Ralph B. DePriest

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Born 12-15-1925 -- Died 8-03-2006

Ralph B. DePriest, 80, of Hardy died Aug. 3, 2006, at his residence.

DePriest was born on Dec. 15, 1925, in Marshall, Ark., the son of Benjamin DePriest and Ruby (Mathis) De Priest. He worked for many years for the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

He moved to Sharp County in 1960 from Harrison. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

DePriest loved music and gardening and was an avid sports fan. He played the fiddle for the Arkansaw Traveller Dinner Theater in Hardy for many years.

He was a former member of the Hardy City Council and a member of the Hardy First United Methodist Church where he served on different church committees.

He is survived by his wife, Sue DePriest of the home; two daughters, Myra Ray and husband Gary of Lakeland, Tenn., and Phyllis Bell of Jonesboro; one stepdaughter, Debbie Sanders Cooper and husband Herbert of Arlington, Texas; two stepsons, Timothy Sanders of Marietta, Ga., and Steven Sanders of Mesquite, Texas; two sisters, Joyce Douglas of Harrison, and Wanda Fowler of Little Rock; three grandchildren, Andrew Bell, Samuel Bell and Henry Bell; nine stepgrandchildren, Erin Hansen, Ryan Hansen, Jeremy Sanders, David Sanders, Jonathan Sanders, Chance Sanders, Lauren Sanders, Andy Sanders and Bradley Sanders; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Rebecca Ann DePriest; and one brother, Rex DePriest.

The funeral services were held Aug. 6 at the Hardy First United Methodist Church, with Paul Bokker officiating. Burial followed in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Highland with arrangements under the direction of the Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Hardy First United Methodist Church.