PONTOTOC – Jack Demsey Sappington, 83, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 28, 1930, to Carl Sappington and Gladys Watkins Sappington. He was a member of West Heights Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher; and he was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a cattle buyer, and he enjoyed draft horse pullings.
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Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, at West Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. David Hamilton and the Rev. Dan Young officiating. Burial will follow in the West Heights Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Staten Sappington; two daughters-in-law, Jamie Owen Sappington and Brenda Helms Sappington, both of Pontotoc; one brother, Stony Sappington (Norma) of Ecru; three grandchildren, Dawn Sappington, Kortney Sappington and Melissa Wise; three great-grandchildren, Alexandra Page, Alice Page and Colton Sappington; and one great-great-granddaughter, Molly Kate Page.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his two sons, Jackie Ray Sappington and Christopher T. Sappington; and his brother, Gerald Sappington.
Pallbearers will be David Owen, Mike Sappington, Gary Higgins, Gary Carroll, Bobby Forman and Terry Weeks.
Honorary pallbearers will be the 5A Men's Sunday School Class at West Heights.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the church.
The family requests that memorials be sent to West Heights Baptist Church, c/o Cemetery Fund, 328 W. 8th Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Mar. 9, 2014