VARDAMAN – Bro. Dale Easley, 66, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. He was born May 22, 1946, in Calhoun County.
He was a graduate of Calhoun City High School, Mississippi College and New Orleans Theological Seminary. He was blessed by God with a special gift of shepherding and he always knew the right thing to say. He enjoyed quail hunting and woodworking. Always thrifty, he handcrafted cedar cribs for his grandchildren and biodiesel to fuel his vehicles. He was devoted to his family, his grandchildren, his community and his ministry.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Vardaman High School Gymnasium with the Rev. Jeff Gilder and the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in the Old Bethany Cemetery next to New Hope Church in Webster County. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary Douglas Mallory Easley of Vardaman; his daughters, Joan Hughes, Janice (Jeff) Sandoval and Johanna (Eric) Van Iderstine; his grandchildren, Kelson and Bryce Hughes, Dawn, Andrew, Reagan, James and Nathan Dal Van Iderstine; two brothers, Larry (Barbara) Easley of Jackson and Lee (Dorothy) Easley of Calhoun City; one sister, Yvonne Easley Vance of Water Valley; and a sister-in-law, Diane Easley of Calhoun City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady Lee Easley Sr. and Frances Vernon Chandler Easley, and a brother, Jessie Price Easley.
Pallbearers will be Robert Easley, Ronnie Easley, Melvin R. “Pork Chop” Falkner, Jimmy Mawk, Joe Smith, Billy Paul Spencer and Tony Watkins. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons; John Jasper Adams, Danny Bailey, Jim Blue, James M. Casey, Hubert Gann, Pete Gibson, Rodney Gillespie, Bill Gore, Jeff Hamilton, Jim Fred Hamilton, Jerry Hamilton, Brent Harrell, Bob Hollingsworth, Charles Hollis, Franklin Hollis, M.B. Martin, Jimmy Don McGreger, Mike Mitchell, Ray Sutherland, Kenny Tallent, DeWyane Winter and Randle Wright.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the Vardaman First Baptist Church in Vardaman.
A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday, Jan. 16, Chickasaw Journal.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the children and youth programs at Vardaman First Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.