You never heard a sour thing come out of his mouth against anyone. Po' Monkey's was a juke joint in unincorporated Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States, outside of Merigold. According to Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry he opened a juke joint at his home in this location in 1963. It ceased operating after the death of operator Willie "Po' Monkey" Seaberry in 2016. I think that that was so indicative of our area that we had this man full of life and personality. Sen. James Lankford apologizes to Black community after opposing Electoral College vote Last night (July 14), the man they called “PO’ MONKEY” (who, like most juke runners, WAS his juke joint) passed away at … 2016 Dining Guide Willie “Po Monkey” Seaberry. Salute to Veterans 2019 It ceased operating after the death of operator Willie "Po' Monkey" Seaberry in 2016. He will really be missed in this area and he will truly be missed by the Delta Center. The lounge, which opened in 1963, got its name from Seaberry's nickname, which is Po' Monkey. Are you ready? Salute to Industry 2018 Quiz: Can you name this TV sitcom by its theme song lyric? 662-328-2424 | PO Box 511, Columbus, MS 39703-0511 A tenant farmer named Willie Seaberry by day, a zoot suit prince called Po’ Monkey or just plain old Monkey at night, he opened his home and his never-ending house party to the world. Kellie Carr, director of Tourism for the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, said Seaberry's death was a loss for the entire Delta and the state. Best of the Triangle 2019 Shopping Guide 2019 Seaberry was found dead in his bed, Bolivar County Coroner’s believe he died in his sleep from a heart attack. Holiday Shopping Guide 2013 How to Choose 2020 He's going to be missed and there will never be another one like him.". Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, an assemblage of old cypress planks and corrugated steel covered in hand-painted signs, sits on the edge of a cotton field outside of Merigold, Mississippi. Roark said it appears he had a heart attack earlier this week. “People were concerned and went there and opened the door and found him in the bed. Located in Merigold north of Cleveland, Mississippi, it was opened in 1963 by Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry and became a destination for blues aficionados long … Seaberry (b. The backroom of Po' Monkey’s is where you’d find the DJ or, on rare occasions, a live band. It’s not the same without him,” Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell told The Bolivar Commercial (https://bit.ly/29XjVOC ). He never said anything bad about anyone. Visitations Friday July 22 2016 from 2:00p.m. According to a listing on the Mississippi Blues Trail website, the lounge "played an integral role in the development of the blues, offering a distinctly secular space for people to socialize, dance, and forget their everyday troubles. Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started. Best of the Triangle 2013 He was just such a good person. 6 companies with total $2.3B investment eyeing Lowndes, 2. 2015 Auto Preview Shopping Guide 2020 State Department lifts all restrictions on government contacts with Taiwan. He’s going to be missed and there will never be another one like him.”. Back to School 2020 According to Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry he opened a juke joint at his home in this location in 1963. Best Area Professionals 2017 Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC. Best of the Triangle 2014 Po’ Monkey’s is located just west of the town of Merigold. Back to School 2012 Home and Garden 2018 Rent HD $5.99. Willie was a resident of Merigold, Mississippi. When the first text showed up in my phone last night re: Mr. Willie Seaberry‘s passing, I started to try and call the juke runner — in disbelief. The juke joint was founded in the early 1960s and was one of the last rural juke joints in the Mississippi Delta. Apparently sometime during the day Tuesday, he went back in his bedroom and went to sleep and didn't wake back up.". He was 75. Back to Back MSU Women's Basketball Learn more at lowndesil.org. The 2016 death of longtime proprietor Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry put its future in question. Design an Ad 2014 Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry, now in his mid-seventies, still farms the fields that surround it, and lives in a room in the back. “He always had a positive attitude. “I wouldn’t say it’s in dire straits, but … it is feeling the neglect of not having daily use,” Will Jacks, program manager for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, says of the structure. Dining Guide 2014 Best of the Triangle 2018 Christmas Greetings 2020 Health & Wellness 2014 He never said anything bad about anyone. In the early 1950s, Willie Seaberry, known as Poor (Po') Monkey, began to operate the unused sharecropper house as a lounge. He will really be missed in this area and he will truly be missed by the Delta Center. Best Area Professionals 2019 Bolivar County deputy coroners Ted Ray and Murry Roark found … Willie Seaberry, owner of Po' Monkey's juke joint in Bolivar County, has died. His friendship transcended racial and gender differences. 2010 To The Rescue Back to Back MSU Women's Basketball Back to School 2017 MERIGOLD, Miss. Salute to Industry 2013 In that building everyone was friends for a night even if they just saw each other that one time,” she said. Dining Guide 2013 Click to Read More All photography by Will Jacks. "People were concerned and went there and opened the door and found him in the bed. Voters Guide 2017 Destinations 2010 Please enable JavaScript and reload this page. The juke joint was founded in the early 1960s and was one of the last rural juke joints in the Mississippi Delta. He was a simple man and he led a good simple life. “He was such a kind man and a true Delta character. The authentic jookhouses that dotted the Delta landscape eventually disappeared—all but Po’ Monkey’s. Shopping Guide 2014 Salute to Industry 2011 2017 High School Football Preview 2012 TOP STORIES Home & Garden 2016 It didn’t matter if they were from Germany, Mississippi, or a local. His namesake juke was also his home in Merigold, Mississippi, but on Thursday nights, the sharecropper’s shack would come alive with all the sights and sounds one would expect in the Delta. Time of Your Life 2010 Lifelong farmer and owner of one of the last remaining juke joints in the country, Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry has died at the age of 74. Evidence of planned attack on Capitol undercuts Dems' incitement claim He was a simple man and he led a good simple life.”. Insight magazine is a resource for living in the Golden Triangle area. Home & Garden 2011 Willie Seaberry passed away in July 2016 on a Thursday night, known as “Family Night,” a special time when locals and tourists from around the country and the world would gather at the storied … at First Baptist Church Merigold Cemetery Merigold Cemetery Merigold under the direction of Byas Funeral Home … Back to School 2016 Salute to Industry 2017 Willie “Po Monkey” Seaberry of Marigold entered into eternal rest July 12, 2016, at his home in Marigold on Po Monkey Road. to 6:00p.m. RIP. C Spire sues Lowndes for allegedly violating internet agreement, 3. ", "Mr. Seaberry was a great friend to the Delta Center," said Leigh Aylward with the Delta Center Culture and Learning. Founded in 1963, Po’ Monkey’s Lounge was one of the last rural juke joints in the Mississippi Delta, wedged between a cotton field and a gravel road just over a mile west of Merigold, Mississippi. Lingo Juke joints (pronounced “juhk joints”): a bar with music, often from a jukebox, and dancing. ", Roark said he's known Seaberry for about 50 years. It didn't matter if they were from Germany, Mississippi, or a local. "He always had a positive attitude. Deputy Coroners Ted Ray and Murry Roark tell The Clarion-Ledger they found Seaberry … Inscription. ‘Hello, my wonderful social justice warriors’: School sued over critical race theory instruction, Sen. James Lankford apologizes to Black community after opposing Electoral College vote, Evidence of planned attack on Capitol undercuts Dems' incitement claim, Big Tech declares war: 'Woke capitalism instead of freedom', ‘Wipe people out’: Republicans blast Big Tech’s bid to ‘erase’ Trump, supporters, Day of reckoning looms for Capitol Police after Congress stormed by protesters. Seaberry (b. Quiz: Can you pass a U.S. Constitution test. Seaberry ran Po’ Monkey’s Lounge for more than fifty years, opening his juke joint in the 1960s. Health & Wellness 2016 The cause of death is as-of-yet unconfirmed, though it is believed to be a heart attack. Salute to Veterans 2015 1941) worked as a farmer and … ", 1. Violence plays right into the Saul Alinksy-loving Left’s hands, Team Trump and Team Black Lives Matter are more alike than you think. High School Football Preview 2017 MERIGOLD -- Willie Seaberry, owner of Po' Monkey's juke joint in Bolivar County, has died. Best Area Professionals 2016 Best of the Triangle 2016 - Kellie Carr, director of Tourism for the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, said Seaberry’s death was a loss for the entire Delta and the state. Before the death of the lounge’s owner, Willie Seaberry, in 2016, it was a mandatory stop on the constant blues pilgrimage that flows through the Delta. Health and Welness 2019 Roark said it appears he had a heart attack earlier this week. Health and Wellness 2020 Copyright 2021 The Commercial Dispatch Publishing CompanyPrivacy Policy & Terms of Use, Progress Magazine | Friendly City Mini Warehouses | 662TIX, 1. Insight 2019 „« Willie was born on August 24, 1940 and passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016. 2016 Salute to Veterans Home and Garden 2020 FYI 2009. Dining Guide 2010 Po’ Monkey’s Lounge started in 1963 as a local joint for a predominantly black clientele. (Enlarged Map: Poor Monkey's and Merigold) The building is made of unpainted cypress planks, roofed with corrugated galvanized steel that is often referred to as a "tin." Unity Park names honorees for 2021 STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, More popular content      Suggest a story. High School Football Preview 2013 Associated Press High School Football Preview College Football Preview 2010 Bridal Guide 2011 Henry "Gip" Gipson, Willie "Po Monkey" Seaberry, Bobby Rush. A cultural behemoth despite its humble appearance, it closed in 2016 following the death of its proprietor, Willie Seaberry ( read our … We were actually headed to his place on a bus last night before we heard the horrible news. "He was supposed to open up last night," Roark said Friday. According to a listing on the Mississippi Blues Trail website, the lounge “played an integral role in the development of the blues, offering a distinctly secular space for people to socialize, dance, and forget their everyday troubles.”, “Mr. Bourdain with John Ruskey of the Quapaw Canoe Company. (Publications will be opened in a new window), Other special sections available online It's not the same without him," Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell told The Bolivar Commercial. Quiz: Are you smarter than an 8th grader? Salute to Veterans 2020 He was such a great ambassador of the Delta and we loved all the time we had with him. You never heard a sour thing come out of his mouth against anyone. The lounge, which opened in 1963, got its name from Seaberry’s nickname, which is Po’ Monkey. 2015 College Football Preview Outside of Merigold, Mississippi, off an unmarked dirt road, stands Po’ Monkey’s, perhaps the most famous house in Mississippi and the last rural juke joint in the state, now closed to the public. Willie attracted blues lovers, locals, college students and more at “Po Monkey’s”. What was so wonderful about him was that he made everyone feel welcome. "He was such a kind man and a true Delta character. Health & Wellness 2013 Willie “Po Monkey” Seaberry, the owner of Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, died in July 2016. Quiz: US Citizenship Test - Could You Pass? Christmas Greetings 2018 His friendship transcended racial and gender differences. College Football Preview 2013 Willie hadn’t been heard from since Tuesday morning, Deputies went to Po Monkeys and found him in his Joke Joint Home that he opened up in 1963. 2010 Dining Guide Lowndes County Voter Guide 2015 "He really brought the place to life and gave it a personality. Salute to Veterans 2018 Back to School 2010 2017 Salute to Veterans Insight 2019 JavaScript is required for full functionality on this website, but scripting is currently disabled. WaterWays 2019 He'd been there since Tuesday. 2018 How to Choose Salute to Industry 2010 Po' Monkey's is located just west of the town of Merigold. Back to School 2018 He was such a great ambassador of the Delta and we loved all the time we had with him.”, Roark said he’s known Seaberry for about 50 years. We were actually headed to his place on a bus last night before we heard the horrible news. Shopping Guide 2018 Best of the Triangle Back to School 2011 “We loved sharing his place with visitors from all over the country. Best of the Triangle 2015 How to Choose 2014 Salute to Industry 2015 ©Will Jacks, Po’ Monkey Keeping Watch, Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry’s club opened in the early 60’s and grew from a handful of farm worker patrons to a destination location for travelers from around the world.Each night, Willie was present, making sure the place was comfortable for all who entered. Salute to Industry 2014 Deputy Coroners Ted Ray and Murry Roark tell The Clarion-Ledger they found Seaberry late Thursday in his back bedroom at the lounge. 2010 FYI - C Spire sues Lowndes for allegedly violating internet agreement COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY, 3. Willie Seaberry, known in Merigold, Miss., as Po’ Monkey, is the longtime proprietor of his namesake juke joint, which attracts local fans of rhythm and blues music and tourists seeking the … He added a lot to our travel and tourism here and he was also just a really great guy. Back to School 2014 What was so wonderful about him was that he made everyone feel welcome. Best of the Triangle 2011 By ordering or viewing, you agree to … High School Football Preview 2018 He added a lot to our travel and tourism here and he was also just a really great guy. 1941) worked as a farmer and operated the club, where he continued to live, at night. How to Choose 2016 2015 High School Football Preview Buy HD $14.99. Friday, July 15, 2016, Joe Biden missed many opportunities to learn about son’s business dealings. “He was an icon in the Delta and he will be dearly missed. "He was an icon in the Delta and he will be dearly missed. More purchase options. Salute to Industry 2019 High School Football Preview 2011 (AP) - Willie Seaberry, owner of Po’ Monkey’s juke joint in Bolivar County, has died. The Mississippi Business Journal reports that the heirs of Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry, who died in 2016, have decided to sell the furnishings, including things like the exterior signs. Po' Monkey's was a juke joint in unincorporated Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States, outside of Merigold. MR. WILLIE SEABERRY (1941-2016) opened his juke joint in 1963. Today's Woman 2010 Now that he has passed, the future of the juke is in question. Dining Guide 2015 College Football Preview 2011 Pompeo calls on world to stand up against Iran’s threat to expel U.N. inspectors, Trump says he won’t attend Biden’s inauguration, Mark Steyn rips media’s ‘citadel of democracy’ framing of Capitol: ‘It’s a citadel of crap’, Dominion sues pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation. Every Thursday night since the early 60’s Willie Seaberry welcomed visitors to his juke joint, Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, which is surrounded on three sides by a cotton field and on the fourth by a gravel road. College Football Preview 2018 Deputy Coroners Ted Ray and Murry Roark tell The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/29Ch7BY ) they found Seaberry late Thursday in his back bedroom at the lounge. How to Choose 2019 Willie Seaberry, owner of Po' Monkey's juke joint in Bolivar County, has died. Salute to Industry 2016 Big Tech declares war: 'Woke capitalism instead of freedom', “He was supposed to open up last night,” Roark said Friday. Seaberry ran Po’ Monkey’s Lounge for more than fifty years, opening his juke joint in the 1960s. Among those voices is a particularly iconic one: the late Willie Seaberry, better known as Po’ Monkey, proud proprietor of the legendary jook joint Po’ Monkey’s Lounge in Merigold, Mississippi. I think that that was so indicative of our area that we had this man full of life and personality. 8Th grader same without him, '' Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell told the Commercial. 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