John Kersey was born the son of Luther Monroe “Bud” Kersey and Della Alice (Wiseman) Kersey on January 25, 1920, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and departed this life on February 18, 2015, at Shepherd’s View Assisted Living in Alton, Missouri, at the age of 95 years.
He was united in marriage on July 20, 1940, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Dollie Virginia Strauser, who preceded him in death on March 13, 2000.
He is survived by two nieces, Norma Pace and husband, Bill, and Phyllis Diederich; four nephews, Gale Kersey and wife, Joy, Gerald Kersey and wife, Betsey, Luther Kersey, Jr. and wife, Carlene, and Raymond Fairchild and wife; other nieces and nephews of his wife, and his dear friends at Shepherd’s View, owners, staff members, and residents.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Della Kersey; his wife of sixty years, Dollie Kersey; two sisters, Esther Powell and husband, Marvin, and Nora Loveland and husband, Elza; and three brothers, Arthur Kersey and wife, Sarah, Ollie Hobson and wife, Brooks, and Luther Kersey and wife, Lois.
Mr. Kersey was a Veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Navy during World War II.
John was a member of the 46th Street Church of Christ in Fort Smith, Arkansas. John was a kind and caring man and was remembered by these words, “he was a hard working, dedicated person, always wanting to bring joy and a smile to everyone he met.”
He will truly be missed.
Graveside services will be Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 4:00 PM at the Thayer Cemetery with Jim Rawlins officiating.
The body will lie in state at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Friday, February 20, 2015, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.
Burial will be in Thayer Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Shepherd’s View Residence Fund.