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John Henry Sossaman

September 3, 1947 — March 16, 2024

John Henry Sossaman

John Henry Sossaman, age 76, passed away Saturday, March 16, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford surrounded by his children.

A memorial service will be announced at a later day. Seven Oaks Funeral home has charge.

He was born September 3, 1947 in Hollandale to Oscar and Inez Bonner Sossaman, the second of 12 children.

Raised between the delta and the hills, he left school and began working very early in life and had numerous careers. A “jack of all trades,” among a few he held a tree surgeon’s license, was a mechanic, farmed, was a truck driver eventually owning his own trucking company, did dozer work for the government and private citizens, and most recently owned and operated a gravel pit in Tallahatchie County.

“Big John” as he was known by his friends, loved to work on old tractors and any sort of equipment, large or small. He also loved to dove hunt and spend time outdoors.

He was proud of all of his children, loved to play with his grandchildren and watch them become young adults, and adored his four great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his youngest daughter, Jeanna Sossaman Mills; and two brothers, Oscar Sossaman Jr., and David Sossaman.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice Jean Woods Sossaman of Coffeeville; a daughter, Krista McFerrin (Clay) of Charleston; three sons, Billy Sossaman of Water Valley, Johnny Sossaman of Coffeeville and Terry Sossaman (Theresa) of New Albany; a son-in-law, Kelly Mills of Cordova, Tenn.; four sisters, Ann Woodard (Richard) of Byhalia, Edna Woods Cook (Charles) of Marks, Louise Richardson (Roger) of Charleston and Linda Leake (Marvin) of Hattiesburg; brothers, Jim Sossaman of Batesville, Albert Sossaman (Sarah) of Coffeeville, Willie Sossaman of Moscow, Tenn., Robert Sossaman and Mike Sossaman of Teasdale; sisters-in-law, Joyce Sossaman of Coffeeville and Dorothy Rayburn of Sardis; four grandchildren, Brandon McFerrin and Kelsey Bright (Ryan), both of Charleston, Addison Sossaman and Ethan Sossaman, both of Water Valley; and four great-grandchildren, Harper, Beckett, Baylor and Ryder Bright, all of Charleston, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
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