Pascagoula community helps honor former Councilman Joe Abston’s last wish

The death of 51-year-old former Pascagoula Councilman Joe Abston sparked a community movement to get more COVID vaccine shots in arms.

After having health complications, Abston was admitted to Singing River Health System in Pascagoula. Last Thursday, he was moved to the intensive care unit where he was on a ventilator and 100 percent oxygen.

After ten days in the hospital with COVID-pneumonia, Abston passed away Sunday.

Today, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Singing River Health System, family and friends sponsored a COVID vaccine event encouraging the community to #doitforjoe.

In Joe’s honor, 60 more Mississippians were vaccinated at the Pascagoula High School performing arts center parking lot. Joe’s wife, Missy Abston, said, “Joe didn’t make it through Covid, we buried Joe today. He was my husband; he was the love of my life. We’re doing it for Joe today. I have friends and all of the different organizations that he was in are volunteering because we want people to have a chance to come out and get the shot that they have refused or hadn’t had the chance to get. Joe felt like if he had gotten the shot that maybe he would have had a better chance. One of his last texts to me was ” I should have got the shot, tell everybody get the shot.” So, we’re just asking everybody to come out here and please get the vaccine, give your family a fighting chance. Even if you don’t want it or you’re scared of it, do it for your family.”

Missy says she feels the love from the Pascagoula community as everyone has shown their love and support during this trying time for her family.

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