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Nicholas Kendall Strother

Nicholas Kendall Strother, age 59 of Vandervoort, passed from this earth on November 7, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. 

Born the son of James Roland and Bonnie Virginia Boles Strother on August 17, 1963, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

He was a truck driver, having spent the last 17 years employed by Tyson Foods, the last 8 as the De Queen Truck Shop Manager. He farmed his whole life, from growing up soybean farming to later being a contract hen grower for Tyson. An avid outdoorsman, Nick loved hunting and fishing, especially with his boys. He had a passion for people and daily looked for opportunities to help others, while serving in many volunteer roles including the Cossatot River School Board.

A devoted follower of Christ, he was a member of Vandervoort First Baptist where he served as a deacon. Above all Nick Strother was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, John Watkins and Janell Waldrop Watkins.

He is survived by:

His wife, Gloria Watkins Strother of Vandervoort

Four sons, Jared of Vandervoort, Kevin (Whitney) of Keota, Oklahoma, Jordan (Karlie) of De Queen and Brian(Kaylin) of Vandervoort.

Five grandchildren Kashlyn, Adeline, Nicholas, Jake and Nolan. 

Two brothers, James (Juanita) of Donaldson and Luke Strother of Hot Springs.

One sister, Maria (John) Hillsbery of Arcadia, Missouri.

Many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Services will be held on Friday, November 11, 2022, at 2 p.m. at the Cossatot River High School gymnasium, with Bro. Roy Brooks and Bro. Aaron Anglin officiating. Interment will follow in Center Cemetery at Hartley. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Visitation will be Thursday evening, November 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Nick and Gloria’s sons:  Jared, Kevin, Jordan, and Brian

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