Charles Andrew Gunnell, born 10 June 1929 in Arkansas County,
Arkansas to Andrew Jackson Gunnell and Ellen Grace (Gean)
Gunnell, died June 6, 2017. After his 1947 DeWitt High
School graduation, he began work for Riceland Foods, Inc. in
Stuttgart, AR, working there until his enlistment in the Navy in
1950. He served during the Korean War, receiving an
Honorable Discharge in 1954, after which he resumed employment
with Riceland Foods. He held many positions with Riceland
Foods during his employment, beginning as office boy earning 40
cents an hour and holding the position of Vice President for
Finance and Secretary/Treasurer at the time of his retirement in
1987. Charles was a past member of the Arkansas County
Quorum Court as well as a member of the Kiwanis Club. He
was a faithful member of the Roe United Methodist Church.
On 17 July 1955 Charles married (1) Mary Yvonne
(Mitchell) Gunnell, daughter of Garrett Mason Mitchell and
Thelma Pauline (Appleby) Mitchell. Two sons were born to
this union. On 16 April 1988 Charles married (2) Patricia
Ann (James) Gunnell, daughter of Johnny Robert James and Melvin
Jean (Gosha) James.
In addition to his parents and spouse, Charles was
preceded in death by one sister, Mildred (Gunnell) Mann and one
brother, William Winfield Gunnell. He is survived by two
sons, Charles David Gunnell (Gina) and John Douglas
Gunnell (Sherri); three brothers: John Paul Gunnell
(Martha); Alvin Eugene Gunnell; and James Larry Gunnell
(Brenda); four sisters: Betty Gean Eifling; Dorothy Lou
Inman (Robert); Gladys Johansson; and Nancy Taylor; three
granddaughters: Jessica (Gunnell) Samuels; Bethany
Gunnell; and Mary Jordan Gunnell; one great-grandson:
Greyson Andrew Gunnell.
Visitation will be Friday June 9, 2017 from 12:00-2:00 p.m.at
Turpin Funeral Home with the service following at 2:00 p.m.
Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery, Crocketts Bluff,
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Shiloh Cemetery
Association, 510 West 10th Street, Stuttgart, Arkansas 72160 or
charity of the donor's choice.