Connie Storey
Connie Storey
A Neshoba County woman who was mauled to death by a pit bull was remembered as a sweet natured, strong and inspirational woman who centered her life on her children and grandchildren.

Connie Holley Storey, 62, died last Wednesday, Sept. 20  in University Medical Center after being attacked by her son’s pit bull just after midnight on Sept. 9 outside her home off Deemer Road in the Beatline community.

She was apparently attempting to feed the pit bull when he attacked her, Sheriff Tommy Waddell said.

“Her son came home and found her around 1:30 a.m. and called 911,”  he said. “She was able to tell deputies that she was feeding the dog.”

Storey was taken by ambulance to meet an AirCare helicopter at the intersection of Mississippi 19 south and Mississippi 492 at House, Waddell said.

“With the extent of her injuries, it was decided to take her there by ambulance to meet the helicopter so it would get her to Jackson quicker,” he said.

The dog was put down, Waddell said.

Friend Mike Jerrell said he had known Storey since he was 10 or 11 years old when they both attended Neshoba Central.

“Connie was always laughing and talking,” he said. “She was just a real, sweet-natured person. She loved her family.  Her kids and grandkids were pretty much her life. I stayed in contact with her on Facebook. She was just a sweet, kind person.”

Story had  lived in Neshoba County most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pentecostal church.

Her death brought back emotions for Neshoba County Chancery Clerk Guy Nowell, who was attacked by a pit bull in April 2016 at the corner of Main Street and Poplar Avenue after it attacked another person in a truck.

Nowell was saddened by Storey’s death as she was an acquaintance.

“The more I talked to people about it the more fortunate I was when I was attacked,” Nowell said. “It was a similar deal. Both dogs were family pets, supposedly.”

Nowell was on a bike ride near his home on Poplar Avenue with his six-year-old grandson when he witnessed a woman being attacked by a pit bull on the night of April 4, 2016.

He saw a truck parked haphazardly and heard a woman on the ground screaming.

When he approached the woman she was all bloody and crying for help, he said.

A large pit bull jumped out of the passenger side window and “started barreling down on me,” Nowell said.

He hit the dog several times with his bike-gloved hand but it clamped down hard on his right wrist.

When he finally got the dog off of him, Nowell went to care for his arm and his grandson and the dog ran straight back to the woman.

Police officers arrived and were forced to shoot the dog to free the woman.

Nowell and the woman later recovered from their injuries.

Services for Storey were at 11 a.m. Saturday from New Zion United Pentecostal Church.  The Reverends Greg Frazier, Albert Reid and Randall Dunaway  officiated. The Rev. Archie Holley  officiated the graveside.

Burial was in Henry's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services.

She was preceded in death by her father, Junior Holley.

Among her survivors are daughters, Emily Barrier of Meridian and Ashley Barrier of Philadelphia; sons, Kip Barrier of Florence and Josh Storey of Philadelphia; her mother, Evelyn Holley of Philadelphia; sisters, Carolyn Thomas of Madden and Kim Posey of Philadelphia; brothers, Lonnie Holley of Philadelphia and Marty Holley of Panama City, Fla.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.