Funeral services for James Crosby Carver, Sr., 85, will be at 11:00 a.m, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at First Baptist Church, Leland. He died Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the home of his son and daughter-in-law in Greenville, Mississippi. Burial will be in Leland-Stoneville Cemetery.
He leaves his wife of 62 years, Anne Wood Carver; two sons, Jim Carver and wife, Pat of Greenville and Joe Carver of Leland; two daughters, Lia Carver Guthrie and husband, Dave of Redwood Valley, Calif., and Leesa Carver McMillin and husband David of Monroe, La.; five grandsons, Patrick Carver of Clarksville, Tenn., Josh Carver and wife Moriah, of Jackson, Scott Guthrie of Sacramento, Calif., Brady McMillin of Baton Rouge, La., Cody McMillin of Rustin, La, and one granddaughter, Katie Guthrie of Chico, Calif. He also leaves five nieces and one nephew as well as many close friends.
Born in Leland, the son of Carl and Oma Lee Carver, he was a lifelong resident of Burdette.
He graduated from Leland High School in 1948, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He was the Vice President of his senior class.
He and his wife, Anne, were high school sweethearts and married at French Camp, Miss., in 1953.
After high school, Jimmy farmed south of Leland. In 1954, he and his father started a commercial egg production business, Carver Farms. He delivered eggs to stores servicing Leland, Greenville, Hollandale and Rolling Fork, and truly relished the friends he made during his time in business until his retirement in 2005. He was known throughout the area as the Egg Man.
He was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Leland.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church. Rev. Jon Doler will officiate.