By Mina Mooney, with Kicks967.com
PHILADELPHIA, Miss.–Mississippi Highway Patrol Officer Willie Marcus Triplett’s funeral was held on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Neshoba County Coliseum. Triplett, who was assigned to Meridian’s Troop H, was 44 years old.
The procession leaving the Neshoba County Coliseum included units from Neshoba Sheriff’s Department, Choctaw and Philadelphia Police departments, family members and friends. Traveling down highway 15 to his burial, Triplett passed under the extended arms of Neshoba and Choctaw Fire Department ladder trucks with ladders extended and the American Flag stretched high in the sky.
Triplett was laid to rest at Beach Springs Cemetery in Neshoba County.
Triplett of Philadelphia was a graduate of Neshoba Central High School and graduated as a trooper with the MHP in the class of 2007. Coroner Clayton Cobler says he died from a heart attack Sunday, September 6 while working his part-time job at Piggly Wiggly.
He was a native of the Sipsy community in Neshoba County. He was a resident of Philadelphia and later the Dixon community for the past several years. He had served with the Mississippi Highway Patrol for the past nine years and worked for Piggly Wiggly in Collinsville for the past 12 years. Mr. Triplett was a member of Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Neshoba County.
Survivors include his wife, Tracy Triplett; daughter, Markita Triplett; son, Quinton Triplett; father and stepmother, Willie B. and Mary Ruth Triplett; sisters, Ebony Triplett, Tammy Moore, Sheon Jones, Angela Thomas and Toni Kirkland; and brother, Charles Hunt.
Mr. Triplett was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Warner Triplett.