Esther Hadskey Nettles

May 31, 2023

April 9, 1939 - May 20, 2023

Funeral services for Esther Hadskey Nettles, 84, were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Franklin Funeral Home in Meadville with the Rev. Jamie Whittington officiating.
Interment was in the Nettles Family Cemetery in Franklin County’s Eddiceton community.

Visitation was held from 1 p.m., until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home.

She was born to Henry Cameron Hadskey and Mary Lehmann Hadskey on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, in Delhi, La., and passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2023.
She was a 1957 graduate of Fayette High School, and enjoyed being a school teacher for more than 30 years at Thomas Jefferson, Trinity Episcopal and Franklin County Elementary schools.
It gave her great joy to cross paths and reminisce with former students.
She was a dedicated member of Oldenburg Presbyterian Church, the Franklin County Women’s Club and was instrumental in the care and upkeep of the South McNair Cemetery.
She attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College and was a University of Southern Mississippi graduate.
The Hadskey family comes from a long line of great story tellers, and Esther enjoyed passing tales on to her loved ones.

She was also known for speaking her mind as well as spreading laughter and the honest truth on a regular basis.

Esther was deeply devoted to her family and one of her greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who lovingly called her Mimi.
She loved taking them to her family home in McNair to fish, name cattle in the pasture, pick up pecans and sit on the front porch enjoying the breeze.
Esther enjoyed watching “Jeopardy,” and everyone knew better than to interrupt the daily program.
She was also a fiercely competitive board game player and the most fun Rummikub opponent around.
Esther loved her family and friends unconditionally, and was sincerely interested in every detail of their lives.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Ronald Edward Nettles Sr.; her parents; her sister, Wyolene Rainer; and her three brothers, William Hadskey, Robert Hadskey and Glynn Hadskey.
Survivors include her two sons, Ronnie (Rosie) Nettles of Brandon and Jerry (Christy) Nettles of Germantown, Tenn.; her daughter, Lane (Jamie) Whittington of Eddiceton; her grandchildren, Jordan (Alex) Rueff, Brandon (Bailey) Nettles and their daughter, Violet, Noel (Austin) Sinclair and their children, Samantha, Carter and Cullen, Colleen Parker and her daughters, Gracelynn and Nevaeh, Henry and Blake Nettles, Devan (Brandon) Kent and their children, Braceigh, Brooks and Ellis; her sister, Elizabeth High of Durham, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Brandon Nettles, Henry Nettles, Blake Nettles, Alex Rueff, Austin Sinclair and David Hadskey.
Honorary pallbearers were Carl Sanders and Wayne Wiley.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Caleb Zumbro along with the nurses and staff at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Meadville for their compassionate care of Esther.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Henry and Mary Hadskey Scholarship at Copiah-Lincoln Community College or the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.
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Franklin Funeral Home of Meadville was in charge of arrangements.