Edward G. Gerdes Civil
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Edward "Ed" Grayson Gerdes, 76, of Jonesboro died Friday, March 5,2004 at St. Bernard's Medical Center. Born in Greene County, he had resided in Jonesboro since 1951. He was a member of the Ramers Chapel Methodist Church, the American Legion, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Greene and Craighead County Genealogy Societies. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Catherine Stephens Gerdes of the home; two sons, Randal Gerdes of Jonesboro and Mark Gerdes of Conway; a brother, Marion Gerdes of Jonesboro; a sister, Melva Deane O'Neal of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis H.C. and Ollie Pearl Brown Gerdes, and a brother. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Larry Hunt officiating. Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould. Active pallbearers will be Douglas O'Neal, Ronnie Tritch, Larry Gatewood, Greg Gerdes, Orin Tritch and John Sifford. Honorary pallbearers will include Ted Pylant, Morris Hoffman and the retired National Guard "Coffee Break" group. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Greene County Historical Society or the Craighead County Genealogy Society.
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crosslinked to other counties/states. All these charts do not reside
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collecting the data. It is their data, they control it, and keep it
updated. As family connections are made, crosslinks are formed, the
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