HERNANDO

Mary Elizabeth Easley Kinard, 82, of Hernando, went home to see Jesus, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. She was born in Parkin, Ark., Feb. 1, 1935, to Wade Earnest Easley Sr. And Mary Opal Griffin Easley. She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy H. Kinard; her daughter, Sheila Kinard Davis; her son, Jimmy Ray Kinard; six brothers and one sister. She is survived by one daughter, Teresa Kinard Hamlet (Tim); one granddaughter, Cassidy Hamlet Baulo (Tim) and one great-grandson, Deacon Cruz Baulo, all of Hernando and a host of nieces and nephews. Mary grew up in Houlka, a small community in Chickasaw County where the family was farmers. She loved playing basketball. It has been said that she was the hardest player to guard because of her infamous left hook shot. Many of her teammates have remained friends all these years. They talked  frequently and had regular get-togethers. They were the Houlka Wildcars and have T-shirts to prove it. She married Roy Kinard in December 1954 and moved to Memphis. She was Assistant City Manager for Hertz Rent-A-Car for many years and Roy retired from Delta Air Lines. Her favorite job came after her retirement where she worked for North Mississippi Mental Retardation Center in the Hernando group home. Jimmy, “the sunshine of our home,” had Down Syndrome, so she had a love and affection for anyone with special needs. Many said she had one of the most beautiful yards in Hernando for many years. It has been said of her, “she could stick a broomstick in the ground and it would grow.”  If her neighbors didn’t see her in her yard, they would come to check on her. Her yard was her sanctuary. Her funeral will be Wednesday at Forest Hill Funeral Home, 2545 E.  Holmes Road, Memphis, Tenn.  (901-346-3250)at 11 a.m. with Bro. Jim Holcomb officiating. Visitation is at 9 a.m. until the service time. There will be a private burial for the family in the Hernando cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in memory of her daughter, Sheila Kinard Davis.