The Rev. Emery J. Singletary, 85, passed away Sunday, August 14, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM Wednesday at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Jackson, MS, with visitation preceding the service at 4:00 PM at the funeral home.

Reverend Singletary was born on Jan. 25, 1926 in Deweyville. He graduated in Theology from Bethany Nazarene College in Bethany, Ok., and did graduate work at the University of Houston.

He was ordained in 1953 as a minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He pastored churches in Mississippi, Texas and Florida. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force in World War II, serving as an aircraft mechanic. Rev. Singletary had enlisted to become a pilot but after taking his aptitude test he was informed, “the Air Force had plenty of guys who can fly these planes, but not enough guys who can fix them!” He was a master carpenter and built several churches and numerous homes. He was also a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast and often referred to himself as, “the old man on a motorcycle”.

Rev. Singletary is survived by his wife of 65years, Audrey Lee McClelland, his “sweetie”; and his son Britt R. Singletary (Angie) of Biloxi. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Greg Jones (Jennifer) of Katy, Leigh Tucker (Tom) of Tunica, Ms, Brittany Hammett (Jon) of Madison, Ms and Britt R. Singletary II, of Biloxi; and five great-grandchildren, Carson and Katy Jones, Ellie and Mary Thomas Tucker and Audrey Allen Hammett and his sister, Robbie McKay (Tommy) of Orange.

His mother and father, Mae Donaldson and Robert Thomas Singletary of Orange, and his beloved daughter Candra Jim Jones and granddaughter Jennifer Stewart of Houston, along with four brothers and one sister preceded Reverend Singletary in death.

EJ was a gifted joke and prolific storyteller and avid book reader. He was a fine tenor singer who often sang in church and made several gospel recordings. His ministry was one of commitment, encouragement, and above all, love for God, family, and friends. He officiated at the marriages of his grandchildren and the christening of his great-grandchildren.

Though a lifelong Republican, he was a friend and supporter of the late U.S. Senator James O. Eastland who had him appointed to serve a session as Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Senator Eastland also asked him to open the Joint Session of the Mississippi Legislature with a prayer on the occasion of his last address to the state after his retirement.

He followed the Ole Miss Rebels, Texas A&M Aggies, and the New Orleans Saints. He was affectionately known as “Pop” to his grandchildren, and numerous friends. He was a dedicated Christian and role model for his family and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

The family sends a special thank you to Audrey Morgan Singletary Glenn and the Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland Mississippi for all their aid and comfort in his final days.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland, MS or Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.

Interment will be at Jett Cemetery through Dunbar Funeral Home, Orange.

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