Johnny Lee Brister, Sr.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 3, 2015, at Prentiss High School Gymnasium for Mr. Johnny Lee “Bull” Brister, Sr., age 72, who died Friday, December 26, at Southwest Hospital in McComb. Rev. Jesse J. Holloway officiated with interment following in the Green Grove MB Church Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Johnny Lee Brister was born to the late John T. and Katie Pecola Brister in McComb, MS. He graduated from Burland High in McComb in 1963. He furthered his education and attended Prentiss Institute and Mississippi Valley State.
After graduation, he accepted a job at New Hymn in Pinola. Later he accepted a job at J.E. Johnson Middle School in Prentiss as a coach, physical education teacher and various other duties in the school system.
While teaching at Prentiss he met Edna Poole who later became his wife of 44 years. He was a pillar in the community and was always willing to help kids by teaching them various sports. He ran the Boys Club, provided softball tournaments and many other events throughout the community.
He is survived by wife, Edna Brister; three sons, John (LaSonya) Brister of Columbus, GA, Johnny (Yolande) Brister of Prentiss, John Wayne Barnes of Hattiesburg; goddaughter, Ruth Williams of Prentiss; three grandchildren, Denota Brister of Columbus, GA, Taylor Brister of Prentiss and La’Porsha Brister of Columbus, GA; four brothers, Barry Brister of McComb, Allen (JoJean) Brister of Summit, Ray (Diane) Brister of Detroit, MI; two sisters-in-law, Laura Poole and Ida Mae Poole both of Prentiss; eight brothers-in-law, Andre (Lucille) Poole, Patrick (Angela) Poole both of Prentiss, Chad (Carolyn) Poole of Hattiesburg, Jerry (Yolanda) Poole of Houston, TX, Charles (Patricia) Poole of St. Matthew, SC., Michael (Gloria) Daniels of Forrest, Authur (Alice) Daniels of Monticello; special friends, Coach Alvin Gray, Johnny C. Hartzog, Melvin Norwood, Sonny Addison, Tim Williams, Jerry Ball and Daniel Brown; many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rhonda Brister; four sisters, Christine Tate, Mildred Tobias, Minnie Dinelli and Margie Faust; one brother, J.C. Brister.