Michael Gene Stratton, 61, of Cherokee Village died Feb. 8, 2006, at Horn Lake, Miss. He was born April 2, 1944, at Muscatine, Iowa, the son of James Logan and Emilie "Millie" Brade Stratton.
He was retired as a manager of the Western Auto Store in Helena, Ark., a United States Army veteran and was of the Pentecostal faith.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hoover Stratton, of the home; one son, Rev. Wally Varnen, of Batesville; four daughters, Janelle Bean of Agnos, Ark., Mona Otts of Hernando, Miss., Joan Erwin of Horn Lake, Miss.; and Susan Langston of Bartlett, Tenn.; his mother, Emilie Brade Stratton of Muscatine; one sister, Beatrice Stratton of Muscatine; 11 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father; one grandson, Christopher Nathan Hamilton; and one nephew, James Logan Corman.
The funeral service was held Feb. 11 at Qualls Batesville Funeral Service Chapel in Batesville with the Rev. Johnnie Hoover officiating. Burial followed in the Weavers Chapel Cemetery north of Batesville, with arrangements under the direction of Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were Chad Otts, Ray Williams, Walter Varner Sr., Ronald Miller, Jeremy Hamilton and Timothy Hamilton.
Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Rodman, Scott Erwin, Eddie Otts and Heath Langston.