Johnnie T Jumper, Jr.

March 25, 2021

Johnnie T Jumper, Jr. was born December 23, 1942 in Meridian, Mississippi and died surrounded by his family on March 21, 2021.

Johnnie joined the Army when he was 18. He was a Korean War Veteran and took great pride in his service. It was in the Army that he began to develop his skills as a mechanic.

In 1961 he married Vera Davis, the love of his life, and welcomed their first child in 1963. 10 years later he moved his family to New Orleans and soon after opened his diesel repair business, Diesel Technicians. Johnnie was the best in his field and was flown around the world for his expertise. His success meant that he was often away from him family for long periods of time.

In 1987 he decided to focus more time on his family, closed his business and moved back to Meridian. Five years later he bought his wife the old house she always loved in Cantonment and moved his family for the last time. He dedicated his life to taking care of his family. He was an active member of Aldersgate Methodist Church until his wife’s health would no longer allow.

Johnnie was always willing to help anyone in need. He had a caring, peaceful soul that came through in his words and deeds. He was famous for flashing a Peace sign anytime someone tried to take his picture. He will always be remembered for his gentle spirit and hearty laugh.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Vera Jumper, his parents Johnnie Jumper Sr and Elizabeth Jumper, his siblings Dot Strickland and Perry Cushman as well as 2 grandchildren.

He is survived by his children: Audrey Miller (Kevin), Johnnie Jumper III (Lisa), Holly Bodi (Robert), Debra Whitten (Bobby), Elizabeth Douglas (Trevor) and Wendy Bedsole (Paul).

He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Johnnie will be cremated and a graveside memorial service will be scheduled in April.

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