Albert Donald Vangilder
Albert Donald Vangilder, of Pine Bluff, Ark., went home to be with his Lord on May 7, 2019, at the age of 85. He was born on July 30, 1933, to Rudy and Mary Thomas Vangilder in Rector, Ark., where he would go on to spend his formative years. When he wasnít in school, Albert was helping on the family farm and playing baseball.
He graduated from Rector High School in 1951, though his life really began on Nov. 22, 1953, when Albert married the love of his life, Wordia Jean Huckabay.
Albert and Wordia would go on to have four children, Eddie, Doug, Anita and Gary. Albertís love of farming carried his family throughout the states of Arkansas and Louisiana. He was an avid farmer of cotton, rice, soybeans, pecans and cattle. He also owned a crop-dusting company with his brother William and had his pilotís license. One of the highlights of his career was in 1989 when the Vangilderís were named the Jefferson County Farm Family of the Year. In 1992, Albert hung up his professional farming hat and became the proud owner and mechanic of Vangilder Trucking in Pine Bluff Ark., hauling various farm products across multiple states. He would go on to make hundreds of trips around the state of Arkansas, until his retirement in 2017. Albert Vangilder was a simple man, with an extraordinary life. Nothing made him happier than simply seeing his family together, while sitting by his wife, Wordia. He gave the biggest hugs and had the best belly laugh a person could ever hear. He was an outstanding man who dearly loved the Lord and gave his life to Christ at a very early age. He was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Sherrill, Ark.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents Rudy and Mary Thomas Vangilder in 1996 and 2010; sister Betty Vangilder Kirklin in 2014, and granddaughter Heather Vangilder in 1982. He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Wordia Huckabay Vangilder of Pine Bluff, Ark.; three sons, Eddie Vangilder(Carol) of Pine Bluff, Doug Vangilder(Jeri) of Russleville, Ark. and Gary Vangilder of Hot springs, Ark.; one daughter, Anita Howington(Rickey) of Pine Bluff; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, William Vangilder of Rector; one sister, Wanda Vangilder Crook of Louisiana, and many other cherished loved ones.
Visitation was held Friday, May 10, at the Irby-Mitchell Funeral Home of Rector. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Pallbearers were Charlie Howington, Dusty Vangilder, Tyler Vangilder, Michael Vangilder, Jamie Rios and Eric Parkerson.