Erma Lee Jackson

Erma Lee McMurry Jackson, 92, “relocated” to Heaven on April 9, 2021 at Edgewood Nursing Home in Byram, Mississippi.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 17th at the Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home (205 Bay Street) in Hattiesburg.  A graveside service will follow.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a celebration service in the chapel at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home.  Pastor Jim Everett will officiate. Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Erma Lee Jackson.

Mrs. Jackson was born January 6, 1929 to Houston T. McMurry and Susie Berry McMurry of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Erma Lee graduated from school in Hattiesburg and moved to Vicksburg with the love of her life, best friend, and soulmate after marrying on June 30, 1951.  They later moved to Hattiesburg and spent the majority of their married life there before moving to Brandon to join their daughter, Debi, in Brandon, MS.  They were active members of 28th Avenue Baptist Church, Main Street Baptist Church, and then Oakdale Baptist in Brandon, Mississippi.

Erma Lee never met a stranger and she would talk to anyone as if she were your best friend. She had a great love for coffee, chocolate, and ice cream.  Both her husband and daughter made sure that she had plenty of each to enjoy each day.  She also had a great love for fashion. She enjoyed helping ladies find the perfect outfit and owned her own dress shop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  She also worked many years in the ladies clothing department at McRae’s in Hattiesburg where she earned many sales rewards. She and her husband celebrated 60 wonderful years of marriage, and then a few months later were involved in a tragic car accident that took the life of her soulmate and husband. In 2017, Mrs. Jackson’s health began to fail, and eventually was moved to a nursing home where she could receive “around the clock” care. Erma Lee loved her daughter and grandchildren with every ounce of her being – they were a big part of her life, and she enjoyed making wonderful memories with each of them.
Preceding Mrs. Jackson in death were her loving husband, Walter Ralph Jackson; parents, Houston & Susie McMurry, her brothers – Leland & Hillard McMurry, her sister, Octavia Hamilton, as well as her brother & sister in laws: LC Blackwell, Bill & Laverne Tynes, Glen & Lacey Goff, Ray & Holine Jackson.

She is survived by her daughter, Debi Jackson-Green of Brandon, Mississippi; two grand-daughters, Dacia Breeden (Jason) and Brittany Green, and six great-grandchildren: Alexis, Alonna, Aden, Ajay, Jackson and Aila, all of the Brandon/Florence area. She is also survived by a host of nephews and nieces that she adores.

We would like to extend a sincere thanks of appreciation to the staff at Edgewood Nursing for their loving care of Mrs. Jackson over the past few years, and, most recently, Pax Hospice. Your love for her didn't go unnoticed.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you make a contribution to the organization or church of your choice in her memory. The family will miss Mrs. Erma Lee terribly but rest in the fact that this world is not our home and will once day see her again and live together for all eternity.

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  If I got and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.  John 14: 1-3