The Passing of Wiiliam "Bill" Earnest III
William Curtis Earnest III, 74, went to be with the lord on October, 1, 2013. William was born on May 17, 1939 in Bunkie, LA to Mr. William C. Earnest Jr. and Mrs. Gladys Poole Earnest. He graduated from LSU in 1961 with a degree in Forestry then went on to fly Jets in the Air Force. After leaving the Air Force he became a Forestry Consultant, worked as a Salesman for Texaco for 21 years and later served as South Mississippi Regional Director for Ducks Unlimited from 1985 until 2002 with over 20 years of service and volunteering for Ducks Unlimited.
William was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Shriner Wahabi Temple, Blue Lodge and a member of First United Methodist Church in Clinton. William had a wonderful sense of humor and was always there to help someone in need, whether it was transporting Children to the Shriner Hospitals or just being there for a neighbor. He always liked to hunt deer, duck and turkey, fish and was an avid gardener. He was also very proud of becoming a Black Belt in Karate. William spent every morning reading the Bible while holding his beloved cat, Elvis. He always said his purpose in life was "leading others to Christ." William was very active with his men's Bible study group in trying to get the BGEA organization to come to Clinton. He took part in the Bill Glass Champions of life prison ministry and the Kairos Prison Ministry.