|Birth: ||Apr. 14, 1927|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 2013|
Henry Woodson Earle, Jr., 85, died March 3, 2013, at the Holmes County Hospital in Lexington, MS. Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2013, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Southern Funeral Home in Lexington. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 6, at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church in Lexington.
Mr. Earle was born on April 14, 1927 to Henry Woodson Earle, Sr. and Minta Brazil Earle. He graduated from Clarksdale High School and spent the next 15 months in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the Navy he attended Ole Miss on a football scholarship. He transferred his scholarship to Delta State Teacher's College where he was a member of the tennis, diving and football teams.
After graduating from Delta State College in 1951, Earle moved to Lexington where he made it his home for the next 62 years. According to Mr. Earle his calling in life was to work with young people. At Lexington High School he coached football, basketball and track. He coached football at Lexington High School for 17 years and served two years as Athletic Director.
Coach Earle spent 14 years at Holmes Junior College as a math instructor and assistant academic dean. After retiring Earle joined Central Holmes Academy as Head football and track coach. He spent 5 years at Central Holmes Academy winning State Championships in football and track. Coach Earle also taught swimming lessons at the Holmes Country Club for 50 years.
Earle was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as Sunday School teacher, MYF teacher and Lay Leader.
During his life he had many achievements. Among them were: Eagle Scout Rank, inducted into Delta State's Coaches Hall of Fame, Home Town Hero and Distinguished Service Award in 1991 at Holmes Community College.
Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Lillie Reed Earle.
Surviviors include daughters, Ann Stringer of Canton, Minta Davis (Glenn) of Wesson and Woody Lew Ruschewski (Bruce) of Benton; grandchildren, Reed Stringer (Emily), Woody Stringer (Jessie), Micah Davis, Ann Shelby Davis, Bennett Ruschewski and Bruce Ellis Ruschewski; great grandchildren; Smith Stringer and Banks Stringer. He is also survived by a special childhood friend, Hugh Ellis Walker, of Cleveland , MS.
Coach Earle was a loving and devoted husband and father, loving grandfather to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, faithful friend, and a man of the highest order. He left a lasting legacy to all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Serving as pallbearers, Johnny Allen, Don Barrett, Pat Barrett, Jr., Phil Cohen, Bill Davis, David Dillon, Harold Hammett, Jr. and Bootsy Hooker. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Yates, Charles Carson, Tommy Griffin, Will McWilliams, Fred Powers, Wayne Rhea and Tony Woo.
The family would like to thank the staff of Lexington Manor for their excellent and loving care of "Mr. Coach." The family would also like to thank Lois Hayes for her loving and unselfish devotion to our daddy.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Woodson Earle Endowment Fund at Delta State University Foundation, DSU Box 3141, Cleveland, MS 38733, Central Holmes Christian School, P.O. Box 279, Lexington, MS 39095, and The First United Methodist Church, 108 Tchula Street, Lexington, MS 39095.
Published in Clarion Ledger on March 5, 2013.
Henry Woodson Earle
Minta B. Earle (1899 - 1979)
Created by: Ron (Ronnie Lee) Collins
Record added: Mar 05, 2013
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