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Barbara Jean McCool (born Seely)


Gender: Female

Date of Birth: September 20, 1935

Date of Death: January 4, 2007

Birth Place: Pascagoula, MS

Death Place: Moss Point, MS

Barbara Jean McCool

Barbara Jean Seely McCool of Moss Point, MS, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2007.

She was born in Pascagoula, MS, on September 20, 1935 and has been a resident of Jackson County all of her life. She graduated from Pascagoula High School in 1954 and attended the University of Mississippi receiving a BS degree in Home Economics and later receiving her Master’s and Specialist degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. She was employed in the Moss Point School System for many years and then spent 20 years impacting many women’s lives as the first Displaced Homemaker/Single Parent Coordinator at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Jean will be remembered by many of her students for her encouragement and support for their higher education. Upon retirement, Jean pursued her passion for cooking when she opened a catering business for special events.

Jean will be remembered as a very active and caring person both by her family and community. She was involved in many civic activities and organizations, such as the Rotary Club of Moss Point, River City Red Hats, Moss Point Garden Club, Zonta Club, Moss Point Woman’s Club, Moss Point Celebrations Committee, Chamber of Commerce, American Business Women’s Association, MPACT, and Delta Kappa Gamma. She served in many capacities as both officer and committee member in all of these organizations, as well as being elected the first female President of the Moss Point Rotary Club. She was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moss Point serving on many committees.

Jean was the daughter of the late Warren B. Seely and Bessie Pickett Seely of Pascagoula.

She was also preceded in death by her aunt, Amelia Pickett.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Jerry C. McCool of Moss Point, one son and daughter in law, Jerry, “J.J.” and Angie McCool of Fairhope, AL, three daughters and son in laws, Monique and Allen Farrington, of Ocean Springs, Nannette and Eddie Wayne Whitehead of D’Iberville, and Heather and Steve Normand of Mobile, AL.

Jean will also be remembered fondly by 8 grandchildren: Jerrod and Jeffrey Farrington, Coby and Camille McCool, Easton and Sophie Jean Whitehead, and Isabella and Leland Normand. Jean was also the sister of Betty Lou (Wayne) Cook and Warren B. “Buzzy” (Gail) Seely, Jr.

Jean will always be remembered as the strength and foundation of a large and grateful family – a true woman of heart, a woman of great faith and a wonderful role model to many. She will be missed.

Visitation will be held Sunday, January 7, 2007, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 9721 Highway 63, Moss Point, Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.. Reverend Mike Austin will celebrate a Mass of Christian burial Monday, January 8, 2007, 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moss Point. Burial will follow at Machpelah Cemetery in Pascagoula.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in her memory. Pallbearers will be Buddy Seely, Steve Seely, Drew Adams, Wayne “Dump” Cook, Ricky McCool and Stewart Frederic.

Heritage Funeral Home in Moss Point-Escatawpa is in charge of arrangements, locally owned and operated.

Published in the Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS) – January 7, 2007

[Great-great-great-grand-daughter of SGS # 3279 – Barbara Jean; Warren Benjamin; Benjamin Warren; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Warren; Jehu (# 3279); John/Jehu (# 1466); Samuel; Elijah; Obadiah; Obadiah; Obadiah]

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