Col. Randle A. Yarberry, U.S. Marine Corps retired, age 89, of Benton, died Saturday, Dec.10, 2011.
He was born in Fayetteville and grew up in Fort Smith. He was the son of the late Ella and Bill Yarberry. He attended the University of Arkansas and graduated from Arkansas State Teachers (now University of Central Arkansas).
Randle retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. after 43 years of service. He retired from the Marine Corps Aviation after 33 years of reserve and active service. He instructed pilots in the early part of World War II, later serving in Guam and Japan. He was recalled to the Korean Conflict for two years.
In Benton, Randle served as president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and received the Distinguished Service Award in 1957. He was a member of the Benton Lions Club for 67 years, which he also served as president. He was a Melvin Jones Fellow of that organization.
He was involved with Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting. He was a Girl Scout member of 55 years, Hall of Fame Member, member of the Council Board of Directors, and helped in the building of Camp Storey for the Ouachita Girl Scouts. He also served on the Ouachita Boy Scout Council Board and worked with Saline County Boy Scouts on several committees.
While serving as wire chief for Southwestern Bell
in Benton, Randle was very involved in the community. He was a member of the Benton Parks Commission and helped groups improve the park ball fields and Little League program. The United Way awarded him the Gold Award as a director. He was also very active in the Benton High School Band Parents organization, serving as president and in other offices. After retirement he was a consultant and contractor for National Electric Co. of Benton.
Randle was also very active in First United Methodist Church in Benton where he served on the Administrative Board, Finance Committee, and Board of Trustees. For his volunteer work in the church, he was given an award by the United Methodist Women.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sara Ann Lee “Sally” Yarberry; two daughters, Linda Ann Bragg and husband David of Lowell and Marsha Harrison and husband Preston of Tyler, Texas; a son, Lee Yarberry and wife Lita of Miami, Fla.
Also surviving are his grandchildren: Cheri Bragg Castleberry and husband Marty, Karen Bragg Haddon and husband Mike, Kristin Bragg Steele and husband Josh, Tofer Harrison and wife Christine, Rob Harrison and fiancée Hannah King, Erik Yarberry and wife Sinead, and Brandon Yarberry and wife Sheridan.
Other survivors are great-grandchildren Brannon Castleberry, Mo Haddon and Maddie Haddon.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec, 13, at First United Methodist Church in Benton. A light lunch will be served. Funeral service will follow at the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Serving as pallbearers are Tofer Harrison, Rob Harrison, Erik Yarberry, Brandon Yarberry, Marty Castleberry, Mike Haddon, Josh Steele and Brannon Castleberry. Honorary pallbearers are representatives of Southwestern Bell Telephone Engineering Department, Northern Oil, National Electric and VMF-124 Marine Aviation.
Memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Market St., Benton, AR 72015; Girl Scouts Diamonds Council, 615 W. 29th St., North Little Rock, AR 72114; Quapaw Boy Scout Council, 3220 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72202; or the charity of one's choice.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com .