Michael Gene Stratton

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Born 4-2-1944 -- Died 2-8-2006

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.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hoover Stratton, of the home; one son, Rev. Wally Verner, of Batesville; four daughters, Janelle Bean, of Agnes, 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, Iowa; and one sister, Beatrice Stratton of Muscatine, Iowa; 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 the 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 the Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.

Pallbearers included 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.