John Gary Crain

John Gary Crain, 75, of Hamburg, died on May 13, 2019.

He was a native of Lacey (Drew County) and a resident of the Milo community in Ashley County for the past 52 years.

Mr. Crain was a 1961 graduate of Drew Central High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he played basketball in 1962. He worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 44 years before his retirement in 2006. He loved his church family and was an active member of the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church. He was a Mason and a member of the Prairie Lodge #465.

Mr. Crain enjoyed being outdoors and working in his garden. He loved his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren in sports and all of their activities.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sam Crain Stanley in 2006, and his parents, Earston and Hazel Cowan Crain.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sheliah Meeks Crain of Hamburg; his daughters, Sissi Cruce and husband, Wayne, of Lacey and Nikki Fitzgerald and husband, Jon, of Crossett; a brother, Robert “Bobby” Crain and wife, Beverly, of Selma and six grandchildren, Randa Matkin, Garrett Pruitt, Ali Jo Cruce, Shay Straub, Boots Stanley and Cagan Calhoun; five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Wednesday, May 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 16 at the church with with Bro. Keith Boseman officiating. Burial will be with full Masonic honors will be at the Lacey Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Danny Wade Rice, Fred Hollis, Jimmy Meeks, Randal Meeks, Wayne Neal, Paul Wilkerson, Dickie Meeks and Joe Allen Meeks. Honorary pallbearers are Timmy Craig, Julian Estelle, Pat Allison, Mike Richard, Benny Cochran, James Robert Meeks, John Richardson, Frank McMahan, Dr. Joe Fakouri and the Drew Central High School Class of 1961.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund, 310 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR 71646.