She was born August 27, 1931 in DeQueen, Arkansas to the late Bennie Crabtree and the late Viola Williams Crabtree. She was united in marriage to L.D. “Elgie” Strother. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith. Opal loved spending time in her garden, but most of all she loved God and her family, and particularly loved spending time with her grandbabies. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a friend to all who knew her.
She is survived by sons Eddie Strother and wife Colleen, JB Strother and wife Gayle, Freddie Strother and wife Beverly, Ronnie Strother and wife Liz, Jerry Strother and wife Kathy; daughters Janice Evans and husband David, Lou Henry and husband Billy, Carolyn Marquardt and husband Mike, Jolena Davis and husband Josh; grandchildren Tim, Stacy, Emmalena, Jacob, Adam, Matt, Eve, Amanda, Andrea, Tiffany, Elgie “Razzy”, Cindy, LeAnn “Dinky”, Lisa, Linda, and Billie Jo; 37 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends too great to mention.
She was preceded in death by her parents Bennie and Viola Crabtree; her husband Elgie Strother; a sister Marie Crabtree; 3 brothers Bill, Leroy and Melvin Crabtree; an infant son; and an infant daughter.
Funeral services will be Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Stacy Strother officiating. Interment follows in Concord Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general.
Pallbearers are Jacob Strother, Adam Strother, Matt Strother, Timmy Strother, Elgie (Razzy) Evans, Nathan Cole, Trevor Strother, and Tyler Kincaid.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.