An amazing woman, Sunny Fraleigh Red, 91, of Benton joined her Savior early Sunday, Nov. 25.
She was born Aug. 7, 1921, in North Little Rock. Sunny had the opportunity to celebrate this Thanksgiving with all five of her grandchildren and most of her 10 great-grandchildren. She had a full life well-lived.
She was an LPN who worked many years in the offices of Drs. Ashby, Hogue, and Thorn. She showed her love for people by her dedicated service to her church and community.
In 1974 she helped organize Old-Fashioned Day, which raises matching federal funds to benefit the Benton Senior Activity Center. Sunny was appointed director of the Saline County Senior Adult Center during the period when a bond issue was being proposed for the construction of a new building. She was instrumental in the passage of that bond issue. She served as the director of the Center of Arkansas from 1976 to 1986.
Sunny was named Outstanding Senior Adult Center Director for the state of Arkansas in 1982 and was crowned queen of the 34th annual Old-Fashioned Day celebration in 2008.
Mrs. Red was an assistant state director for AARP from 1986 to 1990. In 1992 she was chairman of the first annual Miles For Meals Walk. She was appointed to the Arkansas State Social Work Licensing Board and served from 1992 to 1998. Sunny was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Benton and a member of the T.E.L. Sunday School Class.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Willard Red; her parents, Ann Lindsey (Fraleigh) and Ed Goose; and her siblings, Rosanne Wheeler, Lindsey Fraleigh and Charles Fraleigh.
She is survived by her sister, Charlotte Tremor Ashcraft; two daughters, Sue Red Bryant and husband Larry and Linda Red Everett; and her grandchildren, Richard Larry "Trey" Bryant III, Craig Daniel Bryant, Brad Burleson Bryant, Renee Everett Steed and Dwight Allen Everett.
Funeral service will be conducted by Dr. Rick Grant at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at New Rosemont Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are David Tremor, Kevin Steed, Jim Wheeler, Gary Burris, Trey Bryant, Craig Bryant, Brad Bryant, Dwight Everett and Robert Edwards.
Visitation is set from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Selph Hall at First Baptist Church in Benton.
Arrangement are by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard
Family comments: The family would like to thank the staff of Ridgewood Health & Rehab for their loving care and compassion.