Jessie Durell Comer – Obituary

By  | November 29, 2017 | Filed under: McNeece Morris Funeral Home, Obituaries

Our daddy, granddaddy, great-granddaddy, Jessie Durell Comer, is celebrating with our Maw June in heaven today. He died November 28, 2017, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born November 19, 1927, in Fawn Grove near Dorsey, Mississippi. His parents were Jessie Dorsey (Buck) Comer and Beulah Francis Comer of Dorsey. He was 90 years old.

He grew up in the Fawn Grove community, attending school there until he completed the 6th grade. He then attended school at Dorsey (Bethel Church). He missed a lot of school because as he grew up his family needed him to help with work in the fields, picking cotton, pulling corn, and cutting and storing hay. His best friends growing up were Jay and Lester Brown, Dee Brown, and Joe Bean; they would play “trap’n minnows” in Mantachie Creek. He was saved and baptized at Bethel Baptist Church in Dorsey.

He met his first wife, June Helen Clayton, our Maw June, when he was 16 years old. Their first date was a blind date in which his 1st cousin Lamoine Comer and his girlfriend Wylena Martin, June’s 1st cousin, introduced them and carried them to a movie. As with most young people growing up in the 30’s and 40’s, their dating mostly consisted of going to church. He would walk her home after church services. They were married and raised three children: Janice, Rickie, and Tony.

Durell and June lived in the Greenwood Community– where June had grown up. They attended Greenwood Baptist Church where they were both members and he was elected as a deacon. Together, the two of them worked hard, growing their farm and family. Durell and June started raising broilers when they first got married and continued for many years. When their baby son was born, Durell went to work for DayBrite Lighting in Tupelo. He continued to raise chickens and added beef cattle to the farm.

June died in June of 1981 with breast cancer.
A year later Durell married Lerline Spradling, who had two children, Patti and Ken. Durell and Lerline worked the poultry farm, the beef cattle farm, and started a hay baling operation with step-son, Ken. He retired from DayBrite in 1992. After retirement from DayBrite, he and Lerline traveled endlessly around the country, having traveled to every state except Hawaii before becoming disabled.

Lerline died in March of 2017.
Durell leaves his three children: Janice Magers (Robert) of Tupelo, Rickie Comer (Nancy) of Fulton, and Tony Comer (Rhonda) of Fulton; his two step-children: Patti Prestage of Mantachie, and Ken Spradling (Amy) of Fulton; his grandchildren: Patrick Comer(Alisha) of Fulton, Jared Comer (Kayla) of Mantachie, Carra Youree (Ben), of Knoxville, TN, Kelby Comer (Morgan of Mooreville, Justin Comer (Merrie) of Mantachie, Jayson Comer (Candi) of Fulton, Jodi Deaton (Stephen) of Fulton: Step-grandchildren: Robert Allen Magers (Paula) of Tupelo, Lisa Cascarella (Ken) of Memphis , Scott Magers (Denise) of Huntsville, AL, Zackery Spradling (Bronson) of Fulton, Kelsey Spradling of Fulton, and Matthew Prestage (Anna Clark) of Mantachie; great-grandchildren: Anna Grace Comer, Luke Youree, Katherine Youree, Karson Comer, Addison Comer, Will Riley Comer, Hannah Comer, and Ansleigh Deaton; step- great-grandchildren: Cole Magers, Olivia Magers, Ryan Magers, Jacob Magers (Sarah), Lulu Magers, Elizabeth Cascerella, Megan Cascerella, Lauren Cascerella, and John Cascerella, Oakley Spradling, Tanner Boutwell, Emory Prestage, ; brothers-in-law, Wood Moore and Charles Clayton, and sisters-in-law: Betty Clayton and Mary Gillentine.
Pall bearers will be his grandsons: Patrick Comer, Justin Comer, Jared Comer, Jayson Comer, Kelby Comer, Zachary Spradling, Matthew Prestage, Stephen Deaton, and Ben Youree.
Celebration of life services will be held Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 3:30 in the afternoon at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home and grave side services at Keys Cemetery will follow. Bro. Kelby Johnson pastor of Greenwood Baptist Church will be presiding over the services with grandsons giving the eulogy. Visitation will be from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Durell was preceded in death by his parents, Buck and Beulah Comer, his first wife, June Clayton Comer, and his second wife, Lerline Comer; sisters: Audrey Marlin, Polly Moore, and Ruth Hannah; a brother, Lee Comer; brothers-in-law: Victor Marlin, James Earl Clayton, Houston Sheffield, Kenneth Gillentine, and Billy Hannah; mother-in-law: Corrine Clayton; father-in-law: Charlie Clayton; step-son-in-law: Ronnie Prestage; sisters-in-law: Winona Sheffield, Nail Clayton, and Sarah Jean Boyd Dunn; great-grand son, Michael Prestage.

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