Services for Edward G. Havard, Sr., 94, of Natchez, who died Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Magnolia House, will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Webber and the Rev. Dillon Wickliffe officiating.
Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. Tuesday until time of service at the funeral home.
Mr. Havard was born March 8, 1920 in Amite County, MS the son of William Lee and Sarah Addie Reeves Havard. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army Serving 3 years in the Pacific during World War II. He was a long time member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Mr. Havard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 62 years, Billie Jean Havard, brothers, Walter Lee Sr. and wife, Lorraine, Carol James and wife, Margie, John Stanford, sister Josie Umberger Seals and husband, W L Umberger and Mac Seals and sister-in-law Doris Havard.
Survivors include one daughter Jeannine Havard Brooks and husband, Craig; one son Edward Havard Jr. and wife, Robyn; four grandchildren, Arden Brooks Turner and husband, Jason, Adam Brooks, Derek Havard and Weston Havard. Three great-grandchildren, Conner, Cole and Jessica Turner. He is also survived by a sister Camille Havard and one brother O. G. Havard and wife, Martha; a sister-in-law Hazel Havard and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a long time employee of Armstrong Tire and Rubber Company, retiring in 1982. A quiet, reserved man, who until recent years, was blessed with good health during his extended life which enabled him to enjoy his interest. These included outdoor activities such as hunting, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren during their formative years. He was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves, the Saints, Ole Miss Rebels, MSU Bulldogs and any pro quarterback with Mississippi roots.
Other than his family his greatest joy was his love for gospel, country and bluegrass music which enabled him to play and entertain with friends, family and others with similar interest. This was his ministry and hallmark of his siblings and parents.
Pallbearers are Adam Brooks, Jason Turner, Derek Havard, Weston Havard, Guy Havard and Johnny Havard, and Ronnie Havard.
Honorary Pallbearers are Arden Brooks Turner, Conner Turner, Cole Turner, Walter Havard, Jr., and Joe Havard.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to his sister Camille Havard for her constant and loving support. And to Dr. Barry Tillman, and the staffs of Promise Hospital, Magnolia House and Compassionate Care Hospice for their kindness and loving support.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church or to a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be sent to lairdfh.com.