Herbert Lee Risner

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Herbert Lee Risner of Mammoth Spring, Ark., was born July 13, 1927, the son of the late Robert Lewis Risner and Mary Aline Hall Risner in Ravenden, Ark. He died April 18, 2009, in Mammoth Spring, Ark., at the age of 81.

He was married Nov. 1, 1947 in Pocahontas, Ark. to Joyce Cotham.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving his country during World War II. He was a retired truck driver, driving for Pierceton Trucking Company in Laketon, Ind. He later established Risner Trucking and was owner and operator for over 20 years and was known by his trucker friends as "Coffeeman."

He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by: his wife, Joyce Risner of the home in Mammoth Spring; three children, James Risner and wife, Laverne of Mammoth Spring, Hazel Pendarvis of Dothan, Ala., and Deniece Pierce and husband, Steve of Mammoth Spring; five grandchildren, Bryan Risner and wife, Niki of Mammoth Spring, Brent Risner and wife, Tina of Myrtle, Mo., Larry Pendarvis of Dothan, Ala., Andrea Thompson and husband, Eric of Heber Springs, Ark. and Josh Pierce and wife, Melissa of Mammoth Spring; 16 great-grandchildren; one unborn great-great-grandchild; four sisters, Lucille Ridgeway of St. Charles,  Mo., Martha Cox and husband, Joe of Mammoth Spring, Marolyn Ragsdale and husband, Wendell of Mammoth Spring and Carolyn Smith and husband, James of Mammoth Spring; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Robert and Mary Risner; one grandson, Bradley Risner; and one brother-in-law, Gordon Ridgeway.

Funeral services were held April 21 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel; in Thayer with Larry Combs officiating. Burial followed in the Thayer Cemetery at Thayer, Mo., with arrangements under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.