Vernon Wesley Errington
Graveside services for Vernon Wesley Errington were held Jan. 6, 2023, at Floral Hills Cemetery in Pearl. Rev. Charlie Finch officiated. Mr. Errington, 94, entered into the eternal rest of his Lord on Jan. 3 at his residence in Byram.
Mr. Errington was born on May 6, 1928, in Copiah County to James Monroe and Matilda Smith Errington. He attended school in Pinola and shortly after began working for a dairy company on a milk route. Afterwards, Mr. Errington moved his family to Vicksburg, where he worked as a terminal operator for the Chevron Corporation. After a period of time in Vicksburg, the family moved to Jackson, where Mr. Errington later retired from the City of Jackson as a supervisor in the Animal Control Department.
Mr. Errington loved his family very much, but his greatest love was for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Wherever the Errington family lived through the years, they were active in the local Church of God, where Mr. Errington would teach Sunday school and fill various other roles. After moving to Jackson, he was an active member in the Bailey Avenue Church of God, where he continued to be used of the Lord. After retiring to Lawrence County some 30 years ago, he attended New Hebron Methodist Church, where he remained faithful in his service to God, teaching the Word of God in that congregation.
Mr. Errington fulfilled the commandment of the Apostle Paul to “Study to show thyself approved unto God” and became a student of the Word of God; “a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.” He truly loved to study his Bible, discovering the riches contained therein. His family relates fond memories of their father and grandfather quoting the story of the Nativity from the Gospel of St. Luke every Christmas morning.
Among the many things Mr. Errington enjoyed, he loved to take walks in the woods, taking in God’s creation and keeping a keen eye for certain types of sticks. After finding a stick with unique features or just one that simply “caught his eye,” he would whittle the stick into a thing of beauty. Mr. Errington took great pride in envisioning a plain stick that could be transformed into a piece of art; much the same way that the Jesus he so loved transforms lives. Mr. Errington made several of these walking sticks over the years, and his family cherishes each one of the prized possessions.
Mr. Errington was preceded in death by his wife in 2011, with whom he enjoyed 66 years of marriage, Christine Yates Errington; his brothers, Earl Errington, James Errington, J.B. Errington; sister, Julia Weems; and his grandson, John Errington.
His memory will forever be cherished by his sons, Larry Wayne Errington (Brenda), of Byram; Michael Vernon Errington (Joy), of Strawberry Plains, Tenn.; Paul Wesley Errington, of Brandon; his grandchildren, David Wayne Errington, Stephen Errington, Aaron Errington, Tonya Errington; and a host of great-grandchildren.