Memorial service held for the homeless who died in Tupelo

A memorial service was held in Tupelo to honor the homeless who have died including the man killed by a car Monday.

Posted: Dec 21, 2017 8:43 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Community members gathered to remember the homeless people who died this year.

A memorial service was held at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Tupelo Thursday afternoon to rember two homeless men that passed away. Jimmy who died Monday after being hit by a car on East Main Street, and Slim who died due to health issues back in November.

The two were known and loved by many. Several people shared stories and memories of the men, Mr. Jimmy in particular.

"He was such a nice man, " said Hannah Maharrey. "Every time you met him he always had a smile on his face and he'd tell you a joke."

The event happened to be on National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day. The service was held by the Mayor's Homeless Taskfoce, which is a community outreach program funded by the city. The taskforce works with the city to meet the needs of homeless people and help get them off the streets.

Members of the task force and local pastors spoke at the memorial service. They offered a call to action for everyone in the community to get involved with helping the homeless and giving back to the community.

Mayor Jason Shelton said he's proud of the city council and organizations for their commitment to helping this cause.

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