Donald O’Larey Estes
Services for Donald O’Larey Estes of Brookhaven are 11 a.m.Wednesday, Sept. 8 at First United Methodist Church with burial inRiverwood Memorial Park. The Rev. Tom Hollowell will officiate.
Visitation is Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Brookhaven Funeral Homeand Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church.
Mr. Estes, 65, died Sept. 6, 2004, at Mississippi BaptistMedical Center. He was born in Tomball, Texas, on Oct. 14, 1938, toReo Estes and Gladis Estes Fender.
Mr. Estes was an exceptional athlete who lettered five yearswith the Brookhaven High School football team and was a member ofthe state championship track team. He was a prep All-Americanfootball player who was highly recruited by several schools in theSEC and went on to play at Louisiana State University during thelate 50’s and early 60’s. He was part of the 1961 SoutheasternConference Championship team, played in the Orange Bowl and CottonBowl. He played professional football with the St. Louis Cardinals,the Canadian League and then with the San Diego Chargers.
Mr. Estes returned to Brookhaven in 1971 to establish, with hiswife, a business, Estes Glass Inc., which he managed until 1998. Hewas active in community affairs, serving as president of theBrookhaven Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, a longtime member ofthe Kiwanis Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and had servedon the board of the National Glass Association. As a member ofFirst United Methodist Church, he served his church in manycapacities. He had recently been appointed to fill a term asalderman for the City of Brookhaven.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his stepfather, WardFender; and a sister, Delores Estes.
Survivors are his wife, Shirley Ortego Estes; his daughters,Leah Miller and her husband, Al, of Lafayette, La., and Holly EstesMcCreary and her husband, Ken, of Brandon; his sons, Bryan Estesand his wife, Cheryl Richardson Estes, of Lafayette, and Jay Estesand his wife, Cheri Bush Estes, of Petal; his grandchildren,Kindel, Brenton and Amber Collinsworth, Scoti and Mister Estes,Parker and Peyton Estes, and Sam, Abby and Mary Kate McCreary; hissisters, Juanita James, and her husband Glynn, of Brookhaven, andDoris Webb, and her husband, Bill, of Tomball; his brothers, ReoEstes Jr. and his wife, Dura, of Hempstead, Texas, and Warren Estesand his wife, Sandra, of Bay Springs; a dear friend and Christianbrother, Paul Crawford; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be members of the Lost and Found Sunday schoolclass.
Honorary pallbearers will be the mayor and aldermen of the cityof Brookhaven and members of the Kiwanis Club.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church MemorialFund, Brookhaven Beautiful or King’s Daughters Medical CenterFoundation.