Merle Witherington


HARRELL — Merle Parker Witherington age 91, of Harrell, Ark. died Thursday, May 17th in Pine Bluff, Ark. She was born August 4th 1920 in Bradley County, Ark., a daughter of the late Samuel Van Parker and Iva Kate Neal Parker. She was a retired employee of the El Dorado News Times newspaper, a homemaker, and a member of the Harrell United Methodist Church. On October 22, 1944 she married L.A. “Luke” Witherington Jr. and he died February 19th, 1997, also preceding her in death was an infant sister Erma Van Parker.

Survivors include four daughters: Myrna Kaye Thomas, Pine Bluff, Ark., Sandy Nash (Odell), Harrell, Ark., Rita Coleman (Rick Long), Benton, Ark. and Iva Gail Stafford, (Stacy), Harrell, Ark.; a sister Rae Parker Harrell, Harrell, Ark.; eight grandchildren: Jim, Hayden, Sam, Chris, Parker, Robbie, Josh and Emily; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services: 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 21st at Harrell United Methodist Church. Burial in Neal Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Sunday, May 20th at the Harrell United Methodist Church. Memorials can be made to the Harrell United Methodist Church. Online Guestbook www.frazerfuneralhome.com