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Leroy R. Easter

Leroy R. Easter, 97 of Friendship, died Tuesday November 28, 2023 at SOMC Hospice. He was born August 30, 1926 in Buena Vista, to the late Ernest William and Lorena Hazelbaker Easter.

Leroy was a United States Navy WWII veteran. He was a retired Carpenter and a member of Carpenters Local # 437, he was also a member of Friendship United Methodist Church, Rome Masonic Lodge and James Dickey Post 23 American Legion.

Along with his parents, Leroy was preceded in death by a grandson Bobby Gilley, 2 brothers: Robert and Donald Easter, son in law, Gaylord Gilley and daughter in law, Vicki Easter. .

Leroy is survived by his wife of 76 years Nora Ellen Perry Easter whom he married on November 26, 1947, 2 sons: Dale (Carol) Easter and Rick (Kathy) Easter, a daughter Cheryl Gilley (Dave) Kirk, 2 grandchildren; Becky (Dave) Melick and Loren (Melissa) Easter, a granddaughter in law, Andrea Gilley, 8 great grandchildren: Savannah, Noah, Levi, Lorann, Courtney, Dylan, Cole and Maddie.

The family would like to thank SOMC Hospice for their wonderful care of Leroy.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Sunday, December 3, 2023 at the Roger W. Davis Funeral Home in West Portsmouth with Pastor Gary Hopkins officiating. A Masonic service will be held at 1:45 PM by Rome Masonic Lodge. Interment will be in McKendree Cemetery with military rites by the James Dickey Post 23 American Legion. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday starting at 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to SOMC Hospice or Friendship United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to


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