James Doyne Rasberry

Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Marmaduke civic leader James Doyne Rasberry died Saturday, April 21, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis at age 77.

Rasberry was one of the founders of the Marmaduke Fourth of July Picnic, the Marmaduke Mayfest and the community's citywide yard sale, was active in Boy Scouts and helped obtain the community's Little League ballpark and lights. He also helped the city get its first housing project and served as executive director. As a member of the city's Industrial Development Committee, he helped bring industry to Marmaduke.

Rasberry also was a retired auctioneer and was a Marmaduke historian, having published a pictorial history of Marmaduke. He was a retired clerk for the Cotton Belt Railroad, a World War II Army veteran, a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a member of the Marmaduke First Baptist Church.

Rasberry was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Marmaduke to the late J.C. Rasberry and Oma (Thompson) Rasberry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lewis and Shelby Rasberry; one sister, Geneva Jo Rasberry, and one grandson, Jeremy Pillow.

He is survived by his wife, Ella (Roberts) Rasberry, of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Mary Rasberry of Fort Worth, Texas, and Byron and Judy Rasberry of Paragould; one daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Larry Pillow of Paragould; one sister, Dorotha Dean Rogers of Lebanon, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Bruce Rasberry, Jeff Rasberry, Kendall Rasberry and Nick Pillow, and two great-grandchildren, David and Brittini Rasberry.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Marmaduke Baptist Church with Bro. Kim Bridges officiating. Burial was in Harvey's Chapel Cemetery in Marmaduke with Irby Funeral Home of Marmaduke in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Larry Rasberry, Byron Rasberry, Susie Pillow, Bruce Rasberry, Jeff Rasberry, Kendall Rasberry, Nick Pillow and David Rasberry.

Honorary pallbearers were Bill Roberts, Harold Roberts, Jerry Roberts, Gary Joe Roberts, George Keistler, Larry Pillow, members of the Marmaduke Industrial Development Committee and Robert Dowler.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Marmaduke First Baptist Church or the American Heart Association.