Tupelo – Mr. James Nelson “Jim” Poirier, 75, died peacefully, Thursday, October 4, 2018 at his residence surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Tupper Lake, New York on November 19, 1942 to Nelson Poirier and Herma Benjamin Poirier. Jim traveled to many areas of the U.S. during his career as a steel worker/welder employed by Phoenix Water Tank Construction Company. He moved to Tupelo twenty-seven years ago and married Sue Griggs in Tupelo, MS on April 7, 1994. After retiring from the steel industry, Jim started a lawn service which he operated until this health began to fail. He loved his country and was patriotic serving in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. He was a member of the VFW and American legion where he was very active. Jim enjoyed everything outdoors, especially deer hunting and fishing. He had a servant heart, doing for others in need. He was of the Catholic faith.
A Funeral Mass service will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, October 8, 2018 in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Father Tim Murphy officiating. Military honors will follow. Private burial will follow in the Griggs family plot at Kirkville Cemetery in Itawamba County. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Monday from 10:00 am to service time. Condolences to the family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to hollandfuneraldirectors.com.
Survivors include his loving wife, Sue Poirier of Tupelo; two sons, Darain Poirier (Marilyn) of Shannon and Shawn Poirier of Stuart, FL; two stepsons, Gregory Leathers (Cathy) and Eric Leathers, all of Tupelo; two brothers, Steve Poirier of Washington Mills, N.Y., and Neil Poirier of Fort Pierce, FL; sister, Linda Wade (Bill) of Tupper Lake, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Krista Gwin (Will) of Shelby, OH, Dakota Poirier of Shelby, OH; and Miley Poirier of Shannon; one great granddaughter, Kyliegh Gwin of Shelby, OH and many members of his extended family and friends whom he loved dearly. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joan Davis of Tupper Lake, N.Y.