God called Floyd Wayne Earnest, 86, of Newton, home at 2:45p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at the Newton Rest Haven, Newton.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Crain Funeral Home, Newton. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, July 24, at Crain Funeral Home, with Masonic Rites at 8 p.m. given by Newton Lodge No. 216 and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Newton, with military rites by Jasper Post 20 of the American Legion. Memorial gifts may be made to the Falmouth United Methodist Church or to Newton Free Methodist Church.
Mr. Earnest was born on April 12, 1927, in Arcola, the son of Wayne and Opal (Webster) Earnest. He married Wanda Lee Kibler on Sept. 22, 1946. She preceded him in death on July 6, 2002. He lived in Arcola from 1927-33; 1933-41 went to Jones School House; 1941-45 attended and graduated Newton High School; 1945-46 was in the Seabees stationed in the Philippines and China during World War II; 1946-51 he worked at various jobs; 1951-52 he owned the Texaco Gas Station in Newton; 1953-56 he worked for Babb’s Ford Tractor in Newton; 1956-62 he was a farmer; 1963-67 he worked at Rich-law (FS) in Newton; then went back to farming in 1967-69; 1970 he worked for Webster Ford in Newton; 1971-74 he worked at Marshall Funeral Home, Newton; 1974-1990 he was the Transportation Director for Jasper County Unit 1 Schools until his retirement. While performing a variety of jobs, Floyd remained a farmer.
Memberships include the Falmouth United Methodist Church, American Legion, Newton Masonic Lodge for 33 years, Jasper County Farm Bureau, and ASCME retirees; former member of the Rotary, ROVA American Vets, Lions, Kiwanis, N.A.P.T., Jasper County HIA and Newton Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Earnest is survived by children, Darrel L. Earnest (wife, Nancy) of Newton, Terry A. Earnest (wife, Debbie) of Highlands, Texas, Marsha A. Candrl (husband, Ron) of Wentzville, Mo., Rebecca S. Wilson (husband, Carl) of Dieterich, and Kevin F. Earnest (wife, Brenda) of Newton; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and brothers, Norman Earnest (wife, Myrna) of Olney, Neil Earnest (wife, Barb) of Mt. Carmel, Don Earnest (wife, Donna) of Florissant, Mo.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Eric S. Earnest; an infant brother; and granddaughter, Christina Earnest.
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