Billy Ray Easter Sr.
Billy Easter Sr. was born on March 21, 1939 in Merdian, Miss. to Ms. Vasti Easter and Lester Longmire.
He began his journey as a young adult with the values of God and family. On April 7, 1963 he married the love of his life and soul mate, Veronica Williams. To this union they welcomed two children, Cheanice Lovette Easter and Billy Lamar Easter. Years later they adopted his wife's niece, Donna Fisher and the family moved to Portland.
A devoted husband and father, he was ordained as an elder at Faith Tabernacle Church of Portland on July 18, 1984. He served faithfully as an elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, transportation minister and sound engineer. He continued his service at Grace Covenant Fellowship of Portland and Word of Truth Worship Center of Meridian, Miss. He and his wife were faithful members of Agape Storehouse Church, also of Meridian.
He spent his entire career working at Smurfit Stone Container Corporation in Portland, retiring in 2007. He and his loving wife retired to his childhood home of Meridian. He spent much of his time working on cars, reading his Bible, fishing, hanging out with family and friends and sharing the goodness of the lord.
Remembering his legacy are his loving wife, Veronica; daughters Cheanice (Chris) Stone and Donna (Phillip) Thompson; son Billy (Phyllis) Easter; five grandchildren, seven great-grand children, two sisters, one brother and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended church family and friends.
This loving son, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, transcended from his earthly home to his heavenly home on Sept. 30, 2019.