TUPELO – James Allen ""Jim"" Easley, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at his residence in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was born on Dec. 23, 1934, in Bloomdale, Ohio, to Vance M. Easley and Hazel L. Mellott Easley. He graduated from Bloomdale High School, served two years in the U.S. Army and later attended Tiffin University where he studied electrical engineering. His working career included 38 years with Cooper Tire and Rubber Company. He began in the Findlay, Ohio, headquarters and was among the first to relocate to Tupelo when Cooper began their operations locally in 1984. Upon retirement, he was chief electrical engineer at Cooper. He and his wife, Edie, were faithful active members of Cornerstone United Methodist Church on President Street for many years. He was a committed family man enjoying many hours of pleasure with his children and grandchildren. He literally built computers and devoted an entire room in his home to computers and technology. His grandchildren especially would gather on weekends and endlessly play computer games with their grandfather. He was skilled with using his hands, making and flying radio airplanes and cars. He loved the outdoors and the family enjoyed many years boating at Bay Springs and other area waterways. He was a longtime active member of the White Tail Shooting Club at Guntown. Very civic minded, he served 16 years on Tupelo's Traffic Committee. His selfless service to his family, his company, his church and community will long be remembered.
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A service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Cornerstone United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ginger Holland and Pastor Harpole McMullin officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at Cornerstone United Methodist Church. A private graveside service will be on Wednesday, March 5, at Knollcrest Memorial Gardens near Findlay, Ohio. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Edith ""Edie"" Easley of Tupelo, whom he married in Fostoria, Ohio, on Aug. 4, 1957; his daughter, Theresa ""Terri"" Beauvais (Rick) of Tupelo; two sons, Kip B. Easley and Darren V. Easley (Laurie), all of Tupelo; sister, Diane Newman (Bob) of Springfield, Ohio; sister-in-law, Carol Easley of Cincinnati, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Anna Shuab (Jimmy), Andrew Easley, Dylan Beauvais, Belle Beauvais, Heather Munkus, Victoria Easley and Joshua Easley; three great-grandchildren, Isabella Munkus, Matthew Easley and Kaylee Clifton; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Ron Easley.
Pallbearers will be sons, grandsons and his son-in-law.
Memorials may be made to Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 1601 President Ave., Tupelo, MS 38801 or Sanctuary Home Hospice, 4975 W. Main St., Suite B, Tupelo, MS 38801.
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Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Feb. 28, 2014
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