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Gary Edward Southerland
October 10, 1946 ~ October 5, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Gary Edward Southerland, age 76, of Drasco, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2023. Gary was born October 10, 1946 in Heber Springs, Arkansas to the late Hershel Southerland and Ermadean Cameron. He was married for 55 years to the love of his life, Juanita Turner Southerland. He was a member of Drasco General Baptist Church.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Margie Jeffrey.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita Southerland; sons, Timothy Southerland (Anna) of Tumbling Shoals, and Bruce Southerland of Sherwood; three grandchildren, Hailey Melrose (Dawson), Tyler Southerland, and Libby Southerland; and twin great-granddaughters, June and Ruby Melrose.
Gary was third generation owner and operator of Southerland Monuments which was established in the early 1900’s.
For decades he served the families of Cleburne County and the surrounding area during one of life's most difficult times for them. He loved to talk and visit with people wherever he went, especially at the post office. He was a friend to everyone. Being very mechanically inclined, he could fix anything and was willing to help anyone in need. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. In his spare time, he loved to fish and would go to deer camp and act like he was hunting, but everyone knew he just wanted to hang out and talk and enjoy nature. Gary served our great nation in the United States Air Force from 1966-1969. He served in Vietnam and was a Crew Chief on the AC-47 Spooky Gunship and later became a member of the Spooky Brotherhood.
A Graveside Service will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Antioch Cemetery in Drasco, Arkansas. Following there will be a gathering at Drasco General Baptist Church.