Aber A. Gannaway, Jr., 91, of Warren, passed away on July 1, 2017.
He was born on January 15, 1926, in Warren to the late Aber A. Gannaway, Sr. and Gladys Berryman Gannaway.
Mr. Gannaway was a lifelong member of the Warren First Baptist Church. He loved the church and served as a Deacon Emeritus, a dedicated Sunday School teacher for 66 years and on numerous church committees.
He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in January 1944 and was training to be a B-24 gunner when World War II ended. He attained the rank of sergeant and spent the remainder of his time in the service in Italy serving in a variety of capacities during the post-war demobilization and equipment disposal process.
Following his discharge from the military in December 1947, Mr. Gannaway returned to Warren where he worked as the service manager at Blankenship Motor Company for 16 years. He then worked for 40 years as the shop and equipment superintendent at Moro, Inc. in Warren.
Mr. Gannaway was a volunteer fireman for 25 years, a member of the American Legion and had a God-given talent for being able to repair most anything. In his later years, he loved to talk about the people he had known and the changes he had seen in Warren during his 91 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Alma Jean Young.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ora Mae Gavin Gannaway; three children: David Gannaway (Gail), Paul Gannaway (Becky) and Janie Runkle (Keith); six grandchildren, Jeremy Gannaway, Laura McClanahan (Steven), Amy Hoffmann (Brett), Gracen Stogsdill (David), Bailey Runkle and Andrew Runkle; and six great-grandchildren, Hayes and Carter McClanahan, Eli and Emerson Stogsdill, and Reid and Avery Hoffmann.
Family meant everything to him and he was especially proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at 2 p.m. at Frazer’s Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Lasiter officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Curtis Blankinship, Jr., Paul Cash, Vol Ford, Jeremy Gannaway, Steven McClanahan, Cliff Morgan, Todd Scroggins, and David Stogsdill. Honorary pallbearers are Andrew Runkle, Bill Jones, Brett Hoffman, Heath Reep, Thomas Gavin, Dr. Joe H. Wharton, Sam Fullerton, Nazair Minton, Joe Hairston, Phil Berry, Marsha Berry, and Joe D. Hammons.
Memorials may be made to Warren First Baptist Church, 310 S. Main St., Warren, AR 71671 or to the Warren Veterans Museum, 210 N. Main St., Warren, AR 71671.