HOUSTON — Earvin Joseph “E.J.” Earnest, 85, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. He was born March 16, 1928, in Houston.
He married his wife of 62 years, Louise Lowry Earnest, on Sept. 16, 1951. He moved to the Sparta Community in Chickasaw County and with his wife worked many years establishing their family farm. He was a dairy farmer for 33 years then started row-crop farming and raising beef cattle until retirement. He had a great love for his family and a special love for his cats and Ole Miss Rebels. He was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church of Houston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Prospect United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Bro. Rex Wilburn. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Lowry Earnest of Houston; four sons Joe (Linda) Earnest of Greenwood, James (Esther) Earnest, Ed (Valarie) Earnest, and Jack (Anita) Earnest all of Houston; eight grandchildren, Robert (JennaGrace) Earnest, Richard Earnest, Stacey (Jonathan) Storey, Josh (Jana) Earnest, Jordan (fiancée , Tyler Morgan) Earnest, Ben (Leslie) Earnest, Doss (fiancée, Lauren Bright) Earnest, and Carre (Andrew) Roberson; three great-grandchildren, Greyson Storey, Mary Countiss Roberson, and Ella Roberson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earvin Joseph Earnest, Sr. and Easterlene White Earnest Buntin, one brother, Charles Earnest and sisters, Earlene Ragins and Dorothy Dean Cress.
Pallbearers will be Robert Earnest, Richard Earnest, Josh Earnest, Ben Earnest, Doss Earnest, Jonathan Storey, Andrew Roberson, and Tyler Morgan.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Houston Funeral Home, and from 12 -2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at Prospect United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Prospect Cemetery Fund, C/O Bruce Wofford, 1207 Hwy 8 East, Houston, MS, 38851.
Expressions of sympathy maybe left at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com