Local legend has died

Jerry Cumberland died over the weekend. Jerry was a compassionate man with a passion for music and teaching and just mentioning his name conjures up wonderful stories from all who knew him.

 

Jerry was my neighbor, so perhaps my memories are a little different than most, though just as wonderful.

 

He and Lauren were living next door when we moved into our current home and right away he showed what a wonderful neighbor he was.

 

Our son loved to play video games. I didn’t think much of them, so we didn’t have a great many. But Jerry did, and he was kind enough to lend them to Will Patrick.

 

Our daughter was in her freshman year in high school and “bored.” One reason for Katie’s boredom was that she played the bass guitar and she and two friends in Jackson had planned on having an all-girls rock band. Then we moved to Picayune.

 

Over her freshman year, she talked to Jerry and during her sophomore year played the bass guitar on the sidelines as part of the band, during the halftime shows at the football games. She went on to become part of the Pride of the Tide, the dance team, which, as band director, Jerry also had a part in directing.

 

Besides his wife and daughter and extended family, Jerry had two great loves in his life – music and his students. Of the two, I think he loved his students more.

 

There are two bits of proof that come to mind. First was something that made me angry the first time I saw it. His students had rolled his yard with toilet paper. I wanted to go catch the miscreants. Jerry laughed and said it was just a sign of the love his students had for him. Second was that when he retired from the Picayune school system, he soon became bored. As a musician, there were many avenues open to him to continue pursuing that love but Jerry chose to go back to directing a high school band, this time in the Pearl River County school system.

 

Jerry influenced thousands of students and will be greatly missed by them and by his family – and by us as a truly wonderful neighbor.

SportsPlus

News

Picayune PD Holds First Meeting at New Headquarters, Recognizes Outstanding Officers

News

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office Conducts Multiple Drug-Related Arrests

News

MDOT Announces Construction Updates for Pearl River County

News

City Council Meeting Recognizes Longtime Employee and Local Achievers

Columns

Then and Now: NASA Stennis Continues Frontline Support of Space Exploration

News

Pearl River County SPCA Announces Expansion of HOPE Thrift Store

News

PRC Graduate Wins Scholarship

News

Picayune Mayor’s Youth Council Selects 2024-2025 Members

News

BEAM Program Prepares for BEAD Challenge Process in Poplarville

News

Picayune Police Request Public Assistance to Locate Missing Teen

News

Body of boy recovered in waters behind Vinton Welcome Center

News

How a NASA Engineer Supports the Commercialization of Space

News

Carriere Teen Adleigh Fricke to Compete in Distinguished Young Woman Competition

News

Picayune Hosts 3rd Annual Independence Day Celebration

News

Wrong-Way Driver on I-59 Apprehended After Collision with Patrol Unit

News

City Council Attends MLL Award Ceremony, Honors Mayor’s Youth Council for City Spirit

News

Helena Hansen to Represent Pearl River County in Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition

News

MML Honors 2024 Municipal Excellence Awards Winners at Annual Conference

News

Pearl River County SPCA Launches “20K for 20K” Fundraiser

News

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Makes Multiple Drug Arrests

News

Pearl River Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Production of Child Pornography

News

April Holifield Honored at 43rd Quilt Show & Competition

News

For Pearl River Hall of Fame inductee Nick Smith, Pearl River was the right place at the right time

News

Injured Army Veteran Receives Mortgage-Free Smart Home from Tunnel to Towers