Jessie Walter Trantham, 85, of Crossett, passed away on July 25, 2017, at the Crossett Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born on March 11, 1932, in Manila, Arkansas and was the son of the late Jessie Floyd, and Florine Nicks Trantham.
Mr. Trantham graduated from Dell High School then married his Joy Dyer on September 7, 1952. From 1952 until 1954 he served in the United States Army as a machine gunner and was a veteran of the Korean War. After the war, he returned home and graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and followed by a Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas.
He was an instructor at the Cotton Boll Vocational-Technical School from 1969 until 1975, an assistant director at the Forest Echoes Vocational-Technical School in Crossett from 1975 to 1982, and the director at Forest Echoes from 1982 until 1986. From 1986 until 1992 he was the director of the Mid-South Vocational-Technical School and president from 1992 until his retirement in 1994.
After retiring, Mr. Trantham worked part-time at the Cotton Boll. He enjoyed building things, including birdhouses and benches, and loved to work in the community garden. In 2005, he and his wife, Joy, returned to Crossett to be near family.
He was an educator, a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett, and a true Christian patriarch to his family.
Mr. Trantham was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Jessie Mark Trantham.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Maurine Joy Trantham of Crossett; four daughters, Sherry Bowman of North Little Rock, Kim Rhodes of Meridian, Mississippi, Angela Bost and husband, Steve of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and Carla Edney and husband, Jim of Crossett; a cousin, Ira Burrow of Alamo, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home Chapel, 1564 Hwy 52 W., in Crossett with pastor Jamie Staley officiating. Interment will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Jim Edney, Ryan Edney, Kyle Rhodes, Steve Bost, William Bost, and Samuel Bost. Honorary pallbearers are Mr. Phil Gilmore’s Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be Friday, July 28 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to:
First Baptist Church of Crossett
701 Main St., Crossett AR 71635