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Kerry Layne Tomlin

Kerry Layne Tomlin, 64, died November 19, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas. He was born December 14, 1955 to Idell (Johnny) James and James Junior Tomlin in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was the victim of Cerebral Palsy. He had gotten choked after birth when the nurses went for a coffee break, leaving the nursery unattended, causing them to believe he had died. That left him disabled the rest of his life. He had very little motor and speech ability, but mentally above average and remembered everything from a few months old when he could tell what his mother was starting to say. He knew what every Christmas gift was, and who they were for without seeing what was in the package.

Kerry Layne Tomlin

Kerry was an incredibly happy person and a comedian. He loved to make people laugh. In his way, he loved trying to do things for other people. He was a joy to be around and would tell his Mother he was glad he was her son.

He loved to travel, lived in several states and Japan, moving with his parents when his Dad was transferred with the U.S. government. He loved to travel but especially flying. Kerry loved meeting new people, even when they would stare at him. He loved to embarrass the people that would stare by sticking his tongue out at them.

He is survived by an aunt, Minnie Bisbee; cousins, Bobby and Noelia James, and Jimmy, Linda and Karen Bisbee; two nieces, Whitney Walker and Ashley Phillips of Ft. Worth, Texas; three great nephews, Tristan Walker, Joshua Campos, London Phillips; four great nieces, Bailey, Payton, Skyler Walker, and Samantha Campos, all of Ft. Worth, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Terry Lynnette Chaloupka; stepfather, Al Lane.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab for the excellent and loving care provided during his time spent there.

Mr. Tomlin will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Services are pending.

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