Funeral mass for Philip Mansour, Sr., 95 will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Greenville, MS. He died on June 23, 2015 in the loving arms of his family. Burial will be at Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, MS under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville, MS.
Mr. Mansour was born on January 29, 1920 in Helena, Arkansas, raised in Lake Village, Arkansas before settling in Greenville, Mississippi. He married Mary Louise Elias in 1952 and together they raised 11 children and 25 grandchildren.
After graduation from the University of Arkansas in 1942, Philip entered the US Army and served overseas in Italy during WWII earning the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in 1944. Upon his return to Greenville he enrolled into Tulane University School of Law graduating Summa Cum Laude and was a member of the Tulane Law Review in 1949. He opened his practice in Greenville in 1950.
A talented litigator with a passion to pursue the best outcome for his clients, he rose to the top of his field with his induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1986. He served as President of the Washington County Bar Association and a long-time member of the Mississippi Bar Association. He served on a number of Federal Judiciary Committees and Panels. He was a fierce advocate and passionately protected the freedoms and rights for all his clients regardless of creed or color.
Philip is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise and his parents Wadeeh and Thyrza; four brothers, Edward, John, George and Abe and two sisters Madeline Koury and Elizabeth Shamoun. His daughter-in-law Denise Jabour and a grandson, Thomas Matthew Crews.
He is survived by his sister Edna Mangilardi of Nashville, TN and sister-in-law, Mary Louise of Lake Charles, LA; his 11 children and 25 grandchildren including Ned Jabour and his son Ned Michael Jabour of Monroe, LA; Phyllis Mansour-Crews and her son Sean Thomas Crews of Atlanta, GA; Samuel Philip Mansour (Linda) and his four children Blake, Ann Sterling, Lane Alden and Bond Elias of Tupelo, MS; Philip, Jr. (Beth) Mansour and their two children, Chambers Edward and Carsen Elizabeth of Greenville, MS; Mary Margaret Mansour of Austin, TX; Joseph Marion (Grace) Mansour and their five children Stephanie Lynn, Joseph Justin, Jacob Tyler, Emily Michelle, and Lillie Madeleine of Austin, TX; James Michael (Sarah) Mansour and their two children Madison Elizabeth and James Michael, Jr. of Austin, TX; Teresa Mansour of Greenville, MS; John Albert (Kim) Mansour and their four children John Albert, Jaclyn Elaine, Olivia Louise and Bo Staten of Austin, TX; Mark Anthony (Sharon) Mansour and their four children Kailey Louise, Jordan Mark, Luke Bryan, and Lia Kathryn of Fort Lauderdale, FL; Samera Louise (Chris) Eckl and their two children Abigail Elizabeth and Christopher Mansour of Atlanta, GA.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:00 p.m., Friday, June 26 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Greenville, MS with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers. Donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 Main Street, Greenville, MS. 38702.