Gerald (Jerry) Wayne Tunnell , 82, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on November 22nd, 2020 at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab. He was born on March 26th, 1938 in Watson, Oklahoma to the late Benjamin Everett Tunnell and Mabel Estell Burk-Tunnell. He was united in marriage to Anna Sue Terrell on April 11th, 1964. They celebrated 56 years of marriage this year.
Jerry was a member of Union Mission Church. He worked at Emerson Electric U.S. Motors for 34 years until his retirement. Prior to working at U.S. Motors, he served seven years in the Navy.
He was preceded in death by his sisters Sue Jordan and Gayle Jones and brother Herald Tunnell.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Sue of Mena, AR; son, Kenny Tunnell of London, AR; daughter, Jana Ballard and husband Brandy Ballard of Fort Smith, AR; grandchildren, Chelsea Tunnell-Abendroth, Kaitlyn Tunnell-Vantine, Kacie Ballard-Stabler, Kaleb Tunnell, Kylie Ballard; six great-grandchildren, Chase Abendroth, Lander Duvall, Kamry Duvall, Kennyn Vantine, Bentley Tunnell, and step great-grandchild, Kentlee Vantine. He is also survived by sisters, Norma Fields and her husband Glenn, Elsie Cook and her husband Paul, Shirley Capehart and husband Jerry Don; brothers, Larry Tunnell, Al Tunnell and his wife Wanda. All nieces, nephews, and friends were very special to him.
He loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service to honor him on Wednesday, November 25th at 2:00pm at the Rocky Cemetery in Rocky, AR with Brother Reggie Fryar and Brother Tim Smedley officiating. Funeral arrangements will be under the direction of the Beasley Woods Funeral Home. There will be a general visitation on Tuesday.
Honorary pallbearers are John Larucci, Jeremy McBee, Dean Terrell, Brandy Ballard, Kenny Finney, and Robby Scroggins.