John Gibson Singletary

John Gibson Singletary, 97, of Crystal Springs, passed away May 27, 2021, at Copiah County Medical Center in Hazlehurst.
Mr. Singletary was born on Feb. 7, 1924, in Copiah County. He was a graduate of Crystal Springs Consolidated School.
As a member of the Greatest Generation, Mr. Singletary served his country in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II as B-24 nose gunner in the Pacific Theatre.
After completing his service, he was employed as a service manager with Nelson Chevrolet in Crystal Springs and later retired from Royal Maid Services in Hazlehurst.
Throughout his life, he had a great love for his canine companions. During his later years, he cherished the company of his many cats.
“Gip,” as he was known to his family and friends, was an avid farmer known for his tomatoes grown on Clear Creek fields on family land for three generations. His family produced crops of tomatoes and cabbage during the famous “Tomatopolis” days of Crystal Springs.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Hazlehurst.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George Amos Singletary and Stella Clegg Singletary.
He is survived by his wonderful and loving wife of 72 years, Billie Sue Singletary; children, Debbie Johns (Johnny), Kathy Posey (Lynn), Laura Singletary, and Paul Singletary (Claudia); grandchildren, Jennifer Johns, Jay Johns (Laura), Hunter Posey (Kristen), Kaitlyn Posey Bozeman (Stephen); great-grandchildren, Jack Bozeman, Lawson Bozeman, Levi Johns, Wyatt Johns, Neely Posey, Charlie Posey, Bailey Posey, Nova Connolly, Bowen Morris, Caleb Cole, Kaplan Sumner, Quinn Sumner, and Conan Sumner; sister, Carolyn Singletary Bishop, of Vicksburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family has planned a private graveside service at Gallman Cemetery, Gallman. Stringer Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to local animal shelters or the Wounded Warrior Project.