James Allen “Jim” Easley, 79, of Tupelo, Miss., died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at his residence in Tupelo after a brief illness. Mr. Easley was born on Dec. 23, 1934 in Bloomdale to Vance M. Easley and Hazel L. Mellott Easley. He married Edith “Edie” Easley, on Aug. 4, 1957 in Fostoria.
Survivors include his wife; his daughter, Theresa “Terri” Beauvais (Rick), of Tupelo; two sons, Kip B. Easley and Darren V. Easley (Laurie), all of Tupelo; a sister, Diane Newman (Bob), of Springfield; sisters-in-law, Carol Easley, of Cincinnati, and Joyce Kidd, of Fostoria; seven grandchildren, Anna Shaub (Jimmy), Andrew Easley, Dylan Beauvais, Belle Beauvais, Heather Munkus (Jake), 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.
He graduated from Bloomdale High School; served two years in the U. S. Army; and, he 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 headquarters and was among the first to relocate to Tupelo when Cooper began their operations locally in l984. Upon retirement, he was chief electrical engineer at Cooper.
Jim and his wife Edie were faithful active members of the 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. In his spare time, 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, Mr. Easley served 16 years on Tupelo’s Traffic Committee.
His selfless service to his family; his company; his church; and, his community will long be remembered.
A private graveside service will take place at Knollcrest Memorial Gardens near Findlay on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, with a memorial service afterward at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church on Ohio 18 in Bloomdale, OH. A Celebration of Jim Easley’s Life Luncheon will follow at the Bloomdale Community Building. A Celebration of Life Service will be at Cornerstone UMC in Tupelo on Saturday, March 1, with Holland Funeral Directors entrusted with arrangements.
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 Street, Suite B, Tupelo, MS 38801.
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