Former alderman John Bounds dies aged 79 – The Oxford Eagle


Former Oxford alderman John Wade Bounds, 79, died Tuesday July 5 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi.

Mayor Robyn Tannehill announced Bounds’ death at the Oxford Board meeting on Tuesday afternoon and offered his condolences to the Bounds family.

According to Tannehill, Bounds was recently reappointed to the board of the Oxford Housing Authority, where he served for many years.

The funeral will take place on Friday, July 8 at noon in the chapel of the Waller funeral home with the Reverend Alan Cochet officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. in the West Hall of Waller’s Funeral Home. Interment will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Bounds was born on December 18, 1942 to the late Elizabeth and Thomas Bounds. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps as an E-5 Sergeant.

After marrying Janice Kellum, they lived in Americus, Georgia for a brief period before returning home to Oxford in 1973 to begin his career as a life and health insurance agent. Bounds was both a member and past president of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors-Mississippi. He received the prestigious NAIFA-Mississippi Lois Risher Hall of Fame Award.

He was an avid Ole Miss fan and was a life member of the Ole Miss Alumni Association. He was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.

Bounds served as commissioner and chairman of the Oxford Housing Authority and the Mississippi Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (MAHRO). He previously served as an Oxford City Councillor. His passion for public service extended beyond his own community. He has served on the Legislative and Commissioners Committees of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (SERC-NAHRO).

An Eagle Scout, he spent many years working with the Boy Scouts and received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service.

A loving and supportive dad and grandfather is remembered, he never missed a dance recital, baseball game or any other event his children and grandchildren were involved in. Whether it was a history lesson or a personal adventure, he was always sharing stories. Bounds knew how much those little moments meant and found great joy in sharing them with his family.

Bounds is survived by his beloved wife, Janice Kellum Bounds of Oxford, Mississippi; his daughters, Jennifer Bounds Carollo and her husband, Mike, of Franklin, Tennessee; and Jill Bounds Holcomb and her husband, Amon, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; his five grandchildren, Hailee and Ella Carollo; Emerson, Brayson and Cooper Holcomb.

He is also survived by his siblings Thomas D. Bounds, Jr., and his wife, Leah, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Sara Bounds Phillips of Oxford, Mississippi; and James W. “Bubba” Bounds and his wife, Cindy, of Oxford, Mississippi; brother-in-law, Glenn Kellum; sister-in-law, Gloria Dodwell Kellum; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in memory of Bounds may be made at Ronald McDonald House of Mobile, 1626 Spring Hill Avenue, Mobile, AL 36604, or online at or at American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231, or online at


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