William Earl LaFarra

William Earl “Bill” LaFarra, 92, of McGehee, passed away on November 21, 2018.

He was born in Greenwood, Mississippi on August 5, 1926 to the late Earl N. LaFarra and Essie Powell LaFarra.

Mr. LaFarra was active in Boy Scouts attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII who served in the Pacific on the U.S.S. Lander as radio technician during the Battle of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He later served in the Naval Reserve during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Mr. LaFarra was an electronics technician for 37 years for the Missouri Pacific/Union Pacific Railroad and was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of McGehee where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.

His lifetime interests included amateur (Ham) radio with call signs of W5ZCC and W5BF, photography of McGehee Owl sports and family, and traveling and camping with his children and grandchildren, especially enjoying the white sandy beaches of Florida.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jeffrey Jones and his sister, Mary Mann of Alexandria, Virginia.

Survivors include his wife of 70 ½ years, Verle Methvin LaFarra; three daughters; Janice (Ken) Ramsey of Arkadelphia, Dolores (Keith) Brown of Warren, and Nancy (Les) Abernathy of McGehee; sister-in-law, Anita Nokes of Greenwood, Mississippi and brother-in-law, Glenn Methvin of Owens Crossroads, Alabama; six grandchildren, Amanda (J.D.) Martin of Houston, Texas, Jonathan (Morgan) Wilson of Jonesboro, Matt (Jessica) Ramsey of Maumelle, Perry (Lindsey) Jones of Madison, Mississippi, Adrienne (Larry Don) Miles of McGehee, and Sarah (Blaine) Starr of Warren; five step-grandchildren, Brett Abernathy, Natalie Abernathy, Kari Epperson, Chet Brown and Alex Brown; 23 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 24, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in McGehee. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the church with Rev. Rick Miller officiating. Burial will be held at McGehee Cemeter.