Mildred Comer Easley – Chattanoogan.com
Mildred Comer Easley was born March 15, 1943 in Jackson, Tennessee to the late Milton Sr. and Alberta Comer. She was the 13th of 14 siblings.
Mildred accepted Christ at an early age and united with Blairs Chapel Methodist Christian Episcopal Church where she sang in the choir.
In 1960, she graduated from West High School and went on to study at Lane College. In college, she met Ben Easley. She graduated Lane in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She left Jackson for her first teaching assignment in Hickman, Kentucky.
After returning from the Army, Ben and Mildred continued to date and were married on September 3, 1966. The couple moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee soon after the wedding. There Mildred gave birth to her two children, Bennetrious (Neet) in 1969 and Stunnislas (Stun) in 1971.
Mildred continued her education and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her teaching career continued at Kirkman Technical High School where she was the first of three African Americans to teach there. She spent the latter part of her teaching career at Tyner High School. During her tenure at Tyner High School, she was able to watch her two children graduate. She also had a major impact on many Tyner High students over the years. After teaching for 39 years, she retired in 2003.
While in Chattanooga, Mildred was a member of the Stanley United Methodist Church. She has been very active in women’s ministry, choir ministry, Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and served on the board of trustees. Outside of church, she was a founding member of Las Damas Distinction, a social/service organization that she helped organize with her friends. She was also a member of Jack and Jill where she served as president for one term.
In 2013, Mildred returned to her hometown of Jackson, TN. She wanted to come home to be closer to her nieces and nephews, and her daughter who lives nearby in Memphis, TN. She attended Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church under the spiritual direction of Reverend Sharon Lewis-Karamoko.
Mildred was predeceased by her parents, Milton Sr. and Alberta, and her siblings: Ernestine, James, Milton, Zettie, Horace, Garthel, Doris, Eloise, Dorothy, Betty, Marie and Joseph.
Mrs. Mildred Easley transitioned to her paradise home on her birthday, Tuesday, March 15, 2022. She leaves to cherish her memories her husband Ben Easley of Jackson, TN; his daughter, Bennetrious Easley of Memphis, TN; his son Stunnislas Easley and his partner Nicole McDonald of Ellicott City, MD; his brother, Sammy (Edna) Comer of Nashville, TN; three grandchildren, Jasmine McDonald, Inaya Criner and Memphis Easley of Ellicott City, MD, her brother-in-law, Coris Easley of Paris, TN, her sister-in-law, Ethel Jean Comer of Jackson, TN; his grandson, Charles Smelley, III of Chattanooga, TN and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation for Mrs. Easley will be Monday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mercer Brothers Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at Mercer Brothers Funeral Home, 501 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Jackson, Tn. 38301
Interment will be Tuesday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads in Parkers Crossroads, TN.
The Easley family has entrusted their loved one to Mercer Brothers Funeral Home.