Eddie J. Emison, 71, of Jonesboro died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, at his residence. He was born in Caraway on Dec. 8, 1935, and had lived in Jonesboro 26 years. He retired after 30 years with the E.C. Barton Company as a builders material buyer. He was a former member of the Caraway Lions Club, Park Commission and Caraway High School Board president. He also coached youth baseball in Caraway and Valley View. After his retirement, he started a home improvement business in Mountain Home. He was a member of Community of Christ church.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Ray Emison.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Emison; two daughters, Kelly Benson and her husband, Dallas, of Jonesboro, and Karen Wallace and her husband, Mike, of Monette; his mother, Annette Emison of Caraway; two brothers, Larry Emison of Jonesboro and Ben Emison of Weatherford, Texas; three grandchildren, Kyle Priest and his wife, Jennifer of Little Rock, Bradley Wallace and Kimberly Wallace, both of Jonesboro.
The funeral was held at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday) in the Gregg Funeral Home chapel at Jonesboro with Elder John Sawyer and High President Mike Johnson officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Jared Seeman, Chris Jennings, Tave Baker, John Sawyer III, Jerry Halsey, Jr., and Rodney Primm.
Honorary pallbearers were Ray Cox, Larry Fisackerly, Ted Thomas, Harvey Faulkner, Jerry Qualls, Paul Thompson, Thurman Nuckles, Al Morris, George Gipson, Don Dumond, Tony Stubblefield, Jeremy Duncan, Mack Franks, Doyle Gilliam, Allen Nixon, David Ozier, Wade Carpenter, Doyle Roach, Harold Bouland, Don Vineyard, John Sass, Denny Neeley, Tony Futrell, Vanessa Caldwell, Gail Riley, Julie Deathridge, Wanda Cothern, the Men's Group of Community of Christ church and members of the Caraway Senior Class of 1953.
The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider Camp Quality, c/o Leigh Edwards, P.O. Box 15718, Little Rock 72231-5718; Community of Christ church, 5419 Thompson Drive, Jonesboro 72404; NEA Charitable Foundation, 1825 Grant Ave., Jonesboro 72401; or a charity of choice.
Personal condolences may be sent to the Emison family at www.greggfunerals.com.