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John "Rook" Willis McCauley


John "Rook" Willis McCauley, 79, died Thursday, April 30, 2015, at his home is Oxford, MS. The funeral service will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 10:00 A.M. at Oxford-University United Methodist Church in Oxford, MS with Rev. Eddie Rester and Rev. Warren Black officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday evening, May 1, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at Waller Funeral Home and Saturday morning from 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. prior to the service at the church.

Born in Philadelphia, MS, to the late, George Joshua and Margaret Hallye Parkes McCauley, Mr. McCauley had retired after 30 years as Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Mississippi and 25 years as director of the Jazz Program. He served as a Master Sergeant in the National Guard. He has been a member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church since 1971. He was admitted into the Ole Miss Jazz Hall of Fame in 1986 and was listed in Who's Who in American High School Band Directors. He composed the Philadelphia, MS High School Alma Mater in 1952. Mr. McCauley received many jazz awards including Second Place at the Mobile Jazz Festival in 1998, winner of the Shreveport Jazz Fest in 1995 and received Outstanding Jazz Soloist at the 1968 Mobile Jazz Fest. He was a jazz soloist, judge and conductor throughout the Southeastern United States. He played first trumpet part in the Mississippi All-Star Band in 1953 and 1954 and was a marching band director in the All State Band in 1966. As a high school band director he produced all superior bands in seven of the nine years he taught in Crystal Springs and Kosciusko, MS. He supervised and taught music education students and student teachers from 1977 - 2000. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Godbold McCauley.

Mr. McCauley is survived by his daughter, Mary M. "Margie" Knight of Port Chester, NY and his son, John Michael "Mike" McCauley of Oxford, MS.

Memorial contributions in Mr. McCauley's memory may be made to Oxford-University United Methodist Church General Fund or Building Fund, 424 South 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.

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Published in Clarion Ledger on May 1, 2015
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