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Memorial Funeral Home

613 Bunch Street, Corinth, MS

OBITUARY

J.R. "Bullwhip" Hastings

October 10, 1953July 2, 2019
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Services to celebrate the life of J.R. “Bullwhip” Hastings, 65, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Indian Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Home. J.R. died on July 2, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Alcorn Co on October 10, 1953 to James Douglas Hastings and Quay Kelton Jones. He was truck driver, a professional wrestler and owned and operated a firework stand. He enjoyed hunting, fishing but more than anything he enjoyed being with his family. He is survived by his wife, Maggie Hastings; daughter, Amy Cissom and husband Fant; son, Stacy Nichols; mother, Quay Jones; grandchildren, Trevor and Brayden Ballard; brothers, John R. and Jason Hastings; sisters, Dimple Smith, Deborah Hastings and Shirley Wilson. He was preceded in death by his father, James Douglas Hastings. Online condolences can be left at www.MemorialCorinth.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 5, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 6, 2019

Memories

J.R. "Bullwhip" Hastings

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Sister,Debra Hastings

July 6, 2019

Where do I start, Jr worried about a little money he borrowed from me he would say come on the 3rd and I’ll pay you what I can , I smile at him and say JR stop worrying-about it it’s already been paid in full , he said what, I said I love you and I’d leave.
Jr was a hero to many of us , his grandson has said it many times over the years. But most of y’all don’t know how much of a hero my brother was to me in my life, for a long time I didn’t know myself what he did to save my life, but Jr is the reason I’m alive, I went to him one day about 25 yrs ago or so, and questioned him about what happened many years ago. As he started telling me his voice never changed he spoke with no hate or anger in his tone , as he told me the story of the beginning of my life, he done something that hurt him to do it , but he said I had to do What I did to save you and I ask him why did you save me ? You could have turned around and walked away. I wasn’t expecting to hear the answer he gave me , we were looking at each other and he let his little huffy laugh out and smiled at me and said I guess I did it cause I loved you , you was my baby sister. And we continue our conversation with me crying and him with some tears ,he set out to be a strong man but over the years that I’ve shared with him I’ve seen a very few tears from him .Jr was my Hero and just a few years back he was still trying to protect me and being my big brother when I needed him just to be able to talk and him listen and give his advice. He couldn’t get out of bed without help because of his stroke, but he made sure he told me every time as long as you are here with me nobody will hurt you they won’t make it through the gate,I make sure that they don’t. And that wasn’t long ago ,he will always be my Hero
I’ll always know that I was loved and wanted by Jr . He was something special to me ,he gave me more than he should have ,and always listened to what I had to say and believed in me ,forever loved by your Sister

shirley hastings

July 5, 2019

He was one of my heros .i was blessed with the best of brothers JR . always being the one full of life and stories to tell he would laugh so hard trying to tell the stories it would sometimes take a min for him to stop laughing so he could finish telling the story but they were all hillarious !! He was precious in so many ways i love and miss you always J.R. keep telling your stories up in heaven ..tell Daddy Roger Robbie and all the other loved ones how badly we miss you all .

Stephanie Crum

July 3, 2019

Uncle jr was a extra special person he didnt care who you were he welcomed you with open arms and never thought twice he loved his wrestling his animals and the pool hall he played a big part in it all and everyones like even though me and dewayne are no longer together I still consider his family special and dear to me I was in it for so long he always had a smile on his face just about I'm sorry for y'alls loss and praying for you all but I'm glad hes no longer in any pain I love you all RIP sweetie shine down on Maggie and your kids and grandkids

Thomas Davis

July 3, 2019

One of my favorite memories of JR is the Friday night at the airport when he wrestled Jerry Lawler for the world title he gave Lawler all he could handle and came so close to winning but of course in the end the strap came down and we all know the rest. Rest in peace bullwhip you will be missed .

Alexis Hall

July 3, 2019

JR, or Paw as I and many others have called him, was a light in the dark.. he was a beautiful, loving, kind, caring soul who was and still is, will forever be loved and adored by many.
I remember the day I met Paw, he looked at me with a big ole smile and I just felt so at home. He always called me Alliekatt, something very special nobody has hardly ever called me. He gave the best one armed hugs you've EVER felt. He was always so involved with the pool hall and the firework stand. I remember one day we were out in the shed by the ponies and I would help him get things he needed, would help him move stuff. Whenever I had my kids, I showed him pictures and I remember him saying that "those sure are some purdy babies." I told him, I hope you get to meet them. Now, I know hes met the 2 in Heaven, and I know hes having a blast up there. Rest in sweet peace Paw. We love and miss you dearly, but I'm glad you're not in pain anymore.

Doris Pady

July 3, 2019

Ever since I came into this world, J.R. has been a huge part of my life. He was almost 14 when I was born. By blood, he is my first-cousin, but by love he is my brother. Early childhood memories of him make me smile and cry at the same time. I can see him waiting in the yard when the school bus stopped and yelling out his pet names he had for my sister and me. He would swing us around in the air and plant kisses on us. While he was driving a big rig, he would stop on the side of the road off of the highway and walk up to our house. Always hungry, he would either raid my Mama's meat and biscuit plate (from breakfast) or have me make him a coupla sandwiches. I worked for him at the wrestling and years later I took inventory at his firework tents. His daughter Amy was like my first baby. She sent me my very first Mother's Day Card! I also let her pick my oldest childs first name. We have shared many memories over the last 52 years. My absolute favorite was the year J.R. dressed up and played Santa for my sister and me while we were little girls. We got to live every childs dream; a real visit from Santa. But not just any Santa; a Santa who truly loved us! Thank you for the PRECIOUS memories J.R. I love you always and forever. I will miss you every day of my life.

Kimmie Williams

July 3, 2019

Loved jr he always welcomed you no matter who you were..He will be greatly missed...

Mark Choate

July 3, 2019

Jr was like a brother to me we always called ourselves king of the fireworks buddy them were the good ole days I sure have got a lot of good memories with u and the family u will be missed my friend til we meet again hope ur selling fireworks up in that big ole sky

Fant Cissom

July 3, 2019

Jr was my father-in-law. But he was didn’t treat me like a outsider. He treated me as his own. From the first time I ever meet him he always treated me the same. Telling me each time I left his house to come back. Even his final days he would call for me and I’d be right there by his side. I love you Jr and sure am going to miss the gentle giant he was. Rest easy now.

Penny Meeks

July 3, 2019

RIP BULLWHIP

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