SHAW - Reverend John Prentiss Chouccoli, Jr. age 50, of Shaw, went to be with his Lord on Saturday August 09, 2014 at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jackson .
Visitation will be held from Tuesday 08/12/2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland . Additional visitation will be held at Interstate Baptist Church Wednesday 08/13/2014 from 12:00 PM until 1:45 PM. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 PM in the Interstate Baptist Church Sanctuary. Interment will be at the North Cleveland Cemetery . Reverends Larry Chouccoli and Robert Haney will officiate the service.
John was born on March 23, 1964 to John and Barbara (Williams) Chouccoli, Sr. in Leland , MS . He grew up in the Delta and graduated Leland High School in 1983. He also attended Delta State University . In 1988 John went to work at Denton Dairy in Cleveland . He began his career as a route salesman but it was not but a few months of employment that the owners saw great potential and moved him into the office, at his death John was the General Manager of Denton Dairy. He married Wanda Weeks Chouccoli on May 18, 1985. Together they have raised two sons Travis and Trent. John was also a minister of the Gospel of Christ, he began his ministerial service in March of 1997 serving many of the area churches before he was called to be the Senior pastor of Interstate Baptist Church in 2012. John loved sports of all kinds. He enjoyed refereeing and umpiring for Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) for many years. He was an avid Mississippi State Football fan and enjoyed watching the New Orleans Saints play. John loved serving God and ministering to others. Through his illness John was able to minister to others and show his great faith and dedication to God. He was loved by many and will be missed by all his family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father John Prentiss Chouccoli, Sr.
John is survived by his wife of 29 years, Wanda Weeks Chouccoli of Shaw, MS. Mother, Barbara Williams Montpelier of Vicksburg , MS . Sons; Travis Chouccoli and wife (Krislee) of Oxford , MS. and, Trent Chouccoli of Shaw , MS . Sisters; Renee Chouccoli of Vicksburg , MS and, Carla Biedenhorn (Brent) of Hattiesburg , MS . Brothers; Heath Chouccoli (Jackie) of Rayville , LA. and Kenneth Chouccoli (Christine) of Vicksburg , MS . He is also survived and loved by many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Rick Stanford, Thomas Haney, Jackie Mims, Kenny Jones, Steve Burchfield and Al Cummins. Honorary pallbearers are the Deacons of Interstate Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the John P. Chouccoli Fund for Underprivileged Children or the Interstate Baptist Church 1604 Deering Street Cleveland , MS 38732 .
Cleveland Funeral Home is in Charge of arrangements. On-line guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net