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James "Coach" Newman Brock

April 29, 1928September 9, 2019

Coach James Newman Brock, 91, died on September 9, 2019, after being in failing health for several years. He has gone to join his beloved wife in heaven. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Zack and Carrie Belle Brock, ZackJr., Betty Brock, and James Brock. He is survived by daughter, Debbie Brock; son, Jim Brock; and sister-in-law, Imogene Measells.

Before entering the coaching-science arena, he was a full fledged Bulldog at Mississippi State University. His allegiance to MSU was incredible from the time that he entered as a freshman until his death. Little did he know that he would create a basketball dynasty at his beloved school, Forest Hill High. His twenty-six years as head basketball coach there were most fruitful, memorable, and record-breaking.

"Dump", Coach Brock's nickname, was born April 29, 1928. He grew up, attended, and graduated from Utica High School. lt was in high school that his lifelong interest in basketball began.

His first grade childhood playmate, later sweetheart, and soul mate, Mildred Smith, became the love of his life in a fairy tale 66-year marriage. She died August 8, 2015. Her demise was a devastating blow to him for the rest of his life.

Coach Brock's outstanding career began in 1951 when he coached girls as well as boys for two years, from 1951-53, for a 47-12 record. His boys' teams won state championships in 1954, 1957, and 1967, as well as 14 overall titles in the Little Dixie Conference. When the figures were in, he had an astounding record of 633 wins and 158 losses. This fabulous record culminated in his initiation into the MISSISSIPPI COACHES HALL OF FAME in 1986.

Coach Brock was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. He loved the Lord, his family, his church and his boys. His deep faith guided him in his daily decisions.

The Brock family wishes to thank Dr. Smith-Vaniz for his excellent medical care and the staff of Merit Health Central Hospital for their special care and concern. Especial gratitude goes to Coach Brock's boys for their unending interest in keeping in touch with him through the years. They meant the 'WORLD" to him.

Serving as pallbearers are: John Heiden, Gerald Austin, Charles Peoples, Donny Black, Walter Newman, and Brock Newman.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 12, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with funeral services beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Utica Cemetery.


  • John Heiden
  • Gerald Austin
  • Charles Peoples
  • Donny Black
  • Walter Newman
  • Brock Newman


  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, September 12, 2019


James "Coach" Newman Brock

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Bill Lea

September 12, 2019

My late wife Tina P. Lea taught at Forest Hill for years. We Watched coach Brock win many games and Shelby Watts after him, along with following Debbie play at F H and Delta State, Great coach, man, father/ husband and friend to many players❗️🏀🏀 Feet on a “round ball” sitting on the bench at Shelby Bailey Coliseum ❗️ A favorite memory of COACH along with Joe Walker RIP and God Bless You and Yours , Coach/ teacher/ administrator Bill Lea ❤️🏀❤️🌹🌹❗️

Cheryl Backstrom

September 11, 2019

My Uncle Dump, was a kind, thoughtful man. While I have fond memories of him growing up, the memories that I cherish the most are with Dump and my three girls. In the summers when we would visit my parents, we would alway go out to the Brock’s house to swim. It would never fail that Dump would have a watermelon that he would toss into the pool for the girls to retrieve. They always looked forward to wrestling then eating the watermelon. They still talk about those times today. Also on those visits, Dump and Debbie would impart their wisdom by taking the time to teach the girls a myriad of basketball skills.
His demeanor on and off the court, his everlasting love for Mildred(Buie) and his love of family are an example for all of us. He and Buie are missed.

Stan Cliburn

September 11, 2019

Truly great mentor to all his players and great leader not only on the basketball court but in life lessons itself , I can remember him surprising Stu and I in Kansas City royals to watch us play , class act and never forget his greatness! RIP coach u will be missed by many ❤️

Elton Wright

September 11, 2019

Debbie and Jimmy,

Everyone loved Coach Brock. He would help you anyway he could. He taught me about coaching basketball in Jr. High at Forest Hill and taught me how to shoot. I wasn't taught in high school. He was a legend and a good friend. When Sam was born he came to the hospital with a small basketball. He loved everyone.
Cherish the memories of someone who loved life. May God bless you both and your family.

Coach Elton Wrigfht

Durward Blanks

September 10, 2019

Words are difficult to come by....
Jimmy, Debbie you know how much Coach means to so many of us. He has mentored so many Rebels through the years. His influence has been with me through all these years. Jimmy, serving as manager for the team, he treated us as much a part of the team as the players. It was such an honor to work with you as co-managers . And, Debbie, I remember your dedication to the game and your parents as well. I"m so grateful for what Coach did for me those years, and helping me become manager for HJC as well.
I wish I could be there to tell you in person. Just know, I'll be praying for you and the family in the coming days.
May you be blessed in the memories of what your parents mean to the Forest Hill and surrounding communities.