Robert Vernon McClish, 87, of Manila, passed from this life Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. Born in Manila to Jim and Molly Ester McClish, he attended First United Pentecostal Church and worked in maintenance and as a welder for Clark Equipment.
Robert loved going to auctions and finding old equipment to restore. He loved to restore antique tractors so that they looked brand new. At one time he made a riding lawn mower.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Elaine McClish; brothers, Elvis Ray and Max McClish and sisters, Susie Turner and Ruth Clause.
Robert is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ole May Dorris McClish, of the home; children, Vernon Franklin McClish and wife, Jan of Mission, Texas, and Rita McClish Cripe of Kokomo, Ind.; brother, Joseph "Buddy" McClish and wife, Hazel of Jerusalem, Ark.; sister, Ruby Irene Turney, of Manila; seven grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren.
Graveside services were 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Manila Cemetery in Manila with Dr. Jimmy Russell officiating. The family received friends from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Cobb Funeral Home.
Online register may be signed at cobbfuneralhome.com.