Willie Belle Easler
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Willie Belle "Will" Dukes Easler, beloved wife of Charles J. "Jim" Easler, Jr., mother and grandmother, went home to see God on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
Born on September 28, 1935 inGreeleyville, SC, she was a daughter of the late Doris E. and Ila McCants Dukes.
She was one of five Dukes siblings, three sisters and two brothers; Margaret and husband, Ron Shirlaw of Florence, Hayward and wife, Carolyn Dukes of Columbia, Dorothea and husband, Keith Phillips of Columbia, Annette and husband, Jimmy Kirby of Kingstree, and Bobby and wife, Toby Dukes of Kingstree.
At Greeleyville High School, Willie Belle was known for her love of basketball and beauty pageants. While working with the South Carolina Highway Department in Columbia, she turned her attention to Lt. Charles J. Easler, Jr. and they were married January 26, 1957, and soon set out for a life of crisscrossing the country, military base to military base, often in a different state each year, 12 cities altogether, and raising two sons.
Charles James Easler III "Jaimey" was born in Honolulu, HI. He married Katherine Walton of Mount Pleasant, and they live near Chapel Hill, NC. Their son Michael was born at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. He married Charlotte Tyner, and they have two children, Evans Hunter Easler and Karis Malinda Easler and they live in Greenville.
In raising her sons, Will Easler was a stay-at-home Mom giving them the maximum love and attention. She also loved her grandchildren dearly.
As an Army wife, with frequent reassignments, she had the opportunity to work with church youth groups and teach Sunday School in four states, and was a member of the Aldersgate Class at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Greenville for more than 35 years. During her years as an empty nester (between children and grandchildren) she enjoyed working at Belk at Haywood Mall, where she'd see and talk cheerily with the people of Greenville daily.
In the role of caregiver, she spent several years with her brothers and sisters caring for her mother and father going back and forth from Greenville to Greeleyville. Time spent with these parents and siblings talking of days past,
Services will be Friday, June 28th at St. Matthew United Methodist Church at 1:00pm with the Reverends Steven Brown, Cameron Treece and Edward McCutcheon officiating. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11:30am until 12:45pm prior to the service in the church parlor.
The family wishes to express appreciation to the ICU staff of St. Francis East Hospital and to the Hospice Staff at the McCall House.
You may wish to make a memorial to
, or to St. Matthew United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be sent to mackeymortuary. com The Mackey Mortuary
Published in The Greenville News from June 27 to June 28, 2013