Justin Cory Veach, 32, of the Lost Cane community near Manila, died Thursday, July 10, 2008, at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville. Born at Blytheville, he had been a lifelong resident of Lost Cane. He was valedictorian of the 1994 graduating class of Manila High School and later attended Arkansas State University. Justin was born to farm. A fourth generation farmer, he actually farmed the land cleared by his great-grandfather. He was secretary of the Manila School Board and a member of the Mississippi County Farm Bureau Board and State Affairs chairman. He was a lifelong member of the Little River Baptist Church at Lost Cane.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Eddie Ashabranner and Donald and Helen Veach.
He is survived by his wife, Kristy Wilson Veach, of the home; two sons, Drew Veach and Jake Veach, both of the home; his parents, Randy and Thelma Ashabranner Veach, of Lost Cane; a brother and sister-in-law, Brandon and Juliane Veach, of Lost Cane; a niece, Mary Ambrette Veach, and a nephew, Tyler Edward Veach, both of Lost Cane; grandparents, Jessie Ashabranner of Manila, Harold and Nancy Senter of Keiser, and Dorothy Wilson of Wilson; his father and mother-in-law, Rick and Sandra Wilson, of Keiser and a sister-in-law, Mallory Wilson, of Keiser.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Little River Baptist Church at Lost Cane near Manila with Rev. Todd Vinson and Rev. G.W. Endicott officiating. Burial was in the Manila Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Manila.
Active pallbearers were Tony Crowell, Tommy Wagner, Bryce Farmer, J.P. Baugher, Casey Wells, Corey Craine, Monte Middleton, Jason Walton and Heath Murray. Honorary pallbearers were Jared Stutts, Cory Harrison, Jason Mace, Sam Bourland, Richie Pierce, Jeremy Murray, Brian Baker, Freddie Fleeman and the 1994 Manila Graduating Class.
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A scholarship trust fund has been established for Justin's children, Drew and Jake. Contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund for Drew and Jake Veach, c/o Heritage Bank, Box 1306 Manila, AR 72442.