Harold Easterling

Published 4:23 pm Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Graveside services were held Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel for Mr. Harold Easterling, 70, who died Friday, June 11, 2021, at Brandon Court Nursing Facility in Brandon.  Rev. James Dampeer officiated with interment following in Griffith Cemetery.  Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Harold Easterling was born to the late Marse and Marie Hall Easterling.  He joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church at an early age and later moved his membership to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, where he served as custodian and Sunday School teacher.

Mr. Easterling was a 1969 graduate of J. E. Johnson High School in Prentiss and later attended Prentiss Institute. He was married to Florence Whitlock Easterling in 1970; two children were born to this union.  He was a Stud Supervisor at Georgia Pacific in Taylorsville, for several years prior to moving to Gary, Indiana. He was also employed at Howard Industries in Laurel, as a Coil Winder until his health declined and later returned as a security guard until his demise.

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He was preceded in death by one brother, Marse Easterling Jr.

He is survived by three daughters and two sons, Shonda Easterling of Carrollton, Texas; LaTonja M. Easterling and Lillian Easterling both of Hattiesburg; Derrick Whitlock of Taylorsville, and Justin Easterling of Jackson; three brothers, Floyd (Yvonne) Easterling of Anniston, Alabama, Marvin Easterling of Prentiss and Eddie Fry of Collins; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.