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“Mrs. Jacocks was my pre-k teacher back in 1989 at St. Amant Primary. I am 34 and have never forgotten her. One day on the way to school to go to...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Mindu Gallo (Bourgeois) - LA

“I was saddened at the news of Shirley's passing. She was a wonderful Christian woman who adored her family. I will cherish the memories from all of...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Tessie Tournillon - Ponchatoula, LA

“Rest in peace, Momma J. You were gracious & loving - truly beautiful inside & out. Sending love and prayers to the Jacocks family. ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Tracey & Karen Whittington - LA

“To the family of Shirley. I worked with Shirley at St. Amant Primary/Middle in St. Amant, Louisiana. I will always remember her sweet loving ways and...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Juanita "Nita" Hunt - St. Amant, LA

“Shirley was the most openly loving person I ever knew--perhaps the most Christian of all traits! Her infectious smile and vivacious personality won...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Billie Worthington-Erlings - OR

“Our deepest sympathies on your loss. May your faith give you comfort and peace during this sad time. Byron, Pat and Jason Vicknair - Prairieville, La ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: Pat Vicknair - Prairieville, LA

“Please know that others share your grief and pray that the God of all comfort sustain each of you during your time of grief. ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Mrs. Jacocks was our son's kindergarten teacher at St. Amant Primary such a great teacher we were truly blessed to have her in our son's life. Please...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Aaron & Lori DeLaune - St. Amant, LA

“Deepest Sympathy, ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: William and Fane Peeples - LA

“Shirley was always so sweet and caring. I was honored to know her through her years at First United Methodist Church of Gonzales when her husband,...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Ginger McInnis - Gonzales, LA

“Wendy & family- I have wonderful memories of Your mom & dad- from our teacher get togethers with KKI and from Lee's Landing Church. You all are in my...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy Vega - Ponchatoula, LA

“As a long time friend of Shirley Gassen Jaocks, this is a very sad day for all of us. ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Glenn Turner - Nashville, TN

“Thoughts and Prayers are with the family, may she RIP, Les Familles Bodin ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Larry D. Bodin - Franklin, LA

“Mrs. Jacocks was my kindergarten teacher at St. Amant Primary. I'm going to guess the year was around 1989 or 1990. I always remembered her! Sorry...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Candice N - Sorrento, LA

“I am so sorry for the passing of Miss Shirley. The memories of her will last a lifetime. Wonderful lady. ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Ginger Zachmann - Robert, LA

“Many happy memories of Shirley. We started 1st grade together and graduated from Sulphur High Class in SHS class of '51. We were close friends and I...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Nadine Granger Drost - Sulphur, LA

“Prayers go to the family at this painful time of loss. I pray God will make his presence known and comfort each of you in a very special way. ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Cathy Storey-Garcia - Tyler, TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you andasked God to give you peace and strength through the times ahead...Your mom was one amazing lady and...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Cis Broussard - Baton Rouge, LA

“Love and prayers for the Jacocks Family. Miss Shirley is now with Mr. Ken in their heavenly home. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Arlene Gandy Family

“Sharon and family I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of your mom when we were in high school and later as roommates. Prayers go...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Elizabeth Wagner Wagner - HOUSTON, TX

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Shirley Ann Gassen Jacocks a resident of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away at the age of 85 on May 21, 2018. Shirley was born on November 1, 1932 in Sulphur, Louisiana to Lionel J. "Kitty" Gassen, Sr. and Luna Mae Barron Gassen. She spent her childhood in Sulphur with her older brother, Bub and her younger sister, MaryLou, always living close to her "Big Momo", Marie Bodin Gassen. Shirley graduated from Sulphur High School in 1951 where she participated as a cheerleader, basketball player and editor of the school's newspaper. She attended Centenary College receiving a B. S. in 1955. While at college, she met Ken Jacocks whom she married on August 9, 1953.

Being the wife of a Methodist minister, she moved frequently with her husband and four children. The family resided in New Orleans, Greenwell Springs, Pearl River, Monroe, Houston (TX), and Hammond. While in Houston, she was Director of Yale Street Daycare through the VOA. She also lived in Gonzales and LaPlace helping her husband serve Methodist churches after her children were grown.

In 1982, she received a Masters of Education at SLU. Before retirement in 1995, Shirley was a beloved elementary school teacher for 28 years. The last 20 years of her teaching career, she spent as a kindergarten teacher at Mooney Avenue and St. Amant Elementary. She was a supervisor for student teachers through SLU. Shirley was an active member of the United Methodist Women organization.

She is survived by: sister, Mary Lou Gassen Blakeman (Warren), daughter, Sharon Jacocks Parrott (Dickie), son, William M. Jr.(Wendy), son, Dr. Matthew J. Jacocks, son, James W. "Wes" Jacocks, grandchildren, William "Ken" Jacocks III, Anne Alford (Sammy), Woodrow J. Jacocks (Ashley), Piper G. Jacocks, Travis J. Parrott: great grandchildren, Louis Walker, Dorien Alford, Clayton Jacocks, Skyler Alford, William Walker, Hayden Walker, Edward Jacocks, Lucas Jacocks, sister-in-law, Carrie Gassen, nephews, Michael Gassen, Jeff Blakeman, nieces, Vicki Magee, Jennifer Blakeman, Julie Blakeman. She is preceded in death by her grandmother, Marie Bodin Gassen, her parents, brother, Lionel "Bub" Gassen, Jr., her husband, Rev. William "Ken" Jacocks, and sister-in-law, Paula Mixon Gassen.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Heritage Healthcare for caring for her these past three years as she suffered from complications of Parkinson's Disease/CBD.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Hammond, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, LA 70401 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Visitation will continue on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at First United Methodist Church of Hammond, 200 Rue Denise, Hammond, LA 70403, from 11:00 am until the Funeral Service at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, Shirley requested that donations be made to: United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana (First Christian Church-Jacocks Scholarship Fund), 8337 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA, 70809 or the Choir Fund at First United Methodist Church of Hammond, 2200 Rue Denise, Hammond, LA, 70403.

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