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John C. Sojourner, Jr.

John C. Sojourner, Jr., 62, of Crystal Springs, died at his home early in the morning on August 6, 2013.

Visitation is scheduled for 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on August 7th at Harmony Baptist Church in Crystal Springs. The funeral will take place at Harmony Baptist Church on August 8th at 2:00 p.m.  Stringer Family Funeral Services in Crystal Springs is handling arrangements.


Johnny was born on December 18, 1950 and was raised on a farm in Crystal Springs. He graduated from Crystal Springs High School, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy.


While at USM, Johnny married Anne Benke of Jackson. Their first child, Shannon, was born in Athens, Georgia while Johnny was pursuing his pharmacy degree. Upon graduation from the University of Georgia, the family moved home to Mississippi. A couple of years later, the family welcomed its second daughter, Amy. Five years later, the family was pleasantly “surprised” with a third daughter, Anna.


Johnny was the sole proprietor of both City Drugs and Krystal Gravel in Crystal Springs, which he operated continuously since 1981. Although he is known by many as a successful businessman, he will be most remembered for his passion and love for Jesus. Johnny was a strong supporter and contributor to many churches and missionaries and his positive influence is far reaching. Johnny enjoyed teaching, whether it be a Sunday School class, Master Life, showing a young person how to transact business deals, or teaching someone how to operate a tractor.


He was a member of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon and served as a deacon (once as Chairman), greeter, and teacher.


Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, John Clemon “BoBo” Sojourner and Ruth “Ging Ging” Sojourner.

Survivors include: his wife of 42 years, Anne Benke Sojourner; daughter, Shannon Elliott of Flowood (husband–John and children–Trey and Hayes);  daughter Amy Eversole of Madison (husband–Craig and children–Will and Anna Grace); daughter, Anna Graves of Flowood (husband–Wayne and child on the way–Lily); brother, Wayne of Crystal Springs (wife–Suzie and children–Ben, Matt, and Michael).


In lieu of flowers, please send donations to We Will Go Ministries, 799 North Congress Street, Jackson, MS 39202.


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