Sept. 16, 1936 – July 12, 2023
Pat Harrison Dier was born Sept. 16, 1936 in Walthall County and died July 12, 2023. He was one of 12 siblings born to Hezzie and Winnie Dier.
Dier learned about hard work at an early age. At 17 he left home to find work in New Orleans and worked for Kaiser Aluminum for 32 years. After retiring he continued working in the oil industry for several years. He made Chalmette his home and lived there for over 50 years until hurricane Katrina. All the while, he never forgot his Mississippi farm boy roots. Pat joked that he didn’t want to see another sweet potato the rest of his life as he had eaten so many of them growing up.
He was a Grand Mason and a member of Lodge 428 in Arabi, LA, having joined in 1965. He enjoyed hosting Mardi Gras parties at his home, boiling seafood and cooking for friends and family. He was a great gardener and loved sharing his harvest with others. He also enjoyed traveling, cruising and going to the casino.
After the summer of 2022, Pat decided that would be his last garden. He battled cancer for two years.
Pat was preceded in death by the mother of his children Charlene Dier; second wife Vera Dier; father Hezzie Dier; mother Winnie Brock Dier; brothers Harold “Bud” Dier, Horace “Sam” Dier, Homer Dier, Joe Dier, Junior Dier, and O. F. Dier; sisters Doyle Burch, Orvis “T” Lasey, and Evelyn Freeman.
Survivors include his sons Pat Dier, Jr (Krislee) and Joe Dier (Jennifer); grandchildren Jared Dier, Corey Ansley, Jeffrey Dier, Kadi Gilreath (Hiram) and Jordan Maurin (Alex); brother Paul Dier; sister Edna Mae Robertson; great grandchild Rosalie Maurin; faithful companion of many years Marion Stroud and her daughters, Denise McCullough and Fran Conway; their children Mason McCullough, Mary Jewell McCullough, Nathan Conway, and Jake Conway.
Funeral services were July 17, 2023, at Hartman-Hughes Funeral Home, burial in the Centerville Church Cemetery at Lexie, Rev. Duane Ball officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The American Cancer Society, Tunnel to Towers Foundation, or the charity of your choice.
Pallbearers were Jared Dier, Jeffrey Dier, Kelly Dier, Alex Maurin, Hiram Gilreath, and Jeff Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were Gary Dier and Mickey Dier.
Hartman Hughes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook may be signed at www.hartmanhughesfuneralhome.com