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William LaMastus,DREW - William E. LaMastus, Jr, age 75, of Drew, MS died on Wednesday March 20, 2013 at his home. He was born on December 25, 1937 to William and Cecelia (Gandy) LaMastus, Sr. in Leflore County, MS . He married Arlas Dickson on July 29, 1962 in Tippo, MS. Mr. LaMastus grew up on the farm in the Drew area, was a graduate of Drew High School in 1955 and Ole Miss with a degree in Business Administration. He was a farmer who enjoyed hunting, fishing, Delta State and Ole Miss Athletics. He turned his love of sports into a business when he opened the Batters Box in Greenville, MS. Mr. LaMastus was a well accomplished musician, playing multiple instruments fluently. He had an extensive collection of instruments of which he used to entertain the elderly at different venues as well as the Tuesday Night Pickers in Cleveland He enjoyed playing both country and gospel music. Mr. LaMastus was formerly in the Drew Methodist Church Choir and the Barber Shop Quartet. Pug, as he was known to his close friends and family, enjoyed going on "adventures" on the farm and spending time with his family. When the boys were growing up he was happy to coach several of their baseball teams. Mr. LaMastus will be missed by his family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Arlas Dickson LaMastus.
Visitation will be held Saturday March 23, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland. Funeral Services will follow at 11:00AM in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend J. C. Hubbard will officiate the service.
He is survived by 3 Sons, William Edward LaMastus III of Bella Vista, AR. and Alan and wife (Chrissy) LaMastus of Cleveland, MS. and Trent and wife (Jennifer) LaMastus of Cleveland, MS. Daughter, Casey and husband (Gary) Carr of Franklin, TN. Brother Steve LaMastus of Springdale , AR. 8 grandchildren: William Edward LaMastus IV of Springdale, AR, S. Trent, Jr., William Tucker and MaryCelia Megan LaMastus all of Cleveland, MS, Camille, Lily, Reagan, and Will Carr all of Franklin, TN .Honorary pallbearers are the Tuesday Night Pickers.
Memorials may be made to the Sunny Seniors at 107 S. Victoria Cleveland, MS or the Tuesday Night Pickers c/o Mary Turner 513 Frederick Dr. Cleveland, MS 38732.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
I am sad to hear of Mr. LaMastus' passing, but I was honored to interact with him on several occasions involving playing music. He brought several tapes to DMI to have transferred to CD, and he even booked some recording sessions to record some of the music he loved. He had such a kind servant's heart, playing for the Sunny Seniors group as well as the Tuesday Night Pickers...a gentleman and a gentle soul. It was a pleasure to know him.
Tricia Walker - March 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Ed will always remain in the hearts of all of us that knew him~~He was a great man with many talents~~always smiling and you just knew how much he was enjoying his life and that of others~~I have heard how much joy he brought by giving of his time singing and playing for the elderly~~may he now be at peace and the family find comfort that he is~
Sandra Sessums Crosthwait - March 23, 2013 at 01:02 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Farewell, my good old friend. I remain for awhile longer with so many memories of our times together in grammar school and high schools, our sunny days together hunting, fishing, and sharing boyhood stories. I will miss you. My deepest sympathy is extended to all of Ed's children, to Steve, and the extended family.
Ernie Stokely - March 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
He was a wonderful man and a true Delta gentleman. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Courtney Eiland Myers - March 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Casey, so sorry to have not included you in the last msg - thoughts and prayers for you, too.
Emry Eiland Duckworth - March 23, 2013 at 09:25 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Eddie, Alan & Trent, My thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days ahead as you grieve the loss of your dad. I remember those barbershop quartet days - great memories! Love to all of you and your families.
Emry Eiland Duckworth - March 23, 2013 at 09:20 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Ed LaMastus was a good man and brought so much joy to so many people through his delightful sense of humor and his music. Our little group will indeed miss him....... O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in they mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen
Carolyn T. Via - March 22, 2013 at 09:18 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with Ed's family and many friends. May God give you comfort and strength. Ed will certainly be missed. His music lives on. Sincerely, Frankye
Frankye Robb - March 22, 2013 at 08:30 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
So sorry to see such a talented and good man pass on. I remember hearing him sing in the quartet with my dad and he was so good.
Bobby Eiland - March 22, 2013 at 01:34 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Ed was one of the sweetest men I have ever know. I know he will be missed. See you later on the other side my friend.
Johnnie Marie Evans - March 21, 2013 at 08:09 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM