Lucy Ann Easley
(1923 - 2012)

Lucy Ann Easley

December 26, 1923

December 31, 2012

This memorial website was put up in loving memory of my aunt, Lucy Ann Sydnor Easley (Dec. 26, 1923 to Dec. 31, 2012), who died in San Pedro, CA, at age 89. Lucy Ann, known as Ann to her friends, was the eldest daughter of the late Elmer W. Sydnor, longtime chairman of the English Department at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN, and the late Lucy Leake Sydnor. She had a younger sister, Frances, and two brothers, Elmer Jr., and Charles Wright, all of whom predeceased her.

Lucy Ann graduated from Carson-Newman College in 1945, after enjoying college life and having been the May Queen the previous year, in 1944. She had saved her money from working at the Tennessee Valley Authority as a secretary during World War II, and used it to move to New York City, where she lived at the International House while working on her Master of Arts in Education from New York University. She taught at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ, while working on her M.Ed. at NYU.

While in New York City, she met her future husband, Preston W. Easley, a June, 1943 graduate of West Point, who served as a P-51 fighter pilot, mainly in England, during World War II. They were married in 1951 by Preston's father, the Rev. John Burnett Easley of Chatham, VA. Their first son, Preston Jr., was born in 1952, their second son Paige, in 1954, and their daughter Ann in 1956.

By 1956, Preston Sr. was working on his MBA at Syracuse University. A career Air Force officer, Preston Sr. commanded two RB-66 bomber squadrons at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, while Ann got to know her fellow squadron wives. In 1960, the family moved to Los Angeles because of the Air Force, and they settled in San Pedro. Preston Sr. retired from the Air Force in 1963, but had a second career working at Northrup until he retired. He passed away on April 7, 2004. Ann remained in their home in San Pedro until she became ill.

Ann Easley is survived by her sons Preston Jr. and his wife, Patricia; her son Paige and his wife Macrina, and her daughter Ann and her children Paige, Laureana, and Benjamin. Other grandchildren are Preston S. Easley, Leila Easley, and great-granddaughters Cecelia Kapp and Zora Easley.

Memorial services were held on February 2, 2013, at the Oak Grove Christian Church in Chatham, Virginia. Burial followed at Chatham Burial Park.

Donations should be made to SmileTrain, Lucy Ann's favorite charity. This benefits children with cleft palate facial deformities, who need extensive reconstructive and plastic surgery.

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She was a gracious woman in the tradition of the classic Southern Belle. She was the May Queen at Carson Newman College in 1944. She was always our queen. Thanks so much to cousin Janice Tehie for this wonderful memorial.
Preston Easley, Jr. (Son)
February 26th, 2017
I set up this memorial website in honor of my aunt, Lucy Ann Easley, who died recently. It is my hope that family and friends will come here to light candles, leave tributes and remembrances to honor her memory. She will never be forgotten. She was a kind and loving aunt and respected and revered by many people. She was my mother Frances Sydnor Tehie's older sister. My mother passed away nearly 10 years ago, on April 15, 2003.
Janice Tehie (niece)
February 4th, 2013
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"My dear aunt, you are now at peace, in Heaven with your family, and my mother, at last."
Janice Tehie
February 4th, 2013


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