Earnest James Baxley Sr.

Mr. Earnest James Baxley Sr., age 80 of Winnfield, Louisiana, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Born Saturday, July 2, 1938, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, he was a member of First Baptist Church of Winnfield.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Earl and Nellie Baxley; brother, Louis Earl Baxley; and son, Jay Baxley. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 53 years, Carolyn Crooks Baxley; daughter Kristy Baxley Avant and husband Terry; granddaughters, Kalyn and Karly Avant and Olivia Baxley; sister, Nell Baxley Stadtlander of Jonesboro as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Earnest was a 1957 graduate of Winnfield High School and a 1964 graduate of Northwestern State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He was a logger for over 40 years and was the owner and operator of Winn Timber Company. Upon retirement, he was also the trucking manager for Diamond B Construction in Alexandria, Louisiana.

He was an avid sports fan and loved working in the yard, but his favorite thing of all was following around his three granddaughters and watching their activities.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Winnfield with Rev. Steven Smithson and Rev. John Holland officiating. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories in Winnfield.

Serving the family as pallbearers were Trae Schneider, Shane Davis, Zachary Kendrick, Jerry Lemoine, Dr. Barry Bieber, and Bill Rogers.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.southernfuneralhome.com.

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