William L. "Bill" Earney, Jr.
Mr. William L. "Bill" Earney, Jr., age 77, departed this life Tuesday, May 20, 2014 surrounded by his family.
He was born September 28, 1936 to Rubye Branham Earney in Jackson, TN. He had a brother, Jerry Earney of Louisville, KY, who passed in 2002, leaving his 3 children and their families. Bill had a step sister, Nancy Fairchild, and step brother, Tommy Earney of Mexico, and two cousins, David and Ronnie Dyer.
Bill graduated from Jackson High School in June, 1956. After graduation, he married the love of his life, Brynda Brint Earney on June 9, 1957 and was together for 57 years. Bill was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather.
He leaves his wife and 3 children, Mary Ann Pruitt (David), Brint Earney (Shelia) and Michael Earney (Jessica). He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Andrew and Adam Pruitt, Anna, Rachel, Drake and Hunter Earney.
Bill and Brynda lived in Kentucky for 3 years and moved back to Jackson to care for his grandmother, Mrs. Addie Branham. In 1961, Bill went to work at Consolidated Aluminum (Ormet) where he worked until his retirement in 2001. Bill was a member of Malesus Baptist Church where he was very active. He has been a deacon since 1968. He also served as Sunday School Director, RA Leader, Awana Leader, church training, and many other various committees doing any job for his church.
In 1970, Bill began coaching Dixie Youth with his son Brint at Wards Field in Malesus, TN. Malesus Civic Club bought 10 acres of land on Highway 18 and Malesus Park grew. With volunteer help from many men and neighbors, ball fields were formed and the concession stand was built. Bill volunteered his time in the summers, so that many young boys and girls would have a safe place to go and to enjoy America's game! In 1990, Malesus Civic Club gave the land to the City of Jackson where our present park sits. All new ball fields were formed, a community center was built, and a concession stand.
In 1972, under the direction of Malesus Civic Club, Bill became Scout Master of Troop 18 where he remains today. Bill led many boys in his troop and over 100 young men have obtained their Eagle Scout under Bill's direction. He became president of Malesus Civic Club in 1977 until the present. He hauled football equipment for Southside for 22 years, was a volunteer Fireman for 10 years, Dixie Youth District 1 Director for 9 years and delivered Meals on Wheels for 11 years. He received an award from the City of Jackson for community service. Bill also received the Silver Beaver award in 1990 from the Boy Scouts of America. Bill obviously made an impact on so many lives over the years, and will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be at Malesus Baptist Church on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. We want to invite all friends, scouts, and ball players to Malesus Park Field 1 for a celebration of Bill's life - Friday, May 23rd at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Malesus Baptist Church Building Fund or the Boy Scouts of America Troop 18, c/o Malesus Methodist Church.
Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home, 731-424-2424.
Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home
403 East Baltimore Street Jackson, TN 38301
Published in The Jackson Sun from May 22 to May 23, 2014