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Thomas Bloom McKiernon December 28, 1944 - August 22, 2022

Date of Funeral

August 28, 2022

Thomas Bloom McKiernon, age 77 of Hernando, MS passed away August 22, 2022 at Baptist-Desoto Hospital. He was born December 28, 1944 in Jackson, MS.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Muriel McWilliams and grandparents Julius and Addie Mae Newton. Tommy graduated from Forrest Hill High School in 1963, where he lettered in basketball.  He attended Delta State University on an athletic scholarship for basketball and presided as SGA President over the student body in 1968. While at Delta State he met his wife Sandra of 55 years.  He and Sandra were married at Lyon Baptist Church in Lyon, MS on September 3, 1967.   After graduating from college, he and Sandra settled on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he coached high school basketball and worked in education for 11 years.  In 1981, he joined Mississippi Chemical Corporation, from which he retired in 2012.  Over the course of his career, the family resided in Pascagoula, MS, Yazoo City, MS and Grenada, MS.  He was ordained as Deacon at First Baptist Church in Yazoo City, where he served on the active deacon council, chaired the finance committee and taught Sunday School for several years. In his spare time he enjoyed working on classic cars and playing golf.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Hubbard McKiernon, children Leslie McKiernon Jenkins (Jerry), Julie McKiernon Hanna (Tommy) and Alan McKiernon (Carrie), and granddaughters Madison Jenkins, Jo Russell, Kayleigh Threlkeld and Peyton Hanna.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Hernando United Methodist Church, 1890 Mt. Pleasant Road, Hernando, MS.  Visitation will be held at 1:00 pm until the service begins at 2:00 pm.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Delta State University Athletics in care of:  DSU Foundation, Box 3141, Cleveland, MS 38733 (deltastategiving.org).


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    Gerald Austin says

    What a shock! May God comfort as only HE can.
    Love and prayers to Sandra and family!

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    Jeannie Myers says

    Sorry to hear about your loss. May God be with your family during this difficult time, and give you peace. Praying for your family.🙏🏻

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    Jeannie Myers says

    Sorry to hear about your loss. May God be with your family during this difficult time, and give you peace.

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    Mary Johnston says

    I am so sorry for your loss but so grateful for the years I knew and worked for him. I feel privileged to call him friend. May God surround you with His love and comfort. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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    Alma Yusuff says

    I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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    Wayne Fancher says

    Sandra, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Tommy. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Tracy Murphy says

    Praying for the family, I know this is a hard ball to catch but keep praying and God will see y’all thur this, Love Always Tracy “Smurf” Murphy

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    Jan Sharpton Edwards says

    Dear Sandra and family – words do not express the deep sadness I feel. Coach was a 2nd dad to me – watching over me, gently guiding, protecting, supporting and believing. His presence will be greatly missed but Heaven has another angel. My deepest condolences to you.

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    Tim Corley (Long Beach High School, Class of 1972 says

    Coach McKiernon had an influence on my life that continues to this day. He always expected maximum effort from his players, on and off the court. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.

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    Connie Alford Aldrich says

    Alan I am so sorry for you and your family and the loss of your Dad. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Connie Alford Aldrich (Baker Donelson).

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    Jim Grissom says

    We remember Tommy as a gentle, understanding person, a great communicator and always friendly person. His smile let you know his spirit which was always warm and kind. Blessings and Grace to Sandra and entire family as you recall his memory and love as a husband and father.

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    Priscilla Harper says

    Oh Sandra! Bob joins me in sympathy and prayer that you will feel God’s love and comfort as you face this time of great loss. Christ’s Peace my friend. Priscilla

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    Susan Calhoun says

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. Please know you all are in the thoughts and prayers of so many. God Bless you all and give you peace at this time.

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    Gwendolyn Beard says

    Sandra and family, the sustaining power of Jesus is available. Just continue trusting and believing and He will be with you throughout these trying times. You are not alone.

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    Dianne Adams says

    Dear Sandra and family, I am so sorry to learn of Tommy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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    Carolyn Bryan says

    I am so sorry. Joe and I will be praying for the family.

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