Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Willard Gene Terry, 68, of Purdy, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2013, in Butterfield. He was born on Sept. 18, 1944, to Walter and Velma (Shelley) Terry in Jenkins. He graduated in 1962 from Purdy High School. He served his country in the Army, serving two tours in Vietnam. He was a lifelong resident of southwest Missouri. He worked for the Bekaert Company in Rogers, Ark., until his retirement.

Survivors include: one daughter, Michelle Long, of Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters, Martha Guthrie, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Charlett Pratt, of Purdy; three half-brothers, Ronnie Smith, of El Dorado Springs, Fred Smith, of Wentworth, and Frank Smith, of Cassville; four step-brothers, Paul Smith, of Cassville, Noel Smith, of Monett, Jack Smith, of Purdy, and John Smith, of El Dorado Springs; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by one son, Robert, and one brother, Melvin Terry.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of White Funeral Home & Crematory, Cassville.