Jess Clinton Southern, age 51, of Pulaski, Virginia passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at his residence. He was born on September 1, 1957 in Gulfport, Mississippi to Roy Garfield Southern & Lois Richardson Southern. He graduated from Pulaski County High School, New River Community College, and Radford University. Jess was a member of CWA Local 2204 while working for Verizon the last 10 years as a cable maintenance splicer and systems technician. The job Jess was most proud of was being a stay-at-home dad for 15 years to his surviving children, Scott Southern, Todd Clinton Southern, & B.J. Southern – Pulaski. Also surviving are parents Roy & Lois Southern – Pulaski; Sister & Brother-in-law Naomi “Noni” & Dennis Ratcliffe – Pulaski; Brother Billy White – Oregon, the Children’s mother Carolyn McMullin Southern – Roanoke, and Special Friend Lexi – the Duplex. Jess “ran” with the best of Pulaski, including Dr. Mayo, Coach Hicks, and Doc Weiss. He participated in the Boston, Marine, Shamrock, and New York marathons, to name a few. Jess loved to hike & camp with his buddies Lexi, Tom Lester, Dr. Still, and Noni & Denny. He had been a Deacon, Church Treasurer, and Youth Group Leader at Fairlawn Presbyterian Church. One of the things that brought the most joy to Jess’ life was coaching his children & 100’s of others at soccer, baseball, and chess.
A celebration of his life is scheduled Sunday, 3:00 P.M. at the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with the Rev. Terry Woodard officiating. Interment will follow at the Newbern Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Saturday evening at the Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.www.bowerfuneralhome.com