Gene Cleveland Finley, 92, of Star City, passed away September 29, 2021 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.
He was born January 15, 1929 to the late Hiriam Cleveland and Lucy Edna Mason Finley.
Mr. Finley was a member of Griffith Springs Church of Christ and was a retired English teacher and counselor in the Star City School District. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the United States Army. He was an avid coin and hymnal collector, enjoyed poetry, loved gardening, and loved telling corny jokes. He loved playing the guitar and piano, and loved music. He had written two hymnals that were published. He also wrote the book “Our Garden of Song”, which tells the story of how hymnals came to be written.
Also preceding Mr. Finley in death were four brothers, Roy Finley, Alfred Finley, Dean Finley, and Gaines Finley; and one sister, Juanita Rogers.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Wilma Smart Finley of Star City; son, Don (Kay) Finley of Lavernia, Texas; daughter, Dianne (Erwin) Halbrook of Star City; four grandchildren, Heath (Lauren) Halbrook, Heather (Bradley) Wright, Aubri (Jeremy) Geurin, and Emily (John) Burke; six great-grandchildren, Finley Geurin, Jackson Geurin, Heide Hackney, Winnie Halbrook, Levi wright, and June Wright; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Graveside services will be held Sunday, October 3, at 3 p.m. at New Owen Cemetery in Griffith Springs with Jeremy Geurin officiating. Visitation is Sunday, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Chapel in Star City.
Pallbearers are Heath Halbrook, Jeremy Geurin, Vernon Wallace, Dennis McDonald, Darryl Owen, and Bradley Wright. Memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society, Po Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
The family would like to send a special thank you to Cari and Reece for their help in this difficult time.
Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City.