Earl Babb

January 8, 1933 ~ September 18, 2021

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Mr. Earl Babb, 88, died Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi.  The funeral service will be Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. at New Prospect Baptist Church in Oxford, MS with Rev. Buster Wilson officiating.  Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 12:00 Noon.  A graveside service will follow at Paris Cemetery.

Mr. Babb was born in 1933 in Paris, MS, to the late Fonzo and Mary Goodwin Babb. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, and was a member of the Lafayette County School Board for twelve years.  He made his profession of faith in 1947 at Paris Baptist Church, where he would later serve as a deacon. Mr. Babb attended Northwest Community College on an Athletic Scholarship, where he played basketball, football, and baseball.  A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Babb served from 1953-1955, which included time stationed in Germany.  Mr. Babb retired from the MS Department of Agriculture where he worked as an inspector in the Consumer Protection Division for twenty-five years.  He was instrumental in establishing the multi-purpose building in Lafayette County, MS.  Serving on the election commission in Lafayette County for nine years, he loved to dabble in politics.  An avid hunter, Mr. Babb developed a love for coon and rabbit hunting at the age of ten, a passion that stayed with him into his eighties.  He found great joy in tending to his garden each summer.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of sixty-one years, Nancy Jones Babb; three brothers, Billy D. Babb of Paris, MS, Fonzo Babb, Jr. of Paris, MS, and Ralph Henry “Bubby” Babb of Southaven, MS; and two sisters, Shirley Faye Babb McPhail of Oxford, MS, and Sarah Norris of Coldwater, MS.

Mr. Babb is survived by a daughter, Michelle Babb Powell and her husband, Stephen of Southaven, MS; three sons, Rickey Babb and his wife, Becky of Oxford, MS, Mickey Babb and his wife, Tiffany of Oxford, MS, and Anthony Earl “Tony” Babb of Paris, MS; two sisters, Patsy Babb Vaughn of Jackson, TN, and Deborah Babb Collums of Paris, MS; one brother, Kenny Burl Babb of Oxford, MS; as well as nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in Mr. Babb’s memory may be made to the Paris Cemetery Fund, c/o Betty Mize, 86 County Road 479, Paris, MS 38949,  or to New Prospect Baptist Church, 823 Highway 334, Oxford, MS, 38655 or online at https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/1288901.


Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:00PM – 2:00PM

New Prospect Baptist Church
823 Highway 334
Oxford, MS 38655


Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:00PM – 12:00AM

New Prospect Baptist Church
823 Highway 334
Oxford, MS 38655

1 thought on “Earl Babb”

  1. I am so blessed to have known Earl for several years which begin at Northwest J.C.We we’re football teammates and enjoyed the fellowship on many hot fall days upon the hill at our afternoon until dark practice.I think today that would have been called abuse.
    I always like to follow Earl in line at cafeteria because he could always get us a little extra food from Mrs Cole’s .
    Earl and I kept up with each other each month with at least two phone calls each month. I felt that something had happened when he did not answer my call this month.
    I know I will miss Earl a lot He was great friend I know we will see each other again and pick up right where we left off.
    Earl have a good trip and join your wife I know you have been waiting for this time to be with her.
    See You on the other side old Friend.
    Thanks for all the good times
    Your Old Friend
    Danny Cranford


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