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County mourns local evangelist
Houston County Courier - June 2008
By Daphne Hereford
Well known evangelist and columnist, Gerald Easterly is being mourned by people throughout Houston County following his death on Tuesday, June 17.
According to friends, the 87-year-old Easterly was taken to ETMC Crockett at 2:30 a.m. on Monday, June 16 and transferred to ETMC Tyler, where he passed away Tuesday morning at about 7 a.m.
For several years Easterly authored a column in the Courier titled Talent Sharing Time, delivering his last submission for publication on Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, just days before he suffered a heart attack.
When interviewed in December 2007 by Courier Reporter Sharron Randall, Easterly said, "Talent Sharing Time is my way of sharing the word of God in our practical lifestyle and daily walk."
A book chronicling the many articles published in the Talent Sharing Time column had just been completed by Easterly. He gave copies of the book to his sons on Father's Day.
Easterly called himself a good news reporter and submitted information about Christian activity in neighborhoods throughout the county.
With insurance money he received from a vehicle crash, Easterly financed a year's rental on a building used for an elementary school named after his mother, Della Gus Easterly, located in Kisli, Kenya, East Africa.
Easterly, a 1937 graduate of Crockett High School, also attended Texas A&M University and was quick to share his experiences as an educator and coach.
Easterly was often heard saying, "You are somebody because Jesus loves you," and "Play the Love Game, the only winning game in life."
Easterly shared his faith with inmates incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and developed programs to further his missionary work in the facilities.
He also worked with various churches and groups throughout the county to foster good relationships.
As of press time Wednesday, services were scheduled to be held on Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m. at Harvest Church.