Lyndall Sigsby Hardin

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lyndall Sigsby Hardin, of Jonesboro was born Oct. 15, 1924, at Rector and passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

Lyndall was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Max Hardin who passed away Feb. 17, 2015; her parents, Bert and Vesta Sigsby; her sister, Oneida Tull; and her brother Bert E. Sigsby. Lyndall considered Max the love of her life. They were united in marriage May 15, 1946, shortly after Max returned from serving in the Coast Guard during World War II. Lyndall took great joy in her family. She is survived by two sons, Larry Hardin and wife Ouida; Greg Hardin and wife Elizabeth; all of Jonesboro; daughter, Teresa Hardin Mitchell and husband Terry of Texarkana, Texas; six grandchildren, Stephanie Roemer and Lori Thornton, both of Frisco, Texas, Brooke Griffin and husband Shelby of Jonesboro, Nicole Johnson and husband Travis of Newburg, Ky., Jonathan Trickey and wife Amber of Washington D.C., and Bradley Trickey of Houston, Texas; six great-grandsons, Jackson and Wyatt Vauthier, Aidan and Christopher Thornton, Austin and Kellen Johnson; two sisters, Mrs. Janelle Viertel of Boonville, Mo., and Mrs. Glenna Bookout of Rector; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Lyndall graduated at an early age from Rector High School and attended Ouachita Baptist College where she was a member of the choir.

At the age of 17 she returned to the Rector community after a year at OBC and taught in a one-room school at Lone Holly School in Clay County. She also worked in banking at the Bank of Rector and W.B. Worthen Bank in Little Rock. She later assisted Max in two business ventures in Jonesboro.

Lyndall and Max owned and operated the Tastee Freeze on Nettleton Avenue and then founded the Totem Pole Restaurant on Johnson Avenue which was the first sandwich shop near the campus of Arkansas State University.

Music was a very important part of Lyndall's life. She was a noted soprano soloist in the Jonesboro community and was often called on to share her gift with others. She took great joy in praising her Lord Jesus Christ for over 61 years in the Sanctuary Choir at Jonesboro First Baptist Church where she was honored for her long service to the choir.

Lyndall was an active member of the Treble Clef Music Club for 26 years, where she served as president and was part of the community chorus.

In addition to being an outstanding musician, Lyndall was a ceramic and porcelain china artist as well as a gifted painter of oils. Her extraordinary works can be found in homes throughout Jonesboro and beyond.

Lyndall was a member of the Dogwood China Club, and she served as the 1993 state president of the Arkansas Federation of Porcelain Artists. Lyndall taught porcelain paintings and ceramics to countless students in her home studio, which included five kilns where she poured and fired porcelain.

Lyndall joined Jonesboro First Baptist Church shortly after the end of World War II when she and Max moved to Jonesboro and lived on the ASU campus. She continued to serve faithfully throughout the years until her health declined and she could no longer be actively involved in the choir and her Sunday school class.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Emerson Memorial Chapel with Kathy Holler officiating and Emerson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. A 1 p.m. committal service was held at Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector on Saturday. Visitation was held from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday.

For lasting memorials please consider Jonesboro First Baptist Church Care Center, The First Baptist Music Ministry, or the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 501 W. Main St., Jonesboro 72401.

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