Joe Donald Mercer, Sr.
Funeral Date: 2/24/2004

Joe Donald Mercer, Sr., age 67, of Rye died Saturday February 21, at his home. Born June 19, 1936 in Pansy a son of the late Earl Kelly Mercer and Alma Lee Gavin Mercer, he was a retired switchman for Cotton Belt Railroad and member Union United Methodist Church at Rye. Survivors are his wife Mary Frances Bradford Mercer whom he married April 10, 1955. 2 sons Joe Donald Mercer, Jr., of Pansy and Robin Keith Mercer of Rye. 1 daughter Melissa Russell of Jonesboro, AR., 1 brother Sam Mercer of Rye. 3 sisters Robbie Ashcraft of Warren, Sadie Wingard of Hot Springs and Pat Ashcraft of Pansy. 4 grandchildren. Funeral services 1:30 p.m. Tuesday February 24, Union United Methodist Church at Rye with Rev. George O’Dell officiating. Special music was provided by Robin Bray, Madelyn Clements, Cindy Mercer, Beverly Boyd and Brenda Mercer. Burial was in Union Cemetery at Rye by Frazer’s Funeral Home of Warren. Active pallbearers were Cliff Joyner, Ricky Mercer, Blake Marsh, Mack Milner, Mark Mercer and Clay Ashcraft.