Jacob Pongetti
1928 - 2021
Memorial Gunter Peel Funeral Home and Crematory - 2nd Ave. North - Columbus
716 2nd Avenue North
Columbus, MS

Jacob Charles Pongetti passed away peacefully on January 22, 2021, at the age of 92. He was born March 2, 1928 in Webb, Mississippi to Jacondo and Ida Cocchi Pongetti. Jacob was the first in his family to attend college, and he graduated from Mississippi State College with a degree in Petroleum Geology. Soon thereafter, he was commissioned in the U.S Air Force where he achieved the rank of Captain and was honorably discharged. He later attended the University of Mississippi School of Law and practiced law in Columbus, MS after graduation. He was appointed Bankruptcy Trustee and served in this capacity until his retirement. He practiced before the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. along with the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, LA.
"Jake" was naturally mechanically inclined. His hobbies included going to the junkyard, working on cars, and repairing anything that could be salvaged. He loved his family and especially loved large family gatherings. Jacob never hesitated to provide advice and council on life matters, and many of those who worked for him said that he changed their lives for the better.
Jacob lived as a devout Catholic. He is preceded in death by his wife (former Mearle Crossley), parents Jacondo and Ida Cocchi Pongetti, and two brothers, Albert Pongetti, and Louis Pongetti.
He is survived by his children, Philip Pongetti (Audrey), Jeanie Carter (Glenn), Nathan Pongetti (Bonnie), Rebecca Mitchener (Steve), Rachael Pongetti (Jamey Jones), his two brothers David Pongetti (Margie), and Paul James Pongetti, (15)grandchildren and (10) great-grandchildren.
A rosary will be recited Saturday, January 30, 2021, at 10:30 A.M. with a Mass of Resurrection to follow at 11:00 A.M. at Annunciation Catholic Church 823 College Street, Columbus, MS 39701. Due to COVID-19, there will be no visitation before the service. Memorial Gunter Peel Funeral Home & Crematory 716 2ns Ave N. is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers are Jacob's grandsons: Jacob Pongetti, Johnny Pongetti, Philip Pongetti, Joe Pongetti, Will Mitchener, Rob Mitchener, Jack Mitchener, David Labella, and Josh Chism.
The family wishes to thank Waverly Care Home in West Point, MS, especially the devoted nurses and aides whose compassion and kindness have meant more than words can say.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the MSU Foundation Endowed Scholarship (fund # 501813) supporting military veterans, 1 Hunter Henry Blvd. Mississippi State, MS 39762; Annunciation Catholic School, 223 North Browder Street, Columbus, MS 39702; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Published by Daily Times Leader from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6, 2021.
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Annunciation Catholic Church
823 College Street, Columbus, MS
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823 College Street, Columbus, MS
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I offer my sincere sympathy to the Pongetti family. Fond memories of seeing him shepherd his family into church growing up.
Paulette Garton
January 29, 2021
So many stories from his friendship with my Dad, but my favorite has to be the time I called my Dad while he was at work and I was a student at MSU. I was having car trouble, and wanted my dad's advice. His reply was to tell me he had the finest mechanic he knew sitting at his desk, and this would be my lucky day. He put Mr. Jake on the line who asked me to describe my problem. After telling him what noises were coming from the engine, he said, as only he could, "I know what your problem is..." (insert long pause here)... "something's broke." I could hear my dad laughing in the background, but then he told me exactly how to fix it, and it worked! He was such a help to so many and in so many different ways. he would later become a mentor to me in my career for a number of years. He made our world better, and he leaves an immeasurable lasting legacy.
Doug Robertson
January 29, 2021
Philip, to you and your family, I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you at this time and praying God will give strength and peace in a time of sorrow. Years, time and different paths have separated us for many years but I believe God led me find out about your Dad’s passing.
I will always remember the night he tried to use the new microwave to boil an egg. The explosion was exciting.
Charles Kitchens
January 28, 2021
Mr. Jake, You were the best boss, friend and mentor! I learned so much from you whether it was about work, cars, food or people in general. I still go back to my Pongetti days and think this is what Mr. Jake said or did or would do for this or that. You inspired me and guided me with all your wisdom and knowledge! I will never forget you or my time working and learning from you! RIP! Prayers and hugs to all the family.
Tammy Moore
January 28, 2021
RIP Mr P! You were a role model and inspiration to me and many! We had some really great times! I will always remember you! Prayers and hugs for your family!!
Allison Saxman
January 28, 2021
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