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City mourns passing of beloved crossing guard

Juanita Jolly was a Brewton staple, waving her orange gloves every morning to make sure everyone arrived at school safely.

But on Thursday, the longtime City of Brewton employee and school crossing guard will be laid to rest after suffering a massive stoke on May 10.

Now, family and friends are asking those whom Jolly helped to leave a token of their admiration at the Brewton Elementary School fence.

Susan Jones, a longtime family friend, said Jolly loved her job and her family.

“And everyone who knew her, loved her,” Jones said. “She loved keeping ‘her kids’ safe, as she called them.”

Jolly served as the Belleville Avenue crossing guard since 2005.

“We’re asking that anyone who would like to put a remembrance at the fence for her,” Jones said. “It’s a little thing, but we wanted to her to see from Heaven how much we cared.”

Jolly is survived her husband, Lawrence, three daughters; one son and numerous grandchildren.

Visitation is Wed., May 7, from 4-7 p.m. at Brewton’s Presley Fluker Funeral Home Chapel on U.S. Hwy. 31. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Thursday at Second St. Siloam Baptist Church with the Rev. W.J. Blue officiating. Interment will follow in Bergen Memorial Cemetery in Brewton.