2018-11-08 / Front Page

From one family to all vets: ‘Thank you for your service’


Members of the Easley family in service to the country span four generations and a total of more than 150 years. Members of the Easley family in service to the country span four generations and a total of more than 150 years. Veterans Day is fast approaching on November 11 and its observance on November 12. Many people have the day off but for those who have served, it is a day of reflection.

The Easley family certainly has a lot to reflect on. Four generations have served for a combined total of 155 years with the Air Force, Army, and Navy.

Military service demands a special kind of sacrifice. The places where you are sent to live and serve can bring risk every day. As airmen, sailors, and soldiers, their assignments have taken them to many different bases and forts throughout the United States of America including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Washington state.

Overseas assignments and deployments include Antigua, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Kosovo, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, and Turkey.

They have served and are serving during World War I, the Korean War, the Gulf War, and Afghanistan, receiving numerous badges, citations, medals, and ribbons, including the National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The first, second, and third generations after fulling their commitments to the Armed Forces went on to focus on family and second careers. They settled their lives in Georgia, Maryland, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. The fourth generation is currently serving in Florida and continues the legacy of service before self.

First generation: Army Corporal Lem Easley (deceased) served 1915- 1917.

Second generation: Private First Class Henry M. Easley served 1952-1954.

Third generation: Retired Army Sergeant First Class Henry M. Easley Jr. served March 1985-December 2008; Retired Army First Sergeant James C. Easley served November 1978-August 1999; Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Sherry L. Easley served June 1979-April 2000; Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Carol Y. Easley-Whitlock served January 1986-March 2010; Retired Air Force Technical Sergeant David L. Easley served August 1984-March 2016; Army Staff Sergeant John F. Easley served June 1986-November 1998.

Fourth Generation: Navy Petty Officer Second Class Eric Easley serving September 2007-present; Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Laronda Proctor-serving 2015-present.

While there is only one day of the year solely to honoring veterans, we must never forget their sacrifices.

From the Easley family to all veterans – Thank you for your service. Thank you for all that you have sacrificed for this great nation. Happy Veterans Day!

(Carol Easley-Whitlock is the daughter of Rev. Henry M. and Jacqueline Easley of Tignall, and the niece of Earl and Dorothy Moss of Tignall.)

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