William Early “Bill” Enis Sr. passed away peacefully on September 2, 2023, in Greenville, Mississippi after a long battle with COPD. He was affectionately called Pops by his family and many of his friends.
He was born on February 4, 1935, in Tunica County, Mississippi. He lived in Clarksdale, Mississippi most of his early life and graduated from Clarksdale High School in 1953.
William was predeceased by his mother Maggie Hill Tomlin Enis, father, Oscar Early Enis, brothers, Loma Hoite Tomlin, Al L. Tomlin, George W. Tomlin, Jr., and Thomas Daniel “Dan” Tomlin, his cousin Margaret Tomlin Landrum, and his beloved son William Early “Earl” Enis Jr.
He leaves behind his daughter Anne Enis Ceranti (James), his daughter-in-law Tracye Enis, grandchildren John Austin Berry (Jenna), Melanie Hayes (Blake), Ashley Ceranti (Christian Hansson), William Early “Trey” Enis III, Ashlea Lee (John), Jami Gordon, and Scott Gordon. He also leaves behind eleven great-grandchildren and his niece Juanita Tomlin Painter (Bob) whom he loved dearly.
His early career was spent with Coahoma Electric Power Association; Bill also served in the Army National Guard. He later worked for Stuart Irby Company in Jackson Mississippi and retired from active work at age 80. An active member of Clarksdale Baptist Church for many years, he served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and in many other areas of service.
Bill loved hunting and sports and spent many summers coaching little league baseball. Although he supported all Mississippi collegiate sports teams, his favorite had to be the Mississippi State Bulldogs. During his time in Clarksdale, he was active in such organizations as Care Line of Clarksdale (a crisis hotline), The Caring Group of Clarksdale, Youth Inc., Boy Scouts of America, and Delta Area Council. While in Jackson he was recognized for his volunteer work with the International Ballet Competition, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, and exhibits such as Palaces of St. Petersburg, Splendors of Versailles, Majesties of Spain, and The Glory of Baroque Dresden.
His accomplishments were many; his strength and determination were an example to his family and friends. Pops will be forever loved and remembered.
The family will receive friends at Boone Funeral Home, 905 Main St., Greenville, MS from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 9. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Meredith Nowell Funeral Home, 314 E Second St., Clarksdale, MS followed by a committal service at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 2735 Highway 6, Lyon, MS.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN; Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, MS, or the American Cancer Society.