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Harry Lee "Tadpole" Priest, Jr., 82 of Gloster, Mississippi departed this earthly life on Monday, February 11, 2013 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Visitation is Wednesday from 5:00-8:00 pm at Brown Funeral in Gloster then 10:00 am until service there at 11:00 am on Thursday. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetary in Gloster.
Tadpole was born December 17, 1930 on Priest Hill in Wilkinson County, Mississippi, the first born son of Harry Lee and Essie Partin Priest.
He was a graduate of Beechstand High School and attended University of Southern Mississippi. He retired from Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation in Baton Rouge in 1982 and later established M&T Hauling, Inc. with his wife and co-founded CST Timber Company, Inc. in Gloster.
He was an active member and deacon of Centreville Baptist Church in Centreville, Mississippi. At his church, home and foreign missions work held a special place in his heart. The life he lived was a ministry to everyone he came in contact with and all that he knew.
He was a member of the Mississippi Loggers Association and was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed deer hunting his entire life and had recently taken a few elk and other exotics. He was an accomplished gunsmith and his most recent passion that he shared with special friends has been raising quail for training bird dogs.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Willie Shelton Priest.
He is survived by the love of his life Wilhelmina "Meme" Rebecca Nobles Priest with whom he shared 59 years of marriage, two sons Harry Lee Priest, III and wife Melanie, John Alan Priest and wife, Renee all of Gloster, one daughter Tanya Priest Curry and husband Mark of McComb, nine grandchildren: Jeffrey Priest, Harry Lee "Hunter" Priest, IV, Randy Whetstone, Jr., Christen Priest Anders and husband Nickolas, Jon Adam "Starbuck" Priest and wife Misty, Slade Priest, Tal Priest, Rebecca Curry, and Mark Curry, III, a step granddaughter Katie Curry, five great grandchildren, a sister-in-law Martha Jones Priest of West Point, one nephew Shelton Priest and wife Tara of Tupelo, and a great nephew as well as a host of cousins and friends.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Centreville Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made to Centreville Baptist Church-Missions Fund at P.O. Box 428, Centreville, MS 39631 or a
Published in Clarion Ledger on Feb. 13, 2013