Dr. William R. Eure
Dr. William R. Eure, 87, of Hattiesburg, MS, passed away on April 7th, 2018 at his home. Dr. Eure was a skilled and compassionate physician, with unwavering love and dedication to his family. Dr. Eure was born in Hattiesburg in 1930. Always industrious, he worked in a variety of part-time jobs beginning at age nine, including delivering newspapers, serving at a soda fountain, and stocking shelves. Supported by his mother and by his church family, he graduated from Hattiesburg High School and attended Mississippi Southern College (now USM). In 1951, he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving two years of active duty and eight years in the reserves. In 1952 he married Elaine Brumfield of Columbia, MS. Their 65 year union was a wonderful model of love, mutual respect, and commitment. After his active military service, he returned to USM, earning a BS in chemistry in 1954 and the M.D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1958. After completing an internship, he established a practice in Bay Springs, MS, where he provided family medical care for 31 years. Dr. Eure was a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and maintained his board certification throughout his career. He was active in peer review organizations on the state level. He made house calls and frequently saw patients at his home after hours, and he mentored medical students from the UM School of Medicine. Dr. Eure was instrumental in establishing Jasper General Hospital, and he served several terms as Chief of Staff. In his three decades of medical practice, he was loved for his compassion and respected for his meticulous attention to detail. He was the epitome of a caring family doctor. Dr. and Mrs. Eure were avid rosarians while living in Bay Springs, with a beautiful garden of more than 500 rose bushes. They exhibited their roses at shows throughout the United States, winning many honors including “Queen of the Show” in a national competition, the award for the finest rose in the country! They were nationally accredited judges in the American Rose Society. As charter members of the Hattiesburg Area Rose Society, they served in many leadership and service positions, and assisted with the planning and development of the USM Rose Garden. After retiring to Hattiesburg in 1990, the Eures continued to be involved in the community. As an advocate of lifelong education, Dr. Eure chaired the steering committee that produced what is now known as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM, and the Eures attended and taught numerous courses there. Dr. and Mrs. Eure helped organize The Retirement Connectors, a branch of Pine Belt Area Development, and in 1998, they were recognized by Governor Fordice as Volunteers of the Year for Hattiesburg. Dr. Eure became a Christian at the age of 12 and was confident of God’s guidance throughout his life. He lived out his faith in his family life, in his medical practice, and in his church. He served as a deacon and deacon chairman at Bay Springs Baptist Church, as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Hattiesburg, and as a Sunday School teacher in both churches for decades. He prepared Sunday school lessons with the same zeal and devotion as in his practice of medicine. The Eures enjoyed singing in church choirs in both Bay Springs and Hattiesburg. In the last decade of his life, Dr. Eure was active at Temple Baptist Church. He used his gregarious personality to greet worshipers until his illness made him unable to stand and open the church door. He enjoyed worship and the fellowship of other Christians in his Sunday School class. Even though he was a persuasive leader, he was also a vital helper, encourager, and counselor behind the scenes as well—for his family, former patients, and friends. Even 28 years after his retirement, he remained the “go to guy” for those who sought advice on a wide variety of topics including travel, education, investing, history, and faith.
Dr. Eure was predeceased by his mother, Leila Mae Richardson Eure Conn, father Jessie R. Eure, and son Wayne Alan Eure.
His memory will be cherished by his wife Elaine Eure; son, Donald Craig Eure of Baton Rouge, LA; daughter, Janice Eure Hicks (John) of Meridian, MS; daughter-in-law, Susana Eure of Brownsville, TX; seven grandchildren—Jill Hicks-Keeton (Bart) of Norman, OK; Dave Hicks (Julie) of San Diego, CA; Alice Eure-Becerra (Richard) of Harlingen, TX; William Eure (Landy) of Houston, TX; and Catherine, Whitney, and Victoria Eure of Donaldsonville, LA—as well as four great-grandchildren: Luke and Liam Keeton, and Jude and Eli Hicks.
Funeral services in celebration of his life will be held at Temple Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, on Saturday April 14th at noon, with the Reverend Gary Shows officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:30 AM prior to the service. The private family graveside ceremony will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Tylertown.
Memorials may be made to the Missions Fund or Building Fund of Temple Baptist Church, to Homes of Hope for Children, or to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM.