BAY ST. LOUIS — Yancy Leon Pogue, 67, of Bay St. Louis, died March 6, 2020, to join those he loves in an eternal embrace.
Yancy was born in Belzoni to loving parents, Russell and Bessie (Peacock) Pogue. The family moved to Monahans, Texas, to be near his maternal family and stayed until Yancy was school age. Then, Yancy attended elementary and junior high school in Leland, graduating from Leland High School in 1970. He attended Moorehead Junior College and returned to Leland to teach art in the elementary school until he accepted a job in New Orleans as assistant budget director for the American Red Cross. Later, he worked for the Mississippi Task Force on Aids and eventually for Gardner Realtors. His careers reflect his deep desire to help others. Along the way, he owned a pottery shop and continued expressing his love for the arts. He was influenced by Bay St. Louis artist, Telle Johnson, and also the Merigold potters. Yancy was a talented artist, a wonderful cook, and a great brother to Betsy and Donny. He valued family and friends and the love of his life, business partner and spouse of 33 years, Carter Church. Carter (1943-2018) was a Mardi Gras costume designer and Yancy assisted when needed. Yancy also had a deep affection for his animals and all of them were adopted, including a street dog from a visit in Mexico. He said he always chose a pet that he thought no one else would want.
Yancy leaves behind his sister and many friends to honor and cherish his and Carter’s memory. A private ceremony with family will be held at a later date to inter Yancy’s ashes with Carter’s at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Eupora.
In Yancy and Carter’s memory, please donate to The Hancock County Animal Shelter, 7175 Texas Flat Road, Kiln, MS 39556 or Carter’s Mardi Gras Museum: Hancock County Tourism, c/o Myrna Green, P.O. Box 3002, Bay St. Louis, MS 39521.