Maurine Joy “Dyer” Trantham, 83, of Crossett, died Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was born in Murray, Ky., on Aug. 24, 1935, to her parents, Thomas and Bula Scott Dyer. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett. She taught private kindergarten for many years and in 1975 she opened a preschool in Crossett where she worked until she retired in 1987.
Along with her parents, Joy is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Jessie W. Trantham; one infant son, Jessie Mark Trantham; two brothers, James King, and Herbert Dyer; and two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Catherine Joy Mangan.
Survivors include four daughters, Sherry Bowman of Sherwood, Kim Rhodes of Meridian, Miss., Angela Bost and husband, Steve, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Carla Edney and husband, Jim, of Crossett; three brothers, Tom Dyer and wife, Joyce, of Millington, Tenn., Jim Dyer and wife, Alex, of Russellville, and Nick Dyer and wife, Mary, of Conroe, Texas; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life was 2 p.m., May 14 at Medders Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett with the Rev. Jamie Staley officiating.
Interment will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park when weather permits.