Capron – David Few Easterling, Sr., 89, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2018 with his loving wife of 27 years, Mary Jo Laughter Easterling, by his side. Born in Monroe, Louisiana on June 11, 1928 to the late Henry and Helen Easterling, and raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, he was preceded in death by his son David F. Easterling, Jr.
David Sr. served in the United States Army as a paratrooper from 1946-47 during the occupation of Japan, after which he enrolled in Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1948. In 1950 he was “called up” for service once again for the Korean War. Returning to T.C.U. in 1952 and graduating in 1953, David received his college degree and began a 34 year career of teaching high school and a legendary career in coaching football and baseball in Texas. During his tenure he won the 1974 State Championship for South Grand Prairie High School in baseball. After retiring, David moved to Southampton County, Virginia where he came “out of retirement” to coach football and baseball at Southampton Academy for 10 years, where he assisted in winning two State Football and two State Baseball championships. He also volunteered in coaching little league baseball. During his lifetime Coach “E”, as he was affectionately called by his players, influenced countless young men in athletics, character, and integrity. He paced the sidelines, his hand on a young man’s shoulder telling him what he expected him to do on the field. With his quick wit, great one-liners, and boundless spirit, he was a friend to everyone that knew him. He was an avid TCU Horned Frog, Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers fan, a lifelong South Grand Prairie Warrior, and a Southampton Academy Raider. He was a member of Capron United Methodist Church where he taught the men’s Sunday school class and sang in the church choir. He was a member of the Capron Ruritan Club. He also had a love and compassion for animals.
Left to cherish his memory are his children Duane (Jan) Easterling, Dawn (Randy) Johnson, Dana Easterling, six granddaughters, seven great grandchildren, and brother Don Easterling. Viewing will be held at Wright Funeral Home in Franklin from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2018 at Capron United Methodist Church. The burial will be held at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallax, TX at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Capron United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 159, Capron, VA 23829, Southampton Academy Athletic Fund, Southampton Academy, 26495 Old Plank Road, Courtland, VA 23837, or PAC (Partners Among Cats and Canines), P.O. Box 1133, Franklin, VA 23851.