Harris Virden

April 5, 1931June 9, 2020

Harris Virden, 89, of Jackson died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on June 9, 2020.

Visitation will be held at Lakewood Funeral Home on Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A committal service, led by Rev. Berry Givens, will immediately follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Mr. Virden was born on April 5, 1931 and lived his childhood, built his only home, nurtured his family, shared his love for the land, raised cattle, and made his living as a vegetable farmer on the same land as his forefathers in Hinds County, Mississippi. His only departure was to serve his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War. His greatest joy in life was being a loving, attentive and supportive “Granddaddy” to his four granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Bowmar Harris Virden, Sr. and Nannette Barnes Virden; wife, Jean Maxey Virden; and brothers, Tom, Bowmar, John and Nelson Virden.

He is survived by his son, Robert Virden (Rene); daughter, Janice Virden; sister, Nancy Alford; sister-in-law, Ruth Virden, granddaughters, Jennifer Crissey (Chris), Nicole Givens (Berry), Bethany Frazier and Annie Jean (“A.J.”) Frazier; great grandson, Lucas Givens, great granddaughter, Blake Givens; and a large and devoted extended family.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center by contacting (601) 362-4471 ext. 1312 or to Gleaners Inc. at 237 Briarwood Dr. Jackson, MS 39206.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 14, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Sunday, June 14, 2020


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Andy Blake

June 13, 2020

As a child I probably spent more time on the Virden farms and in their household than I did at my own home. Mr. Virden would often take Robert & I in his truck as we rode the farm to check on things and this is when I learned what a great sense of humor he had.
I have to say that Mr. Virden was the hardest working vegetable farmer out there and they simply don’t make them like that anymore. It is only because of his incredible work ethic, generosity and amazing vegetables grown, that I have a greater respect and appreciation of how important the American farmer is to this country. He was loved by my entire family and will be missed. I wish to send his entire family my condolences.

Anne Ballard

June 12, 2020

My mom, Grace Smith Clark, lived on the Virden's property as a child and talked about playing with the boys. She and Harris were in school together. Many years later Harris became my customer at BWI. He was a great man. He talked about his grandkids often.

Michelle Ford Fortenberry

June 12, 2020

Harris was a special man. He was good to me. Always made me feel special. He grew the prettiest daffodils and would bring them over in a coffee can.