Deacon Eugene McGill

Published 11:49 pm Tuesday, June 21, 2011

“For I am now ready to be offered…” 2 Timothy 4:6

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 1 p.m. in East Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church for Deacon Eugene McGill, 92, of Picayune. The Rev. Joey Mark will officiate at the services. The Rev. Brian K. Dees, Pastor.

Eugene McGill was born April 10, 1919 in Heidelberg, Miss., to the late Wash Parker and Mattie McGill.

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In 1940, Eugene united in holy matrimony with Lillie Rhone. This union was blessed with twelve children.

Eugene moved to Picayune at an early age and united with East Jerusalem Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. E. H. Hart. He served on the Finance Committee, Brotherhood Board, Choir Member, and Food Service Committee. In 2005, he united with New Beginning Baptist Church and became ordained as a Deacon under the leadership of the Rev. Joey Mark where he remained faithful until his death.

He was employed with Southern Railroad as head cook until he retired in 1984.

Deacon Eugene McGill finished his course and went on to be with the Lord on Friday, June 17, 2011 peacefully at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Wash Parker and Mattie McGill; his adopted mother, Annie Mae Parker; his wife, Lillie McGill; one son, Leonard McGill; two daughters, Diane McGill, and Cheryl McGill Stewart; son-in-law, the Rev. Joe Mark; three grandsons, Timothy “Scott” Glasper, Roderick Ducre, and Ricardo Rawls; two sisters, Arseola Heidelberg, and Ada House; and one brother, Cleo (Eva) Jones.

Deacon McGill leaves to cherish his loving memories: eight daughters: Betty McGill Mark, Ruby Jean Tyner, Linda McGill, Mary (Thomas) Blanks, Cynthia (Wayne) Bester, Rose (Sylvester) Gray, and Belinda McGill, all of Picayune, Daisy (Matthew) Evans, of Houston, Texas, and Catherine Rawls, of Gulfport, Miss.; two sons, Charles (Barbara) McGill, and Albert (Mary Alice) McGill, of Picayune; one aunt, Willie McGill, of Heidelberg; one sister-in-law, Myrtle Ann Rhone of Picayune; 54 grandchildren; 97 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. Interment in Picayune Cemetery.

Brown Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.