Fanatta Jonnie Verser Gallaway passed away September 30, 2018
Fanatta Jonnie Verser Gallaway was born on January 6, 1924 in Miller, Arkansas (Now Greers Ferry) and passed away on September 30, 2018 at the age of 94. She was the widow of Lavern Barton Gallaway and the daughter of George E. and Ruth Bittle Verser. She was preceded in death by her siblings Woodrow and his wife Mildred Stone Verser, Georgia Birdsong Franklin, Mary Dean Lair and her husband Gene and Wilma Majors and husband Thurman, a grandson Matthew Lavern Loveland and son-in-law David B. Loveland. Nephews Sonny Lair, Dan Verser and Dan Birdsong, nieces Marylin Gallaway and Judy B. Birdsong Murphree Keller and infant grandniece Wilma Ellen Majors. She is survived by a son Larry L. Gallaway and wife Brenda and granddaughter Heather of Little Rock, Arkansas and daughter Patricia Lavonne Acord Loveland of Greers Ferry, Arkansas and grandson Robert A. Acord of Conway, Arkansas.
Fanatta and Lavern were married on January 1st 1944, and with the exception of a few years in California and Illinois they have always lived in the Greers Ferry area. In the 1970’s Fanatta and Lavern were able to purchase the land that at one time her parents own and where she was born and in the 1980’s they built home on that property and she had lived there until her death.
She was a member of the Lone Star Baptist Church in Greers Ferry, Arkansas. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ and her family. After her husband’s death and there were no garden to tend and no cows to look after she started quilting in the winter months and was able to make quilts for her children and grandchildren. She would say you got to keep busy to keep going. When it was just her, sister Wilma and her alive they would take many road trips and could take enjoyment from the trees, clouds, and rocks which she collected and brought back home. She was always busy (working) and her nephews have been heard saying aunt Fanatta sit down.
She was a member of the order of Eastern Star, Sam Williams Lodge #89 in Edgemont Arkansas where she and Lavern both served as Past Worthy Matron and Past Worthy Patron along with other offices.
Her services will be held at the Lone Star Baptist Church in Greers Ferry, Arkansas and burial in The Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Greers Ferry, Arkansas. Visitation will be Friday, October the 5th at One O’clock and services will follow at Two O’clock. Bro Bart Baker will hold the service. Pallbearers will be Gary Majors, Terry Majors, Mark Hicks, Bruce Maxwell, Tommy Murphree, Joey Murphree and Bill Nored. Honorary Pallbearer will be Dwain Gallaway. Music will be provided by Donna Matthews, Justin Whitehurst, Austin Gray, Sherry Hunt and Vicki Baker. Flowers for the casket and attendants will be provided by Georgie Murphree and the grave will be dug by Billy Rector Verser. Funeral will be provided by Family Funeral Service of Heber Springs, Arkansas