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Edward G. Havard Sr.

March 8, 1920 — April 11, 2014.

NATCHEZ — Services for Edward G. Havard Sr., 94, of Natchez, who died Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Magnolia House, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Webber and the Rev. Dilon Wickliffe officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be noon Tuesday until time of services at the funeral home.

Mr. Havard was born March 8, 1920, in Amite County, the son of William Lee and Sarah Addie Reeves Havard. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, and served three years in the Pacific during World War II. He was a long-time member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

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 interests. Those 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 lay and entertain with friends, family and others with similar interests. This was his ministry and hallmark of his siblings and parents.

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 Jose Umberger Seals and husband, W.L. Umburger, 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 Robin; four grandchildren, Arden Brooks Turner and husband Jason, Adam Brooks, Derek Havard and Weston Havard; three great-grandchildren, Conner, Cole and Jessica Turner; a sister-in-law, Camille Havard; one brother, O.G. Havard and wife Martha; sister-in-law Hazel Havard, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Adam Brooks, Jason Turner, Derek Havard, Weston Havard, Guy Havard, Johnny Havard and Ronnie Havard.

Honorary pallbearers will be Arden Brooks Turner, Conner Turner, Cole Turner, Walter Havard Jr. and Joe Havard.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to his sister, Camille Havard, for her constant and loving support, and to Dr. Barry Tillman and the staffs at 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 a charity of choice.

Online condolences may be made to lairdfh.com.