Funeral services for
Gary Bernelle Dempsey, a retired educator, 73, of Leland will be at 11:00
a.m. Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Leland United Methodist Church. He
died suddenly Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at his home in Leland. Burial
will be at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Carrollton, MS under the
direction of Boone Funeral Home, Leland.
He was born September 29, 1938 in Anguilla, MS to Woodrow Willson Dempsey
and Earline Washington Dempsey.
After graduating from Anguilla High School, Gary attended Mississippi
State where he played on the Bulldog baseball team. Upon graduating from
Mississippi State, he signed a professional baseball contract with the
Los Angeles Dodgers and played in their minor league system until an injury
ended his professional baseball career.
Gary then returned to the Delta and began a long career as a teacher,
coach, and school administrator, first at his hometown Anguilla, then
with the Greenville Public Schools. During this time he also served in
the Mississippi National Guard.
With the Greenville schools he was head football coach at Greenville High
School, principal of Greenville T.L. Weston High School, and central office
After retiring from the public schools, Gary taught and coached at St.
Joseph High School in Greenville.
During his retirement years Gary enjoyed doing yard work, traveling through
the West and through the Smokey and Blue Ridge Mountains, and following
Mississippi State Bulldog sports.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents and by his son, James Keith
He is survived by his wife, Jane Harper Dempsey of Leland; his son, Gary
Carl Dempsey of Guntersville, AL; daughter, Lauren Brain (Nathan) Dunn
of Spring Hill, TN; daughter, Stancy Brain (Jeremy) Cargile of Lascassas,
TN; grandson, J.W. Dempsey of Florida; grandsons, Stratton Dunn and Parks
Dunn of Spring Hill, TN; granddaughter, Lilly Cargile of Lascassas, TN;
grandson, Hutchins Cargile of Lascassas, TN; sister, Joyce (George) McWilliams
of West Point, MS; brother, Keith (Martha) Dempsey of Orofino, ID; by
numerous nieces and nephews; and by his beloved pet dog, Rowdy.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, January 13,
2012 at Boone Funeral Home, Leland.
Memorials may be made to a charity or organization of choice.