Robert L. Vail, 88, of Houston, Ark., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.
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He was born May 16, 1925, in Effingham County, Ill., a son of Walter and Jessie Vail.
He was a Navy World War II Veteran, a service station operator and wrecker service operator for Texaco and Shell Oil Companies in Effingham, Ill. He came to Arkansas and was a self-employed farmer with registered Hereford cattle and raised chickens for Tyson for 41 years. He was a current member of the Agri Co-op Board, past President and current member of the Perry County Farm Bureau Board, member of the Amvets and member of the Perry County Cattleman's Association. He loved his church and church family of Houston Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Jessie Vail of Altamont, Ill.; and brothers, Donald (Mary Ann) Vail of Beecher City, Ill., and Richard "Dickie" Vail of Effingham, Ill.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Eda Belle Vail of Houston, Ark.; one daughter, Debra (Lum) Wilhite of Conway; one son, James (Cheryl) Vail of Scotland, Ark.; two grandchildren, Heath (Amy) Wilhite of Little Rock and Jessie Vail of Conway; one great-grandchild, Mary Katelyn Wilhite of Little Rock; eight brothers and sisters, Virginia (Dale) Holland of Effingham, Ill., Ralph (Florence) Vail of Effingham, Ill., Kenneth (Pauline) Vail of Altamont, Ill., Mary (Bob) Kienietz of Clifton, Colo., Eva (Art) Davidson of Altamont, Ill., Gary (Jane) Vail of Green Valley, Ariz., Lois (Jim) Smith of O'Fallon, Ill., and Darrell Vail of Altamont, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at the Houston Baptist Church, with Bro. Jeremy Williams officiating.
Burial will be at May Cemetery by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton.
The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Brett Johnson, Conrad Gunther, Jack Weaver, Russell Weaver, Brody Starks and Herchel Story.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Vail, Heath Wilhite and Russell Burk.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Houston Baptist Church, Houston, Ark.
Online guest book: www.harrisfuneralhomes.net
Harris Funeral Home Inc
118 S. Moose St
Morrilton, AR 72110
Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6, 2014