James Murry “Jimmy” Faulkner, 78 died December 24, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. The widower of Nancy Watson Faulkner, he served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and the Korean Conflict before he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Later he retired from his own construction company and lectured throughout the United States on the life and times of his uncle, William Faulkner.

Jimmy and his wife, Nan, attended their first Celebration in 1964 and after that their daughter, Meg Faulkner DuChaine began her show ring career competing throughout the Mid-South in the equitation and juvenile classes aboard Shiloh, Jet’s Model Miss, Ebony’s Queen and Special Copy with Dickie Woods as trainer. In More recent years Jimmy continued to follow and enjoy the success that Meg has had with Mr. Pride’s Delight in the Amateur classes under Wayne Gregg Stables and Whitter Stables and most recently her two-year-old stallion, William Faulkner at Whitter Stables.

Services were at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford, MS. Survivors included his daughter, Meg Faulkner DuChaine of Oxford; two sons, James Murry “Rusty” Faulkner, Jr. of Jackson, Miss and Thomas Wesley “Buddy” Faulkner of Lookout Mountain, Tenn.; a brother, M.C. ‘Chooky” Falkner of Oxford; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the donor’s choice.