Services for Judge Pepper set Saturday in Cleveland

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

CLEVELAND – Funeral services for U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr., who died Tuesday, will be Saturday in Cleveland, where he and his wife resided.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church’s Family Fellowship Center, with services next door at 2:30 in First United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Barry Dickerson will officiate with the Rev. Billy Owen, according to Ray Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

First Baptist is a 101 N. Bolivar St., and First UMC is at 318 S. Court St.

Judge Pepper is survived by his wife, Ginger, and their son, Will.

He presided over the Greenville courthouse for the U.S. District Court of Northern Mississippi.

The judge was nominated in 1999 by President Bill Clinton.

He suffered a heart attack early Tuesday and died about 3:45 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Medical Center in Jackson, where he’d been flown for treatment.