Funeral services for Earl M. Uzzle, 83, of Ringgold will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014, in Rockett Funeral Home Chapel in Ringgold. Officiating will be Bro. Preston Young, his great-nephew. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery in Ringgold. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Rockett Funeral Home in Ringgold.
Earl was born June 19, 1930, in Rolling Fork, Miss., to Tom and Leona Uzzle. He passed away on April 22, 2014, in Shreveport.
He opened his first business, Earl Uzzle's Produce in Winnsboro. Earl worked at the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant for 26 years while also owning three Earl's Dairy Treats in Sibley, Doyline and Minden. He was an eminent member of Ringgold for more than 60 years. He owned several businesses in the community where he was a vital employer to many and gave several their first jobs.
Earl owned The Log Cabin Restaurant, Earl's Place, Whispering Pines, Forrest Inn and Dairy Treat all in Ringgold. At one time he also owned Bayou Inn in Dixie Inn. When the oil and gas industry moved into the Ringgold community, Earl provided a RV Park for the workers. For the last 30 years he had a successful watermelon and produce business. At one time Earl was a commercial fisherman. He loved to fish, farm and the outdoors.
Earl had a heart of gold, always giving to others, but he could be stern when needed. He had a sharp wit and very friendly demeanor. He was a very loyal family man that loved his children, grandchildren, and brothers. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and employees.
He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, David, Tommie and J. E. Uzzle.
Left to cherish his memory are his son and daughter-in-law, Sonny and Cheryl Uzzle of Ringgold; daughters, Linda Reynolds of Yorktown, Va., Cindy Muirhead of Vicksburg, Miss., and Stacy Triplet of Ringgold; brother, Leslie R. Uzzle of Ringgold; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a faithful employee by his side for more than 40 years, Rambo; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Fred Berry, Jack Tharpe, Bobby Lee, Gerald Glover, Joe Hinton and Herman LeJeune. Honorary pallbearers will be Leo Brown and Steve Showes.