Funeral services for Jerelyn Moses Schilling, age 90, of Hollandale will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 27 at Hollandale Baptist Church. She passed away on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Burial will follow in the Hollandale Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Leland.
Mrs. Schilling was born in the Blackhawk community of Carroll County, MS on Sept.14, 1927, the daughter of L.V. Moses and Capitola Keys Moses. The family moved to Greenwood where she graduated from Greenwood High School in 1945. She then entered nurses training at Greenwood-Leflore Hospital, graduating in 1948. After passing her RN boards, she returned to work at the hospital as an operating room nurse. In 1952 she was involved in moving the old Greenwood Leflore Hospital to a new location where it remains today. She married the love of her life Don V. Schilling on Dec. 3, 1949, at First Baptist Church in Greenwood. In May of 1954 they moved to Hollandale where they purchased the Blue and Gold store and became involved the grocery business. She and her husband were very active in the operation of the Sunflower Food Stores in Hollandale and Rolling Fork until his death in 1985, and she continued to be a vital part of the business with her sons until her illness. She also went back into nursing as operating room nurse at the South Washington County Hospital for some 15 years in mid 70’s until late 80’s, effectively working two jobs during that time. Mrs. Schilling was a devout Christian who always put her family and friends before herself. She was a long time member of the Hollandale Baptist Church and took care of the nursery for many years. She loved sports and was an avid fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Deer Creek Warriors where she could be seen with her friends at many football, basketball, and baseball games through the years. She will be remembered as a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her understated demeanor but quiet determination and uncompromising dedication to her family will be missed greatly by her family and will never be forgotten.
Mrs. Schilling was preceded in death by her parents L.V. and Capitola Moses, her husband Don V. Schilling, Sr. and her brother Walter Carl Moses. She is survived by her sons, Don V. Schilling, Jr. of Starkville and Roy Keys Schilling(Terri) Hollandale; a brother, Rhesa Moses (Ruby) of Meadeville, MS; a sister-in-law, Ada Abbott Moses of Greenwood; grandchildren, Don V. Schilling lll (Rebecca), James Clinton Schilling (Corinne), Lindsay Schilling Burton (Drew), Brian Keys Schilling, and Meredith Camille Schilling; 4 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be one hour before services Wednesday at the Hollandale Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be made to The Baptist Children’s Village, Deer Creek School, or a charity of one’s choice.