Shirley D. King

Shirley D. King, age 71, a resident  of  Forest, died  early Sunday morning, March 17, 2019 surrounded by her family at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Ott & Lee Funeral Home chapel with interment to follow in the Eastern Cemetery.  Bro. Bob Smith will officiate.  Visitation was held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 and again from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. prior to the service at 10:30 a.m.

Mrs. King was born to her parents,  John  Townsend and Mildred Sigrest Townsend  on January 15, 1948 in Neshoba County.  She was a Baptist. She had worked many years at Forest Packing Company until her retirement in 1986. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and sister.  She loved all her family and being with them. She especially loved her  first cousin  Elija Townsend. Together, they shared a passion for fishing at the Washington Lake. Her son-in law always picked on her about her being so short and would tell that when she carried a baby in her arms, the baby’s feet would be dragging the floor! She loved to sit on her front porch and watch her grandchildren at play. She loved the outdoors, watching the birds, squirrels and hummingbirds gather at her feeders. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her daughter, Shirley K. Runnels (James) of Forest, one brother; Robert Townsend (Nell) also of Forest, 2 grandchildren; Jeffrey Runnels, Lorena Fortenberry (William), 2 great-grandchildren Hemi Fortenberry and Raeleigh Fortenberry.

Pallbearers are Terry Goggins, Eric Townsend, Timothy Townsend, Alfred King, Chris Fortenberry and Nicholas Monk.  Honorary pallbearers are Kenneth Goggins and Brian Runnels.