Born July 12, 1923 in Ocean Springs, Jerry O’Keefe began a life that helped shape the Mississippi Coast in the 20th century. His family has owned O’Keefe Funeral home since the early 1900s. In 1957 he bought his major competitor’s business, creating Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Homes. That happened after he enlisted in the U.S. Navy following the attack on Pearl Harbor….
…He launched a political career in 1960, serving one term as a member of the house in the Mississippi Legislature. After serving the state, he returned home to resume his business and civic activities. He was elected the mayor of Biloxi in 1973. As a two term mayor, O’Keefe made his mark steering Biloxi through eight eventful years.