James Everette Kerley of Hattiesburg, Mississippi was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the early morning of November 5th. He is no longer encumbered by the ailments and infirmities of ninety-one years of life on earth. His eternal hope is realized and his faith is now sight.
James was born in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, February 9, 1927, to John Forrest Kearley and Cora Ladnier Kearley. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Ann Marie Kearley, and his brothers Forrest, Leo, and Everett Kearley. He is survived by siblings Alfred Kearley, Calvin Kearley, Theresa Kearley Johnson, and June Rose Kearley Kunkle.
He leaves behind his devoted wife of twenty-seven years, Ruth Cole Kerley, daughters Carol Kearley Weaver (Bill), Virginia Moore Thomas (Carl), and sons James Darrell Kearley (Gina), Syrus Joseph Lorraine (Judy), James Chess Moore (Shirley). Twelve grandchildren: Mitchell Bosarge, Shawna Kearley Bynum (Brian), Misty Chafin Newsome (Eric), Bailey Chafin Walk-up (Matt), Michelle Lorraine Walker (Dean), Todd Lorraine (Stacy), Nathaniel Thomas (Becky), Stephen Thomas (Andi), Kailey Thomas Mills (Justin), Amanda Moore Kisner (John), Laurie Elizabeth Moore and Chad Moore, (Alecia). He also enjoyed twenty-six great grandchildren who dearly loved him.
James honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He retired in 1986 as an oil boat captain from Conoco Oil. He was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church in the Oak Grove community of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He also, was a member of the Haynes Masonic Lodge #627 in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, a Shriner and York Rite Mason.
James was known as Pops to his large and blended family and was dearly loved by each one. His wisdom, humor and godly wisdom will be sorely missed.
Services will be held at Hulett Winstead Funeral Home, 205 Bay Street, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 9:30 am. Funeral Service will be at 11:30. Memorials may be donated to the Shriners Burn Hospital in Galveston, Texas.