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Father, son laid to rest in Pascagoula

Family members find comfort during the funeral of Marshawn Joseph and his father, Keith Joseph, at Union Baptist Church in Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX News) Family members find comfort during the funeral of Marshawn Joseph and his father, Keith Joseph, at Union Baptist Church in Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX News)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Family, friends, classmates, coworkers shared stories of football star M.J. Joseph and his father, Keith Joseph Jr., in an emotional ceremony in Pascagoula on Friday.

The crowd, grief stricken and needing comfort, grew quickly at Union Baptist Church. The sanctuary was filled with family members and while the rest saw the service by video from other venues.

In the end, at least 550 people came to be part of the life celebration service of the Josephs, who died a week ago on their way to a Pascagoula football game.

The hurt will be felt all across the state, but specially in Pascagoula.

“This thing has really been hard on everyone, and we're just trying to deal with it the best we know how and coming together in love,” said family friend, Wilda Fisher Marshall.”

It will be hardest for those who knew them best, like Carlos Knowles, cousin to Keith Joseph.

“I’m just feeling a great deal of sadness and loss because I was so looking forward to seeing M. J. play at Mississippi State and just following the footsteps of his dad in hopes he would have a promising career and could have one day seen him play on Sunday mornings," said Knowles. 

M. J. and his father were both graduates of Pascagoula High School and players at Mississippi State.

The solemn service became emotional and ended as praise and worship.

They were honored for their commitment to one another, their love of family and their faith. M.J. made an impression on Bianca Thomas, a sophomore at MSU.

“During the summer when he was up there for football, I was already in Starkville, the first Sunday there he asked me, ‘Hey, next Sunday, can I go to church with you?’ And I really just want people to understand is he was in Christ. Like he really wanted to go to church. He wanted to be in Christ," said Thomas. 

Pastor Larry Hawkins of Union Baptist Church told the congregation, “On the other side, no hearses will roll. On the other side, no funeral rights will be given. On the other side, no sadness will be there.”

Father and son were laid to rest at Machpela Cemetery in Pascagoula.

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