Carl Franklin Preston, Jr., 76, of Monticello, passed away on December 15, 2015.
He was born on December 25, 1938 at Thayer, Missouri and was the son of the late Carl and Lucille Preston.
He was a member of Pauline Missionary Baptist Church and known to most as “Coach” or “Coach P”. Upon graduation from Pine Bluff High School, he went on to be a four-sport letterman at Arkansas A & M College (U of A @ Monticello) where he pursued a career in coaching.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Ralph Gross; a nephew, John Gross and a sister-in-law, Karen Jarrett Preston.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sandy Cox Preston; three sons, Kyle Preston (Mindy) of Texarkana, Texas, Darren Preston (Amber) of Carthage, Texas and Curt Preston (Andrea) of Monticello; two brothers, Louis Preston and wife Myra of Cherokee Village and Scott Preston of White Hall; one sister, Rosemary Gross of Pine Bluff and a sister-in-law, Sherry Cox Roark and husband Benny of Fordyce; and 10 grandchildren: Logan, Lyle, Ladd, Jordan, Taylor, Carson, Kennedy, Cale, Cain, and Crews Preston.
A private family burial will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello. A memorial service will be held at Pauline Missionary Baptist Church on December 18 at 1 p.m. with Brother Larry Clements officiating. Visitation will follow immediately after the service in the Family Life Center at the church.
Memorials may be made to the UAM Foundation Fund, c/o Carl Preston Scholarship, P O Box 3520, Monticello, AR 71656.
Arrangements are being handled by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.