylor; his grandchildren Lance Yarbrough and his wife Dana Yarbrough, Spencer Yarbrough, Gloria Taylor, Nicholas Wageman, Mack Wageman, Mack Taylor, Caroline Wageman and Hannah Wageman; his great-grandchildren, Aaron Yarbrough and Gabbie Gunnels; and his brothers Flynt Emmons and Rome Emmons.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rome Augustus Emmons and Nita Flynt Emmons; his brothers, Francis Emmons, Rufus Emmons, James Emmons and Robert Emmons; and his sisters, Jane Emmons, Anita Covington, Fay Downey, Sara Emmons and Elsie Johansen.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, William Lance Yarbrough, Spencer Emmons Yarbrough, Nicholas James Wageman, Mack Emmons Wageman, Mack Emmons Taylor and also his beloved pastor Dr. Raymon Leake.
Services for Mr. Mack Emmons will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Meridian with Dr. Raymon Leake officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 - 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to First Baptist Church of Meridian, P.O. Box 1509, Meridian, MS 39302 or Lamar School, 544 Lindley Rd, Meridian, MS 39305.
My thoughts and prayers with you.
Teresa A. LaBiche
Teresa a. LaBicheMeridian, MS
Gloria, Please know that my thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. Mac was one of the finest men I've ever known. He was always ready and willing to help in anyway needed when we worked together in Sunday School. He will be missed
Gayle Fuller (Gracey)Lindale, TX
Mr Mack will be greatly missed by Melanie, John, Nathan and me. I always enjoyed our conversations about Meridian, Mississippi State, First Baptist and especially our families.
Randy and Melanie CarrollMeridian, MS
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr Mack and Gloria both were very precious to me in my association with them when I lived in Meridian and worked at The Meridian Star. Maggie Jenkins
Margaret Jenkins ( Maggie )Mobile,, AL
We wish to express our sincere sympathy to the Emmons family at this time.
James Rainey, Lauderdale County Assessor, and StaffMeridian, MS
Mr. Mack will be sorely missed. He was one of the sweetest, kindest men of God that I have ever known. He and I taught sunday school across the hall from each other(6th grade) for years. I am so sorry for your loss, but I know you rejoice in knowing that he is with Jesus. May God Bless. love you, Mike & Paulette
Mike and Paulette JonesMeridian, MS
Charles & Gloria Brown
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Charles BrownMeridian, MS
Dear Mrs. Emmons and Family,
We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Emmons. He was such a kind, faithful and Godly man. There is no way to begin, to imagine, what God had prepared for him. He will be missed greatly by his church family. Indeed, "they don't make them" like Mr. Mack, anymore. You are in our prayers.
Paul, Carol Anne and Sarah Elizabeth Pryor
Paul, Carol Anne and Sarah Elizabeth PryorMeridian, MS
Gloria and family,
Joy and I are saddened to read of Mack's death yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Joy and Sonny PeeryTuscaloosa, AL
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. I have such wonderful memories of time spent with your family in Meridian, MS as well as Gulf Shores, AL. I regret that I cannot be with you all on Saturday.
Janet Drennan Grayson & family
Janet Drennan GraysonCypress, TX
Mack was a good man and a good friend. I loved to sit and talk with him. He will be missed. He will certainly be in my prayers as well as the rest of the family.
Bobby SimsMeridian, MS