Ira E. "Jr." Pirtle, Jr.
Funeral Date: 5/12/2011

Ira Ellis ďJuniorĒ Pirtle. age 91, reached his home in Heaven on May 9, 2011 in El Dorado, Arkansas. He was born on June 6, 1919 in Moro Bay, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his father, Ira Ellis Pirtle, his mother Gordie Elizabeth Munford Pirtle and a sister Pearl Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Catherine Hoyle Pirtle, along with 9 nieces and 5 nephews. Junior is also survived his God daughter Karen Hickman Jones of Dallas, Texas and her mother, Linda Williams Sweeney of Moro Bay. Juniorís special friendship with the Hickman and Williams families was a blessing to Juniorís life as well as theirs. Junior lived his entire life at Moro Bay. He was a graduate of Hermitage High School and a retired employee of the Arkansas Forestry Commission with 28 years of service. In his early years, he worked in the timber business and he was a farmer all of his life. Junior was an avid deer hunter and continued to hunt until just a few years ago. He was a member of the Moro Bay Baptist Church. Junior and Catherine were never blessed with children of their own but were instrumental in the upbringing of many young people in the Moro Bay area and surrounding communities. He will be remembered by his many friends for his caring nature, generosity, and wonderful sense of humor. Funeral services were 4:00pm Thursday, May 12, at Frazerís Chapel with Rev. Wayman Mann and Rev. Joe McClellan officiating. Linda Barrett was organist and soloist was Ricky Vaughn. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery at Jersey, AR. by Frazerís Funeral Home of Warren. Active pallbearers were Sonny Bethea, Ronnie Bethea, Guy Hickman, Joe Hickman, John Hickman and Mark Hickman.



Name: Kaylon "Clanton" Taylor
Message: Mr. Jr. was one of my favorite people. I had a many of good times at the "Camp". Mr. Jr is with his buddie again. I know they are going to have a good time. He was always picking on my son about his ketchup. Kevin brought him some purple Ketchup. He got the biggest laugh out of that. mr. Jr. i will miss you. thank you for the memories.

Name: Jim & Ginger Anders
Message: Mr. Jr. will be missed by all his friends and relatives. May God bless the family.

Name: Bonnie Mann
Message: So sorry to hear of the loss Mr. "Jr. I am extending sympathy to you and the family and will be in prayer for all of you in the days ahead.until

Name: William & Toni Carr Miller
Message: Mr. Jr. was a great friend and will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to the family.

Name: Roger and Deanna Smith
Message: We are sorry to here of the passing of Mr. Jr. If any one was prepared to meet their maker it was Mr. Jr. Mr. Junior was like the grandfather of Moro Bay Church, he loved each and everyone but at the same time wasn't afraid to tell you what he was thinking. Mrs. Kat our thoughts and prayers are with you and each of your family members and friends. God Bless each of you.

Name: karen stanley
Message: We are so sorry for your loss, We will be praying for the family..

Name: joe and nancy hartley
Message: We will miss your great memories of all of our family members and their family members. We loved your sense of humor and your teasing and always welcoming us in no matter when. We will keep you and Cat in our prayers. We wish that we could be there. But loved being at Cat's birthday last year and also seeing you for the last time. May God take care of you and we will miss you.

Name: Shirley Myers
Message: To the family of Junior Pirtle wishing you deep sympathies for your loss, he was a remarkable person with a huge heart...he will be missed by all that knew him!!

Name: Jupe Townsend
Message: Please accept my condolences. I was District Forester at Fordyce for many years while Junior was working. One of the best people in the world. I always enjoyed stopping by Junior and Cat's home and visiting. Their home on the bank of the Ouachita river was in a location most people can only dream about. He will be missed. I would have been at the funeral but only found out about it late Friday afternoon. Jupe