2021 Obituaries

Virginia Jolly Brookins, 91

April 19, 1930 - March 25, 2021

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OKOLONA – Virginia Jolly Brookins, 91, a great public educator, church and community leader in Okolona, transitioned from this life to her eternal life from her longtime home in Chickasaw County on Thursday, March 25, 2021 after a brief illness.  Virginia was born into a pioneer Chickasaw County family, the Jolly’s on April 19, 1930.  Her parents were Hal. T. Jolly, Sr. and Virginia Ruth Harris Jolly.  Steeped by heritage in the tenets of the Methodist Faith, Virginia was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Okolona where she was active in all its ministries especially the United Methodist Women.  Virginia married William D. “Dedus” Brookins, Jr..  He died on  Feb. 24, 2010.  Virginia was educated in the public schools of Chickasaw County graduating from Okolona High School in 1948.  She continued her quest of lifelong learning by getting her BS from Mississippi University for Women in 1952 in Home Economics.  She later received certifications in Adult Education from Florida State University and Mississippi State University and ultimately in 1979, received her MA from Mississippi State in Guidance and Counseling.  Her teaching career spanned almost 4 decades with stints in Florida, at Verona Jr. High with the bulk of her teaching in the Okolona Public Schools where she taught 6th and 7th grade science, career counseling and spent the bulk of her career as a guidance counselor. She was named Teacher of the Year in 1990.  Much beloved and respected by her students, she served as past President of the Tombigbee Counselors Association and a member of the Mississippi Counselors Association. She was a past President of the Twentieth Century Club and an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her long and fruitful life will long be remembered by family and friends.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, March 27, 2021 in the Boone’s Chapel United Methodist Church south of Okolona with Bro. Steve Driskill officiating.  Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from Noon-service time on Saturday only at the Church.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Jinny Jolly (Deedie) Pearson and her husband, Mike; a son, William D. “Brook” Brookins and wife, Sharon. Grandchildren, Jenna Lee Aldridge (Brian), Merry Claire Gregory (Ben) and William Allen Pearson, Hannah Brookins and Hillary Brookins Poe;  7 great grandchildren. her sister in law, Doris Sue Jolly. Several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dedus and her 4 brothers, Dan, Hal, Jr., Luther Paden Jolly and Mark Ray Jolly, the latter two dying while serving their Country in WW II.

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