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Colonial Funeral Home

323 2nd Street, Columbia, MS

OBITUARY

Shirley Holmes Blansett

April 16, 1945January 6, 2020

Shirley Holmes Blansett, of Columbia, Mississippi, went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 6, 2020, at the age of 74. She was a lifelong resident of Marion County and retired from Rutter Rex Manufacturing Company where she worked for 45 years. She was a longtime faithful member of First Baptist Church of Columbia. Shirley will be remembered as a sweet, kind person who was devoted to her family and always had a smile. She was preceded in death by a son, James Joseph Blansett; her parents, Irene and Joe Holmes; two sisters, Lavern Lawrence and Mary Lee Thornhill; and a brother, Howard Martin. Shirley is survived by her husband of 53 years, Julius Blansett; two daughters, Angela (Pat) Koepp and Jennifer (Bobby) Cox; two sons, Clifford (Barbara) Blansett and Jesse (Anita) Blansett; a brother, J.B. (Carolyn) Holmes; eleven grandchildren, Jonathan Blansett, Matthew Blansett, Sarah Blansett, Paige Blansett, Justin Cox, Kelly Cox, Austin Cox, Haley Blansett, Britney Koepp, Jacob Koepp, and James Koepp; and nine great-grandchildren. There will be a visitation for Shirley at Colonial Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. The funeral service will be at 11:00am on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Columbia where friends may visit from 9:00am until service time. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

  • FAMILY

  • James Joseph Blansett, Son (deceased)
  • Joe Holmes, Father (deceased)
  • Irene Holmes, Mother (deceased)
  • Lavern Lawrence, Sister (deceased)
  • Mary Lee Thornhill, Sister (deceased)
  • Howard Martin, Brother (deceased)
  • Julius Blansett, Husband
  • Angela Koepp (Pat), Daughter
  • Jennifer Cox (Bobby), Daughter
  • Clifford Blansett (Barbara), Son
  • Jesse Blansett (Anita), Son
  • J.B. Holmes (Carolyn), Brother
  • Jonathan Blansett, Grandchild
  • Matthew Blansett, Grandchild
  • Sarah Blansett, Grandchild
  • Paige Blansett, Grandchild
  • Justin Cox, Grandchild
  • Kelly Cox, Grandchild
  • Austin Cox, Grandchild
  • Haley Blansett, Grandchild
  • Britney Koepp, Grandchild
  • Jacob Koepp, Grandchild
  • James Koepp, Grandchild
  • Mrs. Blansett is also survived by 9 great-grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2020
  • Visitation Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 9, 2020

Memories

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Carolyn..........cooper Polk

January 9, 2020

We road the bus together for years, she was such a sweet girl. We saw each other a few time after we were grown. She seemed to be a very sweet lady too. Sorry for the loss of this sweet lady to her family.

Evelyn Crochet

January 7, 2020

Shirley,even tho you were my aunt we become like sisters as we were growing up.You always showed your love to the family & kept your faith in the Lord.Aunt Lavern ,was waiting for you with open arms.You will he missed by all your family,Angela will be OK I will be talking with her often .Love& Miss you. Now rest.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Shirley Holmes Blansett, of Columbia, Mississippi, went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 6, 2020, at the age of 74. She was a lifelong resident of Marion County and retired from Rutter Rex Manufacturing Company where she worked for 45 years. She was a longtime faithful member of First Baptist Church of Columbia. Shirley will be remembered as a sweet, kind person who was devoted to her family and always had a smile. She was preceded in death by a son, James Joseph Blansett; her parents, Irene and Joe Holmes; two sisters, Lavern Lawrence and Mary Lee Thornhill; and a brother, Howard Martin. Shirley is survived by her husband of 53 years, Julius Blansett; two daughters, Angela (Pat) Koepp and Jennifer (Bobby) Cox; two sons, Clifford (Barbara) Blansett and Jesse (Anita) Blansett; a brother, J.B. (Carolyn) Holmes; eleven grandchildren, Jonathan Blansett, Matthew Blansett, Sarah Blansett, Paige Blansett, Justin Cox, Kelly Cox, Austin Cox, Haley Blansett, Britney Koepp, Jacob Koepp, and James Koepp; and nine great-grandchildren.