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Unidentified Hurricane Victims Laid To Rest In Jackson County

"On behalf of these two who are unidentified, we stand beside them, we stand with them. We're here today to place them in the arms of God," Reverend Rex Yancey says as he presides over the service.

It was a somber service at the Macphelah Cemetery in Pascagoula.

"I've been in the ministry 40 years. I've preached hundreds of funerals. I've never preached one like this," Rev. Yancey says.

Two storm victims were laid to rest with only strangers to say goodbye.

"It's a sad situation when no one has someone to stand with them," Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus says.

"Who are you? Can you whisper a clue? Are there friends and relatives looking for you?" Yancey says as he reads a poem.

"What if no one came? Somebody had to be here," Mary Beasley says.

She didn't want these two souls to leave this earth alone.

"We don't know them, but they are a part of us. I think it was necessary, it was absolutely necessary," Beasley says.

"They not only represent themselves, but they represent all of those who died in the storm," Yancey adds.

Pat Howell and a friend shed tears for the unknown and sought some closure for themselves.

"She wanted to come because that could have been her daughter, because they didn't notify her until November. She thought her daughter was fine and then all of a sudden she got a call and her daughter was dead," Howell says referring to her friend.

"We all experienced Katrina and this is a way to put closure to it, hopefully," Holder Wells Funeral Home Director Willie Smith says.

And that is the prayer Rev. Rex Yancey prayed here that all who knew suffering on August 29th may find peace.

"I pray that everyone here today might get some closure in our lives," Yancey prayed.

Closure for those who came to honor these two would be to someday know their names.

For now they rest side by side, known only to God.

Holder Wells funeral director Willie Smith says the people of Jackson County can make suggestions for the grave markers.

John Doe was a black male in his mid 60s. Jane Doe was a black female in her mid 50s.

You can contact the Jackson County Coroner's office for more information about the bodies.

By Jaimee Goad

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