McPeters Funeral Directors

1951 East Third Street, Corinth, MS


Jerry Brawner

February 12, 1948February 20, 2020

Services to celebrate the life of Jerry Wayne Brawner, 72, will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Holly Baptist Church with Bro. Thomas Magers, Bro. John Boler and Bro Justin Watson officiating. Burial to follow at Wheeler Grove Cemetery.

Jerry passed away on February 20, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Jerry was born February 12, 1948 in Corinth to the late Mody and Aileen Wilson Brawner. A native of Corinth, Jerry fell in love with basketball at a very young age. He graduated from Kossuth High School in 1965 where he was an All-State Basketball player. He was highly recruited by Ole Miss University where he played center on the Ole Miss Rebels men’s basketball team. Jerry majored in physical education and graduated from Ole Miss in 1969.

Jerry began his career in 1971 as a driver’s education teacher and basketball coach at Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Mississippi. In ’74 he moved to Alcorn Central and then into his high school alma mater Kossuth High School where he retired as the assistant principal in 2002. After retirement, Jerry decided to return to teaching and coaching at Middleton High School and then Bolivar High School where he retired a second time in 2006. Outside of his professional career, Jerry served almost 31 years on the Board of Directors at the Alcorn County Electric Power Company (ACE). Jerry was a member of the Ole Miss M-Club and frequently burned up the road to Oxford to watch a game…any game. He was also passionate about gardening, farming and getting to know anyone that he happened to meet.

Jerry and his family have been active members of Holly Baptist Church since 1991 where he served as a trustee, Sunday school teacher and youth leader. In addition, he chaired several pastor search committees and served in many other areas of the church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter; brother and sister in law Dick and Betty Atkins.

He was the loving husband of 50 years to his Kossuth High School sweetheart Diane Gwyn Brawner; father of Jeffrey Wayne Brawner (Denise) of Corinth and Emily Ruth Brawner-Allen (Stephanie) of Denver, Colorado: grandfather of Rylan Ruth Ann Brawner-Allen and Blakely Marie Brawner-Allen of Denver, Colorado; sisters Evon Armstrong (Travis) and Teresa Wilbanks of Corinth, Mississippi. The Brawner family will receive friends for visitation from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Saturday evening at Holly Baptist Church and Sunday from 1:30 until service time at Holly Baptist Church 172 CR 713, Corinth, Mississippi.

Pallbearers will be Wade Muse, Josh Latch, Adam Fowler, Hunter Williams, Walter Hastings, Cordale Jones, Branson Tennyson and Eric Burress. Honorary Pallbearers are Billy Glidewell, Steen Dalton, Jackie Duncan, Jimmy Thompson, Danny Martin, Steven Holley, Myrle Crow and the 1966-69 Ole Miss Men’s basketball team.

Donations can be made in honor of Jerry to the Holly Baptist Church Building Fund, 172 C.R. 713 Corinth, MS 38834.

Condolences can be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com


  • Visitation Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Visitation Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, February 23, 2020


Jerry Brawner

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Lee Thurner

February 25, 2020

Jerry was larger than life in many ways.
A master storyteller, he had the rare talent to relate ordinary events in ways that made them seem worthy of being made into movies.
He was also uncommonly generous, not only sharing the crops from his garden with his friends, but making special trips in his pickup to buy and distribute vast quantities of sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and pecans.
Jerry loved, and was loved by, his family and friends...and everyone he met was his friend.

Cathy Robertson

February 24, 2020

Diane and Family,

We are so sorry to hear about Jerry’s death. He had a heart of gold with a smile on his face always, and my brother lost a dear friend and high school classmate that will be missed so much.

Cathy (Martin) and Don Robertson

Jane & Eddie Robbins

February 23, 2020

Jerry is an example of the consummate Story Teller, and he almost always had a funny story ready to make you laugh!! Eddie & I have sooo many good memories of fun family times spent with Jerry & Diane, Jeff & Emily. Jerry would always be ready to help if you needed him. Our piano was downstairs & Stacey had to practice many times in the cold because Eddie did not always have the Ashley heater loaded with wood. I had asked Eddie to let us move the piano upstairs without any success. Finally, one night, Stacey said :”Mama! I thought you said you had “VETO POWER”!! So... I called Jerry & asked if he could help us on Saturday, & he readily agreed! So, right on time, Jerry showed up & he & Eddie got that piano moved upstairs so that Stacey could practice in the warmth! That was the kind of friend he was. Jerry not only “talked the talk of Christianity- he also walked the walk as well!! He will be sorely missed by his family and a very large circle of friends! But to be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD, & I am sure that he’s enjoying a great reunion in Heaven now! We continue Our Prayers for Diane & family. 🙏🏻

Ron Wallace

February 22, 2020

To the family of this big sweet man ,I share your grief today. I played basketball against this guy and shared time with him as we both graduated from ole miss. I made two free throws after the buzzer to take the county championship to overtime which we won. Jerry never forgot and chastised me for years. This is a guy that always hugged me and I desperately miss one more. Jerry, from Florida, you will be missed. You were the best my good friend.

Peggy Phelps-Perdue

February 22, 2020

Jerry, you are in a beautiful place and God will
Now take care of you. I’ll always remember you
As a great high school friend.
Peggy Phelps-Perdue

Gail Mills

February 22, 2020

I was secretary at Middleton, Tenn. High School when Mr Brawner was asst. prin. after he retired in Miss. We all enjoyed working with him and talking sports. He was one of a kind. He always had a smile and tried to be helpful to everyone. Sympathy to Diane and family. He loved you so much.

Kenny Moore

February 22, 2020

Diane we will be praying for you and your family. Jerry was a kind and humble man . I remember how proud your Dad was of his (son) inlay back in the days when we worked in the hay fields. Jerry always had a smile and kind word.Now he's finally home with the LORD he loved and all his family.

Judy Tapp

February 22, 2020

So sadden to hear of Mr. Brawner passing , first met him in 74 , in Philadelphia, Ms , , what a fine man , fine family and godly man , great coach ! God Bless this family , He touched so many life’s , by kind smile and words , and Ms Brawner , thank you for teaching me so much in Philadelphia, Ms , God be with you in this time in your life , but the love and memories will last forever!!!

Sandy Hood

February 22, 2020

Coach Brawner was Asst Principal when I was in Jr high/high school. I had a temper and he and I had many run ins. I was 13-15 and I’m sure a handful. He always gave me advise tried to help me. He was a good man, a fair man. I pray for his family and loved ones. His passing made me think that I wish I had gotten the chance to tell him that he made a difference in my life. I don’t think he ever really knew how much. REST EASY COACH! You will be missed by so many!

Jessica Hicks

February 22, 2020

He was a good person who loved helping others in any way he no matter what it was he all ways tried to make a difference in the students lives u will be missed