Bill Easterling

Billy Ray Easterling, 86, of Jasper, Ga., succumbed to Parkinson’s disease at his home on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. The family wish to mourn their loss privately. There will be no visitation or funeral services at this time.

Bill was born July 3, 1931 in Laurel. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1958 and married Barbara June Drennan in 1960. They were married 57 years. Bill began working for Southern Bell after college. His 35-year career culminated to head internal audits for BellSouth in Atlanta.

In retirement, Bill and Barbara became missionaries, serving in Japan, Russia, England, Lithuania and the U.S. Bill was an active member of churches where he lived and enjoyed singing in the choirs and playing piano.In addition to Laurel and Jasper, he was a longtime resident of Griffin, Ga.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Barbara; five children, Carrie Easterling, Bob (Christine) Easterling, William Easterling, Ray Easterling, and Burl (Terri) Easterling; two grandchildren, Robin and Kim; two sisters, Barbara (Don) Smith and Alice (Harry, deceased) Glendenning; and many nieces and nephews.