Obituaries
Obituary Archive

Jerry Bardin (03-26-2015)
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Jerry Bardin, 79, of Hot
Springs Village, Arkansas,
passed away March 14, 2015.
He was born September
23, 1935 in Marion, Louisiana
to Silas and Dolly B. (Reppond)
Bardin. Jerry was a
successful restauranteur
with businesses in Memphis
and Jackson, Tennessee,
St. Louis, Coco Beach, Fla.
and Natchez, Miss. He was a
sportsman who enjoyed duck
and deer hunting, fishing,
NASCAR and golf. He was
also an amateur student of
the Civil War. During his life
he was privileged to travel
through North and Central
America, Europe, Israel and Egypt.
Jerry was a member of the Spa City R.V. Club and traveled
often with friends. He and his wife Mae served as the
camp hosts for Arkansas State Parks. After his retirement he
started a barbecue catering service and won the Great BBQ
Cook-off in Des Moines, Iowa.
He was a 32 degree Mason, a former Grand Master of his
lodge and a member of the Al Chymia Temple. Jerry was an
avid supporter of the Shiners Children’s Hospital. He was
also a member of the Baptist church where he served as a
Sunday School teacher and committee member. Of late, he
was a congregant of Jessieville First Baptist Church. Jerry
was a follower of Jesus Christ, devoted in his faith and a
student of the Bible.
He is preceded in death by: His parents; sister Christine
Graham; and nephew Chuck Graham.
He is survived by: His devoted wife of almost 48 years,
Mae Bardin; sons Michael Scott Bardin (Beverly) and Dr.
Randall Maurice Cummings; daughters Sharon “Pat” Pillow
(Randy) and Renee Holmes (Chuck); grandchildren Jonathan,
Timothy and Joel Cummings, Heath, Dylan and Grant Bardin,
Kendal Kimbell, Dr. Keel Williams, Taylor and Savannah
Pillow; and great grandchildren Tylar and Bryce Kimbell.
Visitation was held at Caruth Village Funeral Home from
5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The funeral service was
held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at First Baptist
Church in Marion, followed by burial at Concord Cemetery.
Jerry’s grandsons served as pallbearers.

Jerusha ‘Jerry’ Thurston Brantley (03-26-2015)
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Funeral services for Jerusha
“Jerry” Thurston Brantley,
85, were held at 11 a.m.
on Friday, March 20, 2015,
at Farrar Funeral Home in
Farmerville with Bro. Larry
White and Bro. Don Reeves
officiating. Burial followed at
Liberty Cemetery in Linville.
Mrs. Brantley, a homemaker,
went to her heavenly
home March 17, 2015. She
was a resident of Linville,
but lived in Farmerville for
the past nine years. She was
a former member of Haile
Church of Christ, and recently
of Wards Chapel Church
of Christ. Mrs. Brantley
loved spending time with
family and friends, watching
TV, listening to music and she enjoyed anything to do with
humming birds and cats.
She was preceded in death by: Her parents, James Sylvester
and Mary Frances Simpson Lunsford; husbands George
E. Thurston and Don Brantley; an infant son; two infant
grandchildren – Virgil Brantley II and Jesse Brantley; a
great granddaughter, MaKenzie Murphy; a sister, Nettie Mae
Tucker; and a brother-in-law James “Snapper” Thurston.
Left to cherish her memory are: Six children – Jeannie
Browning (E.T.) of Lake Charles, Cindy Brantley (Virgil) of
Linville, Steve Thurston (Carol) of Linville, Mike Thurston
of Linville, Frances Lee “Sissy” Thurston of Bossier City,
and Amy Thomas (Billy) of Spencer; two step-sons – Donnie
Brantley (Vicki) of Farmerville and Stan Brantley (Lynne)
of Huntingdon, Tenn.; a sister-in-Law, Rosemary Thurston; 15
grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 8 step grandchildren;
23 step-great grandchildren; nephews – Jay Thurston (Sandi),
Bill Thurston (Kaye) and Hank Thurston (Debbie) and Danny
Platt (Donna); nieces – Becky Hembree, Sue Pace (Stevie) and
Cheryl Harrison; lifelong friend:Ruth Parks Breedlove; very
special caregiver and friend: Rena Hauslcy; and many other
relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were her grandsons: Steven Thurston, Lance
Thomas, Jamey Thomas, B.J. Thomas, Eli Thomas and Tyler
Thomas.
Visitation was Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Farrar Funeral
Home.
The family wishes to express special thanks to the staff at
Arbor Rose, Northside Pharmacy, United Home Health Care,
Drs. Don Hammett, Ron Hammett, Shafiei and Islam; and Mrs.
Brantley’s sitters and caregivers.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.
com.

Fred “Shorty” Byrnside (03-26-2015)

Graveside services for Fred “Shorty” Byrnside, 68, were
held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Birds Chapel
Cemetery in Truxno with Bro. Donald Reeves officiating,
under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.
Mr. Byrnside went to his heavenly home March 22, 2015.
He was retired from Anthony Forest Products, a US Army
Veteran having served in Vietnam and also served 12 years
in the Louisiana National Guard.
He was preceded in death by: His parents, Crawford and Iola Byrnside; and a son, Matthew Allen Byrnside.
Left to cherish his memory is: His wife of 43 years Patty
Byrnside of Strong, Ark.; son Jimmy Byrnside (Deanna) of
El Dorado; daughter: Kristi Smith (Billy) of Strong, Ark.;
his mother, Dorothy Byrnside; a brother, Pat Byrnside of
Farmerville; a sister, Jean Byrnside of Farmerville; eight
Grandchildren; 16 Great Grandchildren; special niece Leslie
Armstrong; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews other
relatives and many friends.
Pallbearers were Chay Whitlock, Airick Byrnside, Chris
Whitlock, Craig Armstrong, Cash Littlefield and Nathan
White.
Honorary Pallbearers were Bill Love, Donald Gilbreath,
Lance Littlefield and G.W. Love
Visitation was 5-8 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015 at Farrar
Funeral Home.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.
com.

Walter H. Veatch (03-26-2015)
Photo of Walter H. VeatchFuneral services for Walter
H. Veatch, 86, were held at
10 a.m. on Monday, March 23,
2015, at Marion First Baptist
Church of Marion with Bro.
Bubba Hoggatt officiating.
Burial followed at Evergreen
Cemetery.
Mr. Veatch, a retired driller,
went to his heavenly home
March 19, 2015. He was a
member and deacon of First
Baptist Church of Marion.
He loved his family, frying
fish and his Church family.
He was preceded in death
by: His daughter Judy Lee
Bearden; grandson, Zachary
Earl Neel; brother Thomas “Bud” Veatch; and sister Polly
Adkins.
Left to cherish his memory is: His wife of 65 years, Jo A.
Veatch; two sons – Randy Veatch and wife Tonya of Farmerville
and Jeff Veatch and wife Chasten of Ruston; three
daughters – Linda Reeves and husband Billy of Marion,
Becky Busby and husband Wayne of Bernice and Debbie
DeWitt and husband Daniel of Dry Prong; two brothers – Bro.
Johnny A. Veatch and wife Sue of Texarkana and Wayne
Veatch and wife Clara of Bossier City; 17 grandchildren; 24
great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews
and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Earl Neel, Adam Gray, Ben Moore, Jonathon
Dumas, Josh Harris, Richard Neel, Joe Reeves, Tony
Reeves and Patrick Smith.
Visitation was 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at First
Baptist Church of Marion.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.
com.

Paula Holley, 47 (03-26-2015)

Funeral services for Paula Holley were held at 2 p.m.
on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Farrar Funeral Home in
Farmerville. Visitation was held from 12 p.m. until service
time at the funeral home. Burial followed at Birds Chapel
Cemetery in Truxno. Mrs. Holley, 47, a homemaker, died
Monday, March 16, 2015.

Betty Jo Farrar (03-24-2015)
Photo of Betty Jo FarrarFuneral services for Betty
Jo Farrar, 76, of Farmerville,
were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday,
March 21, 2015, at Farrar
Funeral Home in Farmerville
officiated by Bro. Connie
Ward. Interment followed
at Zion Hill Cemetery in
Farmerville.
Mrs. Betty Farrar was
born in Smackover on July
31, 1938, and went to rest with
the angels on March 18, 2015.
She owned and operated Farrar’s
Grocery in Spearsville
for over 35 years. During
this time, she became a wellknown
and vital part of the
community. Mrs. Farrar was a faithful Christian and member
of Zion Hill Baptist Church. She approached life with kindness
and generosity. Her honest and caring attitude extended
to everyone she met. She opened her heart to all with kind
words and a sincere interest in their well being. Mrs. Farrar’s
loving character and enduring faith will ensure she
is remembered by the many people she touched throughout
her life. She was an honorable businesswoman, a devoted
Christian, a loving mother and an upstanding community
member. Her loss will be deeply mourned.
Mrs. Farrar was preceded in death by: Her parents, George
and Alene Burson; her husband, Paul F. Farrar; a son, Wendell
Scott Farrar; and a grandson, Matthew Kye Farrar.
She is survived by: Three children – Clyde “Bubba” Farrar
of Farmerville, Donna Prewitt and her husband Wayne
of Calhoun and Steve Farrar and wife, Amy of Farmerville;
sister Patricia Deforest; seven grandchildren – Shane, Brandon,
Brent, April, Shannon, Bradley and Wendy; and 13
great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, along with close family
friends, Cruz Padron and Ricky Sanford.
The family received friends Friday, March 20, 2015 at Farrar
Funeral Home in Farmerville.
In keeping with Mrs. Farrar’s giving spirit, the family
asked that any memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s
Hospital.
The family also wanted to express their thanks to Dr. Ron
Hammett and Dr. Don Hammett for all of the support and
caring shown to Mrs. Farrar during her illness.
Online messages for the family may be left at farrarfuneralhomeonline.
com.