LORMAN — E.J. “Buddy” McQueen, 83, of Lorman, MS, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A private memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at Marshall Funeral Home at 9 a.m. and proceed on to Natchez National Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.
E.J. “Buddy” McQueen was born March 26, 1937, in McNair, MS to Horace and Jane McQueen. He grew up in Crosby, MS where he graduated from Crosby High School in 1955. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Radd TT operator. After an honorable discharge, Buddy attended Mississippi College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Education. He worked as a teacher and retired as a principal in the Amite County School District in Mississippi. He was truly a ‘jack-of-all-trades’. His passions were photography, woodworking, carpentry, sports, hunting, tending to his garden, and taking care of his beloved cats. He was also an excellent marksman and passed time by restoring old guns. He was fascinated with technology and enjoyed a good debate.
E.J. “Buddy” McQueen met the love of his life and future wife, Julia Mae Piazza in 1970. The two went on to spend the next 50 years together.
Mr. McQueen was preceded in death by his parents Horace and Jane McQueen, two brothers, Horace “Sonny” McQueen and Lester McQueen; and four sisters, Geri O’Brian, Norma Jean McQueen Haydel, Virginia Holm, and Mabel Dobry.
He leaves behind to cherish wonderful memories: his loving wife, Julia McQueen; daughter, Kimberly Jane McQueen of Memphis, TN; son, Dan Vincent McQueen (Debra) of Gretna, LA; Sister-in-laws: Vincentine Acker, Susan Johnson (Wayne), Linda Gardner (Frank) and Estella Orcutt (Eddie); Brother in law: Jimmie Jones (Beulah); He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, and other relatives.
The family would like to acknowledge with sincere gratitude for the acts of kindness and numerous prayers extended to our family during our time of bereavement. Special thanks to Donald Demoss, lifelong friend, and also to the Crosby High School Class of 1955.