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Jerome John "Jerry" Axton

Jerome John ‘Jerry’ Axton died at his home in Laurel, MS on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at the age of 71. Jerry was born on January 29, 1949 to William P. Axton and Dorothy Axton in Hattiesburg, MS.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Arthur Axton, and his nephews, Joshua Ousley and Casey Welborn.

Jerry is survived by his brothers: Bill (Linda) Axton, Tim (Susan) Axton and Michael (Carole) Axton. He is also survived by his sisters: Rosemary (Hooky) Pitts, Eileen Axton, Kathleen (Tommy Walters) Welborn, Maureen (Owen) Ousley, Dorothy (Joe) Mauldin and Marcia (Dave) Thoms.

He is also survived by many nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces and his beloved dog, Jill.

His donation of his body for science was his last selfless act.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Laurel. Fr. Ignacio Jimenez-Morales will celebrate the Mass. Covid-19 safety guidelines will be in place.

“God, family, country and compassion,” was the way one friend described Jerry. His focus was rarely on himself, but always on the needs and well-being of others.

Jerry was a graduate of Laurel High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. Jerry proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon.

Jerry wore many hats during his time on earth. He was an instructor at Jones College, a policeman, a postal service employee and a background investigator. He served in the ministry and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Jerry was also a member of the American Legion.

Jerry was a devout Catholic and lived his life by the principle taught to us most famously in the Acts of the Apostles: “Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Jerry was famous for emptying his wallet for a stranger in need and making sure his family members were taken care of for the future. His largesse was not only in terms of gifts, but in friendship. His big smile and robust laugh were a welcome sight to all who crossed his path. He will be missed dearly by his family, friends and the parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:

The St Vincent DePaul Society
Immaculate Conception Church
833 W 6th St
Laurel MS 39440


The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Mississippi Chapter
PO Box 1175
Clinton, MS 39060
Or at
Colonial Chapel Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.


Jerome John "Jerry" Axton
January 29, 1949 - October 13, 2020




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