Jimmie “Bud” Edgar, 87, of Crossett, AR, passed away at Heritage Manor Stratmore nursing home in Shreveport, LA, on Monday, February 11, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born December 24, 1931 in Lake Village, AR.
Jimmie lived in many places as a boy growing up during the Depression. He and his family worked as migrant farm hands in Arizona and California, picking whatever was in season, swimming and fishing in irrigation canals, and shooting jack rabbits at sunset when the sun shone through their pink ears. He lived in Long Beach, CA, where members of his family worked in the shipyards. When he was eighteen years old, his family moved to Crossett where he met the love of his life, Mary Beth Barnett. They were married on May 25, 1951.
An avid outdoorsman, Jimmie loved to hunt, fish, and trap. He retired from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill after 41 years then served as a volunteer at the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge for nine years, trapping beaver. He loved watching westerns, especially those starring John Wayne, reading Louis L’Amour books, and woodworking in his shop. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, honorably discharged in 1955. Jimmie was instrumental in the formation of South Main Baptist Church in south Crossett and remained a faithful member until moving to Shreveport in 2016.
Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Myrl Hubbard Edgar, brothers Cleo Edgar and C.J. Edgar, and sisters Beulah Poole, Geneva Norville, Helen Isaacs, Reba Johnson, and Verba Jean Reynolds. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Beth; his four children, Jimmie Ann Edgar Norwood and husband, Ron, of Bossier City, LA, Norman Keith Edgar of Crossett, Sheila Edgar Peddy and husband, John, of Richmond, VA, and Marty Wayne Edgar and wife, Kathy Fulton Edgar, of Crossett; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at South Main Baptist Church on Friday, February 15, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m,, with the funeral following at 1:00 p.m., Brother Lyle Hern presiding. Interment will be at Arkadelphia Cemetery.