Brenda Jacobs

May 6, 1946April 9, 2018
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Brenda Joyce Jacobs, 71, passed directly from the loving arms of her daughter and husband into Jesus loving arms Monday, April 9, 2018, at Florence Nursing and Rehab in Florence, AL. She was born May 6, 1946, to Bardie and Ethel Nichols Cole. She was a 1964 graduate of Booneville High School. She was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, flowers, and sewing. She was a cherished wife, mother, friend, and sister-in-law. She was devoted to helping others.

A celebration of life service will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 12, 2018, at McMillan Funeral Home with Rev. David English officiating.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Vietnam Veteran, J.W. Jacobs; one daughter, Kristi (Edward) McDonald; a daughter, adopted by heart, Tonya (Eddie) Moreland; an adopted granddaughter by heart, Allie Moreland; three sisters-in-law, Darlene Barron, Jolene (Beaver) Taylor and Kay Warford; four brothers, in-law, Charles (Mary) Jacobs, Jim (Janie) Jacobs, Gerald (Joan) Jacobs and Rick Carpenter; two special friends, Hilda McDougal and Leah McDougal; and a dear friend of the family, Justin Brooks.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Carpenter, who died serving his country in Vietnam; two infant children; her parents; and three brothers-in-law, Junior Jacobs, Danny Joe Barron and Terry Warford.

The family would like to thank the Staff of Florence Rehab for all of their love and support.

Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Booneville Country Club and Tiger Den Coffee Club.

Visitation will Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Liberty United Methodist Church and the Kid’s Ministry.


  • Booneville Country Club, Honorary Bearer
  • Tiger Den Coffee Club, Honorary Bearer


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Tommy andBetty Hoard

April 12, 2018

So sorry to hear about Brenda's passing,,,keeping you in our prayers , comfort and peace at this time and the days ahead... from Linda Strange , Betty and Tommy Hoard

Frankie Davis

April 11, 2018

I am so sorry to read about Brenda. She was so sweet and kind. My prayers are with her family throughout this difficult time, but knowing that she is healed and in the arms of Jesus.

Frankie Bethay Davis
Class of 1964



In the song of life, Brenda Jacobs was surely the composer. A very observant woman who would rather spend her time creating than talking, Brenda preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around her made sense. In fact, she depended on her sensory world to provide her with concrete data. A free spirit, Brenda believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. She seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything she did. Brenda perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to her, yet she lived with a definite sense of purpose. She was a woman who was always ready to share her creations with those around her.

      Brenda was born on May 6, 1946 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville, MS. Her parents were Bardie and Ethel (Nichols) Cole. Brenda was raised in Booneville, MS. As a young child, Brenda was optimistic in her outlook. She sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply her creative energies. Brenda rarely calling attention to herself, but when she did speak out, her message was clearly understood by those around her.

      As she was growing up, Brenda developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and she took pleasure in using her hands in order to create. Whether it was drawing pictures, working with building kits, or even just tapping out a rhythm to play by, Brenda liked concrete things. She was a cheerleader. In her spare time she liked reading, gardening, socializing, and sewing. However, to Brenda, the most fun she had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

      Early on in her school years, Brenda showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Brenda with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, she could often be “lost in a book” well above her grade level. Her passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even her teachers recognized it. She graduated from Booneville High School in 1964. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was literature. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Coach Ward.

      Those who didn’t know Brenda well might not view her as being an outgoing person, those who called her their friend knew differently. Brenda was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced her opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that her kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Brenda’s, you understood how true a friend she could be. While growing up, some of her best friends were Pat, Joyce, and Josie. Later in life, she became friends with Hilda, Ruth, Joyce, Pat, and Nancy.

      A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Brenda had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned.

      Brenda was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to her children. These emotional bonds made her as much playmate as parent. She gave her family unconditional love and kindness, sharing her artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Brenda was blessed with one, daughter, Kristi Jacobs McDonald. They were also blessed with one, Allie Renee Moreland.

      Brenda found ways to enjoy what she did for a living. She worked hard and did her best to succeed every day. Her primary occupation was a housewife/mother. Brenda tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing her will on others.

      Brenda enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were gardening, sewing, traveling, praying at her church in the woods. Brenda was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others. She was relaxed in her approach to her leisure time because she wanted to savor the present moment.

      Brenda liked sports. In high school, Brenda was a cheer leader. Recreational sports included bowling. Brenda was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were high school basketball, and her daughters softball.

      Throughout her life, Brenda was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Throughout her later years, Brenda was an active member of the Veteran's affairs. She had a tendency to bring peace to her relationships by avoiding disagreements.

      Brenda’s faith was important to her. She was a member Liberty United Methodist Church for 50 years. Brenda's passionate commitment to upholding her values placed her at home in her religion, where she took comfort in the company of others who believed as she did.

      Because she loved the world around her, Brenda enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for her to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Brenda put her personal trademark on any leisure planning that she undertook. Favorite vacations included Alaska, Aruba, Maine, New York, and the Dominican Republic.

      Brenda was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Brenda’s favorites was Gizmo her pekingese. They were best friends for 14 years. Her family was rounded out by her black lab Gracie, and Australian Shepard Max.

       In retirement, she found new pleasure in gardening, praying and visting friends. Even in retirement, Brenda continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of her life, she became active in the community, feeling fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her and simply enjoying what she had worked so hard to attain.

      Brenda passed away on April 9, 2018 at Florence Nursing and Rehab Center, Florence, Alabama. She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, JW Jacobs, daughter Kristi Jacobs McDonald, Son-In-Law Edward McDonald and grandaughter Allie McDonald. Services were held at McMillan Funeral Home.

      Brenda was a good woman, a kind woman, and a practical woman who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. She leaves behind her a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Brenda always had much to give and was able to make those connections in her life where her gifts were appreciated. Brenda was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Brenda Jacobs.